The following items are in the Miscellaneous category.

Grass Mud Horse

In my first post about the attack from the Great Firewall of China, I stuck to the facts. There was a simple reason for this: you don’t want conjecture when your site is down. You want to understand the problem and see suggestions on how to fix it. This post will be different: these are […]

Twitter Nostalgia

December 1st, 2006. Something important in my life began rather inauspiciously: wasting time on the web while Lucy works — Craig Hockenberry (@chockenberry) December 2, 2006 My first tweet. Little did I realize that these tweets would become a log of important events in my life. And now thanks to Twitter’s new search capabilities, I […]


An anonymous individual is spreading accusations that I’m a patent troll. Hard to believe, huh? It makes me furious that I have to respond to these claims without knowing my accuser, but here goes: Yes, we have a patent. Yes, we got a license fee for it. No, it wasn’t unreasonable. We originally got the […]


I recently appeared with John Gruber on The Talk Show. During the episode, the following exchange took place: @gruber: “How do you pronounce the ‘at’ symbol?” @chockenberry: “At” @gruber: “Right” Another @thetalkshow gem. — Jim Lipsey (@Jim_Lipsey) March 24, 2014 When it comes to naming characters, the Unicode standard is the bible. And code point U+0040 is named […]

Mac App Store Receipts and Mavericks

The storeagent and I aren’t getting along too well these days. We’re in the process of getting a new release of xScope ready for release. As a developer tool, we’ve been compatible with Mavericks for several months now, but there are some minor bug fixes that we’d like to get out before the new version […]


Let’s talk about cars for a second. If you’re driving a car manufactured in the past five years, it’s likely it has anti-lock brakes. A standard feature at this point in time, but who came up with it first? Mercedes-Benz first introduced it on the S-Class line back in 1978. It was a revolutionary technology […]

It’s the Production Line, Stupid

“Apple Absolutely Has To Make An iPhone With A Bigger Screen” (Warning: Business Insider link) While that may be true, take a look at what happened at the end of last year: 47.8 Million iPhones Sold. That’s a shitload of iPhones. But how many is a shitload? 47.8M iPhones / 90 days = 530K per […]

Launch Services Woes

For the past week or so, I’ve been suffering from slowness in the Finder, corrupted icons and terrible performance in our version control client (Versions). Today, I decided to do something about it. The first step was to sample Versions while it was beachballing. The app was spending most of its time in [NSWorkspace iconForFile:]. […]

iPhone 5 Scuff Remover

Removes unsightly scratches, dings and scuffs IN MERE SECONDS! * Get yours NOW! And we think you’re going to love it. Especially since you know who isn’t here. * black iPhones only


A lot of people I know and respect have been commenting on problems associated with the iPhone mute switch: John Gruber – On the Behavior of the iPhone Mute Switch Andy Ihnatko – Unmuting on The Mute Question Marco Arment – Designing “Mute” Guy English – Mute This Both sides of the argument have valid […]