Drone operator made long-distance war from close to home
The United States ceremonially ended its combat role in Afghanistan yesterday, but unmanned United States aircraft (drones) still gather intelligence and bomb potential terrorists in various parts of the world. The Air National Guard in Syracuse and Fort...
17 hours ago
Drafts Springboard
Drafts Springboard

The Good Doctor describes why he uses Drafts. It's one of my favorite iPhone apps, for similar reasons. But Drafts has really become much more useful since the Today Widget was rolled out.

Usually if I put some text on my clipboard, it's because I want to do something with it. The Drafts Today Widget makes that really easy. I pull down form the top of the screen and hit the +clip button. A new draft is created with the clipboard contents already inserted.

I still wish Drafts supported Dropbox syncing so I could use it like an nvALT for iOS. A single place to start, store and search for all of my bits of text. iCloud syncing provides no advantage for me in my daily activities. Maybe the iCloud sync is good enough to act a as pseudo clipboard sync but it only works between iOS devices.

Instead, I find myself using Write for iOS and Mac. It's a bit buggy and opinionated but it's also really functional.

On iOS, Write syncs with Dropbox, has fast search and user editable actions. It can even post to FTP, WordPress, Tumblr, or even CloudApp. Check out this review of Write.

On the Mac, Write feels like a modern version of nvALT with support for multiple folders, tagging and custom actions. Searching isn't quite as instant in Write but it's . There are still rough areas but it's a comfortable application to use as a jumping off point.

The menubar widget for Write on the Mac is similar to the Drafts Today widget on iOS. There are three tabs:

Favorite notes, which lets you quickly open a note file in Write.

Scratchpad, is just a place to type or paste text and have it available any time.

New Note creates a new file in Write ready to name the file.

Just this menubar functionality makes me keep Write open. When I'm working on something with a bunch of references, I favorite the file to quickly return to it. I use the Scratchpad to

All of this points to what I like about this category of apps. The entire point for me is to quickly capture and use text. Nothing is as fast as nvALT for me but there's some great functionality surfaced by a wide range of apps.
blog  Mac  iOS 
3 days ago
How Sandy McElroy and Prosecutor Bob McCulloch colluded to destroy the case against Darren Wilson
Four days ago I wrote this report about "Witness #40" in the case against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in th...
legal 
3 days ago
Opinion: Why you should care about journalist Barrett Brown's sentencing today
The tech reporter is expected to be sentenced by a judge today in a highly controversial case brought by the Justice Department.
politics 
5 days ago
AppSanta 2014 Sale [Link]
AppSanta 2014 Sale [Link]

Man, that's a lot of software on sale. Some of my favorite iOS apps at pretty good discount.
blog  Link  Mac  iOS 
5 days ago
WTF and WHC Podcast Episodes to Catch
WTF and WHC Podcast Episodes to Catch

I'm not sure why but these two podcast episodes really stand out to me as special. Maybe it's the way they define their own format. Maybe it's the subject matter. Maybe it's because they are offensive, endearing and insightful all at the same time.

WTF: Louis C.K. from 2010

We Have Concerns: Work the Planck

Both of these are good examples of breaking the expectations of a podcast. They can't all be winners but it must feel pretty damn good to make something this unique.
blog  Podcast  Link 
5 days ago
Schedule Tweets With Python
I consider Twitter a never-ending flow of text and media. Even when using
lists or filters, you can't help feeling like you are missing out on
information. Ideally, you should tweet when your followers are checking
their feeds, which is a very challenging task. One solution is scheduling
your tweets, so that they get posted at predefined times. Read on to learn
how to do that with Python.

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes
6 days ago
New Pinboard Pricing [Link]
New Pinboard Pricing [Link]

Pinboard will have a new pricing model in 2015, driving by the inability of people to read the current pricing page.

Since the begging, you paid once for a standard Pinboard account. The price for a perpetual license would go up based on the number of people that purchased it. The earlier you got in, the lower your one-time license cost. Pinboard also offers an annual service called an Archive account. This gives you some terrific features for the price of $25 per year.

