Fix for Stuck Health App (iOS 8)

applehealth400I honestly don’t know how it happened, but one day I opened Apple’s Health app on my iPhone and it wouldn’t load anything. Graphs were empty, attempts to show specific data points just hung forever, attempts to clear all data points under specific categories only appeared to work until the app was relaunched, and even deleting the Jawbone Up app left its data in place. I tried to backup and restore my phone several times, until I finally stumbled on the solution.

The solution for me was to backup the phone with a not-encrypted backup via iTunes (iCloud backups must be encrypted), then restore from that. Probably for privacy/security reasons, the unencrypted backup does not save Health information (along with stored passwords, and I think a few other things). This means that I was able to restore my iPhone without any Health data and start fresh. Ever since, the Health app has been working properly.

Your mileage may very, but best of luck to you in curing your stuck Health app woes!

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WordPress Logo MacBook Pro

mbptopWorking at Automattic comes with a lot of benefits, but at the moment, none are cooler than the one pictured above. After four years of employment, Automattic employees are allowed to have their next computer customized by ColorWare.

This particular model is a mostly black retina MacBook Pro with a glowing WordPress logo in the center, and it’s ready for four more years with me at Automattic.

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Give iOS 7 Time

iOS CompThe day iOS 7 was released, there was a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of iPhone users suddenly called out in terror and were actually not silenced at all. The change in the design direction of iOS came as a bit of a shock in iOS 7. It surprised me too, but it grew on me after a few days.

The shock brought out some colorful comments from folks, my favorites being the ones who claim that iOS 7 is so different, they’re moving to Android. Something in their minds struck on first impression, telling them that a simple change in design direction (not functionality) was so far different from the iOS they had loved that it would be easier to switch to an entirely different phone with an entirely differently operating system, like being so upset with this year’s model of your favorite car that you switch to a bicycle.

If the professional industry operated on first impressions like so many of these outspoken critics want them to, you would have no clue what a graphical user interface was, and you would instantly mock the concept of any device used to interact with a computer beyond a keyboard, like a mouse. Both of these ideas where on the chopping block at Xerox in 1979 before they were practically given to Steve Jobs. First impressions stifle design and development, whereas time nurtures them.

Apple spent almost a year on iOS 7, sketching concepts, finalizing designs, and constantly adjusting the finest of details, even after it was unveiled last June at WWDC 2013. At some point in that year, Apple employees began using iOS 7 in the real world on their devices, and soon after, thousands of beta testers were able to join the fun. iOS 7 wasn’t built in a day. It took time, patience, and an awful lot of revisions.

Extend to iOS 7 that same courtesy of time. You don’t need to give it a year, just a few days. Soon, iOS 7 will seem perfectly normal, and iOS 6 will seem worn and outdated.

Does WordPress.com Support Macs?

Believe it or not, I get asked this question quite a lot. Does WordPress.com support Macs? Well, I submit for your consideration this photo from fellow Automattician Joey Kudish and his scavenger hunt.

Yes, that’s almost every employee at Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com) holding up their computer, a Mac. What about those of us not holding up our Macs? We left them back in our hotel rooms.

So, does WordPress.com support Macs? You bet we do! In fact, we pretty much support Macs first, since that’s what we use to make everything.

Anyway, this is a rather moot point these days, as most modern browsers (with the notable exception of Internet Explorer) offer very consistent rendering across all platforms, making the Mac vs. PC distinction practically unnecessary when it comes to the web.

So, what does WordPress.com support? We support any browser listed here, regardless of which platform you’re using. We also support any standards-compliant browser not listed there, including a variety of mobile browsers, and you might want to try one of the WordPress mobile apps if you’re a mobile user.

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RIP, Steve Jobs

As you can imagine from the domain name, I have been a fan of Apple products all my life. As it is, I’m writing this post on my iMac, while running updates on my MacBook Air, watching the latest episode of Terra Nova on my iPad, and receiving a text message on my iPhone. Without a doubt, I have been surrounded by the influence of Steve Jobs all my life. Not just in the technology that I use, but in the influence that his technology has had on my work and the work of others.

I was sad to learn of his passing yesterday, but his legacy is so monumental that it may never fade. In fact, most of the world learned of his passing either on a device that he invented or a device that he inspired. That’s not a bad way to go.

New Magic Mouse

Continuing the trend of new gadgets, is Apple’s Magic Mouse, my first mouse in I don’t know how long.

I had been a fan of trackballs since pretty much the day I started using a computer, because I thought they were more ergonomic than mice. In short-term usage, that’s actually still correct, but it turns out that your wrist shouldn’t be locked in the same position for an 8-hour work day, which is exactly what a trackball does. On the suggestion of fellow Happiness Engineer, Michael Koenig, I dug out the mouse that was included with my iMac. Within a day, my wrist pain disappeared, and now I’m a happy mouse user.

So, I figured, why not get the best mouse to celebrate my new found fondness of mice? I quickly picked up a Magic Mouse, and it’s great! The laser-tracking is super-accurate, the bluetooth connectivity is definitely a plus, and the multi-touch surface is amazing!

If you’re in need of a new mouse, get this one, or at least ask to try it at your local Apple Store.

New MacBook Air

Have I mentioned yet that I work for an amazing company? Today, I was lucky enough to receive a shiny new 13″ MacBook Air to serve as a trusty secondary computer.

Now, my iMac won’t have to bear all of the day’s work, and my work will no longer be tied to my desk (or even the house for that matter). Plus, I can only imagine how difficult it would have been to lug the iMac around to all of the company functions.

It’s amazing how far laptops have come. The first laptop I ever held was a PowerBook 150, which was about the size and weight of an average college text-book. Now, the MacBook Air that I’m typing this very post on is thinner and weighs less than most magazines.