I wish @ProtonMail will have a feature to allow users to add SMTP servers so users can “Send As” from within ProtonMail, that’d give it more functionality. Don’t need IMAP or POP to external accounts, just to “Send As”.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture time. 🖖 #StarTrekUnitedGives

adding a new HomeKit camera

Removed all the Wyze camera and got this Aqara G2H camera. Got it because it is HomeKit compatible. Adding it via Home app is easy - just scan the QR code and that is it.

Tried the app, which is too invasive (Wi-Fi does not work without enabling Location and it wants PRECISE location at that!) - so deleted it right away.

Deleted Gluon app from the iPad Mini. Rebooted and re-installed. Still couldn’t post. Weird.

So what is this sport called baseball? #AppleTV+

Apple TV+ has Major League Baseball (MLB) — maybe I’ll watch a game live for the first time and see if America’s favorite pastime will excite me, the same way I get excited watching basketball and football (the real one that uses the feet aka soccer).

Hello weekend!

Done with the AppleTV+ shows that were released today. Why do I need to wait for #Severance season 2?! That season 1 finale was a cliffhanger!

Now watching All The Old Knives on Prime.

Nintendo Switch Sports… pre-ordered! Please add table-tennis for a faster-paced game play. :)

The Digital Tickler

Back in college, I remember being forced (by law) to join the ROTC. I still remember being required to bring in a tickler - a small, pocketable notebook for taking whatever notes the lieutenants thought were important. That did not last long for me, though, since after that first meeting, I got transferred to some other unit that didn’t require it. That handy-dandy notebook (proof that I watched Blue’s Clues with my kids) sure had a place in your everyday carry (EDC).

The iPad Mini was just that - a small, pocketable iPad, a digital tickler, and with the latest iPad Mini supporting the Apple Pencil, it was just a perfect note-taking device. I’m amazed by how Scribble understands my ridiculously ugly handwriting! The Quick Note feature is just gravy on my note-taking workflow.

Armed with a highly-capable A15 Bionic chip, which is one of the fastest and energy efficient mobile processors in the market today, and coupled with a gorgeous display (although not ProMotion) and WiFi-6 and 5G connectivity, this small iPad can now replace my iPad Pro in my EDC (though I rarely leave home these days – only when extremely necessary).

The iPad Mini now comes with a USB-C port, which means that I have to carry two types of cables, the USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to Lightning. Unfortunately, whilst not the iPad Mini’s fault, the Sandisk iXPand Luxe drive (USB-C and Lightning) does not work (it won’t work on the M1 iPad Pro either), but the Sandisk Extreme Pro portable SSD drive works! The USB-C YubiKey dongle works, though, which is great!

The iPad Mini does not come with FaceID, but Apple added TouchID without the Home button. I wish that it was under the display (I guess until Apple perfects it - make it secure, accurate and fast - we won’t see it on any device), but the fingerprint scanner is on the button at the top. When you first enroll your finger, it will ask you to do it whilst the iPad is on portrait orientation and then immediately ask you to do it when it is on landscape orientation. If you don’t have a FaceID-enabled device, then it is fine, otherwise, you need to re-train yourself to reach that button to authenticate. Yeah, FaceID spoiled me. Why can’t Apple add TouchID, along with FaceID, on the iPhone – surely would be safer when wearing face masks?! :)

Whatever you can do on your big iPad or iPad Air or iPad Pro, you can mostly do with the iPad Mini, and I am pretty happy with the portability of this tiny, handy-dandy, digital tickler! Now I am looking for a case or pouch that can store an Apple Pencil, USB-C charger, and two USB-C cables – any suggestions?

Why don't you try the decentralized web that is not web3?

We hear about Web3 supporters talking about decentralization as if it is a new thing - it isn’t really. Jack Dorsey posted this recently.

and he was referring to the days before greed powers most of the internet services.

Regaining control from those who have centralized the internet means not patronizing them, and yes, it is possible, albeit not easily convenient, but possible.

In his tweet, Dorsey mention e-mail, which is decentalized - anybody can spin up their own mailserver (not that it is recommended because maintaining and securing it is a full-time job) and still exchange e-mail with others. With this, you can easily change e-mail providers (and e-mail addresses) without being cut-off from the service. Yes, you can actually ditch Gmail for a more privacy-respecting alternative (they key is to set your gmail address to forward it to your new e-mail address for a few weeks so any correspondence won’t get lost until your contacts start using your new e-mail).

He also mentioned Internet Relay Chat (IRC), a decentralized group chat service. Today, a better (IMHO) alternative is Matrix-based group chat (see matrix.org) because it is decentralized, free and open source and fully end-to-end encrypted. Frankly, the matrix protocol is probably the future of messaging – something which I hope Apple will bake-in iMessage. I urge you to try it out at matrix.org and start joining channels based on your interests. Let me know if you have a favorite one, but if you are reading this on the Manila Bulletin TechNews section, how about you try to join matrix.to

Usenet was also mentioned - another decentralized service for communities. I remember interacting with people on soc.culture.filipino (SCF) during the early days of the internet in the Philippines (in fact, was doing so even before that!). You think Facebook Groups, this one was far better – no algorithmic manipulation, and moderation was done by the community members! Mastodon is the closest decentralized equivalent to this, and the Mastodon communities are thriving. You can find me on Mastodon as @rpf@mastodon.social (see you there?).

It is time that you start exploring the decentralized web, and reduce your dependence on centralized services that are optimized for surveillance and profit. See you in the fediverse.

Congratulations, Kansas! It was a strong comeback! #MarchMadness

Wow Kansas! Down 1-point now. UNC seems shocked! #MarchMadness

Kansas players are just throwing the ball and praying…

Such a great start for Kansas and now they are trailing by 15! #MarchMadness

UNC got the other Finals' slot! Cardiac game against Duke! #MarchMadness

Was supposed to work on that electronic badge, but first #MarchMadness Mens' Basketball semis.