iPhone free space

January 13, 2017 | By Brian | No Comments | Filed in: iPhone.

I am constantly running out of space on my iPhone. I used to have 50+ updates waiting to be installed because every time I tried to install them, I got the “insufficient space available” message. I did the obvious things like deleting photos and videos, removing them from the “Recently Deleted” album, and deleting any apps I don’t really use (most are really small though). I cleared cache within Safari (which I never purposely open, I use Chrome), I closed all tabs in both Safari and Chrome. I was really reaching. I even went as far as deleting the iTunes app (don’t do that, we need it later), the Apple Maps* and the Watch app. No mercy!

This didn’t get me very far. I did notice that Messages was taking up the most space, so I started going into group chats and removing the pictures and giphys that I didn’t need anymore. This had a fairly significant impact, at least the first time I did it. I don’t use iCloud so I like to keep some threads alive, but I definitely didn’t need all the stupid giphys that were in them.

This still wasn’t enough. At this point I even restarted my phone thinking that it would clear out some temporary files or something. No change.

After some Googling and visiting a few shady looking sites, I found the answer. And I didn’t believe it when I did it, and you are just going to have to trust me. Here are the steps –

  1. First, let’s check how much free space you have now -> Settings, General, & Storage iCloud Usage and look at “Available”
  2. Open the iTunes Store on your phone (I had to reinstall it after deleting it to try to conserve space!)
  3. Search for ‘war and peace’
  4. Open the War and Peace movie
  5. Tap on ‘$3.99 RENT’
  6. iTunes will try to rent it, then fail because there isn’t enough space. YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED. This is where the trust comes in. Trust me, I have done this 20 times already.
  7. Now go back to Settings and check your Available space
  8. Bask in the glory of all your free space!

Why this works – First, the most important thing, to avoid the $3.99 charge, you must is to find something that has no chance in hell fitting on your phone. The HD version of War and Peace weighs in at 8.8GB. My phone is only 16GB so I’m safe here. If you have a 64GB phone this may actually fit, in which case you will get charged $3.99. You’ve been warned!

The internet seems to think that this method works because this forces iOS to clean out any temporary files and empty some caches that you, as a lowly user and owner of your phone, are not allowed to do.

So, you might be thinking “If thousands of people start using this trick, will there be an investigation as to why War and Peace is so popular?” Yep, that’s probably true. Their conversion rate of “clicks on rent button” to “charged $3.99” will absolutely suck and someone will be up in arms!

* One annoying thing about deleting the Apple Maps app is that you can no longer open an address from another app, like Calendar. This is annoying because I have both Waze and Google Maps. This is a vendor lock-in that will eventually get enough attention, but for now it’s not that big a deal to me.

A YouTube channel for my son

January 11, 2017 | By Brian | No Comments | Filed in: work.

My son decided that he wanted his own YouTube channel to publish his Minecraft sessions. I think he wants to become the next DanTDM (13M subscribers!). Two big hurdles with this one:

  1. Finding a good screen recorder for Windows 10
  2. Not using his full name as the name of the channel

Finding screen recorder software isn’t very hard, Google has a bunch of options. But each one seemed more scammy than the next. We finally settled on Wondershare Filmora, because that’s what his buddy in fifth grade uses. He’s still practicing so the huge watermark on the recordings isn’t bothering him yet. To remove it, requires a purchase which is $59 and I’m guessing that will happen soon.

Because he’s already got his own email with @olore.net hooked into Google (thanks to me for setting up the Google Apps for your domain like 100 years ago when it was free for everyone), creating a channel and uploading videos is a piece of cake. Almost too easy, especially for a 4th grader. While complete anonymity isn’t quite possible, I at least wanted to remove his full name from the top of his channel page. Easier said that done.

Eventually I found that if I created a Google+ page for/as him, he could add a nickname. Unfortunately, his nickname then appeared between his first and last name in quotes. Not what I was looking for, but close. Finally I landed on the solution – in the same screen where his First, Last and Nick name are in Google+ I removed his Last name, and Nick name, then changed his Minecraft handle as his First name. There was a warning about this change taking affect for all Google services, which probably means GMail too, which isn’t ideal, but for now his name is off his channel, and just his Minecraft name shows, which is perfect.

Without further adieu, I give you the joecraft2015 channel !