The Veritable-Deluge Edition Monday, January 27, 2020

The Unofficial Apple Archive Is On Death’s Door Once More, by Sean Hollister, The Verge

I hope you got your fill of the unofficial Apple Archive last week, because that expansive collection of over 15,000 classic Apple advertisements, internal training videos, and other eye-opening odds and ends from the Cupertino computer company’s history has now been ripped apart — late Friday, curator Sam Henri Gold received a veritable deluge of DMCA takedown notices originating from Apple’s lawyers, letting him know the vast majority of the videos he’d uploaded to Vimeo had been removed from the internet.


Apple Shares New 'Powder' Shot On iPhone Video, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Shot in the British Colombia Interior, Canada, the video features past and present Winter X Games competitors snowboarding down slopes and valleys at Baldface Lodge.

HomeKit-enabled Eve Water Guard Now Available To Purchase, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

If it detects water, Eve Water Guard will alert you with an audible (100-dB siren) and visible alarm (red warning light). You also receive an alert on your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Meet The iPad, Your Work Computer: These 10 Apps Make Real Productivity Possible, by Jason Cipriani, ZDNet

Not just apps from Apple, but third-party apps from developers who have remained committed to providing high-quality tools for iPad users. Below, you'll find just a handful of iPad apps that make using the tablet for work-related tasks -- and not just browsing the web or watching Netflix -- possible.


There’s One Major Reason Remote Work Can Go Spectacularly Wrong, by Alison Green, Slate

Yet despite these flagrant abuses, plenty of people who work from home—in my experience, the majority—aren’t misusing the privilege. They’re just as productive from home (if not more so, given that it’s often easier to focus outside your office) and resent being treated with suspicion by managers who assume working from home means slacking off.


Patents Do Not A Product Make, by Stephen Hackett, 512 Pixels

Apple files lots and lots of patents, and the vast majority of them that feature entire product designs don’t ever see the light of day. This filing doesn’t mean that Apple’s next iMac is going to look like this, or was ever going to. Apple didn’t even have to make a device like this in a secret lab to file its paperwork.

Sonos' Frantic Flailing Illustrates The Stupidity Of Smart Tech, by Joel Hruska, ExtremeTech

ccording to Sonos, a speaker they built just 10 years ago has reached its “technological limits.” It made me think about the way we’ve allowed companies to arbitrarily define what “technological limits” are, and what they look like, and how easily that phrase gets tossed about by companies to justify bricking hardware, removing features, or preventing customers from repairing their own equipment. It’s an issue that’s much bigger than Sonos or any single company.

Bottom of the Page

To me, there are two separate meanings of what it meant to read a book.

On one hand, there's the 'traditional' meaning of looking at the shape of ink-on-paper and comprehending the meaning of these shapes.

And then, on the other hand, there's the more interesting meaning of understanding, discovering, and absoring the meanings of the text.

The important part about reading a book, to me, is the second meaning. I don't really care about one 'look' and 'comprehend', but if one can understand and absorb, it makes for a much better conversation.

All that is just my way of saying, yes, one can absolute read a book via audio.


Thanks for reading.