Archive for June 27, 2019

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Proxyman 1.4.3

Proxyman (via Felix Krause):

Proxyman is a high-performance macOS app, which enables developers to view HTTP/HTTPS requests from apps and domains.


Organize your workflow by drag, drop and pin specific apps or domains. All other irrelevant ones will be completely ignored.


Proxyman can be used as a man-in-the-middle that logs all HTTP/HTTPS traffic between your applications and SSL Web Server.

Proxyman will dynamically generate certificates on-the-fly, which enables developers to see HTTPS in plain text.


Web Confidential 5

Alco Blom:

Web Confidential 5 is a 64-bit Cocoa macOS application. As you perhaps know, Apple’s next version of macOS (Catalina) will not support 32-bit applications. So, therefore if you plan to upgrade later this year to Apple’s latest macOS, you will also need to upgrade to Web Confidential 5.

Web Confidential 5 has been rewritten from the ground up and I think it is has a modern feel again, while at the same time having almost the exact user interface as the previous ‘classic’ version.

This was the first dedicated password manager that I used. It’s great to see it still getting updates after all these years. Unfortunately, while older versions supported Palm, I don’t know of a good way to access the Web Confidential database from iOS.

Bill Gates’ Mea Culpa

Joe Rossignol:

At a recent event hosted by venture capital firm Village Global, highlighted by TechCrunch, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates lamented on losing to Android, calling it “one of the greatest mistakes of all time.”


Gates added that there is room for exactly one non-Apple mobile operating system, which is certainly the case as of today.

Carolina Milanesi:

Microsoft’s performance was linked primarily to the enterprise market and only indirectly to the consumer market.


With the rise of the iPhone and Android, Microsoft did not look at mobile in a conceptually different way from PCs. Mobile was just another “channel” for its license and software business. It certainly did not represent a new opportunity to rethink engagement with consumers so that “Windows was not just something they used, but something they loved” as Nadella said many years later. So, being where Android is today was not as natural as Bill Gates makes it sound because the battle strategy was fundamentally flawed.


What we have not seen with enough clarity is how Microsoft will use Cloud and AI to focus on consumers.

Update (2019-07-16): John Gruber:

But I’m fascinated by the way he phrased the opportunity that Google seized with Android: to be “the standard non-Apple phone platform”. It’s just assumed in his thinking that the iPhone would have been the iPhone no matter what. Historically, that sounds bananas coming out of Bill Gates’s mouth.


If not for U.S. v. Microsoft, though, I wonder whether Gates would’ve chosen to drop Office for Mac and let Apple wither. I’m not saying anyone could have or should have predicted the iPhone and Apple’s dominance of mobile profits all the way back in 1997. Nobody really predicted what the iPhone would be in 2007, even. But if Microsoft had an inkling of what the iPhone would become, and where Android would come in and take over as, in Gates’s own words, “the standard non-Apple phone platform” by fast-following the iPhone’s basic all-display, all-multitouch design, maybe they’d have thought differently about helping Apple recover in 1997. With no Office 98, there might not have been an Apple to even make the iPhone in 2007.

Tim Holmes:

Office for Mac was a big deal, that can’t be overstated, but don’t forget the patent sharing agreement, the precedent without which the MS/Apple phone patent agreement would never have come about.

Cheesegraters and Crystals

Dr. Drang:

The [Mac Pro’s grill holes] are a negative-space representation of a common atomic arrangement in metallic crystals, something that most engineers learn about in their introductory materials science class.


A frame capture from the video shows how the hemispherical holes machined into the aluminum plate are arranged like the blue and red layers in our sphere-packing drawings.. The holes on the near side are like the layer of red spheres, and the holes on the far side are like the layer of blue spheres.


I have no idea how this “maximizes airflow”—I suspect maximum airflow would come if the holes from one side were drilled straight through. But if the holes were drilled straight through it wouldn’t look as cool.

J. Peterson (via Hacker News):

So to CAD this up, all you need to do is start with a rectangular block of thickness t, and use the formulas above to place the centers of the spheres (with diameter 2r) on the front and back of the block.