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Feb 1, 2023, 07:21 PM
 
1password ftw
also if 1password ever fails I am SCREWED
     
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38-character password, what a psychopath…
I’m leveraging the math.

Should I actually need to type in that password or verbally convey it to someone, it’s not much of a hassle because I made it out of obscure dictionary words. It would obviously be more secure as 38 random characters, but the difference barely matters with this large an exponent.

Also a devotee of 1Pass. I’ve got local and cloud backups of the keychain, both with versioning, so I feel relatively protected from file corruption or wiping.
     
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Feb 1, 2023, 09:18 PM
 
Print out a backup, to PDF, and save to a flash drive. Place drive in a safe. Periodically update the saved copy. Or even print a paper copy, and place in the safe.

Backups FTW.
     
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Feb 3, 2023, 11:08 AM
 
I agree; reader is right. Do I do that? Not as often as I should. My 1Pass subscription just renewed last week, and I really should do a pseudo-hard copy backup of all of our passwords soon. Hopefully I’ll make the time to do that. Wish me luck!

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Feb 4, 2023, 12:21 PM
 
Maybe I’m living life on the edge, but I’ve got two backups of my 1Pass keychain with versioning. One is cloud, so it’s offsite.

I see the chance of these both dying at once to be so minuscule, a hard copy is unnecessary.
     
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Feb 4, 2023, 12:26 PM
 
Google.

Revenue must be down, or something. The “ sign in with Google” nags seem to have increased 10x - even with Adblock on. The YouTube app on Apple TV nags you to sign in on every single video. Pop-ups to switch to Chrome on seemingly every site on the Internet. The list goes on.

It’s way worse than it was before.
     
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Feb 4, 2023, 12:43 PM
 
It’s gotten ridiculous.

Especially irritating because they know my goddamn IP address. That’s not enough?
     
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Feb 6, 2023, 11:54 AM
 
Fasting labs. Yes, it’s important to follow certain lab values in order to see trends and take appropriate action. But when I typically get up earlier than any of the local labs open, I’m already coffee-deficient by the time I get to the lab to wait for my turn.

It’s honestly not the fasting (no food) part that bugs me as much as not having coffee. Because I take cream in my coffee, and everything from heavy cream to powdered “coffee whitener” actually counts as “food,” I have to go without coffee. Not a good look for Glenn.

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Feb 6, 2023, 08:50 PM
 
I’ve been using a 5th-gen iPad Air for a couple months now with the Logitech Folio touch case, and I have to say, it’s 90% of the way to being a laptop replacement… 50% of the time.

iPadOS is occasionally limiting - I can look past ‘nerd mode’ stuff like no file system access, but lack of multi-user support is a bit of a PITA.

But the REAL limitation is apps. Almost every iPad app STILL feels like a scaled-up iPhone app, which was why I never upgrade my iPad 2. That it is still the case, 10 years later, is depressing. Like… why can’t I attach files or use templates in the Gmail app? Why do so many g*ddamn apps and websites lock features to MacOS and Windows… in 2023… when like 80% of all web traffic is phones? Even more maddening on a tablet with enough pixels to run desktop sites.

I just. Don’t. Get it.

If Apple really wants the iPad to be the future, this ain’t it. Yet.
     
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Feb 7, 2023, 10:41 AM
 
Can't speak to the GMail app. The native Mail.app supports attachments, drag and drop across all manner of apps (directly from Files or from Safari), etc.

I've noticed that a bunch of websites have gone the opposite way and decided that an upscaled smartphone UI is the default look, even when logging in from a desktop browser.
     
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Feb 7, 2023, 11:01 AM
 
As long as it’s just “the look,” I don’t mind (much) having a page look like it would on a phone. But using a mobile-customized web page as the only version of that page is dumb and counterproductive.

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Feb 7, 2023, 06:45 PM
 
Stoner-proof gummy packaging.
     
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Feb 7, 2023, 07:24 PM
 
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Stoner-proof gummy packaging.
I’d think that would be a particular target audience for “munchie” items like gummies, and thus the product would have “impaired-friendly” packaging…

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Feb 7, 2023, 09:37 PM
 
These are for causing munchies.
     
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Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
As long as it’s just “the look,” I don’t mind (much) having a page look like it would on a phone. But using a mobile-customized web page as the only version of that page is dumb and counterproductive.
a story:
In the beginning of mobile there were separate mobile sites that were so pared down they were skeletal. This was necessary as cell phones then had like 1 brain cell.
Then when smart phones happened there was more support for mobile, and people tried cramming their giant desktop sites into mobile. No! huge graphics, unnecessary animations/scripts, just slowed things down. Never mind it became a needle and a haystack to find things.
This led to the consensus from design/dev experts - MOBILE FIRST! no more trying to cram all the cruft from their huge desktop sites onto mobile.
Then the marketers realized if they didn't need it on mobile, and 60% of traffic was on mobile, they could probably leave most of that cruft behiind for all users.
Then the managers realized they could save time on developing if they just built the mobile site to expand to fit any screen.
And that's where we are today.
     
