This seemed like an odd article to post after nearly 11 months of blog inactivity, but it’s a problem I had to solve on my own today and felt it necessary to write this. Other Internet-based sources I consulted ended up only being partially correct so this is ultimately
For 2019, one of my “goals” if you will is to spend more time noting more of the resources and tools I find valuable. The first category I’m targeting has to do with WordPress. Over the last 10 years of using WordPress in various capacities, I’ve seen, tested,
It seems like such a random amount of time to review (and it kind of is) but I wanted to start of 2019 right and review a topic I touched on in 2018: Cloudflare‘s smart-routing product, Argo. In my previous post about Argo, I covered the vast improvements to
Over the last 10-ish years, I’ve deployed more WordPress sites than I can count. If there’s one service I could have used to make my life easier, it would have been an all-inclusive deployment tool that makes not only servers appear, but a complete and secure WordPress installation,
It’s about that time of year when I look back on the posts that attracted the most eyeballs. Some of the most popular pieces of content this year were also the most popular last year, too. Admittedly, not much of this was actually from this year. By my count,
Shot by The Lumière brothers from 1896 to 1900 and remastered by Guy Jones. (h/t Kottke.org)
Put simply: This is a company that, time and again, has tried to push the Web into a Google-controlled proprietary direction to improve the performance of Google’s online services when used in conjunction with Google’s browser, consolidating Google’s market positioning and putting everyone else at a disadvantage.
I have been a Macbook Pro owner since 2011. I bought a 15″ model then, another one in late 2015, and my third iteration landed in my lap last week. Unsure of the experience I would have, I took the plunge and snagged a 2018-era 15″ Macbook Pro with Touch
As someone who has followed WordPress’ progress for several years–I remember deploying WordPress version 2.5–seeing version 5.0 make its debut was exciting. It’s just as fast as version 4 and the new editor is pretty slick. My current theme structure doesn’t seem to mind
Apple announced a host of updated bits of hardware at today’s event in Brooklyn. Here’s my recap on the important bits. Let’s dive right in, or jump to: Mac MiniMacBook AiriPad ProApple PencilMac MiniThe last update to the Mac Mini was in 2014, and it was underwhelming
Ben Thompson, writing at Stratchery: This is the bet: while in the 1990s the complexity of the Internet made it difficult for businesses to go online, providing an opening for IBM to sell solutions, today IBM argues the reduction of cloud computing to three centralized providers makes businesses reluctant to
Thanks to Jason Kottke, I came across CBC Uncover: Escaping NXIVM: NXIVM calls itself a humanitarian community. Experts call it a cult. Uncover: Escaping NXIVM is an investigative podcast series about the group, its leader Keith Raniere and one woman’s journey to get out.This is a great podcast
Netflix comes at us with a new tale about Robert the Bruce, King of Scots. Coming November 9th to the service and select theaters, this is Outlaw King.
As a part of his latest special, 100% Fresh, out now on Netflix, Adam Sandler drops a beat on about what most of us carry always: a phone, wallet, and keys.
Killer reporting from Daisuke Wakabayashi and Katie Benner over at The New York Times: Mr. Rubin was one of three executives that Google protected over the past decade after they were accused of sexual misconduct. In two instances, it ousted senior executives, but softened the blow by paying them millions
From Polygon: Now we’re getting somewhere. Cameras and photographs are just one way of seeing the world, a way that in so many regards does not reflect the way that we see. But there are other ways of creating an image, and Garbut’s explanation of Red Dead Redemption
In a not surprising turn of events, it’s reported that the GrayKey box used by law enforcement to brute-force their way into your phone does not work with iOS 12 devices. From Forbes: Multiple sources familiar with the GrayKey tech tell Forbes the device can no longer break the
It’s not new, but I stumbled across Alton Brown on an episode of Hot Ones, and I loved it.
From Facebook: Facebook’s Ad Archive is a searchable database. It includes ads related to politics and issues of national importance that have run on Facebook or Instagram.This report is a weekly summary of the archive and includes data for ads that have been viewed by people in the
From John Paczkowski and Joseph Bernstein over at BuzzFeed News: “There is no truth in their story about Apple,” Cook told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview. “They need to do that right thing and retract it.”…“I was involved in our response to this story from the beginning,” said
From Axios: If science can find ways to make us braver — not stupidly brave, just better able to face danger — we might all be more functional people and be more willing to take risks, from starting businesses to living more adventurous lives.Check out their summary and the original WSJ
Apple revamped their Privacy page and launched a new privacy/data management tool. Now, everything you need is in one place. This is exactly how it should be done. Every tech company should be putting in the effort to make data management this easy for their users.
Incredible. Absolutely Amazing to watch.
Kurt Wagner over at Recode: Last Monday, we wrote: “No data collected through Portal — even call log data or app usage data, like the fact that you listened to Spotify — will be used to target users with ads on Facebook.”We wrote that because that’s what we were told
I love Cloudflare. I’ll come right out and say that now. It’s a great service and makes for incredibly performant sites if used right (aggressively). I don’t feel like I’m getting the most out of it until it’s caching just about everything possible. Most of
I came across this tweet via TechCrunch: DuckDuckGo fun fact: it took us seven years to reach 10 million private searches in one day, then another two years to hit 20 million, and now less than a year later we're at 30 million! Thank you all ? #ComeToTheDuckSidehttps://t.co/qlSaz4j9ZH
Looking forward to this one.
Ben Thompson: If the first stage of competition in consumer technology was the race to be the computer users went to (won by Microsoft and the PC), and the second was to be the computer users carried with them (won by Apple in terms of profits, and Google in terms
From 9to5Mac: Kanye West was in Washington D.C today to meet with President Trump in the Oval Office. As you might expect from such a combination of two people, the day wielded some interesting tidbits: an “iPlane” replacement for Air Force One designed by Apple, West’s uber-secure iPhone
Gabe, the Mac Drifter on Empathy: Empathy requires us to inhabit the emotions of another person. That can only be done through building our own life experiences as stand-ins for the emotions of a foreign experience. Then we project ourselves into the life of the other. It’s often an
It might be $460,000, but it’s an utterly amazing $460,000.
Glenn Fleishman is great at explaining Wi-Fi things, especially why we’re moving away from 802.11-prefixed indications: The reason for switching to numbers stems from a desire for an easier way to talk about Wi-Fi across versions. I’ve been writing about Wi-Fi since 2000, and it has always
Reuters: Google will shut down the consumer version of its social network Google+ after announcing data from up to 500,000 users may have been exposed to external developers by a bug that was present for more than two years in its systems.The company said in a blog on
David Foster Wallace wrote a great piece for The Rolling Stone back in 2000 that’s still absolutely true, today (emphasis mine): If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties,
From The New York Times: The British street artist Banksy pulled off one of his most spectacular pranks on Friday night, when one of his trademark paintings appeared to self-destruct at Sotheby’s in London after selling for $1.4 million at auction.Because of course.
Bloomberg reported that China manufacturing facilities had implanted spying chips in Supermicro computers. DHS disagrees: The Department of Homeland Security said Saturday that it is aware of reports that Amazon and Apple network servers may have been compromised by Chinese spy microchips, and that it currently has “no reason to
The topics included China, the reasoning behind blocking Alex Jones–world renowned conspiracy theorist and hate monger–and more. You can watch the full interview below.
From Jacob Kastrenakes at The Verge: In the past, Wi-Fi versions were identified by a letter or a pair of letters that referred to a wireless standard. The current version is 802.11ac, but before that, we had 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11a, and 802.11b. It was not
From Amazon: Amazon today announced it is increasing its minimum wage to $15 for all full-time, part-time, temporary (including those hired by agencies), and seasonal employees across the U.S.—effective November 1. The new Amazon $15 minimum wage will benefit more than 250,000 Amazon employees, as well as
Felix Salmon at Axios: Hours before signing a settlement to pay the SEC $10 million and step down as chairman of Tesla for two years, Musk changed his mind, precipitating an SEC lawsuit and the destruction of more than $7 billion in wealth as Tesla stock promptly plunged on Friday.
I hadn’t planned on posting anything of substance, today, but I came across this fresh post from Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the modern Internet as we know it, and director of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) and knew immediately I had to share it. He’s sharing
Ben Kuchera at Polygon: Sony has finally stopped fighting the future: A beta for cross-platform play, including support for Fortnite, launches today.…This is a major reversal of its longstanding policy of keeping PlayStation fans segregated from the rest of the industry, after arguing that cross-platform play might even be
From The New York Times’ Emily Flitter and Matthew Goldstein: In a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, the Securities and Exchange Commission accused Mr. Musk of committing fraud by making false public statements with the potential to hurt investors. The suit seeks to bar Mr. Musk, who
From The New York Times’ Mike Isaac and Sheera Frenkel: Facebook said on Friday that an attack on its computer network had exposed the personal information of nearly 50 million users.The company said it discovered the breach this week. The attackers exploited a feature in Facebook’s code that
After the wild success of Season 1, Making a Murderer returns with a follow up 3 years later. See what happened in the aftermath of Stephen Avery and Brendan Dassey’s convictions for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 10 new episodes on October 19, 2018.
Kashmir Hill writing for Gizmodo: They found that when a user gives Facebook a phone number for two-factor authentication or in order to receive alerts about new log-ins to a user’s account, that phone number became targetable by an advertiser within a couple of weeks. So users who want
Everything’s fine the way it is. Young people make up 31% of the electorate (as of 2016) and always say they’ll vote, but they generally don’t. This ad is a great demonstration of reverse psychology, but is also painfully true. The government would look a lot different
Sara Fischer, Axios: 21st Century Fox says will sell its minority stake in Sky Broadcasting to Comcast.Comcast just won a dramatic settlement auction over the weekend to buy a minority stake in Sky for roughly $40 billion dollars. Now, they’ll own a majority stake in the European Pay-TV
This is such a good video. The science behind fighting wildfires is really quite fascinating. (h/t: John Saddington)
Ever wondered how that crunchy electric guitar sound came to be and ended up so popular? Polyphonic dives in and explains all.
Ina Fried at Axios: In the new filings, Qualcomm says that, at Apple’s request, it allowed the iPhone maker deep access to its software and tools, but with strict limits on how those products could be used. Rather than just use it to improve the performance and functioning of
About a man ahead of his time, Morgan Neville shares what Orson Welles’ final years were really like from the perspective of those who were there.
