Daring Fireball: How to Temporarily Disable Face ID or Touch ID, and Require a Passcode to Unlock Your iPhone or iPad

Daring Fireball: How to Temporarily Disable Face ID or Touch ID, and Require a Passcode to Unlock Your iPhone or iPad:

Just press and hold the buttons on both sides. Remember that. Try it now. Don’t just memorize it, internalize it, so that you’ll be able to do it without much thought while under duress, like if you’re confronted by a police officer. Remember to do this every time you’re separated from your phone, like when going through the magnetometer at any security checkpoint, especially airports. As soon as you see a metal detector ahead of you, you should think, “Hard-lock my iPhone”.

The second thing is to know your rights. Never ever hand your phone to a cop or anyone vaguely cop-like, like the rent-a-cops working for TSA. If they tell you that you must, refuse. They can and will lie to you about this. If you really need to hand it over, they’ll take it from you. And they won’t get anything from it, because you’ll have already hard-locked it, and you’ll know that you cannot be required to give them your passcode.

[Nothing to add. Well maybe… drill at dinner once a month until it has set in for the whole family? Just a thought. We did last night.]

Daring Fireball: The Dissent

Daring Fireball: The Dissent:

And its poignant conclusion (p. 60):

One of us once said that “[i]t is not often in the law that so few have so quickly changed so much.” For all of us, in our time on this Court, that has never been more true than today. In overruling Roe and Casey, this Court betrays its guiding principles.

With sorrow — for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection — we dissent.

Keep the faith.

[That the highest judges in the land can decide based on their religious beliefs rather than the law is beyond despicable. They mislead congress in order to attain their seats that should be reason to have them removed. This will take a long, long time to fix.]

A hundred things I learned writing my first technical book “Data-Oriented Programming” | Yehonathan Sharvit

A hundred things I learned writing my first technical book “Data-Oriented Programming” | Yehonathan Sharvit:

Usually readers stop reading after reading the middle of the book. If you want them to read the second half of your book, you need to find a way to hook them.
A possible way to hook your readers is to tell a story.
Inspiration is not linear. It’s OK to stop writing for a couple of hours.
Motivation is not linear. It’s OK to stop writing for a couple of weeks.

[Solid list. Excellent stuff]

Scripting News: Echoes of 2002

Scripting News: Echoes of 2002:

So much has changed. There was no Twitter or Facebook in 2002. None of the writing systems we use now existed. I think RSS 2.0 even predates WordPress.#
I have found a way to make it much simpler and easier to evolve feeds on the web, and I’m not waiting for permission I’m just going ahead. That’s in fact what happened after RSS 2.0 with podcasting. We just did it, no one objected, and off we went.


Contraints & Creativity Podcast

Contraint: The state of being restricted or confined within prescribed bounds.

Creativity, the ability to bring into existence something new, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form.

A podcast. Soonish!

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Apple previews innovative accessibility features – Apple

Apple previews innovative accessibility features – Apple:

Apple today previewed innovative software features that introduce new ways for users with disabilities to navigate, connect, and get the most out of Apple products. These powerful updates combine the company’s latest technologies to deliver unique and customizable tools for users, and build on Apple’s long-standing commitment to making products that work for everyone.

[One group that I don’t feel is classified as disabled is the elderly. As we age, things that were once easy and not requiring much through or intention become difficult to impossible. Part of the issue is the huge spread in ability as we age… there’s no easy single solution. But there is similarity to other stages of life and therefore we should be able to produce features that make it easier to manage the complexity of device life.

If anyone would like to work on some ideas in this area, I’d love to be involved. I’m looking at you Apple, but any Indy iOS devs are welcome!]

Scripting News: The Bose speaker review

Scripting News: The Bose speaker review:

I had to download their app just to turn it on, and then I had to create an account on their service. I also had to check off their agreement, which of course I didn’t read. So right off the bat, before it even says anything to me, I hate it.#

[I totally get that hatred. Bose makes some great sounding stuff, and I understand the BigCo product pipeline that leads to the desire to compete (Better Sound because Bose! Now with Alexa!) but the cost is too high in terms of privacy and design. And in case apparently in dollars too. I have owned Bose products for “daily driver” listening for 30 years… because they appreciated the need for quality sound in a small package.]

My iPhone Walk shortcut (NFC)

I’ve been walking for over six months on a daily basis, and it felt like it was time to automate the start of the routine. The shortcut looks like this:

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I hold my phone near the NFC tag and it vibrates the phone, starts the workout on my watch, and send a message to my wife letting her know I’m out the door.

I’ll test and tweak for a few days and then create another for the end of the walk. Update: Sadly there is no “end workout” event as of yet… that sucks.

20. Framing

20. Framing:

Which customer segment is affected? How valuable is this segment compared to the others? What other things are going on in the business that need our attention? You’ll sometimes see live SQL queries and people pulling up past customer research data in a framing session to answer a question or narrow down the opportunity.

The output of a framing session is a well-framed problem: something where the business says “if we can shape this into something doable and execute within X weeks, that will be meaningful to us.” There’s a commitment to spend time shaping, but not yet a commitment to go into a build cycle. That final bet still needs to be made based on how the shaping goes.

[A missing link to a great degree for many companies.]

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