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Feb 8, 2023, 02:18 PM
 
Andi, I see a mix of what you describe, “dual sites”, and “who cares how it looks on any platform” sites. Most seem to be well thought out, “mobile plus” setups. The few clearly mobile/desktop sites I’ve come across were OKish on my phone and my desktop, but only -ish.

But there are still sites that are clearly leftovers from “hey, I can build my own web pages with HTML 2 and a text editor!” The sites like this that I’ve run into have been mostly personal sites - like blogs but not as orderly or structured. My own site is hand coded only because I wanted to play with HTML and I really don’t have much use for a real, well-written set of pages anyway. I don’t think anyone has visited my few pages in years, and frankly I haven’t even tried to learn how to use any authoring tools that would help me spiff my site up.

Which circles back around to the point: if you want people to visit your site, use your web presence, and actually get a benefit out of it, you need it to be at least modern enough to work well on mobile browsers as well as desktop browsers. Sticking with HTML 5 compliance ought to allow your pages to work OK on modern browsers. On the other hand, if you make it harder on users to actually see content, interact with it, etc., because you didn’t try to make the site work properly with today’s browsers, be prepared to be disappointed by your site.

Web sites that “work best with browser abc”, or that clearly aren’t written to let smaller-screen users have a decent experience with them are a true “minor irritant.” I’m not saying that every web site in the world should be written to cater to the most obscure mobile browsers. But simply making the site work on a phone really sounds like it would be worth any commercial site owner’s time.

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My own site
Link?
     
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Feb 8, 2023, 06:25 PM
 
Mine is still an iWeb site. Haven’t updated it since that stopped working, even though a third of the gear listed has been destroyed.
     
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Feb 8, 2023, 06:42 PM
 
my site is html5 and mobile friendly, but that's because it's mostly blank. I keep meaning to make a better site. Physician, heal thyself. After working on other people's web junk all day it just seems like... whatever.
     
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Link?
It’s a really arcane URL (joke):

My site.

I just realized that I haven’t updated the copyright notice since 2014…

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Feb 8, 2023, 07:56 PM
 
Spot the ferret!
     
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She was a wonderful pet. And the dog couldn't figure her out. He was just a puppy at that time, but he wound up getting to about 100 pounds as an adult. He was the most wonderful dog I ever met, and we miss him every day.

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Feb 21, 2023, 11:40 PM
 
re - YouTube ads in foreign languages. I'm still getting the occasional odd language, but it's settled into a 50/50 mix of English and Swedish.

I think I figured out the Swedish source - my VPN is owned by a Swedish company. Even though I'm using a US server. But if the owner is based in Sweden, then all users must speak Swedish.

So if I buy a Hyundai, that would mean I speak Korean. Or if I bought a pack of Corona, it would be Spanish time. Does "piérdete gringo" go well with Corona?
     
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Feb 21, 2023, 11:56 PM
 
I just got an ad on this forum for an erectile dysfunction clinic in Latvia.
     
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Wouldn’t that be quite a long commute for the exam?

I haven’t received a lot of non-English ads online lately, but Pintrest likes to toss in some Spanish stuff from time to time. Maybe because I’ve been capturing pins about Panamá lately…

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Wouldn’t that be quite a long commute for the exam?
That’s what I thought too. On top of it, the Angelfire-grade website and (SFW-ish) porn screenshots didn’t inspire confidence.

The clinicians were cute though.
     
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Feb 23, 2023, 08:59 PM
 
Well that’s one positive…

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Apparently, a LOT of people think basic, safety-related traffic rules don’t apply in parking lots. Rules like “don’t drive into oncoming traffic” (going the wrong way down an angled parking aisle), or observing crosswalks.

What? Do they think that other people’s death machines (cars and trucks) can’t hurt them because the parking lot is not a “public street”? Apparently these are the same folks who do not look in any direction when crossing the “road” in front of a store either. So I guess death machines don’t count on private property?

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Feb 28, 2023, 04:22 PM
 
Reddit mobile app update. It’s shortened the subreddit name so the photo will fit, and then doesn’t display the photo.



(r/terrainbuilding for the curious)
     
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The missus is downloading this year’s tax software, and, according to the software website, the Mac version requires MacOS 10.15.
     
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Mar 26, 2023, 06:33 PM
 
If it's H&R Block, you can ignore that. They didn't change the app OS settings at all. Actual minimum OS is 10.11 El Capitan.

btw - if it is HRBlock, have you had problems with app updates and the state install? If so, after initial installation, go to:

(drive)/Users/(you)/Library/Application Support/H&RBlock/2022/TCUpdate.app

The above updater app is the problem - it's still in the security quarantine sandbox. You can release it with the free utility Quarantino. Afterwards, all the updates will work fine.