Full Text Search of the linked pages

Storage of an archive copy of the content of the page, accessible even when the page is gone from the Internet

You could request a compressed copy of all of the pages (and images) of your bookmarked pages, if you were nice about it and not in a big hurry.

The new pricing model simply reduces the support burden of explaining that there is a one time cost and an optional annual cost. The new prices (for new customers only) are:

$11/year for the basic account

$25/year for the archive account

From Maciej:

My main reason for making the change is so that I don't have to keep explaining how pricing works. An astonishing number of people already believe that they're paying annually for Pinboard. Others accuse me of baiting and switching them when they upgrade to archiving and get a renewal notice. Note how much easier it is to describe the new policy than the old one.

The Archive account is totally worth it to me. I have 12.4 GB of data stored by Pinboard and I can do a full text search on all of it.

If you were on the fence about buying a Pinboard account, now is the time to do it. You get locked in on the one-time pricing model. I have Pinboard accounts, like a weirdo.
blog  Pinboard  Link 
6 days ago
DEVONthink Use Cases in Academics [Link]
DEVONthink Use Cases in Academics [Link]

Christopher Mayo is an associate professor in communication. He knows how to use DEVONthink, that's for sure. I particularly liked his example of using DEVONagent in conjunction with DEVONthink:

Every night, my computer scours the web for research items, clips the pages as PDFs (I prefer this format), and puts the results into my DEVONthink database. When I wake up in the morning. I sync it all over to my iPad and I have the day’s reading.

The DEVONtech suite of applications are really under appreciated, possibly because they can do so much. If I only worked on a Mac, I'd just live in DEVONthink. It's such a terrific way to organize information.
blog  Mac  Link 
6 days ago
Citigroup Will Be Broken Up
By Simon Johnson Citigroup is a very large bank that has amassed a huge amount of political power. Its current and former executives consistently push laws and regulations in the direction of allowing Citi and other megabanks to take on more risk, particularly in the form of complex highly leveraged bets. Taking these risks allows…
politics  finance 
8 days ago
CodeRunner 2 for Mac Available
CodeRunner 2 for Mac Available

CodeRunner 2 is a new non-AppStore version and it's a complete rewrite of one of my favorite Mac utilities. In just a brief test, it feels much faster and I like the new support for TextMate themes. From what I can tell, the language support has been boosted and a new HTML/JavaScript mode has been added.

You can get version 2 for free if you have the Mac AppStore version already. It's only $10 to buy, and it's totally worth it for me. I almost always have CodeRunner open when I'm on my Mac.

Other notable improvements are the display of execution statistics like CPU and memory usage as well as bundled C and C++ compilers.

Finally, it just looks nice on Yosemite.

Read the developer page for all the details and instructions for a free upgrade from the Mac AppStore version.
blog  Mac  Programming 
9 days ago
Sublime Text as a Multi-Tool
Sublime Text as a Multi-Tool

A couple of nice posts about Sublime Text over at TechnologyNotes. I use the heck out of Sublime Text, because it's ubiquitous and powerful.

In Jeff's posts, he highlights his awkward dance with Sublime Text and how he settled into it by replacing a bunch of other applications. That's a pretty good reason to make the move. His write-up of using Sublime Text for task management describes more or less how I do it.

The Filter Lines plugin for Sublime is a major bonus. I love the Fold by functionality. Instead of filtering the text by tags, it simply folds all other text to hide it except for lines that match the search terms.

I also really like the HighlightWords and Persistent Regex Highlight plugins. The Persistent package uses some simple settings to set a lot of callouts. One nice thing about using it in Sublime Text is that the highlights work in any text file if it applies.

"regex": [{
"pattern": "(@waiting|@hold)",
"color": "00CD09",
"ignore_case": false
}],

The HighlightWords package is more of a quick and dirty way to highlight some text. It supports simple string matching or regular expression matching. I use it for a variety of things, including quickly flagging tags.

There are certainly gaps with the plain text task management approach when compared to a platform like OmniFocus. Everything to do with active alerts is harder with plain text files. Dates work fine in TaskPaper if you stay on top of your list. But, if you need a reminder to get something done, then that reminder needs to be set in another application.

