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I started a new side project with a great designer, and we've just launched!
I tweeted yesterday an image my friend had posted of a spiral overlaid on top of a satellite image of Hurricane Sandy. I posted, simply: "Fibonacci!" because I was very excited. A surprising number of people corrected me, saying "Golden Ratio" or "Golden Mean". I set out to find who was right.
If you were as foolish as I was and upgraded your OS X 10.7 Lion development machine to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, you may have noticed that your Apache configuration was broken.
I went to Houston for the last few days to tie up some loose ends and help out my last company a bit. Houston is in itself a world apart from Chicago, which I happily call home. And in the distance between them seems to be feelings about hair. Or perhaps I really just need a haircut.
I recently left my cushy corporate job of five years. It was a very difficult decision to make, and sudden, but in the end, it was a long time coming. And in the wake of my departure, I've been asked by people of varying levels of trust my reason for leaving. Here's what's I've found.
I've been using my UP by Jawbone for just over a month now, and have been hesitant to write any sort of review until I had so much time to really use it. In short: despite some problems, I love it.
I recently left AT&T for Sprint, and despite being generally happy with all things Sprint, the slow data connection was enough to make me consider going back.
After a failed attempt at an upgrade, a restore from backup, and months of hoping the problem would just go away, I decided to tackle an upgrade from Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server (10.6.6) to OS X Lion Server (10.7). Here's what I learned.
For years I've taken extra steps to satisfy my somewhat unusual requirements, and with a little bit of news I confirmed with Sprint earlier today, everything is at last made simple.
There are three kinds of people out there: people who backup their system regularly, people who make multiple backups of their system regularly, and people who don't really understand what a backup is.
There were a few problems when upgrading my server to OS X Lion Server, and in the spirit of full disclosure, here are the problems we encountered.
Installing anything on a remote server can be risky business, especially if a reboot is required. But installing an OS? Well, you'd have to be crazy. Or just stupid enough to make the mistake and press go.
Since I left China and stopped paying for 3G service on my first generation iPad, the clock has been slowing moving farther and farther away from the real time. A quick fix for a problem that shouldn't be there.
A short video I put together entirely on my iPhone 4, documenting the commute that has made me both frustrated, fascinated, and overjoyed with living in China. This segment is the fifteen minute bike ride to the bus stop, with a stop for breakfast along the way.
At work, I often joke with my colleagues about the "IT curse": when there's a really bizarre problem with something technological, and as soon as an IT guy comes to check it out, the problem vanishes, like a ghost. Unfortunately for the common IT guy, this is far from what I would call the IT curse.
I've been a proud and happy user of Google Voice now since I first received an invitation only shortly after it was available, but the iPhone app has been tempting my friends and me away from the service. Here's a quick (half) fix.
My friend Benjamin and I had a very interesting talk yesterday about the subtle — and not so subtle — differences between journalism and blogging.
Unless you're part of Google's "Opt-out", you probably spend a bunch of time on the internet, and thus give your private information to a handful of websites. The battle of internet security is, for many, constantly finding the balance between convenience and security/privacy — you could have this website store your credit card information for your next visit, but do you want to risk that? Browsing the web safely can be both — but you need to know what you're up against, and how to protect yourself.
If you've recently updated your iDevice to the newest version of iOS, you may not be able to access your music via the iPod app. But fear not! The fix is quick, painless, and easy.
As a frequent international traveler, and one who spends the overwhelming majority of his time outside of the United States, I've researched several options — mostly horrible — as possible solutions to my call-from-anywhere/receive-from-anywhere problem. At long last, I've found a relatively cheap solution that makes calling and receiving calls easy and reliable. I had originally thought my situation was somewhat unique, but in doing a tiny bit of research online, it seems a lot of people face the same pr
For years, my technology consisted only of an iPod with as much storage as possible, the cheapest cell phone I could find, and a laptop that was as powerful as possible with no regard to size or weight. This worked for me, and made things surprisingly simple. However, these days, the times are a-changin'.
I've been hesitant to write an iPad review until now for a handful of reasons — namely, I worried that the lack of iPad specific apps, my being in China, where some of the web's greatest services are blocked, or that I've been otherwise pretty busy, would skew my view — but because iOS 4.2 is scheduled to come out in the next week or two, I figured it's now as good a time as any.
For a while now, I've wanted to thoroughly analyze my last.fm statistics, all the music I've listened to and when since I started documenting it in 2006, and try to see patterns based on the country the music comes from.
This evening, daisy posted an ellipsis that reminded me of something I wrote a lifetime ago. It was simple, but far more complex than the mere words. daisy wrote simply: time goes by so fast. winter again. Years ago, back at the fishbowl, it seemed like things were moving too fast. Things were drifting apart, people moving on, other things perhaps losing their appeal that previously had been so strong.
Adobe, I had given you all, and now I have nothing. Adobe, six hundred ninety nine dollars and zero cents, October 21, 2009. I had almost lost my mind.
i just learned some startling news. i've been up since about 4am, jetlagged, playing around with my computers because i haven't been able to for so long. in organizing some of my tv shows for my upcoming two week trip (in a few hours, only about 18 hours after arriving), i noticed something horrible.
a message to the RIAA, record labels, and all other people in fine italian suits making money off of other people's music: you'd better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone, for the times, they are a-changin'