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Tuesday, November 13

📱 Quirks and issues when migrating to a new iOS device (case of iPad Pro 11” & iPhone XS)

Yesterday Christmas came early to me and I was setting up new iPad Pro 11” and a pair of new iPhones for me and my wife. I love the new devices but setting them up takes time... and has some issues. Here’s how I came about it and what I think can be improved in this process:

Quirks and issues when migrating to a new iOS device (case of iPad Pro 11” & iPhone XS)

New iOS setup is still a pain...

If you’re upgrading to a newer iOS device the process is still very cumbersome. Apple is trying to make it “look easy” but it still has room for improvement. You have basically two options:

1. The “iTunes backup” option

You plug your old iOS device with cable to your Mac and provided you have enough free space there, you open iTunes and in there open the settings of your iOS device, change the setting from “iCloud backup” to “Local backup” and make sure to check the “Encrypt backup” option.

Once that’s done, you unplug your old device and plug in the new one and restore it from the backup you’ve just completed.

I did it yesterday with my wife’s iPhone 6S Plus to XS Max upgrade and it went OK, and it did preserve most of her passwords, but still, after everything was said and done, I had to tap on each and every app to make sure it’s loaded properly (and some weren’t) and in the meantime the iOS was nagging me with requests for iCloud/iTunes/AppStore and other passwords.

2. The “iCloud backup” option

You basically make sure you’ve got the latest backup of your iOS device and then power on the new device, sign in to your iCloud account and choose “restore from iCloud backup” and wait until everything gets downloaded via WiFi.

If you have fast Internet connection (which I luckily do) the download part doesn’t take as much time. This is what I did yesterday setting up my new beautiful iPad Pro 11”.

Later I had to go through the same routine of opening each and every app on the new iPad to make sure it works. Some worked out of the box, most asked me to log in again to download everything again...

And the worst part of this option is that you get a lot more prompts for passwords from iOS. Annoyingly so.

Conclusion? How to make the “upgrade” in more of “it just works” style?

In my ideal world, if I’m replacing an iPhone or iPad, i.e. I will no longer use this iPad but will use the new one (and the same for iPhone), I should just “pair” them, confirm I’m replacing them and they should automagically transfer everything to the new device. Then the new device should “take over everything” and have the same settings, passwords and things as the old one did... and the old one should basically “self destruct” and go back to factory settings.

This is the ideal scenario. Meanwhile here’s something that could be fixed sooner by Apple and 3rd party developers:

1. Passwords

I have several “Apple IDs” so I get it why I need to put each of these passwords... but why once is not enough? I had to repeat several passwords many times over, which is frustrating! And defeats the purpose of having long and secure passwords, because if I have to write them several times I’m not inclined to make them longer to basically go against myself!

Also, the password prompt is modal - yes, it takes over the entire screen which is stupid as then I cannot go to 1Password to copy the password from there! Also, in iOS12 passwords are more integrated in the system... but not in these modal views - there’s no way to paste the passwords easily in there.

2. 2-factor authenticator

To be more secure you have to use 2FA (2-factor authentication) in as many web sites as possible. I used to use Google authenticator for this but now I’ve changed to Authy as only this app will let me easily migrate 2FA settings to a new device in the future. This time around I had to set them up one by one from scratch.

3. Individual apps force you to log out... :-(

Even if you do a full backup and restore, many apps force you to log out. After the migration the app should “just work” and what happens is that you open it, the app notices that you're on a new device and it logs yourself out and asks for credentials again.

The banking apps were even more painful. I get it. Security. But still, it took quite a while to set them all up again.

I wish iOS developers would test their apps - to really see how the upgrade process works with their apps and if it can be improved.

Good thing Nozbe doesn’t log you out. It just works on the new device :-)

The process of upgrading an iPhone or iPad is not there yet...

It’s getting better with each version of iOS, but it’s not there yet. I spent many hours yesterday upgrading to a new iPad Pro 11” and to a new iPhone XS. Longer than I thought.

The flip side is that in the process I reviewed all the apps on both the iPhone and the iPad and removed lots of them. Which is great. Now I’ve got significantly fewer apps on my devices which is a good thing. Let's see how long I can keep it that way.

