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Network Utility is Back!

From the very first edition of Mac OS X until Big Sur, Apple provided a tool called Network Utility, a GUI for common CLI tasks as well as an info screen: • Ping • Lookup • Traceroute • Whois • Finger • Port scan You could use these tools to get an overview of your network connection or to test the availability of remote servers or web sites. You could see if your connection in a hotel or coffee shop was usable or not. You could do the same thing through Terminal, but Network Utility provided a nice clean interface...

A mother's honesty

Let me do some scene setting. I don't visit my mother very often.  Depending on where I am, we're either in the same country 2 hours apart by car, or spanning Europe 1,600 miles apart (involving a plane and car journeys).  We've been in the same country most of this year and I have seen more of her.  Especially when she moved house in March -- a big task, mentally, for a 80 year old lady. This morning I sent her a WhatsApp:   “Hi, what are you doing today? I was thinking of driving up to see you and...

Disk Drill Has Six Free Tools

Disk Drill 5 by Cleverfiles is marketed as data recovery software to retrieve lost files from internal and external drive media as well as iPhone, iPad and Android storage. Its website goes into considerable detail on its ease of use, its power and its ability to recover files. The free product allows you to preview what data is recoverable, but it takes the $89 paid product to actually recover your data using its full suite of tools. There are some free recovery options too, but they require you to implement some (included) tools prior to use.    Even if you...

My Newfound Appreciation for the Song "Oblivion" by Bastille

The song "Oblivion" by Bastille has always held a special place in my heart since its release.  “When you fall asleep with your head upon my shoulder   When you're in my arms but you've gone somewhere deeper   Are you going to age with grace?   Are you going to age without mistakes?   Are you going to age with grace?   Or only to wake and hide your face?   When oblivion is calling out your name   You always take it further than I ever can   When you play it hard and I try to follow...

My Brain Juice Evaporated

Earlier today I was in the garden playing ball with the dog.  Between throws I cogitated one of life's great wonders..... Clouds  Looking up at the sky, a mix of white and grey cotton balls, I watched them hurtling along at speed.  There was not a puff of wind at ground level, yet the rain makers were chugging along, far up in the sky.  ☁️⛅🌨️ Or were they?  I then pondered..... are these clouds currently static in the sky, but there's an illusion of movement since the big blue ball we are all standing on is rotating. The Earth spins...

peace and quiet

Regarding the no-stress mindset that I've successfully maintained now for the past few weeks...I don't know, but man it is wonderful.   I just don't care.   That's an incomplete thought.   Of course I care about my family, friends, and so on. I care about relationships. I don't care about anything else. I don't care what strangers think or say or do (politicians being a part of this category, celebrities, the Internet, etc). I care about doing my best work and I do my best work every day, it is a part of my process and a part of...

GoodLinks

GoodLinks is a dual-purpose app with a lot going for it. It's both a bookmark manager and a read-it-later app. It's a one-time $9.99 purchase in the App Store. It requires no account on any web server. Your links and downloaded articles live on your devices and you can choose whether to sync via iCloud. The developer claims "Your reading history and favorite articles should only be private by default. GoodLinks doesn’t track you or your information, and nothing is shared online unless you choose to share it." It's a universal app and a single purchase gets you versions for...

... are the pictures we took along the way

I have no idea if Fujifilm is a "say anything as long as it is not next year" kind of company, or a "surprise and delight" company, so who knows what "December 31st" really means? I think it could be like in the Bible where "40"  stands in for "a long period of time" (or in tech, where "maybe in Q4" stands in for "lol.")  There's a number I can call to cancel my order. I think I might call it. I am feeling a level of philosophical resistance to caring about this object. 

App Cleaner vs. Pear Cleaner

Unlike Windows.macOS does not have a built in uninstall utility. Occasionally some complex apps might come with a built-in uninstaller, but for the most part, you are on your own. It used to be that you could just delete the application from the Finder and be done with it, but as applications have grown in size and complexity, their support files have grown too and your ~/Library and ~/Library/Application support folder may have many files with sizes into the gigabytes that need to be deleted along with their apps. Luckily for Mac users there are two excellent free uninstall applications...

楽しさと切なさ

昨日の晩は今の職場で初めての懇親会だった。僕がここで働くようになって3年くらい経つけど、初めて素顔を見る同僚も何人かいた。もっと言うと、3年前とはメンバーの半数以上が入れ替わっている。業界の特徴として人の入れ替わりが早いのだ。久しぶりに楽しい時間だったけど。あと3年したら誰が残っているのだろうか、と考えると切ない気持ちも多少はある。

Data thieves

Exactly what part of my privacy do you value, if you are sharing my data with 781 vendors? I see this all the time on the web now.  At no point do I think you give a jot about my privacy.  All you want is to grab my data and sell it. “Welcome, [we] values your privacy We and our 781 vendors store and/or access information on a device, such as cookies and process personal data, such as unique identifiers to personalize content and ads, provide social media features, analyze our traffic, and develop and improve products. We and our...

