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Location Based iOS Security

Apple Invents Intelligent Location-Based Security for Home & CarPlay

I used to think I'd want this: a set of preferences that let me define regions in which my phone would, after being unlocked once, remain unlocked for the next hour, two hours, eight hours, until I left, whatever…

Then Apple went and invented TouchID, and I don't care about this anymore.

Not even a little.

After all, someone could easily take my phone while I'm still in that "safe spot" and snoop through or delete things. With TouchID, my phone basically acts as if it's unlocked anywhere without compromising on security.

iOS Permissions: Respecting the User

iOS Permissions: Respecting the User. I've seen more apps doing what this app does: ask you if you want to allow access to something using its OWN UI. If you say Yes, then you're given the "only-one-chance" iOS version.


ApertureExporter Public Betas

Free Aperture to Lightroom Migration Tool is in Open Beta links to .Aperture Exporter, which may help if I decide to move to Lightroom eventually.

Unpopular (Social Chrome Plugin) Unpopular

Unpopular is my Chrome extension that helps dampen the social approval echo chamber. It hides indicators of social status on GitHub (followers, watchers, stars, forks) and Twitter (followers, retweets, favs).

I find Unpopular useful to focus on what I find interesting and important.

I hope you find it useful as well.

If you're incapable of not caring about these kinds of things, this is here to help you (and, I suppose, if you use Chrome). Neither of those particularly apply to me, though.

Like a Girl

I've been guilty of saying this in the past few years, despite having a daughter who might very well have kicked the shit out of the 10-year-old me at lots of things. And I'm aware of that… but it's just so baked in as "something you say" that I've said it without thinking.

So, this is my commitment to try to do a whole lot better at this. I don't remember the last time I said "Like a Girl," but if it was after the age of 12 or so, it was too recently.

Importing Aperture to Lightroom

The Adobe Blog writes: Apple's Aperture News. In it, Jeffrey Tranberry says "We're looking into a way for Aperture customers to more easily migrate to Lightroom." The current solution, frankly, sucks:

We’re working on a way for iPhoto and Aperture customers to more easily migrate to Lightroom. As of right now, your best bet is to save any metadata to your files, then import the files directly from disk. (Note: Aperture develop settings aren’t compatible. If you want to preserve the look of your image edits, export rendered versions of your files from Aperture to import to Lightroom).

This article was also linked at John Beardsworth's "Lightroom Solutions."

I'm going to hold off for a bit, but it is still very sad to me that Aperture is done, dead, deceased. 🙁

P.S. Apple Stops Development of Aperture - Good stuff there too about relying on Apple with our data. 🙁 Other good pieces: Aperture is Dead. Long Live Photos! and Comment Follow-up on the Demise of Aperture.

The Gunfighter

The Gunfighter from Eric Kissack on Vimeo.

The Universe is a Three-Week-Old Baby

Avoiding “Sagan Syndrome.” Why Astronomers and Journalists should pay heed to Biologists about ET.

But perhaps some perspective shifts will allow us to restore the Copernican Principle to its rightful place. Recall from my previous post how we have three wildly disparate time scales in play: millions, billions and trillions. Rounding to the nearest 20, we have:

1. Time for intelligent life to fill a galaxy: super short 20 million years
2. Time for intelligent life to evolve in a galaxy: moderate 20 billion years
3. Time of universe to keep having stars: super long 20 trillion years

The first perspective shift is to step back in time, and realize the universe is very young. With 20 trillion years of star generation ahead, the universe has only covered 13.7 billion years or roughly .07% of its life span. Compare this to a person who expects to live 70 years, and you’d get .07% * 70 years = roughly 18 days. So in human terms the universe is a three week old baby. No wonder there’s not too much life out there yet.

5.5 Inch iPhone?

I used to make fun of those huge phones I'd see people carrying from Samsung or whomever.

I sincerely hope that Apple doesn't make the mistake of putting "The Good Stuff™" in just the largest phone1, because I don't know that I'll want a huge freakin' iPhone. 4.7" seems plenty large enough, and I don't particularly mind 4".

  1. Better camera, faster processors, upgraded fingerprint stuff, whatever…. []

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A hue angle of 270 degrees, a saturation of 50% and a lightness of 40%

Eric Meyer is an expert on the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) system used to control the appearance of web documents. He's the author of multiple books on CSS, and the "chaperone" of the css-discuss mailing list. His daughter, Rebecca, passed away, and her family asked that those attending memorial services wear purple, her favorite color. Dominique Hazaël-Massieux requested that a purple be added to the CSS color list be named "Becca Purple" in her memory. Eric suggested that it be named rebeccapurple because his daughter wanted everyone to call her Rebecca after she turned six, and she was six for almost twelve hours. Today, a co-chair of the CSS Working Group announced approval of the change. From now on, rebeccapurple means #663399.

A Good Primer on Swift Stuff

From Mike Ash, Interesting Swift Features.

Manual Camera Controls in iOS 8

Holy crap.

To be clear, iOS 8 will expose just about every manual camera control possible. This means that ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance, and exposure bias can be manually set within a custom camera application. Outside of these manual controls, Apple has also added gray card functionality to bypass the auto white balance mechanism and both EV bracketing and shutter speed/ISO bracketing.

Ballmer’s Email Hacked


frozenfan56. Heh.

Surface Pressure in iOS 8

Pencil / Surface Pressure from FiftyThree on Vimeo.

SSD Endurance Experiment

Michael Tsai - Blog - The SSD Endurance Experiment

The takeaway: they all lasted longer than stated.