May 16, 2013

Phishing emails are getting pretty fancy, although you would think that the hacker should at least be capable of spelling “Walmart” correctly.

Phishing emails are getting pretty fancy, although you would think that the hacker should at least be capable of spelling “Walmart” correctly.


/etc/hosts gets overwritten periodically in OS X February 05, 2013

Well, this is annoying. After noticing that my changes to /etc/hosts were reverted again, a bit of googling revealed this:

If you use Cisco’s AnyConnect VPN Client, please be aware that it will reset your hosts file to the contents of the following: /etc/hosts.ac

Not very cool of any application, even a VPN client, to overwrite files silently on you.

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There’s something charming about this January 28, 2013

From The New Republic’s interview with President Obama:

But he perked up as he asked us in granular detail about the health of the media business (he specifically wanted to know if The New Yorker and The Atlantic had found workable business models). He bemoaned his own difficulty accessing newspapers and magazines on his ultra-secure presidential iPad, which doesn’t allow him to enter required subscriber information.

The President of the United States of America would (1) like to read The New Yorker and The Atlantic on his iPad but (2) somewhere out there is a gatekeeper who has decided that the President should not be allowed to enter his credit card details into his iPad.

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January 11, 2013

"

THERE’S A BIGGER TRUTH TO THE BEHAVIOR SO HERE’S THE DEAL: OPTIMISM IS ACTUALLY A SURVIVAL INSTINCT. FEW PEOPLE THINK ABOUT IT LIKE THAT, BUT IT’S TRUE. OPTIMISM IS HOPE. OPTIMISM IS FIGHTING FOR THE THINGS YOU BELIEVE IN. OPTIMISM IS LIVING FOR TOMORROW. AND IT COMES NOT FROM NAIVETY, BUT AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW EASY IT IS TO FALL INTO CYNICAL VIEWS. TO FALL INTO DEPRESSION. IT’S SO EASY TO LOOK AT THE WORLD AND SEE JUST HOW VERY TROUBLED IT IS. SO HULK FOUND A SENSE OF OPTIMISM BECAUSE HULK WANTED TO SURVIVE ALL THAT. AND BETTER YET HULK WANTS TO HELP PEOPLE DO THE VERY SAME THING. AGAIN, IT’S NOT NAIVETY OF “THE WORLD IS SWELL!” BUT INSTEAD HYPER-AWARENESS THAT THE WORLD CAN BE PRETTY SHITTY. AND THIS SORT OF SHARED OPTIMISM IS THE ONE THING WE CAN TRY TO DO. AND FUNNY THING IS THAT IT HAS A TENDENCY TO ACTUALLY WORK.

AS SUCH, HULK IS ALWAYS HOPING THE NEXT FILM HULK SEES WILL BE THE BEST ONE THAT HULK WILL EVER SEE. AND THAT HOPE, EVEN IF NOT LIKELY, HAS LED TO A LOT OF WONDERFUL NIGHTS AT THE MOVIES.

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An interview with Film Crit Hulk at The Verge

How to type the ⌘ (Command) key in OS X Mountain Lion December 14, 2012

This was harder than I expected it to be:

  1. Press ⌘ ⌥ T to bring up the Character Viewer.
  2. Click the gear menu (⚙) to bring up options and choose “Customize List…”
  3. Under Symbols, check the box next to Technical Symbols
  4. The command symbol (⌘) should be the first in the list.

From here you can drag and drop the ⌘ to whatever text editor you want - although a keystroke to type it would be far easier rather than opening Character Viewer each time. 

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Is there an easier way to do this?

Update: Yes, there is.

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