Business Insider: The company plants the packages — internally referred to as “dummy” packages — in the trucks of drivers at random. The dummy packages have fake labels and are often empty.“We might pull something out of our pocket and put it in there” to give it some weight, a former
From TechCrunch: The web-based office suite company, which also provides customer relationship and invoicing services to small businesses, tweeted that the site was “blocked” earlier in the day by TierraNet, which administers its domain name.In an email to TechCrunch, Zoho boss Sridhar Vembu said that TierraNet “took our domain
From NewScientist: If a solution to the Riemann hypothesis is confirmed, it would be big news. Among other things, the hypothesis is intimately connected to the distribution of prime numbers, those indivisible by any whole number other than themselves and one. If the hypothesis is proven to be correct, mathematicians
From USA Today: The knockoff power adapters and chargers, which Apple says could cause electrical shocks, allegedly traveled from a manufacturer in Hong Kong to Amazon.com, with stopping points at the Brooklyn location and New Jersey electronics companies.…Twelve of 400 fake iPhone adapters tested in a study unrelated
An Internet friend of mine, John Saddington, created a blog post about College that really got me thinking. The purpose of this post is to share some of those thoughts. I spent 8 years, off-and-on getting my Bachelor of Science degree. I hopped around a few schools and could never
iFixit has their hands on the latest iPhones (and they do): Last year’s iPhone X had a weird name and the most advanced internals we’d ever seen in a teardown. This year Apple turns it up to eleven with the bafflingly-named iPhone XS and XS Max. In a
If you recall, I mentioned AirPower’s almost-dead state based on anonymous communications from within Apple. Guilherme Rambo at 9to5Mac has some new information: The complexity of AirPower has apparently caused a slew of issues for engineers, which is why it’s still not for sale more than a year
From Stephen Pulvirent at Hodinkee: “We probably could have done this digitally, but we actually shot all of this practically in a studio” says Alan Dye, Apple Vice President of User Interface Design, of the motion faces. “What I love about the fact that we did this is that it’
Launch day for the iPhone XS is tomorrow. While we wait, it seems only pertinent to round up all the reviews for the iPhone XS and share them in one page. John Gruber, Daring FireballScott Stein, CNETNilay Patel, The VergeJames Temperton, WiredRaymond Wong, WiredBrian Chen, New York TimesGareth Beavis, Tech
Tim Cook sat down with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America and did an exclusive interview. This was nothing short of the softest of balls as far as interviews go and of course he prepared his remarks, but like Dave Mark over at The Loop said, he nails the enthusiasm.
I came across this video by way of Kottke.org and immediately recognized the design. Kurzgesagt is an amazing educational YouTube channel.
Regarding Apple’s claims of 98% accuracy when detecting aFib (Atrial Fibrillation), Dr. Venkatesh Murthy, a cardiologist from the University of Michigan had this to say to Health News Review: Neither of these sets of data have been published or peer-reviewed … In both of these data sets, researchers knew who
Martin Crutsinger, AP: Time Magazine is being sold by Meredith Corp. to Marc Benioff, a co-founder of Salesforce, and his wife [Meredith], it was announced Sunday.…“We’re pleased to have found such passionate buyers in Marc and Lynne Benioff for the Time brand,” Meredith president and CEO Tom Harty
Writing on his blog, Sonny Dickson says: According to our sources, the broad feeling of many working the project at Apple is that the device may be doomed to failure, and may not be viable at all unless significant advancements can be made.I brought up AirPower yesterday in the
iOS 12 released to the public, today. If you’re like me, you downloaded and upgraded, already. If not, MacStories’ iOS 12 review will set you straight. iOS 12, available today for the same range of devices that supported iOS 11, feels like a reaction to changes that have occurred
Yesterday, John Gruber of Daring Fireball and The Talk Show fame posted a dissemination of the goings on from Apple’s iPhone XS/XS Max/XR and Watch Series 4 event last Tuesday. I read the whole thing and a few things absolutely jumped out at me and I wanted
Ars Technica: You might think being a science writer is a dream job, one that means spending all day learning new things about a seemingly endless sweep of interesting fields. And, to an extent, you’d be right. But in other ways, it’s also a place where dreams go
Rom Amadeo writing in his 19,000(!) word Android 9 review: Android 9 includes an experimental gesture navigation system and built-in notch support. There’s also a new screenshot editor, lots of improvements for text selection, and changes to the way rotation works.Under the hood, more changes have come,
Om Malik has a good list of what should be considered the most important things Apple talked about at their event last Tuesday. Specifically, I enjoyed his subtle jab at Bloomberg: When it comes to the new iPhones, many including some members of media are participating in a collective shrug.
Anil: There’s a constant complaint from people in positions of power, mostly men, who keep making the ridiculous assertion that they’re not able to speak in public. What they actually mean is they no longer understand the basis of the criticisms they face.…Being a comedian means having
A newly posted Apple support document details how to set up a 2nd SIM within an iPhone Xs or Xs Max. The process seems pretty straight forward but there’s one specific caveat to the current arrangement. When the iPhone Xs releases with iOS 12 next week, support won’t
For those who aren’t aware, I own an iPhone X 256GB in White (it’s more like a dishwater-white, but that’s another story). When the iPhone Xs was announced, at first I reacted with “I have to have this”, followed up with “I think I’ll find it
From The Washington Post: The outer bands of Hurricane Florence, a large and dangerous Category 2 storm, landed on the North Carolina coast Thursday morning. Winds were already gusting to 70 mph and sea water was surging ashore along the Outer Banks, washing over roads. It marks the beginning of
Apple’s two-hour event didn’t disappoint, though there was little surprise when it came to the design. Here’s some of the most important points to take away from today’s event. Apple Watch The Series 4 will come in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm. This measures the case
This year’s Apple iPhone event takes places in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. The event starts at 10AM PDT.
Anil: People don’t even really ask, “Where were you that day?” anymore. For all of the ironic “Never Forget”s, the whole moment has largely faded into history, even as the whole world really was reshaped. There’s a mall there now, a temple to the “go back to
From Ben Geskin on Twitter: iPhone XR/XC (6.1-inch LCD) SIM Trays pic.twitter.com/i5IiYq3t0v — Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) September 11, 2018 If these are legitimate (9to5Mac seems to think they are), this is good news. It makes me wonder if the flagship and flagship+ will also have dual-sim
I haven’t spent much time publicly discussing the idea of alternatives to social networks. Luckily, Manton Reece did which served as a great jumping off point for this post. I won’t re-hash too much of Manton’s discussion because it’s entirely worth reading on its own but
From The New Yorker by way of 9to5Mac in the context of removing Alex Jones from the Facebook platform altogether: “The initial questions were around misinformation.” He added, “We don’t take it down and ban people unless it’s directly inciting violence.” He told me that, after Jones was
When I came across this book, I knew right away it would be epic. Tom Cotter covers a plethora of vehicular categories, including two-wheeled find, muscle cars and classic Americana, race cars, oddities and one-offs, and more. It’s running for about $23 on Amazon right now and is worth
Using their heavily-watermarked Apple Watch Series 4 hero image, 9to5Mac has a semi-fresh list of speculations, including the notion that the next iPad will use USB-C and the middle-cheaper iPhone will be called the iPhone Xr. This runs contrary to another rumor (based on Chinese carrier slides) that say it’
In tonight’s edition of “no brainer”: Instead of mining user information at every opportunity, Verizon asked its wireless customers to volunteer their Web browsing history and location information in exchange for certain freebies, such as Uber rides and concert tickets. The behavioral data is regarded as extremely lucrative because
Sally Jenkins writing for The Washington Post: Chair umpire Carlos Ramos managed to rob not one but two players in the women’s U.S. Open final. Nobody has ever seen anything like it: An umpire so wrecked a big occasion that both players, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams alike,
Around this time yesterday, John Paczowkski and Charlie Warzel posted this on BuzzFeed News: A day after being banned from Twitter, Alex Jones and Infowars have been booted from yet another platform: Apple’s popular App Store. As of Friday evening, searches on the App Store for Infowars return no
I saw this first posted on Mashable; these guys noticed a blank wall in their local McDonald’s so they did what I’m sure everyone would do: they created a fake McD poster of themselves and hung it up. 51 days later… it’s still there. i noticed there
From The Hollywood Reporter: Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star of such films as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit who set out to have as much fun as possible on and off the screen — and wildly succeeded — has died. He was 82.Reynolds, who received an Oscar
BuzzFeed: After weeks of equivocation, Twitter permanently suspended the accounts of Infowars and its founder Alex Jones on Thursday, following similar moves by other large tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify. The decision came after a series of provocations from Jones that Twitter deemed in violation of its
All I could do was shake my head when I saw the post from John Gruber that mentioned Medium no longer allowing folks to use custom domains for their Medium-hosted publications (read: blogs). The alternative solution is to resort to a medium.com/publication URL. That sounds fantastic. /s It
CNBC: Snap’s shares have struggled to hold their value since its IPO early last year. At Thursday’s lowest point, Snap was off more than 40 percent from its debut price of $17 and more than 65 percent off its all-time intraday high of $29.44.They’re down
Alex Abad-Santos writing for Vox: Americans destroying apparel they’ve already paid for to scold a multibillion-dollar company over an ad campaign that promotes rebellion but also is implicitly selling conformity: It sounds like deep-level satire. But that is the world we live in, and it crystallizes some specifics of
When I travel, I try to bring as few plugs, cords, and other dinguses as possible. My typical mobile device loadout consists of an iPhone, Watch, and iPad. Occasionally I’ll bring my MacBook Pro but that travels with its own power cord, so I’ll exempt it from this
At least that’s what Ewan Spence, Forbes’ poster child for anti-Apple reporting would have you believe: With modern production and design schedules, the geekerati already know what Apple is preparing for the iPhone XS launch. We also know what Samsung is cooking up for the Galaxy S10’s launch
If the name MacPaw sounds familiar to you, it should. They’re the folks behind a host of great Mac applications like The Unarchiver (I use it daily), the killer duplicate file finder Gemini 2, and CleanMyMac 3, the app that seems to do it all when thinking about eliminating
Among other things: “I’ve had a few death threats,” said Emily, who asked to be referred to by her first name and her Reddit username, lolihull, to prevent the online harassment from spilling over into her real life. “And when people find out you’re a woman, you get
From The Wall Street Journal: …in some cases, Mr. Dorsey has weighed in on content decisions at the last minute or after they were made, sometimes resulting in changes and frustrating other executives and employees, according to people familiar with the matter.…Last month, after Twitter’s controversial decision to
Motherboard dropped a video a couple days ago that’s absolutely worth watching: They spoke with a few military veterans that served in the 50s and 60s, working on (“participating in” is probably more accurate) nuclear bomb tests. These men went into these testing programs without knowing much of anything.
I’ve never been to New York City. Jason Kottke over on Kottke.org posted about a small restaurant owner that recently passed and quoted a passage from a 2002 New Yorker profile that makes me sad I never saw the place back then: One evening, when the place was
Dave Winer reminded me why I opted to never use AdSense again: Emails like this from Google about “violations” on my website are really disturbing, esp since I don’t run any Google ads on my site. I wish they’d STFU about violations, or say what the violations are.
