Technology Archives

  1. Initial reaction to iOS 7

    I haven’t yet installed iOS7 on a test device, so these are henceforth disclaimed as knee-jerk reactions based on hearsay and screenshots. 8 months is a short time and lots has been done, more than I thought was possible. It’s a little too candy colored and simplistic for my taste, especially the icons. I expect…

  2. Customer vs. Product Support

    How to best provide support for the software you create is an interesting point of deliberation. I’ve gone through various stages and iterations, all different as circumstances have evolved, but all driven by the same question: How can I create the best experience for the user in a way that is sustainable? On a podcast…

  3. Screeny Green Screen Revisited

    I was certainly not alone in my problem with Screeny recording nothing but a green screen. Interestingly I got the same results from Quicktime, which made me think it was a system issue rather than an app issue. When experiencing the issue, I was on my (retina) MacBook Pro disconnected from an external monitor. I…

  4. 100 App.net Invites

    If you’d like to join App.net for free, this link is your huckleberry. There are 100 invites attached to that link, so sign up quickly if you’re interested. I’ve been finding App.net making it’s way into my social stream more and more these days. With the folks I’m following, I’ve seen engagement ramp from around…

  5. GameTonight for Status Board

    Game Tonight: Yes

    GameTonight now creates a module for Panic’s excellent Status Board iPad app. The URL is simple, add ‘/statusboard’ to any metro URL or, while on your iPad, click the link at the bottom of each GameTonight page to install the current metro in Status Board. Example: http://gametonight.in/denver/statusboard Here’s what you get: It currently looks best…

  6. Scared Straight

    I woke up to a bit of a scare when some of my alexking.org Gmail accounts were unable to log in to Gmail. I was afraid the accounts had been compromised and the passwords changed. I had secure passwords, but had been lazy about turning on 2-factor authentication for several of them – that’s all…

  7. The Problem with 1Password

    UPDATE: this is a clever solution. (thanks Mark) I recently wrote about the problem with PwdHash and have started making the move to 1Password as a result of my deliberations. I’ve discovered that 1Password has it’s own primary flaw: you need a device to access your passwords. With PwdHash I could always generate a password…

  8. Signing up for MLB.tv is Hard

    It took me four days to successfully sign up for MLB.tv. The first three days, I kept getting this: I tried different phone number formats. I tried to sign up with a credit card and via PayPal. I used different email addresses. I tried for three days. I recently started using 1Password instead of PwdHash.…

  9. The Apple Stores’ Value

    Her: Do you know of any applications that are easy to use to make a one-page flyer? Me: Do you have a Mac or PC? Her: A Mac. Me: I’d take a look at Pages. Her: Yeah, I’ve heard of it. Me: It’s Apple software, so if you have questions you can go to an…

  10. The Problem with PwdHash

    I care about Passwords. I’ve been using PwdHash as my secure password solution since February of 2007. It’s been a good solution for me, but it has a flaw that has recently become more frequently exposed. The way PwdHash works it creates a hash from two inputs: the domain of the website the password you…

  11. iPhone 5 WiFi Weirdness Followup

    Thanks to some help from a few friends, I got my iPhone back on my home WiFi network. It turns out what was happening was unrelated to the iPhone – my router had decided to stop giving it an IP address. This eventually started happening to other devices on my network as well. We swapped…

  12. iPhone 5 WiFi Weirdness

    About a week ago my iPhone 5 started acting strangely with my home network. It appears to have stopped joining the WiFi network (my network connectivity has dropped to 3G/LTE with the expected latency and my battery life has suffered as you’d expect). Oddly, while it doesn’t show the WiFi icon in the top bar…

  13. Backups For the Technically Inclined

    Backup Process Diagram

    There are two kinds of people, those that have already had a hard drive failure and those that will have a hard drive failure. I lost hard drives and data back in 2006 and I’ve been properly paranoid about backups ever since. I care about my data. I care about my photos, about my code,…

  14. The New Kingmakers

    The New Kingmakers (book cover)

    It’s rare that I get through a book quickly. I read lots of articles and technical documents, but when choosing between dedicating time to read something or build something, I nearly always choose to build something. The exception is when Steve publishes a book. I’ve been “in the trenches” for much of the time period…

  15. iOS is (Better) for Consumption

    I like iOS but even with the 10″ iPad it’s a 90+% consumption device for me. I don’t write code. I don’t work on my blog post drafts.1 I end up reading things and not replying – creating a backlog of stuff that needs to be done/written/filed/etc. When I’m out of stuff to read I…