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I've been writing online at various sites since 2003, mostly about a wide variety of topics including web development, tech, food and whatever else I feel like writing and sharing.

Picking a self-hosted Feed Reader

I used to use Google Reader back in the day then from Google Reader I moved to Feedly like a lot of other people did, but I decided a few months back to look into a self-hosted solution and Miniflux won out....

Microsoft shutting down AltSpaceVR on March 10th

AltspaceVR, a social VR platform founded in 2013 and acquired by Microsoft in 2017, has just announced that it will be closing permanently....

TikTok’s Secret ‘Heating’ Button Can Let Their Employees Make Anyone Go Viral

For years, TikTok has describedits powerful For You Page as a personalized feed ranked by an algorithm that predicts your interests based on your behavior in the app....

Twitterrific: End of an Era

Twitterrific has been discontinued....

AI art tools Stable Diffusion and Midjourney targeted with copyright lawsuit

A trio of artists have launched a lawsuit against Stability AI and Midjourney, creators of AI art generators Stable Diffusion and Midjourney, and artist portfolio platform DeviantArt, which recently created its own AI art generator, DreamUp....

Craig Hockenberry on “ The Shit Show” that is Twitter

What bothers me about Twitterrific’s final day is that it was not dignified. There was no advance notice for its creators, customers just got a weird error, and no one is explaining what’s going on. We had no chance to thank customers who have been with us for over a decade. Instead, it’s just another scene in their ongoing shit show....

Watch out for these Fake 16 Terabyte Portable SSD Drives on Amazon

If you see a 16 terabyte portable SSD on Amazon for $100 or less, don't buy it. Such a drive would cost thousands of dollars. These are nothing more than a scam, and don't work well at all. We bought one and got a glorified 64GB hard drive....

Twitter Intentionally Ends Third-Party App Developer Access to Its APIs

Late yesterday, The Information reported that it had seen internal Twitter Slack communications confirming that the company had intentionally cut off third-party Twitter app access to its APIs. The shut-down, which happened Thursday night US time, hasn’t affected all apps and services that use the API but instead appears targeted at the most popular third-party Twitter clients....

Google’s Stadia Controller is getting Bluetooth support

Google is launching its final Stadia game today and is promising to release a tool next week to enable Bluetooth connections on its Stadia Controller. The last Stadia game to launch on the service is Worm Game, a test game that was technically available on Stadia before Stadia launched publicly in November 2019. Developers at Google have decided to release the game just before the streaming service disappears next week....

Eddie Cue on Apple's year of original content

“2022 was a groundbreaking year for entertainment. At some point over the past year, you probably discovered a new app, a new song, a new TV show or movie, or game. An experience that made you laugh, taught you something new, or helped you see the world in a new way — and moved you to share it with others.”...

Pommes Aligot (Cheesy Mashed Potatoes)

Pommes Aligot is a slightly different take on mashed potatoes, this thick, stretchy, unbelievably rich dish from Aubrac, a once-volcanic region in south-central France. If you've never seen aligot before, imagine the perfect fusion of mashed potatoes with fondue, and you'll have just the right idea...

Apple Shuts Down Popular Weather App 'Dark Sky'

The calendar has turned to January 1 and Apple has shut down popular weather app Dark Sky. The popular weather app had already been removed from the App Store in September and it stopped functioning for existing users starting today....

Twitter’s landlord in San Francisco is suing the company for not paying rent.

The landlord, which owns the Hartford Building that houses Twitter’s headquarters, claims the company owes $136,250 in unpaid rent. It allegedly notified Twitter on December 16th that it would default on its lease if it doesn’t receive payment, but Twitter never complied....

Twitter “abruptly” bans all links to Instagram, Mastodon, and other competitors

The platform will still allow the paid promotion of these banned social platforms, however....

Twitter Shutting Down Revue

From January 18, 2023, it will no longer be possible to access your Revue account. On that date, Revue will shut down and all data will be deleted....

Jason Snell on Answering the burning questions about Apple’s reported App Store plans

What’s the world going to look like after this happens?...

Garlic Butter Steak and Potatoes Skillet

If you like steak and potatoes then this dish is a must....

