The Data-Loss Edition Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What To Do If Your iPad Gets Disabled Through Too Many Passcode Entries, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

First, let us turn it off! I don’t even see why it exists — iOS already has a feature that will wipe the device if the passcode is entered incorrectly enough times. I understand and appreciate Apple’s dedication to security, but some devices need less than others.


Worse, this feature can render a device completely useless and potentially cause a user to lose data, if the device wasn’t set to back up or its backups were failing for some reason. I’ve never seen a non-optional security feature that could brick a consumer-level device even if an authorized user could later authenticate themselves.

Apple Is Getting Very, Very Serious About Enterprise IT, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

IBM calls Apple “pervasive in the enterprise," while Jamf CEO Dean Hager notes that his own internal company research suggests 75% of enterprise users would choose a Mac for their next computer if given the choice.

Apple recognizes its growing stature in enterprise markets. It drips out more information about its achievements in this space each time it releases financial results.


Apple Offers Ways To ‘Serve Your Community’ Along With Other MLK Focused Content, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Apple has shared a few editorials on the iOS App Store in addition to featuring a homepage photo and quote on its website. The top billed story is Serve Your Community, which looks to help users give back by highlighting several apps and services.

Apple-owned FileMaker Debuts Ad Campaign Starring ‘The Office’ Cast, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The ad stars actors Kate Flannery, Leslie David Baker and Paul Lieberstein who all had key roles in The Office. It somewhat follows the format of the failed spin-off of The Office, called The Farm. Flannery, Baker, and Liberstein are all working on a beet farm, using FileMaker software to power it all.


Apple WebKit Team Releases Speedometer 2.0 For Benchmarking Web App Responsiveness, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Speedometer allows developers to simulate user interactions in web apps and has been used “as a proxy for real-world use of popular frameworks for a number of years.” Apple notes, however, that the web developer world has changed a lot since Speedometer 1.0 was released in 2014.

With the release of Speedometer 2.0 today, Apple says there’s now support for modern JavaScript frameworks and libraries.

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What's one of the worst thing that can happen while you are getting ready to go home from work?

You click on the Start button, click on the little "power" button, and, instead of clicking on the "Shut Down" menu item, you accidentally click on the "Restart" button, and you are forced to wait for Windows to shut down and start back up, before finally clicking on "Shut Down".

Happened to me earlier this evening. Again.


Thanks for reading.