PC Pro Podcast 181

On the PC Pro podcast this week: problems with Apple’s iOS 5 upgrade; students acting as internet censors; CyanogenMod’s Android ROM for the HP TouchPad; and the DRM-cracking exploit that lets businesses continue using their accounting software after the distributor has pulled the plug. Our hot software candidate is Ubuntu 11.10, a.k.a. the Oneiric Ocelot.

What Not to Say About Someone’s Appearance

What Not to Say About Someone’s Appearance

Don’t say: “You look tired.”
Why: It implies she doesn’t look good.
Instead say: “Is everything OK?” We often blurt the “tired” comment when we get the sense that the other person feels out of sorts. So just ask.

Don’t say: “Wow, you’ve lost a ton of weight!”
Why: To a newly trim person, it might give the impression that she used to look unattractive.
Instead say: “You look fantastic.” And leave it at that. If you’re curious about how she got so svelte, add, “What’s your secret?”

Don’t say: “You look good for your age.”
Why: Anything with a caveat like this is rude. It’s saying, “You look great―compared with other old people. It’s amazing you have all your own teeth.”
Instead say: “You look great.”

Don’t say: “I could never wear that.”
Why: It can be misunderstood as a criticism. (“I could never wear that because it’s so ugly.”)
Instead say: “You look so good in skinny jeans.” If you slip, say something like “I could never wear that…because I wasn’t blessed with your long legs.”

Apple’s Mountain of Cash Grows to $81.5 Billion

True, the analysts weren’t too happy with Apple’s quarterly financial results, but here’s one amazing detail from Apple’s report that might make you feel optimistic about the company’s outlook: Apple now has $81.5 billion in cash as well as short and long-term investments.

Last time we checked (in July), Apple’s balance was $75.9 billion, surpassing the total operating balance of the U.S. government. With the company’s cash reserves growing as fast as they are, it opens numerous possibilities for acquisitions. For comparison, Google’s recent $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola would be a relatively small dent in Apple’s enormous cash mound.

During the call, Apple also announced that two thirds of the company’s cash an investments are held overseas. Apple has recently backed a proposal for a tax holiday, under which companies such as Cisco, Oracly, Pfizer and Apple would get a tax break on earnings generated overseas.

If the proposed plan is accepted, these companies would have to pay a tax rate of 5.25 percent, as opposed to the 35 percent tax on profits generated outside of the U.S. The consortium of companies backing the plan claims the tax break would be justified by investing in research and hiring.

Artical courtesy of Mashable Business.

iOS 5 – Error 3200

Having problems upgrading to iOS 5 on your iPad or iPhone? You could be one of the estimated one in every thousand users who is experiencing problems.

The most frequent problem when upgrading to iOS 5 is an error message ambiguously entitled “Error 3200.”

The Apple store geniuses at the genius bar only say that this error is something they’re working on, and add that there is nothing we can do to change that error code.

Cause of the problem

The problem is occurring because there are too many people trying to access Apple’s servers at the same time. The problems should all have been resolved within the next 24 hours.

The problem starts when your device tries to contact Apple servers for authorization. When the Apple servers were being accessed by millions of users trying to upgrade to iOS 5, many of the requests were not being fulfilled. As a result, many users are reporting trying over again, where the Error 3200 mysteriously disappears.

So one way to solve the problem is just to keep trying. Since Apple’s servers are said to only be fulfilling about half the requests, you can easily win the coin-flip and get authorization.

Other problems reported:

  • Having to reorganize all your apps – it is an unfortunate time-consuming exercise, but only seems to affect users who have upgraded from a previously not up to date version of iOS (4.3.2 or before)
  • Backup taking a long time.
  • Downloading the upgrade taking a long time. It’s more than 700 MB, and because the servers are so overburdened, it’s taking longer than usual.
  • Inability to register for iCloud.

On the positive side, most users are saying the process has been seamless — even though most find it takes a long time to download iOS 5. Some report downloading the update in 15 minutes on broadband and in less than 2 minutes on a fibre connection. But after that, there is an extra backup process that takes much longer than usual.