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A hidden Mac paint program

I didn't know that every Mac comes with a simple paint program built-in, until I asked for advice on getting a new one. It's part of the Preview application. Here's how to access it. How to Copy an image to the clipboard. Launch theShow More Summary

Turn off Flash in Chrome

Yesterday I followed Tracy Hern's advice and turned off the Flash plug-in in Chrome/Mac, and things are now running faster and in less memory. Haven't had a clipboard failure since. Of course that's not yet proof that the problem is gone. Show More Summary

How to rebuild journalism

I read Emily Bell's speech and her piece in the Guardian over the weekend. They fairly well reflect what you hear from journalism pundits. I don't think they know how to listen to technology. They of course, being journalists, focus on the money. Show More Summary

My two tech motivations

I want to keep the things that are open open. I want to make more things that are open. I need more surface to develop on. I don't at this time work inside a big company. Maybe the only way to play with the good toys is to hook up with one. Show More Summary

Little Pork Chop's corner-turn

The transition of Little Pork Chop to a whitelist-based app has been a great success. Basically people are using it for short-form blogging via Twitter. I get to learn from watching how they use it. I'm already getting ideas. Everyone wins.

Quick review of Interstellar

I loved Interstellar. I liked the story, the acting, the visual effects, the role that love and science play in the story, the scale of it. I never rolled my eyes once. I was in the story from beginning to end. All these are unusual for me. Show More Summary

Chrome is dying, day 3

I have been using Chrome 39 on my Mac for a couple of days. At first it looked like the problems with the clipboard had been solved, but it's pretty clear that it's still pretty badly broken. I no longer think there's any chance that...Show More Summary

Stuck in the middle

The latest Uber "scandal" makes a few things clear, to me at least. The tech industry needs to change, to adjust to the reality that it's no longer a startup industry. Our products are used everywhere. They are infrastructure, culture,...Show More Summary

A museum piece that still works

In March 2007, I was doing a lot of experimenting with Twitter and news. I wanted to see how they fit together. So I hooked up the flow of the NYT to a Twitter channel I set up. It was great! 3/16/2007: "Because Twitter has a publicShow More Summary

Chrome is dying

I don't usually like death metaphors for software but it really seems to apply to Chrome on the Mac. It just keeps getting more and more impossible to use. The latest awfulness Closing tabs causes the browser to crash. Fairly regularly and reproducibly. Unfortunately I left a few tabs open with YouTube videos. Show More Summary

UserTalk in JavaScript?

Now that I'm pretty comfortable with node.js, I had a thought that it might be fun to write a UserTalk interpreter in JavaScript, and port db.c from Frontier, and run manila.root under node.js. It'd be kind of like running MacWrite in the browser. You'd have to have been around here a while to understand how weird that would be! In maybe a fun way. Still diggin!

The kind of feminism I support

I posted this in a comment in a Facebook thread. I wanted to make it a bit more visible. Dale, when I see people on the net being gentle and kind and loving in supporting women's rights, I push it with every ounce of flow I have. People don't get inflamed with gentleness, but that's how minds get changed. Show More Summary

Citizen Omidyar

Today kicks off the Newsgeist unconference in Phoenix. It's been anticipated because First Look founders Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar will meet face to face for the first time. It really will be their first look (sorry). So you...Show More Summary

Where do you put your curly braces?

Brent doesn't like } else { -- and neither do I. Yuck! Here's how I do it, illustrated in a screen shot. I write code in an outliner. This is the only way it works, from an editing standpoint.

Chrome is dying, day 2

At the urging of several commenters, I switched back to the normal Chrome build, and trashed the Canary build. However I wasn't running Canary because I wanted to be bleeding edge, quite the opposite. The main Chrome thread has serious breakage in the clipboard and debugger, and as a developer I depend on both. Show More Summary

Redskins ==> Americans

It seems obvious that the Washington Redskins will change their name sometime in the near future. The name of the team is a disgrace. It's not just relevant to their fans, but should take into account the feelings of everyone who has...Show More Summary

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