I'm a Hypocrite

Today I realized I’m a huge hypocrite, and it’s not helping my youngest child.

Coming home today, I learned about a smart phone challenge they did on one of my favourite podcasts, Note to Self. The two goal of this challenge were, to get people to realize how much they used their phone, and to help them reduce that dependency.

They brought up research that explored the consequences of phone addiction. For example, if you take pictures all the time, of everything in your life, you actually don’t remember it as well. You also never let yourself get bored, which is required for deeper thoughts and coming up with new ideas.

I’ve said this a few times before, but it’s never really stuck for me; it’s hard for me to self regulate when it’s a FOMO thing.

Today I realized that I was trying to get my kids to spend less time on their devices while doing the exact opposite of that in my life!

Such. A. Hypocrite.

Only and idiot does the same thing expecting a difference result, so this time in addition to deleting Tweetbot off my phone, I’ve asked Christine to hold me accountable.

Hoping it sticks this time and that extra time I’ve gained can be productive.

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Don't Forget Your Password!

I had read that if you encrypt your iPhone backups, when you restore you won’t have to re-enter all your mail, wifi and other passwords. So I dutifully encrypted the backups. And then I forgot the password. I didn’t really want to have to redo all my app organization and settings the next time I needed to restore my iPhone. Thought I’d post the steps to remove the encryption in case others need to do this: 1. Jailbreak phone 2. Install OpenSSH 3. Mount the phone on the desktop (I used ExpanDrive) with the default directory at /var 4. Download a sqlite3 browser (I used MesaSQL) 5. Follow the instructions here to remove the required line 6. Hook phone back up to iTunes and uncheck the Encrypt Backups checkbox. When prompted for a password but in anything (doesn’t matter) 7. Sigh with relief 8. Unjailbreak your phone. 9. Follow instructions here to restore your phone without having to redo all your folder organization 10. Repeat with your wife’s phone. Long process!

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