Computers

Apple’s HomePod: I Am The Weakest Link

5 minute read

Apple’’s HomePod lets you ask Siri to play music and control your home, but you may have to adapt to Siri before Siri will adapt to you.

Apple’s iOS Security Faustian Dilemma

7 minute read

Apple has a “user-centric” business model but forces iOS users to choose between using the version of iOS they want and getting security updates.

Replacement Power Supply For Libratone Zipp

1 minute read

When a wifi speaker’s power supply breaks and the official replacement is stupidly expensive you can find a replacement for the replacement on Amazon.

Machine Learning Baby Photos

16 minute read

Machine Learning is toddling into the world at breakneck speed. Let’s check out its baby photos.

Customer Service and Security: What Not to Do

10 minute read

If you’re a company that may receive security-related reports, the first thing not to do on the customer service front is to make it difficult to report issu...

CODE: Notes on Ember and Ember App Kit

3 minute read

I’ve recently been working with EmberJS, a Javascript framework for building MVC-based web applications. I’m liking it a lot. It feels well thought out, well...

iPad Air First Impressions

1 minute read

I headed over to Best Buy first thing Friday morning… they opened at 8AM and handled the iPad Air rollout very nicely. It was raining hard… they gave rese...

CODE: jQuery’s :contains and White Space

1 minute read

Over the weekend I ran into one of those situations where it felt like I had found a bug in a very commonly used portion of a very commonly used piece of so...

Air Quality Egg Helper Browser Extension

1 minute read

I picked up a couple of Air Quality Eggs through Kickstarter. They're neat gadgets that can be equipped with a variety of sensors to monitor the air.

WTF Economics

1 minute read

I subscribe to the magazine "Cooking Light". Issues usually have some good recipes when you ignore all the stuff about yoga, aromatherapy and blood pressure...

GNU Emacs on Rasperry Pi

less than 1 minute read

For the two people in the world who were wondering this, GNU Emacs runs just fine under Debian on a Raspberry Pi. It doesn’t leave much memory available for ...

Raspberry Pi

1 minute read

A small but powerful computer

Emacs: The Poster Child for Software Bloat

1 minute read

I love Emacs. It’s the editor I grew up with. I’ve been using it for over 30 years. I don’t think I could switch to another editor now if I wanted to. There’...

No More Printer Rebates from Apple

2 minute read

Apple has long offered a $100 rebate on select printers. It’s something I’ve counseled many Mac buyers to take advantage of. You could get a moderate quality...

The Mac Companion: Are You Serious, Iomega?

2 minute read

Over the summer, Iomega announced their latest external hard drive, this one targeted at the Macintosh community: the Mac Companion. The Companion is a very ...

Tech Note: Cloudbusting

2 minute read

My blog runs on a piece of software called Wordpress. I love Wordpress; it’s well designed, easy to use, easy to maintain. It’s good for serving blogs but it...

iPhone Tethering

3 minute read

Free Wifi is great, isn’t it? Except when it’s worth exactly what you paid for it: nothing.

iTunes Hygiene

3 minute read

Instead of working on a site redesign that I have a tight deadline on, I am dealing with a long-standing peeve I’ve had: iTunes hygiene.

Why I Don’t Self-Host Anymore

6 minute read

I’m at An Event Apart and have just listened to a great presentation by Jeremy Keith on data permanency. He touched on many issues, from technical ones regar...

A Reason I Like Apple

1 minute read

I don't go to physical Apple retail stores very often but this weekend in New York I needed a mini-displayport to HDMI cable, so we took a walk to the 5t...

My Inbox Is Not a Todo List

3 minute read

I have 6 pieces of email in my inbox right now, down from somewhere slightly south of a thousand a few days ago. Much of the mail that was cluttering my inbo...

Eating My Own Dog Food

1 minute read

For a while I’ve been advising people who need simple web sites to use Wordpress. Not just people who want to blog, but people who need a very simple site wi...

Whenever I Go Away, I Want to Start Anew…

2 minute read

There’s a thrill for me in the initial exploration of an idea, the initial design of a piece of software or web site, and in learning how to use new tools or...

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Security

Apple’s iOS Security Faustian Dilemma

7 minute read

Apple has a “user-centric” business model but forces iOS users to choose between using the version of iOS they want and getting security updates.

So Wifi Isn’t Secure – What Now?

9 minute read

Many individuals and many organizations treat their router and WiFi network as a security perimeter. “The hostile world is outside. The warm, friendly, safe ...

Protect Your Domain Registrations and Privacy

9 minute read

When you register a domain name, you may expose personal information about yourself: your address, phone number email address. Here’s how to protect privacy.