After many months with the TaskPaper format, I've come to appreciate the separation between a project outline and the alerts that enable the work. Or at least that's what I tell myself. Managing large projects in the latest versions of OmniFocus is too much effort but handling small collections of tasks is effective. I miss the fluidity of working in the old OmniFocus but shifting to plain text has improved many more aspects in my daily entry and review. I still really love the ease of mixing notes and tasks in plain text.

I'm anxiously waiting to see how this experiment works out for Jeff. I'm positive I'll hear about it.
blog  Productivity  Sublime  Mac 
10 days ago
DiskWarrior 5 Available [Link]
DiskWarrior 5 Available [Link]

In my experience, there's nothing like DiskWarrior for repairing a damaged disk. It's like a fire extinguisher, you may never need it but when you do, you'd pay almost anything to have it next to you.

The new version ships on a USB disk (finally) and is also updated for the latest OS. Interestingly, it will also now repair TimeMachine disks.

DiskWarrior is a professional tool (I've seen it used at the Genius Bar many times) and the price reflects that. Just the upgrade is $60. It's market pricing by my estimation since there's not much that can compete with it when you're in a pickle.

By way of MacInTouch
blog  Mac  Link 
11 days ago
Interactive Chart of Hard Drive Prices 1950-2010 | That Data Dude
It's no secret that the cost of electronic storage has gotten much cheaper over the years. The IBM hard drive from 1956 cost a hefty $50,000, which is real
hardware 
11 days ago
Bourbon County Stout and Moral Choices [Link]
Bourbon County Stout and Moral Choices [Link]

This weekend's Nerds on Draft is full of moral dilemmas and delicious beer. Jeff and I slowly sip Goose Island's 2014 Bourbon County Stout and discuss the controversy of good companies being bought by "bad" companies and our own motivations for moral lines in the sand. Lots of navel gazing but with one of the best stouts you can drink this year.
blog  NOD  Link 
12 days ago
The Dark Side of Apple's Two-Factor Authentication
Earlier this week, a strange message popped up on my Mac that I thought nothing of. “You can’t sign in because your account was disabled for security reasons.” I dismissed…
security 
12 days ago
Pardon Bush and Those Who Tortured
It’s the last hope of accountability for abuses in the war on terror.
Humanity  politics 
12 days ago
Postdoctoral Life (AKA What Shortage?). In the Pipeline:
@tdhopper Nope. Didn’t know this had a history. This from today mostly sums up grad school for many in my field too:
gstar 
13 days ago
Some Personal News
So, some personal news. Today I resign from The New Republic.
humor 
16 days ago
Holiday Batteries
Holiday Batteries

Parents, this is for you. There's still time to stock up on rechargeable batteries. Trust me, this is worthwhile. Every toy you will buy, including the stupid wooden, organic, heirloom, hypoallergenic toys will probably need batteries.

Get a good charger, like the NiteCore i4 and then buy a bunch of the Amazon Basics rechargeable AA batteries. I also like the eneloop Ni-MH AAA rechargeables.

What? You need C and D too? Guess what? You just need adapters.
blog  Hardware 
17 days ago
Kenny Smith's open letter to Charles Barkley about Ferguson
The 'Inside the NBA' analyst responded to his co-host's recent comments on Ferguson and race in America.
Humanity 
17 days ago
The Red Cross CEO Has Been Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going
I still don't trust Red Cross ::: The Red Cross CEO Has Been Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going
charity  from twitter
17 days ago
My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK
The fourth time a Poughkeepsie police officer told me that my Vassar College Faculty ID could make everything OK was three years ago. I was driving down Hooker Avenue. When the white police officer, whose head was way too small for his neck, asked if my truck was stolen, I laughed, said no, and shamefully showed him my license and my ID, just like Lanre Akinsiku. The ID, which ensures that I can spend the rest of my life in a lush state park with fat fearless squirrels, surrounded by enlightened white folks who love talking about Jon Stewart, Obama, and civility, has been washed so many times it doesn't lie flat.
Humanity 
17 days ago
Plex and Detour [Link]
Plex and Detour [Link]

Detour is a very good Double IPA from Uinta. This week Jeff and I pair it with a long love-fest for Plex as a media streaming platform. We could probably go on about Plex for a dozen hours but we kept it to 71 minutes for this episode.
blog  NOD 
18 days ago
Gifs All the Way Down
Gifs All the Way Down

Now that I have a convenient way to manage my various FTP locations, I can keep ready-to-snark images on a server I control. I can share out an animated GIF using a URL that I own. From iOS or my Mac I can copy the URL directly from Transmit.

