This year (2018) was my third Electric Daisy Carnival, AKA the largest electronic music festival in the US. But as someone who’s usually more at home on Burning Man’s playa than a garbage encrusted NASCAR racetrack, I wanted to do something more than just go.

I’ve always found the former’s…


Update (5/23/2018): while the video recording issues seem to have been resolved, there is still no USB audio dongle that works well with this phone, according to the long-running xda-developers dongle testing thread, full of people who are still tirelessly searching for one that does.

Original post (12/1/2017):

I returned…


I recently talked to Thorn — a nonprofit that uses technology and data science to find and rescue sexually abused children. It turns out over 75% of child prostitution is advertised online — mostly on backpage.com (essentially, a seedier Craiglist).

Their Innovation Lab here in San Francisco is hiring engineers…


I’ve been a very happy Dashlane Android user for many months now — I’m ecstatic to have a password manager that just works between all my devices, encrypts my passwords in transit and at rest, and has a responsive dev team. First, some background on In-App Login.

The killer feature

When I first…


As I reported on the GMaps-API tracker here, there’s a critical issue affecting apps that use more than one map fragment. Lollipop devices seem to be the only ones affected. …


GUILT AND SELF-LACERATION ARE INDULGENCES

SELF-AWARENESS CAN BE CRIPPLING

SYMBOLS ARE MORE MEANINGFUL THAN THINGS THEMSELVES

These are truisms by Jenny Holzer. I was introduced to Holzer and her prolific works through my friend and fellow Android hacker Ari’s post from last month. Lydia Laurenson, writing at http://lydialaurenson.com/abstraction-is-a-type-of-decaden…/


Sure, you’d love to do this, who wouldn’t? Word and PDF are awful file formats, but they’re still widespread and if you’re housing your important documents in them, and you’re like me, then you want them version controlled. …


For the first time ever, I’m now using a Mac as my main work machine. Work just got me a brand spanking new 2013 Retina Macbook Pro, fully loaded, go-to-apple-dot-com-choose-the-15-inch-drag-all-the-hardware-sliders-to-the-right monstrosity with 500GB of SSD and 16GB of RAM. What a machine. Too bad it’s running OSX.

Yep, I’ve been…

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