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You can try to “educate” the public, but you’ll lose.
Posted: February 22, 2018, 8:17 pm

This animation shows how humans have spread and organized themselves across the Earth over the past 200,000 years. …

Viel weiß!
Posted: February 22, 2018, 4:56 pm

Introducing Jobs-to-be-Done (or any new idea or process) to a business can be tricky. Even more so if you are not in an executive or high ranking position. Here are 10 tips to help introduce Jobs-to-be-Done to your organisation.
Posted: February 22, 2018, 10:38 am

Sonnet Technologies is shipping the new 1TB version of its Fusion  Thunderbolt™ 3 PCIe Flash Drive. A pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with a Thunderbolt 3 interface, the drive is equipped with 1TB of NVMe flash storage and leverages the 40Gbps bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 to deliver data transfer speeds up to 2600 MB/second.
Posted: February 22, 2018, 10:35 am

Have you ever wanted to setup an auto-responder eMail message in the Mac Mail app? Autoresponders allow you to set an “out of office” auto-reply that gets sent automatically as a reply to any inbound email to the Mac Mail app. This is great solution for situations where you’re out of the office, away from a desk, or otherwise away from email for a while, whether it’s a vacation or maybe you just hate replying to emails. Whatever the reason, all inbound emails will get an automated response with the message of your choice.
Posted: February 22, 2018, 10:34 am

While icons may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of design, they actually play a crucial role in improving human-software interactions by offering a method of communication beyond just text.

I'm wondering why they are still pixels, not SVGs?
Posted: February 22, 2018, 8:09 am

Calculate average, total or price (including tax) are common tasks in any business application. Collections are an easy way to aggregate your data in a consistent way. With it, this type of calculation becomes very simple, because there are collection methods that do everything for you!

I'm not happy, how 4D handles the keyword-part of key-value data. That's a mess as is.
Posted: February 19, 2018, 8:26 am

Ever wondered how we get such smooth tracking shots of rockets moving at incredibly fast speeds? In this video, I talk about the camera equipment that's used and how it was used in the past.
Posted: February 18, 2018, 8:08 pm

A screencast that walks through creating a globe to map earthquake data from the U.S.G.S. in an Observable Notebook, using D3.js and canvas.

Posted: February 14, 2018, 8:40 am

Skydio R1 knows what to film and moves itself with the freedom of flight to get the best shot, letting you capture otherwise impossible videos of your adventures.

Posted: February 13, 2018, 5:39 pm

Karl Traunmueller has released Compositor 1.0, a new Mac app that brings WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] features to the LaTeX document preparation system widely used in academia for preparation of scientific and technical publications.
Posted: February 13, 2018, 5:23 pm


Posted: February 9, 2018, 5:17 pm

Each time you open a method, or edit some code, the method editor collects the attributes used in your code and proposes them in the list of suggestions. More details are provided in the “Writing a method” article from the documentation.

good to see that implemented.
But, this means no tokenization of attributes and the feature is this method-only.
Posted: February 7, 2018, 10:58 am

After a couple of rounds of introducing CSS grid to people who haven’t tried it before, I found it wasn’t the implementation of grid that people asked questions about, rather, it was the bit before that. The actual planning of how a layout would be set up.
Posted: February 7, 2018, 8:36 am

If you’ve never used CSS Counters, don’t worry, the concept is pretty simple! We set a counter to count a set of elements at the same DOM level. That counter is incremented in the CSS rules of those individual elements, essentially counting them.
Posted: February 6, 2018, 3:52 pm

Ah, my dear friend, you are missing the point!
  • Full communication debugging
  • Correct creation of multipart MIME messages with inline pictures for HTML and attachments
  • Handling of most ALL authentication systems
  • Bodies (html and plain) encoded quoted printable, much less trouble with spam filters than B64
  • Full SSL support
  • Runs on regular gas, no catalytic converter
  • Retains all nutrients in the message

Posted: February 6, 2018, 2:50 pm

There are still more posts to come about manipulating collections, stay tuned!

tell me about tokenization!
Posted: February 6, 2018, 9:16 am
The following is a transcript of the comments from Tim Cook (CEO) and Luca Maestri (CFO) at Apple’s Q1 2018 Earnings Conference Call February 1, 2018. I color coded my interpretation of the comments into four categories:
  • Grey: Background and promotional commentary
  • Red: Strategy and signals of what management considers important and may include data beyond the regularly reported numbers.
  • Green: Financial data
  • Black: Commentary.
  • Blue: My commentary, in brackets.

For a quick read of Apple’s strategy, read the Red text. These comments are not repeated in financial reports. Highly recommended.

For a quick read of Apple’s financial performance, read the green text (which are replicated in financial reports). Read this if you don’t want to wade through the financial reports.

For marketing or product material, read the grey text.This is sometimes unique but also repeats product launch information.

Posted: February 5, 2018, 12:52 pm

There’s an interesting exercise you can do at the Art Institute or other major art museums. Go find some Picassos and note how old he was when he made them. Now find some Cézannes and do the same.

Posted: February 3, 2018, 2:33 pm

While learning CSS Grid Layout, I’ve found that the best way to internalise all the new concepts and terminology is by working on various layouts using them. Recently, I decided to try to recreate the GitHub Contribution graph using CSS Grid Layout, and found it was an interesting challenge.
Posted: February 2, 2018, 3:09 pm

… Oh, and he does the insides of the computers too; here’s the innards of the Macintosh:
Posted: February 2, 2018, 1:19 pm

If you’d rather not trust Sony and place the security of your computer in the company’s hands, Chambers recommends that you install the firmware update using a temporary virtual machine and then delete the VM afterward.
Posted: February 1, 2018, 7:46 pm

Always good to mention, 4D v16 R6 takes full advantage of modern system APIs on macOS for file and folder manipulation. We have run benchmark tests performing various operations such as listing folder contents, checking file properties, reading or copying small files, on folders with thousands of files.

The results show that the execution time is 6 times faster in general and up to 30 times faster when listing the files present at a given location.

das haben wir alle schon gekapselt, aber wenn es schneller wird ist gut
Posted: February 1, 2018, 8:03 am

The iPhone X offers users a versatile, simple and powerful smartphone photography experience. Dual lenses give users zoom flexibility, the lighting effects present in Portrait mode are impressive, detail in video capture is excellent, and the beautiful display really makes photos and videos come to life on the device. Low light performance can be disappointing, though, and the new file formats aren't the friendliest for Windows users. Overall, the iPhone X is one of the most capable smartphone cameras on the market today.
Posted: January 30, 2018, 3:42 pm

You’ve told us how much you want a feature to dynamically build forms fully adapted to your end users’ needs. Well, we heard you, and 4D v16 R6 now opens new opportunities with dynamic forms! Provided as a preview in 4D v16 R6, dynamic forms allow you to programmatically build your forms in an object or load them from a text file. But this only scratches the surface of what we’ve cooked up for you…
Posted: January 30, 2018, 2:04 pm

OK, it was a quite general post, but we had to give you the big picture before going further. The next blog post will go into more detail and demonstrate multiple ways to insert or remove elements from a collection.
Posted: January 29, 2018, 9:23 am

We know how important your customer’s existing 4D View documents are, and being able to move them to 4D View Pro has been a priority for us. This is now possible with 4D v16 R6 (as a preview). Converting your 4D View documents to 4D View Pro is just a single line of code, thanks to the new command, VP Convert from 4D View.

Das werde ich demnächst testen …
Posted: January 25, 2018, 11:44 am
Web apps saved to the home screen and web pages in SFSafariViewController can now use the camera to capture images!
Posted: January 24, 2018, 11:06 pm

Following the publication last year of the data collected by Windows 10's built-in telemetry and diagnostic tracking, Microsoft today announced that the next major Windows 10 update, due around March or April, will support a new app, the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer, that will allow Windows users to browse and inspect the data that the system has collected.
Posted: January 24, 2018, 9:32 pm

In 1987, a company called Forethought, founded by two ex-Apple marketing managers, rolled out PowerPoint and business meetings have never been the same since. Over at IEEE Spectrum, David C. Brock tells the story:
Posted: January 24, 2018, 9:29 pm

Selten so gelacht!

Posted: January 22, 2018, 3:49 pm

But just like Apple only gets into new products when it believes there's an opportunity to create a differentiated experience that adds tremendous value in a way Apple is uniquely positioned to realize and control, Apple only spends its huge cash pile on opportunities where it believes it will gain the same kind of experience and value.

Check out Horace's complete Apple Cash FAQ at Asymco.

Posted: January 22, 2018, 3:43 pm
Did you know using dark menu bar on macOS gives you an extra vertical pixel?
Posted: January 19, 2018, 2:06 pm


Posted: January 18, 2018, 3:35 pm

I don’t know how to fix conferences, but the first place I’d start on that whiteboard is by getting rid of all of the talks, then trying to find different ways to bring people together — and far more of them than before.

Or maybe we’ve already solved these problems with social networks, Slack groups, podcasts, and YouTube, and we just haven’t fully realized it yet.

Posted: January 18, 2018, 3:07 pm
Design+Code is an interactive book that teaches how to design for iOS 11, draw user interfaces from scratch and code in Swift 4 using Xcode 9. You can watch, read, bookmark and check your progress all in one app. On top of that, you'll learn how to design and build this app! Join over 27,000 people who learned from Design+Code.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 8:33 am
  • What about acquisitions? Why not buy other companies?

It buys companies but usually small ones which are essentially acquisitions of teams and their intellectual property. Apple does not buy “business models” or customers or cash flows which is what large companies are valued for. Operationally, it’s also because Apple has a strong culture and it wishes to preserve it. Acquisitions dilute culture which is why integrations often fail. Statistically, large acquisitions are value destructive and the larger they are, the more likely they are to fail. Incidentally, when a company is acquired with cash that hole in the balance sheet is filled with something called “goodwill” which reflects some intangible value of the new asset. If and when the acquisition is deemed to have failed the goodwill is written off and so is shareholder equity. That’s how shareholders are robbed.

Posted: January 18, 2018, 8:12 am

You will quickly get used to shared objects and collection and it’s going to  become a natural way of programming.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 8:02 am

Over on his Instagram account, photographer Vincent Laforet is sharing some 50-megapixel panoramic photos he shot for Apple. He strapped an iPhone 7 to the bottom of a Learjet, set it on Pano mode, and flew it over various landscapes at a height of 20,000 feet. Here’s the first one.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 7:51 pm

Today we released OmniGraffle 7.6, a major update that aims to bring power and speed to Stencils.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 7:40 pm

We are pleased to announce the launch of beta testing for 4D v16 R6! This release is loaded with enhancements and new features that you won’t want to miss!
Posted: January 16, 2018, 10:45 am

Native elementReleased along with the new HTML 5.2 spec in December 2017, the element offers the possibility to create native dialogs in pure HTML.As of January 2018, only works in Chrome/Chrome mobile.

