The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com Tech Made Simple CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 30 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:05:32 GMT Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:05:32 GMT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss yaki The Athens Affair http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/22/0913 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/22/0913/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/22/0913/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>I remember when this went down. We weren’t running the same set of boxes, but it was… interesting.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/22/0913#the-athens-affair" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/22/0913#the-athens-affair">&#x262F;</a></small> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:13:12 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/22/0913#the-athens-affair wiki Why Scrum Should Basically Just Die In A Fire http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/21/2235 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/21/2235/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/21/2235/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>I wouldn’t say “die”, but like other methodologies, I’ve seen it done almost right, horribly wrong, and almost nothing in between.</p> <p>But the whole piece is worth reading and is nicely capped off with something I’ve long held to be true.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/21/2235#why-scrum-should-basically-just-die-in-a-fire" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/21/2235#why-scrum-should-basically-just-die-in-a-fire">&#x262F;</a></small> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:35:20 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/21/2235#why-scrum-should-basically-just-die-in-a-fire wiki Hack runs Android apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/19/1902 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/19/1902/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/19/1902/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>That was quick.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/19/1902#hack-runs-android-apps-on-windows--mac--and-linux" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/19/1902#hack-runs-android-apps-on-windows--mac--and-linux">&#x262F;</a></small> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:02:40 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/19/1902#hack-runs-android-apps-on-windows--mac--and-linux wiki Using app-specific passwords in iCloud http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/18/0634 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/18/0634/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/18/0634/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>At long last.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/18/0634#using-app-specific-passwords-in-icloud" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/18/0634#using-app-specific-passwords-in-icloud">&#x262F;</a></small> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:34:21 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/18/0634#using-app-specific-passwords-in-icloud wiki iOS 8, thoroughly reviewed http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/17/1616 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/17/1616/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/17/1616/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>This is the kind of epic article that sets Ars apart in tech news.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/17/1616#ios-8--thoroughly-reviewed" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/17/1616#ios-8--thoroughly-reviewed">&#x262F;</a></small> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:16:14 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/17/1616#ios-8--thoroughly-reviewed wiki iPhone 6 Is a Thin, Sexy Phone with a Killer Camera http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/17/1412 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/17/1412/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/17/1412/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the inimitable David Pogue.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/17/1412#iphone-6-is-a-thin--sexy-phone-with-a-killer-camera" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/17/1412#iphone-6-is-a-thin--sexy-phone-with-a-killer-camera">&#x262F;</a></small> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:12:59 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/17/1412#iphone-6-is-a-thin--sexy-phone-with-a-killer-camera wiki JavaScript for Automation Release Notes http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/17/1014 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/17/1014/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/17/1014/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>There goes <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/dev/AppleScript" class="wiki" title="dev/AppleScript was updated 4 years, 12 months ago">AppleScript</a>.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/17/1014#javascript-for-automation-release-notes" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/17/1014#javascript-for-automation-release-notes">&#x262F;</a></small> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:14:35 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/17/1014#javascript-for-automation-release-notes wiki Record Pre-orders for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/15/1851 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/15/1851/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/15/1851/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Either there are a <em>lot</em> of people with really big pockets or Macy’s going to be running out of cargo pants in a few weeks.