The Abandon-Encrypted-Files Edition Tuesday, January 5, 2016

What To Do If You Forget Your Mac’s Password, by How To Geek

Can’t remember your Mac’s password? Don’t worry. With the default settings, you can simply try logging into your Mac. Fail enough times and you’ll be able to reset your password with your Apple ID. But this won’t always work.

If you haven’t enabled FileVault disk encryption, there’s an easy password-reset tool you can access. If you have enabled FileVault disk encryption and are willing to abandon your encrypted files, you can just reinstall Mac OS X and start over again.

Backups and password managers. This is how I hope I don't lose my files.

Tolerance From The Top Down: What Coming Out Taught Me About My Company, by Mark Curry, The Huffington Post

It is imperative that executives and business owners, particularly those who are part of the LGBT community, conscientiously create an LBGT-friendly environment in corporate America. For that to happen, it is incumbent upon all executives, but especially LGBT executives to lead.


Griffin’s BreakSafe Is The MagSafe USB-C Adapter That Apple’s MacBook Needs, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The company has unveiled a new six-foot BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable that brings the laptop-saving magnetic technology to the 12-inch MacBook. The BreakSafe cable comes in two parts. The first part is a 12.8mm small plug that you insert into the USB-C port on the MacBook. The second part is the 6-foot cable that connects magnetically to the 12.8mm dongle and features a USB-C connection on the other side.

Honeywell Introduces A New Lyric Thermostat With Apple HomeKit Support, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

Heating and air conditioning stalwart Honeywell has just unveiled its second-generation Lyric that is compatible with Apple’s smart home protocol.

Aipoly Vision Is An Amazing App For Visually Impaired iOS Users, by Joe White, AppAdvice

Inside the app users can toggle between Aipoly Vision’s two main functions: object recognition, and color recognition. After choosing which mode you’d like to use, the app then allows iOS device owners to point their iPhone or iPad at an object and receive either a guess at the name of the object, or the color which lies beneath the application’s crosshair.


Fun With Swift, by Joe Armstrong

My immediate reaction was “Golly – Swift might just be usable” and I was hooked. I’d also read that Swift was a functional language which again piqued my interest.

In the next week or so I found that Swift was certainly not a pure functional language but that it was whole lot better than Objective-C. Above all it had a REPL and I could program outside Xcode (which I hate). I can use my dear and very old friend emacs whose commands are located somewhere near the base of my spine.


Lawsuit Accuses Apple Of Stealing Heart Sensor Technology, by MacNN

The key element of the case hinges on whether Apple misled Valencell about a partnership, and specifically whether it used some key light-guiding discoveries from the company that increase the accuracy of its photoplethysmography (PPG) heart rate detection.

Waste Not, Want Not: Why French Diners Are Learning To Love Their Leftovers, by Kim Willsher, The Guardian

The French have never done “le doggy bag’’. They eat what is on their restaurant plate or it goes straight in the bin.

Until now, that is. This year, we can expect to see more Gallic diners clutching what is left of their steak-frites in colourful bags as they leave their favourite eaterie, because a law that came into effect on 1 January now forces restaurants to provide containers for uneaten grub as part of a campaign to cut food waste.

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Today I learnt that I too can catch a cold even when I am half a planet away from CES. :-)


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