super sexy vintage computing

IBM_1401

My pal Filippo posted news on this article Historic computers look super sexy → on the Docubyte project on photographing some really vintage original machines at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. Machines that are the prehistory of modern computing, machines that have an undeniable charm even today. Do yourself a favour and see it yourself …

Keeping ads out of my browsing with Pi-Hole

After discovering this project, I brought a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B from french company Kubii and started configuring it. I’m struggling to make it work, but I fear that the problem is with the wi-fi setting of my Raspbian connection.

Anyway give an eye to the Pi-Hole project

The Pi-hole is an advertising-aware DNS server that prevents ads from being downloaded. Once installed, configure your router to have DHCP clients use the Pi as their DNS server and then any device that connects to your network will have ads blocked without any further configuration. Alternatively, you can manually set each device to use the Raspberry Pi as its DNS server.

fixing the fast Touch-ID

There is only one way to use Touch ID with one hand — the thumb. And so being told to use another finger undermines the beauty of Touch ID: single hand access. Another finger means difficulty in opening the phone on the subway, while carrying a baby, babies, dogs, groceries.

Craig Mod on his Can no longer abide Touch ID → piece over Medium spoke the ultimate words on that crazy Speedy Gonzales behavior of its iteration on the iPhone 6S …

How to create a tiny USB condom

This guide will show you how to create a tiny USB condom to protect your electronics while they charge. It’s small enough to use as a keyring, and is perfect for when you need to charge a device on an untrusted computer or public charging station.

It physically removes the data pins, so only power, and not malicious data can get through.

via my friend @liquidskydesign:

NODE – HOW TO CREATE A TINY USB CONDOM (V2)

smcFanControl to the rescue of your iMac

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During the previous week I found myself trying to manage an early 2008 iMac with some serious issues booting. After having tried any trick I knew I decided myself to use the Apple’s Hardware Tests. Here I found some glitches with the fans. This mac was used in a man’s luxury tailor shop … so the outside was shiny!

Never I could ever imagine the amount of dust collected inside…

Without opening the iMac chassis I tried a first cleaning using an air-compressor. Then I remembered of smcFanControl, a software more commonly used to tame the heating of Apple’s notebooks. After the download I’ve started it and created a new cooling profile called “Cleaning” setting all the 3 fans inside the iMac to their maximum speed. Then I’ve selected it and … WOW … a cloud of dust was blown away from all the case’s fences! Incredible!

I had the iMac running this way for near twenty minutes, then made come it back to its default. Since then the iMac is working smoothly like when it was brand new. Zero euro spent, maximum result!

The Wirecutter help for choosing your next Wi-Fi router

The Best Wi-Fi Router (for Most People) →

the ultimate Apple Watch review (?)

Last month the “magazine” Backchannel on Medium.com started a brand new experiment. It gathered under a common hashtag every Medium post / reviews of Apple Watch owners interested in participating to the initiative. The final goal was to summarize the best and insightful opinions into a last, final, ultimate post on the new-born in the Apple family of devices.

Words have been written. The experiment is done. The meta-review is ready:

Is the Apple Watch Really Worth Your Time? The Ultimate Review. →

Personally I didn’t like it. I found it fragmented, without a clear vision of how the review should unfold. A bit too fragmented. Without a clear judgement coming out of it. I better enjoyed reading in their entirety (most of) the single review published each author.

Anyway if you’re interested in the topic reading it is worth your time. Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed it or not!

The real opportunity

If what most apps are doing is essentially strapping phones to our wrists and removing most of the functionality (or worse, keeping it), we’re missing the boat. We need to re-think what smart watches are for, and here’s what I think it comes down to: iPhone is alternate reality; Apple Watch is augmented reality.

A really clever statement by Peter Lewis on Medium: Meaningful Design for Apple Watch

Things do Jobs

Things do Jobs →

… is an amazing Tumblr space, born this january which shows with beautiful photographies how smartphones (iPhone, in facts) have entirely replaced a number of hardware we used to use in differents life’s situations.

I have to say thank to my pal Filippo Corti for putting it in evidence on his fantastic – mostly italian – blog BicycleMind.

coconutBattery, a little surprise

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coconutBattery is an old friend of mine. I’ve discovered it since my first Apple computer, an Intel Core Duo MacBook took in June 2006. I do also think that nearly every Apple’s laptop owner knows or runs it.

coconutBattery is a software that lets you monitor and know real-time the health of your laptop’s battery, the original capacity, the actual capacity, the numbers of power cycles it’s gone through and more…

The following screenshots show the actual status of my mid.2010 MacBook Pro with its original battery. This is my main computer, the one that I use the most…

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Earlier today I was reading Roberto Marin – recently featured on the pages of the Sweet Setup – post questioning himself and his readers about the necessity of battery calibration on moderns Apple laptops.

Here I’ve discovered that nowadays coconutBattery sports an “upload” feature (as you can see in the History window screenshot) that makes you compare the measured data the app has collected over the time with the huge and ever-growing database of battery performances by the app users.

My result is visible in the opening screenshot. As you can imagine and witness, this database is a great resource for any Apple owner, freely available to anyone. All you will have to do is periodically upload your data to the service, and compare how you’re performing…