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Nostradamus Corner 2017
05 Jan 2017
Well, here we go again: another year, another fart-worthy folio of futile fog-peering. With last year’s predictions plumbing new depths of uselessness by scoring a contemptible 2⁄10 on the Nostradam-O-Meter®, there’s only one way to go this year! [mind you, with me at the helm of the Good Ship Predicto, that way is probably downwards]. Anyway, without further ado lets quack aside the mists of time and gaze into the future for 2017.... [ Read More ]
Flat Broke
24 Nov 2015
Hipster design team, ready for action. [image credit: edinphoto.org.uk] You remember a while back I treated you to a bit of a rant enlightened monologue on the folly of the headlong rush towards ‘Flat Design’, spearheaded by Apple and dutifully, slavishly followed by every other fucking designer on the planet? Well, in that post I commented on the fact that Xiaomi had recently succumbed to the ‘flatness fetish’ and speculated on what this might mean for the design of their forthcoming MIUI6 Android distro [Xiaomi having been one of the companies whose ‘fun’ skeuomorphic interface designs I’d previously admired]:... [ Read More ]
Cult of Personality
07 Oct 2015
Mr. WiPpy Today’s hilarious jape is based on my girlfriend’s experience of dealing with Apple’s online chat support the other day – after she’d been unable to book a ‘Genius Bar’ appointment online. Skillfully blending all that’s worst in Customer Service on both sides of the Atlantic, the people she ‘chatted’ to online combined an almost manic ‘feeling your pain’ Californian empathy, with a traditional British reluctance to help –which was really quite disturbing.... [ Read More ]
Hold on to What You've Got
01 Oct 2015
App store chore Just a quick reminder folks that, if you’re planning to upgrade[?] to OSX El Capitán in the near future and you have more than one computer to upgrade, you’ll want to grab a copy of the installer application, before hitting that big Continue button –otherwise the installer will self-destruct [well, ‘self-delete’ anyway] when done and you’ll have to download all 6,09GB of it all over again, to install on your next computer.... [ Read More ]
Apple Security Update Broke SSL
03 May 2015
DISCLAIMER: I am by no stretch of the imagination a “Security Expert”. So please bear in mind that following any advice I give on the subject is akin to placing your todger in the hands of Sweeney Todd and asking for ‘Just a pubic trim, please…’ DISCLAIMER2: In explaining this lot, I’m over-simplifying and using generic terms a lot. That’s partly because I don’t know what the feck I’m talking about.... [ Read More ]
In Praise of Skeuomorphism
23 Mar 2015
One of the big changes that was trumpeted across the geek press, when Apple announced OSX Yosemite was Apple’s decision to do away with any hint of ‘Skeuomorphism’ in the look of the OS. Flattely will get you nowhere! In a software setting, skeuomorphism means designing a software interface so it looks like a real world object. So, for example, a diary application might present an interface which looks like a leather bound ledger, or a calendar app might animate the turning pages of a calendar as you flip through its screens.... [ Read More ]
Single-Boot Debian Wheezy on MacBook Pro 4,1
12 Oct 2013
Fresh from all my “right side of the brain” wannabe-artistic efforts of the past couple of weeks, I thought I’d give old left-brain a bit of an outing and let him record how he [finally!] managed to get Debian Wheezy booting as the sole OS on an old MacBook Pro 4,1. Disclaimer: As everything Linux-related I attempt seems to comprise at least twice as much luck, voodoo and chicken entrail interpretation as it does ‘knowing-what-the-fuck-I’m-doing’, this is very much one of those YMMV kind of posts.... [ Read More ]
Creating an Apple Keyboard Mapping for Debian
01 Jan 2013
old Apple keyboard Old macs never die…. at least in my house where, when they get a bit too long in the tooth to handle the latest versions of OSX, I usually install Debian linux on them [often sans GUI], as that’s what I run on my webservers, so it’s nice to have a Debian box or three lying round the house, so I can practice my l33t *nix skills, without breaking the internet.... [ Read More ]
Apple Knows Where You've Been!
25 Apr 2011
Lots of scandal in the technology press this past week about the discovery by Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden [a couple of computer security researchers] that our beloved iPhones are keeping tabs on us wherever we go, storing this information in a hidden file called consolidated.db on the phone and also backing it up to your computer, whenever you sync your phone with iTunes. Apparently it is mentioned in the terms and conditions you sign up to, when you buy an iPhone that:... [ Read More ]
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