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The Life and Times of a Backblaze Hard Drive

Backblaze has published a description of what it’s like to be a hard drive in the company’s data center, writing it from the perspective of a hard drive called Zach. Wonderfully silly, for sure, but it’s an engaging approach complete with interesting technical bits.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Xbox and PlayStation Game Controllers with Apple Arcade: The FAQ

iOS 13, iPadOS 13, macOS 10.15 Catalina, and tvOS 13 all support game controllers from Microsoft and Sony. Here’s how to connect them to your devices to make the most of Apple Arcade.

Timothy Buck 21 comments

Headspace: A Guided Meditation Companion

If you struggle to sleep, can’t seem to focus, or grapple with persistent stress, you might want to check out Headspace. It’s a personal meditation guide available for iOS, Android, and the Web with a large catalog of guided meditations for people of every experience level.

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Behind the Scenes of the Backblaze Price Hike

It’s unusual for customers to get insight into why companies raise prices and how those price hikes work out, but online backup service Backblaze is being highly transparent about the reasoning behind and results of its February price increase.

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Apple Embeds Easter Egg in iPhone 11 Event Supercut Video

Take a few minutes to watch Apple’s 2-minute supercut video of the iPhone 11 announcement event and you’ll get the opportunity to see an Easter egg message from Apple.

Adam Engst 2 comments

102-Year-Old George Jedenoff Publishes His Autobiography

Remember our interview with George Jedenoff? He has finished his autobiography, so if you’re curious about the life and times of a fellow TidBITS reader who went from fleeing the Russian Revolution as an infant to becoming the president of a steel company, now’s your chance.

Adam Engst 27 comments

Thoughts on Sharing Vacation Photos

Many of us take far more photos while on vacation than at any other time, but that raises the question of how best to share them with different people and groups. Particularly if you’re not enamored of sharing on social media, read on for advice, suggestions, and solutions.

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James Thomson Presents an Illustrated History of Easter Eggs

At the Hacking with Swift Live event, developer James Thomson gave a talk about the history of hidden Easter eggs in software. It’s a glorious trip down memory lane.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Take a Chance with Dice by PCalc

Dice by PCalc is an engaging and attractive dice simulator for iPhone and iPad with realistic physics and remarkable attention to detail.

Adam Engst 21 comments

George Jedenoff: A 101-Year-Old TidBITS Reader

We’ve known since the beginning that TidBITS readers are an unusual and fascinating group, but George Jedenoff stands out. As an infant, he escaped the Russian Revolution with his parents, and after picking up a Stanford MBA and serving with the US Navy Reserve during World War II, he worked his way through the ranks of the steel industry, retiring as president of Kaiser Steel. And that was all before Apple even existed—he started with the Mac in 1987.

Josh Centers 3 comments

How Rogue YouTube Employees Killed Internet Explorer 6

Early YouTube employee Chris Zacharias has shared the story of how he and a rogue team of developers bypassed Google’s bureaucracy to put a stake through the heart of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 Web browser.

Adam Engst 18 comments

TidBITS Marks Its 29th Anniversary… and Earth Day!

We held off on celebrating our 29th anniversary for a few days so we could publish this article to coincide with Earth Day. In honor of that, we’re calculating just how many trees we’ve saved over the past 29 years by publishing solely online, rather than in print. Yes, it’s silly. And there’s a picture of cheese!

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Apple Announces Apple Arcade Gaming Service

Apple has announced a new gaming service called Apple Arcade, but it won't be available until fall 2019, and the company provided few firm details.

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“Can’t Unsee” Tests Your Eye for iOS Interface Details

It’s obvious when an iOS app gets interface elements glaringly wrong. But can you tell when the errors are more subtle? The Can’t Unsee Web game asks you to choose which of two iOS-style screenshots doesn’t have a mistake.

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25 Years Ago in TidBITS: RAM Doubler Debuts

Were you at Macworld Expo San Francisco in 1994, when Connectix unveiled the magical utility RAM Doubler, which did exactly as its name promised? Read on for a trip down memory lane, and be sure to share your stories of that time in the comments.