<h2>Your title</h2>
<p>Your content...</p>


Meet the New Dialog Element

Posted: January 16, 2018, 9:00 am

It’s absolutely crazy to think that the same 1968 Mustang GT Fastback driven in Bullitt by Steve McQueen himself, would end up in the hand’s of an unassuming New Jersey housewife… But that’s exactly what happened.
Posted: January 15, 2018, 2:49 pm
  • Increase your business application security
  • Create visually appealing documents with 4D Write Pro
  • Discover how 4D makes a developer’s life simpler
  • More possibilities to monitor your application

  • Jetzt wirklich auch zum Download?
    Posted: January 15, 2018, 2:22 pm

    Amazingly, without any instruction being programmed into the robot, the C. elegans virtual brain controlled and moved the Lego robot.
    Posted: January 15, 2018, 1:16 pm
    Horace Dediu, on the latest figures from Apple on App Store revenue:
    A few observations:
    • Developer payment rate is now above $25 billion/yr. I’ve been notified via Twitter that this is higher than the revenue of McDonald’s Corporation in 2016.
    • During this year iOS users will be spending about $100 million per day for Apps. This was Google’s AdWords revenue rate in 2012.
    • The spending on App Store has been rising steadily, adding about $5 billion/yr since mid 2011.
    • Apps are the biggest component of Apple services and helped that segment gross over $57 billion in 2017, passing Fortune 100 level (net of developer payments).

    SEE ALSO: Apple’s cash illustrated — an informative graph.
    Posted: January 13, 2018, 10:37 am

    I have attended several Tech events where they invite so-called gurus and experts to explain the digital landscape in Africa, but I have never been satisfied with any their answers as to why e-commerce has not caught on.

    Posted: January 12, 2018, 6:03 pm

    4D v16 R5 is now available!

    Enhanced security, 4D language improvements, more commands to handle your 4D Write Pro documents, and an automatic mode for 4D View Pro advanced lists, are the highlights of 4D v16 R5.

    … und schon wieder (16:50h) verschwunden!
    Posted: January 12, 2018, 11:48 am

    When the Bank of England misprints banknotes, they shred them into tiny little pieces. In this time lapse video, compressed from an entire work day into 11 minutes, a person with a tweezers attempts to reconstruct a five pound note from those tiny shredded pieces. For reference, here’s what the five pound note actually looks like.
    Posted: January 11, 2018, 4:01 pm

    7) Create a Printer Pool

    Have you ever needed to print a document quickly but found that someone else was already using your favorite printer? Printer pools may be the answer. If you have more than one printer connected to your Mac, you can create a printer pool that will send your document to the first available printer.

    didn't know that, didn't even try!
    Posted: January 11, 2018, 3:11 pm

    or cars, software, …

    Posted: January 10, 2018, 5:07 pm

    A plugin to read data from XLS documents using the FreeXL library

    FreeXL was modified to handle unicode paths on windows
    Posted: January 10, 2018, 4:07 pm

    In conclusion, if links to tweets you copied from the Twitter app suddenly look longer and messier than before, this is why. Personally, while Twitter may be taking advantage of a publicly available API, I still think the implementation is, at the very least, in poor taste – especially because it's coming from the same company that used to scan users' devices to list installed apps and deliver "tailored content" based on them. Even though I won't stop using the Twitter app because of this, I wish Twitter would revert to standard, clean URLs when sharing tweets from the app. I also hope Apple is taking a closer look at this.
    Posted: January 10, 2018, 2:48 pm

    Alex Hern, in a decidedly-pro-ad-industry report for The Guardian:

    Internet advertising firms are losing hundreds of millions of dollars following the introduction of a new privacy feature from Apple that prevents users from being tracked around the web.

    Advertising technology firm Criteo, one of the largest in the industry, says that the Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) feature for Safari, which holds 15% of the global browser market, is likely to cut its 2018 revenue by more than a fifth compared to projections made before ITP was announced.

    With annual revenue in 2016 topping $730m, the overall cost of the privacy feature on just one company is likely to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

    If this is accurate, it goes to show the outsize influence Safari has. Criteo is claiming that a new feature in Safari, a browser with only 15 percent of global share, resulted in more than a 20 percent drop in their revenue. This, despite the fact that Intelligent Tracking Prevention — the feature in question — doesn’t block ads per se. It only prevents certain methods of privacy-invasive tracking. I fail to see how this is a bad thing.

    Posted: January 9, 2018, 7:43 pm

    As an example, let’s say a designer asks a developer to make a box bounce. That’s it—no additional instruction. Without some cross-knowledge and a common vocabulary, both sides are a little lost in this communication: the developer doesn’t have enough information to fully realize the designer’s vision, but the designer doesn’t really know what the options are and how to communicate them. With a very basic interpretation, you might end up with something that looks like this:
    Posted: January 9, 2018, 4:43 pm
    PAC, or Proxy auto-config is a text file that defines at least one JavaScript function, FindProxyForURL(url, host), which causes the user agent to use a particular proxy server or to connect directly. pacparser uses the SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine to evaluate this function.
    Posted: January 9, 2018, 11:54 am
    Posted: January 8, 2018, 5:15 pm

    Dieses nerdige Modeaccessoire sollte einigermaßen einfach selbst herzustellen zu sein, ausgediente Computermäuse hab ich jedenfalls noch einige rumliegen …
    Posted: January 7, 2018, 11:49 am

    But you may want play your videos internally, i.e. within your 4D application forms. So why not use an HTML player in a web area with the WA OPEN URL command instead?

    Am I missing something?
    WA OPEN URL with file:///path/to/your.mp4 works just fine, as far as macOS is concerned.
    Posted: January 2, 2018, 11:22 am

    Julio Carneiro from Pascal Information Technology Ltd will show his “RESTlike” 4D V16 Component that provides CRUD functionality via HTTP access to any 4D Database, along with an Angular2 Typescript Component.
    Posted: January 1, 2018, 11:26 am

    One of the most powerful and convenient CSS Grid features is that, in addition to explicit column sizing, we have the option to repeat-to-fill columns in a Grid, and then auto-place items in them. More specifically, our ability to specify how many columns we want in the grid and then letting the browser handle the responsiveness of those columns for us, showing fewer columns on smaller viewport sizes, and more columns as the screen estate allows for more, without needing to write a single media query to dictate this responsive behavior.
    Posted: December 29, 2017, 5:05 pm

    Apple’s developer-centric Safari Technology Preview sees an update today to version 46. Along with expected bug fixes, the browser release is the first from Apple to enable Service Workers by default.

    Service Workers allow developers to build out flexible web applications that live outside the confines of the browser. For example, a service worker could be used on a site to account for offline network activity. Instead of being shown a blank page, a service worker could cache data for offline browsing. Service workers also open the door for webpage push notifications and background data synchronization.

    Posted: December 21, 2017, 10:07 am

    As you may know the Swiss will introduce ISO-20022 and have a QR-Code with payment data on invoices containing bank accounts and amount. The specifications are not yet finished and may take another year to get done. Introduction is planned for 2019, so you should make sure your software is ready.

    dazu auch Bezahlcode
    Posted: December 21, 2017, 10:05 am

    Over the past year, we’ve been comparing Google Maps and Apple Maps in New York, San Francisco, and London—but some of the biggest differences are outside of large cities.
    Posted: December 20, 2017, 8:54 am

    Now with macOS 10.10 (and iOS 8.0) Apple introduced the ability to install custom JavaScript message handlers for WKWebView. We just added them for our plugins to call back from JavaScript to Xojo code. First you call in your 64-bit Mac app the addScriptMessageHandler method on the control to register a name:
    Posted: December 15, 2017, 11:45 am

    Externally, the new iMac Pro is indistinguishable from the existing iMac, apart from its darker color. But inside, it is a much more powerful machine, with CPU options up to 18 cores and up to 128GB of RAM.
    Posted: December 14, 2017, 3:41 pm

    Everything you know about WordPress is about to change. The project codenamed "Gutenberg" is reimagining what content creation and editing on the web should look like and how it should work. Some time in 2018 the way WordPress works and the way you work with WordPress will change in a fundamental way, whether you are a visitor, a content creator, an administrator, a designer, or a developer.
    Posted: December 12, 2017, 8:16 pm

    Flaws in software often offer a potential path for attackers to install malicious software, but you wouldn't necessarily expect a hardware vendor to include potentially malicious software built right into its device drivers. But that's exactly what a security researcher found while poking around the internals of a driver for a touchpad commonly used on HP notebook computers—a keystroke logger that could be turned on with a simple change to its configuration in the Windows registry.
    Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:49 pm


    … However, new tools can sometimes be intimidating. Do you miss the vintage 4D Write plugin’s toolbar? No problem, here’s a 4D Write Pro toolbar example that looks just like it!
    Posted: December 11, 2017, 9:33 am

    What they found was interesting. For faster walking speeds, in a lab environment, the iPhone was off by less than 5% – an accuracy considered acceptable even in a dedicated pedometer.

    For slower walking paces, however, the iPhone underestimated the number of steps by as much as 9.4%. And in real-life use, the iPhone missed 21.5% of steps – an average of 1,340 per day. …

    Posted: December 7, 2017, 2:58 pm

    4D kündigt hiermit die Verfügbarkeit des neuesten Update der 4D v16 Produktreihe an: 4D v16.3.

    4D v16.3 enthält Software Korrekturen und ist für das neueste Release von Windows 10 zertifiziert, sowie für für macOS High Sierra (10.13).Als registrierter Nutzer können Sie 4D v16.3 kostenlos von der 4D Download Seite laden. Hier finden Sie auch die aktuellen Informationen zu Kompatibilität und Release Notes.

    Die Meldung lag schon eine Woche auf Halde. Dann sind wohl auch last-minute Fehler behoben. Gut!
    Posted: December 7, 2017, 10:33 am

    It is what it says on the tin: a toy Thomas the Tank Engine doing stunts on wooden tracks. My favorite part is that the slowed-down audio makes it sound somewhat like a skateboard.

    Posted: December 6, 2017, 8:39 pm

    This two-part series is a gentle introduction to offline web development. Getting a web application to do something while offline is surprisingly tricky, requiring a lot of things to be in place and functioning correctly. We're going to cover all of these pieces from a high level, with working examples. This post is an overview, but there are plenty of more-detailed resources listed throughout.
    Posted: December 6, 2017, 3:43 pm

    For over 15 years, Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi has rendered the subtle details of mountains, cherry blossoms, and dense forests with the most unlikely tool: Microsoft Excel. Mind blown!
    Posted: December 5, 2017, 7:29 pm

    MarsEdit 4 brings major improvements to the app including a refined new look, enhanced WordPress support, rich and plain text editor improvements, automatic preview template generation, and much more. Read more here:
    Posted: December 5, 2017, 7:20 pm

    AppleInsider compares the cameras on Apple's iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus devices. The telephoto lens on iPhone X gets a pretty impressive upgrade!
    Posted: December 5, 2017, 4:39 pm

    Perhaps most importantly, the iPhone 4, with its Retina display and bold new look, was a piece of modern industrial design that demanded to be held, used, and studied to be fully appreciated. Unlike its predecessor – the faster and forever endeared iPhone 3GS – the iPhone 4 felt like a marvel of pocket computing that couldn’t be possible a mere 12 months after the 3GS’ plastic body and low-resolution display. The iPhone 4 was an instant classic that leaped beyond anything we’d seen before at the time.

    I understand why the original iPhone makes for an ideal starting point to discuss the iPhone X. The device’s anniversary and (debatable) nomenclature beg for a reflection on the past decade and how our lives have changed thanks to smartphones. But it’s not how I feel about the iPhone X.

    When rumors of Apple abandoning Touch ID in favor of facial recognition appeared earlier this year, I was skeptical. I couldn’t believe the company would already move beyond the technology they had been perfecting over the past four years. …

    Posted: December 5, 2017, 4:13 pm

    Transient from Dustin Farrell ( on Vimeo.

