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Colin Devroe

Reverse Engineer. Blogger.

Day 3 of not charging Apple Watch Series 3. Still at 70%. This method works great. (for me)

Evergreen blog post traffic

Rod Hilton, creator of the aforementioned Machete Order, in December 2015 just as The Force Awakens was released:

Wow, this Machete Order thing got big! After the post first “went viral” and got mentioned on Wired.com, I started getting around 2,000 visitors to it per day, which I thought was a lot. But then in the months before Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released, it blew up like Alderaan, peaking at 50,000 visitors DAILY. This year, over 1.5 million unique users visited the page. It’s been nuts.

This sort of thing happens on my blog as well. I have several posts that get tons of seasonal traffic. A few examples are my wireless GoPro file transfer tips, when an NFL game goes into overtime, and my thoughts on Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm. There are a ton more too. I believe my all-time record for a single day’s traffic on a single post was 11,700+ views. So no where near what Hilton gets. These posts get thousands and thousands of hits some weeks and nearly zero others. I think it is fun. I don’t engineer my blog for these types of things.

I’d bet Hilton’s blog is getting hit yet again with the release of The Last Jedi.

Second time I’ve felt an earthquake in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Just making a note here so I remember.

To prepare for The Last Jedi release I’ll be re-watching the franchise in the famed “Machete Order”. Except I’ll modify it for 2017. In order: Star Wars Rogue One, IV, V, I, II, III, VI, VII. In that order.

Recent grams

I’m trying my hand at Instagram again. This time I’ve created my own filter using Snapseed which I’ve named ColinGram2018. I’m taking some photos I’ve published here and re-editing them with some cropping, blurring, and using ColinGram2018 and then publishing them on the gram.

Here are a few example images I’ve posted so far.

Apple’s aversion to showing progress bars is starting to get to me. Don’t add a pie indicator in some random corner of the UI, give me an easy-to-see progress indicator.

macOS High Sierra security vulnerability

Dan Moren, reporting on this tweet from Lemi Orhan Ergin:

Unsurprisingly, that news has quickly rippled through the Apple community as many people—including yours truly—have verified the claim. You can test it for yourself by going to any locked System Preferences pane, trying to unlock it, and entering username rootwith no password. (The number of tries varied for me—sometimes it worked on the first attempt, but pretty much always by the second.)

Even though I’m starting to have small issues with Sierra I’m very, very happy I haven’t yet updated to High Sierra. This has been just about the worst release of macOS since I switched to the Mac on “Cheetah”.

Good Design Award

Cabel Sasser on Twitter:

After seeing the logo on cool products before, I finally looked it up: what a great index of cool products with Good Design. Not just fancy design!

Fascinating list of products on the Good Design Award list. Be sure to look through Cabel’s replies on Twitter.

Finished A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Excellent read. Better than Neil de Grasse’s latest. Also, this was my first library loan using Kindle. Great experience. Will do again.

A “fireside” chat with Mark and Jeff Bezos

In this video Mark and Jeff Bezos do what the two brothers do a lot, have a chat. They just so happen to be sitting in front of a large crowd and a few video cameras this time.

It starts off a little slow, but stick with it. It is an enjoyable hour to get to know the richest man in the world.

Wednesday that feels like Friday. Wefriday. Fwinesday. Fridnesday.

Curiosity takes a selfie

APOD:

This selfie was compiled from many smaller images — which is why the mechanical arm holding the camera is not visible.

In case you’re not impressed, notice this comment on Reddit by djellison who is Engineering Camera Payload Uplink Lead on Curiosity and Opportunity.

This spacecraft – Opportunity – in a REALLY GOOD day – gets a total downlink to Earth of around 80 Megabits.

That’s 10 Megabytes.

For everything.

Read the rest of his comment.

As an aside to this, 1I/2017 U1 is on its way out of our Solar System at 100,000mph (which will “slow” to ~58,000mph soon). Still, it will take 20,000 years for it to leave our Solar System. Incredible.

1I/2017 U1 `Oumuamua

ESO:

For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space.

!!!!!!

This created a unique problem for the naming of this object.

The IAU also created a new class of objects for interstellar asteroids, with this object being the first to receive this designation.

When these types of things break I like to allow a little bit of time for more research, observations, and perspectives to be published. I’ve been soaking in everything I can about this object over the last few days. The entire thing is so so cool.

What a year it has been in astronomical observations!

The last time I shared Micro.blog invite codes they went very quickly. Here are 5. First come, first served. mb-ed28cc, mb-d0f852, mb-dbb439, mb-9b86e4, mb-c0629e.

Never delete a Time Machine backup without first zipping it. 3,000,000 individual files on an external drive takes a while to delete it turns out.

Doug Lane on Microblogging tone

Doug Lane, on thinking a bit more before publishing on his own site than he would on Twitter or Facebook:

If I let moments of anger or frustration sit for a bit, one of two things will happen. Most likely, I’ll move on to something more meaningful without shoving valueless negativity in anyone else’s face. Or, if something negative is still on my mind after some time has passed, I still have the option to post about it. But it’s likely that whatever I post, even if it’s still negative in tone, will be more thoughtful and constructive than a vent in the moment would have been.

I’ve recently jumped back into the fray. This is something I’ve notice immediately. I’ll post absolute drivel on Twitter whereas I curate and sensor myself far more here on my blog. Though, some of you likely wish I did that a bit more.

It also reminds me of an opinion that I have about Snapchat. I’ve mentioned it in the past. I think that it is totally fine that you feel a bit more free on Twitter or on Snapchat to post things that you may otherwise think are worthy of the bin. Because they are made for that. I actually like having the separation.

Open Apple Photos. Uploading 77,690 photos to iCloud. Let sit for 3 days uploading. Check on it. Now uploading 71,200 photos to iCloud. Let sit for 3 days uploading. Check on it. Now uploading 79,304 photos to iCloud. Throw MacBook into nearest river.

Doug Lane and I both used the word ‘penultimate’ today. I don’t know what this means.


Squash – October 2017

This being my penultimate entry into the Micro.blog photo challenge.