Late, again, and not what I had planned.
I had two headings for this post, which I jotted down during the week. To my dismay, the second of those headings disappeared. Now, it was only a heading to prompt musings on the particular topic, but it is nevertheless worrying that my writing app could suffer this fault.
I shan’t name it because the developer is working with me to figure out what happened and my current feeling is that iOS pulled the rug out from under the app before it could sync to iCloud.
On my Mac, aside from “unlock with Apple Watch” resolutely failing every time, my current torment is the unresponsiveness of my Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad after waking the computer from sleep. Or so it would seem. The keyboard is able to wake the Mac but then no amount of typing will make the dots appear in the password field for a good 20-30 seconds. This keyboard behaviour is quite new. The Trackpad behaviour is not new. It will stop delivering clicks to the operating system. This is most disconcerting because the actual “click” delivered on the trackpad itself also fails to fire. It’s as if the trackpad has simply died.
I know there have been annoying bugs in iOS and macOS in the past, many lasting for years, but this particular round of bugs is, in my view, far more disruptive rather than merely inconvenient.
I’m fairly sure I had a really good second topic for this post. When it disappeared from my draft I could still remember it. When I reported to the developer what had happened I could still remember it. I didn’t write it down again because I wanted to leave that particular draft untouched. I should have written it down. Instead you get this.
Memory is a fickle thing. I’ll probably remember the topic at some time when I’m not trying to think about it, but I am reminded of my late father’s battle with what I will call dementia. He could remember events from 50+ years ago with astonishing clarity while being unsure of where he was. Imagine if computer memory was like human memory. I think it would solve an important problem that has beset us in the digital age. If computer memory was like human memory, and everyone knew and understood this… perhaps we wouldn’t believe everything we read online.
That concludes this edition of Echoes. The comments are open, but will be moderated for civility. Alternatively you can hit me up on Twitter, where I go by @zkarj.