MyAppleMenu - Mon, Mar 2, 2015

Mon, Mar 2, 2015 The Anti-Bucket-List Edition

"Suppose you woke up tomorrow and received two phone calls. The first phone call tells you that you have inherited $20 million, no strings attached. The second tells you that you have an incurable and terminal disease, and you have no more than 10 years to live. What would you do differently, and, in particular, what would you stop doing?"

What are the things that you will someday eventually hopefully stop doing? Maybe it's time to take stock, and figure out a plan or a timeline to get rid of things in your anti-bucket-list?

Shot on iPhone 6


People take incredible photos and videos on iPhone 6 every day. And here are some of our favorites. Explore the gallery, learn a few tips, and see what’s possible with the world’s most popular camera.

As noted by many people, including Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch (see next article), Apple is not boasting that iPhone is the most popular phone-camera. Apple is claiming it is the most popular camera.

Apple Would Like You To Know People Think The iPhone’s Camera Is Awesome

Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch:

As counter-programming, Apple offers up an ad campaign based on the fact that the iPhone isn’t just the most popular camera phone in the world, but the most popular camera period. That’s a pretty strong riposte.

But the advantages that Apple in the camera + phone space aren’t just ones of momentum. Most of its leverage comes in the fact that it has been proactive, not reactive about photography. Rather than buying whatever the next highest megapixel array is available to it and stuffing it in the iPhone, Apple has invested deeply in the less visible and less toutable bits of the photographic imaging chain.

My Thoughts on the iPhone 6 Plus, Five Months Later

Mark Crump, GigaOM:

Instead of trying have one device at arm’s reach that can handle all of my needs, instead I want the device I use the most to be able to handle the important day-to-day tasks. I’ve decided that the most important task is to triage and handle information thrown to me on a daily basis. I may not be able to do anything about it at that moment, but it’s important to address it and file it away. The large screen makes it easy to do that.

How to Keep Your Email Private with PGP Encryption on Your Mac

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld:

None of this is, shall we say, straightforward. But neither does it require the level of tweakiness and complexity of years past. Once set up, you can send and receive encrypted emails with other people who use PGP simply by remembering or retrieving your key’s passphrase. And that takes us a lot closer to reliably encrypted communications on demand than we have been until now.

Toggle Toggle

The ability to quickly and easily switch between two apps may well be one of the best contribution to GUI operating systems from Microsoft. I'm glad Command-Tab exists in Mac OS X, and I miss this greatly on my iPhone.


Even though the Dock is intended to be managed primarily with your mouse, Apple supports accessing it via the keyboard. The default action for this is to press Control-F3, but since some of its features are quite similar to Command-Tab, I recommend changing it to Option-Tab or something similar.

First-class drawing tool for people who aren't first-class artists

Init Question

Brent Simmons, Inessential:

Let’s say you have an object where initWithSomething could fail due to bad inputs or other error.

Let’s also say that, if it fails, an error should probably be presented to the user.


Apple Adds Vehicles to Its List of Company Activities in Swiss Legal Filing

Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac:

Apple has officially added vehicles to the corporate documents describing the company’s activities, at least in Switzerland.


Happy Birthday

Today you are you! That is truer than true!
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

Happy birthday, Dr Seuss. Thank you. I miss you.

Parting Words

Thanks for reading.