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Changing domains without moving WordPress files

For no particular reason, I wanted to move from my previous blog identity. I had changed my Twitter handle few months ago and was quite impressed with Twitter’s ability to do that while retaining all your followers and people you’re following. I wanted to do that to this blog which definitely has more content related to my past. Thanks to my hosting provider, Tigertech I could do that without much effort and without moving my WordPress files.

So to add to my annals of blogging about blogging instead of actually blogging, I wanted to share the steps I did in transitioning away from my previous identity

  • Purchase a new domain and set it up as an alias with your hosting provider so that entering the new domain name takes you to your existing blog.
  • Change the WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) to the new domain in your WordPress Settings > General. This will log you off from your dashboard.
  • Change your domain URL in this line – define('COOKIE_DOMAIN', '.your-domain.com'); – in your wp-config.php file and then log in to your WordPress dashboard with your old admin login.
  • Use the Better Search Replace plugin to search and replace all instances of your previous identity in your WordPress database. This is especially useful for internal hardcoded links. You can select which tables you want to target. I recommend doing it first in the wp_comments and wp_commentmeta tables before you do it in the wp_posts table. This will also update URLs so be careful and replace accordingly.
  • Run searches on your posts to check if you’ve missed anything. Sometimes, you may have to edit manually. I couldn’t find a way to exclude URL links in my posts when I run a WordPress internal search. Since my Flickr account still has my old identity’s handle, I didn’t want to change that and break all my Flickr links.
  • Finally, I didn’t want my blog to be accessible with by old URL, TigerTech’s Support helped me edit my .htaccess file with the following code:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} old-domain.com
RewriteRule .* - [redirect=404,last]

Now the blog was accessible only with the new URL and all permalinks worked just fine.

I also had my previous handle as a user on the WordPress install and WordPress doesn’t let you change that. You simply have to create a new administrator user, log off and log back on with the new admin user, delete your previous admin with the handle you want to eliminate and WordPress will ask you if you want to assign your posts to any other user. You simply select the new admin user you just created and you’re done.

Of course, you may want to ask Google to recrawl your website by using Google Webmaster Tools and recreating your sitemap.

It may help to create a post asking your subscribers to resubscribe to the new feed. I forgot to do this so had to tweet it out and hope they’re following me on Twitter too.

Saving Atheism from New Atheists

The problems in the Middle East stemmed, not from imperial meddling in an oil-rich region but from Islam itself, a faith that resulted from (and then fostered) delusional thinking. On that basis, Hitchens was increasingly able to ally himself with the worst elements of the American right while insisting he remained a progressive.

You can see how the argument works. If belief in God stems from intellectual inadequacy, then all believers are feebleminded – and the most devout are the most feebleminded of all. All religions are bad but some religions – especially those in the Middle East, by sheer coincidence! – are worse than others.

In the name of enlightened atheism, you thus arrive at an old-fashioned imperialism: the people we just happen to be bombing are simple-minded savages, impervious to reason and civilisation. That was the secret of Hitchens’ success: he provided a liberal rationale for the “war on terror”.

You can proclaim you’re an atheist, a freethinker, a devotee of the enlightenment – and yet somehow still end up backing rightwing Christians like George W Bush and Ben Carson in their campaigns against the Muslim hordes.

Source: The Guardian. An excellent op-ed discusses the strange contradiction among ‘new’ atheists to focus solely on Islam as a way to understand terrorism in the Middle East without seeming to play right into the hands of the neo-conservatives.

I’ve been meaning to write on my thinking on why blaming some writing in a book for all the violence in the world is giving the terrorists an easy pass especially without acknowledging the non-violence of its other adherents. I’ll do that soon.

Nothing Left to Learn

Twitter is rapidly approaching that point where you no longer learn anything new from or you can no longer teach anyone new. Twitter’s quarterly report may suggested that growth has stagnated but I knew that a long time ago when my follower count seem to hover ~1700. Spambots follow and unfollow within a span of few days. I get the ocassional new ‘real’ follower but I still engage with the same old people that I have for the past few years.

Plus, everyone seems to be dead-set in their ways so much so that I was recently accused of not understanding what ‘scientific method’ is and it was by someone who has known me (online) for at least ten years now. Also, when I start hearing things like, “I know with certainty everything there is to know about this issue”, I know that person has stopped learning and is no longer open to new experiences or knowledge. Accuse the other person of being ‘too liberal’ or ‘too rightwing’ and you can call it a day on Twitter. No amount of reasoned discussion is going to change minds there. You wake up everyday and learn of a new outrage especially in India and you’re now just fed up.

