Jared W. Smith

How to get around “Apple ID settings update” issues with Contact Key Verification

If you are stuck on a “needs Apple ID settings update” error on a device while trying to enable Contact Key verification in iOS 17.2, disable iMessage on the affected device(s), enroll, and re-enable it.

Eight ain't enough

Nobody asked, but I do have a small contribution to the 8GB RAM on MacBook Pro in the year of our lord 2023 discourse. (Coherence not 100% guaranteed.) My first Apple silicon machine was a Mac mini M1 with 8GB of unified memory. I was quite pleased with its performance (and probably still would be!) …

When dnf means "does not function" in CentOS Stream thanks to large signature headers

There’s a bug in rpm on Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well as some versions of CentOS Stream that can stop packages from installing. (Convenient, right?) You’ll see messages such as signature hdr data BAD when trying to upgrade packages via dnf. This is how I ended up solving it: …

My CoCoRaHS station recorded 61.37” of rain this past year, good for sixth wettest in Charleston County as well as in the NWS CHS CWFA. #chswx #climatology


Never PGEN before coffee. #awips

Respectable elevated instability this morning from the 12z sounding from CHS supportive of some supercellular behavior if things really wanted to get feisty. Low pressure moving north of the area will move any severe threat with it, though. #chswx #fediwx

Trying external display mode on my iPad Pro (M1). It’s interesting…though probably more of a novelty than anything else. Early days for windowing on the iPad, that’s for sure.

It’s above 60°, so the ice cream truck is making the rounds.

Very shallow wedge inversion on the way to being eroded on the 00z sounding from KCHS this evening. Looks like the warm front is starting to move ashore now; temperatures have risen a degree or two in the last hour.

Giving MarsEdit 5 a whirl from the new micropost screen.

I rescued my Tumblr account and unearthed this gem. A very young Charlie Brown, think he’s about a year and a half here.

So the Elon thing on the bird app seems to be going well. 😬

The first production commit to chswx.com in almost two years is a CSS fix for headers running into images. Look, it’s something. More to come.

Fediverse offers some interesting possibilities for syndicating @chswx content, such as alerts. I could theoretically set up my own server and then put certain classes of alerts into their own channels along with a catch-all. 🤔

Platforms come and go, but standards are (mostly) forever.

I’m surprised Apple didn’t delay Stage Manager until spring. My only guess is that they felt they had to get it in peoples’ hands and iterate from there. Vittici was pretty pointed, but constructive, in his criticisms.

Tidying things up over here on the ol' micro-dot-blog. Can’t imagine why.

Betas 4 this week?

Should hopefully see Beta 4 of all of the new Apple OS releases this week. Beta 3 hasn’t really been that bad. Some app crashes and restarts here and there on the phone, but overall, nothing too out of the ordinary in a beta cycle. iPad has been in good shape, with the occasional app crash and a few …

Went with the MacBook Pro 14” with the M1 Pro over the M2 Air. For the money I would have spent on the configuration I wanted for the Air, I’d be out several ports and a card reader, not to mention the brilliant ProMotion refresh rate. What a difference from my 2015 13” MBP!

The overlapping notification bug was indeed fixed in iOS 15.1, and thank goodness for that. What an annoyance. I’m still surprised it made it to the final release.

I hope that someone fixed the notification overlap bug with Summaries in iOS 15.0.2 and just didn’t say anything. That is beyond annoying and makes one of the tentpole features of 15 very difficult to use.

There’s a bad bug in the latest Keynote update for iPadOS (and probably iOS, too). If, on first launch, you open a presentation with font warnings, after dismissing the font warning box you’ll be presented with a totally unresponsive Keynote. You have to open a presentation with no font warnings (or …

iPhone 13 Pro Max snap judgements

I received my iPhone 13 Pro Max on Friday. Here’s my snap judgements so far. (Please note that my complaints are solidly rooted in first-world problem territory.) ProRAW makes RAW capture so, so, so much more doable on the iPhone. On the iPhone 11 Pro Max, RAW photos would often overexpose horribly …

This is my favorite thing today. (Yes, I realize it’s early.) I’ve loved Dan Siegel’s music for years, and this interpretation with guitars is so, so good.