The Activating-iMessage Edition Friday, August 4, 2017

How To Unknowingly Broadcast Your Personal iMessages To All The Company’s iPads, by Daniele Vian, Medium

When I put my SIM in the secondary (company) iPhone, it tried activating iMessage on the phone number but couldn’t.

When I wrote my wife, my messages went out from my company’s iCloud account, not my number as I thought.

Apple’s “Walled Garden” Approach To Content Has Paid Off Massively, by Mike Murphy, Quartz

Apple hand-picks every app that goes live in its store, sometimes rejecting apps for no good reason, or because a foreign power tells them to. It’s a system built in the image of its creators, and it’s such a beautiful garden that it has paid off handsomely for Apple.

Operation Luigi: How I Hacked My Friend Without Her Noticing, by The hacker known as "Alex"

I’m at a ramen place with my friend Diana. Diana isn’t her real name, but we’re going to pretend it is because that’s what all the cool journalists do and I wanna fit in too so don’t ruin this for me okay.

I ask her if it would be okay for me to try and hack all her stuff. She’s instantly visibly excited. I explain how this could result in me seeing everything she’s ever put on a computer ever. She tells me she thinks this is going to be “so good”. We lay down some rules.


Simon Is A Useful, Flexible Server Monitoring Tool For macOS, by Aaron Lee, Apple World Today

It’s not for everyone, but Dejal Systems' Simon is a useful server monitoring tool for macOS that lets you checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures.

iMessage App 'Checkmate' Available For Free As Apple's App Of The Week, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

With Checkmate, you can play a game of chess with a friend entirely over iMessages.


Why Chefs And Soldiers Make The Best Product Managers, by First Round Review

Five years ago, Clover Health COO Wilson Keenan got his first job in product management. Before that, he was a line cook. It wasn't his only work experience, but it's what stood out to the man who hired him, Jim Patterson — then Chief Product Officer at Yammer, now CEO of cannabis technology startup Eaze. In fact, it fit into a broader hiring philosophy Patterson subscribes to: chefs and soldiers make excellent product managers.

“Both the military and professional kitchens are environments where there's zero tolerance for slackers and indecision — you have to be on all the time, working quickly under high pressure,” he says. “When Wilson told me he'd worked at that job for a year I thought, 'He must be good.' Otherwise you get bounced out of that industry immediately.”


Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation?, by Jean M. Twenge, The Atlantic

I’ve been researching generational differences for 25 years, starting when I was a 22-year-old doctoral student in psychology. Typically, the characteristics that come to define a generation appear gradually, and along a continuum. Beliefs and behaviors that were already rising simply continue to do so. Millennials, for instance, are a highly individualistic generation, but individualism had been increasing since the Baby Boomers turned on, tuned in, and dropped out. I had grown accustomed to line graphs of trends that looked like modest hills and valleys. Then I began studying Athena’s generation.

Around 2012, I noticed abrupt shifts in teen behaviors and emotional states. The gentle slopes of the line graphs became steep mountains and sheer cliffs, and many of the distinctive characteristics of the Millennial generation began to disappear. In all my analyses of generational data—some reaching back to the 1930s—I had never seen anything like it.

The allure of independence, so powerful to previous generations, holds less sway over today’s teens.

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Out of six addresses that I've stayed in, three of them no longer exists.

Out of five schools (including kindergarten) that I've attended, two no longer exist, and the other three have changed name. (Two of them have also moved.)


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