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Still haven't really had much of a chance to play with my new camera phone. 

I have noticed that it seems to quite well with backlighting - doing a decent job of HDR by default.  My old phone would have struggled with this lighting.

iPhone XS HDR

iPhone XS HDR

Annoyingly, the bug iPhones have recording date/time is still there in this phone/iOS.  These are the first photos taken.  Even the very first photo is wrong.  It was taken at 22:06 on 5/11, but the Date modified field is 01:51 on 7/11, when I was in bed asleep!  Fricken hate Apple.

iPhone bad date time data

I knew later phones/OSes had little video clips attached to photos, so when you play them on the phone you see the second or two before the photo was taken as a little animation.  I thought was some internal function on the phone.  I didn't realise it actually saves little .mov files for each one!  It's kinda cool, but I'm not entirely convinced - it takes at least twice as much space per photo, and it will make sorting/filing photos that much harder...

The face recognition is pretty cool.  Haven't tried it to see if anyone else can hack into it with their face.  

The lack of a home button is taking some getting used to.  It's mostly ok, but sometimes need a couple of swipes to get it.

The size and weight of it is majorly painful.  I feel like I'm going to drop it on my face when I'm playing with it in bed.  I got a case for it today and with that on the corner of it sticks out of my pocket because it simply doesn't fit.  Le sigh.  Fricken hate Apple.

Remember, Remember?

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So eleven years ago today I started work at my current job.

Since it was a nice, memorable date, I decided I'd take the plunge on the 256GB XS.  $15/month more (ouch!!) but with any luck it should do me a good five years and not fill up (it has 16x more space!!).

The whole process of getting the phone was fairly quick, on account of being a current customer.

It sat on my desk all afternoon.  I couldn't do much with it though until I got home.

I backed up my 5 with iTunes, and made a physical copy of the data files.  Then I downloaded and upgrade iTunes to the latest version.  The new version wouldn't see my phone - complained about needing a driver.  So went into device manager and updated the driver.  It wanted to restart but I didn't bother with that, as iTunes could see the phone again.  Backed it up again in the new version, and went to make another physical copy of the backup files.  Except they'd all gone.  Disappeared.  I actually ran SpaceMonger to find the files - they'd been moved to c:\users\<user>\apple.  Fricken hate Apple.

So plugged the new phone into iTunes, and went through the process of restoring my old phone setup.  Took like twenty minutes.  It was pretty cool to see over 200 GB free :)  It did its thing and rebooted, then kept going, but it got stuck at Updating iCloud Settings.  Left it for ages but it still stayed there.  So rebooted the phone.  Got back in and kept going.  Looks like it was actually updating all of my applications in the background.  Without my permission!!!  Fricken hate Apple.  The worst part of that was Foursquare - it finally updated to a version that you can't checkin with anymore.  Which means I'm going to have to get Swarm.  Fricken hate Foursquare.  I got away with it for so long, so this just makes me sad.  Thanks Apple.  NOT.

The other thing that's not working that I'm going to need is one of my work apps, so will need to take my old phone to work tomorrow until that's sorted.

And then there's all the apps that simply don't work on the 64 bit OS.

I suppose I should swap the sim cards over and make it all official-like.  And take a photo on it to christen it....

In 2016 I borrowed the book, The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank, by Willy Lindwer, off Kit.  It's the transcripts of interviews Willy Lindwer did in the late 1980s with six women who knew Anne Frank, who all survived German concentration camps.  So it's all their stories in their own words.  I read the first three stories in 2016, but things got a little too real at the end of 2016 and it got too hard to read.  

But with Kit about to move down the coast I finished it off last week.  

A somewhat tough read because of the content, but stories that need to be told.

I'd like to see the documentary some time too.

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