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/15/1851#record-pre-orders-for-iphone-6---iphone-6-plus" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/15/1851#record-pre-orders-for-iphone-6---iphone-6-plus">&#x262F;</a></small> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:51:28 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/15/1851#record-pre-orders-for-iphone-6---iphone-6-plus wiki Microsoft acquires Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5 billion http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/15/1846 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/15/1846/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/15/1846/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Today’s piece of industry drama, with some background.</p> <p>I’m betting on it becoming a huge franchise rather than an Xbox-only title. Then again, I’m curious as to what it’s rather unique community will make of this deal.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/15/1846#microsoft-acquires-mojang-and-minecraft-for--2-5-billion" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/15/1846#microsoft-acquires-mojang-and-minecraft-for--2-5-billion">&#x262F;</a></small> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:46:30 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/15/1846#microsoft-acquires-mojang-and-minecraft-for--2-5-billion wiki 10 things I learned about rapidly scaling websites with Azure http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/15/1827 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/15/1827/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/15/1827/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Great write up, wholly recommended.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/15/1827#10-things-i-learned-about-rapidly-scaling-websites-with-azure" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/15/1827#10-things-i-learned-about-rapidly-scaling-websites-with-azure">&#x262F;</a></small> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:27:00 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/15/1827#10-things-i-learned-about-rapidly-scaling-websites-with-azure wiki It's Too Big http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030 <p>Although I decided to toss out my general comments on the <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple" class="wiki" title="com/Apple is defined, but has not been indexed yet.">Apple</a> keynote (given that there wasn’t anything to add <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/07/1030" class="wiki" title="blog/2014/09/07/1030 was updated 6 days, 22 hours ago">regarding watches</a>) there was something to be said on the matter of large phones, so here it is.</p> <p>Of late, I’ve started looking wistfully at smaller phones. I miss the the <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Nokia/S60/6120" class="wiki" title="com/Nokia/S60/6120 is defined, but has not been indexed yet.">Nokia 6120</a>, the <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/SonyEricsson/W880" class="wiki" title="com/SonyEricsson/W880 is defined, but has not been indexed yet.">Sony Ericsson W880</a> and other marvels of ancient engineering that graced my desk (and hardly weighed on my pockets) back when I worked in mobile, and would certainly use my <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2012/11/24/2240" class="wiki" title="blog/2012/11/24/2240 was updated 1 year, 9 months ago">Xperia U</a> more often if it wasn’t for the hassle of getting a “normal”-sized SIM card again<sup id="fnref:1"><a class="anchor" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#fn:1" rel="/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#fn:1" title="link to fn:1 in this page">1</a></sup>.</p> <p>In fact, <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2012/11/24/2240" class="wiki" title="blog/2012/11/24/2240 was updated 1 year, 9 months ago">my notes on switching to the Xperia U</a> make it plain that I wasn’t very keen on the 4” phone craze either, so there you have it.</p> <p>Even granting that the screen size race is at least partially sustained by customer demand, one cannot deny that there is a) plenty of one-upmanship involved and b) a rather idiotic amount of revisionist history writing going on right now, especially in the <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple" class="wiki" title="com/Apple is defined, but has not been indexed yet.">Apple</a> zealot camp.</p> <p>Both are a dismal waste of time and energy as far as I’m concerned, so I’m just going to admit that larger screens are a regretful consequence of increased customer demand given that many people rely on their smartphone for <em>everything</em>. After all, a larger screen is indeed beneficial for most activities, and if you do your engineering right the battery life usually benefits from a small boost due to the increased volume.</p> <p>The issue, as far as I’m concerned, is that sizes beyond 4.7” start becoming unwieldy and increasingly hard to use one-handed.</p> <p>And since people don’t carry their phones in their hands constantly, those larger sizes also become unwieldy in other ways.</p> <h2 id="a-year-with-an-iphone-6-sized-phone">A Year With An iPhone 6-sized Phone</h2> <p>As it happens, the <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone/6" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPhone/6 was updated 3 days, 21 hours ago">iPhone 6</a> (non-Plus) is very, very close to the size of my <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2013/10/20/2230" class="wiki" title="blog/2013/10/20/2230 was updated 10 months, 4 weeks ago">HTC One</a> (M7), which I’ve been using <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2013/10/20/2230" class="wiki" title="blog/2013/10/20/2230 was updated 10 months, 4 weeks ago">for a year now</a>.</p> <p>Right off the bat I listed its size as the main downside, and I haven’t changed my mind since. The screen is great (it’s a 1920x1080, 468ppi screen, <em>better</em> than the <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone/6" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPhone/6 was updated 3 days, 21 hours ago">iPhone 6</a> and equivalent to the <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone/6" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPhone/6 was updated 3 days, 21 hours ago">iPhone 6 Plus</a>), but even after a year <em>the size is a constant, grating annoyance</em>.