    "Transient" is a compilation of the best shots from my storm chasing adventures of summer 2017. Most of the lightning footage was captured in uncompressed raw at 1000 frames per second with our Phantom Flex4K. …
    Posted: December 5, 2017, 4:08 pm

    I had first heard of a Grid Inspector tool when Jen Simmons tweeted about it back in September 2016. But the team at Mozilla had been discussing the development of a Grid Inspector tool since July 2015. Matt Claypotch AKA potch and Jen Simmons had worked on a Firefox add-on called the CSS grid inspector, which was released in April 2016. It gave the team some working code build upon, as well as a means of gathering feedback from a larger base of developers.
    Posted: December 4, 2017, 3:38 pm

    Google’s 2016 Pixel models rightly cemented their position as the best phone cameras of their generation by applying sensible HDR to their photos.

    Apple has always been conservative in this regard but rightly took the steps to make their photos more vibrant in this generation. This is the right move in my opinion. Most of the photos taken with a smartphone end up on Instagram or some other web platform these days. If I want a flat photo that’s extremely malleable in post processing, I would reach for my Fujifilm or Sony Cameras.


    Posted: December 3, 2017, 10:52 am

    Apple’s Developer site has today shared a reminder that starting January 1st, 2018 32-bit Mac apps will no longer be accepted.
    Posted: December 2, 2017, 10:10 am

    Susan Kare

    Bitmap-Malen und Stricken – wer einmal dabei ist
    Posted: December 1, 2017, 3:32 pm

    As of December 2017, all current major browsers and their previous 2 versions support feature queries. Feature queries are also supported on Opera Mini, UC Browser and Samsung Internet. The only browsers that do not support feature queries are Internet Explorer and Blackberry Mobile, but that may be less of an issue than you might think.
    Posted: December 1, 2017, 10:58 am

    Wayne Zell on the families air seeder during the 2016 winter crop plant.

    Ohne Drohne undenkbar
    Posted: November 30, 2017, 4:06 pm

    Want to create a pop-up menu to control font size? Just assign the “fontSize” standard action to a pop-up menu and the classic set of font size values (8, 9, … 36, 48, 72) is automatically assigned! Plus, the object status and value will be automatically updated by 4D depending on the context and text selection.

    dazu auch The Real Estate Blues
    Posted: November 30, 2017, 8:06 am

    In light of the recent security concerns with macOS that allows anyone to easily gain root access, secure your Mac by locking down root. In this brief video walkthrough we show you how to change your Mac's root password using Directory Utility and Terminal.

    Posted: November 29, 2017, 4:09 pm

    The Internet is under attack. This is the Battle for the Net. from Louis Wesolowsky on Vimeo.

    The FCC wants to let companies like Verizon and Comcast censor and throttle the Internet. This is how we fight back.

    Posted: November 29, 2017, 11:34 am

    This is an early look at a new Windows 10 feature currently in development that we're calling Sets. With Sets what goes together, stays together, making it easier to get back to what you were doing.

    Posted: November 29, 2017, 8:04 am

    Part of my Grid by Example free video series, in this video we take a look at minmax().

    Posted: November 28, 2017, 9:46 pm

    Today an user send us a script which does printing of a webviewer with some report (in HTML) to a PDF file. The code works pretty well and prints automatically dozens of reports to PDF files:

    Das muß 4D auch können!
    Posted: November 28, 2017, 9:19 pm

    Google has announced that the web version of Google Finance is getting a redesign. The new stock tracking interface will primarily live in Google Search, where a new "Finance" tab should be popping up soon as a search type. The existing site will soon start redirecting to this interface, too.
    Posted: November 28, 2017, 4:50 pm

    Addy Osmani (via Hacker News):
    On the high-end iPhone 8 it takes just ~4s to parse/compile CNN’s JS compared to ~13s for an average phone (Moto G4). This can significantly impact how quickly a user can fully interact with this site.“


    Using HTTP Archive (top ~500K sites) to analyze the state of JavaScript on mobile, we can see that 50% of sites take over 14 seconds to get interactive. These sites spend up to 4 seconds just parsing & compiling JS.
    Posted: November 27, 2017, 9:13 pm

    Franz is your messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype and many more. You can download Franz for free for Mac & Windows.

    Posted: November 27, 2017, 2:05 pm

    As you can see, multiple ways of programming can lead to the same result. It’s now up to you to decide which direction to take!

    I like where 4D is going with its language, all-in-all.
    Those varieties favour longer debugging-sessions, I suppose.
    Posted: November 27, 2017, 11:39 am

    New to this years’ iPhones is fast-charging capability. According to Apple, you can juice up your phone to 50 percent in just 30 minutes! There’s just one catch: You have to buy a new power adapter. Oh, and a new USB-C to Lightning cable, too. That’s two catches, and it's starting to sound expensive.

    Posted: November 20, 2017, 5:19 pm

    The one thing all of the shots I’ve shown you so far have in common is that, prior to the latest generations of iPhone, I would never have even dreamed of using a phone to take such shots. With this little light, using a cameraphone, we should be seeing grain the size of a mid-sized state.

    But the hardware noise reduction does a stunning job. I’m completely blown away by the lack of noise.


    All in all, I’d say the iPhone X is easily $500-600’s worth of camera. So consider you’re buying that plus an iPhone costing the same amount.

    Posted: November 20, 2017, 2:22 pm

    Security encompasses more than risk elimination and blocking unauthorized access or unlawful disclosure of information, it covers data loss prevention and protection against destruction. In this guide, we will go through 4D’s different security features that help you protect your databases.  We’ll also cover how to use 4D security to enforce your own specific security policies.
    Posted: November 20, 2017, 8:13 am

    The most remarkable thing about this drive is how utterly compact it is, and how with just a single Thunderbolt 3 connection, it allows for blistering-fast data transfer rates that can compete with the real world performance of a 2017 MacBook Pro’s built-in NVMe SSD.

    Posted: November 19, 2017, 5:26 pm

    NYC Layer-Lapse from Julian Tryba on Vimeo.
    Video in Schichten

    Posted: November 18, 2017, 3:48 pm

    I barely know how to describe this so maybe you should just watch it. Animator Ismael Sanz-Pena took a single image of a medieval cathedral and used the facade’s repeating elements to find the movement within, kind of like a zoetrope. (Ok, I guess that’s a pretty good description. I still think you should just watch it though.) See also Sanz-Pena’s earlier attempts of the same effect. (via colossal)

    Ton anschalten
    Posted: November 17, 2017, 7:38 pm

    YouTube competitor Vimeo today announced that it is rolling out support for High Dynamic Range video uploads on its video hosting platform. Usually seen as the slightly more professional video site, Vimeo notes it is the first platform to support playback of HDR content on Apple’s latest devices including the iPhone X and Apple TV 4K.
    Posted: November 16, 2017, 4:37 pm

    This photo of a storm supercell in Montana taken by Ryan Wunsch? Wowza. I can see why people get hooked on chasing these storms about western North America…I’d love to see something like that in person. (via @meredithfrost)

    mee too
    Posted: November 16, 2017, 4:36 pm

    If you want to buy the best laptop that is out there, go for Apple’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, says RESCUECOM President David Milman, whose company repairs tens of thousands of computers annually.
    Posted: November 16, 2017, 3:21 pm
    Tim Standing of OWC gave a great presentation about APFS at the MacSysAdmin conference in Göteborg …
    Posted: November 16, 2017, 8:02 am

    Part of the issue there was not only getting the boxes to have aspect ratios, but then having alignment ability inside. There are a couple of ways to approach that, but I'd argue the easiest way is nested grids. Make the grid element dispaly: grid; and use the alignment capabilities of that new internal grid.
    Posted: November 15, 2017, 5:21 pm

    Think about the idea of having a similar set of gestures available on the Mac. The idea of tech on your phone or Mac sensing your presence, attention, or movements, clearly add value to the user experience.

    Posted: November 15, 2017, 5:20 pm


    Our Leica Story video series continues with The History of Leica. Chris and I spent a Saturday with Stefan Daniel, Global Director Business Unit Photo, Leica Camera AG. Our day started off with a morning stroll through Wetzlar. Chris, Jim Wagner (our host from the US), and I did a sunrise – early morning shoot of the town. It was a fine time to see the town before it came to life. We shot sunrise from the bridge, followed by a coffee and pastry at a corner cafe.

    very nice!
    So I use my own picture … and link to a hr-film
    Posted: November 15, 2017, 1:08 pm

    It’s been a bit quiet in here lately, could be because I exchanged my keyboard and desk for this during most of October:

    back to dark cold wintertimes
    Posted: November 14, 2017, 3:27 pm

    Check out our video showing how easy it is to create an elegant brochure with 4D Write Pro, including the painter’s bio (his life, references and so on), as well as a collection of his paintings accompanied by descriptions. Finally, you’ll learn how to easily add a different front and back cover to complete the brochure.

    Posted: November 13, 2017, 8:20 am

    David Sparks makes a good point about the strengths of RSS compared to, say, getting your news from Twitter or Facebook:
    RSS is so easy to implement that it's a slippery slope between having RSS feeds for just a few websites and instead of having RSS feeds for hundreds of websites. If you’re not careful, every time you open your RSS reader, there will be 1,000 unread articles waiting for you, which completely defeats the purpose of using RSS. The trick to using RSS is to be brutal with your subscriptions. I think the key is looking for websites with high signal and low noise. Sites that publish one or two articles a day (or even one to two articles a week) but make them good articles are much more valuable and RSS feed than sites that published 30 articles a day.

    Dazu auch JSON-feed
    Posted: November 12, 2017, 5:52 pm

    See Just what the iPhone X can do!

    Posted: November 12, 2017, 4:56 pm

    … You can choose to pronounce it "Fa-twee-goo" or "fat-wee-goo". I prefer the latter. …

    These are created by the inline SVG in the page. These SVG icons are stretching by default to the width of the viewport. Nothing wrong with that, but you can improve the rendering for people like me who prefers sad-boring-peaceful web pages.

    Posted: November 12, 2017, 4:46 pm

    Sketch does SVG well

    Sketch even describes itself as a vector-based design tool. It feels that way. The vector editing tools you expect to be there are there (e.g. the pen tool) and the raster editing stuff isn’t (e.g. photo retouching tools).

    I find the SVG exported from Sketch largely fine, but it’s pretty cool to see the team behind Sketch itself release plugins like svgo-compressor, which compresses SVG upon export without you doing any extra work at all.

    When asking around about what people like about Sketch, everybody seems to have a different answer.

    Posted: November 9, 2017, 8:17 am


    The trick Apple pulled, though, was going beyond that: the first time I saw notifications be hidden and then revealed (as in the GIF above) through simply a glance produced the sort of surprise-and-delight that has traditionally characterized Apple’s best products. And, to be sure, surprise-and-delight is particularly important to the iPhone X: so much is new, particularly in terms of the interaction model, that frustrations are inevitable; in that Apple’s attempt to analogize the iPhone X to the original iPhone is more about contrasts than comparisons.

