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The Beauty of Finished Software [Link]

The Beauty of Finished Software:

When we buy a physical product, we accept that it won’t change in its lifetime. We’ll use it until it wears off, and we replace it. We can rely on that product not evolving; the gas pedal in my car will always be in the same place.

However, when it comes to software, we usually have the ingrained expectations of perpetual updates. We believe that if software doesn’t evolve it’ll be boring, old and unusable. If we see an app with no updates in the last year, we think the creator might be dead.

iCloud Private Relay

I am liking iCloud Private Relay. One feature, though, that I wish it had… let me specify an IP address or a website domain name for which I don't want it to be active. A "whitelist" of sorts.

I administrate a few sites, and it's a hassle to turn the feature off and turn it on. I appreciate the "Reload and Show IP Address" option, but that doesn't work for new tabs from the same session and it's something you have to do every time.


defaults write com.analyzrgolf.Analyzr zoomMagnificationDelta -float 0.01

Twitter User ID and Join Date

Account creation
Mar 19, 2007, 10:47:40 AM


Speed Up Time Machine

Disable throttling of low-priority background I/O, then re-enable it.

sudo sysctl debug.lowpri_throttle_enabled=0
sudo sysctl debug.lowpri_throttle_enabled=1

TouchID sudo

Fixing Safari on Monterey?

Code on GitHub

AppleScripting Do Not Disturb Mode in Big Sur (macOS 11.0)

Is it possible to AppleScript or use a shell script or programmatically turn on (and off) Do Not Disturb mode in Big Sur (macOS 11.x)?

This GitHub project worked in 10.14 and 10.15 but requires more than we're willing to do to work around it in Big Sur.

Any ideas?

P.S. Will look at this but I don't think it's any better. Just no time to look at the code right now.

I Love Me Some Bad Game Videos

Natalie and I laughed like nutjobs one Christmas at the bad surgery video game videos.

The Grouch

Kinda wish we had something like this for Catalina…

My blog is 17 years old tomorrow.

Two Steve Jobs Videos

2019 Glasses/Contacts Eye Prescription

So… it's been awhile. I don't think I wrote my 2015 prescription down, nor my switch to the Oakley Barrelhouse 0.5 frames. I'm sticking with the same frames (in a "matte midnight" color, which has a strong blue tint to it).

My prescription and eyesight actually improved quite a bit. I was -1.25 in both eyes, and am now -1.00 in the right and -0.50 in the left. I hadn't noticed before how bad my eyesight had gotten (with my glasses) out of my left eye, but now I can see it… Anyway:

Left:SPH -0.50, CYL -2.50, AX 143
Right: SPH -1.00, CYL -2.50, AX 50

In contacts that's a Softlens 66 Toric at -100/-050, -225 x 50/150.

Mojave Boots Right Through Single User Mode

In trying to troubleshoot my two-month-old MacBook Pro with TouchBar (2018) ((The front-right USB-C port has never worked - no power, no data, nothing.)), I tried booting into Single User Mode. This had previously worked, but for some reason, it now boots right through it. The text appears on the screen, small like always, and then I get the progress bar and the computer prompts me to log in with the normal login screen.

The MacBook Pro has a T2 chip and thus has the boot security, but those are set to Full Security.

FileVault is not enabled. I've checked that a few times.

I'm not sure what's going on here, but the inability to boot into Single User Mode (cmd-S during startup) is troubling.

SpamSieve Stats March, 2017

I have to reset SpamSieve - my corpus is so old and so weighted toward what spam used to be that it's not as effective as it can/should be now, so I thought I'd do this one last time.

Filtered Mail
500,274 Good Messages
707,627 Spam Messages (59%)
154 Spam Messages Per Day

SpamSieve Accuracy
2,233 False Positives
6,542 False Negatives (75%)
99.3% Correct

23,729 Good Messages
29,724 Spam Messages (56%)
2,895,339 Total Words

34 Blocklist Rules
24,821 Whitelist Rules

Showing Statistics Since
8/24/04, 8:00 PM

I'm a little sad. 2004 was a long time ago.

Fixing the and Safari Problem

dscacheutil -flushcache

That's apparently all it takes. A more permanent (actual) fix in Safari is on its way.

I hope this also fixes the delay in loading actual Twitter pages, too, like Lowest Score Wins (@LowScoreWins) | Twitter.

Source: How to fix the Twitter problem