Not that it matters, really–Apple’s car wasn’t at fault in any way–but the entire article can be summed up in a single paragraph: The Apple car, a modified Lexus RX450h SUV carrying special equipment and sensors, was traveling at just 1 mph while preparing to merge
I am always on the hunt for new tools to aid in learning. As someone that didn’t excel very well in a traditional educational environment–I repeated my last year of high school and it took me a bit over eight years to manage to get my college degree–
I have been a fan of the Affinity product line from Serif since they first released Affinity Photo. As someone who has spent a decent amount of time working with desktop publishing tools some years ago, I got excited when I received the announcement that Affinity Publisher was now in
A couple bits of Apple-related news dropped this morning. First, Apple announced their yearly “here’s all the things we want you to buy” event is happening on September 12th. Nothing particularly surprising about that. They have a track record of holding these on the second week of September, usually
It’s not a new post but Jeff Atwood over at Coding Horror wrote a great piece back in 2017 about the insanity that are password rules. If that’s not a familiar term, think about the times when you’ve created an account at Random Company and they tell
from The Washington Post: Arrivals can take their pick of a white main dining room, someone’s idea of a classy-with-a-k interior made possible with red banquettes, purple rugs and truckloads of concrete; an oh-so-green Conservatory set apart by overhead beams draped with faux vines and a bar backed with
I haven’t been feeling my best the last couple days so the level of snark is above average. Trying to keep it in line for this one from Buzzfeed: Timothy Anselimo, a well-known video game player, was shot three times at a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida,
The Washington Post: Early on Tuesday morning, President Trump accused Google of rigging search results for “Trump News” against “Republican/Conservative & Fair Media,” and wondered, “illegal?”Then, he promised that the situation would be “addressed.”I mean… they’re probably rigged against me, too. Someone should send him an
The Information reports (paywall) by way of Jalopnik (no paywall) that Waymo cars are having a hard time with even the basic tasks: The Waymo vans have trouble with many unprotected left turns and with merging into heavy traffic in the Phoenix area, especially on highways. Sometimes, the vans don’
Coming our way from Jalopnik, Jaguar’s new self-driving car thing literally has eyes on it: Jaguar Land Rover has fitted ‘virtual eyes’ to intelligent pods to understand how humans will trust self-driving vehicles, as research studies suggest that as many as 63% of pedestrians worry about how safe it
I never thought I’d find a site that contained nothing but lists so appealing and satisfying. Plain Text Lists is making an exception right now and I can’t help but share it. Next time you need to know all the Dewey decimal classifications, you’ll be set!
This is a great explainer from Mac Rumors on what happened with T-Mobile and AT&T’s data leak: Accessing the T-Mobile PINs on Apple’s website involved a brute force attack where a hacker used software to input multiple different numeric combinations to guess the proper one.The
John Gruber has a perfect analysis on this rumor. But today we’re three years into the era when the just-plain MacBook is the radically thin and light model, and the Air is the best-selling baseline model that isn’t really any thinner or lighter than the Pro models. Well,
They make awesome podcasts and I’m supporting them. I encourage you to snag their swag, too, if you’re a fan.
Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener announced California’s Net Neutrality bills made crucial advancements. SB 822 prohibits blocking websites, speeding up or slowing down websites or whole classes of applications such as video. ISPs will also be prohibited from circumventing these protections at the point where data enters their networks and
MacRumors: Among several findings, Schmidt’s experiments found that an idle Android phone with Chrome web browser active in the background communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period. An equivalent experiment found that on an iOS device with Safari open but not Chrome, Google could not
Bloomberg: The cost of Uber Technologies Inc.’s sexual harassment scandal is now itemized: 56 current and former employees who filed claims stand to collect an average of $33,928.57.Funny. I wonder if this is being evaluated within the scope of their pending IPO?
Dave Pell: Your email inbox is the one feed over which you have absolute control.And it’s wonderful. An email inbox is the one place that companies aren’t selectively showing you what they think you’ll find most important. Linear feeds of information that can be controlled and
Coming right out and saying it, Mastodon is no replacement for Twitter. I make sure to share this twitter thread with anyone that is even remotely considering the platform. THREAD: In light of so many folks moving to Mastodon/the Fediverse, i want to re-up a couple of threads i
Looks like it’s the end for Back to My Mac. The core of this product was its ability to allow you to share files and screen access between macs, regardless of where they were located. I can’t say I used it at all so my feelings are minimal.
NY Times: Slack, the four-year-old workplace messaging company, said on Tuesday that it had raised $427 million in new funding, just a year after its last huge infusion of money. The latest round values the company at $7.1 billion.… When Microsoft introduced its own Slack competitor, called Microsoft Teams,
Another one bites the dust: A jury has found former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty after a three-week trial on tax and bank fraud charges — a major if not complete victory for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III as he continues to investigate the president’s associates.The jury
Ben Lovejoy for 9to5Mac: Apple is right to target pro users of the mini. But it would be wrong to ignore the more budget end of the market.…Many people run a Mac mini as a home media server, for example. It’s small, near-silent and … inexpensive. Especially if you’
via Pete Lovejoy on 9to5Mac: The Philips Play is a short, rigid lightstrip primarily designed for entertainment consoles. It will be available in single units for $69.95 or in a more useful double pack for $129.95. This compares with $89.95 for the existing Lightstrip.…The Hue Signe
Beth Mole writing for Ars Technica: The rancid refuse was chipped off an infamous sewer clog discovered in London late last year called the Whitechapel “Fatberg”—the preferred term for such muck monsters. The complete clog clocked in as an epic 250-meter-long, 130-metric ton mass of congealed excrement and waste,
Missy Ryan and Dan Lamothe writing for The Washington Post: Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement that the parade, which President Trump ordered this year as a tribute to American military might, could take place next year.“The Department of Defense and White House have been
Dave Winer re-surfaced a classic Mac vs. PC ad from 2009. Those were the days. Admittedly, I thought they were dumb–being a die-hard PC user and whatnot. Everyone comes around eventually. I definitely did.
Sean Gallagher writing for Ars Technica: SkimReaper is aimed specifically at overlays and inserts. It uses a card-shaped sensor with a printed circuit that, when powered, can detect the voltage spikes created by coming in contact with magnetic reader heads. If it detects two or more, there’s a skimmer
Update: I changed back over to WordPress. ? Over the last few weeks, I’ve mulled over in my mind–several times, in fact–going back to WordPress for the simple reason that a static site, while fast and relatively secure, it hard to scale. It’s also a bit more
Terry Nguyen writing for The Washington Post: Eligible voters will be able to cast their ballots through a mobile application that uses blockchain technology, which stores data on a decentralized database, meaning there’s no owner, allowing for more transparent transactions. Information is stored publicly, but to ensure privacy, West
By way of One Foot Tsunami, I came across this Slate article. Slate sits down with 91-year-old Eleanor Tom Jaynes. When we realized what was happening, we put the radio on. They told us to hurry up, that there was an attack and that we needed to quickly find something
One of the primary steps in making each iteration of this site happen is deploying its generated HTML files to my Digital Ocean server. Since these are just static files and there isn’t a CMS backing them up (in a traditional sense), there needs to be an automatic process
Over the last few weeks, I’ve spent a not-insignificant amount of time thinking about how I wanted to convey all the information and tips I have to share about building a static site and making it good, making it something you want to maintain, and even going so far
I recently made a pretty heavy shift over to Cloudflare. The majority of assets and HTML on this site load from Cloudflare’s servers now, instead of my own. The only time this differs is when I push changes up to its GitHub repo. The last step in the build
It was only a matter of time before someone wielded a class-action lawsuit and charged after Apple: The suit alleges repeatedly that Apple “promoted and sold laptops it knew were defective in that they contain a keyboard that is substantially certain to fail prematurely,” and that selling these computers not
Something I’ve wanted to touch on ever since a couple posts ago was lazy loading images. Now that I’m trying to consciously serve 2x images for those with such a pixel density, I’m setting myself up for increased page loads and folks may never even make it
I am buttoning up the final touches on my new Jekyll-powered blog. One thing I wanted to attempt without having to spin up yet another app or service was short link redirects. My goal was to be able to take http://johnathan.org/goto/something and have it redirect to
I have some nostalgia for static sites. I first learned to write any kind of code with HTML on a Packard Bell 486. I was hooked. Fast forward a couple years and I was creating HTML sites in Allaire HomeSite (which became Adobe HomeSite and eventually Dreamweaver… R.I.P.
If you had asked me a few weeks ago if I would be re-doing my blog again, I’d think you’re nuts. You’d be right, though. Through the process of making this version happen, there were several occasions where I pondered if I even wanted to do this.