    That's the point
    Posted: November 8, 2017, 8:26 pm

    Sometimes little things can have a big impact … and it turns out that these little things we call icons are kind of important when it comes to today’s interfaces. …


    Finally, the XP-style icons bail out.
    Still a chrome-style column-header background … worse than no background

    Posted: November 8, 2017, 5:54 pm

    And thanks to the Apple person who added this "floor crosshair" feature to iOS 11 for perfect face-down junk food shots!! That was the goal

    Super! Klasse! Endlich senkrechte Bilder parallel zum Untergrund.
    Posted: November 8, 2017, 5:03 pm

    Editor’s note: There was an error in the original regarding disabling FaceID. Updated here.


    Posted: November 7, 2017, 8:31 pm

    The linked article goes into a lot more detail and is an interesting read.

    As to how Face ID works, take a look at the video embedded in this tweet from The Verge’s Nilay Patel. Before you click, note that there are flashing lights that might trigger a reaction in some people. The embedded video really gives a sense of the dot projector at work. Fascinating stuff.

    Posted: November 7, 2017, 1:25 pm

    Seán Doran used images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to create this 100-megapixel image of the Moon (full 10000x10000 pixel image here). Phil Plait explains how Doran made the image:
    Posted: November 7, 2017, 7:48 am

    It took more than six years to have CSS Grids implemented across all browsers. Throughout its history, the spec has always been surrounded by controversy. In 2011, it was met with skepticism as the Microsoft Developer Team announced prefixed support for IE10. The lack of information about the W3C proposal made some developers wonder whether there was an actual need for another layout system, since we already had floats, tables, and some Flexbox working in browsers back then.
    Posted: November 6, 2017, 9:28 pm

    In the beginning, there was light and darkness and stack overflow, which is really just a combination of the two. In a shiny, new world made by a programmer, one might see their creation and go, ‘yeah, that’s probably good,’ but bugs may lie just below the surface…
    Posted: November 6, 2017, 4:41 pm
    Seamlessly set up your new #iPhoneX, just by holding it near a device you already own. Here's how, with Automatic Setup in iOS 11.
    Posted: November 3, 2017, 3:51 pm

    For over a decade, iPhone has embodied modern mobile computing. iPhone 8, launched last month, is the culmination of that Home-button-and-bezel vision, of everything that's come before. iPhone X (pronounced "Ten"), launching now, is something else entirely — the beginning of what comes next.

    Posted: November 2, 2017, 3:11 pm

    Citroen DS 911

    Posted: November 1, 2017, 8:50 pm

    For our latest mission, we turned the 23rd Street 6-train elevator into New York’s newest Apple Store. We placed giant Apple logos on the sides of the glass cube structure, added fake Apple Store employees plus a line of 50 people waiting for the new iPhone X. With the famous 5th Avenue Apple Store under construction, we felt NYC needed a new glass cube Apple Store.
    Posted: November 1, 2017, 3:04 pm

    Apple has added QR support to iOS 11. You can scan QR codes without the need for a third-party app. Here’s how:
    Posted: November 1, 2017, 12:32 pm

    iPhone: Populäre Apps gefährden ihre Nutzer | ZEIT ONLINE

    Nutzer von Shein oder den anderen betroffenen Apps sind allerdings nicht ohne Weiteres hackbar.

    Apple wollte genau diese Szenarien eigentlich verhindern, als es 2016 auf seiner Entwicklerkonferenz ankündigte, dass Apps ab Ende des Jahres HTTPS für die Übertragung von Nutzerdaten verwenden müssen. …

    oder Geschäftsmodel von Crissy Field aka Thomas Jansen?
    Posted: November 1, 2017, 12:28 pm

    ST INSERT EXPRESSION(*;"WParea";"[DOC]SamplePict";ST Start highlight;ST End highlight)

    didn't test, if the documentation is correct. Suppose it is.
    Do I really need to put [DOC]SamplePict in quotes? If true, this is the entry to the end of the powerful 4D-concept of tokenized method-text. One less reason to stay with 4D.
    Who is responsible for that deterioration?
    Posted: November 1, 2017, 8:29 am

    Everybody talks about the iPhone X price ($1,000 for 64 gigs of storage, $1,150 for 256 gigs). Or they talk about its face-recognition feature. But the best thing about the iPhone X is its size.
    Posted: October 31, 2017, 5:27 pm

    Most iPhone reviews are done by technically savvy writers that put them through their paces locally or in a lab. This just wasn’t how most people actually use their phones, and that it created a focus on the wrong things.

    Posted: October 31, 2017, 3:47 pm
    Posted: October 30, 2017, 4:32 pm

    Of course Google leaves the seat open
    Hmmmm, Google, this is not how beer works
    Posted: October 29, 2017, 1:18 pm

    Recommended Minimum

    Below are the essential tags for basic, minimalist websites:

    Posted: October 28, 2017, 6:46 pm

    The other, simpler explanation is that it simply takes 9 months or longer for engineering decisions made within Apple to percolate out to the rumor reporters and analysts — and their sources are so far removed from the halls of Cupertino that they mistake old news for new news.

    Posted: October 26, 2017, 8:16 am

    Life 1944 File Room
    Card catalogs feel very old but are shockingly new. Merchants stored letters and slips of paper on wire or thread in the Renaissance. (Our word “file” comes from filum, or wire.) But a whole technology, based on scientific principles, for storing, retrieving, and circulating an infinitely extensible batch of documents? That is some modern-ass shit. And it helped create the world we all live in.
    Posted: October 24, 2017, 6:23 pm

    To make things even better, help tips can be defined according to the position of the mouse. With a just few lines of code, you can set help tips based on the hovered column and even according to each row!

    Looks and sounds to me like cumbersome coding.
    Why not add a helptip-object to the listbox?
    Key is objectname of columns and value is textarray, which both supports Xliff and styled text.
    Posted: October 23, 2017, 8:29 am

    Thorsten Lemke, founder of LEMKE SOFTWARE GmbH – a german company – and software developer of the program graphic converter reports about software solutions for media professionals

    Posted: October 23, 2017, 6:20 am

    When Apple launched the Mac, back in 1984, Steve Jobs said, “The paperless office is about as likely as the paperless bathroom.”You have to wonder if the creators of this commercial had that quote in mind.Enjoy.

    Posted: October 20, 2017, 1:42 pm

    ProVUE Development has released Panorama X, a general purpose database system for Macs. It sports a 64-bit RAM based database engine and universal multi-level Undo.

    Panorama X includes an application builder that enables the user to build a custom interface, including custom windows, dialogs, forms, labels and custom reports. The user/developer has complete control over the layout, and if necessary, any programming needed. Layouts can be fixed or responsive to window size. Programming code can be embedded into any element, much like HyperCard(TM).
    Posted: October 20, 2017, 1:04 pm

    The Side Winder allows you to wind, store, and protect your MacBook Charger in under 6 seconds without ever having to touch your cables

    Posted: October 19, 2017, 6:15 pm

    Programmierer die Kombi oben-rechts und unten-links

    Posted: October 19, 2017, 10:48 am

    As you’ll see in the charts below, macOS High Sierra performed modestly better in all categories. Regardless of whether the test was single-core or multi-core, High Sierra provided consistently better performance in the analysis.

    Posted: October 17, 2017, 4:43 pm

    Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef has revealed what he has labeled KRACK; an exploit that attacks a vulnerability in the handshake of the WPA2 protocol that you most likely use to protect your Wi-Fi at home and millions of small businesses around the world use, too.

    Update: Apple has told iMore that KRACK has already been fixed in the beta versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, and that AirPort routers and Time Capusules don't appear to be vulnerable too the exploit.

    Posted: October 17, 2017, 7:49 am


    Posted: October 16, 2017, 2:35 pm

    Creates and removes temporary file inside application_darwin_temp_dir of Container.plist if the running Office app is version 2016 or above (sandboxed). Otherwise, uses the temporary folder allocated to 4D.
    Posted: October 16, 2017, 9:56 am

    ja, gute Ideen

    Posted: October 13, 2017, 6:51 pm


    Posted: October 13, 2017, 10:45 am

    Yes, Apple build quality is just that good.

    You just can tell it when you load on an OS that doesn’t push the hardware to the razors edge of the component specifications. Linux and Windows don’t, because they both have to run on hardware with terrible build quality, too.

    If they pushed it, a lot of hardware would fail; and we’d see how much the PC industry really is just held together with spit and bailing wire.

    Posted: October 12, 2017, 8:52 pm

    Release Date: 10/12/2017 – BBEdit 12 is a major release. A BBEdit 12 serial number is required to use licensed features in this version. Customers with any version of BBEdit prior to 12.0 will need to purchase an upgrade for an updated license. (Download it first and give it a try!)

    Important: BBEdit 12 requires macOS 10.11.6 or later, and will not run on any earlier version of macOS.

    Posted: October 12, 2017, 8:04 pm

    If you superimpose the Mediterranean Sea (and the Black Sea) over a map of the United States — creating geographic landmarks like the Confederate Sea, the Great Salt Islands, the Straits of Pismo, and a coastal Las Vegas — you get a real sense of how big each of them is. I confess, I didn’t think the Mediterranean Sea was this large. The other surprising thing is that the latitudes of the superposition are pretty accurate…only a degree or two off, if that.

    Posted: October 12, 2017, 6:39 pm

    Apples Versuche, die Nutzerüberwachung durch Werbecookies zu erschweren, wird von Google mit einem neuen Verfahren für AdWords und Analytics gekontert.
    Posted: October 12, 2017, 12:38 pm
    recompiled #4D XLS plugin … fixes crashing on 64-bit (mac and win)
    Posted: October 12, 2017, 7:28 am

    In OmniGraffle 7.5 for Mac, new automation features are introduced, a whole lot of functions and classes are improved, and a lot of bugs are vanquished.
    Posted: October 12, 2017, 7:27 am

    That a phone collects certain information about usage is not particularly unusual -- it helps to identify problems and speed up software development. But a security researcher's discovery that his OnePlus 2 was sending highly detailed information back to OnePlus without consent has set privacy alarm bells ringing (the issue also affects more recent OnePlus handsets). OnePlus might prefer that you spend your time thinking about the upcoming OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 6, but this tale of telemetry is going to dominate for a little while.
    Posted: October 11, 2017, 4:21 pm

    How to Make GIANT Lego Man Costume from CardboardToday I show you how to make giant fully functional lego man costume! You need a lot of cardboard and glue sticks! This costume can be used for halloween! Or you can watch and enjoy this video !

    Nicht den Kindern zeigen, nicht den Kurzen und nicht den Alten.
    Posted: October 11, 2017, 3:19 pm

    This accomplishment consists of two parts: first, the 4D language is now accepting undefined values anywhere in an expression using object notation. Secondly, whenever you assign an undefined value to a variable, the variable is now set to a default value according to its type (0 for numeric, “” for string, etc.).

    yep, that's why object.notation was not useful in 16R4
    Posted: October 11, 2017, 7:41 am

    Though the cameras in Apple's latest iPhones boast the same megapixel count as last year's models, the new devices sport greatly improved internal components, from "deeper" pixels to an upgraded image signal processor. See how the new hardware compares to its predecessor in this video.

    Posted: October 11, 2017, 7:38 am

    How can you protect yourself

    • Hit the home button, and see if the app quits:
      • If it closes the app, and with it the dialog, then this was a phishing attack
      • If the dialog and the app are still visible, then it's a system dialog. The reason for that is that the system dialogs run on a different process, and not as part of any iOS app.

    Posted: October 11, 2017, 7:25 am

    CSS Grid Layout will transform the way the you design and develop for the web—and Rachel Andrew will change the way you grok the spec. Learn to use Grid Layout within a system that includes existing methods to perform the tasks they were designed for—and take advantage of this pivotal moment in the evolution of layout.

