Did I Just Fix my Apple Watch 5 Battery Life Issue?

It is a long, sad story. Basically how my slight infatuation with all things Apple came crumbling down into a shattering of illusions, leaving only the naked reality of it all: Apple sucks just as much as any other company.

There are many components that fed into the hairlines that eventually fractured and ruptured my bubble of illusion. I am only going to touch base on one of them: The new Apple Watch 5. Since Apple Watch was first announced I always hated the fact that you had to raise your wrist to see the time. Many times that meant some awkward jerking of my wrist to get it to activate the display. With series 5 Apple finally announced the feature I always wanted - Always On Display (AOD). The worry has always been that an AOD would drain battery life significantly. I always managed to get 1.5 days (about 36 hours or so) on my series 4 watch, that are basically identical to series 5 with the exception of the AOD display. One and a half days are just fine by me - it allows me to charge it at night, and use it during the day. Apple however claims you still get all day battery life with the series 5 watch, which is what made me pull the trigger on selling the series 4 watch and getting a new series 5 watch.

I received my first apple watch series 5 (cellular + GPS model) on 21 September. I also got a new iPhone 11 Pro on 23 September. I set them up by transferring my old backup to the new devices - so first I paired the new watch with my old iPhone X, then two days later I migrated from the iPhone X to the 11 Pro.

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Be Wary of Partial Truths From Commercial Bias

I recently listened to this BlackBerry sponsored summit from 2016 whereby the security person explained how to hack a wireless network through an IoT based kettle. Most of the content is fine and accurate, however one thing did tick me off as it is simply untrue and feels like they said it to promote their own security software. Listen to the Youtube video below, at time 13:24.

He claims that no forensics team in the world will be able to determine how the network was compromised. But that is not entirely true. Seeing that he was targeting an office network, it is reasonable to expect the office may have non residential grade equipment, like Ubiquiti's line of networking equipment. To detect the entry point - i.e. the rogue WiFi access point that was used, the Ubiquiti line of products (and many other enterprise grade equipment) will clearly detect and log the presence of such a rogue access point, as per below, when I tried to perform a similar attack:

Rogue Access Point Detected
Rogue Access Point Detected
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My Photos Are On Television!

Well, Netflix, if that counts as television. Three of my peacock feather photos have been featured in the Netflix Series "Explained", Season 2 Episode Beauty.

Netflix Series "Explained", Season 2 Episode Beauty
Netflix Series "Explained", Season 2 Episode Beauty

Apple Watch - On Call, No Auto Lock

I found something interesting. Not sure if it is a bug or by design, but when you are on a phone call with an Apple Watch Series 5 GPS model, you can take off the watch, then put it back on your wrist and it will not auto lock while you are on the call. It seems kind of wonky... If someone grabs the watch from your wrist while you are on a phone call, they can put it on their wrist and have it unlocked?

Root Cause Analysis: Unexpected Server Shutdown

This morning I woke up to the sound of silence in my small server room. It appears the server was completely shut down, no fans spinning, no buzzing and no humming. A couple of days ago I was fixing various corruption issues and thought I did not fix it properly. It is Saturday, I want to work on my next woodworking project, but now I had to troubleshoot ANOTHER server issue. If this week was not enough already...

I turned on the server, then went to my workstation to try and connect to it. First small win - the server boots properly. So I fired up Event Viewer and filtered on errors and warnings. None were found - curious, I thought. I removed the filter and scrolled through the list - eventually finding this jewel:

Log Name:      System
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power
Date:          2019-11-01 6:17:32 PM
Event ID:      109
Task Category: (103)
Level:         Information
Keywords:      (70368744177664),(1024),(4)
User:          SYSTEM
Computer:      SERVER
The kernel power manager has initiated a shutdown transition.

Shutdown Reason: Button or Lid
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