There’s a bit of a debate in various corners of the Internet about how Google’s adding of Not Secure to HTTP-only sites as an indicator in the address bar is somehow bad for the Internet. This tweet sums up both sides nicely: The sites that have stood the
To say I’m never content with the way my blog looks is an understatement. I resurfaced the old 2-column layout I was using and tweaked it, cleaned it up. I got to thinking that big images isn’t really a part of my brand and I’ve always been
In reading Remote: Office Not Required, I had my first revelation moment right in the first chapter of the book. Remote is broken up into parts and each part covers a specific meta-topic related to working remotely with mini-chapters within each part drilling down and covering individual points about the
Sometime in the next couple weeks I’ll be starting the first book discussion of 2018. I’ve been wanting to discuss this topic for a long time. I want to talk about the topic of remote work and address some of the stigma behind it, along with some tips
A few days ago, Digital Ocean announced new pricing tiers for their VPSes (affectionately called Droplets). I’ve been a fan of Digital Ocean’s offerings for a long time. Compared to other popular VPS provider Linode, there seemed like there was only one choice as Digital Ocean’s pricing
I spent some time this evening putting together some fun tables and graphs after seeing a post by Melvin Mughal on his blog that the iOS 11.2.2 update slows down devices by something like 40%. I didn’t believe it, so I fired up all the iDevices I
A few weeks ago I started the process of moving this blog over to WordPress from Ghost—and I talked about why I did that in a previous post—so now that I’ve made the change, the next natural step felt like talking about how I developed a theme
I did what I never thought I’d end up doing. Over the last month, I’d been contemplating moving away from Ghost as a blogging platform and back to WordPress. Back in June I moved away from WordPress. My original complaints were related to complexity, bloat, and performance. I
It’s easy to look back on the last year and realize all the things that never got done… all the habits that were never broken… all the weight that was never lost… the miles never ran… books never read… but what I find truly hard is looking at what
While working on my goals for 2018, I realized I missed out on a lot of things I didn’t do that didn’t come with good reasons. A lot’s changed over the last year and and I’m glad all of it’s happened, but I definitely neglected
Over the holiday weekend, I contemplated this post from Jason Fried, the CEO and Founder of Basecamp. If you’re curious how Basecamp as a company feels about knowing if staff are “online” or not, the opening stanza says it all: As a general rule, nobody at Basecamp really knows
September 2018: I have since moved away from this and use CloudFlare exclusively. The odds of enough of CloudFlare going down to cause a problem would be low enough that if something did happen, such a scale would likely affect multiple DNS providers. It might seem like a pretty silly
Google’s 2017 Year in Search is out and the trends were somewhat predictable. The top five searches included Hurrican Irma, the iPhones 8 and X, Matt Lauer, and Meghan Markle. When it came to people, specifically, a few names didn’t surprise. Matt Lauer, Meghan Markle and Harvey Weinstein
I discovered some stats from a 2016 Harvard study which discussed politics in the social media landscape. It’s a good read and worth checking out, but one (actually three partial) things stood out most of all: the political distribution on the open web, social media, and especially Facebok in
The idea of moving to a first-name.tld-type domain had been on my mind for quite a while. I settled on johnathan.org after much internal deliberation and stomaching with the fact that it wasn’t available for just a handful of dollars a year. I ended up buying the
I wanted to jot this down real quick while I work on the next version of this site. I’m using Gulp and Browsersync and for the life of me I couldn’t get the reload to actually take place. Turns out I didn’t specify properly what files Browsersync
A couple weeks ago, I snagged an iPad Pro 10.5” on a Black Friday deal. At the time, I had a pretty good idea that I’d end up getting an Apple Pencil to go with it. Sure enough, just last Friday, I waltzed into an Apple Store at
As a devoted consumer of things Apple for six years, now, it goes without saying when the iPhone X launched, I was up at midnight ordering it. There was chatter that it’d be severely delayed (plot twist: the chatter was dead wrong) and I was able to score my
Writing about phone cases is always an interesting task. Everyone’s positions are usually subjective. Some buy them for the looks, some for the protection, some for both. Some go without cases most of or all the time. When Anker asked if I wanted a copy of one of their
These are the canonical reasons for pineapple on pizza. Use this list as a reference in all future conversations. It’s delicious
There is a newer version of this product available here that uses the air vent, instead. The reviewed version has been discontinued. There’s one problem I haven’t been able to solve 100% effectively thus far and that’s finding a way to hold my phone in my car
Going back-to-back on softball blog posts about apps I use, JPEGmini has been in my arsenal for a few years, now. It’s one of those tools that I don’t think about much, anymore, but I’d be remiss of I didn’t say it’s damn valuable. Images
I struggled to come up with a title for this post. I pondered some long thing that involved describing the app and what the post is about and I pondered using some marketing lingo. In the end, I chose neither. So instead I used a single word. This post is
Last week I hacked together a new version of my blog (this site) in hopes that I could actually create what I had envisioned in my head all along. So far, I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. I look forward to hacking on it some more, but
As we start this story–or is it a technical post–we’re already facing the grim realities of the situation. Apple has updated most of its computer-based product line fairly regularly. It’s an unfortunate state of things, though. I’ve always found the Mac Mini to be sitting
Over the last few months, I’ve pondered adding a dash cam to my car. This idea didn’t come out of nowhere, though. After seeing enough individual cases of a dash cam being useful either in daily life or in the course of fighting traffic accident cases or violations,
You’re looking at what I can do in an evening (plus some tweaks after). I’ve been wanting to move to some sort of WordPress alternative for a while, now, and with the semi-maturity of Ghost, I feel like now’s a good time to switch. While I’m
The culmination of several months of tinkering and not being completely satisfied with my work area has come to a head. Here’s a bit of back story on how this came to be, why I did it, some of the stuff I tried (and failed), and all the relevant
I hadn’t realized until today that this setting was hidden in macOS Sierra. After a colleague pointed it out, I decided this needed fixing. Here’s how to bring back the third “Anywhere” option in macOS Sierra. From the Terminal, run: sudo spctl --master-disable It’ll ask for your
That’s a fun question, right? You’re upset so while you’re upset, think about why. That’s usually not high on the list of Things to Do. It probably should be. It sounds crazy, but knowing why something is bothersome I think is paramount to understanding it fully.
I don’t usually talk about my razor. I’m thinking today’s a good day to change that. A little over two years ago, I wrote about Harry’s. They touted shaving products that don’t break the bank. Since then, I’ve used their products almost exclusively and
This is a statistic I never though I’d reach. Yesterday I crossed the 100,000 word mark for all the posts I’ve written on this blog. From the very first on September 9th, 2014, to yesterday, 100,337 words have been written and published. I’m sure I
This is a topic I never thought I’d actually touch. We hear about how people think they’re so special, typically using the words special snowflake and typically from the older generations (read: 50+). Typically these low slung insults have the right idea, though the angle at which these
The most astute in the crowd will have noticed Weekly Wine hasn’t been updated since issue five. I have a semi-decent reason for that and a peak at what I’m working on in its place. When I started Weekly Wine, I didn’t quite have the right idea
It’s out, and I’m just as happy about this one now as I was last night when I wrote it. If you can’t tell, already, I’m a huge wine fan. Give it a read here.
Gentlemen, let’s chat. What’s important to you? Do you think you could name a few things that are both a) not generic like food or phone and b) worth talking about to a total stranger? Have a hobby or two. No, that’s not good enough. Don’t
Picking up where I left off a few days ago, I wanted to continue my stream on consciousness on emotions. On the scale of what I find important in life, understanding emotions and how they play a part in what path your life takes is high up there. Don’t
It’s a fake number you can give out to creeps; and when they text it, they’ll be interacting with a crazy chatbot instead of bothering you.This is too perfect. As someone who’s back in the dating world again, after almost six years out, I’m thoroughly
There’s something to be said about sitting in a coffee shop with nothing in particular going on. It wasn’t one of those days but the coffee shop and sitting parts were true. I think what I miss about little places like these are that after being so used
What do you think of when I say the words you’ll never really be happy without problems? I’m probably crazy, right? What defines happiness? Having a lot of money? A nice car? A pool? Season tickets? All of those things can aid in eliciting a sense of satisfaction
This year is finally come to a close. After pretty much not blogging ever this year, I considered not even doing a top list. Unlike 2015, I didn’t even write anything for at least half of this year, probably more. 2015 wasn’t much better after April, to be
It’s technically not 2017, yet, but I wanted to get a jump start on the 2017 Book Club anyway with the first title, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a f–k by Mark Manson. I’m also cheating in that it’s not Monday, January 1st. In the
Weekly Wine was canceled so any references are made to the archived version. Happy Wednesday. If it’s not a happy day, it really should be. I wanted to take a few moments and plug a new project of mine: Weekly Wine. If you’re anything close to a wine
Getting ready for the New Year looks like a couple different things in my world: What am I doing now that I should stop doing?What am I not doing now that I should start doing?I think I have an idea for #2. For the latter, a big deal
I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. There’s something about creating a todo list that for some reason can’t start until January 1st nor was it even thought of until someone asked do you have any resolutions for the new year? I suppose I
What better time to take a look back at what’s happened the last year than with a glass of scotch on Christmas night? All the festivities are over and tomorrow the lights come down to be stored away until next year. I haven’t written anything substantial in quite
Way too long. I haven’t posted anything to the site since July. I feel like I’ve neglected a child. Many things have happened in the last year, some good, some not so much, and I want to talk about all of them over the next month. Get ready
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while and kept getting distracted. This evening I sat down and finally hammered it out. The goal is to share some of my favorite Ruby on Rails learning resources with the community. Let’s get started! Ruby, is an incredibly
I’m super excited to write this blog post. I’m always interested in new mail clients (I miss Mailbox). When I found out Polymail dropped for both iOS and Mac, I jumped on it. Apparently so did everyone else, which lead to some problems. If you’ve never heard
If you’ve been following my blog post series on the development of my ever so useful cat cam, powered by a Raspberry Pi, you’ll know I’ve made several attempts at a more stable and scalable streaming solution for my Cat Cam. As it stands today, I’ve
It takes a lot for a movie to convince me to write a blog post about it. I generally don’t do movie reviews, and this isn’t one. What this is, is a reflection; a documentation of experiences and feelings. For the next few minutes, I want to pour
In the process of trying to figure out the best streaming solution for my cat cam, I had to deviate a bit. I combined my RTMP server for my cat cam and Web server for johnathanlyman.com into one and the latter didn’t have the RTMP module installed. This
I’ve been waiting to review Appletieser for some time and now that sometime is Friday afternoon. In the past, I’ve been blocked by cost-prohibition and the fact that the first time I tried ordering it, Amazon sent me Grapetiser. If you haven’t read that post, yet, go
This a follow up from this article I wrote talking about trying to get ffmpeg + ffserver running the Cat Cam. I abandoned that project and went in search for a new solution. What I came up with was ffmpeg + nginx. Here’s how that worked out. After a night of
(Last Updated April 1, 2020) Before I begin this seriously long-winded article (I wasn’t expecting it to be nearly 4000 words), I want to let you know that after roughly six hours of poking, yelling at myself, yelling at my screen, yelling at Google for not having the answers
You have to kind of care about Starbucks and coffee shop-type music but this morning I strolled into Starbucks and when I went to pay with my Starbucks card via the app, I was able to get the playlist for the music being played at that location. Turns out, it’
Alternate Title: Grape Juice and Anuses. For part three of my International Beverage Bonanza series (also check out parts one and two), we’re taking a trip to South Africa for one of the selections in the ’tiser series: Grapetiser. Gracing it us with its presence is a 12oz can,
While I cook my dinner this evening, I want to write to you very briefly about an experience. It doesn’t have anything to do with technology, but does have everything to do with learning. I like to consider myself an amateur-1 golfer. I don’t know what my handicap
The concept of blogging using a staic site generator isn’t news. People have been doing such things for years, now. There are fantastic static site generators out there (Jekyll, Hugo, Pelican to name a few) and all have their unique features, quirks, and ugh moments. I wrote a post
Is that jello and pasta sauce, I smell? Following up my Lucozade review, I went straight into number two with Irn Bru in my International Beverage Bonanza series. I kid you not, that’s how to spell it. I’m pretty sure it’s pronounced Iron Brew. I think the
If there’s one thing I’ll always try a new variant of, it’s an energy drink. As the inaugural post in my International Beverage Bonanza series, I think it’s incredibly appropriate (or not) to give the U.K.’s rocket-bottle-full-of-sugar the first chair. I’m cautiously optimistic.
