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Good West Wing Story

The Definitive History Of The West Wing. I missed watching my yearly re-watching of West Wing this year. Just too busy.

Don't miss the little things in the sides, either. For example: The Fish Bowl.

Inside Apple’s Stress Testing Lab

Inside the building where Apple tortures the iPhone 6

Very cool.

iPhone Camera Evolution

iPhone camera evolution: How does the iPhone 6 camera compare to previous iPhone cameras?

What Coke Contains

What Coke Contains - fascinating stuff.

A much smaller proportion of the syrup is flavors. These include vanilla, which is the fruit of a Mexican orchid that has been dried and cured for around three months; cinnamon, the inner bark of a Sri Lankan tree; coca-leaf which comes from South America and is processed in a unique US government authorized factory in New Jersey to remove its addictive stimulant cocaine; and kola nut, a red nut found on a tree which grows in the African Rain Forest (this may be the origin of Coca-Cola’s distinctive red logo).

Tim Cook on Apple’s Privacy Commitment

Apple - Privacy

Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.

Tim's smart enough to know what "never" means.

Tech21 iPhone 6 Case Arrived

The Tech21 iPhone 6 Cases are out, and I picked up a clear checked design one at Best Buy.

Now my entire family has Tech21 cases, and I currently believe they're the best: they're not overly bulky but they offer a good amount of protection.

I may, now and then, slip the iPhone 6 back into the silicone case, but that will be rare.

iPhone 6 Reviews

Review: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Daring Fireball: The iPhones 6
Using The iPhone 6 And 6 Plus On A Real Disneyland Trip
iOS 8 review | iMore
iOS 8, thoroughly reviewed | Ars Technica

Apple Watch as a Remote

Daring Fireball: Apple Watch: Initial Thoughts and Observations

Apple Watch Sport (aluminum/glass): $349 (not a guess)
Apple Watch (stainless steel/sapphire): $999
Apple Watch Edition (18-karat gold/sapphire): $4,999

Shocking at first, but the more I consider it, the more accurate I think it is. Except the Edition price. I think that's going to be $9,999 or higher.

I've said I have zero interest in getting an Apple Watch. I've changed my mind. If I can use it as a remote to activate slo-mo filming on my iPhone 6, then that's worth about $200 or so of the $349 starting price. The other $149 might not be too difficult to make up.



This, like Antennagate before, simply comes down to a basic lack of understanding of physics.

"When I apply a lot of force to this piece of aluminum, it bends!"

Reminds me of the old joke.

"Doctor, it hurts when I do this."
"Don't do that."

Kindle Highlights

Amazon Kindle: Your Highlights. Gotta remember this page. Duh.

P.S. They're supposed to sync to my Mac application, right? That's never seemed to work for some reason.

Thoughts on Privacy

Apple - Privacy.

They should have called it that, following Thoughts on Music and Thoughts on Flash.

App-Specific Passwords for iCloud

Using app-specific passwords:

If you use iCloud with any third party apps (such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or BusyCal) you can generate app-specific passwords that allow you to sign in securely, even if the app you're using doesn't support two-step verification. Using an app-specific password also ensures that your primary Apple ID password isn't collected or stored by any third party apps you might use. Starting on October 1, 2014, app-specific passwords will be required to sign in to iCloud using any third party apps.

Kill the Penny Already

It costs 1.6 cents to make one penny because of the rising price of zinc.

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Canada Kills the Penny (Again) | NSLog();, Kill the Penny!!! | NSLog();, and Get Rid of the Penny | NSLog();.

iMessage Group Threads; New Threads Created

iMessages are great. I like that you can name group conversations in iOS 8.

Leaving them doesn't always seem to work (perhaps everyone has to have iOS 8? Currently if I leave a group I still often get messages from that group).

But the troubling issue is that, a few times a day, a group conversation will suddenly spring up in a new thread. Someone will respond, and for some reason or another, that will be the first post in a new thread. Often the thread is unnamed, but sometimes it is.

My working theory is that this occurs when someone in the group is "unavailable" for data for some time, even briefly.

Deleting the "new" threads seems to work to let everyone get back to the existing thread, but even that doesn't always work.

iPhone 6 Cases and Keyboards

I picked up the Apple Silicone case in bright green, but am eagerly awaiting the Tech21 case. My wife and kid both have one for their iPhone 5S and 5, and they're just the right blend of size versus protection (actually they seem to have an abundance of protection), and the right blend of grippy and sticky.

The silicone case is nice, and bright, but sometimes sticks when pulling it out of pockets, which makes it prime for catching at the right time and falling out of my hands.

iOS 8 has some bugs. None are show-stoppers for me. But one is annoying: I can't see all of my photos when I'm trying to change the wallpaper. What's up with that?

Also… I am trying out SwiftKey. It was free. I'd pay for another keyboard of I knew it would work well and I'd like it. SwiftKey is a foray into it. I like it, except that it's quite annoying when it gets a longer word wrong.