Microsoft sued by FTC over Activision Blizzard buyout

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is suing Microsoft over its planned $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, saying that the deal “would enable Microsoft to suppress competitors to its Xbox gaming consoles and its rapidly growing subscription content and cloud-gaming business.”...

How Amazon Shopping Ads Are Disguised as Real Results

Amazon is the first app many of us think about to buy things online. But is it actually a good place to go shopping?...

Elon Musk tries to blame ‘activists’ for his Twitter moderation council lie

Elon Musk is trying to explain why he let Donald Trump and others back onto Twitter, even after he promised that decision would be left up to a content moderation council made up of people with “widely diverse viewpoints.”...

John Gruber: “Twitter Tumult”

If you had told me three weeks ago that Twitter, as a company, would today be embroiled in turmoil — perhaps outright existential crisis — over a company-wide email from Elon Musk centered around the phrase “extremely hardcore”...

9 to 5 Mac: “How to take screenshots on your iPad using gestures with iPadOS 16”

What some people don’t know is that there are two other ways to take screenshots on the iPad without pressing any buttons....

Emergency SOS via satellite available today on the iPhone 14 lineup in the US and Canada

Every model in the iPhone 14 lineup — iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max — can connect directly to a satellite through a combination of custom-designed components and deeply integrated software...

Eli Lilly Stock Dipped after a Verified Twitter Imposter Claimed Insulin Would Now Be Free

Eli Lilly’s stock dipped Friday morning after someone paid $8 to verify a Twitter handle resembling that of the pharmaceutical giant and posted: “We are excited to announce insulin is free now.”...

Air Fryer Ham And Cheese Biscuits

A simple 3 ingredient recipe that makes a nice appetizer....

Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld

The Logitech G Cloud Gaming Console is an Android-based handheld gaming console designed to stream games. ...

Twitter, cut in half

Eight days into Musk’s ownership of Twitter, many pundits have begun to predict that this is the beginning of the end....

Jony Ive on Life After Apple

“ One of the first employees hired by Ive was a full-time writer. (There are now more than 30 employees, many of whom worked with him at Apple.)”...

The Steam Deck

Steam Deck is Valve's handheld gaming console is an interesting piece of hardware. ...

Remix Joining Shopify

Remix adoption is growing at an incredible rate, and we regularly have conversations with many smart, passionate folks in the industry who are creating amazing experiences with Remix. You’ll hear about them in the coming months. They love how Remix encourages progressive enhancement and leverages web standards to help them build fast, resilient websites....

Prioritise content over components

Visually, components are unique, flexible units to compose complete layouts. For content, they can trap reusable data into single-use decorations....

3 Ways Database as a Service Can Speed Applications

“Database as a Service (DBaaS) is often seen as a way to lift and shift the responsibility of on-premise databases, but it can also be a pathway to address frontend development challenges — such as web and application speed.”...

Kent C. Dodds: The Web’s Next Transition

The web is made up of technologies that got their start over 25 years ago. HTTP, HTML, CSS, and JS were all first standardized in the mid-nineties....

Xbox Cloud Gaming is coming to the Meta Quest

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Cloud Gaming to Meta’s Quest VR platform. The two companies announced the partnership at Meta’s Connect event on Tuesday but didn’t announce a release date....

Meta Quest Pro

Meta Quest Pro is the first entry in our new high-end line of devices, and it’s packed with innovative features like high-res sensors for robust mixed reality experiences, crisp LCD displays for sharp visuals, a completely new and sleeker design, plus eye tracking and Natural Facial Expressions to help your avatar reflect you more naturally in VR....

This is Microsoft’s Xbox game streaming device

Microsoft’s head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has just revealed the company’s dedicated Xbox game streaming device. Spencer published a photo of the device on Twitter, where you can see it sitting on top of his shelf in his Microsoft office space. It’s a small white box, that resembles the look of the Xbox Series S and will be dedicated to accessing Xbox games over the company’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service....

Google Shutting Down Stadia

Players will continue to have access to their games library and play through January 18, 2023 so they can complete final play sessions....

The Standsome Slim Standing Desk

Standing desks are great for long hours of coding, writing, working in general. I've had a few types over the years, but the Standsome brand of standing desks are things of beauty. ...