Some say Americans get all the good stuff. I don’t know who those people are, but they’re probably crazy. The real winners are the non-American countries. Just about every other country in the world gets awesome flavors of Coca-Cola–without HFCS no less–and America is left with
I watched my first Dolby Atmos movie, tonight, and had to come home and write about it. This isn’t a long post, as I don’t have a ton to say and I don’t want to get into the super technical details. Paired with the AMC Prime experience,
It might not seem like it, but every argument on the Internet has a winner. While everyone can agree there’s always going to be Internet fights, there’s a little bit of secret sauce you can apply to come out on top, so long as you’re ok with
Last week, I bought my first regular, good old-fashioned book with the intent of reading it in longer than I can remember. It felt satisfying, but it make me think about how technology has progressed in my daily life (I’ll cover this more in a future post). In regards
If there’s one thing that people will never stop complaining about, it’ll be ads on Facebook. Well, I take that back. They’ll stop complaining when Facebook is out of business. Have you ever wondered how advertisers ended up targeting you, as a Facebook user? I did, then
Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of my Fitbit device. I like the idea of accountability. It may not motivate me to be more physically active, but that’s okay. My problem, nay my supreme life struggle lies with getting my Fitbit to sync. It’s almost
Watch Pulp Fiction, they said. It’ll be riveting, they said. I was told today that there’s no good reason for not seing Pulp Fiction if I saw Django Unchained or The Hateful Eight. Fine, I said to them. I’ll watch it tonight. So here it is. I
I was feeling a bit lazy tonight but wanted food, so instead of going somewhere, I desired for someone to bring the food to me. Are they up to the challenge of being summoned by Postmates, picking up my Gyro and traversing Silicon Valley, to my driveway, through the first
There’s something that’s utterly delicious about brand-named Coca Cola that my Sodastream just can’t replace. Sorry, but the syrup masterminds in Tel Aviv just can’t fool me. I don’t necessarily think it’s the fact that it’s in a can. I think it has
I’ve been in search for a backup Markdown editor while my goto app is updated to fix a rather lethal crash bug. For those wondering, as of this writing, Desk PM is my goto and when attempting to work through the publish menus, the app always crashes, and always
When I was running this site through WordPress, I had a plugin that would count the number of words each of my posts contained and give me some metrics. It was a pretty slick plugin and had all sorts of visuals. With Jekyll, I don’t have such capabilities out
So as you probably know by now, I converted my blog to Jekyll, yesterday, and it’s been a huge success, in my opinion. I’m motivated more than ever to start blogging more because I have the added tinker factor and using Git and GitHub to keep everything organized
When the Mailbox team joined Dropbox in 2013, we shared a passion for simplifying the way people work together. And solving the email problem seemed like a strong complement to the challenges Dropbox was already tackling.But as we deepened our focus on collaboration, we realized there’s only so
Now that I’m running my blog using Jekyll, one thing I’ve already found to be rather frustrating is the post generation process. I have a blank .md template I open, save in a new location, then edit, but that seems cumbersome, to me. What I decided to do
Update May 12, 2018: See this post for the latest status on this. It’s taken a while for me to mentally get to this point but today I finally crossed the threshold and converted my blog into one generated by Jekyll. Essentially, every time I post or make a
I started the Bloc Rails Web Development bootcamp three weeks ago and I’d like to go over my experiences so far. The last few weeks have been pretty great, actually. There’s a lot of material to cover but it’s done in such a way that it’s
It’s easy to miss the small picture when looking at the big picture. Thinking about what I have ahead of me in terms of the next year at Bloc gives me two thoughts: it’s going to take a long time and it’s easy to not see the
If the little kid in you wishes he or she could take a tricked-out ATV and wreck apocolyptic-style wastelands of awesome, take the next 25 minutes and enjoy these videos.
I officially signed up last week for Bloc.io’s Full-stack developer bootcamp becuase I feel while I can learn a good deal of stuff on my own, I’m not going to make on my own to the level I need to be in order to make a fundamental
I came across a small issue this afternoon while building out one of my first Ruby on Rails apps. When I generated the database table, I misspelled a column name. Luckily for me, it’s easy enough to fix and this is how I did it. 1. Create a New
“Rails Developer” has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? In my hunt to figure out where I want my career to head long term, I keep coming back to the idea of software development. I’ve told stories about how I had a rare opportunity a couple
“When we did the previous mouse we spent so much time dialing those feet, the material, the geometry, everything, so that it sounds good and feels good when you move it on the table,” says Ternus, whose title is VP for Mac, iPad, Ecosystem and Audio Engineering. “But then you
I’m always looking for new an interesting ways to stimulate my brain. I’m also always looking for new ways to clear my head when necessary. This is where Headspace comes in. I’ve used Headspace for a total of one day as of this writing and so far,
Sometimes I wish this type of racing would come to my neck of the woods. In this video, Formula E is described as being the quietest race in the world. So what is Formula E, exactly? It’s F1 racing with electricity-powered cars. Because they’re electric, they’re inherently
Folks, serious post here. I’m participating in Extra Life 2015 in support of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and I think it would be amazing if you donated just a few bucks. I’ll be streaming on Twitch the 24 gaming session and will be interacting with everyone. Link
I’ve been a mac user for four years and I can honestly say that I’ve spent less time needing to maintain my systems than any Windows PC I’ve never owned. It’s not really news that IBM rolling out the usage of Macs for its employees, but
I’m a huge fan of transparency. To see BareMatrics supporting ten companies’ pushing for transparency in their business is awesome. Check out their site and see which ten startups are totally open about how they’re doing.
There seems to be a trend that occurs every few months with me when it comes to my writing. I find myself, and I lose myself, and I repeat. I battle with staying consistent every day and writing something, even if it’s not that interesting. When I first started
It’s pretty common knowledge that the cost of technology goes down over time, but there’s one category, as highlighted by Buisness Insider in this rather impressive graphic, that’s actually become more expensive. The top line (green if you’re color blind) is the cable/satellite/radio category.
We all want to be smarter. Thomas Oppong put together a list of 33 Web sites that we all can use to become geniuses. (He did, but it was taken down) “I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.” – Albert EinsteinA few of my favorites from his list:
Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend? ~ Abraham LincolnSo often we spend all of our time trying to literally destroy our enemies and fail to understand that while it may feel good in the short term to have conquered someone with negativity, we’
Every time we meet or communicate with someone, be it face to face, over the phone (who does that anymore), text message, email, Skype, etc., we have a fresh opportunity to make the best of the situation. High Existence has a great article listing 25 “life hacks” to make the
Going to keep this one simple: I wish High School had prepared me for real life. High School never taught me: Real money managementTaxesReal job search skillsComputer engineeringNeutral views on social issuesYou know what I did learn? A lot about the past. It seemed like every class taught me stuff
From Evan Mann comes a great adventure video. This short film won the Samsung 4K Challenge grand prize. Enjoy. Directed by Evan Mann. An Other Worldly Productions film.
In just a week, we pack up and head south. When we moved to the Bay Area, we needed a place to land in short notice. Now, we’re “moving up” in terms of location. Looking forward to being so close to some of the greatest tech companies.
If you only watch one video, today, make it this one. In 4K. by Mike Olbinski.
I’ve started learning Ruby on Rails. One thing I want for myself in the next year or so is to do more software development. As an added bonus, if my career shifted into that type of work, I wouldn’t mind. I chose Rails because of it’s completeness.
I’m sitting here, looking at my computer screen, and am mesmerized by the desktop background. I feel like I need to be there, instead. Then I wonder… why aren’t I? The trip is only a few hours from the Bay Area to Yosemite and El Capitan, the land
This is something I’ve been waiting to see for a long time. As you’re aware, I’ve been using a four year old Macbook Pro for quite some time (placed the order in June 2011) and today I’ve finally made the upgrade to a 2015 of the
So I received my new Macbook Pro, today, thanks to the wonderful folks at UPS. It’s in my hands now and I’m super excited. I’ve only spent about 20 minutes with it so far and here are a few things that stand out to me from the
I was combing Rotten Tomatoes’ reviews of The Martian, and one popped out at me as one of those reviews that make it seem like the reviewer didn’t actually watch the movie and or didn’t know there was a book… Ryan Gibley from The Statesman said this: All
We’re going to see The Martian tomorrow evening. I’m super stoked. I consumed the audiobook via Audible about eight months ago and have wished for a movie ever since. My only complaint: it’s not in IMAX. Space movies need IMAX. C’mon Ridley Scott.
So it’s finally happening. After over four years—52 months to be exact—my Early-2011-era Macbook Pro is being retired. In its place is going a new Macbook Pro of the same size. I spent quite a bit of time thinking about what would replace my daily workhorse. I’
So I’ve been experimenting with brewing my own coffee like the ways of the eskimos: cold. Who knows, maybe they brewed their coffee hot. I’m just guessing. I know this whole ‘small-batch’ trend is quite invariably hipster and I’m certainly one of the last people to jump
David Smith (also known as “Underscore”) dropped Sleep++, an Apple Watch app that allows you to track your sleep a la Fitbit and others. The key here is needing to keep your watch on all the time. So how do you do it? The TL/DR is to charge your
It’s amazing to even just start to ponder how large our Solar System really is.
Walt Mossberg reporting for The Verge: AT&T has stores, [Glenn Lurie, the CEO of AT&T Mobility] says, because “customers deserve choice” in phones, and AT&T’s stores carry many models.Choice in AT&T’s offerings, that is…
You best bet I’ll be there.
from GigaOm: It seems like the company is starting to shift its focus, if only a little bit. Instead of forming links people can use to reach new heights in their careers, LinkedIn is encouraging people to actually — get this — talk to the people in their circles.While these companies
I received an email just a bit ago of the political donation variety. It’s worth mentioning that a few years ago I guess I ended up on a Scott Walker mailing list. I’m not entirely sure how that happened, but it did. Before I unsubscribed this morning, I
If you asked me how I felt about this topic a few years ago, I would have told you it’s dumb. If you asked me how I felt about becoming a software developer, I would have told you I’d never do it, it’s not something I find
One thing I never did when I moved my blog to john.ly and away from jlyman.net was to add SSL. I had SSL set up and running on jlyman.net purely because of the low cost of entry. At $10/year, basic SSL gives great HTTPS encryption. Privacy
Apple World Today has a quick piece on dumping flash. If you need it, I feel bad for you. If you don’t need it, get rid of it. Adobe Flash has been riddled with holes almost since day one and has never gotten better. It’s 2015 and with
The first numbers for Apple Music are in and it’s an interesting amount. From Marco Cava at USA Today: So the estimates of 10 million floating around last week were in the right neighborhood. Of course, 11 million users who aren’t actually handing over any money doesn’t
I was thinking about things that entertain me, this morning, and one thing that came to mind was how long I’ve followed the less-than-family-friendly Explosm comic series. In today’s world, we take things quite seriously sometimes, almost too much. It’s good to take a breather once in
I feel like I’ve created this sort of new kind of being. Previously, I had rarely used Vagrant or Docker or anything of the sort, so the idea of being able to craft an on-demand virtual machine with whatever the hell I want inside of it was both exciting
The point at which I can’t turn back as I pivot my career is approaching. I see it coming, though, which allows me to prepare. Although I’ll never be fully ready, I know I have time to at least pack my suitcase.
