Bourbon tasting, Round 1.
Bourbon tasting, Round 1.
Birthday’s off to a good start.
2015 is gone. 2016 is here.
There are a lot of posts about the new year floating around the internet this week. I’ve never been a “resolution” kind of guy.
Don’t wait until the “new” year. January 1 is just another day in your life. If you want to do something positive, DO IT IMMEDIATELY.
Me, from 2011:
If you have to make a New Year's Resolution, you're doing "life" wrong.#StartToday— jimmy little (@jimmylittle) December 29, 2011
Don’t get me wrong. A Lightning nubbin on the Apple Pencil makes sense and is a great way to charge on the go. It requires no extra hardware, cables, chargers, etc.
But can we all agree that it just looks ridiculous?
While you’re wrapping and unpacking all those fancy holiday gifts, take a second to set aside all those annoying Silica Gel packets in an airtight container. When you drop your shiny new gadget in the toilet on New Year’s, you’ll have a better chance of drying it out with these than any amount of rice.
Rachel Feltman, in the Washington Post:
Ending your texts with a period is truly monstrous. We all know this. Grammar be darned, it just doesn’t look friendly.
It does sometimes seem stern or short, but I tend to end texts with a period due to pure muscle memory.
From the We Live Security blog:
After clicking on the button, the user’s device is doomed: the Trojan app has obtained Administrator rights silently and now can lock device — and even worse, it set a new PIN for the lock screen.
Bottom line, Android friends - don’t get your software from sketchy sources. It will bite you in the ass, and then lock your pants.
Academy Award winning effects designer Chris Corbold just broke another Guinness record by blowing some stuff up for the new Bond movie, SPECTRE.
Taking place in Erfoud, Morocco, the blast had a total yield of 68.47 tonnes of TNT equivalent and was the result of detonating 8,418 litres of kerosene with 33 kg of powder explosives – and it lasted for over 7.5 seconds.
I bought an iPad Pro. It’s ridiculously huge, and ridiculously gold. I’ve had it for a few days, and here are my current thoughts.
Notes in slide over and split view is awesome. I’m typing this in split view now.
The expanded keyboard is great, but takes some getting used to. I’m still unnecessarily switching to the number/symbol keyboard instead of reaching for the top row.
Trackpad mode is the best thing ever.
Everyone knows the Apple Watch allows you to have several different watch faces, but a lot of people don’t use the faces effectively, and some people don’t customize them at all. Since watchOS 2 was released a couple months ago, I use the crap out of the Modular face. The custom complications make the watch much more useful, and they keep me off the terrible App Launcher screen.
I’m currently rocking six different watch faces for different activities. I know what you’re saying. “Hey, you should write a long blog post about that!” Well, partner, it’s your lucky day.
Dan Goodin, over at Ars Technica’s Risk Assessment, writes about a fun new way jerky hackers want to jank up your computer. An analytics company had their server hacked, presumably by a password-reset spear fishing scheme. This allowed the bad guys to insert code into an analytics package that loads in the background to collect information and track how ads are tracked when you click around the internet. Scary stuff.
On top of that, NanoCore runs only on Windows, so people visiting on machines running other operating systems were immune to the attack.
Phew. I’m safe.
I know that Macs aren’t totally immune to malware and viruses, but I sure do read a lot about issues that only affect Windows. This kind of crap, not the ads, is why the smart money is on selective content blockers, not ad blockers.
UPDATE: Over at Daring Fireball, John Gruber notes that this affected nocturnal readers of the Economist website.
Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) SVP Scott Cunningham has released a statement regarding the current state of online ads:
As technologist, tasked with delivering content and services to users, we lost track of the user experience
He goes on:
Looking back now, our scraping of dimes may have cost us dollars in consumer loyalty.
I have two reactions to this.
It’s good that the ad industry is finally catching up to user expectation. Nerds have been using ad blockers on desktop browsers for a while, and with iOS9, we’re all adding content blockers to our mobile devices.
I don’t hate “ads”, I hate the junk that quadruples page loads, slows down the open web, and tracks me around the internet. These are not just ads. They are Facebook/Twitter buttons, pop-over “shade” ads that cover all of the content, cross-network trackers, and other nefarious junk eating up my valuable mobile data.
What if Apple buys Sony? Like the WHOLE THING.
Apple has an event next week, and rumor has it that they will announce an AppleTV that will basically run iOS. As a long time AppleTV user (going all the way back to 2010 and the Original Mac mini sized box), I’m happy about this. I prefer my AppleTV because I have a lot of iTunes content, but I also have a Roku because AppleTV is currently limited to apps that Apple “blesses” and works with partners to get on the platform. This model will be busted wide open when AppleTV runs iOS.
Back to Sony…
I think Apple would benefit greatly from buying Sony outright. Sony’s current market cap is about $27 billion. That’s about how much Apple has in the bank right now. I’m not saying to bet the farm on Sony, but they could easily get the financing. Why should they do it? Here’s a list of things Apple will get if they buy Sony:
I don’t expect this to happen, mind you. I’m just a guy who likes tech and thinks this is a good idea. I haven’t really gotten into the real meat of it, and never will. It’s just fun to think these things through sometimes. From my perspective, Apple owning a content company AND a gaming company AND a stack of patents a mile high is a no-brainer.
Manhattans and Mickey. Like ya do.
We may or may not be eating chili out of a cone.
If you chew your paws, you get the cone.
I sometimes work in a corporate-y office. I also tend to walk around a lot, and leaving your computer unlocked can be dangerous. Naturally, I have a workflow that will allow me to lock my computer from afar when I’ve wandered off.
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I’m betting that they is wrong.