Nine Years

Today is the ninth anniversary of my photo-of-the-day photoblog. It’s not always been a photo of the day (I skipped Saturdays and Sundays for the first few years), and I took some breaks now and again. It’s always fun for me to look back and see how much I’ve improved over the years.

Heartbleed OpenSSL and Password Management

In the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug, I think we need a new feature supported in all password managers – the ability to en masse flag all passwords as compromised. Once this happens, when you visit a site with a flag password, you are prompted to change it. Further, you could look at a list and doing some js magic, auto-open tabs with each impacted site, one at a time. As you change them, the flag is cleared in the password manager, and you can easily track how well you are keeping yourself covered.

From my limited investigation, LastPass.com‘s password manager and the iCloud Keychain do not support anything like this.

This Is Such Crap

Google, please stop trying to make us sign into everything under the sun (on iOS) with our Google accounts. I understand Mail and Drive, but Google Maps was trying to push me into using a Google Account recently. Today’s attempt to make me sign in is YouTube, by putting the “Use YouTube without a Google Account” link behind the “Select another account” link. In what world is not using an account considered signing in with a different account?

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I don’t mind the option to sign in – but please make it clear that you don’t have to.

Mechanical Keyboards

For the second time in my life, I have a real keyboard. I didn’t much appreciate it the first time around – I was too young to understand why people loved the Apple Extended Keyboard II with it’s Alps key switches and unbeatable durability. Sadly, they are in short supply (having been discontinued for 20 years now) and require ADB->USB adapters to make them work on modern computers.

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For Christmas this year, I got a Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate.

This time around, I know what I have. It’s really a world of difference for people who use the keyboard to interact with a computer all day long, as I have done professionally for almost 15 years now. (The sad hipster part of me wonders how I ever got by with the rubber membrane keyboards or the laptop-style keyboards that Apple sells). It’s such a difference that I’m probably going to buy another real keyboard to take to the office with me, even though they cost $100+, and go up quickly.

As a side note, the new keyboard doesn’t have printing on the keycaps. So, looking at the keys really doesn’t help you at all. I’ve become a significantly better touch-typist over the last two-ish months that I’ve been using this keyboard.

Small Annoyances

Yesterday, Apple partially fixed an annoyance I’ve had with iOS 7, the iPhone 5S and the camera roll. It’s a minor thing, really, but it was a limitation I ran into every day: burst-photography with the 5S’s camera was lumped into a collection of photos, and didn’t upload the images to the Camera Roll until you had picked out favorite images. This means that you had to either go back after shooting and pick through the images on the phone, or sync your phone with your computer directly. Needless to say, I just stopped taking burst photographs when I could avoid it.

With the iOS 7.1 update, there is now a setting (“Settings” -> “Photos &” Camera -> “Upload Burst Photos”) to send everything to PhotoStream, which is close to what I want – but it still doesn’t update the Camera Roll, which means DropBox never sees the images. I don’t know if the DropBox folks could pull from PhotoStream instead of the Camera Roll (I very much doubt it), but this kind of crap drives me nuts.

I’m almost tempted to go back to PhotoStream and point photo-importer back at the PhotoStream folder. But then I remember I’m not crazy and I don’t want to sign up for extra work.