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I have been using iOS 15 for about a week now and have really grown to love the new feature. At first I installed it only on my iPhone and iPad, but after having it less than twelve hours I risked my sanity and installed the betas on my Watch and Macs (Namely since the Watch betas are one-way streets & having to restore a Mac in the middle of the work week is also awful). The reason I did that was the key feature of Focus Mode is it is a customizable and more powerful Do not Disturb Mode…


I have been using Microsoft Teams for a couple of years now and the last year has really expanded our use of it within our college and the wider campus community. The best way I describe Microsoft Teams at this point is that its an operating system for work, being able to be molded to what somebody wants. It can start off as a simple work chat, a replacement to Skype for Business and it can scale up to be the work environment that can serve as your hub to organize and work together with others on projects. …


Unbidden thoughts after late night Ted Lasso and Twitter

I’ve been working in IT for a while now and every now and then I run into the Endpoint support specialist or System Administrator who thinks they’re smart stuff. I mean, who wouldn’t in 2021 when software has eaten the world and most people joke that people who work in technology are modern-day wizards? I think that mentality goes to people’s heads a lot of the time and it often emerges in unflattering ways. I’ve been guilty of doing it myself and I can tell you from experience that it doesn’t do you any favors to make fun of people…


All good things must come to an end. Oftentimes with giant robots

This is a series that has been with me most of my life now. I first saw bits and pieces of it when I was middle school during the Toonami anime block on Cartoon Network. The world has changed so much since then. Anime used to be this foreign and rare thing with there being so little of it in the West that everyone watched everything. Dragon Ball Z, Pokémon, Gundam, Sailor Moon, Tenchi Muyo, etc. It was really easy to keep up with things and the community was small, often just your sibling or a friend who enjoyed it…


Photo taken at my favorite coffee shop

The endless debate around the iPad Pro has been whether or not it constitutes a computer. Apple’s “What’s a PC?” Ad a few years ago rubbed sand in the eyes of those opposed to the idea of the iPad being a considered a personal computer. The Magic Keyboard last year had a lot of people trying to give the iPad Pro life a go with various degrees of success and the iPadOS 15 changes to multitasking surely will spark up that debate again. I still use a Mac as my primary computer at work, but with our return to the…


The Siri Watch Face came out with the Apple Watch Series 3 and since then it has not received any significant updates. Its still once of my favorite watch faces when I have a lot going on. I really like the timeline of my day, but I think that that it could use some refreshing at this point. The watch face is a little buggy at this point and apps that I would like to use it simply are not reliable, such as Fantastical and Goodtasks. I like that the Siri Watch face does support scrolling via the digital crown…


One strength of Windows 11 is all the hardware choices

So, I have been using Windows 11 on a test Surfacebook for a couple of weeks now and managed to get the Office356 preview installed this morning and overall I really love the direction of the operating system.

Windows 11 promotional video

Look and Feel

The icons are more consistent, the animations are more fun and fluid, and overall it feels like a much more modern operating system than Windows 10 does. It borrow some look and feel from MacOS and ChromeOS, but I think that’s a good thing. I particularly like the centered start menu, which is great for widescreen monitors. …


Aubie joining me on a Teams call with our IT staff

The last 15 months…has been a LOT. Global pandemic, , wild fires, hurricanes, Tiger King, and probably other horrors that I cannot recall. Everyone has been through a LOT. Everyone live through the same constantly stream of doom and more connected, but more distant that I can ever remember being in my life. …


The iPad Pro in the Magic Keyboard case

So, this week was WWDC and there seem to be a LOT of angry people about iPadOS in my circles and I don’t really get it. I mean, I get what a vocal minority of people want: MacOS on the iPad Pro and/or floating windows as a way to “solve” multitasking. Once again Apple snubbed these people for the ….5th year in a row? The release of the Magic Keyboard in 2020 make that crowd of people get excited and point to it as the moment that the iPad was going to become a “real computer”. I’ve been with the…


So, I have been using Apple Watch practically since it launched back in 2015. I did not get one on launch day because I was a dork and scheduled an appointment with the Apple Store to try out the watches ahead of time since I was not 100% about which size I wanted and oh boy was I happy that I did. I drove 3x hours and met a friend for lunch before trying out the watches and went home that evening undecided between the sport model I thought I wanted and the stainless steel that caught my eye. I…

Hobie Henning

IT Support Specialist V and Spring Hill College graduate who loves all things tech. If it has a flashing LED it has my immediate attention.

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