It’s Sunday, and the one thing I enjoy doing on Sunday is watching (American) football. Since it’s still 19 days away from the Seahawk’s first pre-season game–that I might end up missing because I live in California, now, and DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket is both
Ever heard the saying: I’m turning over a new leaf?I’d say that, but in this case, the leaf is the same one. This morning I took the time to get back into a morning routine that makes me feel the best. I’m also working on better
Ever since I discovered Docker, I’ve been a fan. Trying to explain Docker to the un-initiated is also fun. I describe it like so: Docker is like a Lunchable (or bento box). The container of said Lunchable is Docker and the VM it controls. Every section inside the container
I’ve been internally reflecting on the future of my career quite a bit over the last month or so. One thing I know for sure is where I want my career to head, but what I’m not 100% sure about is how to get there. My overall plan
Update May 12, 2018: Medium doesn’t support this anymore. It was fun while it lasted. This is something I never knew existed. The Medium team posted this article back in March about their limited beta launch of custom domains for publications that use Medium as a publishing platform. The
I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting apps that make the desktop writing experience more enjoyable. I’m a big fan of Desk and iA Writer and wondered what other kinds of markdown-based writing tools were out there. A quick Google search turned up more than a
I never thought I’d end up being a fan of the Elder Scrolls franchise. I haven’t so much as played any of the past titles including the ever popular Skyrim. Then last weekend, while I was scrolling through the PlayStation Store on my PlayStation 4, I came across
I’m not sure why I didn’t discover this earlier. My excitement when Spotify came to the PlayStation 4 was moderate and I’ve been using Spotify as an all-but-replacement for my rotting Apple iTunes (now Apple Music) library for some time. One thing I never put together until
StackEdit is a in-browser markdown editor that takes on the likes of iA Writer and GitHub Pages in terms of its capability. If you’re a fan of Markdown in even the least bit, it’ll be easy for StackEdit to be your go to text editor. The interface window
Two nights ago, I convinced my team to pick up Slack. I wanted them to stop slacking on effective communication and while I can cut them some slack on being in different time zones, there’s no excuse with today’s technology. That’s about all I have for Slack
I’m always looking for new places to discover great services and products. Last night Crozdesk followed me on Twitter and I couldn’t help but check them out and see what they offer. Really, I check out just about anyone that follows me on twitter. I’m by no
I’ve been meaning to tinker with Discourse for a while, now. It’s used at several of my favorite sites for their communities so I found it reasonable to try it out for myself and see how it works out. My end goal was to use it as a
So I’m sitting here, pondering what to write about. I’ve been a terrible person, not sticking to the plan. If you know me at all, you’ll know it is indeed a chaotic scene when there’s no plan and I’m involved. Steven Pressfield is one of
What do you think of when I say that amateurs look for excuses? It’s a rhetorical question and I don’t expect an answer. Instead, that sentence should really be a statement. It’s an obvious one to someone who’s paying attention, but on the inside, it’s
I decided to start a project for the wrong reason. It’s because of this reason that I ended up giving up said project for the short term. I thought I had it all figured out. I carved out time on my calendar, I made plans, I had an idea…
LearnUp provides entry-level job seekers with job-specific training and coaching to help them get hired.I really like the idea of this. I wish this was around when I was just starting out in the professional world.
People talk about “cutting the cord” a.k.a canceling their Cable or Satellite service and opting for internet-based services. One thing that doesn’t seem to get a whole lot of coverage, in my opinion, is the cost of cutting the cord. While this might be a bit biased
Historically, the weekends have been hard on my hobbies. There’s a photographer that I follow on an occasional basis, mainly because his typical subjects aren’t necessarily family friendly. His name is Matt Granger. He has a saying that I’m finding myself stuck to more now than ever:
I’m going to be honest: it’s been hard to keep up with blogging regularly. It’s been nineteen days since I last posted something of meaning. This is unacceptable. I used to write every day. This was when my work schedule forced me to be up earlier in
It happens to all of us. We get worked up about something that we’re really confident is a for sure thing. Then they call the lottery numbers and we’re still broke. Being disappointed by or in something extends way beyond buying lottery tickets and hoping to strike it
All through life we set goals for ourselves in order to accomplish things. Sometimes we set a goal to lose 20 pounds by summer, or to finish fixing cleaning up the garage. We spend so much time focusing on the end, that while we make our way there, we never
He is credentialed for this shiz.
If you’ve ever worked in a position where regular communication via email is important, you know what I’m about to discuss. We’re all guilty of it. It’s 8:00 AM. You’ve sat down at your desk, your computer is warming up for the day. You
We spend a great deal of time communicating via text. Some would argue we communicate more now than ever before as a society, albeit a smaller percentage via speech. This is likely due to the proliferation of text-based communication methods like email, text messages, Skype, etc. Granted, before email we
When it comes to promoting your site or app, it’s important that your renders are high quality and accurately portray what your customers should expect. Promotee is a Mac application to create pixel-perfect and professional looking artwork for iOS, Mac and Android apps. Just drop a screenshot from your
WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms and content management systems on the planet. Created by Matt Mullenweg and the team at Automattic, it’s an open source and free tool using PHP and MySQL for creating just about any kind of site you can imagine. Today I’
I updated the look of my site, today, and with that came a non-standard setup for featured images and the realization I’d have to manually update a lot of posts. The theme requires custom meta be used for the featured image setting to determine how to display an image.
It’s not really surprising that Corinthian Colleges shut its doors. It’s also not surprising that there are students out there who are angry the schools are closing. I see two things come from this event. Everyone with pitchforks who hate for-profit colleges want to see them all burn.
https://youtube.com/watch?v=O825ko-BK0k So I downloaded what some are calling the winner of the Secret-Whisper-YikYak battle for anonymous sharing. YikYak works like Whisper and Secret, except there’s one thing very different about it, at least from what I can tell. After spending just ten minutes on
I spent some time scouring GitHub this afternoon looking for cool projects. One I stumbled upon was a tool created by Vox Media for creating Twitter cards and Instagram images that included text, source, and site brand logo. I thought it was pretty interesting so I gave it a look-see
A couple days ago I talked about killing in people relations, a.k.a kicking @$$ at customer service. I suggested a book by Dale Carnegie called How to Win Friends and Influence People. I also said there was a second book I recommend. That second book is by the CEO
Amazon came out with what equates to a bucket list for books. Their 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime features a load of great reads crossing all genres and categories. I’ve only read maybe a handful from this list, so perhaps it’s time to start a book
(May 2018: I stopped here there a couple years ago) My latest challenge in my career is executing the position of Senior Technical Support Lead for the Americas at Zephyr, the software company that is, I believe, up-ending the software test management space. My primary responsibility is making technical support
There seems to be a bit of confusion surrounding Norway’s announcement they’ll stop broadcasting FM radio. Someone didn’t do their homework when they started writing titles for the various articles that are covering the matter, so I hope I can spend a few minutes and clarify the
If my calendar is correct, ten days of living in California is today. As someone who’s lived in one state their whole life, nay, one metro area in one state, it’s been a huge change. The world around me is fresh and exciting, but equally craptacular. The good
It’s been a couple weeks since I posted anything substantial, for good reason. Today is one of the first days I’ve had since the beginning of the month to sit down and write, now that the dust is settling. Moving is a big deal and is nothing short
I chuckled at this one, because the struggle is real. However, it got me to thinking. What are some of the small things in life that are actually quite enjoyable and satisfying? I think for me, one of the most satisfying small things is when I sit down to write,
end game (n.) – the late or final stages of any activity.Thinking about what my goal for this blog is made me realize: I don’t have one. I’m ok with that. There’s something to be said about just wanting to do something because you can. I don’
Deep. Or is it? It’s hard to say. This is one of those short films that really leave you thinking. What was it that we actually saw? What does it all mean? I dunno, but it was damn cool to watch. Did I mention that Warner Bros. is picking
I’m always looking for interesting things I can do to my site and the series underneath if it means providing some sort of benefit, even if just a small one. I also like learning, so I got the best of both worlds when I took the time a few
Acid Reflux sucks. I don’t typically suffer from such things but lately it’s been rough. Part of this big (to me) move is having to leave a place I grew up and essentially spent all of my living years behind. Compound that with everything that’s going into
I want to pass on that I’m aware of all the missing images a lot of my posts have. Somewhere during an image processing sweep a lot of them never finished and thus are now basically invalid files. I’m working on restoring them. No need to email me
I’ve kept this site going with mostly daily content for the last few months now, and I’m quite impressed with how far it’s come. It’s no money maker, for sure. It likely never will be. At some point, this address won’t even point to a
I’m always looking for new ways to learn how to code. Up until recently, I had no idea where to really start with Swift, the language used to craft iOS apps and games that mades its appearance in iOS 8. A few days ago, I came across Swifty, a
Recently I wrote a couple blurbs about an iOS app and OS X notification widget called GAget. I received the opportunity to get some hands-on time with it and now I’m ready to share with you my experiences. iOS AppFirst let’s start with the iOS version, simply because
I did something I never thought I’d have to do. I traded in my iPhone 5 and signed up for Verizon EDGE and got an iPhone 6. That means: I’m making payments on my phone. It might not sound bad to some, and I totally get the idea
It’s no secret that I commute a rather long ways (measured by time, not distance) to work every morning. By way of bus it’s 80 minutes. By way of car, it’s 45. The distance is only 20 miles. To some, that’s a lot. I know people
from Pressfield: the pro mindset is a discipline that we use to overcome Resistance . To defeat the self-sabotaging habits of procrastination, self-doubt, susceptibility to distraction, perfectionism, and shallowness, we enlist the self-strengthening habits of order, regularity, discipline, and a constant striving after excellence.Interesting. There’s something we tend to
You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block. — John RogersThese words are very true, and I have the experience to back them up. Last week, I spent 30 minutes writing non-stop. I didn’t think about what I
Comcast, I hope you’re reading this. SageTV founder (and current Google employee) Jeffrey Kardatzke says that Google “has agreed to open-source the SageTV platform.”[s]If you’re unfamiliar, SageTV has been off the market for a few years now after being one of the first to release a
One thing I’ve always found so amazing is that with today’s excellent blend of technologies to keep people living longer, we regularly see people living past 100 years of age. How do you live to be 109 years old? Exercise, a nice warm bowl of porridge, and staying
Voyager 1 and 2. Covering a million miles a day, these two crafts are still humming along. After 40 years of travel, they still gather data, and some of the original crew still watch over them… even if they do so from a simple office park in Pasadena. Reading about
This is a continuation of part 1: Getting Started with Loggly. Note: Apparently waiting hours for account generation isn’t a thing according to the fine folks on twitter @loggly. @theeJL Creation takes a few sec so likely something happened during form validation. Perhaps try again or DM us the
I love logs. I love massive amounts of data. I have this thing where if I feel I can consume and process tons of data by doing something menial and useless, I’ll do it. One thing I don’t really do though is keep tabs on the logs for
If only there was something like this when I was getting out of high school. Introducing Make School: Imagine going to a school where everyone is trying to change the world with technology. Welcome to Make School. Your education will be focused on building apps and websites that improve the
I use Google Analytics. It keeps track of all sorts of goodies for me. The thing I like the most and really appreciate is the visitor tracking. I like knowing how many people visit my site on a regular basis. I don’t use much outside those base features, though.
