Archive for September, 2019

iPad Pro and 13.1 no longer updates.

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

I updated my iPad Pro to 13.1 and found I can no longer get updates. Click Software Updates and you get:

Unable to Check for Update – An error occurred while checking for a software update.

Basic troubleshooting has failed:

  • Restart and Force restart
  • Reset Network.
  • Change DNS to google DNS.
  • Checked Apple Services.
  • Saw a note from somebody alleging Apple Care said there was no update for 13.1.1

I would use iTunes. The problem? The new cables don’t work with a Windows Laptop. Ordered a special cable (Amazon Basics). Will Try again once it arrives tomorrow.

*Update – 9/29/19*

This was a case of a magical fix. I ran the update last night and it worked. I am not so sure it was my iPad or my network as I was able to update my iPhone and watch.

Even though the status page was green; I wonder if something was disabled or overloaded? Oh well; cable will arrive today. Next time; I can test the iTunes approach.

At least the battery drain seems to have stopped or lessened…..

The return of python

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

I decided to take up python again. Wasn’t a heavy user as I was a bit of a Perl snob. The current job really doesn’t offer serious time for good scripting so I was a little lax on that front.

I have a refresher book “Visual Quickstart Guide for Python” and for simple minded fun “Mission Python: Code a space adventure Game”

The mission book wants pygame. I quickly found I needed to install pip as well. Commands not recognized.

I should mention; I am using Windows 10 on a laptop and have installed Visual Studio community edition with the Python add on. I still upgraded Python to the latest release.

If you are using Windows; you can make your python experience a little easier with two PATH additions for python and the scripts folder in python. In my case

  • “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Shared\Python37_64\”
  • “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Shared\Python37_64\ Scripts\”

After that; you can get a nice little script which will run the pip install. Start an admin level CMD window and enter: python <location of script>\get-pip.py

Once it’s installed; you can install pygame simply by entering: pip install pygame

It’s a quick install. Just verify there are no error messages.

An editor for iPad Pro.

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

I recently upgraded to an iPad Pro and decided to make it a tool for most things. One area needed was an “ok” editor.

I tried out “pages” and found it to be rather annoying. It would not recognize other file formats and it would recognize formatting.

I am using Textilus Pro right now and it’s been an improvement.