Posted August 15th, 2014 @ 08:30pm by Erik J. Barzeski
What the hell? iTunes 12 and the Case of the Missing Sidebar
iTunes 12 and the Case of the Missing Sidebar:
I’ll miss the sidebar, and I wonder why Apple is removing it. For those who use it, it’s a convenient way to access much of your iTunes library. According to screenshots published on a variety of websites, there is no longer even a drop-down menu at the top-left of the iTunes window when the sidebar is hidden; you access the various libraries and devices by clicking icons in the navigation bar.
Posted August 14th, 2014 @ 08:21pm by Erik J. Barzeski
We're probably going to have to update Analyzr.
Edit: There's some discussion here.
Posted August 13th, 2014 @ 07:54am by Erik J. Barzeski
Halt and Catch Fire Gets the ’80s PC Revolution Perfectly Right. Here’s How.
What stood out to me the most was how, for seven or eight episodes, Cameron was trying to beg, borrow, and steal (384 K extra!!!) to create a very, very basic "interaction" model OS, and… in one of the last episodes, they show the Mac.
It, as much as anything I'd previously seen or experienced, drove home the point about just how far the Mac advanced the world of personal computing.
Posted August 12th, 2014 @ 08:31pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted August 11th, 2014 @ 08:00pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted August 10th, 2014 @ 07:54pm by Erik J. Barzeski
The Sand Trap .com has been online for over ten years now. Still the best golf forum out there.
Posted August 9th, 2014 @ 07:35pm by Erik J. Barzeski
This is NOT satire. It's real.
Posted August 8th, 2014 @ 07:23pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Some Brief Thoughts About Apple's MacBook Air ‘Stickers'
Bangs and dents mean these things get used. It emphasizes the reliability of the MacBook Air by showing that some of them have scuffs and scrapes. It's rare in that it shows Apple products in a non-retail-box condition. The only recent personalization example I can find is iPhones in cases, which are shown in its ‘Powerful' ads — but those don't show any actual ‘damage'. The way Apple products look after customization and ‘real world' use isn't often represented in Apple ads. As Jeff Carlson points out, these are likely someone's real machines.
Posted August 7th, 2014 @ 07:17pm by Erik J. Barzeski
You're probably using the wrong dictionary
I do not have this first kind of dictionary. In fact I would have never thought to use a dictionary the way McPhee uses his, and the simple reason is that I've never had a dictionary worth using that way. If you were to look up the word "intention" in my dictionary here's all you would see: "a thing intended; an aim or plan." No, I don't think I'll be punching up my prose with that.
But somehow for McPhee, the dictionary — the dictionary! — was the fount of fine prose, the first place he'd go to filch a phrase, to steal fire from the gods.
Then do this:
- Download this archive from S3.
- Unzip it and launch the DictUnifier app.
- Drag the stardict-dictd-web1913-2.4.2.tar.bz2 file, still compressed, onto that app’s little drag-and-drop area. It might take a few seconds before the conversion process starts. Once it does, it’ll take about 30 minutes to finish.
- The dictionary will now be available in your Dictionary app. (If not, you may need to enable it in the app’s Preferences pane, as here.) But its formatting may look a little off. If the lines are squished together, open ~/Library/Dictionaries/dictd_www.dict.org_web1913.dictionary/Contents/DefaultStyle.css in a text editor and add the following directive…
Posted August 6th, 2014 @ 07:09pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Count to ten when a plane goes down…
Just a little under 31 years ago, I played a key role in a conspiracy theory that grew up around a passenger plane downed by a Russian missile. Trust me, I did not mean to be involved.
Posted August 5th, 2014 @ 07:09pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Whew! Done (for now)!
The weather cooperated, at least.
Posted August 4th, 2014 @ 07:05pm by Erik J. Barzeski
It took me a few tries, but I successfully said something that was filmed and may some day be seen by thousands of people.
Posted August 3rd, 2014 @ 07:02pm by Erik J. Barzeski
We continue to sell a bunch of copies (per day) of Lowest Score Wins. It's selling really well - a lot better than we had imagined, even, and we're pretty full of ourselves.
No fewer than six people have already called it "the best golf book they've ever read." And these aren't people who have read only two or three golf books…
You can follow us on Twitter at @LowScoreWins.
Posted August 2nd, 2014 @ 06:09pm by Erik J. Barzeski
How to Flawlessly Predict Anything on the Internet
This is a modern update to a classic confidence game—find a risky scenario with limited possibilities, bet on every single combination, and then hide your failures. The result is that you look like you’re either psychic or a goddamned genius.
Variations of this scam have been used for centuries in finance, magic, and gambling.
Posted August 1st, 2014 @ 08:51am by Erik J. Barzeski
App Review: Overcast, a New Podcast Player for iOS | Kirkville
Overcast Review – MacStories
Review: Overcast for iPhone, the newest contender for the iOS podcast app market | 9to5Mac
I'd heard about Overcast for quite a long time, and so instantly got it when I saw that it had been released.
The sync feature never worked to synchronize back to my iPhone, and the fact that I often listen to podcasts on my Mac, where iTunes syncs pretty darn well and offers far better controls than the web version of Overcast, made this a pretty quick "Hold-Wiggle-Wiggle-X" deal for me.
Bye bye Overcast.