Move slow and break nothing »

Danny Crichton, TechCrunch:

For everyone, but particularly software engineers: let’s get back to basics. It’s better to have more reliable but less features than more features that are breaking every other day. Let’s move slow and break nothing.

Reliability and stability are features. Focus on them.

California state senate passes net neutrality legislation »

Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica:

The California State Senate yesterday approved a bill to impose net neutrality restrictions on Internet service providers, challenging the Federal Communications Commission attempt to preempt such rules.

This is a positive first step and one that will, hopefully, be taken up and passed through the state house before being signed into law. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out with the FCC’s language preemption language includes in their original order. Ideally it’ll withstand inevitable legal challenges but, should it fail, the state government can always take the same approach other state have and bar ISPs violating net neutrality from receiving state contracts.

Automating package tracking on iOS

I try to do as much shopping as I can online and a lot of the shopping I end up doing is through Amazon. This means I end up with quite a few order and shipping confirmation emails in my inbox.

In an effort to cut down on manually managing and tracking all of these, I’ve begun maintaining a rule to auto-forward all emails I receive with tracking information to Junecloud’s web service that backs their Deliveries1 app.

In Gmail/Google apps, the rule syntax looks like the following:

subject:(“SHIPPING EMAIL SUBJECT”) OR subject:(“SHIPPING EMAIL SUBJECT")

Emails matching that rule are then sent to track@junecloud.com and, provided the sending address matches the email associated with your Junecloud account, your packages will be automatically added to the Deliveries app. Now all of my deliveries are automatically tracked where they normally would be, without adding to the clutter in my inbox or my email workload.

  1. Deliveries is available on iOS and macOS 

Avoiding phishing »

Rob Dodson:

Someone just tried to phish me and it made me want to put together a little guide to help you catch this stuff before it ruins your day.

An excellent refresher on what to look out for to avoid phishing. Be careful out there.

Blocking spam calls from similar numbers on iOS »

I’ve been seeing more incoming spam calls from numbers similar to mine recently. They’re annoying in large part because traditional iOS call blockers like Hiya, Nomorobo and so forth don’t screen them out (these apps apparently due this to err on the side of caution and avoid blocking what they see as legitimate local calls). To mitigate this I’ve started using a simple app called Wideprotect that lets you block numbers by providing a set of digits for it to match against (e.g. your area code or your area code plus the first three numbers of the phone number). If you haven’t tried the app yet and you’re seeing the same issue, I’d highly recommend giving it a try.