Red iPhones and Other Trinkets

There’s been a few Apple announcements of note these past seven days, besides the underwhelming iPad reveal. Let’s look at them. Red iPhone When I was in Japan several years ago, I spotted a red edition Nintendo DS Lite in the depths of Electric Town. It looked awesome, with its winning combination of red and... Continue Reading →

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Winterlogged

Much of the North West of this continent was hit by a snowstorm last night. Montreal is no stranger to snow, but even this mighty city can grind to a halt until the snow clearing efforts have a chance to get underway. It must have been big, as Montreal's comedy mayor was recommending people to... Continue Reading →

The Magic Apple Box

From this article published in Motherboard, it really drives home the levels of paranoid secrecy Apple will go to: If you take a phone with a cracked screen to the Apple Store, the Geniuses there don't have to swap the button from your old screen to the new one. According to one current and two... Continue Reading →

Waiting for Beck

Beck promised us a new album. Beck lied, but Beck is still awesome and we forgive him. Well OK, he didn’t really lie, he’s just taking his time to perfect it and get real paid. In the meantime he’s released a bunch of singles, none of which we know for sure will be on the... Continue Reading →

The State of iOS Web Applications

A few years ago I started work on a webapp for iOS to report delays on Montreal’s Metro. On the front-end it was pretty crude, more of an experiment than anything else. But it developed into something myself and a few other people found useful. My overall aim was to create something which behaved like... Continue Reading →

Mario Maker: World 1-1?

I had lofty plans for my time off over Christmas, but in the end I mostly played Mario Maker on my 3DS, turning my hand to some fledgling level design. By the way, having missed the Wii U version, I’m rating this as one of the most enjoyable games I’ve played on a Nintendo handheld... Continue Reading →

Apache on a Mac Using Docker

In this short article I’m going to show you how to setup Apache on macOS using Docker. Why use Docker? macOS includes a build in Apache server, but whereas in days’ past you could easily enable it with a simple checkbox, nowadays you need a bit of Apache knowledge to activate it. I’m not sure... Continue Reading →

IFS and Z-Shell

Nothing inspires a short blog writing like the “Eureka!” moment you get when something which was evading you clicks into place. I’ve been using Z-Shell for a while now as my primary shell of choice. However, I usually write my shell scripts in Bash. Occasionally I come across a situation where I have a shell... Continue Reading →

Time Machine is Broken

If you’ve got one or more Macs backing up to Time Machine via WiFi, how many times have you seen this? Backing up is the essential activity to protect the integrity of your data, so how did Apple’s famed backup technology become so unreliable? Allow me to regale you with a short history lesson, and... Continue Reading →

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