I've been looking for a way to report bugs to the developer, without success. Got two others to report too, but they don't offer any obvious way to contact.
     
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Oooooh… that’s handy!

Tracking down the necessary terminal commands is a pain.
     
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Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
If it's H&R Block, you can ignore that. They didn't change the app OS settings at all. Actual minimum OS is 10.11 El Capitan.

btw - if it is HRBlock, have you had problems with app updates and the state install? If so, after initial installation, go to:

(drive)/Users/(you)/Library/Application Support/H&RBlock/2022/TCUpdate.app

The above updater app is the problem - it's still in the security quarantine sandbox. You can release it with the free utility Quarantino. Afterwards, all the updates will work fine.

I've been looking for a way to report bugs to the developer, without success. Got two others to report too, but they don't offer any obvious way to contact.
Yep, it’s HR Block. She hasn’t had any problem with it so far, but hasn’t really dug into it. We did note that there’s an update to the federal stuff scheduled for early April, so I guess we’ll see.

We’ve had glitchy issues with Block before, but that was ages ago. The past several years have been pain-free. Well, she did have to disable AdBlock before she could see the download page on the Block website.
     
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Still getting the Swedish ads on YouTube and in banners. But I just got something else.



Looks like Arabic.

Perhaps it's activation orders for a secret agent:
1. Sniper rifle is between the mattresses.
2. Sight is in the sock drawer.
3. Mag is taped under the chair.
4. Target is arriving in the limo at 2:20 PM.
     
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Looks like Arabic
I think it’s Farsi.
     
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While I can’t “see” the difference between Arabic and Farsi, I can (kinda) hear it.

Way back before the post-Shah revolution, I was stationed at a USAF training base that had lots of Saudi and Iranian military students, so I caught their conversations in passing. There’s a definite (but maybe subtle) difference in how the two languages sound.

My own minor irritant: the current arboreal orgy being held by the local oaks. Oh. My. Gawd! Oak pollen everywhere, and the pollen “pods” are big enough that they just sit there on the ground until you do something stupid like “walk”. Then you crush the pods, and aerosolize the pollen. Such fun!

I recall in the 1980s seeing TV news shots of a stiff wind blowing an opaque yellow cloud of pollen off a tree…. And yes, yesterday and today have been quite windy. So, there’s lots of that going on. Ya know, breathing should be an easy thing, really.

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I feel Farsi has less extra diacritic-like marks than Arabic, but I cheated and googled “My Arman”, which turns out to be a school in Tehran.
     
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Dropbox had a major overhaul, and needs to re-index all my files as part of the migration to the new version. At the rate it’s currently going, Dropbox will complete the re-index somewhere around, let’s see, carry the four…

2027

Needless to say, I started a support ticket. Them asking me what device this is happening on, which I already put in the ticket twice, does not bode well.
     
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With iCloud and OneDrive being so much easier to use, I'm about to (gasp!) dump both Dropbox and Evernote. They were both great. In the previous decade, anyway. But they're clunky now, and they keep coming up with new ways to reorganize my stuff so I can't find it.

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I’ve never had any issues with it until now, and this is a major enough change I’m willing to cut them some slack.

For my upcoming video production, the work for the week is going to be distributed to everyone via a team Dropbox share, so I’m leaning hard into it. Thankfully, this issue hasn’t affected that. Only my personal Dropbox on one computer.
     
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YouTube ads again.

I've been getting golf ads (usually for the irons, occasionally the balls) roughly every few days. For years.

But I actually have no use for golf. It's boring IMO - I don't watch the games, nor ever purchased anything golf-related. Not even dug through catalogs, or done any eBay searches. Yet I keep getting golf commercials - some even in Swedish. Gotta keep up on the new irons. Which look a lot like the old irons.

Now, if they held an iron-throwing contest, maybe we could talk. Or advertise drivers that can withstand the most severe abuse from golfers who miss their shots. Or the best irons for surviving a riot. But I never see those kinds of ads.
     
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Not a fan of golf, but video game golf is kinda fun and also very chill.
     
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Remember what I said about leaning into a team Dropbox share?

Because Dropbox and Apple are having a slapfight, you can’t access Dropbox folders via file sharing anymore. Quite literally snapped my workflow in half.
     
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whaaaat?
     
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The NRA is holding their national convention here in Indy this weekend. Woo, fuckin’, hoo.
     
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How many hookers does that bring in?
     
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However many can fit on Trump’s plane, I suppose.
     
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I don’t think that’ll be enough.
     
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Monterey update bricked another system.


Edit: Disk First Aid thankfully squared it this time around.
( Last edited by subego; May 5, 2023 at 01:44 PM. )
     
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In iOS in a text input box, if I tap in the body of text, why does it only ever align the cursor with the beginning of the next word, not the end of the previous word? It's usually because autocorrect changed a correctly spelled word to something wrong, so I'm going back to try to see my autocorrect options again, but it will never ever line the cursor up with the word I want to change.
     
 
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