Portland Boil Water Notice

The city of Portland is currently under a citywide Boil Water Alert due to E.Coli in the water.

Don’t worry Portland, we’re laughing with you.

Apple Preventing in-store iPad Mini with Retina Purchases

It seems Apple is constraining in-store purchases of the iPad mini with retina display.

The Backstory

A couple nights ago, I reached that point where I was 99% certain I wanted to get an iPad mini, despite the lack of Touch ID. I knew supplies were tight, but I figured it was worth seeing if any were in stock locally. To my surprise, there were some available, so I placed an order for Personal Pickup at the Pioneer Place Apple Store.

Yesterday, I picked up the new iPad at lunch time and started to install things and get it set up. Knowing that a few folks had seen image retention problems, I decided to use the test by Marco Arment to check my display.

Unfortunately, it failed with a noticeable retained pattern.

I set up a Genius Bar appointment for later in the afternoon. I talked to the Genius about what I saw and she said that because the unit was brand new, it made sense to just return it and get a new one rather than any sort of repair process. So far, so good.

We Don’t Have Any Available

The Genius told me that they didn’t have any of the same model iPad available for exchange (they didn’t have the other color, either). She was very apologetic and facilitated me returning the defective iPad, telling me that I should just order a new one online and that was going to be the quickest way to get a new unit.

That was a bummer, but not entirely unsurprising, since I knew supplies were short. What happened next was the surprise.

I left the store, went out to my car, and had a bright idea: I was about to drive across town for a meeting, putting me within a mile of another Apple Store (Bridgeport Village). I figured I’d fire up the Apple Store app and see if the other store had any iPads available.

They did. But the app also told me that Pioneer Place, the store I’d just left, had them available as well.

Apple Preventing Stores from Selling iPads Without Online Order

I walked back into the store and talked with two employees, explaining what I’d seen and asking for an explanation. They told me that they’re not able to sell the iPad mini with retina units unless they’ve been preordered online.

That’s right: they have the units in stock, but aren’t allowed to sell them to a customer who walks into the store and asks for one.

They suggested that I could order one online and that it would be ready for pickup, at that store, within an hour. They even offered to let me use the store’s computers to make the order. After a bit of back-and-forth conversation that basically consisted of me repeating WTF, I left the store as I needed to head across town.

Once back in my car, I ordered the iPad for pickup at Bridgeport, made the 45-minute drive, picked it up, and was on my way.

The new unit doesn’t have the screen retention problem.

Interesting Links Roundup: November 9th

As I wander the web I find interesting things. I share:

What have you seen lately that’s interesting?

WordPress Power Blogging Tips – October 29th at the Portland WordPress Meetup

WordPress logoIf you’ve ever been interested in blogging better, or just listening to me perform an organized(ish) brain dump of a lot of WordPress power user blogging tips and tricks, you’ll want to be at the Portland WordPress meetup on October 29th. Daniel invited me to come and share some things with the group.

Topics to be covered include (but are not limited to):

  • idea management / article creation and workflow
  • writing in various places both within and outside of the WordPress interface
  • media tips
  • a few useful plugins
  • my newsletters and how they relate to my blogs
  • social, search, and incoming link strategery
  • things I schedule and automate vs. things I choose to do manually

What else is on your mind? If there’s something else related to content creation, publishing, or sharing that you’d like to hear about, leave a comment and I’ll see if I can help.

PDX in a Fisheye

An über-wide-angle view of the canopy over the arrival/departure roadways at Portland International Airport.  The termial is to the left; a parking garage is on the right.

I recently experimented with a Sigma 4.5mm Circular Fisheye Lens on behalf of the Photography StackExchange site. Here’s one of the images… an über-wide-angle view of the canopy over the arrival/departure roadways at Portland International Airport. The termial is to the left; a parking garage is on the right.

Twas the Day Before WordCamp

Twas the day before WordCamp
And all through the ‘net
The chatter got stronger;
Would it be the best yet?

Affordable tickets mean that more can attend
With your interests in writing, design, or back end.
Those low-priced tickets always seem to make sense
But it means we have sponsors for most of the expense.

WordPress logoThe speakers are ready to drop knowledge and tips.
About half are local and half came on trips.
Some topics are basic: good knowledge for all.
Others are specialized for a more narrow cabal.

We found out on Thursday that Matt would return.
His “town halls” are interesting; it seems too soon when we adjourn.
Will the topics keep folks on the edge of the chair?
And I wonder if someone will ask about his hair…

Portland likes unconference so of course we have that.
Less-formal presentations that more resemble a chat.
We’ll solicit ideas and put them on a wall.
Then narrow the field of ideas big and small.

With a schedule and topics there will be information
In slide decks and demos and lots of oration.
Though our speakers are savvy they’re also quite nice
And will happily talk with you and give you advice.

For as much as we talk about speakers and plans,
Much learning can be had by just talking with fans.
It’s the connections with people that are really the thing
That make this an event that’s worth attending.

The event is the work of many volunteers.
We should pause during the fun and give them some cheers.
Over the past weeks and months, their lives have been affected
As families, businesses, and hobbies were neglected.

Coffee in the morning will get juices flowing
To help brains ingest WordPress things as our knowledge is growing.
And since this is Portland we’ll eat better here.
There will be noshing on barbecue, Whiffies, and beer.

Like similar events there is sure to be swag…
Pint glasses and stickers and some sort of nametag.
You’ll see that W everywhere that you go
And we’ll take extra care not to use the fauxgo.

Thanks to connections that pass through the wall
Those not in attendance will hear of it all.
We’ll be sharing our thoughts, both simple and complex.
You’ll find them by searching wcpdx.

Sunday is Dev Day for those who get into the code.
Talk plugins or themes and hope the bits don’t explode.
A great chance to get going for all those who swore
That this was the year they’d start contributing to core.

We like open source and the freedoms allowed.
Sometimes the answer is built by the crowd.
Whether code, docs, or other help – no contribution is too small
If it results in a WordPress that’s better for all.

When the event comes to an end the words are concise.
We’ll be sent on our way with a bit of advice:
“You’re full of ideas, go implement… don’t wait.
Happy blogging to all! The future looks great!”

I hope to see you tomorrow at WordCamp Portland!