31
March
2015

Learning Swift and the Best of Both Worlds play

Well, having suffered through Objective C and liked XCode compiler, it has sure been interesting to see what Apple has come up next with Swift. It’s the brain child of Chris Lattner. He’s had a pretty incredible career, developing LLVM (a compiler backend) and then Clang (a front end) and finally XCode that’s been used […]

31
March
2015

iPhone confusion Photostream vs Photo Library

Are you confused as to the best workflow for your iPhone photos. I am!  At least for my traditional photos, I get it, here’s what I do: Download the photos Delete the ones I don’t like. I’ve been using Preview when it isn’t too slow (but it’s gotten unbearable with Yosemite), so use Lightroom for […]

30
March
2015

Baby (Elder) monitor and Door sensors

Well sometimes life seems to be a circle. What’s a great baby monitor is also a great way to monitor what’s going on with dear old dad. That plus a door sensor and you don’t need to worry. There seem to be two sorts of gadgets. Things like Dropcam Pro (I’ve used a bunch of […]

30
March
2015

Bank of America Rewards Mall

Sad to saying it is closing the Bank of America mall is closing. We discovered it last year and got over 55K points just by being careful where you click. Probably makes your first choice looking at cashbackmonitor.com and en evreward.com, but neither are as tasty as those ML Signature Rewards points 🙂

26
March
2015

Dying hard drives…WD makes it easy

Well it seems like hard drive failure month for me. Here are the drives, for personal machines, we are putting SSDs in as they are much faster and more reliable iMac 2009. Yuck, this one is going to be hard to get out. It’s buried and I have to figure out how to get the […]

26
March
2015

Apple Magic Mouse will not connect

Have you ever had this problem? Sometimes, the keyboard and the mouse just refuse to connect. Dave Meehan has some good tips. Basically they are: For the keyboard, put in new battery and HOLD down the Power button while powering up, this will reset the pairing. For the mouse, if it doesn’t connect, oftentimes it is […]

24
March
2015

Learning Javascript

Well things are always getting easier: atom.io. This is a Chromium application written itself to be compatible with node.js and javascript. Wow how flexible is that. cdnjs.com. If you don’t want to host all those minified libraries when you are playing with Javascript.

24
March
2015

Don't put into extraneous information into sites!

Well, here’s the best reason to keep the information you put into a site at the minimum, the latest hack is from Amazon’s Twitch:   We are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some of your Twitch user account information, including possibly your Twitch username and associated email […]

24
March
2015

Bivy Sacks the OR Helium

Well another last minute purchase. We’ve got a camping hammock for the woods, how about a bivy sack and nothing like 24 hours to buy one! So here’s a quick look at reviews from Outdoorgearlabs.com (they only review a few, but it is the base recommendation) and also looking at reviews on rei.com (sometimes useful), amazon.com […]

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