Bill Gates’s Desert Island playlist

Bill Gates Desert Island playlist

Bill Gates did an interview few days ago with BBC Radio 4’s Kirsty Young on the programme Desert Island Discs. He was asked to choose eight pieces of music, a book and a luxury item to take with him to a desert island. Mr Gates revealed detail about his life, including his relationship with Steve Jobs.

“Steve really is a singular person in the history of personal computing in terms of what he built at Apple. For some periods, we were completely allies working together – I wrote software for the original Apple II. Sometimes he would be very tough on you, sometimes he’d be very encouraging. He got really great work out of people.

“In the early years, the intensity had always been about the project, and so then [when] Steve got sick, it was far more mellow in terms of talking about our lives and our kids. Steve was an incredible genius, and I was more of an engineer than he was. But anyway, it was fun. It was more of a friendship that was reflective, although tragically then he couldn’t overcome the cancer and died.”

One of Bill Gates’ pick is the song Two of Us by The Beatles: “Steve [Jobs] was really into music and he loved the Beatles and so did I. And he actually mentioned the song, Two of Us, saying that was kind of like this journey we’d been on where we’d been competing and working together.”

Switch to six-digit iOS passcode for better security

Apple started promoting the use of six-digit passcode with iOS 9. If you missed or skipped the iOS prompt to upgrade from four-digit to six-digit passcode, it’s wise to spend few minutes to switch to use six-digit passcode.

iOS has an option where device will be wiped clean after 10 failed PIN attempts. This safeguard however has proven to be hackable. With access to iPhone’s internal circuit board, a hacker can cut off power supply after each PIN failure. iOS will then not count the failed attempt, allowing the hacker to try out all combinations of the PIN. A longer passcode makes it much harder to crack.

Switch to six-digit iOS passcode for better security

Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. Enter your current passcode to proceed.Tap Change Passcode. You will be prompted to enter your old passcode again. And then iOS will prompt you for a six-digit code. Enter your six-digit code and verify it to complete the change.

OS X Terminal Themes

OS X Terminal Themes

If you spend a sizeable amount of time using Terminal on your Mac, it pays to customise the theme to your liking. Terminal app comes with a number of build-in themes such as Grass, Homebrew, Red Sands, Silver Aerogel, Ocean etc A Github user lysyi3m has created a mac-os-x-terminal-themes repository that you can download and add additional themes.

Visit the Github site to view the available themes in the collection. Click on the “Download ZIP” button to download the theme files to your Downloads folder. There are more than 140 theme files. To add a theme to the Terminal, simply select the theme file and open the file under Finder. You might need to press the Control key while opening the theme file to override default OS X security settings. 

Apple AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program

Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. These wall plug adapters shipped from 2003 to 2015 with Mac and certain iOS devices, and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit.

Robot solves Rubik’s Cube in about a second

Current world record for Rubik’s Cube by a human is 4.9 seconds. This home brewed robot solves it in about a second. No one from this earth is able to do better than this in the foreseeable future.

Tap and hold Refresh button in mobile Safari for more options

Press and hold Safari Refresh Button

You can tap and hold the refresh button (at top right corner) in Safari for iOS to bring out a menu of options. You can choose from the menu to “Reload Without Content Blockers” or to “Request Desktop Site”. This will come in handy when a site does not display properly under ads content blocker or you prefer to view the full desktop version of the site.

Oristand is a USD25 cardboard standing desk

oristand-standing-desk

Oristand is a lightweight flexible standing desk made from recycled cardboard that costs USD 25. It is made to support most laptop and keyboard and can hold up to 60 lbs. Easily store and transport in a flat-pack form, Oristand can be opened out simply and place on any flat surface. If you’re undecided about working with a standing desk, Oristand is the ideal inexpensive way to help you kick started.

Brave browser

A brand new cross platform open source browser currently in beta. Started by Brendan Eich who is the creator of JavaScript programming language, one of the top languages used to develop websites.

We are building a new browser and a connected private cloud service with anonymous ads.

In essence, it is a browser with its own cloud-based advertising engine, that will wade off intrusive ads and serve what they deem as proper ads to you.

Do we need yet another browser? Or the more important question is do you trust them enough to use it?