I’m already numb to the automation prompts in the Mojave betas. I now just click “Allow” without reading the whole message, even though I know it’s a bad idea. This feels less secure to me.

I started watching “The Expanse” a few months ago because I’d enjoyed the book. Didn’t like the show as much and quit watching after 4 episodes. Gave it another go after many recommendations and binge watched the first 2 seasons. Guess it got better :).

My blog is a mess and I’m fine with that

I wonder how much time I’ve spent worrying about my various blogs. So much time, is how much.

Should I include short posts on the main timeline? Should I always use titles? Is it too cluttered if there’s a sidebar with recent posts and whatnot? Serif or no? Static HTML is cool, but I wonder if I should just make things easy and use WordPress.

It’s endless!

All of this is fun to think about, but I’ve sort of stopped worrying about the shape of things around here. I’ve posted whatever I’ve felt like posting to wherever I felt like posting it in whatever format I felt like at the time.

My writing has never been precise, why should my blog be? I play pretty fast and loose with content, so why should the blog be tidy and carefully considered? And who wants everything to look like a Medium post, anyway?

So yeah, it’s messy here. It’s inconsistent. It’s unfocused. I love it.

While reading a book I have issues with, I try to think, “What can I learn from this?” rather than just looking for things to criticize.

Why the Future of Data Storage is (Still) Magnetic Tape – IEEE Spectrum

Why the Future of Data Storage is (Still) Magnetic Tape – IEEE Spectrum:

To begin with, tape storage is more energy efficient: Once all the data has been recorded, a tape cartridge simply sits quietly in a slot in a robotic library and doesn’t consume any power at all. Tape is also exceedingly reliable, with error rates that are four to five orders of magnitude lower than those of hard drives. And tape is very secure, with built-in, on-the-fly encryption and additional security provided by the nature of the medium itself. After all, if a cartridge isn’t mounted in a drive, the data cannot be accessed or modified. This “air gap” is particularly attractive in light of the growing rate of data theft through cyberattacks.

Via Kottke

Setapp or Not?

As I was reviewing my growing list of software subscriptions, I remembered Setapp. I’ve been subscribed to Setapp since launch. I like the idea of “Netflix but for apps”. Access to a large and growing list of useful apps for ten bucks a month is pretty great.

But is it worth it to me? Let’s see.

Apps I regularly use

  • Forklift
  • Marked
  • Ulysses
  • BusyCal
  • Renamer
  • CleanMyMac
  • iStat Menus
  • Permute
  • TaskPaper
  • Sip
  • Flume
  • Squash
  • Timing

Apps I occasionally or might use

  • Aeon Timeline
  • Bartender
  • BetterTouchTool
  • Declutter
  • Downie
  • Gemini
  • Gifox
  • Merlin Project Express
  • Netspot
  • NotePlan
  • Numi
  • Paw
  • Screens
  • WiFi Explorer

I’d say that settles it. Nearly 30 apps I either use often or only need occasionally for $10 a month makes it a no-brainer. I don’t even need to do the math on how much just the regularly-used apps would cost me. Also, Setapp regularly adds new apps, so the value continues to increase over time.