I never thought I’d return to Facebook but with so many work mates and friends around the world taking advantage of Facebook I’d be crazy not to be signed up and taking advantage of it. I originally deleted it because I really couldn’t stand the morons so these days I have a strict ‘no morons’ policy so that the only people I have as friends are those people who I’ve met in the real world and want to associate with rather than the ‘well fuck it, I’ll add them because why the hell not’ resulting in hundreds of people put as friends whom I really had no association with other than saying ‘hi’. All signed up and sorted out and things are going well – nice to see that Facebook has seen fit to fix up their interface and their settings page isn’t a minefield of confusion like it was in the past.
El Capitan 10.11 Developer Beta 2 has been released along with the second beta for iOS 9.0 as well but I’m more interested in what is happening with 10.10.4 and iOS 8.4 and when they’re going to appear. Hopefully the’ll be all ready for download before 30 June as to avoid a massive download traffic jam as everyone tries to update their operating systems whilst also updating their music application at the same time resulting in really slow download times. The feedback regarding El Capitan is as expected – not everything is feature complete given that it is a developer beta so I’d hazard to guess that many promises features are in a state of flux either to be fully implemented or receiving feedback from developers to ensure that new frameworks such as Metal/Metal Kit are actually useful in the real world.
Oh, and my scooter was stolen a couple of days ago – I reported it to the police but the chances of actually finding it are pretty slim given that I have the steering wheel locked so they would have had to wheel it out on the back wheel along with pretty much destroying the steering column to get it unlocked. Basically, it would have been unusable by the end of it meaning all it’ll be useful for are scrap parts and even then I doubt there would be much value in it. This is the first time it has happened to me having lived in this area for almost two years so I doubt this is a trend but rather just an opportunistic prick trying to make a quick buck or something.
Btw, rumour has it that Apple will be moving ‘Reminders’ and ‘Notes’ iCloud synchronisation from using a butchered/hacked usage of IMAP in favour of moving it to CloudKit which should hopefully mean a lot more reliable synchronisation. To be honest, when you hack up a protocol to do something that it was never designed to do then it is hardly surprising that things go pear shaped on occasion which will hopefully mean that the over all IMAP experience will be a lot more reliable. There is also a development of what is called JMAP which is an IMAP replacement that is based on JSON which would fit well into the JSON based CloudKit framework they were talking about – such a replacement for IMAP would address many of the concerns particularly around scalability as well as having a standardised way of push notifications where today they use a tweaked XMMP protocol which unfortunately isn’t a documented open standards for third party developers to implement.