Month: March 2014

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  • Cost of Telling Small Lies

    Rebekah Campbell: As our conversation drifted from an update of my company to a deep discussion about life itself, I asked him what he thought was the secret to success. I expected the standard “never give up” or some other T-shirt slogan, but what he said took me by surprise. “The secret to success in…

  • Using Keyboard Maestro To Tag Files in Mavericks

    Current tagging macros. When I posted about how I thought adding tagging tools to Keyboard Maestro was going to be a big deal, I hadn’t even used it yet — so here’s my first macro to use them. For me the biggest part is the fact that I can now start to use tags because…

  • Fast Mail and Loose Privacy

    Marco Arment recommends moving to FastMail to ease our email privacy woes: I continue to recommend buying your own domain and pointing it at either your own IMAP server or a dedicated, paid, standard IMAP host. (I’ve used Fastmail for 7 years and have no complaints.) Eighteen months ago I moved all my email hosting…

  • Additional Steps to Protect Your Hotmail Privacy

    Brad Smith for Microsoft: Effective immediately, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property from Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves. Instead, we will refer the matter to law enforcement if further action is required. Finally.

  • Fake Bokeh

    Interesting test of fake broken versus real. It worked better than I thought it would.

  • Bag Cleansing

    One of Michael Lopp’s travel tips: My travel tip is this: every three months, sit down on the floor of your office, take whatever bags accompany you around the planet, open them, and pour the contents on your floor. From there, you are making two piles: shit you need and shit you think you need.…

  • Cloak 2

    Probably the best VPN to use if you don’t really want to have to think about VPNs just got a lot better. I love the new UI, but more than that I think it does a very good job helping people understand their security level in a very basic sense. Cloak 2 adds brand new…

  • Keyboard Maestro 6.4

    This is going to be huge: Added support for Mavericks Tags.

  • OmniFocus 2 for Mac resumes testing

    I can wait for June to fully dive into this, but nothing about what I am seeing is exciting. Where is the collaboration — that’s critical these days and I fear OmniFocus may never add it. What, do they work in isolation?

  • Owning Your Words

    Matt Gemmell: I understand that slotting an article into someplace like Medium may be a quick way to get some readers, but using it as your regular outlet seems like a huge mistake to me. If you have enough to say that you want to publish something of substance for a wide audience, your ultimate…

  • Westland Distillery

    This is a simply fantastic new whiskey distillery in Seattle. My good buddy and I went and did a tasting (a generous tasting I might add) of all three of their whiskeys and I was genuinely blown away. The Deacon Seat was by far my favorite, but I also got a bottle of the American…

  • Facebook To Buy Oculus VR

    The Panzer: Facebook has announced plans to purchase Oculus VR, the company behind the Rift headset, for around $2 billion in cash and stock. This includes $400 million, and 23.1 million Facebook shares. An additional $300 million earnout will be paid in cash and stock if Oculus hits certain unspecified milestones. Where does this money come…

  • Shooting the Cherry Blossoms

    Great tips and amazing photos. I've always wanted to be in Tokyo for the blossoms, but I've only managed October and January so far. Bucket list for sure.

  • Time to Grant Immunity to Edward Snowden

    Michael Maiello: When the government operates in secret, there is little hope for change. The public can have no opinion about what it doesn’t know. Obama’s proposal is an admission that Snowden was right. It doesn’t make sense to insist that the citizen who prodded his recalcitrant government into action should be punished.

  • On the updated Dark Sky app

    I wrote a little update about the new Dark Sky for The Sweet Setup.

  • The Misguided Don’t Host Your Own Email Argument

    Richard J. Anderson takes a contrary stance about my post the other day, saying: I’m really not happy about the idea of my government poking through my email either, but I’m not going to blame Google for that. We can address these issues, and educate people about what they’re giving up when they sign up…

  • Obama to End Bulk Data Collection

    Charlie Savage: Under the proposal, they said, the N.S.A. would end its systematic collection of data about Americans’ calling habits. The bulk records would stay in the hands of phone companies, which would not be required to retain the data for any longer than they normally would. And the N.S.A. could obtain specific records only…

  • Quote of the Day: John Carey

    “Smart watches are a perfect example of a forced evolution of technology.” — John Carey

  • Amazon Deal: Lexar Professional 32GB SDHC UHS-I SD Card (2-Pack)

    Only $51 with Prime. Nice.

  • Schneier’s Open Letter to IBM’s Open Letter

    Bruce Schneier: Okay, so you say that you haven’t provided any data stored outside the US to the NSA under a national security order. Since those national security orders prohibit you from disclosing their existence, would you say anything different if you did receive them? And even if we believe this statement, it implies two…