August 18, 2015

We are starting off by introducing two great new shows to our roster!

First we have Liftoff, a fortnightly podcast about space, the universe, and everything. This show is hosted by Relay FM co-founder, Stephen Hackett, and Jason Snell, the host of Upgrade and Clockwise. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to enjoy the topics discussed on Liftoff, as they break things down so anybody that is interested in space can enjoy it.


We are also really excited to be premiering Top Four, hosted by Marco and Tiffany Arment. Top Four is a really fun show, in which your hosts pick their favourite things in certain categories, like movies, books, and video games. You’ll get to hear two very opinionated people discuss and rank their favourites, whilst also getting to hear the awesome chemistry of the Arments. It’s a really fun show that I think you’ll love.

To new fantastic shows on my favourite podcasting network.


Future-safe weblogs | Manton Reece

August 18, 2015

Domain names and hosting fees are two issues regarding having a future proof blog. But there are more. One of the key reasons I moved away from Squarespace and WordPress is that I wanted something more future proof. And this blog is readable as long as there are web browsers that can view HTML. That is one of my favourite thing about static blogging engines, you can just archive the output folder, and you have a version of the site that will work forever.

I don’t see WordPress going anywhere, but none of us saw Wordperfect og Microsoft Works going anywhere; they are gone. I don’t want to be in that situation. Jekyll is great, and they have a pretty good WordPress importer. So I would just have automated a Jekyll version of the sites that imports a WordPress export. This is what I had for the last year with Squarespace, and the 2 months I used WordPress.

The reason I did was to have a backup, if Squarespace fucked up(they never did). But I also had it to have a tested solution that I could trust, by the time I wanted to do the switch.

I’m confident that my site is future proof. I have my own domain, more or less any cheap static hosting solution can handle it, and it will work for as long as there are web browsers that can view 2015 HTML, CSS and Javascript. And it don’t rely on any server side code.


Apple – Diversity – Inclusion inspires innovation.

August 16, 2015

Tim Cook:

Last year we reported the demographics of our employees for the first time externally, although we have long prioritized diversity. We promised to improve those numbers and we’re happy to report that we have made progress. In the past year we hired over 11,000 women globally, which is 65 percent more than in the previous year. In the United States, we hired more than 2,200 Black employees --- a 50 percent increase over last year --- and 2,700 Hispanic employees, a 66 percent increase. In total, this represents the largest group of employees we’ve ever hired from underrepresented groups in a single year. Additionally, in the first 6 months of this year, nearly 50 percent of the people we’ve hired in the United States are women, Black, Hispanic, or Native American.

They are moving in the right direction.


The Brooks Review

August 16, 2015

You see, for the normal person, owning a dSLR will not yield a better picture. It is far more likely that you will get worse picture with a dSLR than with your iPhone. I know that many of you who didn’t heed my advice to not read this, are now thinking I am nuts.

I have been saying this for years, don’t buy a mirrorless camera or a dSLR unless you intent to get into taking pictures. Which means, learning how to use your camera and having it as your hobby. Most people will get better pictures from a high-end point and shoot than they will ever get from a SLR or MFT camera.


The White House Just Joined Spotify

August 16, 2015

Today, the White House joined Spotify --- and our inaugural playlist was hand-picked by none other than President Obama. When asked to pick a few of his favorite songs for the summer, the President got serious. He grabbed a pen and paper and drafted up not one, but two separate summer playlists: One for the daytime, and one for the evening.


Removing the 140-character limit from Direct Messages | Twitter Blogs

August 13, 2015


If you’ve checked your Direct Messages today, you may have noticed that something’s missing: the limitation of 140 characters. You can now chat on (and on) in a single Direct Message, and likely still have some characters left over.

Finally. I never understood why DM’s had the same 140 character limit in the first place.


Introducing U2F support for secure authentication | Dropbox Blog

August 12, 2015

This is fantastic. Two factor authentication over sms or apps like authy is great, but it is hard and a pain in the ass. And I think U2F is a must to get the majority of users to activate Two factor authentication on the most important services.