Crystal iOS Ad Blocker Performance [Link]

August 26, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

Crystal is an upcoming ad blocker for iOS 9. Even early results are staggering.

On average, pages loaded 3.9x faster with Crystal and used 53% less bandwidth. Just by having Crystal installed, I saved a total of 70 seconds and 35MB of data on these 10 pages.

This is a big deal and it's difficult to ignore the huge benefit to mobile users.

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  1. ImageMagick Support for RAW Files

    August 22, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I have minimal experience with ImageMagick but the new version 7 seems like a big upgrade. In particular, it now supports reading from many RAW image formats such as NEF, ORF and ARW. Maybe this is old news, but I just discovered it, so it's new to me.

    Here ...

  2. Spotify's Terms of Service are Pretty Creepy [Link]

    August 21, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From Wired:

    Like a jealous ex, Spotify wants to see (and collect) your photos and see who you’re talking to. What kind of media files Spotify will collect from you is vague, and why the company needs it is unclear, but it’s doing it regardless. Also, the fact ...

  3. How Your Credit Score May Change Your Insurance Rate [Link]

    August 21, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From Consumer Reports:

    Car insurers didn’t use credit scores until the mid 1990s. That’s when several of them, working with the company that created the FICO score, started testing the theory that the scores might help to predict claim losses. They kept what they were doing hush-hush. By ...

  4. Acorn 5 Released [Link]

    August 21, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I'm not a designer or artist, but I know what a good app does. It should make it easy for a non-expert to do something great. Acorn does that for me. It's the application I turn to on my Mac when I need to fuss with images. It ...

  5. Inside Amazon

    August 17, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Amazon has long been derided for employment practices governing blue-collar workers in their warehouses but now The NYT takes a look at their management of information workers.

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  6. Blink 1.1 Update

    August 07, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    This site uses affiliate links to help cover the cost of the hosting and design. It's a nice compromise between keeping myself motivated and not puking advertising all of the page. But more recently, I've found myself using affiliate links out of convenience instead of compulsion. The ways ...

  7. VPN for Security and Convenience

    August 05, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    When I travel I use a VPN. It's a nice little bit of security when on a strange WiFi network. It's not bullet proof but it's a minimal layer between me and a coffee shop or hotel. If you're unfamiliar with VPN, it's a private ...

  8. Ghostery for Mac and Windows

    August 04, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |


    Ghostery is a browser plugin available for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera and it dramatically speeds up the web. Ok, that's not the goal of Ghostery, but it's a major benefit. Ghostery blocks calls to web servers that it knows are ad or tracking networks. Some would call ...

  9. iThoughts Preview on iOS 9

    August 04, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Toektaware (makers of iThoughts) have posted a few previews potential iOS 9 features and I have to say, I'm pretty excited for this stuff.

    Reminders Integration

    Spotlight Integration