Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 202

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

the 11 ‘rules for success’ a former Apple employee got on his first day

A former Apple employee shared a little bit of inspiration and motivation on Reddit earlier this week.

Huxley Dunsany posted a set of 11 “rules for success” that were attached to the back of his employee badge when he started at Apple in 2004.

The “JB” referred to on the card is John Brandon, who was a vice president of sales in the US and Pacific for Apple.

“He was a great guy in my interactions with him, despite his lofty position relative to my total-noob status back then. He really seemed to live by these rules and made the whole organisation feel like something really special, even when Apple was still climbing out of ‘beleaguered’ status,” Dunsany wrote.

In 2004, Apple was not the giant it is today. It had just launched the first iPod Mini, Steve Jobs was still CEO, and the first projects that would become the iPhone were just getting started in Cupertino, California.

One of Dunsany’s favourite rules is No. 5, “Everyone sweeps the floor.”

“It means that no job is too ‘low level’ or unimportant for anyone to help with. In other words, don’t get a big head just because you work for Apple or you got a promotion or you’re making $X per year — the basics still matter, and you’ll always be expected to help regardless of how high up you rise or how fancy you think you are,” he wrote.

Dunsany worked in a sales position in retail called Apple Solutions Consultant, but the lessons are broadly applicable to a variety of jobs and careers.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Let go of the old, make the most of the future.
  2. Always tell the truth, we want to hear the bad news sooner than later
  3. The highest level of integrity is expected, when in doubt, ask
  4. Learn to be a good businessperson, not just a good salesperson
  5. Everyone sweeps the floor
  6. Be professional in your style, speech and follow-up
  7. Listen to the customer, they almost always get it
  8. Create win/win relationships with our partners
  9. Look out for each other, sharing information is a good thing
  10. Don’t take yourself too seriously
  11. Have fun, otherwise it’s not worth it

Read more


Story 2

Gmail iOS app will now warn you about phishing attempts

Back in May, Google updated its Gmail app on Android to warn about phishing attempts. It is now rather belatedly bringing that same protection to the iOS app.

The protection kicks in if you click on a sketchy link in an email, with two different levels of warning

If Google knows the site to be a phishing operation, it will tell you.

The site you are trying to visit has been identified as forgery, intended to trick you into disclosing financial, personal, or other sensitive information.

If the site is suspected to be sketchy but the company is not yet 100% certain, a different warning is displayed.

This link leads to an untrusted site. Are you sure you want to proceed?

For identified phishing sites, there is a link to report false positives.

full story link on 9TO5Mac


Story 3

Emergency services organisations call for Apple to implement life-saving location feature

Emergency services organisations around the world are calling on Apple to implement a location feature which they say would save thousands of lives.

Advanced Mobile Location (AML) is a capability built into carrier networks which can automatically identify the exact position of someone making a emergency call with pin-point accuracy. Google added support for it in Android last year, but Apple has so far not responded to requests to implement it in iOS …

Many times when people make calls to 911 and other emergency services, they aren’t able to provide an accurate location. It’s common for callers to give either a vague location, or an inaccurate one.


A 112 emergency call was dialled from small town in Estonia. The callers were children who informed the call-taker that the toaster is on fire. They were not aware of their exact address; they knew the street name and flat number but not the house number. The call-taker used the location information she received with  Emergency Location Service and she quickly found the right house. The Estonian 112 service gave a dispatch order to rescue and ambulance units who quickly arrived to the scene and helped the children.

On 10 January 2017, an emergency call was received by a Public Safety Answering Point in Lithuania. The caller appeared to be an 7-year old boy, who reported he had found his father unconscious or dead. He informed the operator that he didn’t know his address or the telephone number of any of his relatives. Cell-ID location information received by the emergency services had a radius of 14 km. Fortunately the operator received the location via Android Emergency Location, with a radius of 6 metres. The police and ambulance services were dispatched and the emergency responders provided medical care to the man who has now fully recovered.

full story link on 9TO5Mac


Story 4

Apple Watch app tracks viewer heart rate spikes during ‘Game of Thrones’

Four out of the top five scenes to cause high pulse rates in viewers centred around drama between characters, rather than violence, the Cardiogram app found.

Three-hundred people were enrolled into the app’s Cardiogram Habits feature, entitled “What Game of Thrones does to your Heart Rate.” It reminded users to turn on continuous heart rate recording on their Apple Watch at 8:45pm, US time,on Sundays.

Approximately 2.3 million measurements were taken across the first four episodes of the current seventh season, with the high frequency of measurements allowing the startup to spot trends based on what was happening onscreen.

The event with the highest average pulse rate so far was Jamie Lannister’s charge against Daenerys Targaryen and Drogon, an action scene that focused on conflict between two main characters, preceded by another scene concerning Tyrion Lannister’s internal conflict. The scene achieved an average heart rate of 91 beats per minute, higher than the second-place moment by 8 beats per minute.

full story



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Story 5

E-DIVORCE: How artificial intelligence could help Australian couples break up quickly and cheaply

The federal government has granted $341,000 to National Legal Aid to investigate creating a system that could reduce the number of long and expensive divorce proceedings.

The scoping project will be managed by the South Australia Legal Services Commission.

NLA chairman Graham Hill said that artificial intelligence would be used to “deliver low-cost, user-friendly legal assistance to help separating couples identify their differences and work through them”.

“Family breakdowns are invariably awful and so too are the legal disputes that often follow them. Too often, these disputes prove to be too expensive, too time-consuming, too painful and too adversarial for all parties,” he said.

“I estimate 20% of all family law disputes in Australia could, in the future, be resolved through online dispute resolution. This technology would save thousands of hours of court time.

full story link on


Story 6

Song meant to spoof car audio systems climbs into top 50 on Apple’s iTunes charts

A track consisting of nothing but 9 minutes and 58 seconds of silence is currently sitting at 49th place in Apple’s iTunes charts, apparently out of frustration with the way many car audio systems work.


Story 7

Inside iOS 11: AirPods controls expand with separate left/right earpiece taps, skip track ability

Apple’s AirPods are currently limited to a trio of controls on both earpieces, but their functionality will be greatly enhanced this fall with the release of iOS 11, giving users the ability to give each wireless pod a separate, customisable function with a double tap.


How to 1 ~ this weeks call

Safari downloads instead of displaying page when you click on a link

We “cleared History” in Safari by going to

Safari menu

Clear History ~ without success

~ we did last hour and today and yesterday

We then Quit Safari and moved the contents of the Safari folder in the User / Library / Safari ( Remember to hold down the option key and select Library from the Go menu when in Finder )

Restarted iMac


How To 2 – this weeks email

iOS 11 Safari passwords


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