    Posted: October 10, 2017, 2:44 pm
    Readings in Database Systems (commonly known as the "Red Book") has offered readers an opinionated take on both classic and cutting-edge research in the field of data management since 1988. Here, we present the Fifth Edition of the Red Book — the first in over ten years.
    Posted: October 10, 2017, 11:41 am

    The company's Windows 10 chief has tweeted that developing new features and hardware for the Mobile version of the OS was no longer a "focus".

    Joe Belfiore added that he had also switched to Android himself.

    Posted: October 9, 2017, 2:03 pm

    Your iPhone is a powerful communication device, so what if you want to play or record some of the audio from it through your Mac—like maybe for a podcast you’re recording. Turns out it’s easy and your Mac can even see your iPhone as just another audio input source. Read on to learn how to set it up.

    Posted: October 8, 2017, 3:43 pm

    Use QuickLook API to generate thumbnails and previews
    Posted: October 8, 2017, 9:07 am

    In 1963, Norman Dyhrenfurth, a German-born climber raised in Austria, Switzerland, and later, the U.S., led the first successful ascent of Mt. Everest by an American team. He passed away last week in Salzburg, Austria, at the age of 99.
    Posted: October 6, 2017, 9:59 am

    A few years ago this would have been totally unfair.
    Can you spot the iPhone photos?
    Posted: October 6, 2017, 9:33 am


    Undefined values are no longer a nuisance in 4D v16 R5. Thanks to object notation enhancements, the 4D language now accepts evaluation of any expression containing undefined values. No more errors or interrupted code execution!

    Posted: October 5, 2017, 8:59 am

    After taking a screenshot with the system keyboard shortcuts (⌘⇧3 and ⌘⇧4), a window will pop up allowing you to quickly share, edit or delete that screenshot without needing to hunt around your desktop for it first.
    Posted: October 4, 2017, 7:44 pm

    So you have been building and consuming REST APIs for some time now and recently you started hearing about GraphQL, and how people are saying it’s Rest 2.0. Now you are wondering what’s all the fuss about GraphQL and what makes it different from REST.

    In this article, we’ll be taking a technical look at REST versus GraphQL, comparing and contrasting the two API specifications.

    Posted: October 4, 2017, 4:15 pm

    And Netscape said, let us make fun of Microsoft and refer to Windows as “poorly debugged device drivers,” and Microsoft was angry. And so Microsoft made their own web browser, which they called Internet Explorer, hoping for it to be a “Netscape Killer”. And Internet Explorer supported frames, and yet was not Mozilla, and so was not given frames. And Microsoft grew impatient, and did not wish to wait for webmasters to learn of IE and begin to send it frames, and so Internet Explorer declared that it was “Mozilla compatible” and began to impersonate Netscape, and called itself Mozilla/1.22 (compatible; MSIE 2.0; Windows 95), and Internet Explorer received frames, and all of Microsoft was happy, but webmasters were confused.

    Posted: October 4, 2017, 12:22 pm

    On the 5th September this year, Chrome 61 was released with WebUSB enabled as a default feature. WebUSB is a JavaScript API to allow web sites access to connected USB devices. It is aimed at scientific and industrial USB devices and does not support common devices like webcams, HIDs or mass storage devices. However many other USB devices can be accessed using the WebUSB API, and users may not realise the level of access gained whenever they grant permission to a web site.
    Posted: October 4, 2017, 12:20 pm

    Zevrix Solutions has released BatchOutput XLS 2.4.3, a compatibility update to company's output automation solution for Microsoft Excel. The app automates printing and exporting of multiple spreadsheets to PDF and allows to carry out professional PDF production directly from Excel. …
    Posted: October 3, 2017, 11:43 am

    4D v16 R4 jetzt verfügbar

    • Machen Sie sich das Leben leichter mit Objektnotation!
    • Die nächste Stufe von 4D Write Pro
    • SDI für Ihre Anwendung
    • 10 years late, too late
    • Das Developer Toolkit wächst: Sehen Sie die neuen Möglichkeiten!
    Posted: October 3, 2017, 10:34 am

    However, as 2017 unfolded, the company has made a routine out of voicing its love and commitment for the Mac. The iMac Pro and the future-but-not-here-quite-yet-and-oh-God-please-have-card-slots Mac Pro that Casey Liss is super excited about are both part of that message.

    I’d argue that the newest release of macOS is part of it, too.

    Posted: September 30, 2017, 11:01 pm

    Before we dive into CSS Grid concepts, let’s cover some basic terminology.

    Posted: September 29, 2017, 2:32 pm

    I was rooting around in the settings for iOS Safari the other day and stumbled upon its "Experimental Features" which act just like feature flags in any other desktop browser. This is a new feature in iOS 11 and you can find it at:

    Settings > Safari > Advanced > Experimental Features


    Posted: September 29, 2017, 2:29 pm

    Out of the box, Safari displays your existing websites beautifully on the edge-to-edge display of the new iPhone X. Content is automatically inset within the display’s safe area so it is not obscured by the rounded corners, or the device’s sensor housing.

    Posted: September 29, 2017, 7:44 am

    … Today we're providing you with a list of apps that just aren't working with macOS High Sierra or that work, but have some compatibility issues.
    Posted: September 27, 2017, 5:55 pm

    Don’t miss this 21st Summit!

    Early Bird promotion is January 12th 2018

    rooms number pre-booked at discounted price*. Once the quota of early bird rooms will be over, the hotel does not guarantee availability and rooms’ price could be slightly increased.

    Offer valid until 30/12/2017.

    Posted: September 27, 2017, 12:29 pm

    With macOS High Sierra, Mac users gain powerful new core storage, video and graphics technologies. A new file system ensures more efficient and reliable storage, and support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) brings stunning 4K video at lower file sizes. Metal 2 powers virtual reality content creation, faster performance and more. The Core ML developer framework makes it easy to create apps with powerful machine learning that predict, learn and become more intelligent. macOS High Sierra also includes a number of refinements to the apps Mac users enjoy everyday, including Photos and Safari.
    Posted: September 26, 2017, 2:13 pm

    Gemeinsam haben wir einen langen, ereignisreichen Weg hinter uns…
    …deshalb ist der heutige Schritt besonders schmerzhaft.

    Trotz stetiger Updates und erster Schritte in Richtung Monetarisierung mussten wir gestern schweren Herzens einen Insolvenzantrag stellen.

    Posted: September 26, 2017, 11:14 am

    A focus on foundation makes for an important but nigh-invisible update.
    Posted: September 25, 2017, 7:24 pm
    wer, wo gewählt wurde
    Posted: September 25, 2017, 1:42 pm

    Today Tap Forms 5.2.1 has been released to the world. From here on forward in this post I'll just call it Tap Forms 5.2.

    macOS and an iOS-Companion
    Posted: September 25, 2017, 6:36 am

    To be fair to Adobe, PGP security is harder than it should be. …

    There are many people trying to make PGP communications better, but the fundamental architecture of PGP is such a pain to use that when Ars' Lee Hutchinson e-mailed PGP creator Phillip Zimmermann in PGP format, Zimmermann refused to read the message that way—because his PGP key was not on his phone:

    That's the point!
    Posted: September 24, 2017, 9:19 pm

    How does Apple ship iPhones around the world on launch day? We got a behind-the-scenes look with head of retail Angela Ahrendts.

    Posted: September 22, 2017, 3:22 pm

    Almost no one is talking about it, but this year we got Slow Sync for the flash, and it’s actually pretty cool. Traditional photographers are already familiar with this, but for those of you who aren’t, basically Slow Sync is keeping the shutter open a bit longer to allow more natural light in when shooting with a flash. As a result, the image isn’t only lit by the light provided by the flash, but instead is balanced with the ambient light of the environment which creates a more balanced, natural shot.

    Posted: September 20, 2017, 4:34 pm

    You can use Visual Codes to create a QR code that connects to your home WiFi. You could print that QR code (Visual Codes knows how to print, too) and put it on the wall in your house. When someone comes to visit, they point their camera to the QR code poster (iOS knows how to interpret QR codes, knows this particular one is to connect to WiFi) and they are connected.
    Posted: September 20, 2017, 4:24 pm

    iOS 9 marked a significant milestone for the iPad platform. In contrast with previous iPhone interface adaptations, iOS 9 did away with longstanding preconceptions and allowed the iPad to reach beyond the comfort of familiarity with the iPhone’s experience.

    Devices that can be updated to iOS 11.

    Posted: September 20, 2017, 11:38 am

    The final layout code ends up looking like this, based on my decisions to use the inline-block technique for base browsers, the space-around technique for yes-flex-no-grid browsers and grid for all the new kids.

    Websites do NOT need to look the same on every browser.
    Posted: September 20, 2017, 9:46 am

    Every time we see the same question on forums and blogs: When will the Megapixel war end? Well the easy answer is of course…never! But if you are curious to know at what point a camera will have the same resolution as the Human Eye well watch the video below: The easy answer is 576 Megapixel the real answer is that the human eye works really in a different way than a camera.

    Posted: September 17, 2017, 12:08 pm

    … Wenn du eine Beta-Version von macOS High Sierra verwendest, wurde das Fusion Drive möglicherweise in Apple File System konvertiert. Da diese Konfiguration in der ersten offiziellen Version von macOS High Sierra nicht unterstützt wird, wird empfohlen, das ursprüngliche Festplattenformat mithilfe der Schritte unten wiederherzustellen.
    Posted: September 16, 2017, 1:58 pm

    “Ad tracking technology has become so pervasive that it is possible for ad tracking companies to recreate the majority of a person’s web browsing history. This information is collected without permission and is used for ad re-targeting, which is how ads follow people around the Internet. The new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature detects and eliminates cookies and other data used for this cross-site tracking, which means it helps keep a person’s browsing private. The feature does not block ads or interfere with legitimate tracking on the sites that people actually click on and visit. Cookies for sites that you interact with function as designed, and ads placed by web publishers will appear normally,” the company said.

    Posted: September 16, 2017, 9:01 am

    Very special guest Craig Federighi returns to the show to talk about Face ID, the perils of live demos, Apple’s approach to designing the iPhone X, privacy, security, and more.

    Download MP3

    Posted: September 16, 2017, 7:45 am

    But I Want to Update Right Away


    I Insist on Updating Immediately!

    Sigh. OK. But …

    Posted: September 16, 2017, 7:40 am

    If you're the system administrator for your business or education institution, use these methods to upgrade macOS High Sierra.

    Prepare for APFS in macOS High Sierra

    Posted: September 15, 2017, 6:49 pm

    "There are two mitigations: if you don't stare at the phone, it won't unlock," Federighi said. "Also, if you grip the buttons on both sides of the phone when you hand it over, it will temporarily disable Face ID."

