I’m giving SuperDuper a try-out as part of plans to bolster my backup regimen. (I already do regular backups to external drive via Time Machine, and online backups via Backblaze, plus my documents, photos and music are on iCloud.)
Yes, I’ve lost data in the past. Never again. https://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html
We’re told that too much screen time hurts our kids. Where’s the evidence?
I can relate to this. It’s not the quantity of screen time, it’s the quality that matters. Case in point, for me time spent in Reeder or Micro.blog on my iPad is always well spent. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/07/too-much-screen-time-hurts-kids-where-is-evidence
The lesson from the ruins of Notre Dame: don’t rely on billionaires
It’s like the buying of indulgences from the Catholic Church in olden times, but without even the effort of exchanging cash. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/18/ruins-notre-dame-billionaires-french-philanthropy
The Sad Truth About Sleep-Tracking Devices and Apps
I uses a sleep-tracking app for several years, and it was pleasant enough to wake up (much better to waking up to talk radio). But ultimately, the improvements came from action I took on other stuff, particularly blue LEDs. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/technology/personaltech/sleep-tracking-devices-apps.html
Why The Appearance Of A One Terabyte microSD Card Means The War On Unauthorized Music Downloads Is (Almost) Over
Yeah, it’s hella expensive now, but that price will come down in time. And I can’t see how the major music labels can do anything about it, anyway. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190717/09425442604/why-appearance-one-terabyte-microsd-card-means-war-unauthorized-music-downloads-is-almost-over.shtml
SAMBA versus SMB: Adversarial Interoperability is Judo for Network Effects
Some useful historical perspective. I remember the bad old days when Windows and Mac were like oil and water, unable to mix. Not fun. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/07/samba-versus-smb-adversarial-interoperability-judo-network-effects
Comfortably Dumb: https://thoughts.alanralph.co.uk/2019/07/19/comfortably-dumb.html
Use things the way they’re supposed to be used. Stop using HTML tables, which should of course only be used to present tabular data, to layout your pages. Use CSS instead. Of course, this hasn’t always been that easy, but it sure is now. http://www.ralphlavelle.net/2019/07/on-resilience.html
Popups: 10 Problematic Trends and Alternatives
I’ve encountered more than a few of these at various sites, as well as some apps. https://www.nngroup.com/articles/popups/
On Being An Introvert: https://thoughts.alanralph.co.uk/2019/07/17/on-being-an.html
Charles Arthur on Jony Ive: https://thoughts.alanralph.co.uk/2019/07/16/charles-arthur-on.html
I proved that austerity destroys lives and all the government has done is try to discredit me
Deny. Distract. Attack the messenger. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/austerity-tory-government-theresa-may-philip-alston-un-rapporteur-a8977251.html
Hidden VPN Owners Unveiled: 97 VPNs Run by 23 Companies
A lot of detective work in this article. Needless to say, there’s a large number of VPNs operated out of China. Caveat emptor. https://vpnpro.com/blog/hidden-vpn-owners-unveiled-97-vpns-23-companies/
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