Customer Service and Security: What Not to Do

10 minute read

If you’re a company that may receive security-related reports, the first thing not to do on the customer service front is to make it difficult to report issu...

Personal Security Questions Are Bullshit

11 minute read

Personal security questions are not only a terrible user experience, they can also reduce your account’s security rather than enhance it. Let’s explore them ...

Password Dumps: How To Protect Yourself

5 minute read

By now you’re probably used to reading about web sites getting broken into, exposing millions of accounts. How do you protect yourself and how can developers...

Stream: A Black Box for WordPress Security

2 minute read

You’re searching your blog for spam for the fourth time in the last few days. Not only can’t you figure out how the spammer keeps getting in, you also can’t ...

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Code

Stop The loop() Insanity!

3 minute read

Learn how to write an Arduino loop() with multiple delays without shooting yourself in the foot.

CODE: Notes on Ember and Ember App Kit

3 minute read

I’ve recently been working with EmberJS, a Javascript framework for building MVC-based web applications. I’m liking it a lot. It feels well thought out, well...

CODE: jQuery’s :contains and White Space

1 minute read

Over the weekend I ran into one of those situations where it felt like I had found a bug in a very commonly used portion of a very commonly used piece of so...

Air Quality Egg Helper Browser Extension

1 minute read

I picked up a couple of Air Quality Eggs through Kickstarter. They're neat gadgets that can be equipped with a variety of sensors to monitor the air.

Nutrition Labels for WordPress

less than 1 minute read

Download I’ve just released a plugin for Wordpress, wp-nutrition-label. It provides a Wordpress shortcode which generates an HTML FDA-style nutrition label. ...

How to Quote a Shortcode in WordPress

less than 1 minute read

Wordpress offers a handy mechanism called a “shortcode”, which is a kind of macro. Shortcodes are supplied by Wordpress itself and by plugins that extend Wor...

Whenever I Go Away, I Want to Start Anew…

2 minute read

There’s a thrill for me in the initial exploration of an idea, the initial design of a piece of software or web site, and in learning how to use new tools or...

WebDev: jQuery, JSON, IE and Caching

1 minute read

When you bookmark a listing the icon changes from a heart with a plus sign to a heart with a minus sign, the count of the number of times the the listing was...

Offline jQuery Documentation for MacOS X

less than 1 minute read

I don’t always have reliable online access when I’m coding - in particular, I was on a bus today for a couple of hours and didn’t always have Internet access...

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Software

Apple’s iOS Security Faustian Dilemma

7 minute read

Apple has a “user-centric” business model but forces iOS users to choose between using the version of iOS they want and getting security updates.

Machine Learning Baby Photos

16 minute read

Machine Learning is toddling into the world at breakneck speed. Let’s check out its baby photos.

CODE: Notes on Ember and Ember App Kit

3 minute read

I’ve recently been working with EmberJS, a Javascript framework for building MVC-based web applications. I’m liking it a lot. It feels well thought out, well...

CODE: jQuery’s :contains and White Space

1 minute read

Over the weekend I ran into one of those situations where it felt like I had found a bug in a very commonly used portion of a very commonly used piece of so...

GNU Emacs on Rasperry Pi

less than 1 minute read

For the two people in the world who were wondering this, GNU Emacs runs just fine under Debian on a Raspberry Pi. It doesn’t leave much memory available for ...

Emacs: The Poster Child for Software Bloat

1 minute read

I love Emacs. It’s the editor I grew up with. I’ve been using it for over 30 years. I don’t think I could switch to another editor now if I wanted to. There’...

iPhone Photos Without Photostream

less than 1 minute read

Apple’s iOS 5 introduced Photostream as part of their iCloud offering - when you take photos on an iOS device they are automatically synced to iCloud and fr...

Tech Note: Cloudbusting

2 minute read

My blog runs on a piece of software called Wordpress. I love Wordpress; it’s well designed, easy to use, easy to maintain. It’s good for serving blogs but it...

Eating My Own Dog Food

1 minute read

For a while I’ve been advising people who need simple web sites to use Wordpress. Not just people who want to blog, but people who need a very simple site wi...

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entertainment

Apple’s HomePod: I Am The Weakest Link

5 minute read

Apple’’s HomePod lets you ask Siri to play music and control your home, but you may have to adapt to Siri before Siri will adapt to you.

iTunes Hygiene

3 minute read

Instead of working on a site redesign that I have a tight deadline on, I am dealing with a long-standing peeve I’ve had: iTunes hygiene.

Omnious Sounding

less than 1 minute read

Yahoo seems to have changed the layout of Yahoo Movies recently. I was looking at what was playing locally and saw this: It sounds ominous. If I don’t...