But you can do something about it. Evaluate your priorities. Know that it’s not important to be aware of every ‘breaking news’ unless it is happening within a mile of you. All news within 24-48 hours of any major news event is eventually found to be wrong or misleading anyway and you’ve just spent precious brain cells jumping to the wrong conclusions or have simply solidified your pre-determined narrative that your brain now refuses to undo after the corrections roll in. You may call yourself a political junkie but there’s a difference between being aware and being obsessed with every little flap of the theoretical butterfly hoping that it will eventually cause a hurricane.

I’m re-evaluating my priorities as I write this and I won’t wait till the new year to implement my resolutions. It may or may not work and it may affect some friendships as well but judging by my blogging experience, I’ve known those to be always ephemereal. There are always plenty of avenues to learn new things and plenty of other people to learn it from. Those people don’t even have to know you exist to learn from them.

Have a safe Thanksgiving.

Changes. Again

Yes, this blog still lives. After a brief attempt at moving this blog to a blogging service where I wouldn’t have to pay for my self-hosting, I decided to persist with the current setup. I got an instant dose of the perils of such convenience even though the benefits are immense. Several hardcore bloggers with much superior tech skills have already made the jump so me still hanging around here seems insane. But for now, I’ll stay put. 

Since I was already digging around the backend of my blog, I decided to do what I always do when I can’t seem to think of what to blog about (rather what I rather not share anymore on this blog) – I installed a few plugins and changed the theme of the blog. Now I’ve to resist trying to tinker around too much and get back to posting more often. As a way to keep this blog active, I tried to select a theme that would let me showcase links that I find worth sharing. These were earlier shared on another blog that I doubt more than 5 people know about. I’ll try not to inundate with too many link for those few subscribers on this blog. 

PS. This is the first post I wrote on the iPad. I wonder why it took me this long coz I have written much longer content on it before. 

Meta-Blogging about Link Blogging

Sites like Reddit, Digg, and Hacker News and services like Facebook and Twitter are so much faster than this one man band…trying to keep pace is like racing an F1 car on roller skates. So, I’ve traded that velocity for quality (or, if you’d prefer, fussiness). I no longer post 10-12 things per day. Instead I post 4-6 of the most interesting things I can share with you on that given day.

Source: Kottke.

This post by full-time blogger Jason Kottke kinda nudges me into writing something on this blog again. I started out blogging when I thought I had plenty of thoughts to share with the world. And I did. For almost 6-7 years. Then, I realized I probably did not have as many thoughts or rather I didn’t want to share them as extensively. Or maybe those thoughts didn’t exceed 140 characters.

But like Jason, I always preferred sharing interesting links. Hence DesiPundit. It doesn’t help that I do share 10-odd recent links below the first post like Jason does because hey, who reads this blog anyway let alone the other Favorites blog. But I persist albeit less frequently. Jason, of course, has the luxury of being a full-time blogger and he makes enough off his always-popular blog to have the time and luxury to dig out great links.

To cut an already-long post that probably should’ve been a tweet short, I sometimes wonder if I should post those interesting links with a short commentary on here, like Jason does, instead of on Twitter? Perhaps then I can re-open the comments instead of sending you to Twitter [1].

Footnotes:
  1. BTW I received my first spam comment via this blog on Twitter []

No More Comments

I’m shutting off the comments feature on this blog from this post onward. Comments are still enabled on old posts and are managed by Disqus. Most of the discussion has moved to Twitter and Facebook where I’m more active anyway and I’m sure almost all readers of this blog know where to find me on Twitter. If not, I’m here.

I know, I know, comments are what makes blogs blogs but lack of comments makes it even less of a blog. I’ll continue writing here sporadically. It’s just that if you disagree strongly, you can always rant at me on Twitter. It’s suited for that medium anyway. Praise and compliments will also be welcomed.

How I Killed DesiPundit

You may no longer remember but in another life, I was the founder and administrator for DesiPundit, an aggregator of wonderful and insightful blog posts made by Indians, resident or otherwise. I shut it down couple of years ago by simply stating that it was time [1]. Obviously, lot of people were disappointed but with declining blogging habits, it was on borrowed time anyway; at least in its current avatar then.

