I'm Josh Goebel, the creator of Pastie, Invoicie, and Snag the Flag. I make a living writingam a Rails pro and also dabble in photography and other geek stuff.

Running Blind

running blind... we are all running blind.

This is Running Blind. Enjoy.  

I'm Josh Goebel, the creator of Pastie, Invoicie, and Snag the Flag. I make a living writing Rails and also dabble in photography and other geek stuff.
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October

Tue
21
The porn is beautiful. The 5K enables me to see the STD’s in amazing clarity! Not much use besides the porn though.
Tue
21

The Retina iMac versus the Mac Pro, on paper

Dell’s shipping a 5K monitor soon using two DisplayPort 1.2 cables. It’s slated to cost $2500 — the same as the iMac’s starting price.

Man, that’s a tough choice. Do I want just a screen with potentially buggy MST or an entire beautiful Macintosh? (with likely an even better screen)

The 5K Retina iMac is out, and it looks incredible so far on paper — so incredible that I’m seriously considering selling my new Mac Pro to get the Retina iMac instead. In fact, the case for the Mac Pro for anyone but advanced video editors, 3D modelers, and heavy OpenCL users is now weaker than ever.

The entire article is a good read.

Tue
21
Apple Reveal: Retina iMac 5K Has Extra Powerful Screen Resolution

HNGN. Extra powerful resolution? Sign me up.  

Tue
21

Analyzing Retina iMac: How do you squeeze 5K out of a last-gen GPU?

A late-2014 display hooked to an early 2012 GPU The GPU powering the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display is the R9 M290X, with the R9 M295X offered as an optional upgrade. The R9 M295X hasn’t technically been announced, but rumors from months back suggested this would be a Tonga-class GPU. Regardless, the R9 M290X is the minimum spec — and that chip is a rebranded HD 8970M, which was a rebranded HD 7970M, which is functionally equivalent to a desktop Radeon HD 7870.

Is all of this true? Does any of this matter?

One major point that Apple left out of the discussion is whether or not these monitors are 30Hz or 60Hz. Hopefully 60Hz — I expect 60Hz — but 30Hz wouldn’t surprise me.

I would like to know the answer to this.

Update: Gruber is saying 60Hz, but not officially confirmed.

October

Mon
20

Recovering From a Failed Drive With Apple’s Software RAID

Unfortunately OS X’s Software RAID doesn’t offer a Time Machine-like UI, offering to rebuild your RAID for you when it notices a new drive connected and there’s a degraded RAID present.

Man, that would be sweet.

No, you have to do some manual work.

Not some, quite a bit. Yikes. No software RAID for me. Anyone considering software RAID should read this first.

Mon
20

Norway's new bank notes are pixel art dreams

Norway is so cool.

October

Sun
19

South Korean data breaches leave every citizen's ID at risk

There are big data breaches, and then there are massive, nation-changing data breaches. South Korean officials have warned that hacks targeting the country’s national ID number system were so damaging that the government may not only have to revamp how it issues ID numbers, but hand out new ones to every citizen. That could cost the equivalent of $650 million by itself, and businesses might have to spend billions of dollars upgrading their systems to match — you need that ID for many basic tasks in South Korea, so it’s not just a question of a simple software fix.

Uh… Oops?

Sun
19

Allons-y!

Software updates are all handled without user intervention. Software not in the MAS uses a variety of updating methods. Some run in the background and check for updates, prompting the user to download something. Others run only when an application is launched (which is the worst time to ask someone if they want to update their software, they just opened it to do work, not housekeeping.)

This is the worst. I hate every app that does this. I almost always click “no” because I’m ready to start working and have no idea how long a download or upgrade might take. For some apps its seconds, but a slow download of a large app and you’re into the minutes territory pretty fast.

How about an app that silently updates itself after I choose Quit? How does Chrome do this? It always seems to be magically up-to-date.

October

Sat
18

Fast-charging batteries will power your gadgets for 20 years

They’ve developed new lithium ion batteries that can reach a 70 percent charge in two minutes, but should also last for over 20 years — several times longer than the cells in your current laptop or smartphone. The trick is using titanium dioxide nanotubes for the anode (the negative pole) instead of graphite; they both speed up the battery’s chemical reactions while offering 10,000 charging cycles instead of the usual 500.

There’s no definite timetable for when upgraded batteries could reach shipping products, but the mini titanium tubes are both easy to make and relatively inexpensive.

Great news. Can’t wait. Oh no, my iPhone is dead and I need to leave… plug it in while I run to the restroom or grab a tall glass of milk - then unplug it and it’s 70%? Sounds like science fiction.

It’s really about time for some big breakthroughs in battery technology though.

Sat
18
I don’t want to be young again, I just don’t want to get any older.

— /usr/bin/fortune  

Sat
18

On Yosemite GM 3 or Public Beta 6 and wondering how to update to final release?

If you’re already running OS X Yosemite gold master release candidate 3 (GM 3) or public beta 6 (PB 6), you won’t need to update to the final release version in the Mac App Store (MAS). While there are minor differences in build numbers between the versions, Apple is considering both GM 3 and PB 6 as “final” and not offering the MAS version to anyone with either of them already installed.

First question I had.

October

Fri
17

Final's credit card tackles security with unique numbers for each retailer

It’s called Final, and the chip & PIN card serves up a unique number to every place you shop or a “disposable” set of digits for one-time use. So when the next Target or Home Depot breach happens, you’ll only have to deactivate the number assigned to those places rather than go through the hassle with your bank. You can easily deactivate numbers when a subscription has run its course, and set monthly limits so you’re alerted when someone tries to go over that amount or that “free trial” runs out.

It’s funny that the name is “final”, because when I hear this all I think is “finally.” I’ve wanted this forever. Instead of giving someone “my” credit card number I should give them “their” number, and the ability to charge me via that number. If I change my mind, I revoke their number. The spending limits is a great idea I hadn’t thought of but a pretty obvious extension of the idea. And these generated #s should have no expiration dates.

Are there any credit cards or ATM cards out there already doing this and I just don’t know about it?

Fri
17

Unannounced product delayed by success, doom sure to follow ↦

Unannounced Apple products are often reported to be “delayed,” but what does that word really mean? Apple didn’t promise that the product would be available at all, let alone at a given time. Product schedules change all the time, and for plenty of different reasons.

Sometimes I think the media is just too addicted to being sensational - it’s not that they are really as dumb as Snell makes them look. Maybe they are thought.

October

Thu
16

Cockroaches Injected With DNA Nanobots

“This is the first time that biological therapy has been able to match how a computer processor works,” Ido Bachelet from Bar Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials told New Scientist. Next, they said they plan to scale up the computing power that can be put inside a single cockroach — enough to equal a Commodore 64.

Forget the Apple Watch - I’ll take programmable nanobots with the processing power of a C64 any day of the week. The Commodore 64 was my first computer (when I was 6 years old). It wasn’t much… but to think one day nanobots will be as powerful kind of blows my mind. I guess it really shouldn’t surprise me.

Thu
16

When can I get one?