The Cannot-be-Recovered Edition Monday, July 23, 2018

Apple Seemingly Unable To Recover Data From 2018 MacBook Pro With Touch Bar When Logic Board Fails, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Multiple sources claim that data cannot be recovered if the logic board has failed on a 2018 MacBook Pro. If the notebook is still functioning, data can be transferred to another Mac by booting the system in Target Disk Mode, and using Migration Assistant, which is the standard process that relies on Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The data recovery port was likely removed because 2018 MacBook Pro models feature Apple's custom T2 chip, which provides hardware encryption for the SSD storage, like the iMac Pro, our sources said.

Thank Siri -- After All, She's Polite To You, by Bonnie J. Toomey, Sentinel & Enterprise

Tomorrow is looking a bit dystopian these days, but your kids can at least practice being polite as a primer to how they socialize with their own peers and all of the caring adults around them. Next time you think it's cute hearing a toddler boss Alexa around, think twice. Parenting is work.

Out of curiosity, I asked the all-knowing Siri to please explain her view of parenting to me, to which she responded, "Mornin'!" She had given me the time of day, but trying to capture exactly what it means to be a good parent in a few words is not an easy question, even for the smartest brains. I still thanked her and, naturally, she obliged with a cheery response, saying, "Don't mention it!" I will mention here that at least we've had civil discourse, and if my kids and grandkids are tuning in, hopefully they'll see it like I do and pay it forward.

Wanted: Male Architect Willing To Navigate His Own Building In A Skirt, by Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times

A couple of weeks ago, after viewing an architectural schematic that featured a pair of elevated glass catwalks, I posted a tweet that invited male architects to navigate their own designs in a skirt.

The post ignited a flurry of responses from women, including Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor and former television critic, who suggested adding heels to the mix.


I Downloaded A $50 App To Organize My Entire Life — Here's What It's Like To Use, by Dave Smith, BusinessInsider

What's nice about Things 3 is that it has more tools than you might need. For example, I rarely use the scheduling tools right now — but if I ever encounter a time-sensitive project, this feature will absolutely come in handy.

Still, despite the abundance of tools, Cultured Code has managed to simplify the art of organization and make it work for categorizing small thoughts and big projects alike.

This Free Travel App Is The Only App You Need To Navigate A New City Like A Local — Here's How It Works, by Prachi Bhardwaj, Business Insider

The creators of the iOS app, available in the App Store on Wednesday [...], considered the services you would set out to find when you move to — or vacation in — a new city, and then picked the single best app for each service in every city.

The best part about the concept, in my opinion, is that it avoids making you download each app separately. Mitty cloud-streams the apps so that there's more space on your phone's screen, and one less thing you have to unpack when you're home.

What’s The Best Podcast App For iPhone?, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

App selections are ultimately an opinion. It’s all about which one works with the best with how I listen to shows. Instead of picking just one, I am going to give some guidance on which I think works based on what type of listener you are.


Evergreen Diary #10: Syncing, Feed Data, And Swift 4.2, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

Swift is all about type safety, and being able to refer to object.anything seems un-Swift-like, no? I mean, that’s like a dynamic thing, right? Isn’t that more suited for those free-range kids who write in Ruby and Python?


The World’s Most Powerful App Is Squandering Its Lead, by Tim Culpan, Bloomberg

“We don’t have a plan in the next three years to do a payments wallet outside of China, except Hong Kong and now also Malaysia,” Yin told me. My first thought: What a wasted opportunity.

I understand her thinking. WeChat is a decidedly Chinese phenomenon. While it’s ubiquitous and even crucial to daily life there, it’s the No. 1 chat app in only three countries, according to the annual Global Digital report published by WeAreSocial and Hootsuite. WhatsApp is the leader in 128 countries while Facebook Messenger reigns in 72. Even Viber is more widespread.

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I wonder if Apple does tally up all the "thank you" that Siri receives. And I wonder if that counts as another customer satisfaction score input.


Thanks for reading.