c|net: Top 5 solid-state drives: It’s upgrade time.
Hmmm. I still need to get the recall done on my iMac’s graphics card. Time to replace the internal with an SSD, methinks.
Anandtech: Seagate’s New ‘Guardian Series’ Portfolio Brings 10TB Helium HDDs.
Photogs, prick up your ears. But you’ll probably want to buy them in pairs for backup purposes. $$$.
Macintouch Forums: Building My $1200 Hackintosh.
DP Review: Parachut is a subscription service for borrowing expensive camera gear.
c|net: Dallas shooter killed by bomb-equipped robot in first for law enforcement.
“While it does appear to be the first time a police robot has killed anyone in the United States, robots have been used for other nonlethal offensive actions in recent years. In 2014, for example, Albuquerque Police used a robot to deploy ‘chemical munitions’ into a motel room where a suspect was holed up to force the suspect to surrender.” Albuquerque. Sort of expected. I should think they’d consider drone + flashbangs as a nonlethal solution, too. The deterrent for lawless behavior is dialing way up, and virtually noone’s talking about it.
James Friend | PCE.js - Classic Mac OS in the Browser.
CoolTools: MagCozy MagSafe to MagSafe2 holder.
Of note. Nifty.
AppleInsider: The best external monitor alternatives to Apple’s discontinued Thunderbolt Display.
Of note. Expected at least one Dell, and sure enough ...
Luminous Landscape: Hasselblad Announces Groundbreaking X1D.
Yeah, but sensor quality? Got a lot of high MP cameras out nowadays. And this ain’t cheap.
The Atlantic: The Existentialism of GPS.
Macworld: Apple previews Apple File System to replace HFS+ in 2017.
AppleInsider: Apple preparing changes to MacBook lineup this month.
“While sources couldn’t pin down Apple’s exact plans, it’s believed current MacBook families could see some adjustment by the end of this month, even if it’s just in the form of more aggressive pricing.” Bill, you’re my saviour.
Apple Insider: Rumor - New MacBook Pros will be announced by Apple this month, begin shipping in Aug
Ouch. Rats. I may not be able to wait that long. Which means invigorating my deal-sniffing genes.
c|net: This quick-release parachute could save drones from going kersplat.
Ballistic parachutes for drones? I’m surprised noone thought of it before. Even me!
Register.UK: F-35s failed ‘scramble test’ because of buggy software.
“During the first 30 flights with Block 3iR6.21, which accumulated 75.6 hours of flight time, no less than 27 power cycles were required to get all systems functioning between initial startup and takeoff. These power cycles varied in degree – from “cold iron” resets, where the aircraft had to be shut down and then restarted, to component or battery power recycling.” This is simply ridiculous.
c|net: Dropbox looks to declutter your hard drive.
‘Twould be lovely to free up some space on the old primary hard drive. Security issues twangle in the back of my brain, however. DB’s had some issues. Even so, they’re so ubiquitous among my clients, using them is the #1 option.
Anandtech: Drobo 5D with BeyondRAID - Protected Direct-Attached Storage Made Simple.
They seem so simple and wonderful. But. More than one person has complained about this: “One of the main disadvantages of this proprietary scheme is that it is impossible for third-party tools to reconstruct data in case of a faulty unit. Unless the user has a standing warranty coverage from Drobo, getting hold of another similar Drobo unit is the only way out.” You need to stay well within warranty.
PDN: What Photographers and Filmmakers Need to Know About Thunderbolt 3.
“Thunderbolt 3 uses a Type C port just like USB Type C. That means, in practice, there’s no physical difference between a Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type C cable and port. And, like USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 has identical plugs on either end of the cable so there’s no longer a ‘right’ way to plug them in.” You mean there’s no longer a ‘wrong’ way to plug them in, hopefully ...
PVC: Big Thunderbolt 3 LaCie. Really BIG!.
BookForum: The Program Era (how word processing changed the way we write).
What stands out to me most starkly, having lived through the sea-change: when the Macintosh/Laserwriter combo came out, how text looked became as important (sometimes moreso) as the text’s actual written quality.
vowe dot net: Follow Volker and his experience with the new iPad Pro 9.7.
Dig down to when he receives his iPad, and work up from there. Volker’s never led me wrong yet. I’ve also used Paper, and also been frustrated by styli. My iPad’s due for an upgrade at the end of the year, methinks, if Volker continues to find benefits.
PVC: Helium Core helps iPhoneographers add accessories to the camera.
This looks completely brilliant.
The Register.UK: Ultra-rare WWII Lorenz cipher machine goes on display at Bletchley Park.
OpenCulture: Scientists Create a New Rembrandt, Using a 3D Printer & Data Analysis.
I suppose someday, we’ll all be able to generate authentic fakes with 3D printers at home. Oh, Eco, would that you were alive to comment on the circumstance.
Mashable: Autonomous taxis may soon be coming to Singapore.
“... nuTonomy’s cars will operate using a combination of algorithmic software that employs fleet management, partially culled from his work on U.S. military drone management systems. The nuTonomy cars will also use LIDAR to detect cars on the road as well as stationary objects.”