Mastodon Posts (@recursivegeek)

The Big Door Prize, an Apple TV original, a company who pushes privacy, and a show that asks for a social security number and hand prints via a mystery machine. Umm… grooming for scamming? Interesting show until then. Then ick factor.

It is too bad that Azure App Service access to Azure SQL is so painful, if not impossible, to be service principal-based, eliminating the need for connection strings with username and password. Unlike App Services with Azure KeyVault, which is well done.

Copilot (Chat GPT4) is great when it is helpful and frustrating when it is not. I use it for coding. It does spawn ideas, but it also just makes stuff up. Whaaa?! The latest was presuming "az sql", part of the Azure CLI, could assign permissions. When asked why it didn't work, it confessed that it doesn't exist. 🤪

I wanted to like the Apple Podcasts app with iOS 17.x. It is just so clunky with a bunch of podcasts. Too limited on management. I tried and liked Overcast and Castro, but I use video (tricked with Castro with its sideloading demo show video with TED). I am back to Pocket Casts. While not perfect, its "up next" tailoring and download management suits me best.

This seems like a barrier for usability of Copilot for Microsoft 365 (or in general) 🤪:

“Preordered” the Snapdragon® X Elite Compute Platform (essentially just a list - hopefully can order soon since availability is June 18). I am looking forward to comparing this to my i9 NUC with Windows 11 x64 and Apple M2 Parallels running Windows 11 on ARM.

So which single app should I use for OneDrive on iOS? The OneDrive App doesn’t support multi-select. The Microsoft 365 (Office) app does, but only to delete files, not move them. OneDrive, SharePoint, and Microsoft 365 (Office) apps all allow access to SharePoint libraries. Sigh to the “mess”.

It is 2024, and Outlook iOS still cannot move an appointment between accounts. Apple Mail on iOS can. I would move over to Outlook Mobile if this existed. But it doesn't, so I can't. Yes, I make the mistake of putting an appointment on the wrong calendar, often because I need to do it quickly, or Siri gets it wrong. Instead, I am "stuck" with the iOS Calendar as I will only use one program per device to minimize configuration and support, especially with credentials that need regular updating.

Whoa - this morning, with New Teams on Windows 11, Microsoft Presenter+ is working again!

Microsoft Presenter+

Microsoft, when is OneNote for iOS going to support setting the display name for a notebook like the Windows app does? 😶

Microsoft Loop has some nice features. A favorite that isn't available in OneNote is code snippets and selecting the type of code for color coding. An annoyance is cover "hogging" typically being too tall. Other major issues are the lack of writing support, and limited page organization (grouping). Why loop? Because pasting content from OneNote into Teams message is so annoying!

The introduction of Amazon ads, unless one pays an additional $2.99, leaves a bad taste. It is vindictive. We already pay for Amazon Prime. We spend to get that free or quick shipping. Since then, I have stopped streaming (even before ads started to appear) their content unless it is a movie I purchased. It isn't about the money. It is about their greed, their penalizing customer loyalty and not focusing on generating profits through service improvements, such as searching within Amazon.

Wishing Apple Books had tagging to organize content beyond collections. If collections are to be the only way to organize, then how about folders to allow collections to be organized as the number grows? Or, even better, both! 😆

I have experienced the Apple iPhone alarm failure issue. It appears I am not alone, which hopefully will find a solution. Volume wasn’t the issue. It just didn’t make a sound despite showing on the screen with snooze and off options. Without making changes, it typically works the next night.

I saw the @thurrott post on MS-DOS 4 being open-sourced. Cool! Or so I thought. Until I looked at it. Assembly?! Less cool for me. It's totally impressive. It's real coding—like building a house with trees, nails, a hammer, and a saw. 💪

The new iPad Pro M4 with OLED seems great, but today, IMO, it is not a worthwhile upgrade from M1 or newer CPU versions because iPadOS remains too locked down to harness such power. Perhaps iPadOS 18 will indicate differently? 🤞

While I am mostly an Excel person, it has been fun to play with Numbers on macOS. It looks nice, and it is pretty straightforward, especially for those who find Excel too complicated. It is easy on the eyes. But there are quirks, like editing formulas and linking them across tabs. The iPad version is missing features compared to macOS. The web version is even worse (but nice; I can use Windows 😂).

While Windows 11 on ARM with Parallels on M-series Macs is an enjoyable experience (running apps like Power BI Desktop, Visio, and Icofx), I am interested in the prospect of running natively using Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite and X Plus when hardware becomes available.

Generally, the new Microsoft Teams is a better experience than the End-of-Support (July 1, 2024) Classic Teams. One area that has been challenging is the Microsoft Presenter+ hardware support. Classic Teams was reliable with the device. New Teams, not so much. It worked for a period of months but now it isn't. I wish it were better supported.

The new Outlook for Windows leaves me with mixed emotions. I'm not able to drag-and-drop attachments or set the colors of M365 calendars, versus the benefit of pinning messages (including automated pinning via rules).