suggested reads for June 28th, 2015

… on software complexity

“Under the hood, most critical software you use every day (like Mac OS X, or Facebook) contains a terrifying number of hacks and shortcuts that happen to barely fit together into a working whole. It would be like taking apart a brand-new 747 and discovering that the fuel line is held in place by a coat-hanger and the landing gear is attached with duct tape.”
— Ben Cherry

“Nobody Goes On the Internet to Read” – Or not?

But by and large, people, I think, are still using the internet just as a utility.

That’s primarily one of the reasons why “how to” articles are still so popular. People go online when they need help with something. You need a fact, you look up the answer. You need to make something, you look up a recipe. You need to get somewhere, you look up directions. You need to buy something, you look up the product.

Paul Cantor

Apple 1 – my wallet -0,99€/mo

You have to admire how subtle and – in some way – kind is Apple on making you spend money, and then some more money, on their products.

I took a 64GB white iPhone 6 this last December, and managed to have all my data successfully back-upped over iCloud. Yesterday I had a warning of low space on it, and after a check I found I had only left 180 MB.

I don’t use any of the Streaming Photos feature, and at least for now I am not a heavy user of apps requiring lots of iCloud Drive space. The apps eating up my space are actual photographs on my device (something near 6 GB of data) and 1/2 GB eaten by Whatsapp [in my family we use it a lot, and we enjoy making photo and vocal jokes with my very young nieces].

I was a bit confused by the how iCloud showed me how actually I use its space. First it tells me it needs ~4.4 GB of data to backup my iPhone, then another ~ 800 MB to Whatsapp and other iCloud Drive files. Digging into the iPhone backup I saw again Whatsapp, this time with more space used, and then the apps on my phone.

Thinking about an incremental backup (a la Time Machine) I deleted my backup and started it anew. At the end of the process I gained only 350 MB of space.

So, seeing how somewhat limiting myself with photos I already took over 6 GB of my phone which had to be saved in my backup I made my mind and moved to OS X iCloud Preference panel to buy the cheapest upgrade to iCloud Drive.

iCloud plan upgrade

Per se it’s a small investment, so I can afford to set up and forget it. But at least I have to admit defeat to those evil marketing strategies by Cupertino …

suggested reads for June 25th, 2015