One last thing...

I’m sure USB-C is the future yet I still have to embrace it. I had to buy many new cables and dongles to be able to the new device... and now both the iPhone and the iPad have the same operating system... but they have completely different cables and dongles. Same software and different hardware...

Something to get used to.

- written on my new iPad Pro 11” - first post on this blog written on this beautiful device. More thoughts on it soon...

Monday, November 12

🎧 The Podcast #164 - Why we do what we do

Last week on The Podcast we discussed the reasons behind our actions - why we work on Nozbe, why we record this podcast, why I wrote10 steps to ultimate productivity book... What are our motivations? It’s all in here:

The Podcast - 164 - Why we do what we do

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 45 minutes

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And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Sunday, November 11

💯 100 Years of Polish Independence 🇵🇱

Today is Polish Independence Day and this one is very special! In this short post I’m going to explain why I’m proud to be Polish, European and why I’m hopeful for the future.

100 Years of Polish Independence

100 years of Poland

Today is a special day. It’s been 100 years as Poland is a free country. I’m happy to be celebrating this day as a proud Polish person. Here’s why:

Saturday, November 10

🎬 Why “No Office”? Why I’m running an all-remote company? - my presentation at Infoshare 2018

In this presentation that I did in front of an audience of 500+ people at InfoShare 2018 I’m talking about the “why” of #NoOffice - why we’re running a company without an office. What are the advantages and disadvantages and why I believe it’s the future of work.

Why an all-remote team can be successful and work better!?

Infoshare

Apart from the big “why” I also talk about the practical aspects of running an all-remote company and why it might not make sense to rent an office space for your company/startup and why by working all-remote you can have a better team:

  • how you can make your team feel more connected... even though they don’t share the same physical space
  • how to run meetings, how to run projects, how to get stuff done together in a “no office” team
  • when meeting in person matters and when it really doesn’t - how to build a company based on trust and not just control
  • why when you’re together you’re wasting time and having only an illusion of control - how to structure communication in your team
  • why a physical office can be an additional tool for your team/company but is not a requirement - why you can hire from anywhere and how it benefits you
  • why you can save money on rent and save time and stress on daily commute

Plus lots of practical tips of running an all remote team from me - a person, who’s been doing this for the last 11 years + more tips from other companies who’re doing it as well (Automattic, Buffer, MySQL, etc.). Enjoy!

P.S. And if you want to find out how I worked on this presentation, you’ll get the whole back-stage listening or watching the episode 145 of The Podcast

Friday, November 9

🎧 The Podcast #163 - Joy of less

Last week on The Podcast we discussed minimalism again - it was a nice follow-up to our majestic episode 162 where we showed what we had in our backpacks 🎒 for our Nozbe Reunion trip. Here’s more on minimalism for your listening pleasure:

The Podcast - 163 - Joy of less

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 36 minutes

If you rate us on iTunes, we might give you a shout-out on air! Thanks! :-)

And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Thursday, November 8

✔️ New habits before the year ends

This year a few things got out of hand for me - or let’s say they’re not where I want them to be. So I decided to do something about it now and instill/strengthen new habits until the end of this year.

New habits before the year ends

Taking on new habits is hard. Make them stick is even harder. That’s why Leo Babauta argues you should only try to introduce one habit at a time.

Well, I’m too inpatient for that.

Starting from November I’ve taken on 3 habits at a time. My excuse is that they’re all semi-related, so I’m hoping they’ll reinforce each other... but only time will tell.

I’m very much tempted to share these habits with the world right now... but according to Derek Sivers I should keep them to myself.

So I’ll be vague and I'll let you know a little... and report after 2 months how I’m doing.

  • Habit 1 has to do with eating and drinking
  • Habit 2 has to do with routines (see? related!)
  • Habit 3 has to do with writing (partially related...)

I’ve already started and I’ve seen some good progress. But November has only started so I’ve got a long way to go.

Wanna challenge me?

How about you challenging me? Let me know via Twitter which habit(s) you’re going to start introducing this month until the end of the year.

