Weekly output: e-mail security (x2), MacBook webcam

This week’s work involved the Virginia countryside, a space capsule, robots playing soccer, and some quality time with drones. And yet none of those things showed up in this week’s articles. But there’s always next week…

Yahoo Tech TLS post6/10/2014: Explained: How ‘TLS’ Keeps Your Email Secure, Yahoo Tech

I enjoyed crafting the photo for this, and not just because it gave me an excuse to flip through old postcards. I did not enjoy reading the comments as much: the repeated assertion there that nothing online can be made secure is both incorrect on a technical level and fundamentally defeatist.

6/10/2014: 4 Ways Your Email Provider Can Encrypt Your Messages, Yahoo Tech

I wrote a short sidebar–something we’ve taken to doing more often at Yahoo Tech–outlining how e-mail encryption has advanced over the last decade or so… at least at some providers.

6/15/2014: Revisiting a fix for your MacBook webcam, USA Today

Yes, you read about this topic earlier this year in my USAT column. But this time around the remedy may work a little more reliably. There’s also a tip about watching Netflix on a computer without Microsoft’s Silverlight plug-in–if you’re running Windows 8.1.

Weekly output: IFA (x2), Windows optional updates, OS X Automator

This post may contain more typos than usual, on account of it being typed almost 23 hours after my day began in Berlin (give or take a few naps on planes).

9/6/2013: IFA Electronics Show Features Some Gadgets Behaving Badly, Disruptive Competition Project

Having already decried TV and smartphone resolution overkill in earlier DisCo posts, I had to tee off on the IFA show floor’s examples of extremism in pursuit of a captivating, buzzword-compliant spec sheet. I liked this comment from somebody whose handle reminds me of one of my favorite commenters at the Post: “We need a 4K OLED refrigerator we can use to read our UHD grocery list.”

Discovery IFA post9/7/2013: Samsung Smart Watch Leads IFA’s Gadget Parade, Discovery News

This show recap led off with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear (allegedly) smart watch, then noted such other high-profile IFA debuts as two Sony camera modules designed to work symbiotically with smartphones. I had to leave some details out, which is why I devoted a third post to the show on my blog.

9/8/2013: Are optional Windows updates necessary?, USA Today

An overdue round of system-update installations on my ThinkPad reminded me that other people were probably as puzzled as I to see fading apps like Silverlight get a prominent spot in Windows’ “Optional Updates” list. Then I further remembered that I hadn’t written a Windows-specific Q&A column in a while. The tip part of the piece offers some encouragement to try out OS X’s Automator scripting tool, but I suspect not many readers will follow it.

Sulia was an all-IFA proposition this week: I posted a report about my first impressions of the Galaxy Gear, kvetched about the radically better selection of cable- and satellite TV hardware in Europe, complimented one convertible laptop concept and cast doubt on others, wondered about the utility of Sony’s add-on cameras for phones, and suggested some manufacturers’ rush to sell curved OLED 4K sets was best intrepreted as a call for help.

Update, 9/11: See also my Flickr set from IFA; slideshow is after the jump.

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