Archive for July 2014

HTTP Archive – Interesting Stats

 

Average page size for the Alexa top 100 sites is ~ 1.6 MB!

HTTP Archive – Interesting Stats.

Hackathon Accidentally Picks Perfect Metaphor for Its Own Awfulness

Literally, startup people waving their arms as quickly as possible in an attempt to grab free money out of the air. What other realities of the tech sector could be streamlined and replicated via tone-deaf novelty romp? Perhaps a pseudo-meritocracy game of red rover, where just the white boys from Stanford are called over?

via Hackathon Accidentally Picks Perfect Metaphor for Its Own Awfulness.

4 Wi-Fi Tips from Former Apple Wi-Fi Engineer

1. Use same SSID for all radios on the same network (be they 2.4GHz or 5GHz). If you have one network in your home but have either multiple routers/access points for better coverage or multiple radios in one access point, the advice is the same: use the same SSID (wireless network name) for all of them and let the client devices each decide which is best to use.

2. Deal with congestion with more access points using less power. In response to a listener’s query about how best to deal with having lots of access points in a small location, say an apartment building, the best thing to do is to actually increase the number of access points but lower the transmit power on each so as to keep them from interfering with each other

3. Don’t use “Wide” 40MHz channels on 2.4GHz. Some routers (not Apple’s) will allow you to use “Wide” channels on the 2.4GHz band. The problem is this band is so congested that you’ll likely just wind up making things worse instead of better. Bluetooth lives here, too, and will appreciate the breathing room. 

4. Be smart about antenna orientation. If your router has internal antennas (as most new models do), make sure to use them in their natural orientation. Put simply: if the router has feet, use them as feet (as opposed to laying it on its side). Some routers have feet on two sides and give you placement options, so feel free to capitalize upon this flexibility.

via 4 Wi-Fi Tips from Former Apple Wi-Fi Engineer – The Mac Observer.

Be Careful What You Get Good At

There is a scene in one of the final episodes really struck a chord with me.

Cohle: Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing.

Hart: If that long.

Cohle: Yeah, so be careful what you get good at.

via Be Careful What You Get Good At | Venture Chronicles.

Over 24 Million Cars will be Fitted with Apple’s CarPlay

Without an open ecosystem, car makers could be forced to collaborate with more than one partner. This trend is concerning as car manufacturers will worry about incompatibility and whether supporting the wrong platform will lead to lost sales. For consumers potentially it could mean asking the dealer “will my smartphone be compatible with my car?”

via Over 24 Million Cars will be Fitted with Apple’s CarPlay in 2019.

Wiping an Android Doesn’t Remove All Your Personal Data

The problem is that the default data wipe tools only cleans phones “at the application layer”—which means that data can still be recovered using drive-imaging programs

via Wiping an Android Doesn’t Remove All Your Personal Data.

If You’re Wondering Why Samsung’s Smartphone Business Is Suddenly At Risk, This Explains It

Operating income… a 24% drop on a year-over-year basis.

Sales were down… a 10% year-over-year drop.

To put this in context, last year, when Apple’s stock was battered and people were murmuring that it was doomed, it had never posted negative sales growth.

So what’s happening to Samsung?

Basically, at the high end, it’s struggling to take share from Apple, and that market is quickly saturating.

At the low and mid-end, it’s struggling to compete with Chinese phone makers who sell phones that are cheaper than Samsung but otherwise are pretty much the exact same thing.

via Samsung Clones – Business Insider.

What’s using my files or my network?

So I have been checking for a while to a GUI to the standard command line of what apps are using files and network…

Winner so far is Sloth [ http://sveinbjorn.org/sloth ]

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for those that are still Terminal Junkies

 sudo lsof -nP -iTCP -sTCP:LISTEN

Stop Erasing Women from Tech History

Part of the reason the Tinder co-founders tried to erase Wolfe is they believed a “girl founder” both “devalued” the company and made Tinder “look like a joke.” The irony is, Wolfe might have been the reason early users trusted Tinder enough to sign up. It appears that Mateen and Rad were the ones who got by on their looks.

via Stop Erasing Women from Tech History — The Message — Medium.

“Old” Flexbox and “New” Flexbox

If you Google around about Flexbox, you will find lots of outdated information. Here’s how you can quickly tell:

  • If you are looking at a blog post or whatever about Flexbox and you see
    • display: box; or a property that is box-{}, you are looking at the old 2009 version of Flexbox.
  • If you are looking at a blog post or whatever about Flexbox and you see
    • display: flexbox; or the flex function, you are looking at an awkward tweener phase in 2011.
  • If you are looking at a blog post or whatever about Flexbox and you see
    • display: flex; and flex-{} properties, you are looking at the current as of this writing specification.

via “Old” Flexbox and “New” Flexbox | CSS-Tricks.

also a cool tool to test your flex layout:

http://the-echoplex.net/flexyboxes/