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Politics

The Core of it All

If you’re unclear why impeachment hearings are needed in the Ukraine scandal, this lays it out pretty darned well, in my view.

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In Brief

They deserve better

The best part of the past 10+ years of running @chswx has been the opportunity to partner with the National Weather Service to disseminate their message. These are fine, fine public servants who deserve much better than 27 days and counting of government shutdown and no paychecks.

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In Brief

Breaking news: Facebook remains terrible.

Meteorologist Kevin Selle, who recently terminated his Facebook account, put it best on WeatherBrains recently: “Facebook has us by the balls of our friends and family.”

And boy do they know it.

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In Brief

I’ve become a big Reminders guy over the last year or two, particularly using recurring reminders, and was wondering how to clear out the old, completed ones which were piling up in a hurry. Six Colors has a nice tutorial on how to do so, as well as some links to AppleScripts to make this happen automatically.

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In Brief

micro.blog: Maybe this federated social network could actually work

So micro.blog certainly looks interesting — it’s essentially a RSS aggregator that heavily relies on things like microformats to produce a Twitter-like timeline from disparate sources. Thing I like about this approach is that I can just feed RSS directly to it, no problem, and I can leverage my own site that much more. Promising…

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Technology

My First Stab at Tech Punditry (Or: Internet Explorer Needs UI Skins to Compete with Netscape 6)

Back in 2012, old friends of mine such as Patrick O’Keefe, Brad Kelly, Ray Angel, and James Fintel somehow unearthed a copy of “XPreme Magazine.” It was, in essence, a tech blog distributed via .exe file (seriously).

I wrote an article for XPreme Magazine’s January 1, 2002 issue, originally entitled “Internet Explorer Over the Years”, which discussed a perceived slowdown in Internet Explorer development. It is remarkable in how prophetic it was while still being tremendously short-sighted.

With full permission (acquired in 2012, from which this draft is being updated), I have reprinted the article in its unedited glory. Enjoy.

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In Pictures

Clear skies

Where there’s smoke on visible satellite, there’s fire on shortwave infrared imagery.

There’s something about clear skies that makes looking at the satellite that much more interesting. You can pick out lots of features, such as the smoke from controlled burns that contributed to a killer sunset yesterday.

The GOES-R series, with its high temporal and spatial resolution, will never cease to amaze me.

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In Brief

iOS 11 Public Beta PSA

iOS 11’s public beta came out earlier this week; I installed it yesterday. I do this not only because I like having the new features early, but also because Apple makes it super-easy to get feedback to their developers.

If you are thinking about running the beta (or are already doing so), keep this in mind (from the perspective of a software engineer):

  • Expect bugs. There are plenty of them.
  • If you absolutely rely on your hardware to get your work done, this is not for you. Wait for the final release.
  • If you find bugs, file them. This is your responsibility as a tester. The engineers at Apple need your feedback. Use Feedback Assistant early and often — it’s a really great reporting tool and only takes 5-10 minutes of your time. Give detailed bug reports, with clear reproduction steps if at all possible. Use screenshots liberally, and use the built-in screen recording tool (available via Control Center) to your advantage here, too.
  • Ensure feedback is constructive. There are people on the other end of your message, and you bet they are reading these reports.
  • “It’s broken” is not a bug report. It’s a colossal waste of time.
  • If your third-party apps have problems, don’t berate the engineers of those apps. File reports within Feedback Assistant; Apple will pass them along.
  • Have fun. The Summer of Bugs is not for the faint at heart, but it can be pretty rewarding!
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In Brief

Trump’s Tweets In Comic Sans

A Donald Trump tweet in Comic Sans, as $DEITY intended.

Make your 6:30am checks of Twitter a little more fun with this user style I created for twitter.com. It’s short and to the point — it puts all of Donald Trump’s tweets into Comic Sans. Simply install the Stylish extension for your browser to get started.

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In Brief

The end of the San Diego Chargers

Having been born in San Diego, with much of my extended family still in the area, I grew up a Chargers fan and have rooted for them all my life despite many, many frustrations with them over the years. This is not wholly unexpected but is heartbreaking just the same.