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Mon, Aug 24, 2015The Hermit-Programmers Edition

A Salute To Solo Programmers, by Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note

Parkinson’s Law tells us that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. Applied to software, this means that applications tend to bloatware, obese programs whose complexity makes them nearly impossible to debug and maintain. Today, we look at happier counterexamples, past and current, of ambitious products created by “hermit programmers”.

Phone And Laptop Encryption Guide: Protect Your Stuff And Yourself, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

Using strong PINs or passwords and various Find My Phone features is a good place to start if you’d like to limit the amount of cleanup you need to do, but in this day and age it’s a good idea to encrypt your device’s local storage if at all possible. Full-disk or full-device encryption (that is, encrypting everything on your drive, rather than a specific folder or user profile) isn’t yet a default feature across the board, but most of the major desktop and mobile OSes support it in some fashion. In case you’ve never considered it before, here’s what you need to know.


What To Do When Apple Music Has Its Head In Cloud, by Rob Pegoraro, USA Today

This New App Could Tell You Whether You're More Productive During The Day Or The Night, by Irish Examiner

“If you notice for example that your brain test scores are highest early in the day, you might be well advised to undertake important tasks that require a bit more brainpower first thing in the morning.”

OneNote For iPad Tips To Make You More Productive, by Michael Ansaldo, Macworld

Here are a few cool ways the app can make you more efficient around the office.

Photoflow For Mac Is A Beautiful Desktop Client For Instagram, by Alan Henry, LifeHacker


4 Things We Learned When Apple Rejected Our First Watch App, by Robert Jackson, VentureBeat

But a funny thing happened on the way to launch: Apple rejected us. We absorbed Apple’s feedback and, backed by a new design philosophy, we came up with a superior product on our next attempt and Apple approved us.

The rejection turned out to be a tremendous learning opportunity that we would like to share.

Parting Words

Pablo Casals on why he practiced at 90.

— Chris Schroeder (@cmschroed) August 23, 2015

Thanks for reading.