But I wanted to make it even easier to access my URLs. The first step is getting all of the URLs for the GIFS.

In Transmit for Mac, connect to the SFTP location and select all of the files. If you've configured the connection with root URL then you should get a clipboard full of the URLs for those files.1

The next "trick" is turning the URLs into a plain text file that's actually useful.

Now paste them into a text editor. Boom. A list of URLs.

If you want something a bit more informative, you can convert them all to Markdown style image links. There's a bunch of ways to do this, depending on your preference. For example a Keyboard Maestro macro would be a good way. I prefer to use Sublime Text's multi-edit.

Open the file in Sublime Text and select all. Now use the Selection >> Split into Lines function. You're now in magic mode, as I call it. Each line is its own selection with its own cursor. Now wrap each one with parentheses by typing (. Next, hit ⌘ ← to move all cursors to the left. Type ![] to finish the markdown image link. Finally, ⌘→ to move all the cursors to the end and hit return to put a new line between each image link.

You now have a Markdown page with every GIF link. Use responsibly.

I'm assuming you are already setup with a good web host and the directory with the images is shared through the host. I'm not going to go over that bit. You can accomplish the same thing with S3 described in the first link. ↩
blog  iOS  Mac 
19 days ago
Batch Renaming in Yosemite [Link]
Batch Renaming in Yosemite [Link]

From Tekrevue

> Options include creating a custom name with a numbered sequence (Name and Index), a custom name with a counter (Name and Counter), and a custom name with the date (Name and Date). In each case, you can choose to place the counter, sequence, or date before or after the custom name.

What a great feature if you don't need a lot of flexibility. I don't know how I missed this.

By way of Brooks Duncan
blog  Mac 
19 days ago
America's Worst Charities [Link]
America's Worst Charities [Link]

Tampa Bay Times did a spectacular job explaining with one table, why I don't cold-donate. I never donate at movie theaters or grocery stores unless it's a charity I know well. I do research on Charity Navigator and online. I think I'm a fairly charitable person. I also think the world is full of contrasts.

I donate to people that have earned my trust. I try to avoid all the shysters. There are great causes that can put a lot more of a dollar to good work than the "charities" in the Tampa Bay Times table.

If you're in a position to do it, be charitable. Even if you're not, be kind.
blog  Link  Humanity 
19 days ago
DevonTechnologies 25% Off Sale [Link]
DevonTechnologies 25% Off Sale [Link]

Here's another piece of software I really like that's also on sale: DEVONthink. The discount covers all versions, on up to Office Pro.
blog  Mac  Link 
20 days ago
Last Day of ChronoSync 25% Off Sale [Link]
Last Day of ChronoSync 25% Off Sale [Link]

ChronoSync is 25% off but the sale ends today. It's one of the best ways to do intelligent and selective backups. I've used it for many years and it's been like a rock.
blog  Link  Mac 
20 days ago
OmniFocus Video Field Guide [Link]
OmniFocus Video Field Guide [Link]

David Sparks makes some of the best eBooks and now he's branching out into video. His first video-only Field Guide is pretty fantastic if you use OmniFocus or you're considering it. $10 is a deal for 2 hours of professional level training for an app as complicated as OmniFocus.

Here's a sample on Vimeo.
blog  Link  Productivity  Mac  iOS 
20 days ago
FastMail Advent: Indexing
FastMail Advent: Indexing

If you've ever been interested in how an email service makes the magic happen, FastMail is doing a series of posts starting today that are pretty great. The first post is all about how they index email for searching. It's technical and confusing but that describes most of the stuff I like.
blog  Link 
20 days ago
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