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My One Hope for iOS 8?

You know what it is?

That the damn Siri realizes my name is spelled "Erik" - not only on my iPhone, but on the friends who iMessage me or who say my name in other contexts.

Perhaps the type-ahead stuff will help with that.

I've always found it ridiculous that my iPhone couldn't be trained to spell my own name properly.

Halt and Catch Fire

Looking forward to this:

And the background info on the name, of course…

Nat’s First U.S. Kids Golf Event

Yesterday Nat played in her first U.S. Kids Golf local "tour" event.

Stupidly, we arrived at the course at 12:30, because tee times started at about 1:20. Unfortunately, her tee time was 4:47… so we went to Boston Market and to a driving range to kill some time, then came back to the course at about 3:50.

The course for 10-11 year-olds is 1900 yards or so over nine holes. That's an average hole length of about 225 yards. There were two par fives (280, 330), and two par threes (95, 75), but the rest of the holes were about 225. The rough was THICK and the fairways were quite narrow.

MediaTemple Server Health – Yellow to Red?

I think it's the fact that I'm running a virtual dedicated host, but these kinds of things aggravate me: why is my server status "red" when I'm barely using any of the CPU or Memory?

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 » 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.