The Left-Handed Edition Thursday, July 5, 2018

10 Reasons You Should Put The Mouse On The Left If You’re Right-Handed, by hb20007, Medium

There is research to support this. In a study, researchers asked volunteers to place their mouse on the left side for a month. Not only were the subjects able to adjust easily and handle computing tasks using smaller movements, it also improved their posture during work because they didn’t have to stretch as far to reach for the mouse (they used desktop computers with keyboards that are longer on the right side because of the numpad). Out of the 27 volunteers, 16 decided to maintain the left-handed placement of the mouse after the experiment ended.

Just Put On An App-y Face, by Freida Marie Crump, My Journal Courier

That’s why I’d hesitated joining the thundering herd of iPhone users. I simply wanted to remain human just a bit longer before the entire world suffers from a digital lobotomy. And that’s why I was directed toward our local tavern instead of church last Sunday morning. Hidden somewhere deep in the bowels of my IPhone is a device that keeps track of where I go and when. Once it gets enough data then it will start directing me instead of the other way around. Apparently the Coonridge barroom is the only business located with a couple of blocks of our church and after my phone learned that I go to church at the same time every Sunday morning it began dinging to direct me to the tavern down the street. When I told the ladies at the coffee klatch that because of them I had started drinking instead of praying on Sunday mornings they just laughed. I reminded them that God would punish them for their sins and we moved on to less digital topics.

Apple Registers Five New iPads And Macs In Eurasian Database, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

We are expecting significant updates to the iPad and Mac lines later this year, and Apple appears to be getting in the admin work early as five new iPad and five new Mac models have turned up in the Eurasian Economic Commission database as found by Consomac.


Best Apps For Managing Contacts And Deleting Duplicates On Your iPhone Or iPad, by Lory Gil, iMore

Gone are the days of dusty old address books filled with scribbles and scratched-out contacts in a variety of different colors of ink. Instead, we can keep all of our contacts right on our iPhones and iPads, and updating information doesn't require a second page. But, with advances in storing contacts comes the woes of managing them.

If you feel overwhelmed by how many people you know and all of the different ways in which you can get in touch with them, there is a solution - contact manager apps - and we've got a list of the best ones to suit your needs.

Take The Pane Out Of Using The Mac Finder, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

Personally, I’m not a power user. But in the short time I used Commander One so that I could write this review, I was impressed at how notably faster I was able to navigate about my computer. Very impressive.


Dark Side Of The Mac: Appearance & Materials, by Kuba Suder, MacKuba

As with the changes in notifications, I’ve set out to collect everything related to dark mode from the WWDC videos this year and organize all the information in a way which makes more sense to me (since in the talks these things are often mentioned in a slightly random order and topics are scattered through multiple sessions). This eventually grew into the longest article on this blog, so instead of deleting some sections, I’ve decided to split it into two parts. This first part will be a bit more theoretical about some underlying features and APIs that make the dark mode work or that are especially relevant now, and the second part will be about the things you need to think about while updating the app (and in the future).

I’ve learned a lot about AppKit while writing this, and I’ve managed to clear up a lot of things which I didn’t fully understand before, so I hope this will help someone else too.


How Apple's New Software Turned My Life Upside Down, by Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

So I’m stuck. I’m stuck with this beta version of macOS until the fall when the official release will drop. I’m stuck with the bugs, and I’m stuck with the frustration. If there’s a silver lining to any of this, it’s the simple fact that I will not make this mistake again. I’ll stop thinking I’m some kind of super user and that I’m capable of using half-finished software for the fun of it. I’ll even be better about backing up my devices in the ways that Apple wants me to, in case I ever do need to restore them. I might even be a better computer user one day. Doubt I’ll ever recover from being a dumbass, though.

Who's Reading Your Gmail? Not Us, Says Google, And We Vet 3rd-party Apps That Do, by Liam Tung, ZDNet

In a blogpost, Google says it allows third-party apps to integrate with Gmail to give users more choice about how to access and use email.

However, the company stresses it is not compensated by developers for granting access to its application programming interface and no longer scans Gmail to serve targeted ads itself. Google ended that practice last year, bringing consumer Gmail in line with G Suite.

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If you are wondering if you should install beta software on your machines, then the answer is no. Beta software is not early preview; it's not sneak peek. It's software that contains bugs that may literally delete every single file on your machines.


Thanks for reading.