90 Minutes on the 2 Minute Star Wars Teaser #2

The Incom­pa­ra­ble goes long again on the Star Wars Teaser #2.

A new “Star Wars VII: The Force Awak­ens” trailer has appeared! And, as was fated, we are here to decon­struct it within an inch of its life. Dark Side IKEA end tables! John Boyega quotes us the odds! Bespoke evil ships! And is that a glim­mer in your eye, or just some lens flare? Plus we give some love to BB8, everyone’s favorite robotic soc­cer ball.

Weekly(ish): Watching Your Star Wars Photos in the Cloud

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Wednes­day, April 8th, 2015

1. Watch This

I love me some Apple stuff as much as the next Apple nerd. But I’m really not sure about the watch. Reviews are trick­ling out and it seems mixed. Is this the next iPhone or the next Newton?

2. My Com­pany Sucks

Tech­ni­cally I am my boss. But how would I tell myself if I’m not doing a great job if I asked myself for an eval­u­a­tion of my abil­i­ties? Chris Coyier gives a great response to a reader’s ques­tion in “I Don’t Like Our Company’s Process. How do I Tell My Boss?

3. Mes­sen­ger In a Website

If Face​book​.com is too much Face­book for you, you might be inter­ested in the news that Face­book Launched Mes­sen­ger for Web Browsers.

I’m curi­ous how much Zucker­berg paid for Mes​sen​ger​.com.

4. Opti­mize Now

More and more of the inter­net is being viewed on mobile. There’s a good chance you’re read­ing this on your iPhone, Android tablet or Black­berry…  thing? 

Speed­ing Up Word­Press with Image Opti­miza­tion con­tains a bunch of tips for min­i­miz­ing, opti­miz­ing and smush’izing your Word­Press blog.

5. Space­bars and Semicolons

Apple released an update for Yosemite, 10.10.3, with a brand new Pho­tos app that Apple hopes will crop iPhoto from your mem­ory. I’ve been test­ing it on the beta ver­sion of OS X for a month and I think it’s an improve­ment — par­tic­u­larly with iCloud Photo support. 

There’s also an iOS update for your iPhone or iPad — iOS 8.3 — that has emoji updates, wire­less CarPlay and space bar UI fixes. My thumbs are too fat and fre­quently mash the space bar when I meant to hit a let­ter C. Your mileage may vary.

One final iPhone tip from David Sparks: If you have any con­tacts with exten­sions in their phone num­ber, David’s got a mag­i­cal way to make your iPhone behave using a sim­ple semi­colon.

6. Laugh It Up Fuzzball

Star Wars is finally mak­ing it’s way to iTunes. To dig­i­tal. At $24.99CDN each, it’s not cheap to pick up the entire set. Are you going to dress up as Luke to line up in front of your com­puter to buy it?

7. Laugh If You’re Furious

Mal­lory Ort­berg ends this edi­tion of the newslet­ter with Rea­sons Why She’s Furi­ous With Every­one Today.

And now I’m going to go eat my apple.

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com.apple.photos.VideoConversionService and cloudd

If you’ve started using the new Pho­tos app for Yosemite and you have a slighter older Mac1, you may notice your fans spin­ning up and your com­puter get­ting hot even though it seems like you’re not actu­ally doing anything.

As best as I can fig­ure out, the cul­prit seems to be the sync­ing ser­vice run­ning in the back­ground to keep your Photos.app in sync with what you have in iCloud Photo Library.

activity monitor

I believe “cloudd” is respon­si­ble for all iCloud sync­ing, includ­ing the pos­si­ble thou­sands of pho­tos being flung from Mac to iPhone to iCloud. “com.apple.photos.VideoConversionService” is likely doing exactly what it describes — any videos that aren’t in a com­pat­i­ble for­mat for iCloud are being con­verted in the back­ground while you’re try­ing to get other work done.

The bless­ing with Apple’s iCloud sync­ing sys­tem is that it’s all behind the scenes and there’s noth­ing to con­fig­ure beyond check­ing a box and sign­ing in with your iCloud account. The curse is that Apple’s iCloud sync­ing sys­tem is all behind the scenes and there’s no way to know if it’s going to be done soon or way to pause it and restart later like you can with a ser­vice like Drop­box.

I’m sure sync­ing is espe­cially rough right now as mil­lions of peo­ple are all throw­ing their photo libraries at iCloud at the same time. The scale of it is impres­sive, scary and interesting.

With iCloud Photo Library there’s one less thing to worry about back­ing up if you switch to a new Mac — now you can just sign in and your pho­tos are all there ready to keep using. As long as Apple keeps build­ing data farms to keep up.

  1. It may also hap­pen on new Macs, I just don’t have any around to test my the­ory with.

Switching from Google Authenticator to 1Password

Two-​​step ver­i­fi­ca­tion is an impor­tant thing to enable on ser­vices like Gmail, Drop­box and more and more websites.

Agilebits recently added the abil­ity to use their app 1Password, which many Mac users already use, to gen­er­ate and store 2FA related pass­words. TJ Luoma at Mac­Sto­ries wrote a detailed tuto­r­ial on switch­ing to 1Password:

If you have been using Google Authen­ti­ca­tor or Authy for two-​​step ver­i­fi­ca­tion (“2FA” for short), you may have won­dered whether you should switch to 1Password, now that it offers the same func­tion­al­ity. You may have won­dered how much of a has­sle it would be to change from one app to another, and if it would be worth it. If that describes you, well, then you’re in luck, because I just com­pleted the switch and I’m here to report my results.

I’ll be switch­ing to 1Password going for­ward with 2FA passwords.