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Microsoft and Getting Work Done

Microsoft's dystopian pitch for remote work by David of 37signals

Microsoft is launching a new marketing campaign for Office 365 that celebrates working during your kid's recitals, on vacation, and while enjoying the appetizer at a restaurant. All this under the guise of "balance" between work and life. Yes, it's horrible.

Didn't Microsoft run a bunch of ads a few years ago for Windows Phone that talked about how you should start enjoying life and stop looking at your phone and doing work while at your kid's recital, on vacation, while enjoying your appetizer, etc.?

Export 1Password Logins into iCloud Keychain?

Ars Technica: Apple's iCloud Keychain: It works, but with frustrating limitations.

I have something like 440 logins saved in 1Password. I have no plans to use anything but 1Password on my two Macs, currently. It's simple, straightforward, efficient, and relatively feature-packed (it also includes secure notes, software registration information, and other things iCloud Keychain does not have).

Yet on the iPhone or iPad, using 1Password is still really annoying.

So I'd like to use iCloud Keychain within Safari on my iOS devices, but I'm not sure there's a way to mass export my 1Password logins into my iCloud Keychain. I could easily manually enable the iCloud Keychain use in Safari on my Mac, visit the top ten or twenty sites, and get the information into the iCloud Keychain, but even that sounds like a lot of work.

Is there a way to sync or export or copy 1Password Logins to the iCloud Keychain?

Search results aren't promising.

Automatically Rearrange Spaces

Bit of a brain fart today. I've been annoyed since Mavericks shipped when "Space 3" would keep constantly arranging itself second in the list of (three) Spaces. Finally, today after looking at something related to Spaces did I see this second checkbox and uncheck it:

Automatically Rearrange Spaces

I'm not sure why anyone would ever want to have Spaces rearranging themselves, but if you're like me and you've assigned things to specific Spaces and like to keep your Spaces in order, you'll want to make sure that checkbox is unchecked as well.

UPS’s ORION

New United Parcel Service software aims to cut delivery time and save fuel

Ultimately, the software could save UPS millions of gallons of gas each year and about $50 million in the United States in fuel costs, Perez said. It's one of many adjustments UPS has made to save time and fuel. Since 2004, the company has discouraged drivers from taking left-turns on their routes, saving millions of gallons of gas. And in the past year, UPS has been implementing keyless trucks, so drivers don't have to waste time searching their pockets for keys.

Is that the stuff that tells the UPS driver that the best time to deliver a package to my house - a package that's been on his truck since 5:45am - is 7:35pm??? :)

Twitter’s Custom Timelines

Twitter is branching out with custom timelines. It'll be interesting to see how this is used and/or how it's abused.

MacUpdate Fiasco with Koingo Software

Wow.

Their Reaction
And what did Misha (or staff) from MacUpdate do on the other hand?

  1. Removed the "Featured" red highlight for all Koingo applications on MacUpdate.
  2. Deleted every 3+ star review on every Koingo app on MacUpdate, but left all the bad ones.
  3. Posted "MacUpdate does not recommend software from Koingo Software" tags on all of our product pages on their site
  4. Continually sent messages to customers saying we reneged on our end of the deal. Of course, failing to mention there was no formal or official agreement in place. Failing to mention he did not go through any official channels. Failing to mention that he did not strike a deal for version 3. Let alone having any signed agreement with anyone who has signing authority at Koingo.
  5. Ignored us when we sent numerous CEASE AND DESIST orders to MacUpdate staff to remove our copyrighted works from MacUpdate.com.
  6. Claims we're "re-writing history" because he misunderstood what was being offered and that he should've just used the proper channels. Just because you've misunderstood, sir, doesn't make it right to throw out allegations like that.
  7. Continually attempts to append our Wikipedia page with negative propaganda.

I've only ever had one bad interaction with MacUpdate, but it was over a decade ago1 when they listed closed beta software with a link to download what was clearly not an app for public consumption. The head of MacUpdate at the time was a different person, I believe, but the above - if you read the story I linked to with "Wow" - is quite appalling if even half of it is true.