In the Category of “Just No”

less than 1 minute read

Do you ever turn on the television and think "Oh my, why hasn't Fox TV adapted Ab Fab into a US sitcom? ... Unfortunately, it appears that Fox never go...

Battlestar Galactica: Both Back and Ending

1 minute read

The new episode will apparently run 3.5 minutes long, so set make sure your DVRs are catching that because I suspect you’ll be very unhappy about missing the...

Futurama: Bender’s Game

1 minute read

"Futurama" unfortunately never got the love that "The Simpsons" gets, but I'm still grateful for the fact that Fox gave the show another chance in the form...

Brian Eno Is Alive and Well in My iPhone

1 minute read

Given the current events in the US (or global) economy, “Bloom” rescues me from continually listening to only chill-out music and Radiohead’s most apocalypti...

Keeping Your Warcraft Addons Up To Date

1 minute read

While I’m on the subject of World of Warcraft, I want to take a moment to mention the software I use to keep the add-ons I use up to date. … The set I u...

David Foster Wallace Has Left the Building

1 minute read

I remember around the time that "Infinite Jest" came out, several of my friends were talking about it. ctan was enraptured by it, read it cover to cover ...

Apple’s iPod Event on September 9th

6 minute read

Tuesday September 9th 2008 (today as I finish this; I meant to get this out sooner) is a special Apple event called “Let’s Rock” - although they haven’t spec...

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Macintosh

iPhone Photos Without Photostream

less than 1 minute read

Apple’s iOS 5 introduced Photostream as part of their iCloud offering - when you take photos on an iOS device they are automatically synced to iCloud and fr...

No More Printer Rebates from Apple

2 minute read

Apple has long offered a $100 rebate on select printers. It’s something I’ve counseled many Mac buyers to take advantage of. You could get a moderate quality...

The Mac Companion: Are You Serious, Iomega?

2 minute read

Over the summer, Iomega announced their latest external hard drive, this one targeted at the Macintosh community: the Mac Companion. The Companion is a very ...

Offline jQuery Documentation for MacOS X

less than 1 minute read

I don’t always have reliable online access when I’m coding - in particular, I was on a bus today for a couple of hours and didn’t always have Internet access...

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Um...

BBC’s Best Typo

less than 1 minute read

With all the flap last week about Facebook buying WhatsApp for a stupidly large amount of money, I think most people missed BBC’s awesome typo on their first...

Today’s Best Spam

less than 1 minute read

These spammers are ahead of my entire organization in attempting to protect my brand! I’ll definitely send this to my CEO.

Priorities

less than 1 minute read

Interesting how Amazon prioritizes use experience. Of course they want to make it easy to shop, right? I can buy something via 1-click without having to ...

Great Headlines From My Newsfeed

less than 1 minute read

I just have to hope that someone at the BBC got a chuckle when they decided on this excerpt for the article's newsfeed.  

Omnious Sounding

less than 1 minute read

Yahoo seems to have changed the layout of Yahoo Movies recently. I was looking at what was playing locally and saw this: It sounds ominous. If I don’t...

Doomed

less than 1 minute read

Fox News is the most trusted TV news source, with 39.3% of respondents to an IFC survey saying they trusted it most.   [From Poll: Interne...

So You’re Having a Benefit Event…

less than 1 minute read

So - the day of the event - you get a call asking what restaurants will be there. … The caller mentions to you that he tried to email quite a while ago but ...

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Food

RECIPE: Tandoori Cauliflower

less than 1 minute read

This recipe is based on a recipe from Pure Wow… be sure to check out their awesome photo!

WTF Economics

1 minute read

I subscribe to the magazine "Cooking Light". Issues usually have some good recipes when you ignore all the stuff about yoga, aromatherapy and blood pressure...

Korean Tacos

3 minute read

Since I’ve completely failed to be in the same place as a Korean taco food truck I decided to take a shot at making my own Korean tacos.

Not Overheating

less than 1 minute read

Some teas like boiling water… some teas like cooler water. Most green teas and oolongs work best with water in the 180 - 185 degree range. Yes, you can use ...

Lean Chicken Chorizo Recipe

2 minute read

I like the flavor of chorizo but I'm not thrilled with its ingredients. Most commercial chorizo is very low quality food and quite unhealthy. It's made wi...

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

1 minute read

It takes a little more care though, and takes longer to cook. Steel-cut oatmeal Rolled oats The recipe is a straightforward translation ...