    Posted: September 15, 2017, 7:48 am
    Tonight, I was able to contact Apple. After examining the logs of the demo iPhone X, they now know exactly what went down. Turns out my first theory in this story was wrong--but my first UPDATE theory above was correct: "People were handling the device for stage demo ahead of time," says a rep, "and didn't realize Face ID was trying to authenticate their face. After failing a number of times, because they weren't Craig, the iPhone did what it was designed to do, which was to require his passcode." In other words, "Face ID worked as it was designed to."
    Posted: September 14, 2017, 7:13 am

    Der NEX-RETRO überträgt sämtliche Steuerfunktionen zwischen Kamera und Objektiv, wie beispielsweise Blendensteuerung und EXIF-Daten.
    Der Umkehradapter NEX-RETRO von Novoflex ermöglicht mit den E-Mount-Kameras von Sony das Eintauchen in die Nahfotografie.
    Posted: September 14, 2017, 7:09 am

    … is the new chop-your-finger-off nonsense from four years ago.

    da ist einer

    Posted: September 13, 2017, 2:24 pm

    Interviewed by David Brock, Hansen Hsu and John Markoff on 2017-04-17 in Mountain View CA, X8111.2017
    © Computer History Museum

    Posted: September 12, 2017, 1:30 pm
    Here's what to do if you don't know it
    Posted: September 12, 2017, 6:40 am

    From J.R. Schmidt, a rendering of New York City in Lego. Prints are available. Be sure to check out his other work as well…cool stuff.
    Posted: September 7, 2017, 8:34 pm
    posted #4D plugin to interact with the Notes app on Mac
    Posted: September 6, 2017, 3:26 pm
    updated #4D plugin XLSX.IO (replaced libjson for Windows to use double instead of float)
    Posted: September 6, 2017, 9:12 am

    4D kündigt hiermit die Verfügbarkeit des neuesten Update der 4D v16 Produktreihe an: 4D v16.2.

    4D v16.2 enthält Software Korrekturen, sowie das Upgrade der open source Xerces Library auf Version 3.1.4.

    … von der 4D Download Seite laden …

    Posted: September 5, 2017, 10:58 am

    Keinen Bock mehr, die Bundestagswahl-Umfragen nachzuverfolgen und verschiedene Institute zu vergleichen? Ich auch nicht. Außerdem geht es mir auf den Nerv, dass in der Presse jede neue Umfrage reißerisch als neue Wahrheit verkauft wird.

    Darum gibt es jetzt unter anschauliche Auswertungen. Diese werden mehrmals am Tag aktualisiert.

    Posted: September 3, 2017, 12:43 pm

    You can determine a files encoding and character set through the command line in Mac OS (and linux) by using the “file” command, which helps to retrieve general and specific information about a file type.

    $ file -I text.txt
    text.txt: text/plain; charset=unknown-8bit

    Posted: September 2, 2017, 7:42 pm

    Ever since I wrote about installing Windows 10 on a Mac earlier this year, I’ve received tons of questions about installing Windows 10 on an external drive using Boot Camp drivers. The truth is, this is a workaround using Windows To Go, and the process for doing so is a bit more in-depth than it is for installing proper Boot Camp on your Mac’s internal disk, but it’s still very easy to do, and only takes about 30-40 minutes.

    Posted: September 1, 2017, 1:19 pm

    Boot Camp is supported when upgrading to macOS High Sierra, unless the Boot Camp volume is greater than 3 TB and resides on a Fusion Drive. Boot Camp doesn't support Read/Write to APFS-formatted Mac volumes.
    Posted: August 30, 2017, 9:12 pm

    In seinem Supportdokument schreibt Apple weiter, dass Macs mit HFS+, auf denen macOS 10.12.6 oder höher läuft, APFS-Volumes lesen und schreiben werden können – etwa USB-Sticks mit APFS. Rechner mit macOS El Capitan oder früher erhalten hingegen keinen Zugriff. Probleme kann es auch unter Windows geben: Läuft auf dem Mac mittels Boot Camp eine solche Installation, können APFS-Volumes von Windows aus nicht gelesen oder beschrieben werden. File-Sharing-Dienste laufen auf APFS-Volumes zudem nicht mehr über das alte Apple-Protokoll AFP, nur noch SMB und NFS werden unterstützt. Auch entfernte Time-Machine-Backups lassen sich nur noch mittels SMB ansprechen.

    Posted: August 28, 2017, 7:48 am

    Here's your fucking cake, go ahead and compile it yourself.
    Posted: August 27, 2017, 5:10 pm


    Bombich Software hat nach einer nicht ganz einmonatigen Betaphase eine komplett neue Version seiner macOS-Backup-Software Carbon Copy Cloner vorgelegt. Version 5 ist laut Angaben des Herstellers die erste App, die bootfähige Clones von Platten anlegen kann, auf denen das neue Apple-Dateisystem APFS läuft. Dieses wird mit macOS High Sierra im Herbst offiziell auf dem Mac eingeführt. CCC 5 ist auch sonst für macOS 10.13 vorbereitet.
    Posted: August 25, 2017, 7:16 pm

    Controle SMS ist eine 4D-Komponente, die es 4D-Entwicklern erlaubt, ihrer 4D-Anwendung SMS-Versandfunktionen hinzuzufügen

    4Dwerkstatt-Mitglied Bertrand Soubeyrand hat die WebSite für seine 4D Komponente Contrôle SMS aktualisiert.
    Posted: August 25, 2017, 8:02 am

    … But Wi-Fi router information can be used to locate you within a few meters using publicly available databases. Seriously, go ahead and try it yourself: plug your Wi-Fi router’s BSSID MAC address into this website, and there’s good chance it’ll pinpoint your location on the map.
    Posted: August 23, 2017, 7:36 pm


    フォルダー内にコンポーネントのストラクチャファイル,つまりannotation.4dbaseパッケージ,またはannotation.4DB / annotation.4DC と annotation.4DIndyのペア)をコピーしてください。ショートカット(Windows)またはエイリアス(macOS)を使用することもできます。

    ストラクチャをデザインモードで開き,エクスプローラーの「メソッド > コンポーネントメソッド」リストに「annotation」が表示されれば,インストールは成功です。

    Posted: August 23, 2017, 12:49 pm

    wer nicht dort war, hat es verpaßt

    Posted: August 23, 2017, 10:43 am

    We use this new command internally at 4D SAS to validate our own JSON files, mainly for unit testing purposes. Instead of having each developer creating their own tools to validate their JSON files, we’ve created a simple tool to validate a JSON file according to a given JSON schema. This tool provides a user-friendy interface to select your JSON schema and your JSON file to validate. It also helps you to quickly see where the issues are. In fact, a list of potential errors are displayed in a listbox; and when you click on an error, the JSON text concerned is highlighted directly in the file content.


    Sourcecode accessible, if you want to learn some 4D
    Posted: August 23, 2017, 7:34 am

    It took a number of weeks working with a professional translator, as well as great feedback from testers, but in the end we've got a "high quality localization" as described by our friends in Germany. So if you're a German speaker and you've been waiting for this, the time has finally come.
    Posted: August 23, 2017, 7:33 am
    die Hörhilfe für die AirPods. Funktioniert grundsätzlich, ich höre nur zu gut.Fennex_App
    Posted: August 22, 2017, 4:00 pm

    Parallels and VMware both announced new versions of their virtualization products for Macs today, with performance improvements and optimizations for the upcoming releases of MacOS and Windows. …
    Posted: August 22, 2017, 1:33 pm
    updated #4D curl plugin (gzip support was apparently missing on windows)
    Posted: August 22, 2017, 7:18 am

    Earlier today, millions of Americans flocked to a strip of land about 70 miles wide stretching from Portland, Oregon to Columbia, South Carolina to view a once-a-decade total solar eclipse.

    Now the totality is over, and everyone is trying to go home. And as these screenshots from Google maps demonstrate, it's causing traffic jams on North-South interstates throughout the path of the totality:

    Posted: August 22, 2017, 6:59 am

    This week I chat with Shawn King about photography and how people can take better pictures using their iPhone.

    Posted: August 19, 2017, 8:05 am

    The Exploratorium in San Francisco has produced a great explainer video about the science of predicting total solar eclipses. Each eclipse belongs to a repeating series of eclipses called a Saros cycle that repeats every 18 years 11 days and 8 hours.
    Posted: August 18, 2017, 3:27 pm

    If you’ve used a Mac for a while, you’ve likely come across Panic’s file transfer app Transmit. Not long ago, I would have probably still described it as an FTP app even though it’s handled things like Amazon S3 file transfers for a while. However, with the recent release of version 5, Transmit for macOS has become much more than an FTP client adding support for ten cloud services. Moreover, Panic has taken the opportunity to rewrite its file transfer engine so that it’s faster, tweak virtually every feature, and update and streamline the app’s design. The result is an all-new Transmit that is both familiar and more capable than ever before.

    Posted: August 18, 2017, 7:34 am

    I got this via The Verge, who ran it with the headline “Here’s the Scientific Reason It’s Better to Drink Whiskey on the Rocks”. That headline surely turned heads (and generated clicks) because neat versus on-the-rocks is a polarizing debate, but it’s not supported by this paper. Karlsson and Friedman report only on the effects of adding water, not changing the temperature. That said, in yours truly’s humble opinion, almost all whisky tastes better with a large ice cube.

    hmh, ich mag ihn eher ohne AddOns
    Posted: August 17, 2017, 8:00 pm

    I bet y'all know that apps like Campaign Monitor and MailChimp have visual email builders built right into them. You drag and drop different types of content right into a layout. You edit text right within the email. It's nice. It's a lot nicer than editing the quagmire of HTML underneath, anyway!


    Posted: August 17, 2017, 12:32 pm

    WordPress page builders are generally shunned by those who know how to code. They are generally bloated and slow. And you are offered very limited customization options. But what if there was a visual site builder meant for advanced, professional website designers?

    It turns out there is! It's called Oxygen, and it's quickly becoming the tool of choice for WordPress web designers.


    Posted: August 17, 2017, 11:09 am
    very simple XLSX library based on XLSXIO
    Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:15 am

    Watch this video to learn about the rapid development of real-time apps with GraphQL and Node.js.

    ES6 is the latest specification for JavaScript which brings new features to the language. ES6 has a lot of forward-thinking ideas attached to it and is a really exciting programming language to use.

    Hier werden die nächste Sauen durchs Dorf getrieben?

    Posted: August 10, 2017, 11:34 am
    posted audio record and playback UI example
    Posted: August 8, 2017, 8:56 am
    … removed crispEdges to avoid lines disappearing on resize
    Posted: August 8, 2017, 8:56 am

    Vic Gundotra (yes, that Vic Gundotra):

    Bottom line: If you truly care about great photography, you own an iPhone. If you don’t mind being a few years behind, buy an Android.

    The cognitive dissonance of the Android fans in the comments on this post is something to behold.
    Posted: August 7, 2017, 5:54 am

    CSS Grid is now live in all major browsers, and with it everything we know about web layouts changes! The CSS Grid Layout Module introduces a native CSS grid system, provided at the viewport level, that achieves what CSS frameworks and popular grid systems could only dream about: Responsive, flexible, pure CSS grid layouts, independent of document source order, that allow us to treat the browser as a true design and layout surface.

    eine wichtige halbe Stunde

    Posted: July 18, 2017, 8:20 pm

    It’s here.

    Seven years after the first release of Transmit 4, our well-loved and widely-used macOS file transfer app, we sat down with an incredibly exhaustive list of ideas, and — this’ll sound like I’m exaggerating but I’m mostly sure I’m not — we did it all.

    Posted: July 18, 2017, 7:05 pm

    On one hand, arrays (whose elements are all the same type) allow memory optimization, so they are fast and efficient. On the other hand, collections are providing high flexibility. So, if memory or speed maters, use arrays. If you want to code easier, use collections. You now have a choice.

