Category Computing

The Loop – Nice review for a Digital Magazine

Not new information as ‘The Loop’ was revised back in the fall of 2013. See initial review here by Apple Insider. See the review I’m referencing here.

‘The Loop’ is powered by something called ‘Glide’ from ‘Glide Creations’. I guess I’m just confused as I thought this was something that was released but the web site doesn’t seem to indicate that’s the case.

Brent Simmons and John Gruber discuss Azure

Nice video with John Gruber and Brent Simmons discussing how they are using Azure with their fine note taking app ‘Vesper’. If you haven’t tried the application please do, it’s quite good. 

See the video here

Nice article about Flipboard engineering changes within the layout engine

See here.

Thanks but no thanks for all the notifications HP Print Center…

Came home to my personal machine showing this on screen: 

Screen Shot 2014 03 26 at 9 13 49 PM

I guess it wants me to buy more ink. 

WordPress auto-update on a local machine (Mac OS X)

I’ve been using WordPress for years for my personal web sites (this one for example) but have never had a need to have a local instance.

I just installed WordPress on my personal machine for use with WoodWing Enterprise. Ran into a problem where I wanted to use the Auto-Update feature of WordPress but received the ‘dreaded’ FTP dialog. 

I added this line to the bottom of my WordPress installation’s ‘wp-config.php’ file: 

/** Sets up ‘direct’ method for wordpress auto update */
define(‘FS_METHOD’, ‘direct’);

Now auto update works.

Here is the reference page from the WordPress Codex. 

I think the most important part to think about is: 

  • (Primary Preference) “direct” forces it to use Direct File I/O requests from within PHP, this is fraught with opening up security issues on poorly configured hosts, This is chosen automatically when appropriate.

Ahhh yes… Broadband in the U.S. In general expensive and not so good

Check out this article from Newsweek(!) regarding the U.S. and the efforts (or lack thereof) of the Telecom’s to spread broadband access across the country. 

See the article here.

I find it simply unbelievable the amount of basic stupidity and corruption that lies within. Why would state and local officials make these types of deals with the Telecom’s? The economic benefits for the smaller towns and cities is massive but apparently unrecognized. 

What could the lobbyists for these companies be offering to the State and local governments that would convince them to allow this?

Earth, Wind and Currents….

Cameron Beccario created a map of the surface winds on Earth. See here

Just added a map of ocean currents. See here

Fascinating…make a great ‘live’ desktop.

Tivo into the cloud

Read this article this morning on Wired.

My wife and I _really_ like our Tivo hardware. Great UI as compared to the Comcast box.

Should be interesting to see where this goes.

Want a good hard drive? See this article from BackBlaze for some info

My work and personal machines have a somewhat interesting back up routine. Long story short, because of my paranoia about losing data, I back up machines locally every day to NAS and then use BackBlaze as well. 

You know…just in case. 

Anyway, this post from BackBlaze gives a bit of information about the drives they use. Good stuff.

Marco Arment on the Google-Nest deal and privacy

See here.

I was _ok_ with Nest as a private company having access to the information provided by the Nest devices. Part of the deal of purchasing the device…and I did read the privacy agreement.

I’m not ok with Google purchasing Nest and having access to that data. I can’t put my finger on it but there is just something…unsettling…about Google these days.

Maybe it’s this line from Arment’s post that says it all:

Let’s all give each other a big hug! We’re just a $3 billion company that just got acquired by a massive advertising conglomerate that controls, tracks, and records an ever-expanding amount of everything that people do with all modern technology. We’re all friends and everything’s great. Give yourselves a big round of applause for being such great customers!