Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Weather Channel Playlist on Spotify

Long-time readers will know of my affinity for the music played on the Weather Channel’s Local on the 8s until its relaunch earlier this year. I’ve been slowly curating a Spotify playlist with many of the songs played over the years on The Weather Channel; it is remarkable just how much is out there.

This playlist wouldn’t be possible without great research by the people behind TWC Classics and TWC Today.

Improve Yosemite’s text display on non-Retina displays

The other day, I upgraded my wife’s MacBook Air to OS X Yosemite. Immediately, her first concern was that the UI text was harder to read. This is, in part, due to Helvetica Neue replacing Lucida Grande, but also because Yosemite’s LCD font smoothing seems rather harsh on non-Retina. Fortunately, a Terminal command makes for a crisper and easier-to-read display:

defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

Log out and back in and you should see some improvement in text rendering in the Yosemite UI.

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More on Twenty Fifteen, the new default WordPress theme in WordPress 4.1, is available at the Codex; there are a lot of really elegantly-implemented features (such as the social icons you now see on the left — very clever!)

WordPress 4.1

I’ve upgraded to WordPress 4.1 and its Twenty Fifteen theme here at jaredwsmith.com. I like it! Looking forward to doing some additional customizations with all this free time I have (sarcasm implied).

I’m not convinced digital licenses are a great idea

Iowa is testing a digital drivers’ license next year. This kind of thing would be quite handy at places like bars and going through airport security, but I would strongly think twice about using one of these at a traffic stop. It is completely unclear from the press release regurgitation on Techmeme if the officials implementing this program have thought about the ramifications of stopped drivers handing over their unlocked phones to police officers. Is it open season on their phone’s data at that point? It’s a concerning thought that isn’t terribly clear. (I also refuse to use digital insurance ID cards, despite the fact they are accepted in SC, due to this ambiguity.)

We’re Back

It’s great to see NASA’s next-generation space capsule, Orion, have as good of a liftoff as you could hope for today for its first (unmanned) test flight.