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Technical engineering topics.

Google authenticator and Gmail iOS app rubbish

I have two step authentication turned on my Google account. If you don’t know what that is, whenever you login to the gmail web interface it is set up to send me a code via SMS which I then also have to enter. Applications (e.g. my Mail app on my laptop) use a “one time […]

Surface

An alternate universe – Marco Arment: The Surface is partially for Microsoft’s world of denial: the world in which this store contains no elephants and Microsoft invented the silver store with the glass front and the glowing logo and blue shirts and white lanyards and these table layouts and the modern tablet and its magnetic […]

The one greatest iOS 6 feature …

… is the Do Not Disturb functionality. After several weeks with the new iOS I can honestly say this is the feature about it I love most. Now it just needs to be automatically activated for the duration of certain Calendar entries as well.

Apple Notes and iCloud

There’s a bit of gnashing of the teeth about the terrible font that the new Notes application uses in Apple OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion. But for me the single biggest fail with this application is the fact that of all the Apple apps that now use iCloud, it’s the one that has the most rubbish […]

Languages, computer systems, and productivity

Via a re-tweet of this that I saw this morning; An interesting blog post from 2009 about why Lisp failed in the marketplace. Now I don’t want to talk about Lisp, or Java, or anything language specific, I want to highlight this statement, which was what was in the tweet, from the post: Employers much […]

Washington Post confuses email and web

Via the Brisbane Times, an article from the Washington Post about Tomlinson, the guy who ‘invented’ the use of ‘@’ in emails in 1972, confuses the Web and Email technology which preceded it by several decades. Even after the ‘@’ symbol, you still sometimes had to use the ‘bang’, i.e. ‘!’ to route emails explicitly. […]

On Polymorphism

So, in an effort to broaden my horizons, and following the maxim “learn a new language every year” (and theorising here that Classical Latin does not count), I decided that I will learn the basics of Objective-C. After I’ve used a Mac for many years and it’s about time I learned to program the thing […]

Infrastructure outlives strategy. Live with it. | IS Survivor Publishing

Infrastructure outlives strategy. Live with it. | IS Survivor Publishing: As everyone knows, the organization’s IT infrastructure has to be business-driven. Except for one challenge: It will last longer than any of the business plans that drive it. Bob Lewis on infrastructure in business. Now just as we were discussing this our system admin was […]

Postbox 3 anachronisms

Yesterday I wrote about Postbox 3 as a Mail.app replacement. I’m still using it, and liking it, but I’m starting to develop a good sense of where it still has rough edges; Alert sounds. Sometimes it plays the alert sound for no discernible reason (I think because new mail has arrived in a sub-label/sub-folder, but […]

Apple Mail.app replacement – Postbox 3

My regular readers (all two of you) will know that I frequently thrash about looking for an Apple Mail.app replacement. I am a regular and long-term Gmail user. Its search is amazing, the filters powerful (although lacking a filter-power-user feature to help manage the dozens of filters I have actively running) and I quite like […]