I liked to ‘blame’ Facebook and Twitter for its demise. While it was mostly true since it took people away to easily accessible publishing platforms with a much wider and quicker-reacting audience, it was a cop-out. Although I officially shut it down on June 20, 2010, the interest in running it and finding source material started waning much before that. However, now that I’ve had time to think about it and understand what motivates most people to share or publish online, there are couple of reasons that happened much earlier that ultimately led to its shutdown.

1. Launching Indic sections

I initially launched DesiPundit for only English blogs because well, that’s what I read. But eventually, given how widespread I was told the Indic blogging scene was, I invited several Indic bloggers to recommend posts on DesiPundit from their Indic circles. Although the people I invited were excellent bloggers, I had only read their English posts. Since I didn’t read those Indic posts, I had no idea of whether those posts met DesiPundit standards because I didn’t read them. But more importantly, the Indic sections did not get as much traffic as I thought it would. Probably I made the erroneous assumption that the Indic blogosphere was much larger than the English one or that they simply were not interested in DesiPundit.

The larger issue was that of lack of focus. Instead of focusing on English blogs, I tried to overreach and try to encapsulate all of blogging in India. I should’ve simply let Indic blogs chart their own territory and curators. Similarly, adding eminent topical bloggers like Baradwaj Rangan and Ashutosh Jogalekar for cinema and science respectively took away from the basic function of curation. I should’ve continued linking to their best posts, like we always did. I’m sure they were pissed when I shut down DesiPundit causing them to look for new homes for their blogs.

This reason has more to do with losing focus and less to do with choosing to have Indic sections. Adding anything other than the core function of the site was a mistake. It wasn’t even like we were experiencing exponential readership growth. The readership was always steady and as I feared, restricted to the same set of people on all networks. I failed to heed the advice of do what you do best instead of trying to do everything.

2. Changing the basic curation model

Just a year before DesiPundit shut down, I completely overhauled the way posts were linked on DesiPundit. Instead of a curation model, we switched to a network model wherein I invited notable bloggers and asked them to self-select their posts to feature on DesiPundit. This was partly borne out of lack of time on my part, increasingly reduced linking by other contributors, and the tendency of linking to a regular list of blogs over and over again. So after some brainstorming, I came upon the brilliant idea which in hindsight was a stupid idea that why not let those blogs chose their best posts.

In theory, those bloggers would highlight their best posts and we’ll have effectively outsourced our curating jobs to those bloggers. We would periodically add or remove bloggers from our list and DesiPundit would be effectively on auto-pilot. But in practice, it fell apart quickly. Bloggers had to use the specially-created DesiPundit category [2] on their blogs for the posts to appear on DesiPundit [3]. Some forgot to do it and some did it so often and for almost every post they wrote that it eventually broke the system. There was plenty of clutter and definitely not the Best of the India blogosphere it was originally seen as.

I also failed to understand the basic human tendency of being appreciated comes from outside. You want someone else to pick your post and call it good enough to feature on their site instead of you “blowing your own horn”. Also, some notable bloggers refused to join the network and for good reasons, now that I see it. The really good ones didn’t link to their posts as often and given their healthy direct readership on their blogs, they couldn’t have cared less.

In the end, I should’ve had more confidence in my selection and curation. That’s what people came to DesiPundit for when I first started. I should’ve linked to fewer posts if I had less time instead of outsourcing to ensure regular flow. Else, I should’ve kept the list of contributors to the minimum. Some were great, some not so much. Plenty left and I think a lot of bloggers were DesiPundit contributors at some point of time in their blogging life. That wasn’t how it was supposed to go down.

Closing Down

So effectively after the change #2 and Twitter and Facebook gaining widespread usage circa 2009, DesiPundit effectively wasn’t the place to go to read India-centric stories let alone interesting ones. All the outrage was easily done on Twitter with easy to retweet tweets and one-click likes on Facebook. Fewer people wrote long treatises and even fewer people commented on the ones that got written. People no longer started blogging first but instead got Twitter or Facebook accounts. In fact, a majority of the ones that earlier blogged prolifically quit rendering my RSS feed to a ghost town [4]. So in a way, shutting down DesiPundit wasn’t that difficult of a choice. After all, I wasn’t going to continue paying hosting fees for a website that wasn’t being updated or at least to the level I expected it to.

