Why did you choose Safari over Chrome? (This is a serious question as I consider you perfectly chiseled and sculpted from a Greek god himself with immaculate thought and consideration put into every decision. Thanks.)
I started using Safari before Chrome existed and over the years I’ve grown to like its idiosyncracies (like the bookmarks bar not having favicons, the constantly visible status bar, etc) and the general look of its rendering. Chrome is very nice, and I use it for several work purposes (and all Flash viewing) but it doesn’t feel nearly as polished to me.
Perhaps I’m also used to being able to hit ⌘1-4 to get to my most used bookmarks and Chrome doesn’t have that feature.
When I set up my Mac Pro I completely forgot Safari in 10.9 disables the delete key as a back button, which breaks my brain because I have over a decade of muscle memory using it that way in various browsers. If you’re crazy like me and want to bring it back (pun!) (added line breaks here for readability):
Any chance that Prettify will come back to life? I still go to it reflexively when I'm looking for new backgrounds!
The reason I stopped updating Prettify was that it became harder and harder to find quality wallpapers in light of the Retina transition. I might be insane (and I probably am), but it feels like the wallpaper community sort of dried up over the past few years. And everything I liked seemed to have a max resolution that was too small to look sharp on modern displays. Perhaps this has changed and I should reconsider.
Ironically, Prettify itself also needs a major facelift since it’s definitely sporting a pre-retina design. Damn it, now you’ve got me excited about bringing it back.
We use a Brita system here in the house and every time I pull out a new filter I cringe at all the plastic and garbage it creates. Soma uses a completely biodegradable filter and delivers filters to your door every 60 days (solving another problem of having to shop for Brita filters).
On top of this, Soma provides a glass carafe which looks nicer and has no plastic chemicals or BPA issues (even though Brita pitchers and filters are BPA-free, I still prefer avoiding hard plastics where possible). It’s also dishwasher safe which is a nice bonus (having to occasionally clean the Brita filter by hand is a pain in the ass). The last thing I need is more stuff to wash by hand.
Ordered one and I’m going to give this thing a shot at replacing the Brita. (Note: The link in this post contains a referral code that gives you $10 off and should give me $10 off future filter orders, though it’s not clear if this is a unique code or a generic one.)
I still use Safari as my daily browser and uninstalled Flash years ago. So in the rare cases when I need to watch a Flash-only video or something similar, I open a Chrome tab. Used to be that I copy/pasted the URL back and forth but now I use this.
If you’re like me (a glutton for punishment who wants to play a few PC-only games), you might want to install Windows 8.1 on your shiny new Mac Pro. If you’re like me, you own a license for Windows 7 and you bought a new license for Windows 8.1. If you’re like me, that means you can’t install Windows 8.1 via Boot Camp because Boot Camp only supports Windows ISO images of Windows 8 or higher, but when you purchase a download copy of Windows 8.1 you actually receive an EXE that contains a shell installer for the OS. Therefore you have no ISO and Boot Camp tells you to go to hell.
Well, since you’re like me, here’s how I solved it and maybe you can follow these instructions too and end up with a copy of Windows 8.1 and most of your sanity (that is, until you start using Windows 8.1 and then good luck).
It should be noted: If you own Windows 8 (not 8.1) you can install using that ISO and it will work fine. If you have the DVD installation disk for Windows 8.1, you can generate an ISO from that and it will work fine. This guide is for people who own the download version of Windows 8.1 only. Owning Windows 7 is optional, though it will help with step 1 below. Boot Camp on the new Mac Pro will not let you install Windows 7 directly, however, and purchasing Windows 8.1 will not give you an ISO.
Before you do this, make a full backup of your computer. You’re going to be live partitioning, you never know what might go wrong.
Here’s how you make this all work:
First, you’ll need to have Windows (7, 8 or 8.1) installed somewhere else. This is a very annoying step 1, but unfortunately it’s a requirement. The reason is that you’ll need to use an existing install of Windows to generate a Windows 8.1 ISO image. Microsoft does not provide this directly through purchase. If you own Windows 7, you can install that into Parallels or VMWare temporarily somewhere (or even on your Mac Pro). If you don’t own a copy of Windows 7, you’ll either need to buy one or use someone else’s computer for the next step, sadly.
If you haven’t already, buy Windows 8.1 from the Microsoft Store, in download form. (Or, avoid this whole thing and buy the DVD version and then just wait for that to arrive in the mail and make an ISO of it, but you’re probably impatient like I am and it’s 2AM and you just want this to happen now so keep reading).