</p> <p>It’s a pain to insert into a trouser pocket, bulges awkwardly, requires constant adjustment to avoid tearing the linings and is a considerable challenge to merely extract from said pocket, whether you’re sitting in the car or standing in the office.</p> <p>Even after a year of weeky near-misses, I still drop it on occasion when it gets caught on the edge of my pocket. Keep that in mind if you’re lusting after the <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone/6" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPhone/6 was updated 3 days, 21 hours ago">iPhone 6 Plus</a>.</p> <p>What keeps me using it on weekdays (besides work) is that it is excellent for reading news and e-books while commuting. Otherwise it mostly just sits on my desk, propped up on a stand so I can glance at notifications<sup id="fnref:2"><a class="anchor" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#fn:2" rel="/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#fn:2" title="link to fn:2 in this page">2</a></sup> and pick it up with ease. </p> <p>I’d go nuts if I had to take it out from my pocket every time I get a call.</p> <p>So every weekend I revert to my <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone/5" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPhone/5 was updated 2 years, 23 hours ago">iPhone 5</a>, which is markedly easier to pocket and use one-handedly.</p> <p>And <em>every single evening</em> I put the <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2013/10/20/2230" class="wiki" title="blog/2013/10/20/2230 was updated 10 months, 4 weeks ago">HTC One</a> aside and pick up a 3.5” Retina <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPod/Touch" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPod/Touch was updated 2 years, 23 hours ago">iPod Touch</a>, which is — to me — <em>exactly the right form factor for something I want to keep with me at all times</em>.</p> <p>So I would certainly buy a <em>smaller</em>, thinner <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPhone was updated 2 years, 11 months ago">iPhone</a> instead of a smaller, voice-enabled <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPad" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPad was updated 1 year, 10 months ago">iPad</a>. And I’m positive I’m not the only one.</p> <h2 id="addendum-the-one-itself">Addendum — The One Itself</h2> <p>I haven’t written anything about my long-term experience with the <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2013/10/20/2230" class="wiki" title="blog/2013/10/20/2230 was updated 10 months, 4 weeks ago">One</a>, so I guess this is as good a place as any.</p> <p>Largely thanks to its great screen, the thing is still the best <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago">Android</a> phone I’ve used (and I’ve played around with quite a few in the meantime).</p> <p>It’s fast, polished, and what few apps I use on it run fine. Audio is great (thank you, Beats! Oh, wait — thank you, <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple" class="wiki" title="com/Apple is defined, but has not been indexed yet.">Apple</a>!). The only thing that keeps marring the experience is the absolutely horrid camera<sup id="fnref:3"><a class="anchor" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#fn:3" rel="/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#fn:3" title="link to fn:3 in this page">3</a></sup>.</p> <p>On the software side, it bears noting that I’ve disabled most HTC customizations (especially all the Sense UI crap and its little flotilla of accessory apps) and turned it into a reasonable facsimile of a “normal” <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago">Android</a> device by dint of installing the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.launcher&amp;hl=en" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.launcher&amp;hl=en" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.launcher&amp;hl=en">Google Now Launcher</a> and changing the default keyboard.</p> <p>The only reason I haven’t re-flashed the phone with a ‘vanilla’ Google Play image is that I rather like the extended power management features HTC added in the latter versions, namely the “extreme power saving” mode that disables most features except calls and SMS messaging — it’s especially handy when travelling, or when the mobile network goes out of wonk and the phone decides to drain its battery beaconing in unmitigated panic.</p> <p>It also bears noting that HTC pushed out an OTA upgrade to Android 4.4.3 early this week, so they’re good on my book (although I suspect that’s essentially due to their having to update the Google Play edition as well). But at least that (and <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/htc-to-roll-out-android-l-to-two-flagship-phones/" title="external link to http://www.cnet.com/news/htc-to-roll-out-android-l-to-two-flagship-phones/" class="http" rel="http://www.cnet.com/news/htc-to-roll-out-android-l-to-two-flagship-phones/">their statement that it will eventually run Android L</a>) gives me even less incentive to tinker with the firmware.