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August 11, 2014#

The Pros and Cons of Living on a Sailboat in the Caribbean

The Atlantic:

David Welsford doesn’t pay rent or have a full time job. Instead, he lives on a 50-year-old wooden boat. A few years ago, he gave up the luxuries of land for life alone in the sea. “For me, what’s more important than having a big house is having a space that makes me feel good,” he says.

Take 8 mins of your time, watch this video and be prepared to question your current life.

July 16, 2014#

Dropbox partners with Deutsche Telekom to sell bloatware

Dropbox:

Starting in October, DT will preload Dropbox onto most of their Android devices in select Central and Eastern European countries, while also helping existing iOS and Android users discover Dropbox. This’ll make it easier than ever for people to access and share their stuff wherever they are.

Yeah, I can hear every Android user celebrating even more bloatware on their TouchWiz and Sense tortured Android devices.

July 8, 2014#

“Internet” Available To All

HN user bigbugbag on WSJ article “Mark Zuckerberg on a Future Where the Internet Is Available to All“:

I trust Mark Zuckerberg to do his best at replacing the internet by facebook access. It has already happened in France where mobile provider offer “internet access” strictly limited to facebook for a couple euros. This is not internet available to all, more like what microsoft failed to do in 1995 with msn.

Nothing more to add.

July 1, 2014#

1Password Beta using Touch ID in iOS 8

This is really awesome:

June 16, 2014#

You should follow this guy

Incredible photographs. I’m still fascinated by this: three guys in space, tweeting photographs in real time. I love technology.

May 28, 2014#

In Chrome 36, you can no longer disable the notification icon in the menu bar (OS X)

A few versions ago, Chrome added a hideous notification icon to the menu bar in OS X. It’s enabled by default, but you had the option to disable it in chrome://flags. In Chrome 34 you needed to disable Enable Rich Notifications Mac, Windows, in Chrome 35 it changed to Notification Center behavior Mac. Shockingly, in the current Chrome 36 Beta there is no way to disable it, as this option seemingly has been removed.

For the last years, Chrome was the best browser available. But by enforcing useless and ugly features like this to its users, Chrome has had it for me. I’ll return to Safari, even though it’s by far not perfect. But at least it won’t bug me.

UPDATE
Thankfully, you can now hide it directly via the menu bar: Chrome, Hide Notifications Icon. Although I still disagree with Google using their own notification system instead of OS X’ native one, this seems like a good move. Thanks for the tip, Thanik!

May 27, 2014#

He wins the internet today

May 27, 2014#

Always online in Skype?

Some of my work colleagues saw me online 24/7 in Skype, but I wasn’t. This led to misunderstandings because I didn’t reply rapidly. As it seems, there is a bug in the mobile applications of Skype (iOS / Android). As soon as you install one of those, the app is running in the background and your status is indicated as online and available. So far, so good.

But I deleted Skype on iOS. There was no way I was online. But my status was still ‘available’. What I suppose is happening: when you delete Skype on iOS or Android and do NOT log out manually, your status is online forever. Luckily, there is a solution to the problem. You can remotely logout from all devices with this command:

/remotelogout (paste this into your input line in a Skype chat)

You can also see which devices are logged in: /showplaces

May 22, 2014#

Leaving iMessage

Dave Mark, The Loop:

What responsibility does a tech ecosystem bear to enable customers to easily leave that ecosystem? When an ecosystem is created, do the exit tools need to be created at the same time? Obviously, part of the value of an ecosystem, from a business point of view, is the friction that keeps customers on board. Clearly, there is a disincentive to making it easy for customers to leave.

May 22, 2014#

4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer

Mark Wilson:

As for Kawano, did he ever get an amazing piece of advice, or an incredible compliment from Jobs?

“Nothing personally,” he admits, and then laughs. “The only thing that was really positive was, in the cafeteria one time, when he told me that the salmon I took looked really great, and he was going to go get that.”