My beautiful green video

My Mac has really been wrung through the wringer lately, and the story I’m about to tell is fairly anticlimactic given the preceding sequence of events. Nevertheless, let me summarize. The story up until now: A number of weeks ago, maybe four, maybe more, my iMac suddenly began powering itself off. Lots of troubleshooting was Read More …

Have you heard yourself recently?

For eight years, white paranoiacs were predicting that Obama, who many of them labeled the literal anti-Christ, would round them up and stick them in detention camps. Now we are ripping little brown children from brown mothers and shoving them in cages and the same white people are cheering and citing Romans 13 as moral Read More …

The Hanoi episode

The Hanoi episode (S8:E1) of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown may be one of the most underrated moments of television history. Yes, memorable certainly for Obama’s visit to Vietnam and the wistful reminder of his intellectual superiority and emotional maturity compared to that of his successor, our current shameful idiot-in-chief, but mainly truly beautiful for the Read More …

Future security from the past

Anyone remember a former Mac app called Little Flocker, written by Jonathan Zdziarski? I do, because I used to use it. Essentially, it was a program that would block unauthorized file access by programs and processes based on a set of rules that could be modified by the computer owner. Then something funny happened — Read More …

Greater expectations

Federico made a comment on the latest App Stories podcast that expectations around iOS 12 are somewhat low because it’s predicted to be a maintenance release. I disagree, at least about lowered expectations being the correct response to rumors of a bug fix focused iOS release. A simple list of the things that my Pocket Read More …

Bad metrics

In the 90’s and early 2000’s, Apple fans used to overwhelmingly reject the idea that marketshare was an indicator of product quality. They had no choice — otherwise they’d have had to accept the argument that Microsoft simply made better things.1 On Friday, John Gruber posted a link to an article he wrote in 2013 Read More …

No imagination

The people of this country have chosen the path of least resistance, the path of no imagination, the path of accepting the lie that what currently is must by necessity always be. We’ve chosen guns over children, time and time again, arguing that there’s nothing we can do. We yell and rant that even discussing Read More …

Farrago

I like to podcast, but I don’t like to edit. Actually, I kind of do, I just don’t like to spend a lot of time doing it. Hence my joyous reaction when Rogue Amoeba released Farrago last week. PS. My podcasts are Don’t Nihongo It Alone, Not Speeding in Reverse, and Pocket Sized Podcast, in Read More …

The Return of Pocket Sized Podcast – what’s old is new again

In case you somehow missed it (yes, I’m kidding), Pocket Sized Podcast is back after a three-year coma. It seems that what’s old is new again. Thanks to Ronnie, it has a .fm domain name: https://pocketsizedpodcast.fm. We are going to revitalize our mission of covering Apple hardware and software, apps, and notable Apple community people, Read More …

My Neighbor OMSI

OMSI (the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) has an IMAX theater, and they periodically do amazing things like host Studio Ghibli film retrospectives, which they are in fact doing right now. If you’ve ever wanted to kick back and get lost in the world of My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, or Nausicaä, you still Read More …