If your ears are like mine and you’re an Apple user, you’ve been struggling with the flawed design of Apple’s earbuds*: their odd shape only fits the ear rather loosely (switching the left and right earbud helps) but without any cushioning that would provide a little more friction, the bare plastic doesn’t prevent the entire thing from slipping out of the ear sooner or later. Because of the loose fit, the sound is also rather poor, in particular the low frequencies. Continue reading “Apple Earbud Fix”
Author of the Twilight, the Angling Loser‘s album from 2013, was a happy and coincidental find: for the release of their follow-up album Arena of Apprehension in 2016, …txt recordings sent out a promotional email with some free-download codes for Author of the Twilight, and that’s how I ended up with both albums (and in case you’re wondering, I think “Author…” is better than “Arena…”). Continue reading “Author of the Twilight”
A collection of cellphone photos that I made in December 2017 and posted to social media here and there. They were all captured as raw data with Lightroom Mobile (aka Lightroom CC) on my iPhone 7 Plus, and processed in Lightroom as well.
A collection of cellphone photos that I made in November 2017 and posted to social media here and there. They were all captured as raw data with Lightroom Mobile (aka Lightroom CC) on my iPhone 7 Plus, and processed in Lightroom as well.
If you’re like me, using Firefox’s “New Tab” page like a speed dial for your most common sites, then the update to Firefox 57 “Quantum” left you rather miffed – the most frequently used sites are rendered in tiny thumbnails (hey, I’m not getting any younger…), and even when you disable the “activity stream” nonsense, they’re not getting bigger. I really like the speed of FF 57, but that’s really one annoying new feature.
Thankfully, there’s an easy fix, namely typing about:config into the address bar, searching for browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.enabled and setting it to “false” – hey presto, the old New Tab look is back. Phew!
I bought a little 10x magnification hand lens for nature observation – and of course I had to put it in front of the phone camera’s lens to see how that would work. It produces some sort of quirky Lensbaby-like close-up/macro photos. Nothing serious, but fun to play with. 🙂 Gallery with eight photos: Continue reading “Hand Lens Macros”
If you’re “living in a mixed platform environment” like I do, using a mobile device from Apple but not an Apple desktop or laptop (or the other way around), you may have run into the scenario where you find an interesting article on Twitter or wherever else that you don’t want to read right now on the tiny phone screen but later, on a larger screen. Or you want to keep some link for later. Now how do you get that link from your phone to your computer?
My solution is email. I don’t send myself an email though – I simply create drafts. On iOS I tap share, then email, then cancel. A little requester pops up then, asking me whether I want to keep the draft or discard it. I tap keep, and that’s it. I don’t even need to select an email recipient. Just 4 taps on the screen. On the desktop, all I have to do is open my email drafts later, and there’s the stuff I wanted to read.
This doesn’t require the Reading List (confined to the Apple world), Pocket, Bookmarking, or any other service. The drafts are easily deleted, or forwarded to another person. It may be mundane but I like the simplicity of my method. 🙂
I guess if you’ve been a teen/adolescent/young adult in the 80ies and 90ies, there was no way around Depeche Mode. 1991’s “Violator” marks the peak of the “classic” DM sound, and is probably their best album – it concludes their original “electronic” phase and “Enjoy the Silence” would be a good candidate for my “songs to play loud” series but instead, my pick is from the album that followed, “Songs Of Faith And Devotion”, which marked a departure from the synth-heavy DM sound, introducing guitars and an overall grungier sound. Continue reading “Walking In My Shoes”
The voice quality of Siri was really shitty after I updated to iOS 11*. The voice sounded highly robotic and not natural at all, when it was supposed to sound more natural according to a number of news articles I found. That was particularly annoying for driving directions, where the low quality voice is really annoying over the car’s stereo system. Continue reading “Siri Voice Quality in iOS 11”
Growing up in one of the sprawling suburbs of Munich, in a townhome with neighbors left and right, there was a nearby open and flat meadow, west of Pucchinistraße (Pucchini Street). It was undeveloped, and tall grass grew there in the summer. A couple of narrow use trails connected one end with the other (and probably diagonally too). We rode our bikes there in spring and caught grasshoppers, and flew our kites in autumn, running along the trail to get the kite high up enough to catch the breeze. Continue reading “The Meadow”