1. Data Encoding with L.E.D. Light [Link]

    November 18, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    This Fujitsu technology looks like common sense in hindsight.

    During a demonstration at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday, a Fujitsu staffer pointed a smartphone camera at a small mannequin and a traditional Japanese woodblock print illuminated with LEDs. A special app on the smartphone, which processes the image ...

  2. A Chemistry Keyboard for iOS [Link]

    November 18, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Ok, this is kind of cool. It's a custom keyboard for chemical formulas that makes a lot of sense. I like the quick slide down for subscript. You don't need to slide all the way over to the sub- or superscript key, just slide up or down to ...

  3. Internet Archive of Game Consoles [Link]

    November 18, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    The Internet Archive is just so much of a time suck. Even more than Wikipedia, and that's a lot.

  4. Delight is in the Details [Sponsor]

    November 17, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    My thanks to Shawn Blanc for making Delight is in the Details and for sponsoring Macdrifter. It's a terrific experience and you can get a crazy 25% discount this week.


    Bridging the gap between good work and great work is easier said than done.

    There is no checklist that ...

  5. RefMe [Link]

    November 17, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    RefMe looks really convenient for students. Scan book barcodes to create bibliographic references. There are more sophisticated tools out there to create bibliographies and I'm always suspicious of free tools with no apparent business model, but hey, seems good for people on a budget at school.

  6. Swift REPL [Link]

    November 17, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Swift has a REPL. If feels pretty slow but it does work.

  7. The Annual Internet Service Value Test

    November 16, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Every year around December, I assess my business arrangements with Internet subscription services.1 It's easy to forget about reoccurring expenses. I keep a spreadsheet of all subscriptions so the review is pretty easy. It's the maintenance and cutting the service that tends to be the hard part ...

  8. Backing Up a Synology NAS

    November 12, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    The most common question I get about using a massive NAS at home, is how do I back it up. While a 9TB NAS can be a challenge, backing it up has the same considerations as any other disk drive. A backup has to satisfy a few requirements:

    1. It has ...
  9. New FastMail iOS App [Link]

    November 12, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    It looks like FastMail wrapped their terrific web app as an iOS app but added push notifications. The notifications are almost instant when a message arrives (from my one day of testing).

    It doesn't appear to support multiple accounts or really add anything other than push notifications. I actually ...

  10. Happy Birthday Babies

    November 11, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies — "God damn it, you've ...