Everyone has to start somewhere and there are great resources to help you do so. David Gewirtz writes on ZDNet on where to start and how much it might cost you. (Spoiler: not much). In this article, I’m going to take you through the steps you need to get
I’m a fan of getting as much as you can for free without breaking the rules. Every cloud storage provider has a variety of changing promos that can give you extra storage space, so it’s always worthwhile to keep an ear to the ground. Some of the promotions
It’s not news anymore, but I thought it’d be worth mentioning real quick before I continue. I’m moving in the next couple months. In fact, as I write this, I have less than two months. The week of May 10th is when we’re slated to pack
With all the impressive technology we have today, one thing I’m surprised is still as ancient as it is is strict requirements on committing to an office every day to do work. There are a lot of jobs that don’t really require you to be in an expensive
And write what you don’t know in hopes that one day you’ll learn. Write what you know, write what you want to know more about. Write what you’re afraid to write about. – Cec MurphyThere are several topics I can think of off the top of my head
I thought I would use it, I really did. I like Ghost as a platform but it’s just not where I want it to be, right now. Perhaps in a year or so, I’ll give it another shot with serious intentions. In other news, the New Relic agent
(This post is wildly out-dated. The most current info is here.) Yesterday someone asked me what my stack looked like. Today I think it makes a good blog post. I’m always open to share the tech behind my sites and this one is no different. While not incredibly in
Recently, I discussed a recent failure of mine that hit home pretty hard. You can read part one and part two, first, if you’d like, but it’s not necessary. Today another important event happened that goes well with this impromptu series I’ve started and I want to
I came across this site and program yesterday, a coding camp for girls. While I’m not a girl, I feel like I can still appreciate the idea of such a thing. If I had daughters, I’d want them to give this a shot. As much as we don’
One thing I’ve always struggled with just a bit is my ability to translate my thoughts into words. When I write them down, I typically don’t have a problem. When it comes to speaking them, that’s where I falter from time to time. There are times when
Last night while I was browsing Medium, I came across a rather exhaustive list of free things startups can use in one capacity or another. 300 Awesome Free Things covers everything and ended up become its own website: Freebie.Supply. Freebie.Supply covered Business, Marketing, Design/Code, Productivity, and Learning
Yesterday, I spent a few minutes spilling my guts about a recent failure. It felt good to get it out there and the support and helpful words I received made it feel less painful. Failing sucks and it’s hard to swallow the truth that you’ll fail at something
Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 over the weekend. It looks pretty slick, and oddly like an iPhone. The only problem: it runs Android. See more on Samsung’s site.
Apple has a new page on their site titled “Shot on iPhone 6.” This collection of photographs feature some of the best images taken with an iPhone 6. Of course, low light is still uncharted territory for the iPhone and you probably won’t see any of them in this
I took the weekend off from blogging. It’s the first time in a while that I haven’t posted something, even just a link. I wanted to take time and focus on myself and personal enrichment. Because I’m looking for a new job since we’re moving, it
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP — Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015 Rest in Peace, Spock.
It wouldn’t be a groundbreaking moment in history unless an opposing political party starting whining and groaning and stomping their feet until they get their way. US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) today filed legislation to overturn the municipal broadband decision the Federal Communications
If you haven’t heard already, you probably live in a cave. March 9th is Apple’s next event where they’ll probably announce the Apple Watch. Some say there’ll be more than that. With Apple, they could host a brunch, toss out an invite, and people would speculate
We all make mistakes, right? That’s not just me? Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ~ James JoyceTo err is to be human, and even though we’re always striving for greatness, sometimes we falter. It’s what happens when you’ve hit bottom that counts. Whatever you do, don’
And ISPs are crapping their pants. from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission today voted to enforce net neutrality rules that prevent Internet providers—including cellular carriers—from blocking or throttling traffic or giving priority to Web services in exchange for payment.and also: The Federal Communications Commission today voted
from the NYT: This week, Google, the search giant, is expected to propose new headquarters — a series of canopylike buildings from Heatherwick Studio, a London design firm known for works like the fiery caldron at the 2012 Olympics, and Bjarke Ingels, a Danish architect known for his innovative designs.Sweet,
…and because this is an ad, we’ll give you thousands of dollars in additional gear that isn’t related to an iPad that your school probably can’t ever afford because Martin Scorsese’s not using an iPad to make this commercial and we want you guys to feel
One of my favorite Youtube channels and visual artists Kurz Gesagt is taking on Measles, now, after shedding a load of light on topics like Atoms, Ebola, The Immune System, Planet Earth, the Stock Exchange, and many others.
I caught this video yesterday and decided it’s worth sharing after all. The original isn’t remotely safe for work (but the above version is). Vimeo hosted the original but it’s since been taken down. Here’s the reason for doing the… bootleg… remake… fan film thing?
I came across a cool new site this morning by way of John Gruber called Useful Mac. While still relatively new, you might find the status bar extension of use. Personally, I’m a fan of the minimal status bar look. If you enjoy the OS X customization scene, too,
Here they come! from ArsTechnica: San Diego blogger Jessica Bennett filed a lawsuit in federal court last week, charging Lenovo and Superfish with violating state and federal wiretap laws, trespassing on personal property, and violating California’s unfair competition law. In addition to this, a Pennsylvania law firm put out
Registration for the AWS Summit has opened for the San Francisco, CA event on April 9, 2015. If I was already living in the area, I would most certainly sign up for this. Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced user, you will learn something new at
Today is the 55th day of the year, and I’ve made it to 100. I’m not quite sure what the rest of the year holds. As I sit here with my coffee like I do most mornings, I’m thinking about my first real stent at blogging, the
from American Nomad (@coffee_n_mtns): Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative. — American Nomad (@coffee_n_mtns) August 3, 2014 Bonus points if you have one über-hobby that gets you all three. In my case,
I found this Medium post this evening about finding time to write, every day, no matter what: I wanted to tell him to stop being an amateur and just nut up and write every single day, even when he didn’t feel like it, especially when he didn’t feel
I’ve been listening to The Martian by Andy Weir lately, and while not a long book, it’s deep. The story follows Mark Watney, one of the first people to step foot on Mars. He also might be one of the first to die on Mars, too… As I
via Pressfield: The sure sign of an amateur is he has a million plans and they all start tomorrow.What plans start today? I’m guilty of this. The idea of ‘why do today what you can put off until tomorrow.’ It’s a terrible way to think and it
via Pressfield: The amateur is a narcissist. He views the world hierarchically. He continuously rates himself in relation to others, becoming self-inflated if his fortunes rise, and desperately anxious if his star should fall.How often do you rate yourself compared to others? I do it. It’s hard not
Are you a tweet deleter? Like most media workers, Matthew Lazin-Ryder, a Vancouver-based producer with CBC Radio, spends a fair amount of time on Twitter. When he tweets, his messages are seen by some percentage of his 3,470 followers. They retweet, favorite, write pithy replies. And then, a week
Pressfield: I didn’t talk to anybody during my year of turning pro. I didn’t hang out. I just worked. I had a book in mind and I had decided I would finish it or kill myself. I could not run away again, or let people down again, or
What do you think about when I say the words “you’re an amateur at living life?” Think about that for a moment. From Pressfield (emphasis added): When we hate our lives and ourselves, two models present themselves as modes of salvation.The first is the therapeutic model. In the
If you’re an owner of one of the following Macbook Pros, you can send in your system for a free repair of any video issues you might be having. MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011)MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012)Macbook Pro (Retina, 15-inch,
I’m almost positive I’ll receive flack for this from people who think I’m talking out my @$$, and that’s fine. Recently, it has come to light that certain model Lenovo laptops were shipping with what most would chalk up to nothing more than adware, a.k.a
Social media is all around us at this point. It’s hard to avoid a conversation or an interaction with someone without it involving some sort of social media communication. One could argue that it’s the more current version of email, text messaging, and letter writing of days, decades,
Desk is now defunct. I’m leaving this here for posterity. I am super stoke to see Desk reach version 1.2. I’m also stoked to see a bunch of stuff fixed or improved that I was itching for! I’ve been a user of desk for the last
We’re always striving for more. We always want to have the competitive edge, to have just a bit more money, to look just a bit better. Sometimes, when we get to that level we want for ourselves, we’re not exactly thrilled with what we find. Click below to
I picked up The Martian by way of a recommendation a friend gave me. I’ve seen it on the shelf for a minute now and I’m pretty excited to start listening to it. Most books I don’t read (a recent purchase being an exception) but instead listen
Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying, “Listen to me”.~ Jhumpa LahiriNever be afraid to make people listen to you. You’d be surprised who might take you seriously.
I picked up a new book yesterday morning by Steven Pressfield called Turning Pro. Actually, I downloaded it to my iPad with the Amazon Kindle app (does anyone actually “pick up” books anymore?). I’m quite intrigued so far with what the author has to say. He sounds like he’
“Creativity is an act of defiance.” – Twyla TharpCreativity is an act of expression using unique methods to convey your thoughts and ideas. We have many forms of creative expression available to us in these times, however it didn’t used to be that way. Creative expression was limited and people
I want to talk for a minute about a particular service I really enjoy and have been using since 2012. I also want to be very clear that I’m not being paid to write this. I only endorse products and services I actually use. As of this writing I
It’s been roughly 40 days since I started writing on a continual basis. Some days have been more productive than others. There are days when all I manage to come up with are posts about other things going on in the world. I have enjoyed being able to just
I caught an article this morning from Esquire talking about the writer’s experiences with InvisibleGirlfriend.com. No matter what I asked, Zoe always had a logical response. If she didn’t, she expertly skirted the question. Sometimes her texts were ominous, sometimes oddly detailed. She was always in a
I brought my computer with me on the bus this morning to see if I could write while riding and came to one horrible conclusion. It’s impossible. One thing bus manufacturers haven’t thought about it making enough space for people to do work comfortably. What’s up with
It’s not going to change anything. I follow McDonalds on Facebook. A lot of people do. I do it because I like McDonalds. I eat it more than I should but that’s a different story altogether. I find it fascinating that people troll McDonald’s Facebook page almost
Looking back on old posts isn’t really something that I do on a regular basis. Once I’m all set and posting my words, that’s pretty much it. I have a good reason, though. If I started going back and reviewing my past posts, I feel like I
From ZDNet: The update’s file management improvements include the ability to save a copy of a file to OneDrive and select a new location in different folders to store the document. … Microsoft has added a Save As option, where the user can choose from Save As, Rename, Download a
One of the biggest “duh” technologies that we got in the last year or two was the phone kill switch. Lose your phone? Nuke it from orbit. Phone stolen? Nuke it from orbit. Jealous ex texting you at 3am? If you know their Apple ID password, nuke it from orbit.
