Is it thrifty or just plain cheap? Certainly we were ignorant about memory management on Rivka's iPad. For months my dear partner was taking apps, videos, podcasts and even eBooks in and out of the cloud and on and off of the iPad. I'm the tech guru around this household — at least until the girls get older and out-tech me — and have been hearing her mumblings in the background thinking, “Really need to get to that.”
And like so many other “Round-to-its”, solving the problem took about three minutes and will cost us $12 a year. I think we can afford that. Reluctance is a troublesome companion. For many years my partner Emilio and I literally had a “Round-to-it”. It was a wooden disc about an inch and a half across that had writing on both sides like a large wooden nickel. It's main text was, “TUIT”. There was probably a picture of something I don't remember. Our minds were fairly handicapped much of the time in the nineties.
We had a large dark red Ford Econoline van we'd bought as a touring rig for our band, Sweet Lizard Illtet, and as the Warner Brothers deal and our organization began disintegrating (along with the van), we started doing various other projects with the vehicle. At some point the latch that clasped the triangular vent window shut became loose, so that when moving quickly, wind whistled through it quite loud-and-incessantly. And the ROUND TUIT was just the right size and thickness to pull it closed. So it lived there in between the window and the latch for years. At least it felt like years.
One day Emilio was driving our friend, drummer Billy Atwell's dad somewhere and dad pointed at the jimmy-rigged window and said, “I see you finally got around to it.” After about 80 seconds of, “What?”, “That.”, “Huh?”, “I see you finally got around to it.”, Emilio realized that we had been in possession of a ROUND TUIT without knowing it.
So if you're ready to put your ROUND TUIT on your iPad memory, read on (now that I've taken up twice as long as your process will be), read on. But please, if you actually haven't either lost your Apple password or let your Apple payment method expire, take a moment to be grateful to yourself. You rock. You rock either way. It's Apple who is the devil. Better the devil you know than one you don't?
START OUT BY CHECKING THE CURRENT MEMORY STATUS, which is located either at the top of the main iPad Settings page (from the Settings page, select General from the list of options on the left) as in this picture from SmartiPadGuide, or under the General > Usage tab as shown in the image from iPadAcademy.
The line items under USAGE can each be clicked on and opened. Many, like Facebook and Maps, store information so that it can be re-accessed without the need for a network request (downloading something), but much of it (like the directions and maps to the home of the blind date you hated, or the not-funny facebook video) don't need to still be there. So yes - you can go through those items — particularly the ones with LARGE numbers next to them, and make some space.
As far as the CLOUD STORAGE (remember an iPad is in many ways just an interface to the Cloud), you're either going to want to set up an account and interface with another Cloud (remote storage) provider, or pay Apple it's dollar a month, which I believe at this time gets you 50 gigabytes. Click on the Change Storage Plan button under the iCloud settings tab. Follow the trolls.
I would like to credit this iPadPilotNews article from 2003 for having been my guide (some tech guru, right?).
In the next article I plan to write about a great desktop application called iE Explorer which I use for managing the storage on my iPhone. In the meantime will leave you with some quotes from an amazing book called Tools for Thought — which has been the foundation for my understanding of how computers work — that was literally sitting in the middle of a New York City sidewalk one day in the mid-nineties when I was walking by. It's a book from the late 1980's by Howard Rheingold that I continually return to for one thing or another.
Ted Nelson is voicing what a few people have known for a while, from the technical side -- that the intersection of communication and computer technologies will create a new communication medium with great possibilities. But he notes that the art of showing us those possibilities might belong to a different breed of thinker, people with different kinds of motivations and skills than the people who invented the technology. After Gutenberg came Cervantes. After movable type came novels. As Alan Kay pointed out, literature was the software of the era. The Cervantes of Hypertext might be learning to read right about now.
What a machine needs to know, practically before it can get started, is that the mysterious something that human chessmasters know that enables them to rule out all but a few possibilities when they look at a chessboard (or hear a chess situation described to them verbally). When a human contemplates a chess position, that person's brain accomplishes an information processing task of cosmic complexity.
The human brain has obviously found a way to bypass the rules of exhaustive search -- a way to beat the numbers involved in searching problem space. This is the vitally important trick that seems to have eluded artificial intelligence program designers from the beginning.
Programming is debugging. So being wrong is not so much something to be avoided at all costs, but should be seen as a clue to the right way of doing it.
Computers can track large amounts of information, and they can move through that information very quickly. But when it comes to solving any but the simplest problems -- the kind that a human toddler or a chessmaster can handle easily -- computers run up against a severe problem. Large is never large enough when it comes to the computer memory needed, and fast is never fast enough in terms of computational speed. There is simply too much information in the world to solve problems by checking every possible solution.
Just as literary critics and librarians have found ways to organize and categorize the apparently chaotic stream of traditional literature, Nelson claims that people will spontaneously invent methods of organizing a hypertext-based body of literature.