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Simple Tumblr Backup script for Mac OS X and Linux

This shell script utilizes the excellent tumblr_backup.py and makes it do exactly what I want it to do – and most likely, that’s what you want it to do as well.

The script downloads the current versions of the required Python scripts, backups one or multiple Tumblr blogs to date-prefixed folders (e.g. 2014-09-17_neondust.tumblr.com), and subsequently removes the downloaded software automatically.

It runs out-of-the-box on any recent version of Mac OS X and most Linux distributions, you can configure it using the variables at the top of the file, and there’s a quick tutorial at the bottom of this post. If there are any errors, make sure you have Python 2.6 or newer installed.

(The code below won’t show up on your dashboard or in your RSS reader. View this post on my blog to see it.)

In case you have no prior experience with the command line, here’s a step-by-step tutorial:

  1. Click the “view raw” link above and save that file as backup_tumblr.sh on your Desktop.
  2. Open backup_tumblr.sh in a text editor and edit the BLOGS variable according to the instructions in the file.
  3. Open your terminal emulator (Terminal.app on Mac OS X).
  4. Run the script: Type sh Desktop/backup_tumblr.sh and press Enter. You can abort the backup at any time by pressing ctrl+C (don’t worry about the Python error messages that might appear).
  5. Depending on how many blogs you’re backing up and how many posts they contain, it might take half an hour or so to download everything. If you haven’t changed the OUT variable, everything should show up on your Desktop.

Boothing Windows

Apparently, Microsoft thinks that demoing their latest products at my university will drive sales, so they have a small booth in the cafeteria this week. (Most of the students have access to a free, legal copy of the most recent Windows versions anyway, so I don’t fully understand why Microsoft thinks throwing money at stuff like that is a good idea.)

I talked to a really nice Microsoft person for about twenty minutes today, and I gotta say: Windows feels really snappy on the Surface RT. On other devices that are not optimized for the newest Windows versions, not so much, but the performance is still acceptable. Also, while using Windows 8 on a giant TV screen, I found that all the new touch gestures and hot corners and menus and stuff are interesting, to say the least - ome might even say that they’re good, but I haven’t used the OS for more than a minute at a time, so I don’t feel comfortable expressing a definite opinion.

That said, I like the simple, colorful design more than, say, the approach Apple has been taking with iOS.

I don’t really know what to say beyond that - you can read about the new Windows’ numerous features online, and if Microsoft does a booth somewhere near you, go there and talk to a staffer, even if you hate Windows with the force of a thousand neckbeards. Microsoft products aren’t neccessarily bad, even though they don’t respect your freedom, Mr. Stallman. Also, the Microsoft employee I talked to was quite knowledgeable, though, let’s face it, he tried to sell me on Windows - which is what he gets paid for, after all.

I’ll stick to my MacBook and Android phone for now, but if someone decided to gift me a Surface RT (hint, hint), I’m sure I’d use it on a regular basis.

Siri, what if The Vergecasters spent an entire Vergecast talking about TurboGrafx 16, rave fliers, notifications in OS X, and how to pronounce Paul’s name?

Frankly, I’ve wondered that myself. I don’t know. I would ask that you address your spiritual questions to someone more qualified to comment.

Der Vergecast ist bisher immer ein ziemlich lustiger (und trotzdem informativer) Podcast gewesen, aber die achtzehnte Ausgabe ist einfach großartig. Sehr sehenswert.

Paul. Paul. P-a-u-l. Paul.

»→  iWitness

Ein toller Atikel von Paula Routly über Jerry Manock, der beim Apple II und III fürs Design zuständig war. Neben der Geschichte, wie Manock zu Apple kam, sind insbesondere zwei Punkte hervorhebenswert, über die er im Interview gesprochen hat:

I had shop courses in junior high. I had metal shop, printing shop, electric shop and wood shop. And in high school, too. I was learning how to screw things together, or apart. How things worked. I don’t think that’s happening anymore.

