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.

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.

April

Apr
16

"Ground Control to Major Tom"

Loving this song from Walter Mitty.  ”Space Oddity”.  Never heard it before. iTunes, why oh why is it “album only”?  I’m really not going to pay $9.99 for a single song.  I considered it, but no.  I might have paid $1.99 for it, but not $9.99.  Wake up industry.  Profit lost.

April

Apr
15

Daring Fireball: The Nocera Chronicles

Gruber:

Even then — come, say, 2017, when Apple is reaping billions in profits from some product first introduced this year — the doomed-without-Jobs crowd could (and I bet will) just argue that the product succeeded only because it had been conceived while Steve Jobs was alive. It’ll never stop.

Yep.  Steve left behind a scrapbook of new product ideas.  Once Apple releases every idea in the scrapbook their stock will tank and they will fall from the sky faster than a hot air balloon filled with ice.  If a new product fails we’ll know for sure it wasn’t Steve conceived!

April

Apr
14

Heartbleed Explanation

So simple a 5 year old could understand it - not that they would care. (via Engadget)

April

Apr
13

This system can tell if workers are lying by looking at their eyes

The system revolves around an SMI-made camera that monitors pupil dilation as well as the positions of the eyes and head. If you look shifty when answering questions, your supervisors will likely know within minutes. It’s not a perfect system; Converus claims 85 percent accuracy, which could allow for occasional false positives.

Imagine the future Google glasses (or contact lenses) that constantly run in the background analyzing someone’s face, eyes, and body language and can tell you instantly if someone is being untruthful.  Even with only 85% accuracy that is crazy cool (and scary).  I think a lot of the imaginary sci-fi stuff we see in movies is just waiting for chips and batteries to get small enough.

April

Apr
12

Day One's new Publish feature

Today, there’s a significant update to Day One, our favorite journaling and logging app. The update is a new feature called Publish, and it lets you selectively share your Day One entries to the Web.

You don’t have to share your published entries with your legions of social network followers. You see, people can only get to entries that they have the direct link to. So, say, for example, you publish two entries: one you share with all of your twitter followers and the other you share with just your family. Well, neither group will ever come across a link that would send them on to the other entry you published.

I think this is a great idea and may fill a void for me.  After ditching Facebook I thought I’d use everyme more to stay in touch with family but that hasn’t really happened. I also really dislike the new direction they seem to be considering with the survey the new owners just sent out.  This might be a good way to post something semi-personal once in a while and then share via email with friends and family.  We’ll see.

I also like how Day One chooses to explain the feature on their own product page:

Data Retention - Publish allows you to share and participate in multiple social networks, all the while keeping your source entry in a single location—your Day One journal. With this centralized, single source, you’re free to archive, print, and export your entries—even after you stop using a given social media service.

Taking control away from the huge social media services is always a good thing.

April

Apr
11

An Existing Home & Modern Addition Become One

On the ground floor of the new house, they installed a small swimming pool that can be used all year long. The pool sits between two sets of folding doors that can close the pool off to the outdoors when it’s wintertime and open it completely up during the warmer months.

What a great idea.  I wonder what a small pool like this costs as far as installation and then upkeep.

April

Apr
10

Testing SATA Express And Why We Need Faster SSDs

It’s not the increase in battery capacity that has brought us things like 12-hour battery life in 13” MacBook Air but the more efficient chip architectures that can provide more performance while not consuming any more power. The term often used here is “race to idle” because ultimately a faster chip will complete a task faster and can hence spend more time idling, which reduces the overall power consumption.

SSDs are no exception to the rule here. A faster SSD will complete IO requests faster and will thus consume less power in total because it will be idling more (assuming similar power consumptions at idle and under load). If the interface is the bottleneck, there will be cases when the drive could complete tasks faster if the interface was up for that. This is where we need PCIe.

Never thought about needing faster SSDs to increase battery life.  Imagine how the world would change if we improved battery technology at the same pace we improved the rest of technology.

April

Apr
9

Household Brands Become Tasty Street Art

Yum.

April

Apr
8

Apple After Jobs: Pretty Much the Same as Ever

This is a tired criticism, one that fundamentally misunderstands how Apple works. Apple has always created its next big things in secret. Unlike Google and Microsoft, it rarely publicizes its innovations before they’re ready.

The fact that we don’t know what Apple will do next could be evidence that it has run out of ideas. But you could have said the same thing late in 2001, just before it launched the iPod, or in 2007 just before it launched the iPhone, or in 2010 just before it launched the iPad.

Indeed, lack of evidence of the next big thing may just be proof of it’s existence - and it must be really truly amazing if it’s such a well kept secret.

April

Apr
7

Popular Brand Packaging Redesigned to Eliminate Waste

For his masters thesis, recent Pratt Institute graduate Aaron Mickelson redesigned mainstream consumer packaging to eliminate waste. How? By creating a package that completely disappears by the time the product is finished. The Disappearing Project presents 5 different solutions in a hope to spark conversation and change.

Great ideas - wish this kind of stuff made it into retail.

April

Apr
6

Lumio: A Portable Light That Opens Up Like a Book

While Lumio looks like a bound book at first glance, you’ll realize as soon as you begin to open it up that the “pages” don’t contain words. The wooden cover holds the “pages” that are made from sturdy Tyvek material that expands and emits a warm, diffused light. The small, lightweight design makes it perfect to tote anywhere so that when you’re in need of some extra light, simply open it up, and boom, light.

First time I’ve already owned something that Design Milk blog talks about.  Go Lumio!

April

Apr
5

Video: More on 16/44 vs. 24/192 audio and why sampling theory works

Worth watching for anyone at all curious about digital audio quality or this whole 16/44 vs 24/192 debate.  Use the YouTube link that Marco graciously provides.  Half-blew my mind.  Just goes to show how smart people at the top of their field are compared to those who are just curious or mere dabblers.  Or if this is truly digital sampling 101 then it goes to show how dumb people are outside of some truly specialized fields.

April

Apr
4
I like to finger books. This makes me a bibliophile.

— A good friend.

April

Apr
3

KitKat and SD cards — what's fixed, what's broken and what's misunderstood

Finally, Android 4.4 catches up with iOS 1.0 in this regard.  How many years has it been?

Apr
3

Tesla strikes deal to keep selling its electric cars in Ohio

So Tesla can, but no one else?  Sounds like both a win and a loss. *sigh* One step forward, 2 steps back.