People write about some interesting stuff -
How the Presidents Blackberry is secured, and from the same site, How Air Force Ones phones work.
In fact its been so long I'd completely forgotten Yahoo still existed.
As a design and typography nerd (I'm not claiming to be any good at it but I certainly appreciate it) I enjoyed these two articles on the new Yahoo logo -
Logo Reveals Worst Aspects of Engineering Mindset
Both great reads.
A reminder that just because 'design' looks easy, don't be mistaken into believing it actually is.
Not a great first post for 2013 but its taken a fair bit of motivation to get back onto the blogging bandwagon.
Why the flying fuck can I not schedule a shutdown time that is honored via the Energy Saver control panel ?
Prior to 10.7 if I set a shutdown time the system would shutdown.
Pretty simple, pretty cool, expected behaviour. Very Apple. Nice.
Now, if I do this, may Mac may (or may not) shutdown depending on who (other Mac's to shares) or what (iTunes wireless sync) is connected.
If I cared about syncing or shares I wouldn't schedule a shutdown.
If a setting resulted in unexpected behaviour, then a followup prompt to say "If you shutdown existing shares or synching will be affected are you sure you want to over-ride this and shutdown anyway ?" would be really cool.
Apple, please fix this !!
PS - for those of you that say you shouldn't ever need to shutdown, how about to save power or flush out the OS stack (aspects of which appear to have gotten less reliable with each OS revision) ?
PPS - yes I know I could cut through the crap by using a simple CRON Unix job but why should I have to resort to a command line to do something that has a GUI ?
Maybe I'm just an edge case and people are so buried in their app-y goodness they don't necessarily care that the tool has some fundamentally frustrating flaws.
Still, its always interesting to see other people express similar discontent at Apples inability to get simple things right. I feel like there should be some kind of support group.
Browser cache, do you speak it?
Browser cache, do you fucking speak it yet??
They're also massively frustrating.
But why oh why can't I draw or create something in one app and copy/paste it into another (draw something in Adobe Ideas or Studio53's Paper and shift it from one app to the other; I dare you to try) ?
Maybe I'm just old and reluctant to accept change or I'm missing out on something super subtle usability paradigm that obviates the need to readily shift content easily from one app to another.
I'm guessing all of the API's are there and its just app vendors laziness to implement a feature the world has been used to for 30+yrs ?
Nice feature overview here.
X10 is cool but complicated; whereas this looks cool and simple.
Seems like a great way to redistribute your old books and having some fun doing it.
The basic idea - label your old books with a unique identifier, then drop them off wherever you like. Log the 'drop' on the Bookcrossing website for someone to pick up. If they log the collection you can track who and where the book goes. Obviously there are the usual anonymity options and if a non-Bookcrossing person picks up the book they may choose not to join-up (its free, they make money selling accessories like custom labels and bookplates).
To that end, some interesting stuff -
Seems like only yesterday that NT4 was the new cool thing (at least with SP3!) - but now the new Windows 2012 Server Beta labs are available.
An insight into Facebooks release management process.
A view on Microsofts new Cloud Management tools from a systems admin.