Posted March 7th, 2014 @ 01:27pm by Erik J. Barzeski
You’re Using Your Camera’s Flash Wrong
Truth is, you shouldn't use the flash at a performance like that anyway. Not at a sports event, not at a school play, not on Broadway, not at fireworks, not at the Olympics — because your camera's flash is useless beyond about eight feet.
Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm telling you to turn off the flash when it's dark out, but to turn on the flash when it's sunny?
That's called a fill flash. Its purpose is to supply a little additional light for the subject to compensate for the overly bright background.
It's worth re-reading, especially as the iPhone's camera continues to get better in low-light situations.
Posted March 6th, 2014 @ 12:09pm by Erik J. Barzeski
It's interesting to listen to that now, and see what Apple's done in the years since.
This part starts with an insult and shows how much Steve had matured even by 1997.
I wonder where the question-asker is today…
Posted March 5th, 2014 @ 11:57am by Erik J. Barzeski
Impressive. Scary, too. This kind of stuff is an order of magnitude - or more - beyond what I sometimes feel I can even comprehend.
P.S. Imagine if Siri could actually tap into this.
Posted March 4th, 2014 @ 11:53am by Erik J. Barzeski
The link is here: https://www.dropbox.com/arbitration_optout
No matter what they do (delete your data, privacy breach, overcharging, whatever), you don't get to sue. Instead, they get to choose the arbitrator according to whatever criteria they want, and thus any dispute is decided by someone they're paying.
The agreement we make with Dropbox is too important to be enforced only by an arbitrator of their choosing. You have 30 days from the date of notification to opt out of the arbitration clause.
clutter - Opt out of Dropbox's arbitration clause - Opt out of Dropbox's arbitration clause
Posted March 3rd, 2014 @ 11:51am by Erik J. Barzeski
Nobody's talking about iBeacon, but it could be huge.
Posted March 2nd, 2014 @ 11:26am by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted March 1st, 2014 @ 01:17pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Elite Teams And Depth (Pittsburgh Isn't Good)
Soooo…at some point someone in Pittsburgh is going to say "Given that Crosby and Malkin were there when he got here, what HAS Ray Shero done to make the team better?" right? Pittsburgh's third and fourth lines were a disaster last year, their first without Jordan Staal (another player Pittsburgh just got by being terrible) and they're a mess again this year. They're markedly different than all of the other contenders. If the Pens lose in the playoffs, as they probably will, it will probably involve Crosby/Malkin having a few cold games (or Marc-Andre Fleury blowing up). When that happens, people will say "Gee, Malkin/Crosby/Fleury were terrible." Perhaps they should point out that Pittsburgh is trying to win with an abysmal bottom half of their team, which piles an awful lot of pressure on the other guys.
Agreed. A Second-round exit is waiting in the wings.
Posted February 28th, 2014 @ 11:46am by Erik J. Barzeski
We just switched to AT&T's $100 (+$15/line) shared 10 GB data + unlimited talk/text plan.
It mad sense, when we mapped it all out. We may be buying our iPhones from here on out (though the AT&T Next plan simply has you paying the actual cost of the phone, not an uncharged amount, so it's basically a 0% loan you pay off over 21-27 months or so), and my mother-in-law kicked things off by buying an iPhone 5c.
I'll likely always have the new phone. The wife will get my old one. And my kiddo, who at 11 has her own cell phone to go with her own iPad mini, will get a phone that's between 1-2 years old.
Posted February 27th, 2014 @ 11:38am by Erik J. Barzeski
OS X 10.9.2 arrives to fix SSL vulnerability, Mail problems, and more
The SSL thing has been making the rounds lately. It boils down to code that looked like this:
do something else;
do something else;
I've always hated leaving out the curly brackets… unless maybe you do it like AppleScript:
if myString is equal to "Do It!" then doSomething()
Posted February 26th, 2014 @ 11:36am by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted February 25th, 2014 @ 11:25am by Erik J. Barzeski
I have a tremendous amount of respect for Steve Jobs and everything he did in his life, so I wanted to put together an issue of The Loop Magazine dedicated to Steve and his accomplishments. What better day to publish it than on Steve's birthday.
The Loop Magazine: Memories of Steve Jobs
Posted February 24th, 2014 @ 11:24am by Erik J. Barzeski
Michael Tsai - Blog - iOS Background Fetch
My first example of this was when I added Background Fetch to Check the Weather. A weather app's primary function is displaying up-to-the-minute, constantly changing data so in my initial iOS 7 update I experimented with adding highly frequent background updates. The result was far more dramatic than I'd expected. Here are my weather API requests (which cost 0.01¢ per request) per day once the update went live. I saw an immediate jump in traffic, roughly 16x normal. Suffice to say I immediately had to scale back on my requested update frequency.
Posted February 23rd, 2014 @ 11:10am by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted February 22nd, 2014 @ 10:40am by Erik J. Barzeski
Great game: Threes! on the App Store on iTunes. $199 only, too. iPhone and iPad.
Posted February 21st, 2014 @ 10:25am by Erik J. Barzeski
I have no clue what's going on in the Ukraine.
And now I do.