Links auf gefundene und für gut befundene Fundstellen im Web.

Google has begun using billions of credit-card transaction records to prove that its online ads are prompting people to make purchases – even when they happen offline in brick-and-mortar stores, the company said Tuesday.

Daring Fireball

… I can’t figure out how it works. But it sounds creepy as hell. This is why I don’t grant Google access to any background access to my location data.

indeed, fishy

Posted: May 27, 2017, 6:56 am

Being good at HTML and CSS remains vital.

The way HTML is constructed and how it ends up in the DOM will continue to change. But you'll still need to know what good HTML looks like. You'll need to know how to structure HTML in such a way that is useful for you, accessible for users, and accomodating to styling.

The way CSS lands in the browser and how it is applied will continue to change, but you'll still need to how to use it. You'll need to know how to accomplish layouts, manage spacing, adjust typography, and be tasteful, as we always have.

That's the point!
Posted: May 25, 2017, 3:48 pm


The OAuth plugin is deprecated. So I use the plugins recommanded here.

The problem is that 2 commands miss me : PROCESS GET LIST and PROCESS Get id.
With what may I replace them (for Windows and Mac OS) ?
Stanislas Caron - Upside

Keisuke MIYAKO
Japan, Tokyo
Gesendet am : Heute - 16:34 Als Antwort auf: Stanislas CARON Antworten

the commands have been added to:


Posted: May 25, 2017, 3:45 pm

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170147087) for “housing as an I/O device" that hints at, among other things, a Mac laptop with a virtual keyboard.


At least the touchbar of the current MacBook pros belongs here, replacing both the trackpad and the touchbar
Posted: May 25, 2017, 2:16 pm

Aus dem tiefsten Sachsen führte die Fernverkehrsstraße 96 über Berlin zu den weiten Horizonten der Ostseebäder Rügens. Wer seinen Trabi oder seinen Wartburg bestieg, der konnte ein bisschen träumen, von einem anderen Leben, von Freiheit. Dann brach die DDR zusammen, die Bundesrepublik übernahm, aus der F96 wurde die B96. Und wovon träumen die Menschen entlang der Straße heute? Wir finden es heraus - auf unserem einmonatigen Roadtrip über die Route 66 der DDR.

Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:55 am
Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:48 am

Averaged (and rounded) across several runs, I got the following results:
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar: 6h:50m
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar: 5h:30m
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro (2014): 5h:10m11-inch
  • MacBook Air (2011): 2h:15m

Anyway, the whole point of including these results in this footnote is that I also ran the exact same test with Chrome on the 13-inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar. The average result: 3h:40m. That’s 1h:50m difference. On the exact same machine running the exact same test with the exact same list of URLs, the battery lasted almost exactly 1.5 times as long using Safari than Chrome.

Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:26 am

The DJI Spark is a tiny little drone, smaller compared to the Mavic Pro - here's my hands-on of the working prototype.

Posted: May 24, 2017, 5:28 pm

Last week's ShopTalk Show was all about HTML Email. It's such a fascinating subject, as technically it is front-end web development, but it almost feels like a bizarro alternate universe.

ja, war gut
Posted: May 24, 2017, 2:53 pm
Keisuke Miyako, Technical Service Manager from 4D Japan, presents at 4D Summit Paris 2016 how the 4D transformation tag feature has been highly empowered with 4D v16. If you are not using 4D tags yet – be sure you’ll be thrilled to start using it asap after watching that video!

Auch wenn es schon ein Jahr alt ist, die Perlen lohnen sich mehrmals
Posted: May 24, 2017, 7:51 am

But maybe you want to take a second look on how long you may wait for bigger JSON data sets. We usually use XML and JSON import/export not for 3 records, but for thousands. We automate data exchange with other services and so we need to process 1000s of records. MBS Plugin functions are built for speed, so we prefer to use the JSON reference numbers. Parse the data once, get a number and query it often. The FileMaker functions do not keep the parsed data and do the parsing for each query. With MBS Plugin we can use reference numbers, so even for building large JSON data sets, you can avoid producing text for each step and parse it again to add the next value.

in V15, with a couple of tenth of thousand records, JSON to Selection is instantaneous
Posted: May 23, 2017, 12:56 pm

List IP addresses of current host

Replica of deprecated "Pack" commands

STOMP client (libstomp implementation)

Posted: May 22, 2017, 7:53 am

For many computer users, filling out PDF forms and PDF documents is a routine occurrence, and the Mac Preview app allows you to easily and quickly fill in a PDF file. The great thing about using Preview to complete PDF forms on the Mac is that there are no additional apps or downloads needed, it’s included with every version of Mac OS and Mac OS X system software.

Posted: May 19, 2017, 6:44 pm

This is insane. Faster than the 13″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. For $70.
Posted: May 19, 2017, 6:34 pm
Here's a tiny proof of concept for a @jsonfeed viewer, built in an hour
Posted: May 19, 2017, 8:28 am
jq is a lightweight and flexible command-line JSON processor
Posted: May 19, 2017, 8:27 am

SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM: KAIBAB ELEGY from Harun Mehmedinovic on Vimeo.

Millions of visitors a year come to Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the most visited national park in the western United States. However, on extremely rare days when cold air is trapped in the canyon and topped by a layer of warm air, which in combination with moisture and condensation, form the phenomenon referred to as the full cloud inversion. In what resembles something between ocean waves and fast clouds, Grand Canyon is completely obscured by fog, making the visitors feel as if they are walking on clouds.

Posted: May 19, 2017, 8:26 am

Thousands of miles, fuel, and dollars and over two and a half years of obtaining footage have resulted in never before seen perspectives of Route 66. I'm proud to show you Route 66 like it has never been seen before. From Chicago to LA, you'll get your kicks with this video from 66!

Posted: May 18, 2017, 3:46 pm

4D has initiated a new program to share the source code of internal 4D key components such as the 64-bit Quick Report, the date/time pickers, or even the 4D Write Pro user interface.
Posted: May 17, 2017, 6:28 pm

The JSON Feed format is a pragmatic syndication format, like RSS and Atom, but with one big difference: it’s JSON instead of XML.