I would’ve avoided those rookie mistakes if I was more invested in making something of DesiPundit but I was wrapping up my PhD at that time and starting my new job that took up far more time than grad school so it wasn’t exactly on the top of my list. Life happened. DesiPundit didn’t exactly die. It just faded away. Not always a bad thing. I still am in touch with plenty of people I met via DesiPundit so all’s not lost. And I still retain the domain name so hey, who knows, it may just come back someday.

Footnotes:
  1. Technically, it exists as a Tumblr blog but I haven’t updated it since February so technically dead []
  2. I’m using it right now for this post []
  3. I experimented and used some nifty RSS tools to get that working so it was fun doing that []
  4. That way, the death of Google Reader was less of a blow. []

Ten Years

On June 15th, 2013, this blog or rather my blogging on the web completed 10 years. The fact that I remembered this anniversary only after 5 weeks says a lot about what once was my primary hobby. Even as recent as 4 years ago, this would’ve necessitated a major and long blog post written in draft days before the date and promptly published at 12am. I would’ve thanked my muses and hundreds of commenters on top of various hot topics that the world experiences daily for inspiration. Now this post almost seems obligatory and perhaps this blog has fewer regular readers than the number of years it has just completed.

But that’s not a bad thing. I’m not too torn up on the decline of interest in blogging either from my part or the rest of the world. The world has moved on. Blogging will always exist just like record-keeping has in some form or the other, the medium will change. Now we even have a blogging platform called Medium so there. Also, lack of attention from others has let me to use this blog more like a personal diary for life updates that I want to share. Of course, I can use Facebook or Twitter but those mediums with a shorter attention span don’t afford that luxury. Plus, it is always good to have a webspace with a dedicated domain for things you want to do for fun. The blog is more like a testing laboratory with a journal for a public face.

Anyway, here’s for ten more years. Let’s see how many of you will still be around.

Dropping Feedburner – Change your Feeds

If you’re an avid RSS feed reader, you may have encountered the brouhaha of Google shutting down Reader, one of the web’s prominent feed reader. As users scramble to find an alternative and I’m one of them, I have decided to preempt Google by moving away from its services that it may consider shutting down in the future. One of which is Feedburner and may impact you if you read this blog via a feed reader.

Please re-subscribe to this blog, if you’re still interested in reading, by using this feed – http://ghaatimasala.com/feed/. If your feed reader is subscribed to this feed then you don’t have to do anything but if you’re subscribed to the Feedburner feed which is something like this – http://feeds.feedburner.com/NerveEndingsFiringAway, then you’ll have to switch to the earlier one [1].

Now, do not be surprised if you’re redirected to the Feedburner URL. It is because, like an ass, I used a plugin to redirect my primary feed to the Feedburner one. I will shut down the redirection in couple of days. If you somehow don’t see any posts appear in your feed reader for say, couple of weeks or a month, you may want to visit my website to see if in fact I have made new posts [2] and if I have, then please consider changing the RSS feed to what it always should have been – http://ghaatimasala.com/feed/.

I promise, this will never change unless I shut down my blog. Thanks for still reading me.

Footnotes:
  1. Some feed readers/browsers automatically add the redirected feed if you click on the link. Please cut-paste the feed URL before confirming the change []
  2. I know I have been not as prolific as before but for the next week or two, I’ll post some content []

End of the Brown Era

Sepia Mutiny is shutting down. Whether you liked them or not, the blog was a prolific and informed source of opinions on everything brown-related on this side of the pond. Admittedly, I too rarely read it nowadays but back in its heydays, it was the place to be. The comments section was a great place, even for a lurker, for thought-provoking discussions and dare I say, sometimes better than the original post itself. Many people wrongly compared DesiPundit as a FOB-version to Sepia Mutiny’s ABCD roots. DesiPundit linked to content but Sepia Mutiny created content which in my opinion is at least slightly higher in the hierarchy of blogs.

But as Abhi points on in the post announcing the shutdown, the discussions have moved elsewhere; mostly to Facebook and Twitter. While this may be more convenient and quick, it has restricted access for everyone who wished to follow such discussions. When it happened in the comments section of a blog, anyone whether they read the blog regularly or not, could browse to and start reading. But with Facebook and Twitter, you either have to be as on Facebook, ‘friends’ with the person on whose ‘wall’ the discussions are taking place or as on Twitter, be ‘following’ all the discussants. This is not ideal but complaining about it is not going to change things and it’s what we got now.

