The PhotoActive Podcast, Episode #3 – Black and White

Photoactive 400Jeff Carlson and Kirk McElhearn chat about black and white photos: the history of black and white photography, the various ways you can convert your photos to black and white, and how you can shoot and think in black and white.

Listen to PhotoActive, Episode #3 – Black and White.

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If Only Apple Would Let You Use Your Own Domain for iCloud Email…

Apple has been very clear recently about how they deal with personal data, and how the company is not going to play along with the likes of Facebook and others who consider users to be products. With the new anti-tracking features rolling out in Safari, and Apple’s moves to prevent the sharing of personal data through apps, the company is enhancing its reputation as one that will protect its users.

Many people use iCloud for email, but Apple could enhance iCloud so many more could use the service: they could allow users to host their own domains on iCloud. The company did this in the past, with its MobileMe service, a precursor to iCloud. But if they were to allow this now, lots of users would be able to move their email hosting from Google, Microsoft, and others to iCloud, with the knowledge that their emails wouldn’t be read in order to serve ads to users.

I’d love this; my personal email domain is currently hosted on Google because of the company’s performance and excellent spam filtering, but, even if Google may not scan all personal email that’s not going through its free Gmail service, I feel uncomfortable having my email hosted there. I am currently looking for a replacement.

If Apple had this feature, I’d gladly entrust them with my email, especially since I’m already paying them for additional iCloud storage, and it would centralize two services with one provider.

Will Apple do this again? They’d get people to pay more for storage, and perhaps they could charge a fee to host domains as well. But they probably wouldn’t want to do this. It’s a lot of hassle, and there’s probably a lot of support involved. But it would be good for Apple’s reputation.

Why Do People Equate High End Audio with Snake Oil? – Archimago’s Musings

I believe there is very much¬†“snake oil” salesmanship¬†going on in many areas of “high end” audio. Remember though that fraudulent products and sales tactics happen in many places, not just audiophilia (for example, think of fraudulent pharmaceuticals, naturopathy, homeopathy, the local psychic, etc.). However, like most things in life, it’s a bit more complicated and it would not be fair to classify everything as black or white.

A good examination of how many audiophile products can be considered snake oil, and how audiophiles get wrapped up in this type of thinking.

Source: Archimago’s Musings: MUSINGS: Why Do People Equate High End Audio with Snake Oil?

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 34: iOS 12, macOS Mojave, Features and Security & Privacy Enhancements

We cover Apple’s new operating system announcements, looking at the new features in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. And we take a close look at the security and privacy features in these operating systems.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.