For most developers, JSON is far easier to read and write than XML. Developers may groan at picking up an XML parser, but decoding JSON is often just a single line of code.

Our hope is that, because of the lightness of JSON and simplicity of the JSON Feed format, developers will be more attracted to developing for the open web.

Super, genau so baue ich den Updater!
Posted: May 17, 2017, 6:27 pm

Last week, for about three days, the macOS video transcoding app HandBrake was compromised. One of the two download servers for HandBrake was serving up a special malware-infested version of the app, that, when launched, would essentially give hackers remote control of your computer.

In a case of extraordinarily bad luck, even for a guy that has a lot of bad computer luck, I happened to download HandBrake in that three day window, and my work Mac got pwned.

Posted: May 17, 2017, 6:23 pm

Every time Ford increased the productivity of car production (in one three-year period, he lowered labor costs by 66% per car), he also raised wages.

Not merely because it's the right thing to do.

He did it because well-paid workers had more to spend. On houses, on clothes, and of course, on cars.

There's a positive ratchet here.

You can't shrink your way to greatness.

When you enable your workers (and your customers) to do more, connect more, produce more and get paid more, you create a positive system. The goal isn't to clear the table, the goal is to set the table.

und dazu Die Anstalt vom 16. Mai 2017

Posted: May 17, 2017, 10:51 am

Nowhere is Apple’s visionary approach to enterprise technology evidenced as clearly as in the latest edition of FileMaker 16 Platform, which comes from an independently-run company that happens to be wholly-owned by Apple.

Posted: May 12, 2017, 9:39 pm

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, are not just the largest technology companies in the world. As I’ve argued repeatedly in my column, they are also becoming the most powerful companies of any kind, essentially inescapable for any consumer or business that wants to participate in the modern world. But which of the Frightful Five is most unavoidable? I ponder the question in my column this week.

But what about you? If an evil monarch forced you to choose, in what order would you give up these inescapable giants of tech?

Posted: May 12, 2017, 4:09 pm

You’ve been working up a storm in Sketch, and for that you deserve all of the high-fives. But now it’s time to kick things up a notch and improve your workflow—so stop what you’re doing and grab these 30 free Sketch plugins.

Posted: May 12, 2017, 7:36 am

Almost a year after app developer SilverPush vowed to kill its privacy-threatening software that used inaudible sound embedded into TV commercials to covertly track phone users, the technology is more popular than ever, with more than 200 Android apps that have been downloaded millions of times from the official Google Play market, according to a recently published research paper.

As of January, there were 234 Android apps that were created using SilverPush's publicly available software developer kit, according to the paper, which was published by researchers from Technische Universitat Braunschweig in Germany. That represents a dramatic increase in the number of Android apps known to use the creepy audio tracking scheme. In April 2015, there were only five such apps.

Posted: May 5, 2017, 4:06 pm
Slow-loading images drive users away from your website—find out how to fix them with this free report.
Posted: May 5, 2017, 3:13 pm

Inria - Pl@ntNet, the application that helps people identify plants - YouTubeInitiated in 2009, the Pl@ntNet project, backed by Agropolis Fondation, provides a collaborative platform and tools to make it easier to share information about plants. Alexis Joly and Pierre Bonnet present the project.

Posted: May 5, 2017, 1:16 pm

No company has done as much damage to the perceived value of software, and the sustainability of being an independent developer, as Apple.

Not that other companies wouldn’t have done the same thing — they would have. It’s just that Apple was the successful one.

The Mac App Store is a different place, of course, but then it’s also nigh-abandoned by Apple. If they chose to make a success of it, it would be by the same mechanism of devaluation to chase huge numbers of tiny, disposable purchases.

For developers who target the Mac, the last segment of the glass-and-aluminium Cupertino hardware line-up to still have plausibly sustainable economics, there’s only one course of action: pray that Apple remains disinterested.

Posted: May 5, 2017, 1:07 pm

You really think someone would just go on the Internet and tell lies?
Posted: May 4, 2017, 4:16 am

…this optical illusion broke my brain. And then for a second, I was like, I got it. Then my brain broke again. Repeat for several minutes. (via bb)

Posted: May 3, 2017, 5:27 pm

The winners that will receive the exclusive 4D goodies are (by alphabetical order):
  • Armin D. from Node Systemlösungen e.K. (GERMANY)
  • Axel K. from Büroservice Kohlepp (GERMANY)
Posted: May 3, 2017, 2:59 pm

… Me, I found this bit telling:

Click on the image to bring the animated GIF to life. Watch the flex on the screen, note the hand required to keep the screen from pushing over backwards.

Posted: May 3, 2017, 2:07 pm

Hiermit kündigen wir die Verfügbarkeit das neueste Update unserer Produktreihe 4D V16 an: 4D v16.1

4D v16.1 enthält Software Korrekturen, sowie das Upgrade der Open SSL Library auf Version 1.0.2k. Als registrierter Nutzer können Sie 4D v16.1 kostenlos von der Seite Download laden. Hier finden Sie auch die aktuellen Informationen zu Kompatibilität und Release Notes.

Posted: May 3, 2017, 9:32 am

… really good explanation by Google of how they assemble a glare-free image from multiple shots at different angles.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 12:44 pm
Nicht glauben! Selber testen

Kostenloser Audiotreiber Soundflower hilft weiter

Doch mit der Installation des kostenlosen Audiotreibers „Soundflower“ rüsten Sie diese Funktion nach. Nach Download und Installation der Beta-Version (Rechtsklick auf das Installationspaket, „Öffnen“ auswählen, im Dialog bestätigen, dass man sich bewusst ist, Software nichtverifizierter Entwickler zu installieren) müssen Sie Ihren Mac neu starten. Danach stehen in den Systemeinstellungen/Ton im Reiter „Ausgabe“ zwei neue Ziele zur Verfügung: „Soundflower (2Ch)“ und „Soundflower (64Ch)“.

leider nur abgeschrieben!
Man braucht die Tools von Rogue Amoeba.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 10:47 am

Xudong Zheng:

Punycode makes it possible to register domains with foreign characters. It works by converting individual domain label to an alternative format using only ASCII characters. For example, the domain “xn--s7y.co” is equivalent to “短.co”.

