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”
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!
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. 🙂
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”
On my main photography site, I’m using a Redirection plugin to track 404 errors and create redirects within WordPress. I do that because my site went through some re-structuring over the years, and in order to keep search engines happy and to find and fix my own screw-ups and typos. 🙂
Most recently, I noticed a dramatic increase in errors that obviously come from scripts that are scanning sites for leftover backup archives, installation archives, database dumps, stuff like that. Normally, I have a single page of 404 error log entries in a day. That’s 100 log entries, which is quite easily manageable, even though there’s a lot of crap in there from similar vulnerability scans. Today though, I had 35 pages or 3500 log entries – not that manageable anymore…
So it was time to do something about it, and send the most obvious offenders away via .htaccess before they reach WordPress. That way, the 404 logs I see in the WordPress plugin are “clean enough” again for me to scan them for stuff that needs fixing. Continue reading “Curbing the script kids”
When you look at your own cellphone usage you probably realize: making websites as mobile-friendly as possible is quite important by now. And indeed, many WordPress themes are “responsive” – meaning that they adapt to different screen sizes and orientations nicely. Continue reading “WordPress, Galleries, Mobile, Responsiveness, AMP?!”
I think I figured out how to share to social media without actually BEING too much on social media… Continue reading “Social without the madness”
When I recently tried to calibrate my wife’s new laptop running Windows 10, I stumbled upon a major problem: we had displaced the software CD for her Spyder 3 Pro calibration device, and DataColor doesn’t provide drivers for their Spyder 3 Pro anymore.
I took this problem to Twitter first, and DataColor responded: claiming that the colorimeter is outdated, modern monitors are different, etc. etc. they told me to contact their support – who would tell me to buy a new device at a discount. In other words, it’s just another case of (infuriating) forced obsolescence, making users trash a piece of hardware that works perfectly fine because they lack the will and vision to charge for software updates. How hard can it be to adapt a Windows 8 driver to Windows 10? Continue reading “DisplayCAL”