Glif review: Tripod adapter should be part of every smartphone photographer’s kit


Studio Neat’s latest tripod adapter, Glif, fits all phones (even non-Apple ones) in an attractive and well-made new design that uses a padded locking clamp and three mounting screw holes instead of one.

This compact adapter is the perfect companion for a serious iPhone photographer looking for maximum flexibility, as well as a casual snapshotter who wants a better way to hold their camera, even without a tripod.

I’ve owned Glifs for years, and love this latest model.


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Grilled Salmon Fillet with Spicy Blackberry Sauce

Grilled Salmon Fillet with Spicy Blackberry Sauce

It’s summer, and that means it’s time for grilling in the backyard, but maybe you want a break from the usual burgers or steaks or hot dogs?

This spicy, but sweet and tasty fish dish will hit the spot.

What You need

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries, washed and drained
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened white grape juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (a little goes a long way with vanilla so don’t overuse it. )
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce (Frank’s red hot is a good choice).

How to make it

  1. Heat your grill.
  2. Grill salmon fillets on hot grill for around 4-5 minutes on each side, until they reach desired level of done-ness.
  3. Make the Sauce:
    1. In a food processor or blender, combine sauce ingredients and blend until smooth.
    2. To serve, top each cooked fillet with 3 tablespoons of sauce.
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500 Startups’ Dave McClure has resigned as general partner

Kurt Wagner and Johana Bhuiyan, writing for Recode:

Dave McClure, the founding partner of tech incubator 500 Startups, has resigned just days after the New York Times reported he had sent inappropriate messages to a female entrepreneur seeking a job at the fund, Recode has confirmed.

In the hours after the report went live, 500 Startups co-founder Christine Tsai announced McClure would be stepping back from his role as executive partner because of his “inappropriate interactions with women in the tech community.”

As of a few days ago, McClure was simply moving away from managing the day-to-day operations of the incubator. But now, McClure is leaving 500 Startups completely. According to the email sent to the fund’s LPs, McClure had to agree to resign, which he did. Axios first reported his resignation.

There are some cleanups happening in Silicon Valley this week.


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The Tragedy of FireWire

The Tragedy of FireWire

Richard C. Moss on the rise and fall of FireWire:

FireWire’s original working title, ChefCat, had come from the name of the cartoon on Teener’s favorite coffee cup. But on the eve of Comdex ‘93, a major computer industry trade show, the engineers put forth “Firewire” as a possible official name. Marketing liked it, though that group dictated that the ‘w’ should be capitalized. Thus, it was formally announced at the show as FireWire.

Aside from Texas Instruments (which called it Lynx), American and European manufacturers kept the FireWire moniker. But in Japan, the story was different. Sony instead used i.LINK and “DV-input”—a reference to the DV standard—and it strong-armed most of the Japanese consumer electronics industry into doing the same. “The official reason was that the Japanese are afraid of fire,” Teener said. “They’ve had lots of flames, lots of burned down houses.”

That seemed too lame. One day he took some friends at Sony out after work to get drunk and learn the real reason, which turned out to be rooted in the value of the name. “One of the reasons Sony was unwilling to use Dolby, for the longest time, was that Dolby as a name was more favourable than Sony,” Teener told Ars. “Not necessarily as a technology. Just the name.”

With FireWire, it was the same. “They compared FireWire to Sony and it was, ‘Oh, yeah, FireWire is cool!’ Sony: boring.”

Before there was Thunderbolt there was FireWire, the high-speed alternative to onboard USB on Macs, and then one day, FireWire was gone.

Moss does a great job of explaining what FireWire was and what lead to it’s downfall.

As for what killed FireWare, Moss suggests that it was Steve Jobs agreeing to increase the licensing fee for FireWire, driving Intel away from putting it on chipsets and into the arms of USB 2.0. The rest is history—and so is FireWire.


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Is Amazon Getting Too Big?

Elizabeth Weise, writing for USA Today:

Of printed books, about 38% of the 800 million sold in 2016 were sold on Amazon.

For ebooks it’s about 75% of the 400 million

And for audio books it’s close to 95% of the 50 million sold.

The amount of books, ebooks and audio books sold by Amazon is pretty staggering.

And that’s just books alone, look at the other areas Amazon sells as well.