From a security perspective, Unicode domains can be problematic because many Unicode characters are difficult to distinguish from common ASCII characters. It is possible to register domains such as “xn--pple-43d.com”, which is equivalent to “аpple.com”. It may not be obvious at first glance, but “аpple.com” uses the Cyrillic “а” (U+0430) rather than the ASCII “a” (U+0061). This is known as a homograph attack.

Wow. This is really scary. Take a look at his example of making Apple.com’s URL look correct but end up at a potential phishing site.

Posted: April 20, 2017, 6:36 pm

Privacy advocates at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have again outlined how Google is successfully dumping millions of low-cost Chromebooks on U.S. schools, enabling the mass collection and storage of information on children without the consent of their parents or even the understanding of many school administrators.

Come on, Google.

Posted: April 20, 2017, 7:39 am

Sometimes, I want to know while parsing the webserver-logfiles. There is a helpful service for that at freegeoip.net. This line of code
$status_L:=HTTP Request(HTTP GET method;“http://freegeoip.net/json/“+$IP;$contents_T;$responce_O)
is all I need.

The $responce_O is self-explanatory. One caveat: up to 15.000 request per hour.

Posted: April 17, 2017, 10:31 am

How to use Apple's new Clips app for iPhone and iPad — and make all your social and shared videos faster and more easily than ever.

Posted: April 15, 2017, 4:49 pm

For an idea of scale you need about a hundred watts of power to run your body - that's close to 2,000 nutrition calories a day.  If you could plug into a tree with perfect efficiency, you'd need a good sized one to keep going.  We do this by eating green plants or things that green plants eat, but you begin to get an idea of scale.
Posted: April 14, 2017, 9:48 am

This restoration is of a friend of mine's car, a 1960 Citroen 2cv AZU van.
As some of the other cars I am showing in my videos, it was in pretty bad shape at start but the end result is once again pretty nice. Not restored perfectly to the OEM state but it was a sane body on a brand new chassis and full of accessories.

Really a nice car. Build yourself a mobile icecream-stand
Sportplatz Sterres
or do some cooking somehwere deep in sweden

Posted: April 12, 2017, 3:04 pm

Me, like many others, is always fighting to get the 4D forms layouted properly. There are the competing needs to show everything important, not to make anything too small, and the design should be nice also. Never forget, there are lots of customers with small screens/laptop-screens out there. Now comes 4D Write Pro – Sh…

I published that yesterday. Today this 4D Blog-entry. You've got the choice: stay with V16.x or take the R-release route.

Create your own interface for 4D Write Pro
You want to quickly create a menu bar to manage your 4D Write Pro areas? You want to create your own contextual menu for your end-users ? You would like to create a color mosaic to change the document background? So this feature is made for you – and better, you do not even need to write a single line of code…
Posted: April 12, 2017, 8:51 am

Self Reflected is a project by a pair of artist/scientists that aims to visualize the inner workings of the human brain.
Posted: April 11, 2017, 3:08 pm

or similar

Posted: April 11, 2017, 1:17 pm


indeed, very much looks like that, phenologically
Posted: April 10, 2017, 6:47 pm

So I’ve been playing with Apple’s new Clips app, had a few thoughts.

First things first, I had zero expectations for Clips. My experience was almost universally positive. Clips is both easy to use and fun.

Posted: April 7, 2017, 2:19 pm

Convert BLOB to text (hex or base64)

Unlike the native command, a new line \n is inserted every 72 characters.

Posted: April 7, 2017, 8:57 am

Clips, as the name suggests, lets you combine several video clips, images, and photos with voice-based titles, music, filters, and graphics to create enhanced videos that are up to an hour in length.

Posted: April 7, 2017, 8:16 am

Apple describes Clips as an app "for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more." Essentially it's a stripped-down version of a video editor like iMovie, optimized to make edits fast and user-friendly on mobile. Its key focus is allowing you to shoot seconds-long clips and string them together into a video worth sharing.
Posted: April 6, 2017, 7:06 pm

Rihards Vidzickis is a Latvian master woodworker (and materials scientist) who specializes in making dugout canoes and other rustic works out of wood. In this beautifully shot short film, Vidzickis crafts a dugout canoe from scratch over a period of a few months, using only hand tools. I’ve never considered “elegant” a word that could be associated with a dugout canoe, but here we are.
Posted: April 6, 2017, 6:59 pm

Last month, the CIA got a lot of attention when WikiLeaks published internal documents purporting to show how the spy agency can monitor people through their Samsung smart TVs. There was a caveat to the hack, however—the hijack involved older models of Samsung TVs and required the CIA have physical access to a TV to install the malware via a USB stick.But the window to this sort of hijacking is far wider than originally thought because a researcher in Israel has uncovered 40 unknown vulnerabilities, or zero-days, that would allow someone to remotely hack millions of newer Samsung smart TVs, smart watches, and mobile phones already on the market, as well as ones slated for future release, without needing physical access to them. The security holes are in an open-source operating system called Tizen that Samsung has been rolling out in its devices over the last few years.Got any Samsung devices in your house?

Might want to read the details here.
Posted: April 6, 2017, 3:24 pm

Welcome! This is an instruction booklet that shows you how to build a text editor in C.

The text editor is antirez’s kilo, with some changes. It’s about 1000 lines of C in a single file with no dependencies, and it implements all the basic features you expect in a minimal editor, as well as syntax highlighting and a search feature.

Posted: April 6, 2017, 11:11 am

The elaborate courtship rituals of animals from around the world are featured heavily in every BBC nature documentary series. (See, for instance, these birds of paradise…if you haven’t seen this before, wait for the giant clicking smile.) In the video above featuring a scene from the 2014 series Life Story, watch a Japanese puffer fish create an elaborate pattern in the sand in order to attract a mate. Narrator David Attenborough calls the puffer fish “probably nature’s greatest artist” and I gasped at the full reveal of his creation.

