Chuckellania for October 10th, 2021

Published on Thursday, October 14, 2021

California is phasing out gas-powered lawnmowers and leaf blowers.

How were any leaf blowers ever a thing? They're noisy, they pollute, and they don't actually accomplish anything.

Mocking iPhone users for force-quitting their apps when no longer in use continues to be a favorite pastime for some, but I don't think it's quite that simple. Some people like to keep their app switcher tidy. Some like to access frequent apps that way. And yes, some think it helps with performance.

The thing is, sometimes it does, and sometimes it hurts it.

Obviously, Apple's guidance is: you don't have to worry about this at all. But that's not always true.

Got pants without pockets? A small guide to add some.

Nintendo once released soundtracks in… surprising shapes.

At the time, though, almost all drives were tray loaders, and audio CDs also only go 1x, so maybe it wasn't quite as bad an idea as it seems.

Ali Partovi recalls the time he tried to sell his company to Steve Jobs.

This has got to be quite an anxiety-inducing situation. But, to be fair: in retrospect, the same applies that Steve Jobs supposedly said of Dropbox: it's a feature, not a product, and in that case, $50M is actually a generous offer, because Apple could surely build it themselves in far less than that (which is what they ended up doing).

The various Live Text-umbrella features in iOS 15 are so great. For example, take a picture with the iPhone camera, copy the text from it, and paste it to your Mac (thanks to Universal Clipboard).

(Note that this data is not transmitted to Apple; in fact, all of that works without an Internet connection. iCloud only serves authentication tokens.)

The International Classification of Diseases now recognizes "Gaming Disorder", which I suspect is technophobia that will age poorly.

For support purposes, having unique error codes can be nice. I wonder if anyone ever tried to generate stable IDs based on crawling your code base and looking for try/catch blocks.