Jason Snell Reviews The iPhone 14 Pro

Since the near-simultaneous arrival of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X in 2017, Apple has been on a mission to split the iPhone product line into two distinct sets of models: a more expensive set that incorporates all the cutting-edge features Apple can dream up, and a set that trades some of that high-tech flash for affordability....

Apple Executive Responds to Annoying iOS 16 Copy and Paste Prompt: 'Absolutely Not Expected Behavior'

As user annoyance with the behavior boils high, Apple has finally responded, saying the constant pop-up is not how the feature is intended to work. MacRumors reader Kieran sent an email to Craig Federighi and Tim Cook, complaining about the constant prompt and advocating for Apple to treat access to the clipboard the same way iOS treats third-party access to location, camera, microphone, and more....

Adobe to Acquire Figma for $20 Billion

Today, Adobe announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Figma, a leading web-first collaborative design platform, for approximately $20 billion in cash and stock. The combination of Adobe and Figma will usher in a new era of collaborative creativity....

Lasagna Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A slightly different take on two favorite comfort foods: grilled cheese sandwich and lasagna....

Patreon Lays Off Its Entire Security Team

Patreon has reportedly laid off its entire security team....

Garmin Reacts to Apple Watch Ultra: “We Measure Battery Life in Months. Not Hours.”

Garmin has reacted to Apple's new rugged Apple Watch Ultra, saying in a tweet following the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch event that it measures battery life in "months" and "not hours," promoting its latest Enduro 2 watch for athletes....

Apple’s Emergency SOS link puts it into the satellite fight with SpaceX and more

After Apple’s announcement that the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro can send messages via satellite in emergency situations, it’s becoming clear that the company hasn’t just introduced a new feature. In typical fashion, it’s also practically overnight become a key player in a new industry by getting heavily involved with satellite communications by adding Emergency SOS via satellite....

Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

This creamy cheesy chicken dish is so tasty, it’s hard not to come back for seconds. If you do find yourself with leftovers, try it over salad or on crackers....

The Verge: “As The iPhone turns 15, a visual history of every model to date”

Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPhone. He described it as three devices in one: a “widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device.”...

Air Fryer Ham Casserole

This is one of those dishes that are great to make using leftovers the next day....

Heroku's Next Chapter means Dropping Free Plans

"Our product, engineering, and security teams are spending an extraordinary amount of effort to manage fraud and abuse of the Heroku free product plans. In order to focus our resources on delivering mission-critical capabilities for customers, we will be phasing out our free plan for Heroku Dynos, free plan for Heroku Postgres, and free plan for Heroku Data for Redis®, as well as deleting inactive accounts."...

Clip Studio Paint announces subscription plan, angering the online artist community

Celsys announced version 2.0 of Clip Studio Paint, its popular digital illustration and animation software, alongside plans to move over to a monthly subscription for updates to the service when it launches. It’s left some longtime fans who praised it for its one-time purchase model feeling very betrayed....

Deno Sets out to Challenge Node.js

If Deno is the answer to Node.js's problems, then why hasn't it caught fire yet?...

Airbnb accidentally sent tons of Android users a 'test' notification

Airbnb lit up Android phones around the globe with a notification that reads: "Test dev." The apparent blunder occurred early Wednesday morning....

Mexican Street Corn in a Cup

Mexican street corn, or elote en vaso, in a cup is an easy mess-free way to go when you are craving Mexican street corn. Everything is layered nicely in a cup that can easily be carried around....

Beef and Broccoli

Beef and broccoli is always a popular dish, and for good reason. Juicy steak plus crunchy broccoli is a match made in heaven....

The Quiet Times

"About two years into working at BuzzFeed, I reached a moment one summer when I looked around and realized I had very little to do."...

Disney+ Grows to 152 Million Subscribers

The Walt Disney Company reported on Wednesday that total Disney+ subscriptions rose to 152.1 million during the company’s third quarter, posting better-than-expected results....

Samsung's All Alone at the Foldable Party

Samsung is throwing itself a party tomorrow with a couple of guests of honor: its foldable phones. We'll likely see some updated watches and earbuds, but really, it's a birthday party for the Z Fold and the Z Flip. They've been around for years now, but last August was when they really hit their stride with the most mainstream models yet....