July 2024 health update

I was going to start this post with an apology for me writing about me again, but then I thought well, it's my blog, isn't it? I don't know anyone else or have friends to write about, so I have to be writing about me really don't I? Anyway, this seems to be a point about blogging that I haven't really embraced before this one. And, as it happens, the ongoing tumbling of the quality of health in the downwards direction on the staircase of life is at least supplying me with a subject to write about while I'm sat...

Growing Komments

My Komments app continues to grow.  More users with blogs and other sites have signed up, giving them a simple commenting feature on their site. I've made a few updates to the Admin, including an Edit feature for existing entries should you need to update the header section. It's great to see people adding Comments too, and interacting with the page author. I appreciate not everyone wants to comment on blogs/pages but Komments adds a useful feature, which is quick to administer. Comments welcome

The Commission 00002-Wallpaper for Melanie Kat

Melanie tried to help me get a new iPad (and you can help too!) by commissioning me to create a lettering design for her name.  The brief is simple: - Name: Melanie Kat - Chosen Style: Clean - Preferred Colors: 🩵🩷🤍🏳️‍⚧️ - Phone Model: iPhone 15 Pro Max This is the lettering design I came up with: I love the given color palette; it's fun and cute but also delicate. So, I tried to capture that feeling in my lettering design.  I'm pleased with the result and hope to do something like this again.

An Unemotional Look at Clean My Mac X

I'd like to talk about a controversial app without a bunch of hot air and over excitement. If you are adamantly against subscription-based software, never intend to subscribe to Setapp or are a Russia loving troll out to disparage a Ukrainian company, skip this review. It is not for you. Additionally, if you are a cold metal systems engineer who helped Steve build the Apple 1 or you have close to that amount of experience, you probably should go to the Apple Forums and tell people who don't know you how smart you are. If, however, you would like some...

First roll through an Olympus OM-2N

... and my first roll of film in a very long time, for that matter. Since the year before Ben was born and I was shooting with a Minolta Maxxum of some sort: I took it to Yellowstone, liked it fine, but a friend of mine took a Canon PowerShot G2 along on the same trip, so I hid my envy until about a month before Ben was born and went for a G3, and that was the end of my film era — December, 2003. (I guess, to get all the dates in there, it was the second end...

優しさとは

正直に言うと誰かに優しくするのが苦手だ。自分ではそうしたつもりでも、相手にとってどうやらそうではない場合が多いらしい。ある日ふと気づいたのは、自分ではこれが優しさだろうと考えたことが、実は独りよがりに過ぎないのかもしれないということだ。そこに他人を思いやる心があったなら、目の前の人に何をしてあげるべきかに思い至るのかもしれない。時に厳しい助言が巡り巡って良い結果を生むように。その場しのぎの優しい言葉は毒でしかない場合もある。

Zerolog's API Mistake

I'll be honest, I was expecting a lot more moan-routine posts than I've written to date. Guess I've been in a positive mood. That is, until I started using Zerolog again this morning. Zerolog is a Go logging package that we use at work. It's pretty successful, and all in all a good logger. But they made a fundamental mistake in their API which trips me up from time to time: they're not consistent with their return types. When you want to create a new logger, you get a `zerolog.Logger` instance. This is also returned when you're creating a new...

Not so high speed

Ik zou Arwen ophalen aan het treinstation in Perpignan. Om 22u58. Het is zo’n 20 minuten rijden van waar we zitten. We (ons meisjes waren mee) waren op 5 minuten van het station toen we een bericht van Arwen kregen: ‘Er is een probleem, we staan stil.’ Ja hoor, er was effectief een probleem. Een half uur vertraging wist het scherm ons te vertellen. Niet plezant maar niets aan te doen. Om 23u30 een telefoontje: ‘Papa, we horen net dat ze hier pas om 00u00 zijn om de boel op te lossen. Nee, we mogen niet van de trein.’ Nog...

Downie - Video Downloader

If you want to download video from YouTube, there are a variety of ways. There is a Raycast Extension. There is the great free YouTube muti-action app, Freetube. For CLI folks, there is yt-dlp.  Finally there is Downie from Charlie Monroe. Downie not only downloads from YouTube, Youku, Bilibili and Vimeo it can download from more than 1,000 sites with more being added bi-weekly. You can even write to the developer and request that a site be added and chances are he will act on it. He even offers to help if you run into a problematic video on a...

The film aesthetic ouroboros

So, I got Al that X-700 for our anniversary. We didn't have to go to the camera store right away because I had a roll of Kodak Gold 200 sitting around, so we loaded that up before our first outing. We ended that trip at a local photo developer so she could drop off that first roll. The guy behind the counter asked us if we wanted to buy more film and we said sure, so out came a photo album with samples of all the film stock they have in inventory. He started flipping through, explaining each stock's...

interactions

I need to write about my move from the apartment and into my townhouse. I’ll do that soon, I hope. That part of my life, the time that I just concluded back in May, feels like a lifetime ago already. I am so comfortable in my new home that it is hard for me to remember what it was like in the apartment. I’ll get to all of that later. I walked into the lake house weighed down with bags. Nice bags, bags that I make. Everyone ooo’d and ahh’d about my tan. “You must be traveling, you look so...

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