I recently got a new Mac at work, and to my horror, upon first start up it started “enrolling” itself in the company’s Device Management remote administrative system. Now, for a random office worker this is fine; it allows the company to keep their system up to date and secure. But for software developers this is really a mess. Things like anti-virus tools wreck havoc with locally compiling and debugging code. I have enough problems to solve with my own code without the computer randomly changing out from under me.

How did my Mac get “enrolled”? When the company purchases…


I’m writing this quietly, not promoting it on other social media. That’ll come later, when the crater is smoking, the lawyers are fighting, and I can say “Yep — called it!” ….August, 2018

The $2,300 Magic Leap One system

Magic Leap is a company developing custom hardware and software for Augmented Reality (AR) experiences. You wear a special Magic Leap headset, and the world you see through the lenses is augmented with computer generated images and animations.

The company has been in business for eight years, and (according to Wikipedia) has consumed $1.4 billion in investment capitol (other reports put the total investment at $2.3B). …


I have a Samsung phone from Verizon, and, stuck to it like glue, are some apps Verizon provides you can’t remove. One of them is “Security & Privacy”. Hey, what could be wrong with that? Well…

After an update a few weeks ago, I started seeing this alert frequently pop up:

It even complained about my employer’s WiFi, which I’ve been using for years. Everywhere I went, it asked: “Do you want to disconnect?”

Then it occurred to me: Using WiFi means you’re not using Verizon’s expensive cellular data. I have no proof, but it’s pretty easy to imagine Verizon…


Update: The AMD Bootcamp Driver Update works with no issues. Click on the “Local driver” option. Use this instead of Apple’s software update.

I like Mac hardware, but typically run Windows on it. Apple provides a (terrible) utility called Bootcamp to configure the Mac to run Windows.

Unfortunately, unlike most Windows hardware vendors, Apple rarely updates their support software for Windows. No wonder, it’s not really their main gig. So imagine my surprise when this popped up:

I clicked on the update button, and after a pause, the machine rebooted. Without even asking permission, huh? A few progress messages flashed…


I’m not a Trump supporter. But I am curious.

I work in downtown San Jose. My wife (not a Trump supporter either) had emailed to warn me about a potential traffic mess due to his rally there. When I replied that it wouldn’t be a problem for my commute, she suggested I go to it, just to see what’s up. Why not? The SJ Convention Center where it was held is only a few blocks from my office, and the 7pm start time was conveniently after work.

Protesters were everywhere. As I walked up to the front of the convention…


I like scanners. See, at one time I was really into books. But after a decade or two, you come to the conclusion books take physical space. Lots of it. So when my tax guy showed me his Fujitsu ScanSnap I was hooked. Mine ingested most loose papers, statements and documents. This cleared a shelf or two. I also scanned many books by sawing their spines off, and feeding them to the ScanSnap fifty pages or so at a time. It works great, and this cleared several more feet of shelf space.

However, there are some books I just can’t…

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