    $n:=col.length // This is the way to know the number of items of a collection!

    hope this is not missing
    Posted: July 18, 2017, 8:53 am

    HTTPS (HTTP + SSL) is a transfer protocol that ensures a secured connection between the client and the server. This article shows how to easily add HTTPS support to any WordPress website in order to make visitors more secure and enhance the average quality of your website.
    Posted: July 17, 2017, 12:07 pm

    If you're flying a drone in a public place like a park, you're going to get some looks. While consumer drones are becoming more widely available and more popular, they're still novel to most consumers. Until recently, most drones were too big and conspicuous to comfortably take anywhere, not to mention the hundreds to thousands of dollars you'd have to spend to get one.

    Posted: July 16, 2017, 3:10 pm

    We have patched the vulnerability you reported
    Posted: July 15, 2017, 12:02 pm

    The breakthrough came when we noticed that when you scan a card with your iPhone, the app briefly displays a “scanned” overlay of the code. This means the font must be embedded in the app somewhere. We tried the same with iTunes on macOS. And voilà – the  iTunes on Mac behaves the same way.

    Posted: July 14, 2017, 7:15 pm
    • Objekte
      • Objektnotation
      • Neuer Typ Collection
      • Funktion Null
      • Unterstützung von Bildern in Objekten
      • JSON Objekte bestätigen
    • 4D Write Pro
      • 4D Write Pro Tabellen
      • 4D Write Pro Hyperlinks
      • Gestalten Sie Ihre eigene Toolbar mit Standardaktionen
    • Anderes
      • Altura-freie Produktreihe 4D Windows 64-bit
      • SDI Unterstützung unter Windows
      • Tabellenkalkulation 4D View Pro
      • Eigenes Server Administrator-Fenster
      • Verbesserte Steuerung zum Anzeigen von Hilfetipps
      • Tab-Reihenfolge im Formular per Programmierung definieren
      • Verbesserung der Benutzeroberfläche für IPv6
    Posted: July 13, 2017, 11:43 am

    Room measurement using Apple’s ARKit

    In einer solch verbauten Küche, braucht man das auch
    Posted: July 13, 2017, 8:18 am

    OmniGraffle 3 is here! It has a ton of new features and a brand new interface. You won’t find a more versatile tool on the iPad or iPhone. Import your SVG graphics, hide your content behind a password and Touch ID with App Lock, a new, floating tool palette, and cross-platform automation shared with OmniGraffle for Mac!

    Posted: July 12, 2017, 6:52 pm


    Bring the Keyboard & Emoji Viewer up simply by hitting Control+Command+Space.

    den Shortcut kannte ich auch noch nicht
    Posted: July 12, 2017, 3:43 pm

    Another key selling point of jQuery in the past has been Ajax. jQuery abstracted away the ugliness of XMLHttpRequest:

    $.ajax('https://some.url', { success: (data) => { /* do stuff with the data */ }});

    The new fetch API is a superior replacement for XMLHttpRequest and is now supported by all modern browsers.

    fetch('https://some.url') .then(response => response.json()) .then(data => { // do stuff with the data });

    Admittedly fetch can be a bit more complicated than this small code sample. For example, the Promise returned from fetch() won't reject on HTTP error status. It is, however, far more versatile than anything built on top of XMLHttpRequest.

    If we want ease of use though, there is a simpler option that has gained popularity - but it's not native to the browser, which brings me onto...

    Posted: July 12, 2017, 3:14 pm

    … This main window is technically called MDI (which stands for Multiple Document Interface) and now there’s a way to get rid of it and move to SDI (Single Document Interface) where application windows are all independent …

    Interested? Just activate the SDI mode with a single checkbox and it’s done…without a line of code!

    Nice to have, at least for the customers of mine.
    I'm wondering if kind of late to the table.
    Posted: July 12, 2017, 9:13 am

    What could be so difficult about designing a decent date picker? Basically, we just need an input field and an icon that represents a calendar clearly enough, and once the user clicks on that icon, we pop up a little overlay with the days lined up in rows. Right?


    sehr viel des Guten
    Posted: July 12, 2017, 6:35 am
    After the advanced list usage completely covered with 4D v16, 4D v16 R4 reaches a major step toward with 4D View Pro by providing our customers with the first step of our 4D View Pro spreadsheet solution, provided as a preview.

    Posted: July 10, 2017, 9:03 am

    4D implementation of libphonenumber from Google


    was sich Google denkt, wie sie Telefon-Nummern formatieren möchten.
    Posted: July 8, 2017, 11:39 am

    Während sich die Welt immer schneller dreht, bleiben Design, Stil und Liebe zeitlos. Um das 60-jährige Jubiläum des Fiat 500 zu feiern, lädt dich Fiat zu einer Reise durch die Zeit ein, die einen Anfang und kein Ende hat. Denn auch nach 60 Jahren bleibt die Stilikone aus Italien so jung und emotional, wie sie es schon immer war: mit dem neuen Fiat 500 Anniversario.

    perfect english for italians of that age
    Posted: July 5, 2017, 11:06 am

    You work at the college library. You’re in the middle of a quiet afternoon when suddenly, a shipment of 1,280 books arrives. The books are in a straight line, but they're all out of order, and the automatic sorting system is broken. How can you sort the books quickly? Chand John shows how, shedding light on how algorithms help librarians and search engines speedily sort information.

    Posted: July 5, 2017, 11:00 am

    I received mine just before Christmas, …
    • They Stay In Through Many Kinds Of Physical Activity
    • You Can Opt To Use Just One Airpod Like A ‘Traditional’ Bluetooth Headset
    • If Your Pants Have A ‘Watch Pocket,’ Airpods Probably Fit In It
    • You Probably Don’t Need To Make Space For Them
    • Total Battery Life Is Insane
    • If You’re Ios Only, You Can Reach The Charger Singularity
    • Not For Everyone, But They’re Great For Me

    same here
    Posted: July 3, 2017, 4:01 pm

    The new Object Notation syntax introduces some restraints as 4D language now considers the three following characters as reserved symbols: “ . ”, “ [ ” and “ ] ” (i.e. dot, opening and closing brackets).

    As a consequence, once you have activated the Object Notation in your database, it is no longer allowed to use these symbols in variable names, method names, table names, or field names. And of course it is the same for your existing code!

    and Another way of coding: Object notation

    Good news, now you have a mean to get rid of all those OB Get and OB SET in your code! And you know what? The code execution is 10 times faster with the object notation compared to OB Get/OB SET usage!

    The big divide: V16R4!
    The SnowLeopard/XP fo 4D: V16R3

    Posted: July 3, 2017, 8:26 am

    Exploring the concept of "Shot on a Smartphone"

    Posted: July 1, 2017, 8:18 am

    Vox’s Joss Fong assembles a scale model of Stonehenge and explains some of the ancient monument’s geometry, the geology of the stone it’s built from, and the its possible astronomical significance.

    Posted: June 29, 2017, 7:34 am
    Yet, as someone who just recently traded a 2016 MacBook Pro for a Thunderbolt 3-enabled 2017 iMac, I was also anxious to see how the dock would integrate with my desktop setup. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough inside for the details.

    Posted: June 28, 2017, 9:05 pm

    The good news? MarsEdit 4 is finally shaping up. I plan to release the update later this year.

    Allen Wordpress-Usern empfohlen! Und wenn es nur darum geht, ganze Sites in Kopie lokal auf meinem Mac zu sichern.
    Posted: June 28, 2017, 8:43 pm

    Sketch 45 is here, and with it, we’ve improved a few core features that we hope you’ll love. Our biggest update is to the way Sketch handles plugin updates and incompatible plugins. We’ve also improved the color popover, presentation mode and more. Here are the headline features in Sketch 45:
    • Plugins now update automatically within Sketch and we’ll disable incompatible plugins so they don’t break Sketch
    • The color popover now scrolls and the color picker is now collapsible
    • We’ve made some useful improvements to snapping in the vector editor
    • Over 50 other improvements and bug fixes, including keyboard shortcuts to nudge layers and an updated presentation mode


    Posted: June 28, 2017, 12:36 pm
    Posted: June 28, 2017, 12:35 pm

    Here are 10 charts that show some of the profound effects the iPhone-led — and Google Android-fueled — mobile boom have caused over the past decade.

    4. iPhone apps changed everything, even how people work


    … und kein 4D Mobile Client in Sicht.
    Posted: June 27, 2017, 6:06 pm

    Lambermontmartre art market, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium. Ten Euro’s for a 2 by 2 meter spot in the open air, last Sunday of the month. I went there with a very minimalist approach: a portfolio album with prints on A3+, folding chair, small table, cards printed on 80 grams paper, envelopes for the prints, umbrella. I had 14 prints made, each tree times. The result: sold one print for 20 Euro’s, so the return on investment wasn’t too good. Next time I’ll try to sell mounted prints. The art selling market is a very tough place, and that goes ten times for photography. Why do I keep on investing in selling?

    Posted: June 27, 2017, 6:03 pm

    KerCodex has introduced Find that Book 1.0. If you've got plenty of books in various bookcases and you stopped trying to sort them, the appcan help you find them. You must first take photos of your books by bundles and keyword them using Siri Dictation or character recognition. Once that's done, the proximity keyword search feature will help you locate specific titles. Find that Book 1.0 is free up through 50 book bundles; the unlimited version costs $1.99 for an in-app purchase.


    Schrecklich umständlich! Ich hätte vom Icon gewarnt sein sollen.

    Posted: June 27, 2017, 10:41 am

    The rise and fall of FireWire—IEEE 1394, an interface standard boasting high-speed communications and isochronous real-time data transfer—is one of the most tragic tales in the history of computer technology. The standard was forged in the fires of collaboration. A joint effort from several competitors including Apple, IBM, and Sony, it was a triumph of design for the greater good. FireWire represented a unified standard across the whole industry, one serial bus to rule them all. Realized to the fullest, FireWire could replace SCSI and the unwieldy mess of ports and cables at the back of a desktop computer.
    Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:34 pm

    Today I wanted my 4D application to mount a NAS volume in a full windows environment. Spaces, back slashes or regular slahes can lead to madness when you’r not a specialist. So I show here a generic method to achieve this job.

    Aujourd’hui je demandais à mon application 4D de monter un lecteur réseau dans un réseau Windows de bout en bout. Entre les espaces à mettre ou pas, les back slashes \\ ou les slashes / on peut vite s’y perdre. Aussi voici une methode générique qui vous fera gagner du temps.

    Heute sollte meine 4D Anwendung in einer reiner Windows-Umgebung ein NAS mounten. Leerzeichen, back-slaches und normale slashes trieben mich zur Verzweiflung, wäre ich nicht ein Spezialist …

    Posted: June 20, 2017, 4:40 pm

    Did you know the Mac Messages app can support chatting with Google Hangouts natively?

    Posted: June 20, 2017, 7:51 am

    But to call High Sierra a minor release is to ignore the big under-the-covers changes it brings to the Mac, some of which have been in the works for years now. New filesystems and graphics APIs may be hard to demo to more casual users, but there’s plenty in this release that lays the foundation for more visible changes somewhere down the line.

    In lieu of a traditional preview of High Sierra, we’ve browsed the dev docs and talked with Apple to get some more details of the update’s foundational changes.

