Unemployment rate

Respecto al paro, hay una disminución este trimestre de 127.000 personas, y se sitúa en un total de 3.416.700. La tasa de paro queda en un 14,57%

La Vanguardia

14.57% unemployment rate in Spain. And the saddest thing is that it’s considered a low number.

Just to put the number into context:

  • 8.62% in France.
  • 5.9% in Germany.
  • 3% in the Netherlands
  • and so on…

About M1 Max Compile Time

All those rockstar iOS devs who never work with legacy projects and ancient platforms and praise the new M1 Max for compiling its fancy project in less than a minute; get back to me when your ancient project takes almost 2 hours to compile on an average Intel MBP.

My iPad Of Choice

So, last week I went to the Apple Store to take a look at the new iPad mini. Although I really like its sleek design and insane portability, it made clearer than ever to me that my next iPad will still be the base model, The iPad (That’s right, you read it well, the one without a Second Name). Let me explain.

I’ve been an iPad user since the iPad 2 came out (Although back then I bought the first generation). Since the very first evening, the iPad totally hacked the way I consume media and websites while sitting on the couch. Previous to the iPad, I usually brought my Macbook and surf the web while torturing my body due to the very uncomfortable position I had to adopt (You know, just to keep the laptop over my lap while still facing the TV). But all that changed the moment the iPad came home. I could surf the web, read and play Youtube videos without plug it and with a more comfortable body position. It was like a revelation, I thought “This is it! This is the way content is meant to be consumed”.

Over the last decade, I’ve been lucky to try different models and sizes (Even a first and fourth generation iPad mini). And I understand the buzz when all of a sudden, back in 2015, Apple introduced the 12.9 inches iPad Pro. Some people worshipped its giant screen’s real state and I get it, if you plan to get things done on an iPad this is probably your go-to size. For me, it’s not.

I work primarily on my MacBook Pro, mostly Xcode stuff; For the past year we have seen Apple making steps into the iPad as a programming device way of life but let’s face it. Xcode will may run on an iPad someday, but this does not mean a programmer can through its laptop away. For instance, Usually I multitask between 7 and 10 apps when doing my job, and I have to easily switch back and forth multiple times on a single minute; and I know some people say they “multitask” on an iPad but let’s face, to put it in Steve Jobs words: iPadOS’s multitasking is like baby multitasking. And I get it! This is why the iPad is so amazing! You can focus on a single task and perform that task in a superb way. But this is just not compatible -yet- with some heavy work stuff.

So the question follows: What is the iPad for?. And for me, the answer is pretty simple: The iPad is an amazing tool for consuming content and when I say consuming content I mostly mean surfing the web and play Youtube videos.

To accomplish this simple task; I think (and notice the bold type), the iPad mini falls behind. Nor just the videos play in a screen witch is too small, but the websites usually render as mobile due to the lack of space. It’s awful, it feels like browsing the web in a very big iPhone.

And here is when it gets complicated; the iPad Air would still be the best possible device (Sleek design, screen size… ) But I think (again, the bold type), it has one big flaw and this is its aspect ratio. While every iPad (Excluding the ones with the new design) had a respectable 4:3 aspect ratio witch IMHO was AMAZING for reading and browsing, the iPad Air has a 23:16 aspect ratio witch is… weird I guess? I do not know how to phrase it, but it certainly felt weird in my hands.

So what can I say? The cheapest and most boring iPad is the one that checks all the boxes. And coming from Apple that’s a nice surprise!

Hacking HTML

Through a multi-step process, an individual took the records of at least three educators, decoded the HTML source code, and viewed the SSN of those specific educators. We notified the Cole County prosecutor and the Highway Patrol’s Digital Forensic Unit will investigate.

Governor Mike Parson’s Tweet

This is what happens when someone not tech-savy refuses to work with literated advisors.

According to The Verge, Apple’s AirPods Max are $100 off at Amazon and Walmart

Another day, another sweet deal on the Apple AirPods Max. This time you can get them in select colorways at Amazon and Walmart for $450.

The Verge

Yet they still cost $300 more than they should.

I cannot stress this enough: Apple’s audio devices are fine but pricey.

About Cold Calling

In the last 24 hours I’ve received three calls from two different companies to sell me stuff. Last week one lady called me at 9:55 PM. It’s just crazy.

I have always thought that cold calling should be forbidden. No excuses. This type of sales technique is by far the most intrusive and outrageous. If I walk into a store I am the one making the move and deciding by myself that I am willing to get the information. On the other hand, if I surf the web to a specific site, it is me who actually made the move, assuming all the ads and tracking that this particular site would potentially have.

But with cold calling the target is completely helpless. There’s nothing you can do about it. You could blacklist those numbers, but again, those evil companies will likely change their number quite often. And even if they don’t, what are you supposed to do? Never receive calls from that number ever again? Phone numbers get recycled you know…

Facebook and its Whistleblower

NPR reporting:

One Facebook study provided by Haugen found that 13.5% of teen girls said Instagram worsens suicidal thoughts and 17% of teen girls say the Instagram contributes to their eating disorders.

As Alan Harper would ironically say: “Good job!”

The Verge on Amazon’s new “home robot”

Amazon presents the device as an engineering breakthrough and the realization of a long-held sci-fi dream: to build a robot that can help around the house. This is rubbish, of course. What Astro is — for better or worse — is a camera on wheels.

The Verge on Amazon’s new robot.

Simply brutal.

Status Update

I just got Yakuza Kiwami 2 for 10 Euros so I am happy now 😊

About that Basecamp thing

The difference between USA and Spain is wild. I cannot even invision a future in witch a third of the total number of engineers in a company quit a six figure job because they quite dislike its last memo. I just can’t.