Another ordinary day?

While I don’t really want to write about being transgender, it doesn’t seem like my obscure writing about tech is ever going anywhere. I’m never going to be a part of that “cool kids club” of tech bloggers (e.g. Serenity Caldwell, Rene Ritchie, Jason Snell, et.al.) so what can I do with my time?

And today I saw this tweet in my timeline by a trans woman (presumably) in tech, being retweeted by a prominent “tech-celebrity”/”influencer” that I follow.

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And it immediately made me uncomfortable. How would I talk about my life experiences pre and post transition? I can’t pretend to know what CIS-women go through, because I’m not CIS.

It got me thinking about all the little ways that my life is a struggle. I’m not female; nobody views me that way. I’m a third gender that’s basically non-human, even in one of the most socially progressive states in the country.

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I’m with my mom, visiting the Apple Store today, she’s looking for a case for her new iPhone SE. The store isn’t busy, there’s easily 4-5 employees talking amongst themselves, not helping any customers.

Nobody greets us or asks if they can help us. We have to actively seek out someone to see if they have the leather case in the color she wants. The employee forgets about us, so my mom flags down another employee. I walk around and browse the Apple Watch display, two employees are talking together one table away. Neither one asks if I have any questions or want to try one on. They do greet and help a young woman and her male friend (boyfriend?) find replacement watch bands.

I keep browsing, this time the iPad Pro. Another woman is there, trying out a 12.9″ model with the Smart Keyboard, an employee walking past asks if he can help her, then moves on when she declines. I pick up a 9.7″ model to try out, then a 12.9, then move to one with the keyboard attached. Nobody ever says a word to me. Eventually my mom and I leave, they didn’t have the case in the Navy Blue color she wanted.

While our visit was short (20 minutes maybe?) nobody ever acknowledged that I was there.

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This was a good day, I was just “invisible” to the people there, or at least they were polite enough to act like it. Some days, a lot of days, are far worse.

Lust…

http://www.apple.com/ipad-pro/

So I really thought the new 9.7″ iPad Pro would be what finally sold me, but between listening to so many podcasters gush about the 12.9″ iPad Pro, and seeing how amazing the split view/multitasking is in person, I’m not so sure anymore.

I definitely like the size and weight of the smaller, 9.7″ model, and it’s unquestionably the better size for reading in bed. But split view isn’t as incredible, and it lacks the fast-charging with the 29W USB-C adapter.

Regardless, thanks to the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, I’m definitely tempted to just forgo a desktop computer altogether for a iPad Pro.

Please apple, just give us a compiler/Xcode for iOS at WWDC this year. While you’re at it, local, encrypted backups without iTunes (e.g. To a flash drive using the new USB to lightning adapter) would be great too.

Now to find a purse large enough (but still stylish!) to carry around such a monster of a tablet.

El Capitan

So I finally took the plunge a couple weeks ago and upgraded my hackintosh to OS X 10.11 El Capitan. This is just some preliminary notes on how my upgrade went, and some guidelines you may want to follow if you’re similarly upgrading your machine.

Because this is a major version upgrade, and El Capitan is adding stricter SIP, I recommend being a bit more methodical/paranoid than normal with the upgrade:

  • copy existing clover config/installation to a USB key for backup/emergency use
    1. a full bootable clone of your 10.10 install is best, but a 10.10 USB installer with a known good clover config is good enough in most cases
  • find any/all updated kext patches for your hardware (e.g. cloveralc, handoff/BT, 5Ghz wifi)
  • copy all kexts that you plan to inject via clover to the 10.11 folder
    1. alternatively, you can copy your kexts to /Library/Extensions after your installation is finished. I chose this route so I could use a stricter SIP setting than most people are using.
  • add necessary ‘BooterConfig’ and ‘CsrActiveConfig’ values to config.plist to configure or disable SIP
    1. most people are using CsrActiveConfig 0x67 or 0x77; this is basically entirely disabled, and ultimately turns off all of the security that SIP offers.
    2. if you just want to turn off kext signing (ala kext-dev-mode=1 from yosemite) you want to use 0x11
    3. you can find a list of the various Csr options over at insanelymac.
  • update any kext patches to their 10.11 versions
  • If you have an unsupported Nvidia card…
    1. manually turn off the web drivers from the preference pane prior to running the installer.
    2. On the final reboot after installing, manually add the nv_disable=1 boot flag just to be safe
    3. install Nvidia web drivers & reboot without nv_disable
  • If you use CloverALC, make sure to run the script again to re-insert the layout/zml files
  • rebuild kernel cache one last time and reboot

For Nvidia users using any SMBIOS other than Mac Pro, you don’t need to change your SMBIOS for the install. Use a tool like pacifist to force install the drivers, then manually run the installer package. The Nvidia installer script does a check for existing driver components (specifically NVDAResmanWeb.kext), and if it finds them, it bypasses the hardware/SMBIOS check and allows the installation on any system with compatible OS version.

Ok Apple, I’m interested…

I didn’t have a lot of interest (and definitely no sense of “FOMO”) when Apple first announced the Apple Watch, nor when it was released, nor even after WWDC and the Watch OS 2.0 announcement.

But that all changed today, because the rose-gold aluminum is just flat gorgeous. I don’t think there’s too much to say really, Apple did a fantastic job of nailing subtle feminine style. Granted, I’d still prefer an option for a 42mm sport watch in rose gold aluminum with the lavender band from the 38mm, but the stone band is also very clean and professional, and should pair well with the forthcoming Rose Gold iPhone 6s models.