Domestic surveillance and police riots

San Diego has so far escaped the worst of the 2020 police riots, but I’ve still been keeping an eye out. My primary tool for doing so is ADS-B aircraft broadcasts and the OpenADSB iOS app. Here are some sample traces, showing the police helicopters over the city: It’s notable that the helicopter probably has […]

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Two fantastic posts about coping with covid-19

So I know a couple of guys who are thriving under covid-19: Doing more workouts, seemingly minimally and proportionally worried, getting their jobs done while getting outdoors for their adapted exercise routine. Truly exemplars of adaptability. Me, I’ve struggled quite a lot. I’ve had a few weeks with two low-grade colds, insomnia, reduced ability to […]

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New cable modem

Maybe it was getting old, or maybe the much-increased traffic from pandemic WFH caused problems, but for whatever reason our Spectrum-provided cable modem has been a problem. I’ve had to power cycle it a few times to clear slowdowns. Symptoms – speed tests dropped down to under 10 megabits, and on reboot would rebound to […]

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1080p webcam for Zoom for $40

Fact 1:In the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re all on Zoom et al quite a lot. Fact 2: Apple webcams are 720p resolution and quite low quality. Fact 3: Nerds want to be helpful. Consequence one: Good webcams are sold out universally. Consequence two: The people behind the cheap and awesome WiFi webcam brand Wyze have written […]

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50-ish Days Later – The Tao of Mac

I’m pretty much exhausted. “Regular” work plus a few overlapping deadlines plus whatever household chores I can manage and all the random stuff that comes with being permanently home means I can’t find the time to relax, let alone do something borderline creative. 50-ish Days Later – The Tao of Mac A better phrasing than […]

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Somehow, things go on

It’s hard and crazy and the disinformation is everywhere but persevere. There are still roses. Hopes for treatment and maybe even a cure though I’m worried there it’ll be years.

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Six feet is the wrong model

A friend sent me this paper on Arxiv.org – “A physicist view of the airborne infection” by Luis A. Anchordoqui and Eugene M. Chudnovsky. They used SimScale to model airflow in an office and included a couple of nice visualizations: The paper is quite concise and worth your time, just under 2.5 pages. Short version? […]

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Damn it Apple

Apple Music on iOS has turned into a ad-infested shitshow of dodgy UX patterns that verge on deceptive; where the big obvious click signs you up to become a positive number on some Apple ARPU dashboard. This sucks. Quite a lot. You literally cannot be rid of this incessant upsell bullshit. Fucking Apple, I pay […]

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Covid run

Literally. Exercise is quite difficult in a pandemic but I really need to manage.

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Introducing Watchsmith – David Smith, Independent iOS Developer

Watchsmith is an application that seeks to give you complete control over the appearance and utility of your Apple Watch. First, it provides a wide array of complications. Each of these is completely customizable, with controls for things like font, color, hand type and location1. The initial set is just over 50 unique complications, with […]

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