Wahrscheinlich braucht es eher einfaches Gehirn, um symmetrische Struktur zu bauen.
Posted: April 5, 2017, 4:42 pm

Take some Lego, an e-paper display, a Rasberry Pi Zero and what do you get? Something that may well qualify as the cutest Lego project ever: a Wi-Fi-enabled Macintosh Classic with the ability to remotely change the display.
Posted: April 5, 2017, 12:52 pm

These next-gen Mac Pros and pro displays “will not ship this year”. (I hope that means “next year”, but all Apple said was “not this year”.) In the meantime, Apple is today releasing meager speed-bump updates to the existing Mac Pros. The $2999 model goes from 4 Xeon CPU cores to 6, and from dual AMD G300 GPUs to dual G500 GPUs. The $3999 model goes from 6 CPU cores to 8, and from dual D500 GPUs to dual D800 GPUs. Nothing else is changing, including the ports. No USB-C, no Thunderbolt 3 (and so no support for the LG UltraFine 5K display).
Posted: April 4, 2017, 4:01 pm

When building a website, using a CSS framework is a real time saver as it provides you with tools every web designer needs when crafting a site. But as you know, loading speed is a very important quality factor. Therefore, I have compiled a list of the current top 10 lightweight CSS frameworks, for creating beautiful, functional and super fast loading websites.
Posted: April 3, 2017, 12:45 pm

I am pleased to announce that the beta testing of 4D v16 R3 starts today! So what are the new features available in 4D v16 R3 beta?
  • Tabbed windows in 4D design mode on macOS Sierra
  • OB New
  • Export results after a “Find in design”

Posted: April 3, 2017, 9:22 am
posted #4D plugin to send emails using the EtPan library
Posted: April 2, 2017, 9:41 am

This is what state of the art performance looks like on Android for the rest of 2017
Posted: April 1, 2017, 1:08 pm

Android Auto vs Apple CarPlay REAL WORLD TEST - Yuri and Jakub Go For a Drive

Posted: March 30, 2017, 8:05 am

Below you find a set of charts demonstrating the paths that you can take and the technologies that you would want to adopt in order to become a frontend, backend or a devops. I made these charts for an old professor of mine who wanted something to share with his college students to give them a perspective.


Posted: March 27, 2017, 12:08 pm

… Or, if you’re an imaginative 6-year-old, it can make for a fantastic knights costume. King fashioned a set of Gothic-style armor for one lucky kid and shared his entire process on Flickr. There, you get a detailed look at the corrugated cardboard costume DIY. It boasts an incredible amount of detail and movement—despite the restraints of the material.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 12:40 pm

1. array api for multiple calls
2. context info (HTTP status, etc)
Posted: March 24, 2017, 10:31 am

In a development that just might make academic cartographers pull out their remaining hair in frustration, Boston’s public schools began using the Peters projection in social studies classes last week. The news coverage (see the Grauniad’s) is the usual straw man argument about the Mercator and the false dichotomy between it and the Peters, as though no other map projections have ever been used. (National Geographic has been using other projections since the 1920s, and currently uses the Winkel tripel. The last time I was at a map store, hardly any of the world maps for sale used the Mercator. See Mark Monmonier’s Rhumb Lines and Map Wars: A Social History of the Mercator Projection, which I reviewed in 2008.)
Posted: March 20, 2017, 2:23 pm

wo werden Fossilien gefunden?

Posted: March 20, 2017, 1:35 pm
I’ve always loved Lego Technics, in fact I actually have the very first kits from 1977 (Set 850 Fork Lift and 851 Farm Tractor) which are now proudly on display in my fab new mancave. I passed on this love of the ‘sticky bricks’ to my lad who also devoured Technics sets in the same frenzy of antisocial enthusiasm. But, of course, today’s sets are far more complex, and in a constant pursuit for new ideas to appeal to young and old car nuts they have put out some brilliant replicas of instantly recognizable automotive icons.


Posted: March 17, 2017, 2:29 pm

Why didn’t the people on the platform see all the snow on the tracks, see the speed of the train, and then use common sense to get the hell out of the way?

wie soll man filmen, wenn man aus dem Weg geht?
Posted: March 16, 2017, 1:26 pm

The idea of a LEGO Tape gets my two thumbs up!
Posted: March 16, 2017, 1:18 pm

Codea for iPad lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.

Posted: March 16, 2017, 1:09 pm

In the past, economic growth was driving demographics, and now it's the other way around.

If we look into the middle of this century, and if Africa makes it - stability, economic growth, social progress, rights for women, stable government, they get two child families - then they will be a burden on the environment.

The period of life when you are disabled and sick and blind and cannot work, that has not increased, it has just been delayed.

And she leaned backwards, looked out of the window that was the Bay of Hong Kong outside, and then she said with a smile: "Yes, I'm thinking about children every day. It's the idea of a husband I can't stand."

I think it's good that we receive many refugees, but I'd rather have them coming with their families together rather than forcing them out on these dangerous trips where they lose all their money to criminal organisations.

If we can manage migration in the world, it can benefit the person who migrates with their family, the country from where they come and the country to where they go.

Posted: March 16, 2017, 11:02 am

I completely forgot that I had the adapters I needed to mount my camera onto a telescope. Links for what I used in this video below!

2000 mm schaffe ich auch, dann nur mehr f16
und wackelt wie ein Kuhschwanz das sind 750 mm

Schwarzstorch am Papenbach Juni 2016 from Ozett on Vimeo.

Posted: March 16, 2017, 9:37 am

Sketch 43 will be out in a few weeks, and it will fundamentally change how the design tools game will be played out in the coming years.

Can you imagine what kind of new things will now be possible? One word: design automation (okay, two words!). You want Artboards that showcase a font and its variations, like a Google Fonts page? There’s probably going to be a script to generate that file. There will be websites from which you can download freshly brewed Sketch files based on what you ask — say an image gallery, or a landing page, or a signup form. You’ll be able to pick your brand colors, choose a theme, randomize it, and voila! you have a Sketch design to start playing with. Someone could even build a Sketch equivalent that runs on the browser. The possibilities are many!