One of the primary complaints about Sepia Mutiny that I had to sometimes defend them against was, they use the term ‘South Asian’ to encompass people from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc. when in fact there is no such thing as South Asia, SAARC notwithstanding. Largely true but as Amardeep, one of the more erudite and interesting bloggers on Sepia Mutiny, in this post says explicitly:

South Asian vs. Indian. Sepia Mutiny was always somewhat divided over its function and focus. On the one hand, the directive from Abhi and the other founders was quite clear: the point was to create a space for a South Asian American perspective. The “South Asian” part was important and essential (and we had many fights, mainly with skeptical readers, about whether it wasn’t after all just an “Indian American” blog). Also important was the “American” part of the equation; Sepia Mutiny was never intended to be an “Indian subcontinent” forum.

I’m afraid most readers from the subcontinent or even FOBs never could wrap their heads around this fact. Of course, at times, Sepia Mutiny didn’t help its cause by often over-analyzing current affairs in India but last I checked, many of us are hardly qualified to either but that never stopped us from posting angry blog posts each time there was a terror attack (we’ve had plenty of opportunities to over the years, unfortunately). Just like in Bombay, we don’t care if our friends are Maharashtrian, Tamilian, or Bihari (Ok, Raj Thackeray does but he’s an ass), ABCDs perhaps don’t care if their friends are Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, etc.

From what I read, Sepia Mutiny was always an American blog that posted from the perspective of brown people in America. Even the opinions of brown people in England might not match with theirs let alone the billion-plus in India. I don’t suppose the objective was to create a South Asian lobbying group to argue for the interests of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc. But in fact, they were writing about shared experiences of brown people whose parents came from those countries. ABCDs, as we call them, often have other brown friends from India’s neighboring countries and they are often more similar in culture than their white peers and hence are easily to be friends with. These ABCDs have never grown up with the intense India-Pakistan, cricket and otherwise, rivalries that we know in India. Most of ABCDs haven’t even visited their ‘home’ countries until their late teens or early adulthood. From what I have heard, they are as confused as any other white tourist when they see hordes of people upon landing. We make the mistake of assuming that just because they look like us, they are expected to have similar identities when in fact, they are Americans. Even Czech Catholics in College Station, Texas seek out other Czech Catholics so why wouldn’t ‘South Asians’ seek out other ‘South Asians’? In fact, these identity-sleeking instincts are a function of supply and demand too. When there are too many desis in the region they live, people narrow down and start seeking out people from the same region hence all the statewise associations.

Well, now that they are shutting down, all these tensions seem moot. Heck, the arguments stopped long time ago as commenters and linkers that made Sepia Mutiny and DesiPundit interesting left for more convenient pastures. All we can do is be thankful for the tons of content they created over the years and gave brown people all over something that they love to do most – argue.

New Symbols for Content Aggregation Online

The Curator’s Code will use a symbol resembling a sideways S to express that a piece of content came directly from another source, and a different figure — a curved arrow-like symbol — to signal what is commonly known as a “hat tip,” or nod to a source that inspired a further thought. The Curator’s Code supplies the appropriate symbol and then the blogger or writer simply puts in a hyperlink behind it as they normally would.

Via NYTimes.com.

Content aggregation gets a bad name these days due to a few overzealous sites like the Huffington Post [1]. But done right, it is the basis of the Internet. Content has always been shared and linked. Most of us do it the right way. I try to always excerpt a short paragraph (less than 50 words) that makes the reader click through to the original source. I think my experience with DesiPundit helps me do it the right way most of the time. So any code for conduct is a good thing. It is important to codify the etiquette for people who don’t have bad intentions.

I’ll take this opportunity to plug my links blog — Favorites – again. Thanks to requests by couple of readers, I managed to figure out a way to point the post titles directly to the original link source, like it is done on Daring Fireball. Unfortunately due to my limited PHP knowledge, this link behavior is feed-only but considering that’s how most of the readers — all half dozen of them — access the feed, I think it is the best solution. The blog thus clearly has no pageviews motivations, like most content aggregators too. Feed subscription is not only preferred but also strongly encouraged. If you have moved away from feed readers then I also mirror all links I post to this Twitter account; that’s the only content on that Twitter account.