Free Ice Cream on Election Day

less than 1 minute read

Back to the important things: Ben & Jerry’s is giving away free cones from 5PM to 8PM today (election day). http://www.benjerry.com/features/i_voted/

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life

On My 50th Birthday

2 minute read

So I’ve finished half a century on the Earth. The word century always sounds impressive. And while fifty years sounds impressive, half a century sounds even ...

Pill Pockets

1 minute read

Now that our cats are becoming elderly, they need some kitty meds. Nothing too serious, but some daily pills, probably more to come.

Down One Cat

1 minute read

Temporarily. Zooty and Rebo are 15 years old now and are starting to show some wear and tear. Rebo is recently on blood pressure medication (older kidne...

Happy 100th, Julia Child

1 minute read

I have two favorite memories of Julia Child, neither of which involves Saturday Night Live.

I Hadn’t Expected It To Be So Dusty

2 minute read

Although I hadn’t expected a flood, either. I usually think of hurricanes sitting off the coast and dumping on Cape Cod and Boston (if they ever get that far...

Welcome to dot-dot-romkey

5 minute read

And the environment that I work in has changed and become much more complex… where two decades ago a piece of software most likely ran from the command-line,...

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wordpress

Tech Note: Cloudbusting

2 minute read

My blog runs on a piece of software called Wordpress. I love Wordpress; it’s well designed, easy to use, easy to maintain. It’s good for serving blogs but it...

Nutrition Labels for WordPress

less than 1 minute read

Download I’ve just released a plugin for Wordpress, wp-nutrition-label. It provides a Wordpress shortcode which generates an HTML FDA-style nutrition label. ...

How to Quote a Shortcode in WordPress

less than 1 minute read

Wordpress offers a handy mechanism called a “shortcode”, which is a kind of macro. Shortcodes are supplied by Wordpress itself and by plugins that extend Wor...

Eating My Own Dog Food

1 minute read

For a while I’ve been advising people who need simple web sites to use Wordpress. Not just people who want to blog, but people who need a very simple site wi...

LJ Crossposting

2 minute read

I have a bunch of half-written things that I haven’t finished because I haven’t been happy with the state of cross-posting between this blog and Livejournal ...

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Media

Blu-Ray

1 minute read

I’m watching a movie on … gasp… Blu-Ray for the first time in recent memory.

Great Headlines From My Newsfeed

less than 1 minute read

I just have to hope that someone at the BBC got a chuckle when they decided on this excerpt for the article's newsfeed.  

WTF Economics

1 minute read

I subscribe to the magazine "Cooking Light". Issues usually have some good recipes when you ignore all the stuff about yoga, aromatherapy and blood pressure...

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Uncategorized

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music

iTunes Hygiene

3 minute read

Instead of working on a site redesign that I have a tight deadline on, I am dealing with a long-standing peeve I’ve had: iTunes hygiene.

Brian Eno Is Alive and Well in My iPhone

1 minute read

Given the current events in the US (or global) economy, “Bloom” rescues me from continually listening to only chill-out music and Radiohead’s most apocalypti...

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ajax

WebDev: jQuery, JSON, IE and Caching

1 minute read

When you bookmark a listing the icon changes from a heart with a plus sign to a heart with a minus sign, the count of the number of times the the listing was...

Offline jQuery Documentation for MacOS X

less than 1 minute read

I don’t always have reliable online access when I’m coding - in particular, I was on a bus today for a couple of hours and didn’t always have Internet access...

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perl

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tv

In the Category of “Just No”

less than 1 minute read

Do you ever turn on the television and think "Oh my, why hasn't Fox TV adapted Ab Fab into a US sitcom? ... Unfortunately, it appears that Fox never go...

Battlestar Galactica: Both Back and Ending

1 minute read

The new episode will apparently run 3.5 minutes long, so set make sure your DVRs are catching that because I suspect you’ll be very unhappy about missing the...

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Internet

iPhone Tethering

3 minute read

Free Wifi is great, isn’t it? Except when it’s worth exactly what you paid for it: nothing.

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Hardware

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Catalyst

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mysql

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just no

In the Category of “Just No”

less than 1 minute read

Do you ever turn on the television and think "Oh my, why hasn't Fox TV adapted Ab Fab into a US sitcom? ... Unfortunately, it appears that Fox never go...

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Movies

Omnious Sounding

less than 1 minute read

Yahoo seems to have changed the layout of Yahoo Movies recently. I was looking at what was playing locally and saw this: It sounds ominous. If I don’t...

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Books

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Science

Science Is Happening All Around You

3 minute read

For Earth Day: What do you imagine when you think of “science”? White coats, test tubes, beakers? Crazy hair and bowties? Musty books of facts?

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Privacy

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