Month: November 2011



  • The SOG Fielder

    I am a huge fan of carrying a pocket knife with you wherever you go and because of that I am constantly buying a trying new knives in the search of the “perfect” knife (you know the one that doesn’t actually exist). I have been a huge fan of [SOG knives]( for the last 5 […]

  • Amazon Item of the Week: A Shredder that is still working for me.

    At my office we go through paper shredders like crazy. If the mechanism itself doesn’t break then it ends up getting busted by vacuums and other things that shouldn’t break them, but do. I had a shredder at my house for a long time that I hated to use. I mean I hated the shredder […]

  • Media Alert!!! from Carrier IQ

    Carrier IQ via a PDF “Media Alert”: >While we look at many aspects of a device’s performance, we are counting and summarizing performance, not recording keystrokes or providing tracking tools. The metrics and tools we derive are not designed to deliver such information, nor do we have any intention of developing such tools. The information […]

  • Gradient in the Mac App Store

    A great little tool for creating CSS gradients. Special launch sale of $4.99 right now.

  • ‘Ubiquity Lost’

    David Sparks on the importance of getting Microsoft Office on iOS and Android tablets: >To corral Office to just some future Microsoft tablet would be a mistake. That is, essentially betting Office’s future relevance on the possibility that Microsoft will become a dominant player in future mobile computing. A great post, you should read his […]

  • Australian Appeals Court Lifts Galaxy Tab Ban

    Florian Mueller reporting on the lift and why it is actually a good thing for everyone: >As odd as it may seem, I think that even Apple should actually welcome (even if not publicly) this ruling. Cupertino looks like a loser today, but if that injunction had been upheld, the underlying legal standard, which was […]

  • ‘The Personal Computer Is Dead’

    An interesting essay from Jonathan Zittrain arguing that nerds should be angry over the controls being placed on our computing devices. Controls like App Store regulations and the relationships that those cause for developers with vendors. I don’t agree with the argument that this is something to be angry over — yet — but I […]

  • Open and Secure…

    David Kravets: >Though the software is installed on most modern Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones, Carrier IQ was virtually unknown until 25-year-old Trevor Eckhart of Connecticut analyzed its workings, revealing that the software secretly chronicles a user’s phone experience — ostensibly so carriers and phone manufacturers can do quality control. >But now he’s released a […]

  • How to Choose the Perfect Survival Knife

    A good overview on choosing a survival knife. I like the knife that is shown, but I like the ones that I have better. I am a huge fan of SOG knives, here are the three survival knives that I have from them: [NW Ranger]( is by far my favorite and according to other [reviews]( […]

  • Google Mulls Leaving Chamber of Commerce

    Jennifer Martinez: >Google is considering ditching the U.S. Chamber of Commerce out of frustration with its support for legislation that would force Internet companies to police websites that peddle pirated movies and fake Viagra. This is over the recent bullshit legislation that is trying to be passed: SOPA and the PROTECT IP Act. This article […]

  • Is The Feds’ New PR Campaign Against Film Piracy Even Legal?

    Jeff Roberts: >These provisions mean it is hard to figure out the legal basis for what Homeland Security is now doing with the seized websites. The law seems to demand that the federal government sell or dispose of the domain names—not commandeer them for a public relations campaign. What the agency is doing would be […]

  • HP. Printers. Fire.

    Jon Brodkin: >Security researchers at Columbia University have accused HP of selling printers with a flaw that could let hackers gain remote control over the devices. Once compromised, the access can be used to steal personal information, attack networks, and even set printers on fire by feeding them a continuous stream of instructions designed to […]

  • TouchPad 4.0

    Sweet update to an app I use every night: >If you have a iPhone 4S, open the virtual keyboard and tap on the dictation key to launch Siri. Dictate whatever text you want TouchPad to send to your remote computer. That’s choice.

  • Microsoft Office for iPad?

    Matt Hickey: >The full versions of Office for Mac and Windows 8 are expected to launch near the end of 2012, though the iPad version could come well ahead of that date. I wonder what percentage of the iPad screen the Microsoft ‘ribbon’ will take up? 40%?

  • Facebook Settles FTC Charges

    An FTC release: >The proposed settlement bars Facebook from making any further deceptive privacy claims, requires that the company get consumers’ approval before it changes the way it shares their data, and requires that it obtain periodic assessments of its privacy practices by independent, third-party auditors for the next 20 years. I hope the FTC […]

  • Quote of the Day: Jamie Zawinski

    “Instead of that, I recommend that you do what you love because you love doing it. If that means long hours, fantastic. If that means leaving the office by 6pm every day for your underwater basket-weaving class, also fantastic.” — Jamie Zawinski

  • ‘Putting iPads Where There Weren’t PCs Before’

    Dan Frommer: >This is where some sort of iOS “guest mode” would be neat, to be able to sign into your iTunes account for a few minutes, download your favorite app or two, maybe a TV show from your iCloud library, access your email, and then sign out when you’re done and wipe your data […]

  • Breevy

    A TextExpander compatible tool for Windows that, well, is essentially TextExpander for Windows. Nice.

  • Gruber on ‘Save As’

    John Gruber: >Good point from David Chartier: perhaps the biggest problem with Duplicate is that Apple didn’t give it a standard keyboard shortcut. I’m going to assign Duplicate the old Shift-Command-S shortcut, and see if that helps. I like that tip, so I did that (you can too). Just go to System Preferences > Keyboard […]

  • A Hack to Get Back “Save as”

    Shawn Blanc has a nice `Save As` hack using Keyboard Maestro to get that functionality back to Lion enabled apps. It works well in my testing. One thing I would caution against is relying on this type of a hack. Apple isn’t likely to double back on this change and so it really is in […]