Ars Technica: IRS policy that targeted Tea Party groups also aimed at open source projects.
Worth watching. “You have a substantial nonexempt purpose because you develop software published under open source compatible licenses that authorize use by any person for any purpose, including nonexempt purposes such as commercial, recreational, or personal purposes.”
Adobe Help: CC Cleaner Tools.
Bookmarked, Evernoted, in case I ever need them. You too, perhaps.
Lightroom Killer Tips: 10 Things Aperture Users Need to Know About Lightroom.
For those of you still on Aperture.
NY Mag: Here’s What the Future of Reading Looks Like.
“‘E-readers are looking like the next iPod,’ Mashable writes today, noting that smartphones and tablets with e-reader apps are poised to cannibalize sales of dedicated e-readers in the same way that the iPhone – which had all the capabilities of an iPod, plus calling and texting and tons of other apps – killed its single-feature predecessor.” Told you so.
“Why should your personal data be scattered around the internet, stored on computers belonging to dozens of companies? It’s your data, not theirs. Keep it all in one place.” I like it. Keeping a weather eye on this.
DP Review: Apple to cease development of Aperture.
I did a passel o’ thinkin’ before choosing Lightroom over Aperture. Apple fans gave me a hard time; vindicated. I remember my Quadra 840AV purchase all too well (great hardware, only to be abandoned). The unmentioned behemoth: Photoshop. Apple would not be able to command this niche without a Photoshop equivalent, and the investment would be huge (and likely unwise). This was the Quark mistake, too. Either create a competitive product, or work smoothly with the pachyderm in the room. I use the best of LR and PS, switching between programs with aplomb. Can’t beat that workflow. Post-processing is where most budgets are either made, or broken to myriad expensive shards.
Giz: The Typo That Destroyed a NASA Rocket.
If you’re of my vintage, you’ll remember the amount of time it took to enter code into punch cards and paper tape. The typos were the majority of time spent debugging. And this was ten years *previous* to my experience with punch cards.
PC World: Google reacts to Office 365 momentum with unlimited cloud storage.
“There are no asterisks on the storage. [snip] It’s truly unlimited at Google scale. We don’t want customers to spend time worrying about storage.” Been waiting for this cloud tier to drop; haven’t you all, also? But wait a bit … see if responses dive even further in price.
Julieanne Kost’s Blog: Lightroom Mobile Presets.
Some of the presets are different than those in the Desktop app; this article has a link for download of those presets.
Circular - an open source Buffer app.
Mailplane: Notifications do not work.
“We’re currently working on a solution and are very sorry for that interruption.” I was starting to pull my hair out trying to fix it. Now I’ll just wait.
Terry White’s Tech Blog: Why do I have 2 copies of my CC Apps?
Uninstall info also. Mine did not ‘automatically transfer’ my presets and settings. I had to transfer those manually. So don’t uninstall too quickly. Dig through your Plugins/Presets/etc. folders to be sure you’ve gotten everything. I just option-drag copies over to the new install folders.
Macworld: TriggerTrap Mobile review - Control your camera’s shutter with your iOS device.
I use it. It is nice, but it is not a professional tool. I experimented with some sunset timelapses; I’m not sure if it was the camera’s fault, or the iPhone, but Triggertrap would ‘drop’ a frame every so often (set to take a photo every minute, then every x number of minutes it would not fire. When that happened, the timer would get out of sync by a certain amount of seconds, but then assume the same minute intervals again). My exposures were so close together, you couldn’t see the occasional jump. Here. Oh, and it chews up battery power, too. Bottom line is, if I were doing this for pay or posterity, I’d purchase a dedicated device. But for the hobbyist, it’s just great.
psdiff · simple psd file previews for git.
Neat, but for large projects … use another solution, methinks.
Modern Honey Network.
“Git-backed Evernote replacement.” Of interest.
Prahlad Yeri: PHP vs node.js - The REAL statistics.
NY Times: New Bug Found in Widely Used OpenSSL Encryption.
“But, in reality, OpenSSL had only one full-time developer and three “core” volunteer programmers in Europe, and operated on a budget of $2,000 in annual donations. This, despite the fact that OpenSSL is used to encrypt the majority of the world’s web servers and widely used by technology companies such as Amazon and Cisco.”
Re/Code: SwiftKey, Swype Already Working on iOS Keyboard Apps.
Switching to iOS from Android, I thought I would miss Swype/Swiftkey more than I have. In actual fact, I see little difference. Sure, the third party keyboard widgets speed things up, but the predictive autocomplete doesn’t benefit someone with a large, flexible vocabulary (IMHO). There are fewer words I type over and over again compared to the software’s apparent expectations, and the suggestions can be hilarious. I spend just as much time correcting wrong suggestions as I do mistypes. I will still welcome the apps; choice is good.
Guardian.UK: Inside the Guardian’s CMS - meet Scribe, an extensible rich text editor.
Of interest. Sounds good … proof is in the pudding, though.
The Register: Flaws open gates to WordPress en-masse SEO beat-down.
“The flaws allowed hackers to launch privilege escalation and cross site scripting attacks against vulnerable sites running old versions below 2.1.6. The plugin has been downloaded nearly 19 million times.” Another week, another WP plugin security issue.
BBC: ‘Two weeks’ to block cyber-attack as criminal network seized.
c|net: Dead and buried: Microsoft’s holy war on open-source software.
“The real world isn’t black and white—and there are open-source companies that sell proprietary software (e.g., Red Hat) and proprietary companies that use OSS to augment their commercial software and make it more attractive. As developer adoption of open-source software has grown to the 70 percent-plus level, I think most business units at Microsoft realized that treating it like ‘a cancer’ was self-defeating—they lost that battle a long time ago.” Ah, the ‘good old days.’
InstantShift: Making Windows 8 Work More Like XP.
Might help those with family who have purchased Win8 stuff, and are full-blown-gonzo confused.
PankajMore: Static site generators focus on the wrong thing.
“Jekyll does not scale well. It takes minutes to compile in case you have lots of posts.” After a brief contemplation of moving to an SSG, I have to agree strongly with the above statement. When you’ve got tens of thousands of posts, this is not a minor point. When the author says ‘lots of posts’, he is likely referencing hundreds. I wouldn’t start using a blog environment that couldn’t scale to thousands, if not tens of thousands. If you start, you’re likely to keep going. Witness how I got plugged into The Matrix, after all (wink). I’ve had to recast my archives at least five times now, and each time it gets more onerous.