On your existing Windows machine, open the WindowsSetupBox.exe application that you downloaded from Microsoft. Wait for it to do things. When it gets to the part about asking you what it should do, you want to choose “Install by creating media”, then ISO file. This will create an ISO of the Windows 8.1 installer. When it’s done, copy it over to your Mac Pro.
Find an external USB drive. Preferably USB 3.0 since that will save you time. I’d suggest the WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3 drive. It’s fast, light and tiny and when you’re done installing Windows you can use it as a backup drive (you do regular backups, right?).
Critical Step: Eject and disconnect all other hard drives from your system. Thunderbolt, USB, anything. This includes, say, an iMac in Target Display Mode. If you do not do this, you will get an error when trying to install Windows. This is a known issue.
Open the Boot Camp Assistant. Go through all the steps. It will ask you for that Windows 8.1 ISO you created and for the external drive you want to use. It will then format the drive, do all that nonsense, and then ask you to partition. Try not to poop your pants while OS X live partitions your drive.
When it’s done, you’ll restart and enter the Windows 8.1 installer. Enter your product key and select languages. When you’re asked which type of install you want, choose “Custom”.
You’ll be presented with a list of partitions. Find the one called “BOOTCAMP”. Do not touch any other partition in this list. Take note of the size of this partition so you’ll be able to identify it later without the word “BOOTCAMP”. Select the “BOOTCAMP” partition and click “format”. When it’s done, find that same partition in the list (it will no longer be titled “BOOTCAMP”, this is why you should have noted the size). Select it and click “Next”. Windows 8.1 will install.
When Windows 8.1 is done installing, open Windows Explorer and browse into the WININSTALL external drive and find the Boot Camp assistant software and install it, restart when complete.
Hello :) Back in 2012 I believe you mentioned that you were going to risk trying the new Jawbone UP in hopes that it was an improvement on the first release. I have seen that there is now the UP24 also ( which I unfortunately cannot buy here in the uk ) but I was wondering whether you knew if the UP had resolved its issues as was worth purchasing? I am considering switching from my FitBit One :) Many thanks, Grace
I never tried the new UP because the old UP was so terrible I couldn’t justify it. The UP24 adds wireless, which is nice, but I found the band (which is effectively the same on both devices) to be uncomfortable, especially while working (it was nearly impossible to keep my hands on the desk and type with the band on because it’s so thick). I’m assuming they have resolved their issues by now, but I don’t know first-hand.
For the most part I use the Fitbit Flex—comfortable, thin band which allows typing without issue, very lightweight, hate the fact that it has no clock in it (but glad I never bought a Fitbit Force since it seems to be giving people insane skin rashes). To be honest I haven’t been wearing it of late. All of this passive data collection is fun but pointless. Do I really need to know how many steps I’ve taken in a day, especially if it doesn’t drive me to change anything? The reality is that I don’t walk much on weekdays because I’m here in the home office doing work. On weekends, I walk plenty. But I don’t know if having the hard data for that means anything to me anymore.
I’ve been having a lot more fun recording data in Reporter for iPhone, which allows me to track activities, mood, games I’ve played and anything else I desire. I’m looking forward to looking at the raw data from this after a few months.
We’ve spent a lot of time trying to find the right group communication tool at Karbon. We tried Campfire, HipChat, Kickoff, HipChat again, and then finally Slack came around and blew them all out of the water.
Slack’s well designed, fully-featured and makes chatting, sharing files and screenshots and setting up Google Hangouts a breeze. They also have native apps for OS X and iOS with push notification support. Slack launched publicly today but we’ve been using it for months now and we love it. Seriously, you should give it a shot.
I’m going to try using App.net for feedback here on the site. I know, I know, comments, bleh. But the nice thing about doing it this way is these aren’t comments, they’re public @replies on ADN to me with an attachment link to the post you’re writing about. So hopefully that’ll keep things civil.
I don’t know how long I’ll try this for, but it’s a nice way to track feedback to specific posts so let’s give it a shot. You can find the post form on any permalink page (hint: that timestamp link), including this one.
I spent some time today updating this list of all the applications, tools and utilities we use on a daily basis at Karbon. We’ve added a few new apps and retired a few as well. If you’re into big lists of awesome software, dig in.
These days I’ve been shooting mostly with the Leica M Typ 240. Before that, a majority of my photos were with the Sony NEX-7. Further back there are a lot of Canon 5D Mark II and Fujifilm X100 shots. (I wish I could link to the X100 shots easily but I can’t because Flickr’s camera finder is broken for that model.)
