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iPad Without WiFi is Pretty Sad

In a fit of desperation, I’ve come to realize just how useful iPads are as networked devices, and just how useLESS they are without networks. I’ve made an appointment with the local Apple Store’s Genius Bar to conclusively resolve my dilemma, but it does make you think.

It all started last night after I left the office and got the MacBook Pro setup for software coding and thought I’d watch a little Mission:Impossible (TV series) on NetFlix and while all that was getting powered up and located and starting up, I thought I’d check up on my village in Clash of Clans. Well, no network connected.

Settings shows it can find the network, but no useful IP packets are received. Tried it on the iPhone as HotSpot despite the WiFi working great on the AppleTV (aka PeterTV), the MacBook Pro and the iPhone. 🙁

Reset network settings: still no difference. At this point, I backed up the iPad to my Mac Book Pro (since the iCloud was not available through the non-working WiFi) and did a software restore. Still no useful packets. Safari won’t connect at all (and didn’t since Friday afternoon). Now, I’m doing a DFU restore, which wipes out ALL the software in the device and reloads it from iTunes.

At breakfast this am, all I as able to do with the iPad was play Solitaire. sigh. The restaurant was too dark to do Clash on the iPhone (my eyesight on little displays is pretty dismal and I try to avoid doing so, often). All my favorite things to do, read the Wall Street Journal app, browse, email, supervise Clash of Clans for example, require that ‘previously taken for granted’ WiFi connection. How the Internet has changed our lives.

And, along that vein of thinking, yesterday, I spent my breakfast time reading a letter to Jeff Bezos by some journalist who left the Washington Post to write for a digital property. He spoke about how he saw the Internet creatively destroying the newspaper business and wanted to get out before the end, which he did. I suppose the fact that I don’t subscribe to any newspaper now (the Economist and the Wall Street Journal both have digital implementations that are downloaded directly to my iPad (when it’s working)) is mere evidence of that fact. As I recall, I never read my local paper for the local sales advertisements or very rarely for the classifieds – it’s two largest revenue sources. I suppose that speaks to where all the customers went. They followed the news sources and the local paper couldn’t keep up with that. Sigh.

Change is real life, not a sad thing. Get on with making the best of it!

 

Six Weeks in Northern California

It’s been six weeks since I’ve started the Career Experience. We’re roughly about 25% of the way through the process. In this time, I’ve met lots of interesting people and have achieved modest success with my software development goals. At the same time, I have been incredibly busy with my weekends – I’ve been back to Boston twice, drove to Los Angeles on one weekend and flew to Albany NY where I attended the college graduation of my youngest son. 

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Career Development in Cupertino CA

Some big developments in the personal software development front have unfolded in just the past few days.

My employer has a Career Experience program where employees in the Retail division are sent to Corporate to work on projects where their skill and experience will create value. Typical assignments last for a few months and involve creative software development, user testing, retail operations and the like. Well, I’ve applied and have been accepted for a Career Experience in Cupertino CA for five months to focus on iOS software development for one or more proprietary apps. The software used in the stores are a huge competitive advantage for the company and help keep the retail environment a smooth running machine. 

I’m pretty jazzed about the assignment and what it may mean to me in the future (opens many possibilities). In the meantime, my local church community will be affected, but hopefully in a positive way, by reminding us all that change is a good thing and to help us appreciate each other more.

My family is supportive too. I plan to fly back and forth at least once a month and hopefully my wife will fly to CA once a month or so too so we can hang out on weekends. We all recognize that we’re not going to be making any money this summer since whatever we make will be spent on airfares. This is a career development initiative that I welcome.