Gui Rambo vs. Apple

Thankfully, this was resolved today with Apple restoring Gui’s access.

The first thing that struck me when I read this was that it was just another in the long line of transgressions Apple has against the developer community. The second thing which struck me was the out-pouring of “you deserve this” sentiment on Twitter, citing the developer NDA and developer agreement all developers must sign to have a developer account with Apple. Provided that a developer cannot offer an iOS app without an Apple developer account, and that it is onerous to be a macOS developer without an Apple developer account – it seemed strange to not see sentiment the other way ’round dominating the conversation.

For as long as I’ve loved computers, being “into technology” has always been associated with a natural curiosity, the ability to tinker, and a problem-solving attitude. There has always been a fine, fine line between “hacking” and “doing bad things”. What Gui does is, morally, on the white-hat side of things. Unconscionability has been a staple of contract law “that describes terms that are so extremely unjust, or overwhelmingly one-sided in favor of the party who has the superior bargaining power, that they are contrary to good conscience.”

Is forcing a developer to not reveal features found in beta software unconscionable? Is saying “don’t touch that” to a group of people who, by their very nature, enjoy tinkering a rational and justifiable approach?

I don’t think so, but reasonable people can disagree.

Regardless, I’m hoping Rambo continues to develop cool software.

This Sign

It’s not nice to call people stupid, so I’m really hoping that one of the thousand monkeys they have typing on keyboards in the Republican caucus managed to mash out this sign and a gust of wind from a smart-outlet controller fan blew it up onto this stand.

Why?

The sign means Schiff is following the rules!

100 Activities on Strava

OK, it’s not 100 outdoor bike rides – but I’ve only got the one Zwift virtual ride on there so I’m going to count it. One hundred activities. One hundred days being active, doing stuff, out of 365 days in the year. A hair over 27% of the time. Actually, looking at the percentage, and it feels somewhat low!

I think I’ve got two or three 2018 rides on there, plus a hike or two, so I’ll have to celebrate again when I hit 100 Strava outdoor bike rides.

Zelda-style Taxes

Did I ever think I would find the cross-section of Zelda (the video game / culture) and the US Tax Code? No, I did not.

Offered here: