What Happens Next Will Amaze You [Link]

October 05, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

From the father of Pinboard comes this terrific piece about privacy and the Internet:

There are a few guiding principles we should follow in any attempt at regulating the Internet.

The goal of our laws should be to reduce the number of irrevocable decisions we make, and enforce the same kind of natural forgetfulness that we enjoy offline.

After reading this I am simultaneously seething with frustration and weighed down by hopelessness.

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  1. Ad-Splaining

    October 05, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Feeling a bit confused about the entire ad-blocking situation? These links make a pretty good primer.1

    I'm thrilled with the focus on the current "design" of the web. It's gone too far. I actually liked computer ads for most of the 90's. Flash ruined that and ...

  2. Some Nice iOS 9 App Updates

    October 02, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |


    First up is Tweetbot for iOS. It's a new app but right now it's $5. Checkout the typically great review on Macstories. Twitter is unusable for me without Tweetbot because it has terrific filters that sync across devices. I also love landscape mode on the iPhone 6S ...

  3. Nerds On iPhones

    October 01, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    We had a few audio problems on the latest Nerds on Draft but we still had our usual good time talking about a ridiculously good coffee porter and how much we use our pocket computers.

  4. Should You Get the New iPhone 6S?

    September 28, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    It's nice. It's noticeably faster at almost everything. 3D Touch is interesting but confusingly inconsistent. TouchID is ridiculously fast.

    It all comes down to a single question: Do you want a new pocket computer?

    There you go.

  5. Inside Target After the Breach [Link]

    September 25, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Brian Krebs reporting on the internal Target investigations after the chain was compromised in 2013:

    In one instance, they were able to communicate directly with cash registers in checkout lanes after compromising a deli meat scale located in a different store.

    It's pretty damning. I can't even remember ...

  6. Apple Notes Importer [Link]

    September 25, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Import a folder of plaintext files into Apple's Notes application on El Capitan. Early days, but stuff like this is promising.

    Here's shell script by Arthur Lockman that does something similar.

  7. On Acceptable Ads [Link]

    September 25, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From Murphy Apps (makers of the Crystal ad blocker):

    Honestly? As a single developer, it would be impossible for me to manage the workload required to make sure publishers conform to any strict standard. Eyeo however has the experience & infrastructure in place, the data of acceptable ads that meet a ...

  8. A Watch that Monitors Typing [Link]

    September 21, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From Softpedia:

    The second algorithm took this data, and analyzing the pauses between smartwatch (left hand) keystrokes, it was able to detect how many letters were pressed with the right hand, based on the user's regular keystroke frequency.

    Based on a simple dictionary lookup, the algorithm then managed to ...

  9. Nerds on Music [Link]

    September 21, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    My partner for the Nerds on Draft podcast makes his illustreous return in Episode 46. Not only do we talk about a Stickee Monkee but we chat about music services. More importantly, Jeff relays his literal near-death experience that put him in intensive care. Were it not for his iPhone ...