It dawned on me during breakfast. Coaster sets come in various containers and as I stared at this particular empty holder, I realized it could be used to hold my iPhone. It props your phone up a bit, and there's a convenient opening to channel your recharging cable.
And what of the coasters it once held? Without a home, they are coasting around the dining table.
I first shared my enthusiasm for dark mode in the post Automate Dark Mode in Apple OS Mojave . Not everyone likes dark mode though, and Victoria Song of Gizmodo recently wrote a light hearted essay to Stop Using Dark Mode . She made some fair points. Color themes for light mode have been around longer and their designs have had more time to evolve; the result is superior contrast and better readability than their dark mode counterparts. I've also found dark mode limitations in Apple's Mail App. While Mail is dark mode capable, html email is rendered in light mode and the harsh contrast is painful to the eyes. Where dark mode shines is when I'm using one application exclusively such as Xcode or Android Studio. The colors are consistent, and free of competing themes, the experience is immersive and harmonious. Discussions of inefficiency continue to trend. I contributed with the post The Hidden Cost Of Efficiency , where resiliency is inversely proportional to eff
It's August. IBM introduced their PC this month back in 1981, and connected the corporate and hobbyist computing worlds. Shown here are the reference manuals in their classic D-ring binders. I used the denim blue Technical Reference manual the most. It was filled with hardware information covering I/O ports, memory locations, and DIP switches. The most important bit to me, however, was the the ROM BIOS listing. Written in 8086/88 Assembler, it was neat, structured, and copiously commented. Below is a fragment describing how to interact with the keyboard: Keyboard INT 16H Despite the information being clearly written and readily available, IBM PC internals were considered by many as dense and arcane, which made it a natural filter for those seeking jobs programming for this machine; that is, only those who found this material fun and fascinating need apply. Over time, as programming went to higher level languages and turned to the web, knowledge of the ROM BIOS became less important
Based on YouTube ads, Google classifies me as an overweight young adult who likes video games but struggles with arthritis. Clearly, Google has me confused with someone else, which is both amusing and a relief. Back in November 2020, I ran a little experiment where I enabled ad personalization for a period of 3 months. I was feeling a little... um... Grouchy about privacy, and wanted to see if targeted ads hit or miss their Marx . Ads that pegged me as a college student or young adult included Grammarly , Dr. Squatch Soap , and video games. Admittedly, I watched most of the video game ads in their entirety, and by doing so, I likely misled the algorithm to my alleged youthfulness. But then there were ads I found intellectually insulting and wished I could block. They were from Prager U and The Epoch Times, and they would present news and commentary on politics, family, and climate change in a facile and seductive manner, rather than in a thoughtful and sincere way. Even when I ski