Update: Marco’s post made me change my syntax a little. I shall now use ‘source’ instead of ‘via’ to point to the original link source. Also, he makes several excellent points on the etiquette of linking and attribution. I tend to be generally generous in attribution but to each his own. If I have missed attributing someone, it is probably coz I’ve forgotten where I first read it. This happens especially with viral links.

Footnotes:
  1. I stopped reading HuffPo more than a year ago and thanks to the branded URL shorteners, I don’t even accidentally click on a HuffPo link via Twitter or Facebook []

Favorites Links Stream

I want to re-plug my Favorites blog (discontinued) once again. This is a blog which is my archive for interesting stories, writing, videos, or photos. Actually, it is more of a personal archive but if I’m collecting interesting content, why not share it?

The reason for my re-plug is that I’m discontinuing my Asides or quick links on this blog and instead will just post those links on my Favorites blog. I don’t post sundry links there and update it only infrequently throughout the week; only exceptional content makes it on there. I also collate my sources. I have a widget on the front page (below the first post) of this blog that will show the five most recent links. I hope you enjoy them too.

Thoughts on the iPhone 4S

This is not a review because you will find far detailed ones out on the web. I’ve been an iPhone user for the past 2.5 years; used just one model – the iPhone 3GS. So my thoughts and comparison will be relative to my previous phone. The reason I bought the iPhone 4S was simple – I was eligible for an upgrade and it seemed like a significant improvement over my existing phone. I did not consider an Android because I’m immersed far too deeply in the Apple ecosystem (see, how it works) and I’m not much for flavor of the month devices. I had some minor activating issues because as usual, AT&T wasn’t prepared. Anyway here goes:

  1. Extremely fast. The apps open much quicker and it is more responsive to the touch.
  2. The retina display is awesome and I can’t take my eyes away from it. I have played around with the iPhone 4 which first had it but to have it on your own phone is much more fun. The crisp text and sharp images is enough for me to sometimes use the iPhone over the iPad just to soak in the great display.
  3. The sleek Dieter Rams-inspired design feels much better than the rounded 3GS. The weight is also significantly less.
  4. The new iOS 5 has spruced things up significantly and makes the phone feel more spiffy. I have heard about sluggishness issues on the iPhone. I am not sure why but perhaps the A5 chip makes a difference? Other things I like are not specific to this iPhone because it was offered as a part of iOS 5. The notification, iMessage, Newsstand, direct access to camera from lock screen, WiFi sync, photostream, Find my iPhone, etc.
  5. The camera. This is one of the top reasons that made me buy it. We bought a Creative Vado HD few months back to capture moments of our kid’s birth and first months but upon comparison, the iPhone 4S camera is at par or in some aspects, even better (1080p vs. 720p; better saturation and darker blacks).
  6. Siri. It is the latest feature that is making waves. Although I’m not a big fan of speech recognition technology due to my speech impediment, it is a smart assistant that blows you away with its contextual understanding. There are other equally speech recognition apps but to be deeply integrated into the OS gives Siri a big advantage. Plus, it taps into other Apple apps (to be expanded to other apps hopefully soon) to give you direct acces. E.g. “Set timer to 10 minutes”. I use this command while grilling and saves me lot of taps and scrolls especially with masala fingers.

These features sums it all up. There are little tweaks and fixes and the overall feel which is best experienced than described. There are some quibbles that I must mention:

  1. The battery life is definitely diminished for data usage. Perhaps, it is Siri or the geo-location built nearly into every app now. It still lasts through most of the day but I would be happy to see some more juice.
  2. The Notifications Center has some rough edges and needs polish. Each notification should be treated as an individual event rather than part of the app (check one and all are dismissed).
  3. The iCloud backup is still not as reliable as I like it to be. I setup my new phone via the iCloud backup but it hasn’t automatically backed up since then. The iPad cloud backup works just fine though.

With initial sales exceeding all expectations (again!), the servers haven’t been at their best behavior so user experiences are still quite varied which is unlike Apple. I would love to hear your device-specific experience if you bought the new iPhone.

Standing Up To The Setting Sun

Standing Up To The Setting Sun

Yup, it was that kinda of an evening. Kidding, although a brilliant sunset, I am trying out the Color Mixer and high contrast settings in Aperture hence this dramatic effect. This is closer to how it was.

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