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Size of iOS

Yesterday I have updated my iOS to version 12.0. My iPhone has only 16 GB of storage and that sometimes causes troubles. Occasionaly I look at the iPhone Storage in Settings and I do some cleaning. I was surprised and wondering why does the "Other", which is basically the iOS, take so much space. Apple should know that there are still people in this world that use iPhones with 16 GB storage every day.

I followed several recipes how to increase the free space in iPhone, but still: why does the iOS take so much space? This week I have found an article on OSXDaily,  describing a very unusual way (for me) how to reduce the "Other" storage space.

Before I tried this method, my "Other" took around 8 GB of storage. Then I connected my iPhone to iTunes, actually I did a back up, one restart and in total waited approximately 30 minutes (the iPhone was still connected to iTunes via cable). No idea what happened but the system really reduced its size, to 6.7 GB!


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The grayscale challenge

There was an article in NY Times about turning phones to grayscale. I found it while waiting in line in a theatre, January 18th. The line was long and as anybody else in the line, I was holding my phone in front of my face, reading and texting.

The basic idea is that the colors bring attention and with turning them down you can control the attention. I do not want to repeat once written, here is the original article:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/technology/grayscale-phone.html

Immediately I used the display filter on my iPhone and turned display into grayscale. I did not find it strange first. After more than two months, I turned the display back to normal color mode. Here are my personal observations:

Text: Obviously, no problems. Reading online can be even better, because you can ignore ads more easily.Camera: I like black and white photography, it was OK.Images: My photos were OK, however with some pictures from other people I wished to see colors.Video: Watching videos felt li…

Nonmainstream visit of Niagara Falls

That weekend supposed to be cold (6 & 7 January 2018). Very cold. In fact, later we got to know it was one of the coldest weekends in the history of New York City. This temperature drop was expected to happen after a bomb cyclone a few days earlier. My plans for the weekend were simple - stay at home, keep myself warm and fed, perhaps cinema with a friend.

... and then on Friday, in the evening, Johnny texted me ...


That idea was so crazy that I canceled all my plans. We (Vivi, Johnny, Boris and me) met in the City next morning and took an Uber to Newark Airport to rent a car there (it is cheaper).


PS: This is not our car, but our car was later almost as dirty as this one.

Expected travel time to Niagara falls from Newark was around 6.5 hours. Probably in the summer and without traffic. It took us almost 10 hours. We survived snowstorms and freezing darkness on some county roads, far, far away from highways. But we saw some interesting places and had fun.



It could be easily -15°C …