Having a big employee discount and a virtually unlimited stable of characters to Tsum-ify makes my desk very crowded. #disney #tsumtsum

This Is Why HomeKit Is Secure

IoT BotNets are a thing.

Bruce Schneier, on Motherboard:

Much has been written about how the IoT is wildly insecure. In fact, the software used to attack Krebs was simple and amateurish. What this attack demonstrates is that the economics of the IoT mean that it will remain insecure unless government steps in to fix the problem. This is a market failure that can’t get fixed on its own.

iOS and tvOS Playing Nice

When you control the stack...

Just noticed a nifty thing watching Netflix’s Luke Cage tonight on my AppleTV. If you enter a search box, you get a push notification on your phone (and iPad). Force-press the notification, and pop into a keyboard to type your search without even unlocking your phone.


Materials Are Hard

Nick Heer, on the Apple Watch Editions use of gold, and now ceramic:

Both of these materials are new to Apple, and because the Edition sells in such low quantities, there’s plenty of space to try them on a more sedate production line. I don’t know if the next iPhone will be ceramic — in fact, I doubt it will — but their process for making it might yield unique results that are applicable to other product lines.

About That 'Courage' Comment

This never would have happened if Steve Jobs was around

Phil Schiller said Apple displayed “courage” in removing the headphone jack. He got a lot of flack for using that term, and maybe rightfully so.

It was explained as such…

The Well Kept App Store

Spring cleaning in the Fall

Apple has announced to developers that they are cleaning up their app store. This is good news. The two big steps Apple is taking are cleaning up metadata by limiting title lengths and being more strict on keywords, and clearing out the old apps that no longer work. This is welcome news, but in my opinion, they should have been doing this all along.


When the gatekeepers can't keep the gate.

I’m not a big fan of Business Insider, but there are some good quotes and links in this story.

Most in the technology community rallied around Apple at the time, arguing that weakened encryption might help government investigators, but it would also make customers vulnerable to hackers.

Now, with a massive top-secret archive of some of the NSA’s own exploits having been leaked online, it appears they were right.

Search Engine Bias in Politics

Are search engines biased? (Spoiler: No)

I’ve been seeing a lot of hoopla lately about people thinking search engines were biased for or against certain candidates. So, being a numbers guy, I decided to find out.

At the #HollywoodBowl to see some good friends high-kick their faces off! (Is that a thing? I’m not a dancer…)

Simple Does Not Equal Mushy

Do you remember the three-dimensional, shelf-like Dock that lived at the bottom of every Mac screen from Mac OS X Leopard in 2007 all the way through OS X Mavericks in 2013? The year after Mavericks’s release, OS X Yosemite sponged out the realism and revived a tweaked and blurred version of the two-dimensional dock that had originally occupied OS X.

I’ve never been into the fake textures thing. I disagree with just about everything in this piece, but it’s always interesting to read how the other side sees the world.

The Master Plan, Part 2

Elon Musk lays out his vision. Again.

Elon Musk, on the Tesla Blog:

I should add a note here to explain why Tesla is deploying partial autonomy now, rather than waiting until some point in the future. The most important reason is that, when used correctly, it is already significantly safer than a person driving by themselves and it would therefore be morally reprehensible to delay release simply for fear of bad press or some mercantile calculation of legal liability.

In addition to safety, he touches on battery, solar, trucks, ride sharing, and more.

Real life Tony Stark.

iMac SSD Upgrade

Breathing new life into an old machine

I have this 2012 iMac. It’s been on every day and night since I bought it. That’s around 1400 days of pretty much non-stop service save a restart here and there along the way. I use it as a Plex server, a home for my Drobo, my iTunes and Photo library home, and my Backblaze online backup hub.

Building a Fusion Drive isn’t a walk in the park, but it’s worth it.