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I like being able to stream media from a home server to mobile receivers and players. One app that I rely on is Infuse.

Disclaimer: I have not been asked to promote the app nor am I compensated in any way to write this. I am sharing my thoughts just in case anyone else has the same needs or faces the same issues I had with the app.

With Infuse, I can stream media stored on a server or an external drive to my iPad. However, when I updated macOS to Catalina, I could no longer access my shared folders and drives. I discovered that I was not the only one.

Fortunately, someone discovered a workaround.

Unfortunately, it was imprecise, particularly about how to give Apple Samba, smbd, full disk access in Catalina. So I outline what worked for me.

  1. Use Finder’s “Go to folder” and type “/usr/sbin“ (without quotation marks).
  2. Once in that folder, look for the file “smbd”.
  3. Create an alias (shortcut) for smbd by right-clicking on it.
  4. The alias should be copied to the Desktop. (If not, move the alias to the Desktop.)
  5. Open the System Preferences application, go to Security and Privacy, and select the Privacy section.
  6. Unlock this section with your system password and Allow Full Disk Access to smbd by clicking on the “+” sign and adding the smbd alias.
  7. Ensure that smbd is also listed/added in the Files and Folders section.
  8. Launch Infuse on an iOS device and regain access to previously shared folders.

… and damned if you don’t. That was one of my reactions when I watched this video.

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The video featured volunteers trying to help during the US government service shutdown. But they were stopped by an authority figure because current policies do not allow them to chip in when the chips are down for federal employees.

Therein lies a reminder for change agents in schooling and education. You know that something should be done now and you take it upon yourself (and perhaps a small team) to enact the change. But policies and those that police them will stand in your way.

This reminded me of a series of workshops that I designed and conducted for an education institute. I had recommended that policy makers and administrators also attend the sessions.

My contact enabled this and it was a joy to facilitate. The police makers and administrators were not on the frontline and could not see what progressive pedagogy looked like. At the same time, instructors on the ground could not understand the rationales formed in towers overhead.

The workshops became shared spaces and experiences for these folk to co-learn and to exchange their perspectives. I wish more organisations would enable such designs.

Shared bicycles have been in the local news of late, but not always for good reason.

The current three providers of shared bikes here — mobike, obike, and ofo — face the same types of problems. Most of the problems stem from the inconsiderate behaviour of bike users.

The recent high profile cases included a teenager who threw a bike down a block of flats, a man who did the same, and a group that threw a bike into a canal.

These are probably not signs of an epidemic of reckless behaviour because they are exceptions, not the rule. However, the rule is just as upsetting. I have tried the bike services, and while the bikes are easy to find, I rarely find one that I can use immediately. I often find a damaged or vandalised bike first.

Damaged ofo shared bike.

The photo montage above is of one bike with a missing seat and broken brake cables. I have also seen padlocked drive chains, warped wheels, missing parts, loose fixtures, etc.

oBike app: Reporting damaged bikes.

The bike companies use mobile apps that allow users to make reports. I have lost count of the number I have submitted. I have also not heard from the companies by way of acknowledgement. Perhaps they are too busy collecting and repairing the bikes.

The damaging of shared bikes is an example of why we cannot have nice things. The bikes do not need to be dramatically damaged like being thrown off tall buildings or into monsoon drains. It is the small, every day things done by small, every day people that reflects our collective psyche that frustrates me.

This Singlish phrase sums up my feelings: Why liddat?

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This iOS game, Johnny Test: Roller Johnny, is different in that you can create shared gaming spaces simply by putting other iPhones or iPads nearby.

Some might propose that this idea could be extended simply to share and extend a digital whiteboard. But that idea is not valuable in itself. More complex variants of that idea might be.

For example, I can imagine three or four iPhone/iPod Touch instrument apps near a central iPad or computer that serves as a mixer or compiler for music notation, synthesis or creation.

I can also imagine a multimedia project group first brainstorming and then managing their project with this tool. First each member composes ideas in their own devices and “flicks” them to the central device which is displayed for all to see and discuss.

After the group agrees on a plan of action, each member uses a different tool on each device, e.g., web search, background music composition, video editing, and text crafting. They then discuss their progress in real time by sending updates to the central device and by putting the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together.

Ooh, I smell an app for project-based learning!


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