iPod

My First Mac

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On January 24th of this year Apple passed a big milestone...the 30th anniversary of the unveiling of the Macintosh personal computer. There was quite a bit of press about it, so more than likely whether you follow Apple news or not you heard about the anniversary. Apple even has a website dedicated to the event (highly recommend you browse through it if you haven't already). One page of the Apple 30-years of Mac site is a page called Your First Mac, where Apple is asking all of us to share what our first Mac was by selecting a simple graphic representation of the 1st Mac you bought or used. The small graphical representations on this page are actually a font for your computer that can be downloaded and easily installed for your use. The special Mac font can be downloaded from here.

My 1st Mac

My first Mac was the 2006 17" white polycarbonate iMac, one of the first Intel based iMacs that Apple brought out. Why did I go Mac? I had been exclusively PC up until that point. It wasn't until I was in the market for a really good MP3 player that I was introduced to Apple products. I did a lot of homework about which mp3 player to buy and everywhere I turned the recommendation was to "bite the bullet" and spend the money on an Apple iPod. So I did. I still remember that first night with my iPod (a 3rd generation click wheel iPod), loading music from my PC onto the device and listening to a few songs through the ear buds that came packaged with it. I was hooked.

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Navigating through the simple menu structure of the iPod interface and (at the time) the outstanding audio quality and enormous capacity (again, at the time it was a lot of storage) seemed to good to be true. I still have my 3rd generation iPod and it still works perfectly (although it does need a new battery). It didn't take me long to figure out that if Apple could turn what used to be an aggravating experience, managing mp3 songs on a portable device, into something that was darn near tolerable then what is it like to have that kind of experience on a personal computer. I vowed to never buy another PC again.

Mac VS PC

For those of you that follow my posts here on 1wayswim it's no secret that I'm an Apple fanboy, but I'm not anti-PC. I still work in a PC dominated environment and do quite a bit of collaboration using Microsoft products. Heck, one of my best friends used to be part of the senior management team at Microsoft. I don't buy into the whole Mac vs PC thing. I chose the Mac because I fell in love with the simplicity and power of the interface and over time realized that the applications on the Mac (from a productivity and content creation standpoint) blew away the PC equivalent products. I'm a firm believer that any kind of a tool whether it be mechanical or electronic should work for you instead of you just doing work with it. You can make both a Mac and a PC work for you, but because I find the interface on the Mac much more to my liking I am able to harness the power of a Mac more than I was ever able to with the PC. So on this 30th anniversary of the Mac I choose to celebrate the choice that Apple has brought to the market for all of us consumers. We the consumer have had the option of Mac or PC for over 30 years now and I believe that choice has spurred more innovation on both sides, and everybody wins when that happens. If you have never tried a Mac find a friend that is a Mac user and ask them to introduce you, who knows you might decide its a better fit for you...and then again maybe not. From time to time I dual boot or virtualize windows on my Mac because I think it's important to understand all your options and I like to try new things. Most Mac users are more than happy to share the Apple experience so don't be afraid to ask to try one out.

Here's to another 30 years of innovation for the personal computer...

Selling Your Activation Locked iOS Device

If you are thinking about selling your iOS 7 device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) then you need to follow the directions below BEFORE you sell your device.

1. Go into the "Settings" on your iOS device and turn off "Find My iPhone". This can be done by navigating through the following menus within "Settings":

 Settings > Privacy > Find My iPhone (or iPad, or iPod depending on your device type)

When you turn on "Find My iPhone" in iOS you are also turning on something called "Activation Lock". Activation Lock is a theft deterrent that Apple built into the iOS 7 operating system. Once activated the device can't be wiped or have it's settings significantly changed unless the iCloud account password associated with the device is entered first. So if someone stole your iPhone and tried to wipe the device so they could use it they wouldn't be able to do so unless they also had your iCloud password.

2. Next you need to completely wipe the device. This can be done by going into:

 Settings > General > Reset

and choosing "Erase All Content and Settings."

3. To be sure that your deceive is no longer Activation Locked (if you have another iOS device), use another iOS device and use the app "Find my iPhone". If your aren't already signed into your iCloud account you used on the device you just wiped, please do so. Once signed in go to the "My Devices" tab and make sure the device you just wiped in NOT listed there. If it is listed there, select it and then select the "Remove from Account" option. This will do the same thing as step 1 listed above, it turns off Activation Lock on the device.

If you don't have another iOS device, go to iCloud.com and sign in with your iCloud account email address and password. From there you can get into the "Find My iPhone" app just like you were on another iOS device and follow the same instructions I just listed above to ensure Activation Lock is removed from your old device.

4. The last step isn't required but is a good idea to do. Go to the Apple Support Profile Website (https://supportprofile.apple.com/MySupportProfile.do), login using your Apple ID and go ahead and remove the device you are selling from you profile. This profile is used whenever you call or go into an Apple Store and get support or service on your device. Removing it from your profile will make it easier for you and the Apple genius to determine which device you need help with if you don't have a bunch of old devices you no longer own in your profile. If you never registered your device with Apple then it won't show up here.

The reason I am posting about this is because I failed to follow these exact steps when I sold one of my devices and I had to remotely remove the Activation Lock from the device after the fact (which is step 3 above). Apparently just performing step 2 above DOES NOT remove Activation Lock from your device, even though this has been described as doing a "factory restore" for many years now. With iOS 7 and Activation Lock a complete erase of all content and settings in no longer restoring your device to factory conditions because it is still Activation Locked. I did a lot of searching for information on the web about this and there is a lot of bad information out there. Many sources claim that just performing step 2 above removes the Activation Lock, but it does not. You must perform step 1 first but verify with step 3 just to be sure. Hopefully this keeps you from making the same mistake I did...

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