</p> <div class="footnote"> <hr /> <ol> <li id="fn:1"> <p>The U’s side slot makes it almost impossible to employ micro-SIM adaptors or other kind of shims, so I only use it on vacation these days. <a class="anchor" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#fnref:1" rev="footnote" title="Jump back to footnote 1 in the text" rel="/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#fnref:1">↩</a></p> </li> <li id="fn:2"> <p>Which are still far better than in <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>, and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lukekorth.screennotifications&amp;hl=en" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lukekorth.screennotifications&amp;hl=en" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lukekorth.screennotifications&amp;hl=en">far more customizable</a>. <a class="anchor" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#fnref:2" rev="footnote" title="Jump back to footnote 2 in the text" rel="/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#fnref:2">↩</a></p> </li> <li id="fn:3"> <p>HTC completely dropped the ball on the 4Mp UltraPixel sensor as far as I’m concerned, since I’ve yet to get a single photo I’m happy with out of it, regardless of which camera app I use. <a class="anchor" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#fnref:3" rev="footnote" title="Jump back to footnote 3 in the text" rel="/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#fnref:3">↩</a></p> </li> </ol> </div><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#it-s-too-big" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#it-s-too-big">&#x262F;</a></small><p> <div style="-webkit-border-radius: 8px; font-size: small; background-color: #ccc; color: #000; border: 1px solid #aaa; margin: 0; padding: 3px; overflow: hidden;"><p style="padding; 2px; margin: 2px;"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/"><img align="left" alt="Tao of Mac Icon" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/img/pavatar48.png"/></a> "<a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#it-s-too-big"><strong>It's Too Big</strong></a>" was written by <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/RuiCarmo">Rui Carmo</a> for <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com">The Tao of Mac</a> and was originally posted on Saturday, Sep 13<sup>th</sup> 2014. Except as noted, it's &copy;2014 Rui Carmo and licensed for reuse under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 3.0</a>.</p> <p>As usual, please consider <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/site/Donate">donating</a> towards hosting and bandwidth costs.</p> </div> </p> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:30:00 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/13/2030#it-s-too-big wiki First set of Android apps for Chromebooks http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/11/1842 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/11/1842/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/11/1842/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Not having <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/apps/Evernote" class="wiki" title="apps/Evernote was updated 3 years, 6 months ago">Evernote</a> on a Chromebook was a major put-off. Not anymore…</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/11/1842#first-set-of-android-apps-for-chromebooks" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/11/1842#first-set-of-android-apps-for-chromebooks">&#x262F;</a></small> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:42:47 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/11/1842#first-set-of-android-apps-for-chromebooks wiki A Watch Guy's Thoughts On The Apple Watch http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/11/0602 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/11/0602/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/11/0602/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Fascinating.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/11/0602#a-watch-guy-s-thoughts-on-the-apple-watch" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/11/0602#a-watch-guy-s-thoughts-on-the-apple-watch">&#x262F;</a></small> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:02:04 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/11/0602#a-watch-guy-s-thoughts-on-the-apple-watch wiki iPhone 6 http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone/6 <p>Entirely too big for comfort, in my opinion.</p> <p><img alt="Sizes" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/com/Apple/iPhone/6/sizes.jpg" /></p> <ul> <li>iPhone 6 Plus: 5.5” 1920 x 1080</li> <li>iPhone 6: 4.7” 1334 x 750</li> <li>iPhone 5s/5c: 4” 1136 x 640</li> <li>iPhone 4s: 3.5” 960 x 640 (not shown)</li> </ul><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone/6" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone/6">&#x262F;</a></small><p> <div style="-webkit-border-radius: 8px; font-size: small; background-color: #ccc; color: #000; border: 1px solid #aaa; margin: 0; padding: 3px; overflow: hidden;"><p style="padding; 2px; margin: 2px;"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/"><img align="left" alt="Tao of Mac Icon" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/img/pavatar48.png"/></a> "<a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone/6"><strong>iPhone 6</strong></a>" was written by <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/RuiCarmo">Rui Carmo</a> for <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com">The Tao of Mac</a> and was originally posted on Wednesday, Sep 10<sup>th</sup> 2014. Except as noted, it's &copy;2014 Rui Carmo and licensed for reuse under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 3.0</a>.</p> <p>As usual, please consider <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/site/Donate">donating</a> towards hosting and bandwidth costs.</p> </div> </p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:01:32 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone/6 wiki Apple Watch http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/Watch <p>This is a placeholder page for future notes (if any, considering <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/07/1030" class="wiki" title="blog/2014/09/07/1030 was updated 6 days, 22 hours ago">my opinion on smartwatches in general</a>).</p> <p><img alt="The Apple Watch, as announced on Sep 10 2014." src="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/com/Apple/Watch/applewatch.jpg" /></p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/Watch" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/Watch">&#x262F;</a></small><p> <div style="-webkit-border-radius: 8px; font-size: small; background-color: #ccc; color: #000; border: 1px solid #aaa; margin: 0; padding: 3px; overflow: hidden;"><p style="padding; 2px; margin: 2px;"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/"><img align="left" alt="Tao of Mac Icon" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/img/pavatar48.png"/></a> "<a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/Watch"><strong>Apple Watch</strong></a>" was written by <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/RuiCarmo">Rui Carmo</a> for <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com">The Tao of Mac</a> and was originally posted on Wednesday, Sep 10<sup>th</sup> 2014. Except as noted, it's &copy;2014 Rui Carmo and licensed for reuse under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 3.0</a>.