Netflix rolling out external subscription button for iOS users

Earlier this year, Apple began allowing “reader” apps to provide external links for customers so they can log in and pay for a subscription from outside the App Store. Now Netflix is rolling out an option in its iOS app that takes users to its website in order to finish a new Netflix subscription....

Creating post previews in Strapi with Remix

Being able to preview a new post is important, and when headless, it's even more important. ...

Loader vs Route Cache Headers in Remix

Useful post from Sergio Xalambrí on loader vs route cache headers in Remix, this was something I had to dig into when I did the migration of this site to Remix with Strapi acting Headlessly so wanted to share it....

TikTok's security chief steps down as company moves US data to Oracle servers

TikTok's global chief security officer (CSO), Roland Cloutier, is stepping down as the company transitions to using Oracle's US-based servers to store Americans' data....

Meet Bun

Bun is a modern JavaScript runtime like Node or Deno. It was built from scratch to focus on three main things...

U.S. FCC commissioner wants Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores

There is no bar

There is no bar for the quality of a blog post. Allow me to be an example....

50 years of Atari

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Atari, Benj Edwards interviewed founder Nolan Bushnell for How-To Geek...

Apple retail workers vote to unionize a store in Maryland

Workers at Apple's Towson Town Center store in Maryland have voted to unionize, with 65 yeses and 33 nos. Around 110 employees were eligible to vote in the election....

Celery Parsnip Salad

Parsnips... They're the veggie everyone loves to hate, they're a veggie that tastes best in the cooler seasons when their flavour is sweeter like winter squash, whereas the rest of the time, they have a bitter taste. This dish is one way to enjoy them raw....

GitHub Sunsetting Atom

"We are archiving Atom and all projects under the Atom organization for an official sunset on December 15, 2022."...

Ryan Broderick on VR "Real Estate"

There are plenty of ways to make money in the metaverse — custom avatars, cool maps, unique digital experiences, ad-supported livestreamed playthrough videos — but the folks trying to convince you to buy a digital mansion or a virtual yacht aren't going to be part of that new economy. ...

Lee Rob and The Story of Heroku

"Heroku made it easy for any developer to build and run applications in the cloud without managing their own infrastructure. Now 15 years later, it continues to inspire the next generation of developers. Why did Heroku become so popular? What can we learn from their incredible developer experience? How is Heroku shaping the next generation of serverless?"...

8 short rules for being a creator

Just 8 short and simple rules for being a creator....

Welcome to the new more streamlined blog.

This blog has been around since 2003, from being on blogger, to various custom builds, to wordpress, to jekyll, to ghost, to wordpress......

Elon Musk and Twitter

Elon Musk, in a letter to Twitter chairman Bret Taylor and filed with the SEC expressed his interest in buying 100% of Twitter....

Marco Arment on redesigning Overcast

Overcast's latest update brings the largest redesign in its nearly-eight-year history, plus many of the most frequently requested features and lots of under-the-hood improvements....

Apple: "An update on AirTag and unwanted tracking"

Apple Newsroom's update on AirTags and malicious tracking: Every AirTag has a unique serial number, and paired AirTags are associated with an Apple ID....

Open source developer corrupts widely-used libraries, affecting tons of projects

A developer appears to have purposefully corrupted a pair of open-source libraries on GitHub and software registry npm: "faker.js" and "colors.js" that thousands of users depend on, rendering any project that contains these libraries useless. ...

Judge orders Apple to allow external payment options for App Store by December 9th, denying stay

Eight Things Apple Could Do to Prove It Actually Cares about App Store Users

When you spend money in Apple's App Store, the company generally takes a 30 percent cut, one that adds up to an estimated $19 billion per year. ...

Drew Devault: "In praise of PostgreSQL"

Drew Devault: After 25 years of persistence, and a better logo design, Postgres stands today as one of the most significant pillars of profound achievement in free software, alongside the likes of Linux and Firefox. ...

Fish and Brewis

Fish and Brewis is a favourite traditional dish from Newfoundland (my home province), it’s a dish that combines Fish, Potatoes, pork, Hardtack, onions, butter and salt....

Careful with WiFi names on your iPhone.

A few weeks ago, Schou and his not-for-profit group, Secret Club, which reverse-engineers software for research purposes, found that if an iPhone connected to a network with the SSiD name…...