Posted: March 13, 2017, 7:39 pm

A few years ago, backstage at a conference, I spotted a blind woman using her phone. The phone was speaking everything her finger touched on the screen, allowing her to tear through her apps. My jaw hit the floor. After years of practice, she had cranked the voice’s speed so high, I couldn’t understand a word it was saying.

And here’s the kicker: She could do all of this with the screen turned off. Her phone’s battery lasted forever.

Ever since that day, I’ve been like a kid at a magic show. I’ve wanted to know how it’s done. I’ve wanted an inside look at how the blind could navigate a phone that’s basically a slab of featureless glass.

Posted: March 11, 2017, 10:21 am
Posted: March 11, 2017, 10:16 am

I don't know what triggers OneDrive advertisements in Explorer. I don't know if they appear in Windows 10 stable builds or just Insider Previews as a taste of things to come. I don't know that I even care any more.

But come on.

Nobody in Redmond thought, "Gosh, that's a little distasteful"? I mean, "Let's just turn our operating system into a billboard!" offends nobody?

Posted: March 10, 2017, 8:02 am

I received mine just before Christmas, and there’s barely a day I leave the house now when they aren’t with me. In that time I’ve found AirPods to have some unexpected advantages and perks, so I’d like to dig into some of the details of what makes AirPods a great set of headphones.

Same for me
Posted: March 9, 2017, 1:33 pm

Robust programming environments for animation and prototyping like Origami are powerful, but it’s no accident that the player in this category that has so far captured the most mindshare among designers is Principle. Though it has its limitations—it’s perhaps too linear and it can be laborious to create large-scale prototypes—Principle is beautifully elegant and rewardingly easy to learn. It also demonstrates that for design tools, simplified interaction models and WYSIWYG is what wins nine times out of ten.

Kite Compositor, a new animation and prototyping app, seems to offer a similar promise. …

Posted: March 8, 2017, 8:04 pm
Posted: March 6, 2017, 1:02 pm

One of the most insidious actions of malware, is abusing the audio and video capabilities of an infected host to record an unknowing user. Macs, of course, are not immune; malware such as OSX/Eleanor, OSX/Crisis, OSX/Mokes, and others, all attempt to spy on OS X users. OverSight constantly monitors a system, alerting a user whenever the internal microphone is activated, or the built-in webcam is accessed. And yes, while the webcam's LED will turn on whenever a session is initially started, new research has shown that malware can surreptitious piggyback into such existing sessions (FaceTime, Sykpe, Google Hangouts, etc.) and record both audio and video - without fear of detection.
Posted: March 1, 2017, 5:06 pm

Has anyone here ever used the 4D Debug log that can be created by switching on
SET DATABASE PARAMETER(Debug log recording;*)

No? Yes? How useful was it?

Until recently i never even looked at it, too much data too little visible information.That changed once I saw a nice little piece of code written by Justin Carr from Australia. Called DebugLogReader it does just what’s advertised on the box: It reads your log files and displays the data in a meaningful way.

Posted: March 1, 2017, 4:27 pm

To the left you see OSM data as it was in early October 2007. To the right you see the current state. Use the slider to see more of the one or the other.
Bildschirmfoto 2017-03-01 um 12.46.55

Posted: March 1, 2017, 11:44 am

The Ollie Chair unfurls with a flourish and retracts instantly with the pull of a string. It’s a versatile seat for homes and businesses, inside and outdoors. Absolutely beautiful!
Posted: March 1, 2017, 11:42 am

How do you, like, stop it then?

Awareness is the first step, Ms. Marshall said. She recommended that clients record themselves in conversations and listen to the recordings five minutes a day for two weeks.

“Trust me, after a week of listening, or recording and listening, you’ll have become acutely aware of your specific problems,” she wrote in a blog post. “You need to be able to hear your disfluencies in your mind before you blurt them out.”

Speakers need to relax and take a deep breath when finishing a thought. A focus on breathing will make it more difficult to introduce a wayward expression.

Substitute silence for the verbal fillers, Ms. Marshall added. That might be awkward at first, but it is better to have a moment of quiet than a distracting “you know” or “um.”

Posted: February 26, 2017, 7:54 pm

For the translation of a user interface I needed a quick way to translate smaller strings into several languages I do not speak.

So the obvious choice would be to call Google to the rescue.
Sadly. the Google Translate API is not free, so I looked for alternatives and found on, of all places, in Russia!

YANDEX, the Russian version of Google, offers comparable services, only they are for free.As I do not have any ideological issues here, I wrote a quick component that can make use of the YANDEX API for translations.

The component is available compiled for V14 and I will update it for 15 and 16 in the next few days.


Posted: February 24, 2017, 8:01 pm
Posted: February 24, 2017, 4:00 pm

jQuery has been by far the most popular JavaScript library for the last 5 years. It's powerful, easy to use, and widespread. However, the latest jQuery release is 250kb. Since website speed is extremely important, what about giving a try to Umbrella JS, which is only 4kb? Let's have a look at this new and promising JavaScript library.
Posted: February 24, 2017, 1:25 pm
Posted: February 24, 2017, 1:24 pm

What the hell was the New York Times thinking with this headline:
How to Decide Which Headphones to Buy (Hint: Not Apple’s AirPods)

If you only saw the headline, which is the case for many people, there’s an obvious conclusion: Apple AirPods are not worth considering, not worth even a look.

From the article itself, here’s Wirecutter’s headphone editor (Wirecutter is owned by the NYT) Lauren Dragan:

Ah, the AirPods. The current working term for those kinds of headphones is “true wireless.” Aside from not having a cord to tangle and being decent at taking phone calls, the AirPods didn’t improve much over the corded EarPods. The sound quality is the same (which is to say, meh, with no bass). Plus the battery life is less than a full day at work, so you had better remember to charge them at lunch time. And this for $130 more than a replacement pair of EarPods? I don’t think they’re fully cooked yet.


This whole thing smacks of click-bait journalism. The New York Times ran that headline based on an interview with an owned site, without vetting those details. The opinion of the piece is one thing (I disagree with the battery conclusion, and it misses things like range, ease of pairing, and inserts bass bias, which is subjective) but the headline seems handcrafted to create controversy, pull in eyeballs.

