Ex Machina (2015) is a sci-fi drama about the talented computer programmer named Caleb. He is fortunate enough to win a competition in his office, and gets to spend one-on-one time with the eccentric and secluded CEO of his company. Caleb gets to help out with a special project in the field of artificial intelligence, and his assignment is to determine whether or not the CEO’s home-built android passes the Turing Test. Passing the test would mean that its responses should be indistinguishable from that of a human being, and what he finds during this trial touches, in a way, questions on the essence of humanity. What does it take to be human? Is it having flesh and bones, or could a sufficiently accurate computer simulation be enough?
One of the most prominent apps when thinking about productivity is without a doubt the green note-taking app with the friendly elephant called Evernote. There are apps available for virtually every platform and device imaginable, and it will sync virtually anything from photos to large files. There is one area where Evernote currently is lacking though — the actual note-taking and organizing notes into notebooks and the user experience to make that happen. The recently released app called Alternote has set out to change all that.
The weather in Stockholm is finally shaping up, so I decided to bring my camera on a recent walk through the city. Let’s get started!
Developing plugins and themes for WordPress should be super easy — period. You shouldn’t have to care about installing a web server, fiddling with databases and virtual machines. It should be instantly available whenever the need exists. This is a small introduction to my setup using Docker when developing WordPress themes and plugins.
PGP is a popular1 way to send secure messages. It is however quite difficult to get started and to know what everything means. Since most people aren’t cryptography experts, it’s hard to get going and use it every day.
The best PGP tutorial for Mac OS X is a tutorial to change the technical hurdle required to get started, and makes encrypting and decrypting messages super simple.
I use the term “popular” loosely here, since although it’s quite popular in the tech crowd, its quirky setup and confusing usage has made it less appealing for “normal” people. ↩
David Allen recently held a TEDx presentation in Amsterdam on the Natural Planning Model1 called Getting in control and creating space, and why it has such a big impact in getting projects going and actually finished. If you are responsible for planning projects in any way, I strongly recommend you to watch this introduction.
The Natural Planning Model is part of the Getting Things Done framework. ↩
Ever since the book Getting Things Done was released and the notion of separating actions in projects into contexts was first introduced, people have been trying to customize, and improve the effectiveness of their definition ever since. Being an OmniFocus user for quite a while, I naturally started out with the classic contexts that David Allen himself outlined in the book, such as “at office” and “at computer”. Times have however changed considerably since the beginning of 2000 when the book was first published, and certain context stopped making sense as the years went by.
Sin Nombre (2009) is the movie about a Honduran girl trying to migrate to the USA, and the struggles and sacrifices she has to live through during that journey. The movie also centers around members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang who are known for their violent revenge culture and the inability to escape from their reach.
In an effort to make this blog load fast everywhere in the world and not just in Europe where the server happens to be located, I decided give Cloudflare a try, since they offer a free service in addition to their premium offerings. There are however some not quite so obvious steps to consider when starting to use a full-site CDN, especially when using WordPress as the site engine.