In 2005, Apple introduced a new feature to users: Dashboard. Press a single button on your keyboard and it pulls up your widgets! Apple not only gave a handful of default widgets by default, but users could also make and download third party ones. While it was a selling point at first, the functionality has since faded and it’s time for Apple to cut it off. Continue reading
Across my Apple devices, I use the default Calendar app. There are various reasons for this, but the primary ones are that it suits my needs sufficiently, is easy enough to be used with iOS-using loved ones, and it works well across my various devices. However, I have one small beef: the Calendar app on macOS does not allow for easy emoji use. Continue reading
For many years now, iOS has offered an option in the Passcode section of the Settings app: “Erase all data on this iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts.” […] I’ve long been intrigued by this setting, but never turned it on, out of the vague fear that something could happen and I’d wind up with a wiped iPhone. Say, if a “friend” surreptitiously took my phone at a bar and entered 10 wrong passcodes as a prank. Something like that. Continue reading
I’ve pre-written a bunch of tech-related posts to be published over the next few weeks, but before then I wanted to just share some thoughts of mine about the current state of politics in the United States. Continue reading
I wrote this exactly two years ago from today:
1. Trump makes an offensive comment worded in a vague manner.
2. His supporters cheer, as they appreciate and sympathize with the offensive content.
3. Normal people are offended by the offensive content because they are normal people.
4. When asked, Trump points to the vagueness of the offensive comment as evidence that he did not say the offensive comment that he did in fact say.
5. Trump complains that he is being pegged as someone who makes offensive comments after he made an offensive comment and was criticized for making the offensive comment even though he said that he did not make the offensive comment that in fact he did say.
6. A few seconds/minutes/hours pass, Trump opens his mouth, and the cycle begins again.
There’s a classic media training question that goes something like this: “Have you stopped beating your wife?” Answering either yes or no will make you look bad. The trick is to formulate an answer that both breaks down the premise of the question while also concise.
Solving this old media trick is similar to pushing back against people who spew “both sides are equally bad!!!” nonsense. Continue reading