</p> <p>As usual, please consider <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/site/Donate">donating</a> towards hosting and bandwidth costs.</p> </div> </p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:55:03 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/Watch wiki iPhone 6 http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/09/1947 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/09/1947/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/09/1947/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>I think it’s too big.</p> <p>I’m guessing about the size of my <span class="caps">HTC</span> One M7 in real life, and I find that too large for comfortable use already. The Plus is simply ludicrously large as far as I’m concerned, so I’ll be waiting for the 5 series refresh—or getting myself a Lumia with a (for the moment) better camera.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/09/1947#iphone-6" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/09/1947#iphone-6">&#x262F;</a></small> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:47:50 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/09/1947#iphone-6 wiki Apple Watch http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/09/1942 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/09/1942/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/09/1942/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>A grand technical achievement, to be sure, but…</p> <p>I stand by <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/09/07/1030" class="wiki" title="blog/2014/09/07/1030 was updated 6 days, 22 hours ago">my opinion</a> regarding bulk and general usefulness, and remain unconvinced if it has to be charged nightly (as was briefly hinted at). But it’s also a fashion accessory, and that means Apple is playing a whole new ball game.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/09/1942#apple-watch" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/09/1942#apple-watch">&#x262F;</a></small> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:42:23 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/09/1942#apple-watch wiki Three months with the Surface Pro 3 http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/09/0706 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/media/links/2014/09/09/0706/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2014/09/09/0706/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>And now, for something completely different.</p> <p>Now that I don’t have a normal laptop at home anymore, I’m finding the Surface more and more interesting as time goes by.</p><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/09/0706#three-months-with-the-surface-pro-3" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/09/0706#three-months-with-the-surface-pro-3">&#x262F;</a></small> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 07:06:20 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/09/09/0706#three-months-with-the-surface-pro-3 wiki Acme http://the.taoofmac.com/space/os/Plan9/acme <p>The eerily fascinating (and hopelessly retro) <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/os/Plan9" class="wiki" title="os/Plan9 was updated 5 days, 9 hours ago">Plan9</a> editor.</p> <p>The thing is still finicky to use without a mouse and I’ve yet to get it to work properly with accented characters on Linux (not a big deal for coding or writing, but annoying), but it’s grown on me a fair bit. Oh, and you’ll need to use -f / -F and <code>fontsrv</code> to set a decent font, or you’ll go insane.</p> <h2 id="resources">Resources</h2> <table style="background:transparent; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-collapse: collapse;"> <thead> <tr style="font-size: 9pt; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;"> <th style="border-bottom: 1px solid black; border-top: 2px solid black; padding: 4px; font-weight: bold;">Date</th> <th style="border-bottom: 1px solid black; border-top: 2px solid black; padding: 4px; font-weight: bold;">Link</th> <th style="border-bottom: 1px solid black; border-top: 2px solid black; padding: 4px; font-weight: bold;">Note</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr style="font-size: 9pt; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;"> <td style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;">Sep‘14</td> <td style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;"><a href="http://jlouisramblings.blogspot.com/2013/04/acme-as-editor_20.html" title="external link to http://jlouisramblings.blogspot.com/2013/04/acme-as-editor_20.html" class="http" rel="http://jlouisramblings.blogspot.com/2013/04/acme-as-editor_20.html">Acme as an editor</a></td> <td style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;">A few interesting notes on setting it up</td> </tr> <tr style="font-size: 9pt; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;"> <td style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;">Sep‘14</td> <td style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;"><a href="http://www.mostlymaths.net/2013/03/extensibility-programming-acme-text-editor.html" title="external link to http://www.mostlymaths.net/2013/03/extensibility-programming-acme-text-editor.html" class="http" rel="http://www.mostlymaths.net/2013/03/extensibility-programming-acme-text-editor.html">Extensibility in Acme</a></td> <td style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;">How to extend and script it</td> </tr> </tbody> </table><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/os/Plan9/acme" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/os/Plan9/acme">&#x262F;</a></small><p> <div style="-webkit-border-radius: 8px; font-size: small; background-color: #ccc; color: #000; border: 1px solid #aaa; margin: 0; padding: 3px; overflow: hidden;"><p style="padding; 2px; margin: 2px;"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/"><img align="left" alt="Tao of Mac Icon" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/img/pavatar48.png"/></a> "<a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/os/Plan9/acme"><strong>Acme</strong></a>" was written by <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/RuiCarmo">Rui Carmo</a> for <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com">The Tao of Mac</a> and was originally posted on Monday, Sep 8<sup>th</sup> 2014. Except as noted, it's &copy;2014 Rui Carmo and licensed for reuse under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 3.0</a>.