I love them
Posted: February 23, 2017, 2:59 pm

You want to have exact logs over a long period? The new Timestamp command allows you to retrieve the date and time in an international standard format with milliseconds. That will make precise time stamping easier for close operations performed in different places over the world.
Posted: February 23, 2017, 10:00 am

Do you want to learn how to develop your own apps for macOS?

Good news! Apple makes developing for macOS incredibly easy, and in this tutorial series you’ll learn how. You’ll learn how to create your first app for macOS — even if you’re a complete beginner.

  • In this first part you’ll first learn about how to obtain the tools you need to develop for macOS. Then, while creating a simple “Hello, World!” app, you’ll take a tour of Xcode, discovering how to run an app, edit code, design the UI and debug your code.
  • In Parts 2 & 3 of this series, you’ll create a more complex Egg Timer app and learn about the components that make up a macOS app, from how an app starts, to constructing the UI, all the way to handling user interaction.

So what are you waiting for? The world of desktop apps awaits!


Posted: February 22, 2017, 4:57 pm

The first script logs into the webservice from Apple. We pass the user id and service account id in the login request.

Next we run a second query to check the warranty status of an iPhone. Here we pass in the session ID we got above, the serial number of the iPhone and your shop number. The result is a xml where we extract again the interesting values like the status and configuration information:

If you wonder where we got the XML templates from, you can of course simply copy them from Apple's documentation, build them from the wsdl or better use an application like the free SOAPUI tool.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 4:02 pm

The Peninsula Group has released a series of free macOS-compatible drivers that support thermal printer manufacturers including Zebra, Datamax, Honeywell and Brady with the goal of making it easier to print labels.
Posted: February 20, 2017, 4:49 pm

The details are not the details; they make the product.
– Charles and Ray Eames
Posted: February 20, 2017, 2:00 pm
Posted: February 18, 2017, 8:14 am

What's most impressive is that The Omni Group is bringing all of these automation features to iOS as well – it's not limited to the Mac. Watch the OmniGraffle videos recorded by Sal to get an idea of the functionality automation will unlock. I'm genuinely excited about all this.
Posted: February 17, 2017, 4:59 pm

Als biometrisches Zugangsverfahren setzt Apple bei der nächsten iPhone-Generation nach Informationen eines Analysten auf einen 3D-Laserscanner. Dies werde auch AR-Anwendungen ermöglichen.
Posted: February 17, 2017, 1:02 pm
Headline: “How Apple is Making Buffett Richer”. It’s not Apple that is making him richer. It’s whoever sold him cheap shares.
Posted: February 16, 2017, 8:23 pm

Learn by example: cssreference.io is a free visual guide to CSS. It features the most popular properties, and explains them with illustrated and animated examples.

see also HTML Reference - A free guide to all HTML elements and attributes.

Posted: February 16, 2017, 5:23 pm

What I find most fascinating is the idea of crowdsourcing crack detection. When a crack is detected, the theory goes, Apple could contact the user to verify. The user would verify the crack (perhaps tracing it on the screen) and Apple could follow up to learn what type of impact caused the crack. Pretty cool idea.

Posted: February 16, 2017, 4:07 pm

Here are some tricks for enhancing your Sketch workflow and impressing your designer friends at the coffee shop

Posted: February 16, 2017, 2:29 pm

Technology alone is not enough.Technology must intersect with the liberal arts and the humanities, to create new ideas and experiences that push society forward. This summer we bring together thousands of brilliant minds representing many diverse perspectives, passions, and talents to help us change the world.
Posted: February 16, 2017, 2:12 pm

So was nenne ich "Pressemetteilung" abschreiben.

Man kann das auch wie ein Journalist angehen
Nun ja!

Posted: February 16, 2017, 10:40 am

A free guide to HTML

Learn by example: htmlreference.io is a free guide to HTML. It features all elements and attributes.

Posted: February 16, 2017, 9:09 am
Posted: February 15, 2017, 8:22 am

Last week, we came out with a brand new course on Beginning Auto Layout, that covers the basics of iOS app layout, including autoresizing masks, Stack Views, and constraints.


4D needs enhancements for the layout of forms, too.
Posted: February 14, 2017, 4:02 pm

Artist Patrick Caulfield's bullshitless headstone in Highgate Cemetery.

Posted: February 13, 2017, 5:08 pm

  • Düsseldorf am 24. und 25. April
  • Frankfurt am 26. und 27. April
  • Hamburg am 02. und 03. Mai
  • Berlin am 04. und 05. Mai
  • Wien am 08. und 09. Mai
  • München am 11. und 12. Mai
  • Posted: February 13, 2017, 4:53 pm

    Far from vaporware, Apple made APFS available to registered developers that day. The company included it in macOS Sierra as a technology preview. You can play with APFS today and a lot of the features are there. You can use space sharing to carve up a single disk into multiple volumes. You can see the speed of its directory size calculation—nearly instantaneous—compared with the slow process on HFS+. You can use clones to make constant-time copies of files or directories. At WWDC, Apple demonstrated the feature folks were the most eager to play with: snapshots. Tamura used snapshotUtil to create, list, and mount snapshots. But early adopters quickly discovered that snapshotUtil wasn’t part of the APFS technology preview.
    Posted: February 12, 2017, 1:35 pm

    Optimization and the glorious ‘Client log recording’ database parameter.  Are printing processes harassing your server?  Enter the No Harassment Zone!