Many months ago I tried the Sony RX1 but couldn’t really get into it and returned the camera a week later. After shooting with the Leica M these past few months I think the M is the best camera I’ve ever owned or shot with, but it’s very large and heavy and valuable so I don’t feel comfortable throwing it on my back every single day, especially with a kid running around. Based on this (and constant gushing from friends), I decided to give the RX1 another shot as my every day camera for 30 days. This time I put an EVF on it (huge difference) and so far I’ve been pretty happy with the results. Shots come out a little overblown and fringed, but they’re fixable in Lightroom and compared to the M this camera is tiny and light and quick.
Speaking of #nerdery - how did you manage to download the Facebook Lookback video? I assume that was necessary in order to upload it to Tumblr? Would love to have a local copy for posterity.
Search the source of your Look Back page for the video embed and its flashvars attribute, which is a giant URL-encoded string. Decode that (you can use this online tool) and then grab the hd_src value. You’ll need to take out the escapes on the slashes (replace \/ with /) and then you’re left with the full HD URL. Go download it!
Christopher’s encounters in DayZ are chilling and make for fascinating reading. I haven’t had a chance to play the game but I’d love to look around at some point in the future based on these posts alone. Give people the tools to act how they want and most of the time they’ll act horrifyingly. Then again, it is a post-apocalyptic game, perhaps that’s exactly what it takes to survive in there. Either way, this is a great social experiment.
Maybe the reason all doors depicted in the future open by sliding up or sliding in from the sides is that no single human being since the beginning of time has lived in a dwelling where at least one door didn’t have a functional issue. Some are too loose in their frames, some are too tight. Maybe you have one of those doors that you have to push really hard to get to stay closed because the bolt and the strike plate don’t quite line up. Then, of course, you have the rusting, squeaking hinges. And, if you live in a state with earthquakes, you have the cracks running up from each top corner. Doors are frequently too far from the ground (hello, drafts!) or too close the ground (enjoy that lovely scraping sound every time you enter or exit!). For such a fundamental part of building construction, we sure don’t seem to be getting any better at installing these things.
The current wave of the future is low-powered Bluetooth door locks which don’t require you to carry keys and I’m all for that. But it might be nice if someone figures out how to get those future doors working soon or at least invest in getting the doors of today to be less of a crummy mess.
There’s a simple fix here. We think Facebook can apply the same degree of thought they put into the app into building a brand name of their own. An app about stories shouldn’t start with someone else’s story. Facebook should stop using our brand name.
I get why Facebook initially thought to call their new app Paper—built using Origami, it’s like reading today’s paper but with your social connections, etc—but that name should have been immediately ruled out due to the immense success of FiftyThree’s Paper and, frankly, common courtesy. It’s not surprising Facebook considers itself big and powerful enough to carelessly clobber any existing brand but I would have hoped they’d make the right decision from the start. Not terribly hopeful they’ll make the right one now.
The only app on my primary home screen (out of 24 apps total) that hasn’t been updated for iOS 7 is Path. iOS 7 was released on September 18, 2013. That was 135 days ago. iOS 7 was announced—and the first beta was delivered to developers—on June 10, 2013. That was 235 days ago. That means the team at Path has had 235 days to update their iOS application for iOS 7’s design language. They have not.
What they have done in the past 235 days is release 1 new paid photo filter, 25 paid sticker packs, a paid “premium” account level which gives you sticker packs and a pat on the back, released a version for Kindle Fire, released a beta for Windows Phone 8 and added a much needed private sharing feature. Oh, and they spammed the hell out of users’ contacts via SMS (and robocalls!), so that’s cool.
Back in October, they laid off 20% of their staff so I understand the desire to keep cranking out sticker packs hoping the money will pour in. But how on earth can a company claiming to be “on a mission to create happiness by building tools for your personal life” be nearly a year behind on releasing an update for the world’s most popular mobile operating system?
After months of trying to secure more funding it looks like Path was successful, grabbing $25 million in a Series C round. Hopefully a few million of that is set aside for building with the iOS 7 SDK and fixing a handful of year-old bugs rendering parts of the app jokingly outdated.
I use Path to share private moments with my family across the country and I love the product, but boy oh boy does it seemed doomed to failure. Then again, I could always replace it with my own custom-designed, one-of-a-kind bespoke app and just have my family use that. But I’d rather see Path succeed.