    Posted: June 19, 2017, 2:36 pm

    posted a plugin solution

    quod erat expectandum

    Posted: June 19, 2017, 1:42 pm

    Interesting read: The five universal laws of human stupidity, by Corinne Purtill.
    Posted: June 19, 2017, 10:01 am

    Love this playful site showing real words as hex colors. Made me smile.
    Posted: June 19, 2017, 9:59 am
    Simple picture taker panel for macOS
    Posted: June 19, 2017, 7:27 am

    The DJI Spark is a great drone for people just getting into flying drones as it is affordable and easy to fly. It is also a great drone for people who value portability above everything else. This little guy you can take anywhere, anytime which opens up a whole new world of possibilities. However if range, video quality, and battery life or flight time are important to you, you will be better served with either the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 or Inspire series.


    Posted: June 18, 2017, 5:00 pm

    I figure between (as I write) the 267 episodes of ShopTalk, 134 episodes of CodePen Radio, 154 video screencasts (and many hundreds more as part of the different series), and all my guest podcast apperances, I'm edging on 1,000 things I've voice-recorded for public consumption.
    Posted: June 18, 2017, 1:03 pm

    Manchesmal ist Wordpress doch zu umständlich. Neu installierte Plugins müssen von Hand aktiviert werden. Das habe ich jetzt gemacht – und es funktioniert.

    Posted: June 16, 2017, 10:24 am

    People eat with their eyes first—and the more colors they see, the more they chow down. Your design may not literally be Michelin-ready, but giving the tiniest of design details, like icons, proper attention can still make the finished product mouthwatering.


    Posted: June 15, 2017, 4:31 pm


    vorher in Straßburg

    Posted: June 15, 2017, 10:34 am

    Die App-spezifischen Passwörter sind ein zusätzlicher Schutz für die Apple-ID respektive den iCloud-Account: Um Dritt-Apps zu benutzen, musste man bisher Benutzername und Passwort der Apple-ID preisgeben – diese Zugangsdaten werden oft auf Fremd-Servern gespeichert, etwa auch im Fall von Microsoft Outlook für iPhone und iPad.
    Posted: June 15, 2017, 8:25 am

    Baltimore gets a radical new transit map (direct PDF link) to go along with its redesigned bus network, which goes into service on Sunday. The map, which Greater Greater Washington reports was designed by Marc Szarkowski, adopts a diagrammatic radial style—essentially, a diagrammatic map based on concentric circles rather than a grid.

    Sehr schön
    Posted: June 15, 2017, 8:05 am


    The most significant update found across all three apps is that over 500 professionally drawn shapes have been added for use. These shapes span a variety of categories, including: Objects, Animals, Nature, Food, Symbols, Education, Places, Activities, Transportation, Arts, People, and Work.
    Posted: June 13, 2017, 7:17 pm

    Recently, we learned that AirPods will pair automatically with an Apple TV running tvOS 11. This is great news, but there are two features I’d love to see for future versions of tvOS:
    • Pair two sets of AirPods to a single Apple TV: This would allow my wife and I to listen on headphones, each with a different volume level.
    • Pass the audio through to HDMI while AirPods are active: This would allow me to listen via AirPods at a higher volume (I have a hearing deficit) while my wife listens at a regular volume through the regular TV output.

    Anyone else with the same needs here? Anything else to add to this particular wish list? Ping me.

    Posted: June 13, 2017, 4:46 pm

    With all the excitement around CSS Grid, I haven't seen as much talk about the new fr CSS length unit (here's the spec). And now that browser support is rapidly improving for this feature, I think this is the time to explore how it can be used in conjunction with our fancy new layout engine because there are a number of benefits when using it; more legible and maintainable code being the primary reasons for making the switch.


    Posted: June 12, 2017, 1:12 pm
    4D plugin to access the Reminder and Calendar database on Mac OS X 10.8 or later.
    Posted: June 12, 2017, 6:19 am

    Apple has added yet another new feature to make configuring wireless networks on iOS even easier. As first noticed by u/EzDzO on Reddit, iOS 11 users will be able to use the native camera app to scan a router’s QR code and quickly get connected.

    Posted: June 9, 2017, 3:01 pm

    The guide is full of cautions, such as being careful not to stress the display glass too much when easing the casing opening, and being sure not to damage the iSight camera. In all, there are no fewer than 63 steps in the repair guide, with numerous warnings and cautions along the way, so you may want to review the guide before making your purchase.
    Posted: June 9, 2017, 1:26 pm

    Business Chat connects businesses with their customers to answer questions, schedule appointments, make payments with Apple Pay, and more. Business Chat makes the connection with customers possible by integrating with the business’s existing customer contact center.

    With Business Chat, a customer discovers a business using Apple apps, services, and features (for example, Siri, Maps, Safari, and Spotlight), then chats with the business using the Messages app on their Apple device.

    Business Chat routes messages between a customer and business using the Business Chat Server. The server exchanges messages with the business by way of the Customer Service Platform (CSP), which is a web service implemented by the business or third party. The CSP provides an abstraction layer between the Business Chat Server and the business’s customer contact center. Using the CSP, Business Chat can support any customer contact center in use by businesses. All a business needs to do to take advantage of Business Chat is provide a CSP on top of their existing contact center.

    Posted: June 9, 2017, 11:49 am

    The Talk Show Live From WWDC 2017 from John Gruber on Vimeo.

    Recorded in front of a live audience at The California Theatre in San Jose, John Gruber is joined by Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi to discuss the news from WWDC: new Mac hardware, the new iPad Pro, Mac OS 10.13 “High Sierra”, iOS 11, the upcoming HomePod, and more.

    Anhören auch mit Zusehen!
    Abo gibt es in iTunes
    Posted: June 9, 2017, 11:34 am

    V16 und V15R5 gestartet.
    grundsätzlich läuft es

    Posted: June 8, 2017, 8:47 pm

    Control the state of standard window buttons: close, zoom, miniaturise

    red dirty dot
    Posted: June 8, 2017, 7:14 pm

    The phones switch onto spy mode after they are alerted by a “beacon” often embedded in web pages or sent as an ultrasonic signal hidden in telly or online adverts.
    Posted: June 8, 2017, 3:57 pm
    We’ve been playing with iOS 11 for the last 12 hours or so, and have been able to experience a plethora of the new features offered by the release. As you might expect, iOS 11 is quite buggy at this stage, but it’s a truly promising release that’s littered with so many new features that it’s hard to keep count of them all.

    Posted: June 8, 2017, 3:54 pm

    The upgrades are a piece of cake to accomplish. Like with the former (late 2015) 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, there's a push button located above the power input. When pushed, a memory access panel pops out making it simple to swap out or add memory modules. has free installation videos available that show just how easy it is to do your own iMac memory upgrades.

    The memory upgrades run from $79.99 to bring a factory 8GB iMac to 16GB, up to $579.99 to max out an iMac to 64GB.

    Posted: June 8, 2017, 6:34 am

    WWDC 2017 Platforms State of the Union


    Keine 32-Bit apps mehr nach High Sierra!

    Posted: June 6, 2017, 8:18 pm

    At this year's WWDC keynote event, Tim Cook took the stage in San Jose to reveal the eleventh major version of Apple's flagship mobile operating system. iOS 11 includes a number of improvements across the board, but with significant emphasis placed on increasing productivity for the iPad.

    Alongside the storm of iPad-specific features, the next version of iOS will also bring advancements to the Lock screen and Control Center interfaces. Built-in apps and services such as Maps, App Store, Notes, Messages, Podcasts, Music, Siri, and more received individual updates — some more comprehensive than others. The new ARKit and Core ML frameworks were announced as well, giving us our first tangible examples of Apple's investments in AR and developer-friendly machine learning.


    Posted: June 6, 2017, 3:52 pm

    When reporters at The Intercept approached the National Security Agency on June 1 to confirm a document that had been anonymously leaked to the publication in May, they handed over a copy of the document to the NSA to verify its authenticity. When they did so, the Intercept team inadvertently exposed its source because the copy showed fold marks that indicated it had been printed—and it included encoded watermarking that revealed exactly when it had been printed and on what printer.
    Posted: June 6, 2017, 3:51 pm

    I hope you enjoyed the WWDC keynote and Platforms State of the Union yesterday – I know I did!

    As the iOS team lead at, I thought it would be useful to write a quick post sharing some of my initial reactions to all of the new announcements.
    Posted: June 6, 2017, 12:48 pm

    Unangekündigt, sicherlich von manchen erwartet

    Posted: June 6, 2017, 8:08 am

    Wait for stop character and return buffer; for USB HID devices (e.g. barcode scanner)

    Posted: June 4, 2017, 9:43 am

    • Microsoft badly misjudged the underlying trends in computer hardware, in particular the right turn that occurred in 2003 to the trend of rapid improvements in single-threaded processor speed and matching improvements in other core elements of the PC. Vista was planned for and built for hardware that did not exist. This was bad for desktops, worse for laptops and disastrous for mobile.
    • The bet on C# and managed code was poorly motivated and poorly executed. This failure in particular can be laid directly on Bill Gates and his fruitless Holy Grail effort to create a universal storage and universal canvas applications infrastructure. This had especially long-running consequences.
    • Windows project management had teetered on catastrophic throughout its history with a trail of late projects that stumbled to completion. Vista was a disaster but was just the culmination of a series of near-catastrophes in the core executive mission of complex project execution.

    Posted: June 3, 2017, 7:37 pm

    Who knew that if you turned Donald Duck upside down you get the other Donald?

    Posted: June 3, 2017, 6:40 pm



    Posted: June 3, 2017, 10:04 am

    Advances in culture, technology, and science depend on past innovations and advances. Humans become capable of more and more as the momentum of knowledge grows. Lined up correctly, a tiny domino results the toppling of a massive domino further down the line.

    Posted: June 2, 2017, 7:17 am

    I’ve made exceptions a handful of times over the years, but as a general rule I refuse to link to anything on Facebook either, for the same reasons as Dave. Last week I linked to screenshots of a Facebook post to avoid linking to the original. The original post by Marc Haynes was public, which I know because I do not have a Facebook account, but here’s what it looks like for me without being a Facebook user — a full one-third of my window is covered by a pop-over trying to get me to sign in or sign up for Facebook. I will go out of my way to avoid linking to websites that are hostile to users with pop-overs. (For example, I’ve largely stopped linking to anything from Wired, because they have such an aggressive anti-ad-block detection scheme. Fuck them.)

    Treat Facebook as the private walled garden that it is. If you want something to be publicly accessible, post it to a real blog on any platform that embraces the real web, the open one.
    Posted: June 1, 2017, 6:58 pm

    Manton Reece and whisky-soaked baritone Brent Simmons join the show to talk about JSON Feed, the new spec they co-authored for syndicating things like blog posts and podcasts. We talk about their longstanding mutual interest in Userland Frontier, Dave Winer’s groundbreaking scripting environment from the early ’90s, and how that background — and their mutual love for publishing on the open web and the democratization of technology — ultimately lead to the creation of JSON Feed, as well was their other new projects: Manton’s publishing platform, and Brent’s new open source Mac app, announced for the first time right here on the show. And of course a brief look ahead to next week’s WWDC 2017.

    indeed and the very intro longs for a programming-language including a database. True!
    Posted: June 1, 2017, 4:07 pm

    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
    Re: OAuth, PROCESS GET LIST and PROCESS Get id
    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 “” 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 “”, which is equivalent to “а”. It may not be obvious at first glance, but “а” 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’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 This line of code
    $status_L:=HTTP Request(HTTP GET method;““+$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: 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: 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