This is good news for fans of privacy. Yesterday a new website and database launched called NoFlyZone.org, which invites people to enter their home address to prevent amateur drone pilots from zooming over their property, GoPro running. The database is maintained by a team of 10 people based in
Have you ever seen such a great story about a bridge? Neither have I. At roughly ten minutes in length, Lightning Boy Studio comes at us with a great animated tale with no speaking on two men who were determined to fix or rebuild a bridge that had fallen away
I read some powerful words, yesterday, and I knew right away they were worth discussing. As you think, so shall you become.– UnknownIt’s powerful stuff but the words speak a simple message. We’re surrounded my many different influences that can shape our thoughts and actions, but the biggest
I use this playlist of tracks courtesy of Spotify exclusively for work. I try to not to mix my work and home playlists because they serve different purposes and I’m trying to keep them associated as such.
I’m skeptical about Photos for Mac. The last time Apple made a photo editing product, no one used it (Aperture). I’m sure it’ll look best and work best on the highest end Macs with the best screens (Retina iMac). Either way. I’ll probably give it a
From out of the Ashes of The Unofficial Apple Weblog comes Apple World.Today and it looks to be great. I’m glad to see some of the former editors firing up another site and continuing the never ending task of brining us great Apple news. Steve Sande, Dave Caolo,
Update May 12, 2018: This app is no longer available. I’ve removed links to it but kept the post for posterity. One thing I’m working on is improving my software development skills. In 2015, along with everything else, I want to be much better at programming and development.
A few people have asked what music I listen to in the morning while I’m mentally prepping for my day (by writing). Before I answer, I want to disclose that my tastes change from time to time, so the genres of music listed below might not be similar in
Some may say it takes time to change a habit, and they’d probably be right. From what I’ve read, it takes upwards of three weeks to fully break a habit. That hasn’t stopped me from going cold turkey. When I started blogging every back in January, I
I’m always looking for a new tool, app or service that can give me a leg up when it comes to investing and making it as painless as possible which is why I’m covering three tools that can help you invest and save with minimal effort. AcornsThey get
One thing I’ve never liked about being up early in the morning is how dark it is outside throughout the winter. It’s hard getting up at 4AM and seeing nothing but the same darkness you saw when you went to bed the night before. Sure there’s a
In 2007, The Onion—known for being the global source for all things truth—called RadioShack’s Demise. Today, RadioShack filed for bankruptcy protection. RadioShack is down, I see Fry’s coming soon. Have you been in one lately? They’re massive and never have anyone in them.
Let me tell you a story. A story about Dr. Better. See, Dr. Better wasn’t just good, he was better. Better than you and better than me. Dr. Better had a special talent. What was that talent, you ask? Why, being better, of course. Now you might be wondering,
When my favorite team (Seattle Seahawks) isn’t playing in the Super Bowl, I’ll still watch for the commercials. I enjoy an ad that tells a story, or makes me feel something. I won’t likely buy anything that ad was selling, but I don’t think it’s
One would think that because I’m a photographer in some capacity that I would take all of my own photos. Let me tell you, that’s certainly not the case. One cannot craft a particular scene in a heartbeat with just enough time to post it to a blog.
Based on a survey of 700 students, the study found that users who engage in “surveillance use”–“brows[ing] the website to see how their friends are doing compared with their own lives”–versus simply using the site to contact friends and family can experience symptoms of depression.—TechCrunchWell duh.
Music is one of those things: you either like it or you’re weird. Music for me is a way to eliminate the distractions surrounding me and enter the world the artist as created. Any genre of music can work. If it’s Taylor Swift, that world exists just as
The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You’re there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see—every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties. ~ Graham GreeneThere’s so
Remember yesterday when I mentioned that AdBlock Plus was allowing companies to pay their way through the blocks to users? Turns out, that list is bigger than I led on. In fact, it’s down right stupid long. In an e-mail to Ars, AdBlock Plus Communications Manager Ben Williams wrote
What’s the point of having ad blocking software if it doesn’t block any ads? Good question. From the Verge: Some of the web’s biggest companies have been paying to get around Adblock Plus, according to a new report from Financial Times. Microsoft’s Bing search ads and
Today is the last day for The Unofficial Apple Weblog. TUAW has been a staple in keeping up with the latest Apple news, products and happenings. The site was always a go-to of mine to keep up to date on rumors, and it did its job well. TUAW, for lots
I was looking over all the writing I did for the month of January and I can safely say that not only have I kept one of my New Year’s Resolutions so far, but I blew away my person goal I set for myself. I made a pact with
I’ve always pondered how much more productive I would be if I had a “dream office” to write and work in. Then I’ve thought about what that office would look like. In reality, I’m not exactly sure I could even come up with a solid example, just
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot…reading is the creative center of a writer’s life…you cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been
To follow up my quick review of NatureBox yesterday, I received a second awesome package in the mail on Saturday. I recently ordered a new shave kit from a great company I hadn’t heard of until just recently called Harry’s. Harry’s does things a bit differently. Their
Ever since I started this blog up again at the beginning of January, I wanted to have related posts be visible at the end of each post. I use JetPack and I figured turning Related Posts on would be easy and I would be all set. Well, not so much.
One thing I always wish I would have paid more attention to when I was younger was coding. I believe my generation is just the start of the potential batch of humans that become masters of writing code and making apps that do random things. My problem is I feel
I get it. Working with another team can suck at times. I’ve had my fair share of cases where I wasn’t exactly thrilled about the idea of working with a team of people who I didn’t believe were in the right position to be of assistance. While
So there’s a new browser in town, put out by ex Opera big cheese Jón Stephenson von Tetzchner. It’s called Vivaldi and so far, it looks just as good as Vivaldi’s music sounds. Vivaldi came to be after coming to the conclusion that Opera (the browser) just
In school my favorite subject was “Computers.” At the time, I didn’t quite know what that meant, nor did I really care. Kids thought I was nerdy because computers weren’t cool. The popular kids didn’t care about computers, they were athletes. That’s how they made friends.
I recently caught a TED Talk by Rainer Strack on the shifting of the workforce in the few decades to come. There’s a fundamental change that’ll take place soon and one thing’s for sure, there’ll end up being a lot more vacancies in the job market
This is the first time I’ve tried to write a post on the bus. There’s a lot of free time to be had on the bus, that I could just waste reading ArsTechnica articles or scrolling Facebook. But after my recap on the finicky relationship I have with
Reflecting on my journey so far, one thing I’ve noticed that seems to be most consistent is my desire to write has improved, ten fold. Instead of coming up with huge elaborate stories or long-winded essays about something I don’t even know if I completely understand, I’m
I saw a rather interesting article this morning via the Wall Street Journal that talks about finding the perfect sleep position. I couldn’t help but think: “is there some mad science in here that will give me the answer to all things sleeping so I can sleep mad sleeps
I tried something interesting, yesterday. Every once in a while, I find the urge to pull out my camera and shoot stuff at home. It doesn’t happen very often, and for good reason. My space is outside, where things don’t move, where all I have to worry about
As much as I try to stay current with technology, there’s a part of me that just doesn’t care if I check my phone all the time, or am constantly reading emails on the weekend. I know a lot of people keep up to date on the latest
Let’s be honest. The year is 2015 and nobody wants to do things by hand or manually if they can help it. Companies are hiring people to automate the hell out of everything because like M.I.A (sort of, not really) [famously rapped]: “live fast, die young,
A rather odd thing started happening shortly after I implemented Jetpack on this site. I was seeing my posts show up on twitter, which is nice and all, but not through the method I had set up. I describe how I set up automatic post scheduling for the various social
Sometimes I wonder about cats. Who invented them? Why are they here? Are those whiskers really just antennae they use to communicate with their alien space ships? All these things are valid questions if you are like me, because obviously my brain isn’t stimulated enough as it is. Of
When I’m not working, writing, or studying, I’m (ideally) shooting. I’m a landscape photographer and by shooting I mean “taking photos of.” One of the things I struggled with in 2014 was my motivation to shoot more. I’ve always had a small inkling in the back
We all remember our first smartphones, for the most part. I know I remember my transition from the small brick phones that weighed as much as small bricks. They did the job back then. In 2003, texting was a limited thing still in my world and around all of my
This morning I ran out of coffee creamer so I hope this all makes sense, if not… meh. I’m just a week into my new weekday morning routine. If you’re unfamiliar or don’t remember how I described it, it’s simple. Go to bed around the same
If you’re still with me, I’m on day eight of the #10-days-to-a-better-blog challenge/workshop/event put on by John Saddington of Desk.pm fame. He’s on year 14 of blogging so chances are he knows a thing or two. Today’s topic has to do with coming
I’m cheating a little bit. See, I’m doing the #10-days-to-a-better-blog challenge as a starting point to build up my blog, but after I started, I realized the last day of the challenge overlapped onto a day I’m taking vacation and probably won’t be writing much, at
I was able to stick to my routine this morning and sat down to craft my About page. I’ve never really spent much time working on it so reflecting on who I am and how I got here was actually very helpful in deciding what to write and what
I’ve always really enjoyed having a short address to rely upon when I tell people where to find my sites. I’m personally of the idea that the shorter you can get your address and have it still make sense, the better, especially on mobile devices. Not everyone is
This site has served many purposes over the last couple of years, and none of them have really taken off. Looking back on how my routines have changed and what I am spending more time focusing on, I can really tell that at some point in the future that I
Updated: a lot of changes have taken place since I wrote this post over two years ago. My most current desk setup is here. One thing I’ve come to learn is that having a good writing space is important. For some, the room has to be just right. Darkness,
Part of this newfound journey I’m on to blog better is to look inward at myself and try to figure out why I write. It’s more difficult than it sounds because I feel I have two thoughts that form some sort of answer. I have a thought, maybe
I’m hoping that someone can explain to me why in the literal hell I would think this is something I would wear. It’s just a Johnathan thing. You wouldn’t understand! Are you sure? At what point did I become such a pompous @$$ that everything I do, every
While some would call him a tool, Bob Carter‘s famous statement above rings truer than ever in my world. This post shall kick of a new series on project management faux pas. I’ll be tossing in my every so slightly jaded views and perhaps a rant or two
Update: I can’t seem to replicate this issue anymore and thus closed out the bug I submitted below. I ran into an issue this morning after disabling comments site-wide on this particular site that I could no longer enable the Discussion widget to disable comments on existing posts. Since
Level of Entry: Low Time to Master: Infinity There’s a thought in the photography community which extends to pretty much any facet of life: you only get better by doing. One does not become a pro golfer by reading a book—although reading does help—nor does merely buying