Das ist auch in Deutschland so. Und es ist sehr schade, weil sich mit ein wenig mehr Zeit, also weniger strengen Lehrplänen, so viel theoretisches Wissen auf einen praktischen Verwendungszweck anwenden ließe. Es wäre viel interessanter, komplexe elektrische Schaltungen in der Realität aufzubauen und zu debuggen, als stumpfsinnig Schaltsymbole und -pläne zu lernen. Von einem Abiturienten wird erwartet, dass er den Schnittpunkt einer Gerade und einer Ebene im dreidimensionalen Raum berechnen kann, aber nicht, dass er in der Lage ist, einen Nagel gerade einzuschlagen.

Theoretische Bildung ist schön und gut (zumindest manchmal), aber sie macht erst Sinn, wenn man sie in der Praxis erprobt. Schulen haben in vielen Fällen die nötigen Mittel dafür - es mangelt lediglich an Zeit.

I get really upset when I’m walking downtown and there are three young people walking toward me — all with their heads down. I try to make eye contact to say hello, good morning, and nothing. The disconnect there bothers me, and that’s going to get nothing but worse. […] I’ve made a conscious decision not to go with all the social-media stuff, because it takes up too much of my time. I can’t read a book. I can’t sketch. I can’t go to movies if I’m constantly tweeting somebody.

Das weltweite Netz ist einer der größten Zeitfresser in der modernen Gesellschaft, das kann kein vernünftiger Mensch bestreiten. Die negativen Langzeitauswirkungen dieses neuen, multimedialen Kommunkationsmittels sind nicht erforscht - was bei bisherigen Innovationen in diesem Bereich auch weitgehend egal war, annehmbar schnelle Post und das Telefon hatten kein Potenzial, unser Leben grundsätzlich zu verändern.

Das Internet ist ein Netzwerk, in dem man billig und schnell Informationen aus der ganzen Welt bekommt. Ich kann in der Theorie mit jedem der gut zwei Milliarden Internetnutzer kommunizieren, und dank neuer Geräteklassen (Smartphones, Tablets) sogar ungefähr überall. Das ist unglaublich verlockend.

Die Frage ist nun, ob die Vorteile des Internets seine Nachteile aufwiegt. Die zweite und weitaus wichtigere Frage ist jedoch, ob die Antwort auf meine erste Frage überhaupt relevant ist. Man kann den Menschen das Internet ja schlecht wieder wegnehmen - das wurde in den vergangenen Wochen ziemlich deutlich. (Und einigen Managern, Lobbyisten und Politikern schmerzlich bewusst, andere brauchen für diese Erkenntnis noch eine Weile.)

Fest steht: Die Entwicklung wird weitergehen. Mehr Menschen werden das Internet aktiv nutzen. Mehr Menschen werden das Netz mobil nutzen. Fratzenbuch wird dieses Jahr vermutlich seinen Einmilliardsten monatlich aktiven Nutzer bekommen. Seiten, die Megaupload und Rapidshare ähneln, werden weiterhin kostenlosen Bezahlcontent bereitstellen (oder bezahlten kostenlosen Bezahlcontent, falls man diesen Portalen Geld und damit eindeutige, persönliche Daten in den Schlund wirft).

Deswegen ist es Schwachsinn, den digitalen Fortschritt aufhalten zu wollen. Das macht ungefähr so viel Sinn, wie zu versuchen, einen Zug mit einer Hand anzuhalten. Wichtig ist, darauf konstruktiv zu reagieren. Dem Zugführer beizubringen, die Bremse zu benutzen. Medienkompetenz zu unterrichten. Ich glaube, ich lehne mich nicht zu weit aus dem Fenster, wenn ich behaupte, dass es an deutschen Schulen das Fach Medienkompetenz geben sollte. Als einstündiger Kurs, von der fünften Klasse bis zum Abschluss.

(via Marcel Wichmann)

Apple hat im letzten Quartal 4,76 iPhones pro Sekunde verkauft.

Gestern hat Apple die Quartalszahlen bekanntgegeben: Umsatz 46,33 Milliarden Dollar, Gewinn 13,06 Milliarden. Pro Dollar Umsatz hat Apple also gut 28 Cent Gewinn gemacht. Vor einem Jahr noch waren es “nur” 26,74 Milliarden Umsatz und 6 Milliarden Dollar Gewinn, also etwa 22,4 Cent Gewinn pro eingenommenem Dollar.

