Technology’s Infestation of my Life Archives

Examples of how technology has permeated every single bit of my life.

  1. You Can’t Always Get What You Want

    Jeffrey Goldberg at Agilebits, who make 1Password, has a great primer on why law enforcement back doors are bad for security architecture. The entire article is worth a read, presents a solid yet easily understood technical discussion — but I think it really can be distilled down to this: From blog.agilebits.com: Just because something would…

  2. Конструктор: Engineer of the People →

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    This is one of those niche games that probably only applies to enginerds1, but if you — like me — are one of those people be prepared to lose yourself in this game as you deposit silicon and metal to make real life circuits. Конструктор is Russian for designer or contractor. and those who like…

  3. Is @Comcast throttling iOS 8 downloads? Direct through Comcast: 600 KB/s. Proxy through Linode server (over Comcast): 7 MB/s

  4. Cleanup Downloads Once a Week

    Here’s an easy way to keep your Downloads folder clean, just paste these this into your cron file (with the appropriate scheduling): Here’s the gist: https://gist.github.com/fergbrain/8ddda2108dbc497e9f6b I use Cronnix to manage and edit cron jobs on my Mac.

  5. Calendar Invitation Email Gone Awry

    Here’s some more details on calendar email issue I noted late Monday. Just after 10pm on Monday, I attempted to migrate my calendar from Google Calendar to Fastmail Calendar1. I did this by exporting my existing calendar from Google (per https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/37111?hl=en) and then re-importing it back into Fastmail using Apple’s Calendar App. During this re-importing…

  6. If you got a calendar Invitation from me1, I am so sorry. I’m switching servers, did an export -> import, and Calendar decided to be helpful and email everyone. Face palm.


    1. or maybe a bazzilion invites 

  7. VMWare and USB 3

    It took me a while to figure out why my external Seagate harddrive wasn’t working on Windows 7 and VMware Fusion 5. As it turns out, VMware Fusion 5 does not support USB 3.0 with Windows 71. What is not intuitive — and frankly doesn’t make sense — is that VMware Fusion 5 will not…

  8. Why You’re Doing Passwords Wrong

    To anyone who understands information theory and security and is in an infuriating argument with someone who does not (possibly involving mixed case), I sincerely apologize.

    If you use passwords, there’s a good chance you’re doing them wrong and exposing yourself to unnecessary risk.

    My intent is provide some basic information on how you can do passwords better (Arguably, there is no one right way to do passwords), suitable for grandma to use (no offense grandma), because there’s no reason that you can’t do passwords better.

  9. The Day We Fight Back

    Six months ago, primarily in light of the issues concerning the NSA’s use of what I believe to be unconstitutional searches I started the process of moving my email system (which is also the email system my family and extended family uses) away from Google Apps. Last week, I completed the technical transition to the…

  10. We’re Going To Need a Bigger Boat

    I somehow have managed to churn through over 3.5 terabytes of data on our internet connection over the last three months. While I’m glad Comcast’s “enforcement of the 250GB data consumption threshold is currently suspended”, I’m also scared to see what happens when they bring it back. For what it’s worth, most (~90%) of that…