Category Archives: Serial

Film score draft

If I were on The Incomparable’s film score draft, here’s the lists that I would have worked from:

Top List

  • Tron: Legacy
  • Pirates of the Carriage
  • Oblivion
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • Divergent
  • The Way, Way Back
  • The Space Between Us
  • The Circle

Honorable Mention

  1. Casino Royale
  2. The Social Network
  3. Back to the Future, Part 3
  4. Gladiator

Have I passed Peak Apple?

After today’s event, I’m not planning to buy any of the new Apple products. Marco Arment‘s line about Apple increasingly making products that “just aren’t for me” (probably uttered on ATP, since a quick search of his blog doesn’t reveal the phrase) came to mind.

I own a Series 0 Apple Watch that I bought mostly for the novelty. I still wear it every day, but the health and fitness improvements in the newer models do not appeal to me, so I’ll stick with the one I have.

I am one of the few who is not bothered by the remote on my Apple TV. Since I don’t have a 4K TV, I don’t see any appreciable difference I would gain by updating to the newest version, so I’ll pass on this device too.

I own and love iPhone SE, so the iPhones 8 hold no attraction. I am very interested in the iPhone X and would be willing to pay the high price tag, but the physical size is just too large for my taste. I’ll keep hoping that a revision to the smallest member of the iPhone family keeps pace with the top of the line models.

The iPad Air I bought on launch day has served me well. The Pro tier is well beyond my needs, and since the adjective-less iPad has similar specs, I could go on with the iPad I have, if only I had opted for more than 16GB of storage. That’s one constraint that is becoming too difficult to bear. There will most likely be a 10.5-inch iPad in my collection by the end of the year.

Even my MacBook Pro from 2009 soldiers on with no prospect for replacement in the future, though that’s mostly because it’s disused in favor of the Mac my work provides me for use there and my iPad at home.

Maybe this all adds up to a problem for Apple. Or maybe it’s just a sign of maturity that I’m not chasing after every new, amazing, magical device Apple releases.

Enable SSH key authentication

Client Configuration

Check for SSH keys

$ ls -al ~/.ssh

Generate a key pair on the client

$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "user@example.com"

Add your key to the ssh-agent

$ eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa

Server Configuration

Install the public key on the servers

$ ssh-copy-id -i .ssh/id_rsa.pub user@example.com
$ pbcopy < ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub

Restrict password log in access

$ passwd -l user
$ ssh user@example.com

Thoughts on Today’s  Watch Event

Why did Jeff Williams get the job of introducing ResearchKit?
What’s the story with Toyota and CarPlay?
I noticed the new typeface on the MacBook keyboard by the two-story “a” on the command key.
What did all the wireless technology icons shown around MacBook mean?
That MacBook latch recess looks awfully sharp.
Why are they still selling MacBook Air? Is it just a run-off of stock (with a little spec boost)?
What if I didn’t want to use Pay with my watch? Is there a way to cancel an accidental transaction?
Is Apple saying “yes” to too many things with all these Kits?

Why I Might Want an  Watch

Glances: Weather, Now Playing, Incoming Calls
Move goals and Stand reminder
Pay, Passbook and Hotel room (requires broader support)
I like the black finishes and the my favorite band in the black link bracelet.

iOS 6

iOS 6 is more refined and looks great, but there are a few areas where it’s not so good or needs improvement.

I am not a fan of that new menu bar color. The dark blue is not appealing to me.

When scrolling past the page edges in Safari, the dark linen background appears. I’m not sure what it was before, but I was not happy to see linen here.

The new phone dialer is ugly.

The settings is getting a little cluttered. It would have been nice if Apple had included little text links between pages instead of including every option that you might be looking for in every place you might look for it. The Disclaimers in the new Maps app is a great example of the kind of link I think would be nice.

I’m not on Facebook, so I want all the Facebook sharing options to be hidden.

I wish that notifications overlay had a nicer, more intuitive animation. It’s different than iOS 5, but still weird.

Since iCloud tabs were added, it seems like the next step would be history. I would love it if my entire history would be listed in iCloud so I can browse to recent sites from my iPhone on my Mac. Also, Once I’ve opened a tab on my Mac, I’d like to be able to tell my iPhone to close it (sometimes).