December 30, 2015

Trying Quiver3

Date: 12-31-2015

Tags: Software, News

Based on this rave review, I bought a copy of Quiver3 ($10 from the App Store) and am trying it now. It might just be a nice replacement for what I currently manage using Simplenote, nvAlt, Dropbox and git.

If it suffices half as well as that, I’d be thrilled. Fingers crossed!

In other news, the lack of posts here is entirely due to the clunkiness of posting from mobile. I may go back to WordPress just for that alone.

September 6, 2015

posting from balboa


Enjoying the novelty of Editorial and Dropbox. Gotta figure out an automatic photo flow through.

September 3, 2015

Trying from mobile

Let’s post from the impressive Editorial app! For Blot to be useful this has to be easy anyway. Will also have to learn how to do a picture from the mobile:


Not trivial but I can automate it. Nice.

News Blot
August 25, 2015 and blog update

So the author, David Merfield, has had to write a few fixes Just For Me.

Which is awesome and deeply appreciated. Thank you!

Today I did massive search and replace, and have added 2005 and 2006 archives. More backfilling as I have time and energy. Man but its nice to have the blog coming back to life.

Issues right now:

  • Link URLs have changed, so many old posts and links are broken
  • Many broken images - need to use the Blot system of /public and rewrite the image URLs accordingly.

Its really good to have a place to write again, and I’m hopeful that the workflow will be low-friction.

August 18, 2015

The old and the new

So a friend gave me a cast-off iPad one. 16GB, WiFi, the very first-gen hardware, circa 2010. Old school. At the same time, I’ve got my new personal laptop, a 13″ MacBook Pro that is less than two weeks old. Because I keep laptops a long time and use them for writing code, it’s worth it to me to buy the best, so the laptop is best-case for its size: 3.1GHz, 16GB, 1TB SSD, just awesome. Only” dual core, but I really like light weight and almost bought the 12″ MacBook because of that. Portability matters!

Anyway, I had been thinking about this article and HELL YEAH. Part of the reason I like Apple is that they keep their old hardware running. I currently have

  • A late 2007 iMac holding our music and photographs. Maxed out at 6GB and upgraded to an SSD, it runs fine though the fluorescent backlight is finally failing. I paid $999 for it back in 2008.
  • An iPhone 4 (no S) on Verizon. Chris still has hers and it still runs well, though she’s stuck at iOS 7.
  • iPad original, running the latest iOS 8.4.1
  • iPad 2, bought this year from eBay for $210. 64GB, cellular, decent shape. Runs well.
  • My old Air (13″, 2010) that runs well but can’t handle Eclipse and Android Studio. Not the fault of Apple.
  • Chris’s 15″ macbook pro. 2009 maybe? Maxed out to 8GB, added an SSD and she’s working great.

Last night, as I setup the new-to-me iPad, I was impressed. I was expecting it to be unusably slow, but it ran OK. Installed ~10GB of apps and spent time using it. Reeder, Netflix, Solitaire, Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Maps. It’s not fast but dang if its not still decent. I expect I’ll use it for kid games, Reeder and Netflix and it’ll be fine.

The new laptop? Well that’s just amazingly fast. The new PCIe-connected SSDs are measuring as 10x as fast as the Air it replaced, from ~150MB/sec to 1500. DAMN.

Mac tax”? Do the math, but based on my usage five years seems a good rule of thumb. Even more for simpler uses: I plan on handing off the Air for a few more years of light usage.

Well-made stuff.

Apple Opinions Hardware iPad iPhone iMac laptops
August 18, 2015

Once again into the breech, dear friends

So I’m trying Blot now. It’s a nice idea, they use Dropbox for auth, storage and sync, so anything you save into the magic folder gets published. And there’s no free tier, just a flat $20/year, which I rate a strongly positive thing as I can therefore have more faith it’ll survive as a business.

So right now I’m setting the blog up, have updated DNS, tweaked the theme a bit and will start trying to upload my old posts. Let’s see how it copes!

October 17, 2014

Yosemite and musings

I read an interesting post this morning about the need for multiple blogs:

I find it sort of charming when people write whole person” blogs that may contain material spanning from their personal emotions, to the culture they appreciate, to the work that they do, and the politics they believe in. But I also find it kind of irritating when I don’t happen to value or share in common one or more of those many disparate interests. Slogging through myriad posts about renaissance faires or meat rendering techniques, just to get the rare morsel about, say, optimizing Objective-C code, is not my idea of enjoying the written word as a reader of blogs.

Yes indeed! I have Fnord for general nerd-ery, watchotaku for WIS, one Twitter accout as my main face’, another Twitter for WIS, and a third for friends only.

Plus sites like LinkedIn (the resume) and for general visibility. And Github for code.

Identity is a complex thing. When I’m writing, or reading for that matter, focused content and feeds work better. If you go to, you know what you’re going to get.

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October 9, 2014

A most excellent toy


It’s $23 bucks on Amazon. It actually flies and is controllable. You can get spare parts for cheap, and it comes with 4 replacement props.

Onboard battery lasts a few minutes, recharges via the USB cable, controller takes 2x AAA and seems happy with Eneloops. It’s small enough to sit in your palm, so you’re not going to hang a GoPro from it, but it flies and is stable enough with the trim to actually be fun.

Took me a single flight to get the hang of it, and once I do a few more I can enable loops and flips in the controller. Not a kid toy by any means, but a very well priced gadget for ex-pilots like myself.


Toys Flight Quadcopters Recommendations
December 27, 2006

A great use of CD-ROMs and FPU-bugged Pentiums

From the reliably-interesting English Russia blog, pictures of a desk made from disks and chips. Check it out, very nicely done.