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Unregistering iMessage

You can now Deregister and Turn Off iMessage if you switch to Android or something…

Open File Limits on Mac OS X (Yosemite)

Twice over the past three months I've awoken to find that my computer had set opened too many files. One time it essentially corrupted my Mail (I had to "restore" old accounts from Time Machine because Mail had lost track of all the accounts - the emails themselves were still there, of course), and the other time only minor things happened, but who knows if I caught them all?

Some resources:

I believe I've bumped the open file limit successfully. It seems pretty low, particularly considering:

[12:33pm iacas@Bunny:~] % ofc Safari


alias ofc       'lsof | grep \!:1 | wc -l'

That's with six Safari tabs open currently, and Safari having gone about 12 hours since last being quit and re-launched.

Safari is, by far, the worst abuser of open files.

Astronaut – a NASA FIlm

Astronaut - A journey to space from Guillaume JUIN on Vimeo.

Do yourself the favor of watching it full-screen.

PIxelmator 3.3

Pixelmator 3.3 is out.

Unfortunately, you still have no clue what your foreground and background colors are…

Grand Unification Theory of Baseball

10 Things I Believe About Baseball Without Evidence

Let me say that again: statistical analysis (that we in the public are aware of) takes the most important element of the sport, and ignores it.

It's like having Newtonian physics without relativity and quantum mechanics. There's a lot you can do with Newtonian physics, but at the extremes, it begins to break down, because it is ignoring some deeper, more fundamental truths.

If you're a team that relies on constructing its roster using such statistical analysis, what mistakes are you making by ignoring the most important part of the game?

Apple to GTAT

Apple to sapphire supplier: “Put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement”

  • A $50 million penalty for breach of confidentiality per occurrence.
  • No manufacturing processes could be modified by GTAT without Apple’s prior consent but GTAT must immediately implement Apple’s suggestions.
  • GTAT must fulfill any purchase order placed by Apple on the date selected by Apple or purchase substitute goods at GTAT’s expense.

When you are as big as Apple, you get to be a bully.

Spamming a Text Spammer

Guy Perfectly Turns The Tables And Gives Text Spammer A Taste Of His Own Medicine

Earlier this summer someone contacted me about golf lessons for his son. Long story short, he was going to send me a check for an amount (we'd never even discussed the cost of lessons), and I was to give the extra back to his son in cash to cover his travel expenses or some such.

Uh huh. 😛

Dropbox on Yosemite

John Gruber on Twitter: "@anildash I foresaw ambivalence. Even better, they've embraced."

Now if only the Dropbox app would work, and display the icons and whatnot, instead of crapping out and crashing all the time…

Monty the Penguin

I like this commercial a lot. I'm such a sap.

Amazon Echo? No Thanks

Amazon Echo - Official site

It's always listening.

I'll pass.

Six Colors: Siri, Cortana, OK Google, meet Amazon Echo

Awesome Screenshot for Safari on iOS

Awesome Screenshot for Safari on the App Store on iTunes

Good stuff that eliminates a LOT of steps.

Billy Crystal’s Tribute to Robin WIlliams

Embedding is disabled, but you can view it here: Billy Crystal's Emmy Awards 2014 Tribute to Robin Williams.

Better late than never.

Here's one I can embed:

For once, the related videos actually apply…

Sports Night, an Oral History

'Sports Night': An oral history, starring Aaron Sorkin and his cast

Yes please!

Unison Now Free

The Future of Unison

Spoiler: free, unsupported.

The Blog’s Anniversary

I always forget, so I'm writing it now. It launched December 10th, 2002. In 29 days, it will be a dozen years old.