• Quote of the Day: John Carey

    “There is something romantic in bundling up in the cold that I am drawn too.” – John Carey

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  • ‘That 60W-equivalent LED: What you don’t know’

    Ed Rodriguez: In other words, totally unlike incandescent and substantially unlike a CFL, reliability and life expectancy go down hill sharply as soon as you install it anywhere that air is restricted. Guess what? A large percentage of places for LED best value is in those place where access is difficult and air is restricted. […]

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  • ‘Microsoft Bringing Message Encryption To Office 365’

    Alex Wilhelm: The system is neat: Once administrators turn it on, emails that are sent are encrypted before they are fired out, meaning that they only leave the house after they put a jacket on. The recipient receives an email that has an encrypted attachment. That’s the message. The attachment opens in a browser window, […]

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  • ‘Things You’re Not Supposed to Do With Google Glass’

    A.J. Jacobs: The night did make clear that Glass could have a profound impact on dating. Imagine when hackers start releasing facial-recognition software against Google’s will: We might scan the room and figure out who is married, whose company just had an IPO, who got busted for shoplifting when they were nineteen. Imagine being able […]

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  • ‘No. This is a trap.’

    Jason Feifer: No. This is a trap. This is saying, “Open-office layouts are great, and if you don’t like them, you must have some problem.” Oh, I have a problem: It’s with open-office layouts. And I have a solution, too: Every workspace should contain nothing but offices. Offices for everyone. Agreed on all accounts.

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  • Poster Bookmarklets

    Speaking of Viticci, I had completely missed this great bookmarklet from him.

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  • ‘Leaving Google Chrome: Why I’ve Returned to Safari’

    Federico Viticci: You could argue that other companies whose apps and services I use might have the same data about me: that’s true, but Google has gotten very good at eerily using that data from solid apps and web services against me in ads. Apple has my email, my calendar, my Siri queries, and my […]

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  • The Compact Toolkit

    I’ve long had a need to keep a small toolkit with me, mostly stored in my trunk, ever since I became a property manager. The tools I keep in it have nothing to do with repairing my car, and instead have everything to do with fixing odds and ends around shopping centers, offices, houses, and […]

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  • DIY NSA

    Nick Hopkins and Matthew Taylor reporting on how to build your own NSA: AMES describes Cerebro as a “core technology designed to monitor and analyse in real time communications … including SMS (texting), GSM (mobile calls), billing data, emails, conversations, webmail, chat sessions and social networks.” The company brochure makes clear this is done by […]

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  • You Can’t Leave, Yet [video]

    Thanks to the TSA you can no longer just leave the Syracuse airport, you have to go through a scanner first. Yay freedom.

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  • Quote of the Day: Fraser Speirs

    “It’s also interesting to note that one of the major historical arguments for buying an Android device – that it "works better with Google services” – is essentially moot now, save for some minor levels of integration that will probably disappear sooner rather than later.“ – Fraser Speirs

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  • ‘New technology: a koan’

    Sid O’Neill, posting before the Things debacle: What you have right now — why isn’t that sufficient? The existence of something better doesn’t negate the usefulness of what you already own. I don’t have a philosophical objection to these things, and far be it from me to moralize. I’m no luddite, nor am I even […]

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  • Begin 1.5

    When Kyle and I decided to make Begin free, the app wasn’t really designed to be free. So Kyle spent a lot of time re-working Begin so that it was better suited as a free+IAP app. Instead of the IAP just being themes, we added a ton of stuff and reworded the IAP to “Extend”. […]

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  • Apple Store for iPad

    Matthew Panzarino on the new Apple Store for iPad app: Though Apple has had an Apple Store app for the iPhone for some time, it has long neglected the bigger devices in its iOS arsenal. The iPad version of the store has been heavily customized for the iPad and features several flourishes that I think […]

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  • Moving for the Sake of Moving

    Daniel Jalkut, responding to Michael Lopp (today's quote of the day), about moving from Things to something else (Asana for right now): But what really frustrates me in this case is the software has served him perfectly, and he thanks it with a slap to the face. It’s one thing to denigrate a product for […]

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  • Email Field Guide

    Excellent new book from David Sparks. Well, actually, what I have read so far has been excellent. This is coming from someone who has inbox zero most of the day. I’ve gotten very good at email, but David offers some great advice that helps me be even better. So far he has convinced me to […]

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  • The Sweet Setup

    Shawn Blanc on his new endeavor: We don’t do fly-by-night scans of the latest apps and then share the top 20 based on which ones had cool screenshots in the App Store. Nor do we recommend apps that we haven’t actually used. The apps we recommend here are the apps we use ourselves. And they’re […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Michael Lopp

    “How can I trust that I’m using the state of the art in productivity systems when I’m using an application that took over two years to land sync I could easily use?” – Michael Lopp

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  • URL Scheme Security in Drafts

    Greg Pierce writing about the URL scheme security in Drafts: If you use Drafts automation features and are concerned about the security implications, I highly recommend you enable the URL key setting. As with most security measures, the downside of this setting is convenience. You will have edit custom actions you download to include this […]

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  • ‘Truth And Lies About Apple’

    Interesting post from Brian Hall. Love this bit: That Google continues to develop and support services optimized for iPhone is all you need to know about those who scream that IPHONE IS DOOMED. They are either ignorant or they are lying to you. Why do you continue to reward them with your attention?

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