Footnotes

  1. Wow, seriously, it's been that long.

Kids These Days

"We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self control."
- Inscription, 6000 year-old Egyptian tomb

"When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint."
- Hesiod, 8th century BC

"What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?"
- Plato, 4th Century BC

"The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint… As for the girls, they are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress."
- Attributed to Peter the Hermit, AD 1274

Garmin Forerunner 620

I just got an email that Garmin was sending me a 620 watch (I asked for orange and white) to replace my 610. The 610 they sent in exchange for a review that I wrote long ago, but they made no mention of reviewing the 620.

It's no secret that I haven't been running much lately. The counter on the right sidebar hasn't incremented in months, and though I've run a few times without my watch, it's nowhere near a regular event the two or three months. I've had the usual excuses1 - it's been very rainy, windy, and I'm busy - but there's nothing like a new toy to re-spark the desire and willpower. I always enjoyed importing my runs into rubiTrack and looking at the data, seeing whether I'd improved, and trying to push the run totals. At one point I ran at least a mile a day for 100 days in a row. That's small beans to a lot of people, but it was important to me. I don't feel that I'm really built to be a distance runner.

As usual, DC Rainmaker has a great review of the 620. My 610 was nice, but I like the changes made to the 620, particularly ditching having to run that ANT+ app with the little USB stick.

Footnotes

  1. Additionally, the last time I went out, I strained my right arch and it's just now feeling better.

Mail Attachment Icons in Mavericks

This issue (large, bitmapped looking paper clip attachment icons) is not fixed in the Mail 1.0 update for Mavericks. :(

On the bright side, this is a nice article on the changes in Mavericks Mail.

Self Publishing a Book – Where?

A friend/co-worker and I will be self publishing a book soon. Good quality, paperback, 200 pages or so.

We've found 48 Hour Books and an order of 1000 with the options we'd like (200 BW pages, 70# white paper, 12pt CIS Silk Cover) comes out to $4,454.50. They're also in Ohio so we could probably pick up the books ourselves to save on shipping costs to us.

Any other options out there? It's just a black-and-white book (text, BW illustrations) with a nice cover. 200 pages or so.

Apple’s Plans for iWork

Apple's done something it's almost never done before: quell the rising tide of people unhappy with the latest versions of iWork apps for OS X with this article: About the new iWork for Mac: Features and compatibility.

More of the backstory on the backlash can be found here.

In rewriting these applications, some features from iWork ’09 were not available for the initial release. We plan to reintroduce some of these features in the next few releases and will continue to add brand new features on an ongoing basis.

Some features in upcoming releases in the next 6 months

Wow. Virtually unprecedented for Apple.

Couldn’t Care Less

One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone says they could care less.

Safari 7 Crashes Frequently with JavaScriptCore

Safari 7 on OS X Mavericks (10.9) crashes regularly1 when I edit posts (of my own or anyone else's) on sites like http://thesandtrap.com/f/ or other sites that use the Huddler "Rich Text Editor."

An example crash log is here on PasteBin: http://pastebin.com/F6R0JxXp. It is not a hardware issue, as the crash is repeatable on over 20 machines that I've been able to test, including several that haven't been changed from the factory (Apple) configuration.

Additionally, Safari (and my other software) is rock solid otherwise - the vast majority of crashes I see these days are in Safari when doing this type of editing.

Here's a video showing two such crashes:

The only two extensions I regularly have enabled are YouTube5 and 1Password, but turning off extensions still results in this crash: http://pastebin.com/2EAQ8BwR.

If any Apple engineers would like for me to test anything for them, I can screen record and document the process.

Footnotes

  1. Not quite 100% of the time, but north of 80%.

Graphing Calculator Story

Graphing Calculator Story is well worth five minutes of your time if you enjoy reading about the history of Apple before it became, uh, what it is now.

Photography and The Big Picture

Every time I forget how much I love good photography, or powerful photography, The Big Picture pulls me back in.

That link is "Autumn Around the World 2013" and the first picture may be one of my favorites. It's tough to choose, though, as they're all always good.

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