Update (5PM): Michael Potter, iOS engineer at Path, tweeted that Path’s iOS 7 update will launch February 7, “if all goes well with the App Store.” Hopefully this is indeed the case. Though I guess we’ll have to wait until then to see what they’ve come up with and if it’s worthy of the 235-day development cycle.
When you’re about to have a baby, people always say the same things: “Oh, get ready to never sleep again!” “Just wait until he starts walking, then the real challenge begins!” “Kids are annoying, who wants one!” And while some of that is true (walking definitely presents challenges) and some depends on your specific kid (Oliver actually slept well from day one, luckily), the focus is always on the child and how challenging keeping them alive, content and healthy will be. What no one mentions is how huge the impact of having kids will be on running your home every day. I’m not talking about sleep or personal hygiene. I’m talking about all of those daily tasks everyone has and how they suddenly become exponential. And you can never get ahead because everything starts again the very next day.
We run the dishwasher at least once a day. We’ve had many two-times days. And even with all of that, every night the sink is full of dishes and every morning there’re more to do when I wake up. If we didn’t have a dishwasher, we would have died months ago. Laundry? Hah! I’ll see your laundry and raise you every single piece of fabric in our house is constantly in need of washing and piling up in the laundry room. We had to buy another laundry basket because the one was overflowing every day. Think you got all of it done by spending all day yesterday doing 11 loads? Hilarious, today isn’t yesterday and here’s a bunch more soiled bibs and shirts and wet towels. Remember when you went to the grocery store on Sunday and bought everything you could think of? Yeah, well, that’s all gone. Unless you want to eat tuna straight out of a can, you’d better hop over to the store again. While you’re at it, make sure you update your Amazon subscribe-and-save diaper delivery schedule because you’re out of them again even though it seems like you had 200 to spare a few days ago.
These little things add up to many hours a day. It’s amazing and tiring and frustrating. The kid part is actually pretty great.
“I always tell new people in show business, ‘Look, show business pays you a lot of money because eventually you’re going to get screwed. And when you get screwed, you will have this pile of money off to the side….That’s the way it works,’” Leno told Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes Sunday night.
To Leno’s mind, “getting screwed” is what is—once again—happening to him. In the 15-minute interview, Leno was simultaneously defensive—like when he explained for the umpteenth time he had nothing to do with Conan O’Brien’s 2009 Tonight Show departure—and resigned to the next chapter, like when he explained that, at 64, he simply doesn’t have his finger on some of the “social” aspects successor Jimmy Fallon does. “I see him do a dance number with Justin Timberlake and I think, ‘Well, I can’t do that.’” (He also copped to not knowing the latest Justin Bieber single—which more than a few people would actually count as a positive.)
It fascinates me to no end that Jay Leno is so delusional so as to think he’s “getting screwed” by being replaced on the Tonight Show after 22 years. Further, his continual claims that he “had nothing to do with” Conan losing the Tonight Show—even though The Jay Leno Show tanked in the timeslot before Tonight, effectively stopping people from watching either show—are just ridiculous. This is a man who has made a career out of being the guy everyone else loathes. For someone who claims to have no part in these scandals, he sure has racked them up over the past few decades.
Leno’s Tonight Show isn’t funny. If he were terrific and likable and funny that’d be one thing, but on top of all of this he’s boring and seems to only be popular with old people who need to watch TV to fall asleep. I don’t think Jimmy Fallon is the right guy to take over Tonight, but it’s hard to think of how he could be any worse than Leno and at this point the show needs to change.
“Scratch is probably our favorite iOS  redesign. The designers at Karbon did an amazing job with this one. Not only is the app absolutely breathtaking, the icon too is gorgeous to look at. Creating quick-fire notes with Scratch is a breeze and sharing them outwards is just as easy.”—Beautiful Pixels
One of those really fun, magical products. Stupid-simple unlocking of your Mac by knocking on your iPhone. The iPhone doesn’t even need to be unlocked or on, just knock the idle phone and it works. Super cool.
I love xPad and am reluctant to upgrade to Mavericks without being sure xPad will work
Amazingly, it seems to work just fine. That will make this the 10th year and 7th major OS X release since I built xPad and it still works effectively perfectly without a single update in nearly a decade. Goes to show you how stable the core AppKit components in OS X have been over the years. Not too shabby considering I didn’t know what the hell I was doing when I built xPad.
Also worth noting: Since I reset statistics 3 years ago, xPad has been downloaded over 260,000 times. I don’t even know what to do with that information—it’s insane.