Apple v. Google and Advertising

Jason Calacanis has an interesting piece at LinkedIn Pulse about Apple’s deliberately adding the ability of developers to create ad blocking apps that run under iOS 9. Those third-party apps improve the web experience of iPhone users at the expense of ad-based websites and, especially, Google. His conclusion.

Publishers are screwed.
Google is really screwed.
Consumers win.
Apple really wins.

Read the whole thing

A Useful Mac Utility

Here’s a useful utility that Mac users can download from the App Store.SiteSuckerAll you have to do to document a website is type in the URL (for example,, and SiteSucker will go the website, download all the files, and store them locally. This allows sites that may have been taken down to be viewed again.FTRRbackupI use the program quite often.P-Obackup

Migrating to a New Laptop

I’ve been using the same 15-in MacBook Pro since October, 2009. It’s still a fine machine, but the longer battery life and some other nifty features in the new model finally got me to order one. I’m typing this post on the new machine.

It was delivered 36 hours and 59 minutes after it was shipped from the factory in China.

The retina display is marvelous!

Microsoft Understands Windows 8

While working on a project for a client, I needed to confirm that various computers were writing certain kinds of metadata to files. One thing I needed was an example of the metadata written during a screen capture by Windows 8. Since I have upgraded my recently purchased Windows 8 machine to Windows 7, I needed another source. Aha! Why not see what I can find at I found the following image at

Windoze8_exifHere is what I found in its metadata:

Adobe Photoshop CS5.1



Thank you, Mr. Green, and welcome VodkaPunidt readers.


NGC 3185

potw1326Spiral galaxy NGC 3185 is about 80 million light-years away from us in the constellation of Leo (the Lion). The galaxy’s spiral arms swirl outward from the center of the galaxy toward the rim where they join a blue disk of young stars. At the galactic center of is a small but very bright nucleus containing a supermassive black hole. Supermassive black holes have masses many thousands of times that of our Sun, and they become active as matter falls towards them. When this happens the black hole lights up, sending away streams of particles and radiation at almost the speed of light.

ML_GalaxyNGC 3185 is a member of a four-galaxy group known as Hickson 44. NGC 3190 is a somewhat more famous member of the group. Apple uses a blue-tinted image of it as the default wallpaper for its Mountain Lion operating system.

Image Credits: NASA, Apple