Dell U3818DW – 38” Ultrawide Monitor Paired with MacBook Pro

I recently jumped into the world of ultra big, and ultra wide monitors! Here is what happened..

Monitor information
Size: 38 Inch Ultrawide Curved Display
Resolution: 3840×1600
Connection: USB-C

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Laptop Information
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First a couple general observations

  • The box that it came in is huge! No, seriously, its HUGE!
  • The USB-C cable that comes with the 2016/2017 MacBook Pro is “Charge Only” and cant be used with this monitor.
  • I haven’t used an ultra-wide monitor prior to this, and it does take some getting used to.

Let’s start with the great things!

  • This resolution is crazy! I was somewhat worried about the PPI since I was coming from the Retina MBP screen, but this monitor looks great.
  • I have never liked two monitors side by side because of the disgusting bezel split in the middle. This monitor fixes everything wrong with that setup.
  • Because it has a 21:9 aspect ratio, if you ware watching movies of similar aspect ratio, it’s awesome to see them fit so perfectly
  • Overall, it’s an absolutely beautiful monitor.

Ok, now onto the not so great things.. (Issues)

  • The monitor does have speakers built in that are simply ‘ok’. Audio will play through the monitor, but you cannot control volume using macOS volume controls.
  • Brightness cannot be controlled from macOS controls. Also, Night Shift is not compatible with this monitor.
  • Not really the monitor’s fault completely, but transitioning between ‘clamshell mode’ and laptop mode still sucks.
  • The Everything falls asleep unless amphetamine is running.
  • Only has one USB-C connection.
  • Because your MacBook Pro is closed, you can’t use the TouchBar. Bummer!
  • You also can’t use TouchID. Mega bummer!
  • Not sure why but, Final Cut Pro X refused to run while connected to this monitor.
  • The monitor does not have an integrated webcam (I knew it didn’t when I purchased it), but something to be aware of if you need video capabilities.

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I think a lot of the control issues that I am seeing are due to macOS seeing this display as a ‘TV’ rather than a monitor.

Final Verdict
I really like this monitor! But.. given the issues, I am going to return it.🙁 Going to wait until there is a giant ultra wide that is more compatible with macOS.

I have to imagine connecting this to a Windows computer would be a much better experience since there are specific Windows drivers for this monitor.



Stop Receiving Emails About Updates To Shared Apple Reminders

If you use reminders and have shared lists, you may have noticed (read: been annoyed) that you get an email to your iCloud account email every time something happens with a shared list. Item added, Item completed, item updated, etc. We already have push notifications for this, so there is zero need for these emails. At the very least, this should not be a default behavior.

After much searching around the internet and coming up empty, I started trying things. I believe I have found the magic bullet that stops this behavior! It’s not super intuitive, so hang on tight!

Here are the steps

  1. Login to https://icloud.com
  2. Go to the calendar
  3. Open the preferences (gear icon in lower left corner)
  4. Open  advanced preferences (second tab)
  5. Uncheck the box labeled “Email me shared calendar updates” (See screenshot below)

You should no longer be receiving the emails!

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If you thought you deleted your Evernote account, you didn’t.

This is anecdotal evidence, since it is just my experience. But, on the off chance that this is widespread, I think people should know about this.

This all took place over the course of about 45 min on Wednesday night, July 5th, 2017.


After having it brought to my attention that I still had an Evernote account (that I had not been using in quite a long time), I went down the path of deleting the account.

Step One: Get into account
I tried to do this on my iPad, but found nothing but “sign up” buttons. Not a single log in button. Annoying, but anyway, I moved over to my MacBook Pro and logged in successfully.

Step Two: Go to settings and find “Delete Account” button
Like so many web services now, this option does not exist. There is however a “Deactivate Account” option. Also annoying, because what the hell does “deactivate” actually mean..?

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Their advice of “Return to your notes and delete any private notes and empty your trash” is pretty telling that none of your data is removed from their system when you deactivate, but who knows, maybe it is?

Step Three: Click Deactivate account and get logged out.

That should be the end of the line, but in my case it wasn’t. Remember how I said I started this process on my iPad, and then moved to my MacBook Pro? Well, when I returned to my iPad I found I was still logged in. Probably just cached and would log out upon trying to do anything with the interface? WRONG.

I was able to navigate the UI, create new notes, modify tags, and even send invites to collaborate on newly created notes. Shouldn’t this account be unusable?

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I was able to navigate the UI, create new notes, modify tags, and even send invites to collaborate on newly created notes. Shouldn’t this account be unusable?

This got me thinking that perhaps I didn’t finish the deactivate process on my MacBook, so I went back to my MacBook and attempted to login to the account. I was presented with this:

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This shows that the account was “deactivated” but posed another concern. Remember what it said in the first dialog up above?

When your account is deactivated, you will be logged out of Evernote, and this account will no longer be usable. You will not be able to create another account with your same email address.

Well that doesn’t seem to be true since the login page tells you the account was deactivated and gives you a chance to reactivate..

So, bottom line. You can never get rid of your account and if you don’t explicitly delete ALL your data and empty the trash, your stuff will live on within Evernote’s walls indefinitely.

Message to all web services:
Just let people delete their damn accounts and purge all their personal data in the process.

MacBook Pro Discharging Under Heavy Load?

I was recently doing a good bit of work in Final Cut Pro on my MacBook Pro (with TouchBar) and the system was running on all cores. The weird part was that my battery was slowly discharging while plugged in.. How the heck?

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I am using the Apple 87W Charger and Apple USB-C power cable, so not an issue with third party power products.

Because this seemed like a MAJOR issue since it’s a “Pro” machine, I wanted to see if I could figure out what was going on.

After a little bit of investigation, I think I know what is going on! (at least in my scenario)

When looking at the System Information, I noticed that it said I was only getting 55W. Why would this be? Well, it turns out to be the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter I believe.

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Charging MacBook Pro through the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter:

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Charging connected directly to MacBook Pro:

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So, for whatever reason, the adapter does not allow the full 87W through and knocks it down to 55W, and a MacBook Pro running at 100% uses more than the 55W provided. Kind of a bummer, but not the end of the world by any means.

Is this happening to you? Do I have a defective adapter?

UPDATES 2017-04-03
1. A few questions/answers on the apple.com shop pages talking about this adapter only providing 55W. This looks to be true for the VGA version as well. Furthermore this would most likely be the same issue if you use one of the new LG UltraFine 4K or LG UltraFine 5K displays as they only provide 60W for charging.

2. A friend of mine also contacted me and let me know that this adapter does indeed only provide 55W of power to pass through.

Disneyland Snaps!

Day trip to Disneyland!

9:30am // San Jose ✈️ Anaheim
10:30am – 7:30pm // Disneyland!
9:30pm //  Anaheim ✈️ San Jose

Rather than photos or videos with my phone, I decided to only do 10 second clips using Snap Spectacles! 😎