Month: March 2014



  • Sell a File

    Preshit Deorukhkar: SellAFile involves no registration or set up. It just makes you connect with your Stripe account via OAuth, specify the details of your file that you want to sell and its price and you’re all set. SellAFile gives you a unique URL that you can share with your followers. Anyone who wishes to […]

  • Tech Companies May Be Reading Your Email Too

    Robert McMillan: All of the big web companies have detailed privacy policies, but they generally give themselves broad rights to access customer email if they’re protecting their own rights, says Nicole Ozer, technology and civil liberties policy director at the ACLU. “This situation should be a bit of a wakeup call,” she says of the […]

  • What is Portland?

    If the aforelinked post best described San Francisco, then to me this item best describes Portland, OR.

  • Amazon Item of the Week: SE Professional 360 Piece Spring Bar Set For Watches

    I was cleaning up my home a couple of weeks ago and I came across two cheap watches that I like to wear, both with missing strap pins. I had broken them when my daughter was younger and never got around to repairing them. I needed new watch pins and I found them on Amazon, […]

  • San Francisco

    Nick Bilton: (I know of one successful founder who owns an old beat-up 1985 Honda that he drives to his secret private jet.) So what exactly is San Francisco? Uh, I think your previous sentence pretty succinctly answered your question for everyone else in the world.

  • Did Tech Companies Know About PRISM?

    Alexis Kleinman’s reporting of the exchange: “So [tech companies] know that their data is being obtained?” James Dempsey, a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, asked in a follow-up question. “They would have received legal process in order to assist the government.” De said. If you watch the video it is far […]

  • The Multi-Screen Debate

    Farhad Manjoo on using one screen instead of two: With a single screen that couldn’t accommodate too many simultaneous stimuli, a screen just large enough for a single word processor or browser window, I found something increasingly elusive in our multiscreen world: focus. We’ve seen this debate a lot over the past five years. I’ve […]

  • So, About Hosting Your Own Email

    Two big things in the news today, both are excellent examples of why you want to go ahead and ‘own’ your own email. The first event was Microsoft breaking into a Hotmail account of a blogger/journalist to find the source of a leak. While it was stupid of these people to use a Hotmail account […]

  • The Impact of Losing of Steve Jobs

    By most accounts a book written by Yukari Iwatani Kane about Apple is more of a hatchet job worthy of Dan Lyons drivel, than of a book presenting a compelling argument — but I haven’t and won’t read it so I reserve further judgment. The idea does beg an interesting question, which many critics have […]

  • Quote of the Day: Shawn Blanc

    “My analog watches are my reminder that utility exists apart from an internet connection and usefulness doesn’t require the latest software.” — Shawn Blanc

  • Syncing 1Password with BitTorrent Sync

    This post on the BitTorrent blog about how someone is syncing their 1Password file with BTSync sent me down a rabbit hole of creating a similar solution. I had been using Dropbox, then iCloud, then Dropbox. I was a confused man. But I have serious privacy concerns with Dropbox, and I wanted the hell out […]

  • Checkmark 2

    Shawn Blanc, in his review, notes the single most awesome feature: Now, I don’t know about you, but my wife and I don’t shop at just one grocery store all the time; we shop at like six. In Checkmark 2, I created a location group with all the grocery stores we shop at. Then, no […]

  • The New Annoyance

    Hot on the heels of ranting about Notification Center failures. Something related that annoys the crap out of me: your non-breaking news blog asking to send me push notifications. Come on…

  • More Video Ads Are Coming

    Mark Bergen writing about a new report suggesting mobile devices have overtaken TV usage, notes: When it comes to mobile ads, global smartphone users are also noticeably open to watching short videos. “Mobile video is just completely poised to explode,” Ms. McGoldrick said. The agency's data, she noted, is “showing that other markets are utilizing […]

  • Cinemagraph Pro

    Normally $199, on sale for $14.99. I had never heard of it, but it is fantastic, take a look at what it does here.

  • Inside DuckDuckGo

    John Paul Titlow reporting: “If you look at the logs of people’s search sessions, they’re the most personal thing on the Internet,” Weinberg says. “Unlike Facebook, where you choose what to post, with search you’re typing in medical and financial problems and all sorts of other things. You’re not thinking about the privacy implications of […]

  • I Hate iOS Notifications

    Michael Lopp: Notifications are intended to be designed for the user’s ease of use, but the system is actually designed (perhaps unintentionally) for the advantage of business. The moment you see this flawed design pattern, you fucking see it everywhere. Good article, which I would take further. Notifications are piss poor in iOS and OS […]

  • GitHub’s Response

    Chris Wanstrath, CEO of GitHub: I would like to personally apologize to Julie. It’s certain that there were things we could have done differently. It’s a short, and to the point post on the matter. It’s not filled with marketing doublespeak (mostly) and it feels written by one person. That’s about as good as a […]

  • A Good MH370 Theory

    I have to assume his technical knowledge is sound, as I have none, but Keith Ledgerwood has a compelling theory: It is my belief that MH370 likely flew in the shadow of SIA68 through India and Afghanistan airspace.  As MH370 was flying “dark” without transponder / ADS-B output, SIA68 would have had no knowledge that […]

  • A Note About Transferring Media Temple Ownership

    Let me start off by saying how glad I am that I don’t use Media Temple anymore. I recently had a client who is a real dickhead owe me a bunch of money, as part of the dispute he had the reasonable request that I transfer ownership of the Media Temple hosting to him. No […]