Apple hat im vergangenen Quartal 15,4 Millionen iPods, 17 Millionen iPads, 1,2 Millionen iMacs, 2,9 Millionen MacBooks und 37 Millionen iPhones verkauft. Interessant finde ich dabei zwei Punkte: 1. Leute kaufen ernsthaft noch iPods, und 2. Apple hat nur 3,1 Millionen herkömmliche Computer verkauft, während das amerikanische Unternehmen knapp 70 Millionen iP-Devices an den Mann gebracht hat. Auf jedes verkaufte Gerät, dass es zur Jahrtausendwende im Prinzip schon gab, kommen also fast 23 neuartige Geräte. Selbst wenn man nur die neueste Geräteklasse - das Tablet - nimmt, sind pro normalem Computer 5,5 Tablets verkauft worden - nicht schlecht für ein Produkt, dass vor ziemlich genau zwei Jahren vorgestellt wurde.

Ich selbst besitze genau ein Produkt “Designed in California”: einen roten iPod shuffle G2.

(via Caschys Blog, 512 Pixels)

Mehr Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom gibt es hier bei TechCrunch.

»→  The secrets Apple keeps

Jobs made a habit of personally conveying to employees the confidentiality of all-company broadcasts. Recalled one ex‑employee: “He’d say, ‘Anything disclosed from this meeting will result not just in termination but in the prosecution to the fullest extent that our lawyers can.’ This made me very uncomfortable. You have to watch everything you do. I’d have nightmares.”

“The genius in his labyrinth. Jobs in his home office in December 2004, the last time Walker ever photographed him.”
Diana Walker:

I first met Steve Jobs on a photo shoot for TIME in 1982. I had no idea that he was going to be my friend or that he was going to be this incredible genius — a part of all our lives, in what we do and what we see. He was speaking to a group of Stanford students in a dorm living room, and it was hard to photograph him there and not be in the way. You had to have light, and I was creeping around. But he was game. I asked him to stand on top of an Apple sign, and he did it. I asked him to stand in front of an Apple cutout (which ended up on the cover of Fortune magazine), and he did that too. I thought, This is you. This is who you are.
He was so much fun because he was so quick — he was such a fast study. You showed him anything and he could get it in a second. I was always fascinated by his design sense. It was wonderful because he liked my pictures.
I really will miss his inventiveness, his ideas, his eyes — and how bright he was all over. He had some kind of electricity about him. He was very, very focused in the office. He demanded a lot of the people who worked for him. I’m sure Steve wasn’t the easiest person to work for, but what a fascinating person to work for.

Great photography, great text. The photos look even better in the printed version of that article which appeared in TIME Europe’s October 17 issue.
(via 512 Pixels)
Note: I wouldn’t call this a “Minimalist Workspace” as Stephen Hackett did. This is what minimalist workspaces look like.

The genius in his labyrinth. Jobs in his home office in December 2004, the last time Walker ever photographed him.”

Diana Walker:

I first met Steve Jobs on a photo shoot for TIME in 1982. I had no idea that he was going to be my friend or that he was going to be this incredible genius — a part of all our lives, in what we do and what we see. He was speaking to a group of Stanford students in a dorm living room, and it was hard to photograph him there and not be in the way. You had to have light, and I was creeping around. But he was game. I asked him to stand on top of an Apple sign, and he did it. I asked him to stand in front of an Apple cutout (which ended up on the cover of Fortune magazine), and he did that too. I thought, This is you. This is who you are.

He was so much fun because he was so quick — he was such a fast study. You showed him anything and he could get it in a second. I was always fascinated by his design sense. It was wonderful because he liked my pictures.

I really will miss his inventiveness, his ideas, his eyes — and how bright he was all over. He had some kind of electricity about him. He was very, very focused in the office. He demanded a lot of the people who worked for him. I’m sure Steve wasn’t the easiest person to work for, but what a fascinating person to work for.

Great photography, great text. The photos look even better in the printed version of that article which appeared in TIME Europe’s October 17 issue.

(via 512 Pixels)

Note: I wouldn’t call this a “Minimalist Workspace” as Stephen Hackett did. This is what minimalist workspaces look like.

Steve Jobs, 2005:

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. […] This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. […] On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. […]
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Steve Jobs, 2005:

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. […] This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. […] On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. […]

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.