1. VPN for Security and Convenience

    August 05, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    When I travel I use a VPN. It's a nice little bit of security when on a strange WiFi network. It's not bullet proof but it's a minimal layer between me and a coffee shop or hotel. If you're unfamiliar with VPN, it's a private ...

  2. Ghostery for Mac and Windows

    August 04, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |


    Ghostery is a browser plugin available for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera and it dramatically speeds up the web. Ok, that's not the goal of Ghostery, but it's a major benefit. Ghostery blocks calls to web servers that it knows are ad or tracking networks. Some would call ...

  3. iThoughts Preview on iOS 9

    August 04, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Toektaware (makers of iThoughts) have posted a few previews potential iOS 9 features and I have to say, I'm pretty excited for this stuff.

    Reminders Integration

    Spotlight Integration


  4. Miyazaki Collected Works on BluRay Coming to Amazon [Link]

    August 03, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From The Nerdist:

    Due out exclusively from Amazon on November 17th, The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki contains each of the maestro’s eleven feature films: Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery ...

  5. The Backblaze 2015 Hard Drive Failure Results [Link]

    July 29, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Basically, Western Digital is still way better than Seagate even with a smaller sample size for WD. Seagate drives have failed me so often that I refuse to buy anything with one of their platter drives in it.

  6. Hard Cases and USB-C Cables at Monoprice [Link]

    July 29, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Monoprice sells high-quality alternatives to many of the major manufacturers of geek utility hardware.

    These hard cases are great for storing all kinds of stuff.


    They also carry quite a few USB-C cables and connectors now too.


    I still think their Zinc-alloy Lightning cable is one of the best I ...

  7. The MPAA Smear Campaign Against Google [Link]

    July 27, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    If this story from Techdirt is true (and it looks compelling) then I hope lots of people are going to jail.

    In other words, Jim Hood and the MPAA were out and out planning a coordinated media attack on Google using the editorial properties that supposedly claim to have editorial ...

  8. Vizio Tracking [Link]

    July 27, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From Engadget:

    We've never heard of Inscape before, but as explained in the S-1 Vizio filed today, it's based on ACR (automatic content recognition) software licensed from a third party, and viewers can opt-out of participating in it while maintaining other connected features. That's actually fairly common ...

  9. JavaScript Dates in TextExpander [Link]

    July 26, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    This post by the good doctor is clever. It's not clever because he does date formatting in JavaScript.1 It's clever because he does it by calling a second JavaScript library (Moment.js) stored as a snippet from within another snippet.

    I usually do my date formatting with ...

  10. Nerds on Draft PM Tools and Mono [Link]

    July 23, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    On this week's Nerds on Draft we talk about some of our preferred project management tools and drink a delicious Mono by Stillwater. Of course there's a lot of jargon and acronyms but we break it down to the basics so that it's applicable to anyone. After ...