So long, Instagram

Instagram was fun.

Instagram was filled with pictures that make me happy.

It was about people that I care about and want to see what’s important in their life.

However, Instagram’s goals are no longer aligned with mine. I appreciate and accept that Instagram needs to make money to be a viable business. However, it’s moved from a service that I enjoy to a business that I tolerate. A business that I increasingly tolerate less.

I love making pictures and I love sharing them with the world. So, I will continue to post them here – a place I own and manage.

So long, Instagram. You were great. Gonna miss you.

Diwali lights

Just the latest reminder to start using Authenticator apps and not rely on SMS

The breach was brought to light by a Berlin-based security researcher named Sébastien Kaul, who discovered that the Voxox-managed database was discoverable, unprotected, and easily searchable for both names and telephone numbers. Since the server was still active after the breach was discovered, anyone could have monitored a near-real-time data stream to find the relevant two-factor authentication code sent after trying to log into someone else’s account. Only after being contacted by TechCrunch did Voxox take down the database, which contained text messages sent to customers from companies including Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.

[The Verge]

Try Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, Authy. But please use one. You may also consider an even higher protection with Titan keys.

You can check if you’re affected using Hav I been pwned?


On the Apple supply chain news

AMS AG, an Austria-based maker of light sensors for smartphones, became at least the fourth key supplier to the U.S. company this week to reduce revenue estimates for the current quarter. The spate of warnings, coupled with underwhelming earnings from main iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., underscore concerns about weak demand for Apple’s bread-and-butter device.

Writes Mark Gurman on Bloomberg

Why isn’t anyone speculating that Apple might be building the faceID technology in house? It seems like something they’d like to own and secure, given their track record. 

So, my wild prediction — Apple cut down its components from suppliers because it’s likely building similar technology on its own.

CrOS as a developer machine

Web development using a chromebook. Crostini is beginning to show how powerful it can be. That said, linux is something that most users will likely never want/use. 

Wonder how many people will start with a chromebook as a development machine in the near future. To be clear, this is still ‘web’ development. Android development on CrOS seems to be a little lagging compared to web development.