Archive for July 14, 2021

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Weather Strip 1.1

Robin Stewart:

Weather Strip’s groundbreaking week-long hourly view shows you the whole forecast at a glance, so you can more quickly choose the best times to go outside — or check on likely weather for upcoming events and outings.

Via John Gruber:

I’ve never seen weather forecasts presented quite like this. A very glanceable presentation of precipitation chances, cloud cover, and, of course, temperature.

So far it only supports one location at a time, and I’m not sure yet how accurate the forecasts will turn out to be, but I love the core design. It’s easy to see both the outlook for the week and for the next 12 hours. There’s lots of information packed into a clever visual design. The numbers and percentages are also available if you want to see them.


Privacy War in the W3C

Issie Lapowsky (Hacker News):

But appealing to antitrust regulators was only one prong in Rosewell’s plan to get Google to delay its so-called Privacy Sandbox initiative. The other prong: becoming a member of the World Wide Web Consortium, or the W3C.


But what is perhaps more alarming, Soltani and Snyder argue, is that the new entrants from the ad-tech industry and elsewhere aren’t just trying to derail standards that could hurt their businesses; they’re proposing new ones that could actually enshrine tracking under the guise of privacy. “Fortunately in a forum like the W3C, folks are smart enough to get the distinction,” Soltani said. “Unfortunately, policymakers won’t.”

Nick Heer:

The “tech giant” framing of this piece obscures the multisided battle that is going on within these discussions. There are browser vendors — like Apple and Brave — that are more privacy-conscious, but with conflicts of interest, as well as people who advocate for these features with fewer conflicts. There are representatives of the big privacy-hostile tech companies: Google and Microsoft have web browsers, while Amazon and Facebook do not. And then there are ad tech companies that are smaller than the big tech companies but, as I have repeatedly argued, can be almost as creepy.


Twitter Changes Fleets and Replies

Ilya Brown (via Hacker News, MacRumors):

We built Fleets as a lower-pressure, ephemeral way for people to share their fleeting thoughts. We hoped Fleets would help more people feel comfortable joining the conversation on Twitter. But, in the time since we introduced Fleets to everyone, we haven’t seen an increase in the number of new people joining the conversation with Fleets like we hoped. Because of this, on August 3, Fleets will no longer be available on Twitter.

July Clover:

Twitter users will soon be able to change who can reply to their tweets after they’ve posted them, the company has announced.

Limiting who could reply to a tweet was already an option, thanks to a feature rolled out last year, but users had to choose who could reply before posting the tweet. Now they can make that decision after the post has gone live.


Time Capsule Thermal Flaw

Wesley Hilliard (via gbdoc):

According to a German data recovery company, Datenrettung, the Time Capsule has a design flaw leading to failure and data loss in the aging machines. Golemreports that the German company has seen several Time Capsule failures, all with the same flaw.


The “parking ramp” is the part of the HDD that connects the drive to the external enclosure. Unfortunately, as the poorly-ventilated Time Capsule heats up, the two materials heat at different rates, leading to eventual wear and destruction of the parking ramp.

The data recovery company suggests that users that rely upon the Apple Time Capsule should seek a new backup solution.

Howard Oakley (Hacker News):

Does your Mac still back up to an Apple Time Capsule? If so, it’s time to replace it, or at the very least its hard disk. The last model, the 802.11ac numbered A1470, is now more than three years old, and the risks of its hard disk failing are climbing every day. All older models, manufactured before 2013, are now running on borrowed time, as they’ve turned eight at least.


Apple stopped making Time Capsules over three years ago, and there isn’t any strong candidate for their complete replacement. For most, this will mean returning to separate Wi-Fi base station and storage systems.

Replacement storage is the more difficult, and the first question to ask is whether you really want or need networked storage.