Not long before we found out that we were expecting our second child, I interviewed for a position with a well-known and prestigious international technology firm, to become one of their internal support technicians here in Norway. After a whopping four rounds of interviews, including one at the European HQ somewhere down on the European continent, I was offered the job. They offered a 10% increase in pay, and the position would see me travelling to satellite locations in the Scandinavian region two out of five days per week. It was made very clear that they would not be able to make the offer any better. I thanked them for the offer, but ultimately rejected it.
Thoughts on many things Posts
As I mentioned in my “favorite discoveries in 2017“-post, one of the devices I picked up during the year was an Apple Watch. Here’s the review I promised.
I’ve had an Apple Watch for some time now, and am a very happy user. Being fairly security and privacy conscious, I immediately set it up with a pin code, meaning that it locks when I take it off, and prompts me for a pin code when I try to access it. This is a very nice feature, and one which I haven’t really seen too much of, due to another feature which unlocks the Apple Watch when unlocking your iPhone. It was either on by default, or I set it up when setting up the Apple Watch. Either way, if you want to change this setting one way or another, here’s how:
If you’re like me, you’ve got your Mac set up so that you can only access it after inputting a password. One of the useful features of the Apple Watch is that it can automatically unlock your Mac when you activate it. It is quite simple to set up and has made my life that little bit easier. Here’s how:
Two-factor verification is always a good idea, and anyone who is security- and privacy conscious should find it in their interest to set it up wherever possible. As a user of a number of Apple devices, I have had it set up on my Apple ID for some time. Before turning it on, you should ensure that two-step verification is turned off. Here’s how:
Before implementing two-factor authentication, Apple had a hybrid system called two-step verification. In order to turn on two-factor authentication, two-step authentication must be turned off. Here’s how:
Like last year, I am writing a favorite discoveries post. 2017 has been an exciting and interesting year in terms of discoveries, and I have found a number of new toys and tools that help me in my pursuits. This year they fall neatly into two categories; those related to my video and photo pursuits, and those that help me in my day to day activities.
As has become my tradition, I am rounding out the year with a retrospective article. The idea stems from many places, but in particular from Steve Jackson, of Steve Jackson Games, and his annual Report to the Stakeholders.
The debate over ones preferred platform has for a very long time felt more like a religous discussion more than anything else. Whether it’s PC vs. Mac, iOS vs. Android, or Windows vs. Linux, proponents of the various platforms tend towards an almost religious level of zeal for their preferred platform, and against the other platform.
Patreon has since reversed the decision, as reflected in the update at the bottom of this post. Back in October, I wrote about Patreon, and how I enjoy being able to support a few creators of my choosing. That may be about to change, because Patreon are making some pretty obnoxious changes to how they collect pledges. The way it used to be, was that I, as a patron, would be charged the amount of my pledge. Patreon would subtract a portion of the pledge before passing on the rest to the creator(s).
For a number of reasons, I often find myself needing to find information about a system that can be somewhat difficult to source, such as when it was last rebooted, or when the system was installed originally. Luckily, there’s a tool to help us out, called System Information. A command line utility,
systeminfo.exe, offers a lot of information. This is both good and bad. It is good, because there are lots of things to be found. It is bad, because it can be hard to find the specific thing you are looking for. Enter the Pipe. By adding a vertical bar and a search query, we can find the exact information we are looking for without having to wade through irrelevant information.