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.
TechDirt: Optometrists Push For State Laws Blocking Online Eye Exams.
Ask Siri: “Can you rap?”
As with Eliza, endless entertainment ... though I prefer the beatbox.
PCWorld: Chrome 50 ends support for Windows XP, Vista, and earlier versions of Mac OS X.
Less mentioned, any OS X earlier than 10.9.
WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”.
Backup, and update.
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.
Techdirt/Daily Deal: Scrivener.
It’s quirky, but if you do longer writing, it’s indispensable. Highly recommended, particularly at this price point.
A New Web Browser for Our Friends – Vivaldi.
Macworld: Smile updates TextExpander and switches to subscriptions.
Well, damn. Another great app gets greedy. I don’t use it extensively, but was happy to support a Mac stalwart. Time to find something new that fits a bit better.
Vulture: How Actors Get Plastic Surgery With a Click.
I think we all knew about this after the release of “300”, didn’t we? All the CGI six-packs. Once you know, you can’t not see them all.
Youtube: Lightroom Coffee Break - Make Any Photo Look Like an Ansel Adams Masterpiece.
You’ve gotta be kidding. I think we’re a day early on this.
AI: Apple releases updated iOS 9.3 to fix Activation Lock bug on older devices.
“Still identified as iOS 9.3, the new update is distinguished with a new build number, 13E5237. Users who have been stuck on the Activation Lock screen since last week may need to restore their device via iTunes to upgrade to the new version and address the issue.”
Quartz: How one programmer broke the internet by deleting a tiny piece of code.
An important read. Sometimes our foundations are tissue-thin.
DP Review: Google offering Nik Collection photo editing applications for free.
I like them a lot. Owned them for a long time now. Just remember: in moderation.
AI: Mac owners unable to log in to Messages, FaceTime after OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan update
Good grief. Jobs would have heads rolling.
Mac App: Curiota. [Evernote lite, with local control?]
WaPo: Why students are throwing tons of money at a program that won’t give them a degree.
“You can have thousands of thousands of people graduating these programs with the thought that they’re going to be able to pass these advanced technical interviews, and they might not be able to.” My impression was, bootcamps were successful. No?
Register.UK: Stop! Before you accept that Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, read this.
“The upgrade will mean a loss of functionality for some businesses and consumers; it pays to know what you’re losing. For businesses, the losses fall into two categories. Enterprise features, including Data Protection Under Lock, are missing. And it breaks conditional access to file functions managed by MDM servers.” FYI.
ProVideo Coalition: Affinity Photo and Designer for Windows.
Serif is the most interesting of the Adobe-alternatives. Sounds like they’re thinking about a DAM, too. Keep an eye on ‘em.
vowe dot net: Import content from Evernote to OneNote.
If you’ve considered it before, but quailed at the procedure, MS now has a tool for you. PC-only, for the moment.
Denied - Skip Terrible Music.
Sketch - Sketch 3.6.
Macworld: Airfoil 5 review - Audio utility pumps up the volume.
Handy. Bookmarked for when I’ll need it.
Mashable: ‘Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2’ is cute ‘Call of Duty’ for kids.
“Baby’s first shooter” is a thing now? End of the friggin’ world. Just hearing that statement makes me want to sledgehammer my portable devices.
Webdesigner Depot: Outlook takes on Gmail with huge new update.
Yeow. I’ve got a couple of accounts on Outlook - can’t wait to kick the tires on this. Tired of looking at ol’ Gmail, which seems feature-frozen.