APPLE WON'T TOTALLY BLOCK UNWANTED EMAILS

Apple's email apps and services don't allow users to completely block senders. If someone is sending you messages you don't want to receive, tough. You're going to get them. The iCloud.com website's Mail app doesn't have a sender block mechanism. Instead, it offers a way to create rules based on each message's attributes, such as its sender. Rules support these actions: Move to Folder Move to Trash Forward to Mark as Read Move to Folder and Mark as Read Move to Trash and Mark as Read Forward to an Email Address and Mark as Read None of those actions are the same as bouncing or silently discarding an email.

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UPGRADE YOUR RASPBERRY PI WITH AN SSD

I upgraded my Raspberry Pi to use an external SSD drive instead of its built-in SD card reader. If you use your little computer for anything non-trivial, so should you.

For boring old dd sequential reads, the SSD is several times faster than the SD card:

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A BOSTON TERRIER MARRIED A CAT

I prompted ChatGPT: “Write a Shakespearean sonnet about a Boston terrier marrying a cat.” It replied: "Oh, wondrous sight! A terrier and cat In love, declaring bonds that none can break Though some may scoff, and others may bark flat Their love is true, not just a mere mistake The terrier, bold and loyal as can be Protects his feline bride with all his might And she, with purrs and nuzzles, shows with glee

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EASILY COPY FILE CONTENTS WITH FORKLIFT

I use the ForkLift 3 file manager on my Mac. Part of my job involves copying-and-pasting the contents of various files into web forms. I made a trivial little shell script so ForkLift can help me: #!/bin/sh if [ ${#@} -ne 1 ]; then echo "Expected exactly 1 filename." exit -1 fi pbcopy < $1 Then I created a new "Tool" called "Contents to Clipboard" that calls the script with the name of the selected file.

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RECOVERING A RASPBERRY PI PASSWORD ON AN M1 MAC

I would never accidentally change my Raspberry Pi's account password before clicking "save" in my password manager, therefore locking myself out. But let's say, hypothetically, that I did. How would I get back into my account? The process would look like: Power off the Raspberry Pi. Eject its SD card. Put the SD card in my M1 Mac. Magically replace the Pi's /etc/shadow file with the previous /etc/shadow- version, undoing the password change.

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I WATCHED THE TYRE NICHOLS VIDEO

I watched the Tyre Nichols video. I didn't want to because I knew what it was going to contain and dreaded the idea of seeing it, but I felt obligated to. A man died at the hands of the authorities, and as a citizen, I should witness what our government is doing. Even if — especially if — that government is accused of committing horrible acts. I'm not glad I saw it.

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MY TRAVEL PROJECT TEMPLATE

In an older post, I talked about making a project template for trip planning. The goal is to build a comprehensive list of everything I might want to prepare, pack, or do before, during, or after a business or vacation trip. Before I made this template, I was more anxious: Did I forget to do anything? Do I have everything I need? What am I missing? Now I can relax and concentrate on the fun times ahead.

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MURADIN WALLET DOESN'T BLOCK RFID

My wife bought me a cool Muradin RFID-blocking wallet for Christmas. I like it a lot, except for the fact that it doesn't actually block RFID if you use it as advertised. The wallet has a roomy inside "cage" for storing cards, and an external pocket for storing your "frequently used card": That's not just my interpretation of the photo. The site goes on to explicitly say that the outside pocket is for your card:

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HAPPY 2023!

2022 was a whirlwind of disasters, plagues, wars, elections, recession, inflation, and other stressors. It was a challenging year. If it had a theme, it would be "oh, now what?" However, we survived it, even if bruised and scarred. This year is going to be better. I know it. Happy 2023!

STEERMOUSE MAKES MY LOGITECH MOUSE BETTER

I bought a Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse last year. The mouse itself remains delightful and my carpal tunnel aches have disappeared. I'm a fan. Logitech's "Options" (and newer "Options+") driver software isn't as lovely. Besides its odd issues, such as old versions being incompatible with FileVault, it's a "large" app for something that mainly maps button presses to actions. It has a jarring, non-Mac-like interface, and supports a lot of features I'll never use.

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