Is Heroku Still Relevant?

Heroku has long been held up as the gold-standard platform as a service (PaaS) for software developers to easily deploy their code without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure, while others see it as akin to a magical fallen civilization with a limited future....

Switching from Google Analytics to Plausible.

I've been using Google Analytics for years but decided to try new tools. But I just wanted to move onto a new Analytics tool that was faster and more private. What I eventually ended up choosing was Plausible.  Plausible is a powerful yet simple analytics platform. The simplicity is what got me happy about it....

The Mess at Medium

Last week, a partnerships manager at Medium working with the White House found that there was a strange problem with the platform......

Clubhouse Is Recording Your Conversations. That's Not Even Its Worst Privacy Problem

Clubhouse was sort of perfectly made for the pandemic. People aren't going out, and they're desperately searching for social connections and entertainment. ...

Google killing Tilt Brush VR painting app but…

Tilt Brush, Google’s virtual reality painting application, has collaborated with amazing creators over the years, many of whom were part of our Artist in Residence Program. ...

Apple is astonishingly confident in its new M1 Mac processors

Apple’s big Mac event delivered three new computers — a new MacBook Air, a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a new Mac mini. ...

Why you can no longer install Fortnite on iOS

Fortnite disappeared from the App Store last month as part of developer Epic Games’ big legal and regulatory showdown with Apple, but the battle royale hit was not gone entirely — at least not for a little while. ...

Nintendo Switch overtakes SNES with more than 52 million sold

Nintendo had its strongest Switch quarter ever this holiday season, moving 10.81 million units to reach a total of 52.48 million sold as of the end of 2019....

The “Tragic” iPad

“Steve Jobs stepped onstage 10 years ago today to introduce the world to the iPad. It was, by his own admission, a third category of device that sits somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop. Jobs unveiled the iPad just days after the annual Consumer Electronics Show ended…”...

Google’s End of an Era

“Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from running Alphabet, leaving the company to Sundar Pichai. This likely signals the end of an era, when Google tried to solve a vast array of human problems under Alphabet’s broad umbrella—but pretty much failed to turn any of them into a profitable business.”...

John Gruber: 16-inch MacBook Pro First Impressions

Apple today is releasing its much-rumored new 16-inch MacBook Pro. It is full of good news....

How the heart became the centre of the Apple Watch

Earlier this year, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook commented on the importance of health to the company. In a statement that has been widely quoted, he said, “I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’...

iPad Pro USB-C Hubs: The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Options

Chris Welch, writing for The Verge: The iPad Pro’s single USB Type-C port is one of my main frustrations about an otherwise truly stellar piece of technology....

Panic’s Playdate

From the Playdate website: Hello. We made a brand new handheld gaming system. It’s yellow. It fits in your pocket. It’s got a beautiful black and white screen. It’s not super cheap, but not super expensive. It includes brand new games from some amazing creators. Plus it has a crank....

Don’t Fuck with a Nasa Engineer

Mark Rober: Someone stole a package from me. Police wouldn’t do anything about it so I spent the last 6 months engineering up some vigilante justice. Revenge is a dish best served fabulously....

Microsoft Is Worth as Much as Apple. How Did That Happen?

Just a few years ago, Microsoft was seen as a lumbering has-been of the technology world. It was big and still quite profitable, but the company had lost its luster, failing or trailing in the markets of the future like mobile, search, online advertising and cloud computing....

Jason Snell on the New Ipad Pros: ‘a Computer, Not a Pc’

Jason Snell, writing for Six Colors: With the iPad Pro and improvements to iOS and various iOS apps, I reached a point where I could do most or all of my required work on the road without bringing a Mac along....

Remembering Stan Lee

If Stan Lee revolutionized the comic book world in the 1960s, which he did, he left as big a stamp — maybe bigger — on the even wider pop culture landscape of today. Think of “Spider-Man,” the blockbuster movie franchise and Broadway spectacle....

Austin Mann: A Photographer’s Review of the iPad Pro

Austin Mann has published an excellent review of the new iPad Pro for photographers: I was working with Mavic Pro 2 in the black volcanic deserts of south Iceland. While sitting in the car (in the middle of the desert, in the middle of nowhere), I decided to offload my images and review them....