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Roasted Tomatillo and Pepper Sauce

Roasted Tomatillo and Pepper Sauce

When you want a nice zesty sauce but don’t want the usual salsa or pesto, this tasty Tomatillo and Petter sauce is great.

What you need

  • 1 pound tomatillos, husked, washed and halved
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 onion, cut into quarters
  • salt and pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro, leaves only
  • 1 small bunch fresh dill
  • Zest and juice of 1 1/2 limes

How to make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spread the tomatillos, garlic, jalapenos, bell pepper and onion on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and toss everything to coat.
  4. Roast until the vegetables are soft, 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes.
  6. Remove the seeds from the peppers. Put all of the roasted vegetables and the cilantro and dill into a food processor or blender.
  7. Process until still a bit chunky.
  8. Thin with some water if it is too thick.
  9. Stir in the lime zest and juice.
  10. Let cool completely.
  11. Serve
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From Jekyll To Ghost

For the past six months or so, I’ve been using a modified version of Ghost for Coded Geekery.

Last week, I migrated the Flybase Blog from Jekyll to Ghost, it was an interesting move, but worked great, and hasn’t had any issues.

Today, I pulled the trigger and migrated this blog to Ghost.

This one was a bit trickier as it has so much content (so much that I’ve actually moved content older than two years to the Archive).

This version still uses my front matter addon, so I could do the move pretty smoothly, it was mostly a matter of importing my markdown files into a ghost import file.

Why move back to a database driven CMS?

This blog tends to move engines every few years, WordPress, Second Crack, back to WordPress, over to Camel, then Jekyll and now nearly two years later, Ghost.

Ghost fits my current writing style, it’s markdown, and I can open it in any browser (or the desktop app) and just write, then publish.

With Jekyll, I’d either write on GitHub, or use an app, or use write locally and then push to GitHub, which was fine, but not as smooth as I liked it.

After using Ghost to write heavily with Coded Geekery (my other slightly more opinionated blog), I just like that flow better, so I made the switch.

Maybe I’ll move back to Jekyll or to another blog engine later, there are even libraries to publish a Ghost blog as static files on GitHub Pages, so maybe I’ll end up with a hybrid one day.

Only time will tell though.

I do plan on updating the layout soon as well, but for now, I like this layout hence why I ported it over to Ghost.

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How the iPhone Was Born: Inside Stories of Missteps and Triumphs

On the iPhone’s 10th birthday, former Apple executives Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell and Greg Christie recount the arduous process of turning Steve Jobs’s vision into one of the best-selling products ever made.

I still have my original iPhone 1… Doesn’t get used for much (or anything really), but nice to hold on to.


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After 10 years, where does the iPhone go next?

Dan Moren:

Ten years ago this week, the public first got its hands on the iPhone and began a revolution that has forever changed the way we use technology. We’ve gone from a society where a computer was something you had to sit down at a desk to use to one where it’s in your pocket all the time. We’ve ushered in an era of apps, selfies, emoji, and the answer to every question at our fingertips.

So, with all that under its belt, where the heck does the iPhone go next?


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iPad Pro plus Mac is a whole greater than the sum of its parts

Carolina Milanesi, Tech.Pinions:

If you insist on looking at iOS 11+iPad Pro=PC you might miss the opportunity for this combo to live up to its full potential. I know for many PCs and Macs are synonymous of work and productivity, therefore my suggestion to start looking at the iPad Pro differently is missed on them. Yet, I promise you, there is a difference between wanting to replicate what you have been doing on a PC and wanting to understand if the iPad Pro can fit your workflow or even if it could help your workflow change to better fit your needs.

I have been using a 9.7” iPad Pro as my main “out of office” device since its launch. I do everything I do on my Mac or PC and some things are easier and some things are a little more painful but by and large, it serves me well.

I upgraded to a 10.5” iPad a couple of weeks ago and it has been business as usual. I enjoy the extra screen real estate and I struggled a little to get adjusted to the larger keyboard as my fingers had a lot of muscle memory in them that was generating typos. I did not use Pencil more despite the fact that, thanks to the new sleeve I was not forgetting it at home as often as I used to.

After 24 hours with iOS 11 and iPad Pro, it became apparent to me that the range of things I could do grew and so did the depth I could reach. These are not necessarily tasks I was performing on my Mac or PC and when they are, they are implemented in a slightly different way as the premise on iPad is touch first.


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