1. Convenience Functions for Life

    March 14, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Let's not call these life hacks. They're just ways to make some parts of my life less annoying or less time consuming. I'm a big believer in creating frameworks that allow me to be lazy or forgetful. When I find myself dealing with the same problem or ...

  2. Save Money at Any Cost — Crypto-mining Your Way to Free Apps

    March 13, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    This might not be a trend, but if it’s a glimpse at the future of apps, count me out. From Dan Goodin at Ars:

    The app is Calendar 2, a scheduling app that aims to include more features than the Calendar app that Apple bundles with macOS. In recent ...

  3. Configure an Encrypted TimeMachine For High Sierra

    March 12, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I purchased a nice external drive to use for TimeMachine on my Mac.1 After formatting the drive and configuring encrypted TimeMachine backups I noticed it was taking a very long time to complete. I waited a day for it to complete and discovered I had a new problem. Every ...

  4. The Matias Laptop Pro Keyboard

    March 10, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Matias Laptop Pro Keyboard

    The value proposition of the Matias Laptop Pro Keyboard:

    • Bluetooth
    • It has “Alps-inspired” keys
    • Ten key-less format
    • Supports Apple system controls
    • N-key rollover support
    • USB Charging with pass-thru
    • 13.26” x 6.5” x 1.38”
    • $170

    If you’re still interested, here’s my review of using the keyboard ...

  5. On URL Schemes

    March 08, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Over the past few years I've enjoyed the benefits of iOS URL schemes. Apple opened a tiny crack and iOS developers built impressive machinery in that space. Entire new applications evolved to do little more than interact with these URL schemes, shuttling data back and forth.

    While I love ...

  6. PayPal Data Sharing

    March 07, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I found out about this through one of my Pinboard feeds. PayPal documents around 600 different third parties they share user data with. I only use PayPal as a last resort but I might be changing that too. It’s really no more secure than just using a credit card ...

  7. MoviePass and Location Data

    March 05, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    From Jon Fingas at Engadget:

    MoviePass' approach to gathering viewer data might raise eyebrows. According to Media Play News, CEO Mitch Lowe told those at a business forum that the movie subscription service's app not only tracks your location, but follows you to and from the theater. "We watch ...

  8. Nerds on the iMac Pro

    March 05, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Yes, I got a new iMac Pro. Yes, we continue to make the Nerds on Draft podcast. Those two intersect in our latest episode.

  9. Social Sharing is Decreasing, Finally

    March 05, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    From Nieman Labs:

    The top line takeaway from its analysis of 100 million articles is that social sharing is down by 50 percent across the board compared to just a few years ago. In 2015, articles saw an average of 8 shares; today that number has dropped to 4. Only ...

  10. Graphite on Blockstack

    March 04, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I’d never heard of Graphite or Blockstack before this week. I usually avoid all articles concerning blockchain tech because it's the new Web 2.0 trend that feels more like marketing than anything else. On the other hand, I really like the idea of Graphite. It's a ...