Nuclear Elephant: iPhone Wipe

Nuclear Elephant: iPhone Wipe: Since my posts regarding the iPhone restore mode being insufficient for wiping data (and Apple’s own refurbishing process also being insufficient), many have emailed me asking for instructions on how to properly wipe personal data off of the iPhone. I’ve been very quiet about how to properly lift data in a forensic manner, as my goal is to avoid seeing a bunch of evidence erasers pop up in the wild (I’ve already been approached by Symantec about this). What I will share, however, is the way in which I wipe my own devices before I resell them, which I believe the consumer has a right to do. Mind you, I make no guarantees about this and accept no responsibility for you hosing your iPhone. This is what works for me. [Anyone try this?]

Title Case for Ruby

Title Case for Ruby:

There’s been a great response to my request to convert Title Case, Gruber’s nifty perl-based title-casing tool into Ruby so the rest of the world (just kidding, Perl people!) can make use of it.

Here are the initial responders:

Source: The Hivelogic Narrative

Jack Brown Green’s… a little Hampsten for my commute

jack_brown_green.jpgAmongst my other chores today was replacing the skinny, fast, tires on the fixie with something a bit more plush. Now there’s lot’s more cush and they’re smooth rolling. It’s a commute, not a race (mostly :~)

I love that the tire dimensions are listed on the package as 622 x 33.33333… you can see the continuation line on the tire itself (below). They make a “Brown” version that is slightly heavier and reinforced.

On the right is my Salsa Casserole in it’s current minimalist config, now with the JB Greens. I got mine through Rivendell, a bastion of practical cycling.

Below is Andy Hampsten’s Strada Bianca Ti. Same tires… but I’ve never won the Giro. Make of that what you will. Credit for the picture of Andy’s bike credit goes to the irrepressible James Huang of


[Update: I did 15 miles on this setup. As nice as I could hope for. Onward!]