We've got a home renovation coming up, and we've been talking about a project that I can do with a bit of home automation / maker / raspberry pi skills that I basically don't have currently. It sounds like fun, but I'm enough of a newbie to this space that I'm afraid that I don't know what I don't know.
It's always seemed to me that the definition of a species appeared somewhat arbitrary, so it was interesting to read What's a Species, Anyway? on New Republic, which talks about the Red Wolf's origins and questions the notion of a species as anything...
If you haven't followed the saga so far, you may not know that I've had a series of hard drive failures in my Drobo 5D, which all seem to come down to having chosen a Seagate Barracuda drive with a spectacularly terrible failure rate.
For the past month or so, I've been playing the Sam Phillips album, Don't Do Anything (iTunes, Amazon, Wikipedia, AllMusic) very regularly. It's a great album, end to end, basically all the songs are good. You should listen. And if you don't like it, what's wrong with you? (Or maybe you just have different taste, I guess.)
I've had a busy month for music discovery with Apple Music's free trial and catching up on my backlog of NPR's All Songs Considered podcast. Here's some of the songs that have stood out for me.
I have been enjoying Marvel's Daredevil TV show on Netflix. I had heard good things, and they're right.
If you haven't seen it, I'm not entirely sure how to describe it. Daredevil is a comic-book character, and certainly some elements of the show are larger than life. Matt Murdock is a lawyer, but it's not a law show. There's a lot of crime and police-work but not really a police procedural. It's a mix of a interpersonal drama, crime and comic-books, but a pleasant mix.
Nice to see something like pid.codes, both because it allows people (makers / hobbyists) and startups to build USB devices, encouraging innovation, but also because it's fun to see bureaucracy defeated by its own rules.
I'm sure the USB-IF can make...
So, having been a long-time Mac user and a bit of a power user (developer), I have lots of apps installed, a fir number of tools and many of them want to sit on my menubar, or at least have little utilities that sit on my menubar. I've disabled some here and there, but often I actually like the tool and like having quick access to it.
Still, the menubar tray gets very crowded, and it feels like clutter.
So, in early January, my Drobo started rebooting again. Everything is now resolved, and all in all I think the Drobo was not only not the problem, but ended up going a little above and beyond in helping keep my data safe.