According to research it takes about 60 days to get the habits going... so we’ve got exactly the time need to make them stick.

What are you going to do?

Here’s to ending this year and starting 2019 with a great new habits acquired!

Wednesday, November 7

🎧🎬 The Podcast #162 - Backpack Only

On our October Nozbe reunion we recorded our most geeky and longest episode in the history of The Podcast where we showed all the contents of our backpacks 🎒- how we travel #BackpackOnly - what we take, what we don’t take... the whole thing - make sure to watch this one on video:

Watch this episode on video:

The Podcast - 162 - Backpack Only

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 74 minutes

If you rate us on Apple Podcasts, we might give you a shout-out on air! Thanks! :-)

And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Monday, November 5

🎧 The Podcast #161 - Talk to them!

Last month I attended Mobiconf conference and on The Podcast we discussed my experience there and some useful tips and tricks of choosing conferences you’re attending.

The Podcast - 161 - Talk to them!

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 49 minutes

If you rate us on iTunes, we might give you a shout-out on air! Thanks! :-)

And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Friday, November 2

🎧 The Podcast #160 - Building with hammers

Last month after our home-automation episode on The Podcast we discussed renovating my home office and other geeky stuff like tinkering with Raspberry Pi by Radek.

The Podcast - 160 - Building with hammers

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 41 minutes

If you rate us on iTunes, we might give you a shout-out on air! Thanks! :-)

And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Wednesday, October 31

🎧 The Podcast #159 - Home Automation

One of my September projects that we also discussed at length on The Podcast was my month-long experimentation with HomeKit and automating the heck out of my house! Finally getting closer to a Jetsons-style house!

The Podcast - 159 - Home Automation

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 50 minutes

If you rate us on iTunes, we might give you a shout-out on air! Thanks! :-)

And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Monday, October 29

🎧🎬 The Podcast #158 - Sabbatical

Also back in September on The Podcast we discussed my 6-workweek sabbatical - first time ever when I disconnected from Nozbe (the company) for such a long time - which is really hard for a founder and CEO. Here are the details (also on video!)

Watch this episode on video:

The Podcast - 158 - Sabbatical

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 52 minutes

If you rate us on Apple Podcasts, we might give you a shout-out on air! Thanks! :-)

And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Friday, October 26

🎧 The Podcast #157 - Watermelon 🍉

In September on The Podcast we discussed our latest and greatest contribution to open-source - Watermelon DB created and shipped by Radek and our Nozbe dev team. So proud of these guys - we talk what it means to do open source and why we’ve done that:

The Podcast - 157 - Watermelon 🍉

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 44 minutes

If you rate us on iTunes, we might give you a shout-out on air! Thanks! :-)

And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Friday, October 5

✔️ How digital nomads get stuff done - mobiconf 2018

Today I’m speaking on the Mobiconf 2018 in Krakow where I show how our Nozbe team is getting stuff done in our #NoOffice company using mobile apps. Specifically I’m using the iPad as an example of how I’m using this powerful mobile computer to lead my team from anywhere.

How digital nomads get stuff done - mobiconf 2018

The Goodies

This post is to serve as a repository of all the goodies (apps, shortcuts and other resources) I’m mentioning in my presentation. This way I can just point the audience on the last slide to this web site: sliwinski.com/mobiconf and that’s it!

OK, now here are all the goodies:

Wednesday, September 12

🎧 The Podcast #156 - Sport hacks

Another August re-post of The Podcast, where we discussed hacks I’m using to stay in shape and do sports when my routine is broken... by the summer holidays. Lots of useful fitness tips here:

The Podcast - 156 - Sport hacks

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 24 minutes

If you rate us on iTunes, we might give you a shout-out on air! Thanks! :-)

And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Monday, September 10

🎧 The Podcast #155 - Spreading the word

Also in August on The Podcast we discussed the reason why I’m blogging here and Radek is not blogging on his personal blog... and if he should or not? The result? Listen up:

The Podcast - 155 - Spreading the word

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 42 minutes

If you rate us on iTunes, we might give you a shout-out on air! Thanks! :-)

And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.