How I lost my $50,000 Twitter username

How I lost my $50,000 Twitter username | Ars Technica.

This is a pretty scary story.

The Baloney Detection Kit

The Baloney Detection Kit.

Another great post from farnham street. Coincidentally, I’m currently reading Carl Sagan’s The Demon-haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark, but I haven’t got to the chapter that inspired the linked video.

IOS Automation: A Beginner’s Story

I have had the Drafts app on my iPad for some time, but haven’t used it a great deal. Recently, I decide to see how I could make more use of its capabilities.

[Read more…]

Apps, Apps, Apps

I admit I’m a bit of an app magpie. I must have hundreds loaded in iTunes—though, by no means, are they all installed on my iPhone or iPads. Many are free and have hardly been used—lots of games fall into this category. They’re free, what the hell? Usually, they engage my interest only fleetingly, if at all. But I can’t bring myself to delete any apps because… you never know…

[Read more…]

Real Programmers

Real Programmers use Fortran. Quiche Eaters use Pascal.

I never earned a living as a programmer, though I did once convert a Fortran program to whatever flavour of Pascal used to run on an Apple IIe. The program simulated the weight of lambs based on the breed of the parents—earth-shattering stuff.

Maybe it shows my age—who’s worked with punched cards?—but I laughed and laughed as I read this. And don’t forget to read the link in the letter, The Story of Mel.

Credit: I came across this link on Attila’s Den when I was “researching” my post Apps, Apps, Apps.

30 Years of the Mac

At the risk of coming off like a fanboi, I’m recommending you take a look at the Apple pages celebrating 30 Years of the Mac. They have put together a beautiful presentation. Each year features a story about someone who worked with some flavour of Mac: like John Knoll who developed Adobe Photoshop with his brother Thomas (1989); electronica musician Moby (1999); and architect Jürgen Mayer H who designed the Metropol Parasol in Seville (2005).

Even if you have no particular interest in things Apple, the photos are great and the stories fascinating snippets from the history of personal computing.

If you have owned a Mac, you can add your data about how you used Your First Mac.

The secret to creativity, intelligence and scientific thinking: Being able to make connections

The secret to creativity, intelligence and scientific thinking: Being able to make connections – The Buffer Blog.

Start making connections and getting creative

1. Add to your knowledge – the power of brand new experiences

2. Keep track of everything – especially in the shower

3. Review your notes daily – the Benjamin Franklin method

A Quick iOS Keyboard Trick

Unapologetic: A Quick iOS Keyboard Trick.

What many people (myself included for the first three years in which I used an iPad for almost all of my typing) don’t realize is that if you tap on that key and then quickly swipe upwards it will immediately insert an apostrophe. Tapping and holding to reveal deeper functionality within the main keyboard keys is no secret, but what makes this key special is that there is no need to hold. As quickly as you can tap and swipe upwards and let go of the “,!” key is as quickly as it will place the apostrophe. This is significantly quicker than any other method of inserting an apostrophe, even using the apostrophes located on custom keyboards in apps like Drafts or Editorial. The exact same functionality works on the “.?” key, but inserts a quotation mark instead of an apostrophe.

I’ve experimented further and it appears the touch and swipe up will work any key on the keyboard that has one extra character definition like the apostrophe and quote that Alex mentions. (If you touch and hold a key, you’ll see what other characters are defined, e, for instance, has 7 with the various diacritical characters that can be stuck on). The period on the numeric keyboard produces an ellipsis when you touch and swipe. The w gives ŵ. The number ? puts out ¿. There are a few others.

I think what is happening that the iPad doesn’t need to wait for you to make a choice on the alternative character, but reacts to the swipe and outputs the alternate. Of course, you’re probably not going to remember all the alternates—but I do like to use the ellipsis.

There’s obviously some deeper meaning behind this operation… because I also discovered that the apostrophe on the number keyboard has three alternate characters (left and right single quotation marks, and what looks like a grave accent). Whatever character is chosen when this key is touched, the keyboard immediately returns to the letters, which doesn’t happen on any other key.

Mastering The Fine Art Of Getting To The Point

Mastering The Fine Art Of Getting To The Point | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Came across this courtesy of Zite. I can think of a few people (including me) who could have better followed these guidelines.

Blog Look

Somehow I inadvertently deleted yesterday’s post about redesigning the site. So I’ll repeat my apologies for any inconvenience caused by the painters and decorators.

Paintwalls