    Posted: February 10, 2017, 7:34 pm

    Set of cryptographic functions to help implement App Store Receipt Validation.In particular, the plugin provides methods to validate receipts locally. To validate receipts with the App Store, you can simply use native commands like HTTP Request and JSON Parse.
    Posted: February 10, 2017, 8:19 am

    Imagine getting to know someone halfway across the world through postcards sent through snail mail — but instead of a photo and a brief message, these postcards were covered with hand-drawn signs and symbols representing aspects of daily life. Information designers Stefanie Posavec (based in London) and Giorgia Lupi (based in New York) met in 2014 and embarked on a yearlong project in which they did precisely this. Each week, Giorgia and Stefanie decided on part of their life to represent in a “data drawing,” to be exchanged through the mail. One week they chose to represent compliments they received, for example; another week they chose complaints. These postcards came together in a book called Dear Data, published in September 2016. In November, MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design added Dear Data to the Museum’s collection, including preparatory drafts and Giorgia and Stefanie’s original postcards.
    Posted: February 9, 2017, 7:54 pm

    A new step has been reached in 4D v16 R2 with the 64-bit Quick Report editor: the cross-table reports are now available!

    one of the main reasons to use the old QR at all
    Posted: February 9, 2017, 12:46 pm

    Removal of Altura legacy library

    Similar to Carbon for macOS, 4D used a legacy library named Altura on Windows. Many years ago, Altura was very important for migrating 4D and 3rd party plug-in code from Mac to Windows. While 4D itself does not need Altura anymore, it still supports it for legacy plug-ins and, as a result, uses it in many places to keep old plug-ins working.We have now removed it completely which is allowing us to use some modern technologies that were not possible before, such as SDI windows.

    Posted: February 7, 2017, 9:20 am

    I've been beta-testing the Iconfactory's Linea [yes, Lin-ee-ah] sketchbook app since its early days, and I'm thrilled to see it at last come to market. But I didn't think I could accurately portray how much I like Linea in text...

    So I made an animated video, instead. Using Linea itself.

    who else but Serenity Caldwell?

    Posted: February 2, 2017, 3:56 pm

    The quest to make a ridiculously small, yet still fully-featured camera is not a new one. For historical examples, look no further than the Compass Camera. Made by Swiss watchmaker LeCoultre, it was designed by Englishman Noel Pemberton Billing and sold by Compass Cameras of London starting in 1937. It features a collapsible design and accepts 24x36mm plate film (a roll film back was later introduced).

    faszinierend out-of-date
    Posted: February 1, 2017, 3:11 pm


    With your AirPods paired, open the Settings app on the connected iPhone or iPad. Go to the General -> About menu and scroll down. There will be a row labelled AirPods that shows up dynamically if the earbuds are connected. Tap into this to see the hardware details including the firmware version and other device metadata such as the unique serial number.

    indeed, 3.5.1, silently
    Posted: February 1, 2017, 2:36 pm

    Camera Restricta from Philipp Schmitt on Vimeo.

    Algorithms are already looking through the viewfinder alongside with you: they adjust settings, scan faces and take a photo when you smile. What if your grin wasn't the only thing they cared about?

    Ich knipse nicht wegen einzigartiger Aufnahmen, ich dokumentiere für mich.
    Außerdem darf ich nur Fotos verwenden, an denen ich das Recht habe.
    Posted: February 1, 2017, 11:39 am

    There was a time when every quarter was a record for Apple, but after last year’s rough year of regression (following a record-smashing 2015), it wasn’t a sure thing that we’d see more of those for a while. But for the holiday quarter of calendar-year 2016, Apple beat its own advance guidance and reported a record revenue of $78.4 billion.
    Posted: January 31, 2017, 11:36 pm

    Curl is the powerful command line utility that allows you to transfer data to or from a server or URL. One common function used by developers is to make a POST request with curl, which is what we’re going to cover here.

    We’ll keep things fairly simple and show three examples to make a POST request with curl from the command line, with syntax with and without data, and also to a form.

    Posted: January 31, 2017, 9:04 am

    … Leider gibt es in den Systemeinstellungen keine Möglichkeit, solche Druckstandards festzulegen. Das gelingt aber über die Weboberfläche des Druckdienstes CUPS, der bei macOS im Hintergrund arbeitet. Diese aktivieren Sie zunächst, indem Sie das Programm „Terminal” öffnen und den Befehl

    cupsctl WebInterface=yes

    eingeben und mit der Eingabetaste bestätigen. Anschließend öffnen Sie einen Browser, beispielsweise Safari, und geben in die Adresszeile

    ein. Auf der Website, die sich öffnet, bekommen Sie die Liste der eingerichteten Drucker angezeigt. Klicken Sie auf den Namen des Geräts, dessen Standard-Einstellungen Sie ändern wollen. …

    Posted: January 31, 2017, 8:56 am

    … The AirDrop icon has now fully permeated the sharing tab in iOS 10’s user interface and that is for a good reason: it is without fail going to be more nimble than iMessage, Mail or other contenders, often actually skipping steps that would throttle the process elsewhere. Such being the case, here are some unique scenarios where AirDrop excels on your iPhone and why you should try to embrace the feature more regularly.
    Posted: January 30, 2017, 4:36 pm

    Not exactly sure where I’d ever use these, but I love design exploration and definitely enjoyed playing with this. I could see this as an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.

    but I do! Listboxes with horizontal graphs
    Bildschirmfoto 2017-01-27 um 18.54.43
    Posted: January 27, 2017, 5:53 pm

    Set window transparent on Mac 64-bit

    you can have some fun with 64-bit version of 4D

    yep, works
    Bildschirmfoto 2017-01-27 um 13.59.07

    while you are there, also check 4d-plugin-window-icon

    Posted: January 27, 2017, 1:03 pm

    4D is updating its internal component for embedded Web Area objects for the most up-to-date and well-maintained existing rendering engine. As we want to durably support the state of the art in HTML and JavaScript technology, we are changing to Blink (from the Chromium project) for the Web Area for all 4D 64-bit versions. By the way, the Blink framework is giving the same rendering for Mac and Windows, and could work with multi-processes.

    This modification has strictly no impact for you and your developments; all commands and events for embedded Web Areas work the same as before, except few preferences which are not supported and are ignored. You can just enjoy your brand new Web rendering engine serenely.

    Posted: January 26, 2017, 1:09 pm

    Knowing how much a Mac has actually been used by its owner can be very useful if you’re buying pre-owned. A Mac three years old that’s been used very infrequently could be a better purchase than a two-year old Mac that’s been left running 24/7, for example.
    Posted: January 25, 2017, 3:48 pm

    TextTool defies easy categorization. It’s a text editor, but not a place where text lives. You won’t find an archive of past text documents you've created. Instead, TextTool is a temporary place to write, edit, and manipulate text that ends up somewhere else.


