Date Archives March 2014

How Dropbox Knows When You're Sharing Copyrighted Stuff

If you’re about to close your Dropbox account because of this tweet, you may want to hold off.

Dropbox isn’t doing anything wrong (or new for that matter):

The system is neither new, nor sketchy. It’s been in place for years, and it’s about as unsketchy as an anti-copyright infringement system can get. It allows Dropbox to block pre-selected files from being shared from person-to-person (thus keeping Dropbox from getting raided by the Feds), without their anti-infringement system having any idea what most of your files actually are.

I don’t intend on closing my account, after all, sharing copyrighted material isn’t what I use Dropbox for.

I would appreciate a price cut though.

☆ My Three Commitments

When I relaunched The H&F, I made several commitments to myself:

  1. I will publish new content every day.
  2. I will proofread my work.
  3. I will write all of my posts using Markdown.

Despite how it may seem, the order of these commitments is no accident.

  1. Publishing new content for me is easy. I can find numerous things every day to talk about on The H&F.

  2. Proofreading can be difficult if I’m in a rush to publish my work.

  3. Markdown however, is the hardest commitment of all.

For the sake of time, I’m going to assume Markdown is common knowledge (click here if it isn’t).

Since I’ve never been a coder (nor am I fluent in HTML), writing in Markdown adds a layer of complexity to posting new content on The H&F.

Even as I write at this very moment, I have a ‘cheatsheet‘ opened in another window which I’ve been forced to refer to several times during the publishing of this article.

Luckily for me, this cheatsheet coupled with Byword (my markdown editor) is essentially foolproof.

Now why am I telling you this?

As strange as it may sound, this is the only post I’ll ever publish on The H&F which isn’t for your benefit.

No, instead, it’s for me.

This is my point of reference for the future if I find myself failing on my commitments. After all, if I was brave enough to publish them online, I should be respectful enough to follow through.

1. Next time I’ll be writing for you, not me.

The new HTC One review

The Verge almost convinced me to buy an HTC One – that is until they mentioned the lackluster camera:

The One really only has one major flaw left, and it’s a big one: its camera is still pretty bad.

Say what you will about iOS, but Apple still makes the best all-around smartphone camera.

Roku CEO: Apple TV is a money-loser

I find this article interesting for several reasons.

First reason:

Apple TV is essentially an accessory for the iPad.”

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I haven’t used my iPad in conjunction with my Apple TV in ages. Simply put: the Apple TV is a standalone product in it’s own right.

Second reason:

Wood noted that the day Apple launched its $99 box, Roku sales doubled.

I’ve heard it before – it’s not a true product category until Apple has a space in it, even if they claimed it was just a ‘hobby.’

Third reason:

In lieu of parental controls, the company has codes for some customers to have access to certain content — like pornography.

I’d like to see some stats on how many times that ‘code’ has been requested.

My Strange Addiction

I find it relaxing and intriguing to see how other people use utilize their iDevices, which is why reserves a coveted spot on my short list of iMac bookmarks.

If you find yourself questioning the necessity of an application due to it’s rather unattractive icon, you may enjoy this website as much as I do.

Note: you can find my iPhone’s homescreen here.

The Road to Geekdom

A great piece about how anyone can be a nerd:

“Ask a room of computer geeks how they came to deserve this appellation and you’ll likely hear many similar stories. “I got my first computer when I was very young. By the time I was a teenager, I’d logged thousands of hours at the keyboard doing everything imaginable with my computer: gaming, programming, networking, upgrades, the works.”

☆ On The Cost of Apps

Normally when an application costs more than $2.99, I have to stop and mull it over for a few weeks (not kidding). However, when it came to Day One, I didn’t hesitate for a second at the $9.99 price tag[1].

Note: I’m not one to spend my life worrying about money, but I don’t waste it either.

If there was a way to figure out how much money I’ve spent on iOS apps, I don’t want to know about it. The truth is: I’ve spent a sh*t-ton of money on apps – and a good amount of them I never use.

Heck – I have 10+ ‘to-do’ list apps and I struggle to use one of them (can’t give up the ‘ol trusty pen & paper).

I could say sit here and say I buy these apps because I like supporting developers (which I do), but that’s a lie.

I’m a sucker for a well-designed UI and a great-looking icon – but that’s not it either.

The truth is I don’t know why I spend this much money on apps.

All I do know is that you’ll never catch me balking at price of software these days – and that I have 425 too many apps on my phone.

1. Truth is, I did hesitate for a second (it’s only habit).