Mystery, Horror, Suspense

Distinguish between mystery, horror, and suspense:

“In a mystery you might find out that a person was beheaded. This occurs before the narrative begins, so the focus of the story is on solving the crime. If you’re writing a horror story, you’ll show the beheading itself—in all of its gory detail. If you’re writing suspense, the characters in the story will find out that someone is going to be beheaded, and they must find a way to stop it.”

/ Elements of Suspense in Writing: 6 Secrets to Creating and Sustaining Suspense – Writer’s Digest

If your book isn’t good enough, you aren’t close enough

“If your picture isn’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.”

Robert Capa, War Photographer

Get what he means?

Can you see him with his camera in hand edging closer to the exploding bombs and spurting machine guns? Can you see him get close to the victims and their suffering and sorrow? Can you see him get close to the ones being responsible?

Now apply that to your book project.

Are you close enough to the characters? The pain, anger, pleasure, fear? Are you daring to go close enough to yourself?

Automatic software or app updates not working on your iPhone? Fix it!

“Automatic software and app updates are most likely to start working when your iPhone is plugged in for long periods while remaining connected to Wi-Fi.”

Source: Automatic software or app updates not working on your iPhone? Fix it!

I’m wondering… how does their general personality affect the decision to update or not? Does their mood affect the decision as well? Hmmm…

Or is it just that Apple wishes to be mysterious about their update rules? The people writing about Apple products?

Seems to me, unless they hooked the update decision to a neural network there should be a pretty clear cut rule…

Unless the bastard is bugging out… I mean is having a bad day…

How to use the document scanner on iPhone and iPad | iMore

Apple’s document scanner is hidden inside the Notes app, and because it supports in-app sharing, you can store the newly scanned document anywhere you want.

Source: How to use the document scanner on iPhone and iPad | iMore

Wow! I didn’t know my iPhone could do that… phew… postponing printer, scanner, copier hunt for better days 😀

The Complete Guide On How To Clean A Mac – Setapp

“What’s the easiest way to keep your laptop running in tip-top shape? Keep it clean, of course! It doesn’t matter how old your Mac is, a clean Mac will always outlast its newer cluttered counterpart.”

via The Complete Guide On How To Clean A Mac – Setapp

Keeping your Mac clean… but probably not the way you thought…

“An oft-asked question by many Mac users is “How do I clean my Mac’s system?” The advice they frequently receive involves things like deleting log files, clearing caches, removing cookies and all manner of other things. There are dozens of utilities that help users do these tasks. So, which one is best? The answer may surprise you: none of them! But why?”

via The myth of the dirty Mac

Although, I have had my Anti-Virus prevent me from opening web pages and downloading stuff so I think I need them, and others agree…

“No software is immune to attack, including macOS. The rising popularity of Apple computers has made them a prime target for malware. And security companies are increasingly offering antivirus for Macs, but do you really need it?”

via Do You Need an Antivirus on a Mac?

Rubber duck debugging

In software engineering, rubber duck debugging is a method of debugging code. The name is a reference to a story in the book The Pragmatic Programmer in which a programmer would carry around a rubber duck and debug their code by forcing themselves to explain it, line-by-line, to the duck.

via Rubber duck debugging – Wikipedia

Although, I can’t really imagine that implementing this en masse in my current office landscape will gain much in the effect of not interrupting your colleagues… I imagine sales will step in and stop it before any larger customer can see us… 😀

Header image: “Ty Beanie Duck Programming — It may not be a rubber duck, but I can hug it when it goes really bad!” Own work.