    BBEdit for iOS?
    Posted: January 24, 2017, 7:22 pm

    RAW is an open source web tool developed at the DensityDesign Research Lab (Politecnico di Milano) to create custom vector-based visualizations on top of the amazing d3.js library by Mike Bostock. Primarily conceived as a tool for designers and vis geeks, RAW aims at providing a missing link between spreadsheet applications (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, OpenRefine) and vector graphics editors (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, ...).
    Posted: January 19, 2017, 3:45 pm

    Personal mobility will bifurcate into minivans and two wheelers

    I'm d'accord with MiniVans
    although the new Scenic IV is the worst one yet and the 3008 from Peugeout developed into SUV-like monster.
    Posted: January 19, 2017, 10:41 am

    Evan Puschak looks at a single joke Louis C.K. tells about playing Monopoly with his daughters and takes it apart to see how Louis builds and delivers his material. By the end, you’ll likely have a new appreciation of the efficiency and power of Louis’ performance…every word he utters is doing work.
    Posted: January 18, 2017, 6:09 pm


    AirPods are better for me than Bose QC35s when traveling in almost every way but one: use in windy weather. Over-ear headphones might actually warm and protect your ears, but AirPods risk blowing away.

    AirPods stay in my ears during all sorts of activities including outdoor running, but if you get caught in a wind gust curbside waiting for a cab, you’ll probably want to pocket those AirPods just to be safe.

    Posted: January 18, 2017, 3:03 pm
    When we announced that RethinkDB is shutting down, I promised to write a post-mortem. I took some time to process the experience, and I can now write about it clearly.
    • Terrible market
    • Wrong metrics of goodness
    • What about the cloud?
    • Meta questions
    • Parting thoughts

    Posted: January 18, 2017, 2:35 pm

    Great app with unique features, nearly perfect

    I love this app and the ability to pull GPS data from imported photos and map and categorize them. Love the multiple photos per location option and also the extensive ability to organize and tag your locations. You can also view your waypoints/photos based on distance from your current location. This is great if you are back in a frequented city and want to see all your closest favorite places near your current location.

    Posted: January 18, 2017, 10:42 am

    When your AirPod battery runs low, you can charge one while joining a call on the other. And then swamp.

    yes, works!
    Posted: January 17, 2017, 5:27 pm

    Imagine it's 2007 and you've just witnessed Steve Jobs introduce the new iPhone. Suddenly a time machine appears and a person from ten years into the future jumps out. Naturally, you ask whether Jobs' intended goal to reach 1 percent of the global smartphone market ever materializes.

    "Never mind!' the person from the future says. Instead he gravely warns you that, "in ten years, iPhone will account for about 60 percent of Apple's revenues! Apple will be incredibly reliant upon iPhone profits!"

    "Holy cow," you reply. "iPhone will be contributing sixty percent of Apple's $19.32 billion dollars in annual revenues in a decade? That means iPhone will grow into an $11.6 billion business!"

    "No dummy, in ten years Apple's annual revenues won't still be today's $19.32 billion, it'll be $215.64 billion. But that's the problem: most of that growth will come from expanding iPhone sales. Conventional Mac computer sales will only grow from today's 5.3 million per year--$7.4 billion worth--to 18.5 million Mac ten years from now, $22.8 billion worth of Macs. Apple will be bringing in $136.7 billion in revenues from iPhone! It will be so terrible. Warn your friends!"

    Posted: January 17, 2017, 1:53 pm

    Apple’s Photos app on macOS Sierra and iOS 10 lets you view photos on a map and search for images based on location, but your images won’t be included if they don’t have location data assigned. iPhones assign this data when shooting, but most standalone cameras can’t collect location by default. Fortunately, Photos lets you easily discover images in your library with missing location data so you can map out all your shots.


    Posted: January 13, 2017, 5:28 pm

    An amazing graphic from Steve Troughton-Smith. Steve used a variety of emulators to emulate a huge representative range of Mac OSes, from System 2 through System 7.6.1, then Mac OS 8.6, then on to Rhapsody developer release 1 and so forth, ending with Yosemite.
    Posted: January 12, 2017, 2:50 pm

    Hey, I made a YouTube video:

    yep, that works better
    Posted: January 12, 2017, 11:45 am

    Escape the day-to-day routine and follow traveling photographers Elia and Naomi Locardi as they travel from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Their breathtaking photos from their journeys convey their own personal discoveries and awaken fascination and wanderlust in us all.

    Posted: January 11, 2017, 5:27 pm

    When I moved to Silicon Valley from London, in 2014, I bought a second-hand German car from 2009. The dashboard reminds me very much of using a Nokia in 2000 - it's perfect, and clear, and easy to understand, and there's no software at all. There are features, some of which are shown on a monochrome screen, and powered by firmware, but no software.

    Then, a few weeks ago, it needed to be serviced and the dealer lent me a brand new top-of-the-line version of the same model. This one was like using a Nokia from 2007 - they've added all the smart stuff, badly. There are so many buttons that even the buttons have buttons, and though each particular feature makes sense on its own, and might even be implemented quite well, when they're all added together the effect is absurd.

    ein Trauerspiel, indeed
    Posted: January 11, 2017, 5:16 pm

    Back in the days of silent film, directors and cinematographers had to be exceedingly clever to pull off visual effects that appeared real. There were obviously no computers so they had to rely on skewed perspectives, glass matte paintings, and double exposures. That famous clip of Harold Lloyd hanging off of a clock…here’s how that was done:
    Posted: January 11, 2017, 4:56 pm

    I am pleased to announce that the beta testing of 4D v16 R2 starts today!
    Posted: January 11, 2017, 2:10 pm
    4D v16 ist da! Erleben Sie jetzt die Power der neuen 4D Version.
    Posted: January 10, 2017, 1:53 pm

    16 Questions about Self Driving Cars from Andreessen Horowitz on Vimeo.

    Everything that moves, says a16z partner Frank Chen, will go autonomous. But what does that really mean? In this presentation from our a16z Summit, Chen goes over the 16 most commonly asked questions about autonomous cars, and what their answers might be:

    Posted: January 7, 2017, 3:37 pm