</p> <p>As usual, please consider <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/site/Donate">donating</a> towards hosting and bandwidth costs.</p> </div> </p> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:45:00 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/os/Plan9/acme wiki Plan9 http://the.taoofmac.com/space/os/Plan9 <p>My summer break in 2014 had a theme of sorts, which was “back to basics”. I wanted to forget everything I could about work and fiddle with more interesting stuff — less abstractions, less wondering, more concrete, down-to-earth stuff.</p> <p>For some reason I gravitated back towards <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_9_from_Bell_Labs" title="link to Plan_9_from_Bell_Labs on en.wikipedia.org" class="interwiki" rel="Wikipedia:Plan_9_from_Bell_Labs">Plan9</a>/<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inferno_(operating_system)" title="link to Inferno_(operating_system) on en.wikipedia.org" class="interwiki" rel="Wikipedia:Inferno_(operating_system)">Inferno</a> <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/blog/2014/05/04/2230" class="wiki" title="blog/2014/05/04/2230 was updated 4 months, 1 week ago">again</a>. Call it dissatisfaction with present day computing, if you will, but I keep looking for something smaller, faster and more efficient than what we use today — so I ended up setting up <a href="http://swtch.com/plan9port/" title="external link to http://swtch.com/plan9port/" class="http" rel="http://swtch.com/plan9port/">plan9ports</a> on a Chromebook and fiddling with it.</p> <h2 id="resources">Resources</h2> <table style="background:transparent; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-collapse: collapse;"> <thead> <tr style="font-size: 9pt; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;"> <th align="center" style="border-bottom: 1px solid black; border-top: 2px solid black; padding: 4px; font-weight: bold;">Date</th> <th style="border-bottom: 1px solid black; border-top: 2px solid black; padding: 4px; font-weight: bold;">Link</th> <th style="border-bottom: 1px solid black; border-top: 2px solid black; padding: 4px; font-weight: bold;">Notes</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr style="font-size: 9pt; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;"> <td align="center" style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;">Aug‘14</td> <td style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;"><a href="http://swtch.com/plan9port/" title="external link to http://swtch.com/plan9port/" class="http" rel="http://swtch.com/plan9port/">plan9port</a></td> <td style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;">Can be installed trivially on a Mac via <code>brew</code></td> </tr> <tr style="font-size: 9pt; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;"> <td align="center" style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;">Sep‘14</td> <td style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;"><a href="https://code.google.com/p/plan9front/" title="secure link to https://code.google.com/p/plan9front/" class="https" rel="https://code.google.com/p/plan9front/">9front</a></td> <td style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;">Has a <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/hw/RaspberryPi" class="wiki" title="hw/RaspberryPi was updated 7 months, 3 weeks ago">Raspberry Pi</a> image that works better than the ‘official’ port (but does not include <code>ssh2</code>)</td> </tr> <tr style="font-size: 9pt; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;"> <td align="center" style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;">Sep‘14</td> <td style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;"><a href="http://dlc.casita.net/~dlc/vp9cb/" title="external link to http://dlc.casita.net/~dlc/vp9cb/" class="http" rel="http://dlc.casita.net/~dlc/vp9cb/">Installing a virtualized Plan9 server</a></td> <td style="min-width: 80px; margin: 0px; padding: 4px; vertical-align: top; border-top: 1px solid #aaa;">Somewhat outdated, but workable</td> </tr> </tbody> </table><br/><small><a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/os/Plan9" title="link to http://the.taoofmac.com/space/os/Plan9">&#x262F;</a></small><p> <div style="-webkit-border-radius: 8px; font-size: small; background-color: #ccc; color: #000; border: 1px solid #aaa; margin: 0; padding: 3px; overflow: hidden;"><p style="padding; 2px; margin: 2px;"><a title="" href="http://the.taoofmac.com/"><img align="left" alt="Tao of Mac Icon" src="http://the.taoofmac.com/img/pavatar48.png"/></a> "<a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/os/Plan9"><strong>Plan9</strong></a>" was written by <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/RuiCarmo">Rui Carmo</a> for <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com">The Tao of Mac</a> and was originally posted on Monday, Sep 8<sup>th</sup> 2014. Except as noted, it's &copy;2014 Rui Carmo and licensed for reuse under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 3.0</a>.</p> <p>As usual, please consider <a href="http://the.taoofmac.com/space/site/Donate">donating</a> towards hosting and bandwidth costs.</p> </div> </p> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:30:00 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://the.taoofmac.com/space/os/Plan9 wiki