RSS feeds are hopelessly broken in Outlook, which is unfortunate, because it’s the only tool I’ve found to view feeds that are locked behind Sharepoint authorization.
I have a ticket to catch Los Campesinos! At the Sinclair tonight; unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to use it.
I also realized I never posted anything from the last time they came through town. Here’s their fantastic performance of “Avocado, Baby” at The Paradise, March 11, 2017:
I went to update my iMac to macOS Mojave, and I was reminded that a number of macOS Server services are no longer supported:
[…] in the fall of 2018, new installations and upgrades of macOS Server will require you to migrate most services to other software.
Apple has provided documentation for migrating from macOS Server to open source solutions, and the instructions for moving to
vpnd are fairly straightforward:
Turn off VPN in macOS Server (leaving your settings intact).
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>Disabled</key> <true/> <key>EnableTransactions</key> <true/> <key>Label</key> <string>vpn.ppp.l2tp</string> <key>KeepAlive</key> <true/> <key>Program</key> <string>/usr/sbin/vpnd</string> <key>ProgramArguments</key> <array> <string>vpnd</string> <string>-x</string> <string>-i</string> <string>com.apple.ppp.l2tp</string> </array> <key>EnableTransactions</key> <false/> <key>EnablePressuredExit</key> <false/> </dict> </plist>
Set the file ownership to
sudo chown root:wheel /Library/LaunchDaemons/ vpn.ppp.l2tp.plist
sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/ vpn.ppp.l2tp.plist
Verify that the job is running:
launchctl print system/vpn.ppp.l2tp
Once I had completed these steps, macOS Server showed the VPN as running, and my attempts to disable it via the switch would result in it turning right back on. Fortunately, this is the only service I’ve been relying on macOS Server for, since caching was moved into the OS, so my migration was this easy. Replacing some of the other macOS Server services appears to be quite a bit more complicated.
From Jason Kottke, The United States of Guns.
I just stumbled on this series of videos Narragansett Beer compiled: an oral history of the Hotel Vernon, the Yacht Club, and the speakeasy in the cellar.
- Narragansett Beer Takes a Tour of the Famous Hotel Vernon in Worcester - Part 1 - The Canal, The Trains, & Early Worcester
- Narragansett Beer Takes a Tour of the Famous Hotel Vernon in Worcester - Part 2 - The Structure
- Narragansett Beer Takes a Tour of the Famous Hotel Vernon in Worcester - Part 3 - Cornelius Kelley
- Narragansett Beer Takes a Tour of the Famous Hotel Vernon in Worcester - Part 4 - The Speakeasy
- Narragansett Beer Takes a Tour of the Famous Hotel Vernon in Worcester - Part 5 - Babe Ruth
I’m thrilled to see that XLD, the venerable audio transcoding app, is alive and well on Mojave. It was just updated to be a 64-bit application, and it supports dark mode!
I’ve finally given Double Negative by Low a thorough listen; it’s a really phenomenal record!
I’ve had an unopened iPhone XS on my desk since last Monday. I ordered it through the iPhone Upgrade Program, and I’m trying to decide if I’m going to keep it.
After owning the original iPhone for three years, and an iPhone 4 and iPhone5 for two years each, I switched to buying a new phone every year. I calculated that the depreciation on the iPhones 6, 6S and 7 was about $300 in the first year, and $200 in the second year1, so it was costing me an extra $100 (plus tax) in the odd years to buy a new phone instead of holding on. That worked out to less than an extra $50/year (plus tax) to own the newest phone every year, compared to holding on to a phone for two years.
$50 each year seemed like a great deal for the latest technology, but that value proposition has changed. The costs I’ll incur if I upgrade this year include:
- Sales Tax: $84.25
- AT&T Upgrade Fee (plus tax): $31.88
- The last payment on my iPhone X (since it’s only been out 11 months): $49.91
- The residual value of a two-year old iPhone X, if I were to keep it another year and own it outright. This is tough to estimate, but resellers are offering $225 - $350 for a two-year iPhone 7+ right now; let’s go with the low-end to make the medicine easier to swallow: $225.00
The total cost of $391.04 is the amount I’ll save if I wait and buy next year’s iPhone, instead of buying the iPhone XS and upgrading again next year. Spreading that premium out over two years is roughly $200/year (including tax); that’s a massive increase over the prior situation.
Part of that increase is that the iPhone Upgrade Program includes AppleCare+, which I’ve never purchased before. Part is that the iPhone X and XS are more fundamentally more expensive than previous generations. Part is the cost associated with just handing the phone back to Apple, instead of dealing with the hassle of a private sale. But I’m not sure if the cost is justified, for me, this year.
The improvements aren’t as numerous, either:
- Better camera sensors and ISP. This looks like a substantial improvement, although there are also reports of overly-aggressive noise filtering.
- Modestly faster processing.
- More scratch-resistant screen. My iPhone X has more scratches on the screen than any other iPhone I’ve owned.
- AT&T models are now compatible with Verizon, again2.
Maybe the strongest indication that I should pass on the iPhone XS is that I haven’t caved in to the temptation to open it yet.
I think I’ll be skipping this one.