I’ve been paying quite a bit of attention to the story of Edward Snowden — the former CIA contractor who leaked classified information to the American public about how the government is spying on us through acronym-laden programs known as “PRISM” and “MUSCULAR”. Allow me to be your tour guide as we uncover just a […]
I’ve been spending time with iOS 7 since WWDC this year, and I wanted to post a few notes. I installed Beta 1 on my iPhone 5 the day it was available at WWDC. I toyed with it for an hour before returning to 6.1.4. It was appallingly ugly and very, very slow. The icons […]
This is one of a few quick tutorials I’ve had sitting around on my hard drive for a while. I’m posting it now for the sake of anyone who may find these instructions useful. It’s important to note that these are the instructions you’d use for a standalone EC2 instance. If your app is low-traffic […]
I learned at a relatively young age what makes a good password versus a bad password, and I’ve tried to always use these qualities in the passwords that I choose. The Problem Unfortunately, even with the best intentions, you inevitably end up re-using one or a few passwords across every single website you log into. […]
In 2011, I wrote about Apple vs. Android and how “It’s all about the ecosystem, stupid!” The more time I spend with my iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, the more of a believer I become in the power of the ecosystem. The Digital Hub Apple spent the first decade of this century focusing on […]
Nearly 2 years ago, I became a Cord-Cutter. I couldn’t see the sense in paying a ton of money every month for 500 channels that I didn’t watch, just so that I could catch the occasional show. I invested in Netflix and Hulu Plus accounts so that I could watch most of my shows, and […]
I often find myself wanting to watch my movies when I’m on-the-go, or sitting at work writing code. I also have one Blu-ray player in the house, and hate having to sit through one unskippable warning or commercial after another. Because of this, I choose to exercise my fair-use right to format-shift my movies into […]
For my fellow video nerds, the ITU announced today that its members had agreed upon the format for the successor to H.264 video — H.265, also known as “High-Efficiency Video Coding”. H.264 and HDTV Today, most TVs support 1080p, although most content (TV shows, most video games) are only 720p. Blu-ray movies and a handful […]
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