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Quad Copters (Again)

Phantom 2 Vision+ | DJI

Getting Started with the DJI Phantom 2

QuadCopter for my Birthday? Still waiting. Here's to 2015?

Amazon Screwing with Publishers, Authors

As Publishers Fight Amazon, Books Vanish.

Maybe the U.S. Government should go after Apple again.


Michael Tsai on What Backblaze Doesn't Back Up:

My other concern is that Backblaze doesn't actually back up everything. It fails all but one of the Backup Bouncer tests, discarding file permissions, symlinks, Finder flags and locks, creation dates (despite claims), modification date (timezone-shifted), extended attributes (which include Finder tags and the "where from" URL), and Finder comments. Arq, CrashPlan (as of version 3), SuperDuper, and Time Machine all support all of these. Dropbox supports all of them except creation dates, locks, and symlinks.

That was particularly interesting given John Gruber's canned promos about how it's built by former Apple engineers. Were they good Apple engineers, because that metadata matters.

I'm still using CrashPlan and it's been working beautifully, so far as I can tell.

Update your eBay Password

They had a security breach. Log on and update your eBay password if you haven't already.

That is all for this public service announcement.

AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5B

AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion in Move to Expand Clout

I'm a long-time subscriber to both. I wonder if that will benefit me at all.

Stop Forcing Bikers to Wear Helmets

Stop forcing people to wear bike helmets. Not motorcyclists. Bikers. Bike riders.

There's very little evidence to support the idea that bicycling is terribly dangerous. In fact, wearing a helmet may make you more likely to get in in an accident.

Intelligent Details

A video about Bentleys (the cars) shot entirely on an iPhone 5S:

Coda 2.5 Not Sandboxed

Panic Blog ยป Coda 2.5 and the Mac App Store and Michael Tsai cover it pretty well.

Coda 2.5 will not be in the App Store, despite winning an Apple Design Award for "Best Mac App Store App" in 2012.

The Untold Story of Larry Page

Larry Page: The Untold Story.

It's tough to imagine "Don't be Evil" as a motto when one of the founders seems somewhat evil.

The Illusion of Life

The illusion of life from cento lodigiani on Vimeo.

The 12 basic principles of animation were developed by the 'old men' of Walt Disney Studios, amongst them Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, during the 1930s. Of course they weren't old men at the time, but young men who were at the forefront of exciting discoveries that were contributing to the development of a new art form. These principles came as a result of reflection about their practice and through Disney's desire to use animation to express character and personality. This movie is my personal take on those principles, applied to simple shapes. Like a cube.

Check also the animated gif gallery here

Apple’s Legal Process Guidelines for U.S. Law Enforcement

Legal Process Guidelines for U.S. Law Enforcement is an interesting read. And not too long.

FaceTime and iMessages are end-to-end encrypted. Third-party apps are safe. Your email, call history, SMS messages, camera rolls (photos/videos), and a few other things are not.

Big News Affecting

I'm publishing this post well after the fact (Memorial Day), but Huddler was acquired by Wikia.

Wikia Acquires Huddler - Expands Technology, Team, and Lifestyle Audience in Communities... &
Huddler | Winning with Wikia

Product/Market Fit

My friend Josh has a great post on the fit that's necessary between product and marketing.

App.Net is Dead State of the Union

No more salaried employees. It lasted, what, a year or two?

It’s Different for Girls

It's Different for Girls

Wine was brought and toasts were made to our great future together. About halfway through the dinner he told me he had also brought me a present, but it was under the table, and would I please give him my hand so he could give it to me. I gave him my hand, and he placed it in his unzipped pants.

Yes, this really happened.

This is Heidi Roizen, former Vice President of World Wide Developer Relations for Apple.

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