The Safest-Passwords Edition Sunday, January 24, 2016

Apps To Manage Passwords So They Are Harder To Crack Than ‘Password’, by Brian X. Chen, New York Times

In my shame and embarrassment, I put together a guide of best practices for passwords and tested some tools that would help manage them. Here’s what it boils down to: To have the safest passwords protecting your digital life, each password should be unique and complex. But since memorizing 70 unique and complex passwords is nearly impossible, we also need password manager programs to keep track of them all.

New Ways Of Making Money

The Way You Buy And Use Apps Is About To Change Big Time, by Brain Barrett, Wired

Turning apps into money has always seemed like a fairly straightforward proposition. Sell the app, get the money. Or better yet, give the app away, and sell upgrades inside it. But while the basics remain largely the same, the alchemy that goes into it has changed significantly. How you buy apps, and where, and what kind, is going to change a lot in the next few years. It’s already started.

Podcast Pioneers: Where Audiences Choose To Listen To The Ads, by Corey Layton, AdAge

There's a revolution taking place, and the traditional media giants have yet to realize it. Podcasts are transforming advertising. Podcast producers have become pioneers in creating a different commercial model, where audiences are choosing to not skip the ads, but in some cases rewind to hear them again.

A New Twist On Mobile Ads, by Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times

In the fast-changing world of mobile advertising, staples like banner ads, pop-ups and ads disguised as news stories aren't cutting it anymore.

The latest crop of ads reads like novels, mimics the levels of a video game and lets Snoopy hitch a ride on selfies.

Dealt With It

The Dao Of The Shell, by Matt Gemmell

I was compelled to really think about it recently when I resumed my seemingly endless search for an email program I can live with. I’ve never met a GUI email client I didn’t passionately detest within a week. Fussy interactions, lack of keyboard navigation and control, idiosyncratic structure and terminology, trying to do too much or too little… the genre is a minefield of thwarted hope.

Back at university, I dealt with email on the command-line. I didn’t do email, or check email, or manage my email: I dealt with it. In; read; reply or delete; out. On to the next thing. It was Enough, with a capital ‘E’. There’s not nearly enough Enough in the world today.


How To Reset Apple's Thunderbolt Display, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple's Thunderbolt Display, for myriad reasons, may not display an image from your Mac, recognize USB peripherals, connect to Ethernet, or power on whatsoever.

In many cases, the display is not broken. Before contacting Apple, follow these troubleshooting steps to see if you can reset your Thunderbolt Display.

Send Hyper A Text, And It Can Book Your Next Business Trip, by Jelisa Castrodale, Road Warrior Voices

Trying to book a business trip can be a nightmare of scheduling conflicts, corporate travel policies and opposing personal preferences. But a new startup called Hyper wants to simplify travel planning down to just a few text messages.

5 Best iPhone Apps To Help You Learn Guitar, by Luke Peters,


The Story Behind F.lux, The Night Owl's Color-Shifting Sleep App Of Choice, by Matthew Braga, Motherboard

Initially, Lorna and Michael didn’t completely understand what it was their program did. They knew that making the colour adjustments made their displays easier to read and use later into the night, and that other people might appreciate this too.

"We really thought six months after that, that we were done. We had done this app that was pretty baked. And we didn't really think it was that hard," Michael recalled. "Now we have this joke that, everyone thinks this problem is easy until they spend a year or two on it, and then they think it's the hardest problem they've ever worked on."

Looking For Signs That Apple’s Runaway Growth Is Waning, by Katie Benner, New York Times

With sales increases of Apple’s prime product, the iPhone, projected to decelerate, and no clear new blockbuster device on the horizon, the era of the company’s producing 50 or 60 percent annual revenue growth may be on the wane. When Apple reports earnings on Tuesday, investors will be scouring the results for signs of how fast that downshift is happening.

Bottom of the Page

Both my Apple Music downloads as well as App Store downloads slowed down significantly on my iPhone. I have no idea why.

Have you tried turning it off and on again? Yes, I have.


Thanks for reading.