Monday, December 24, 2018

The Juul Fad Is Far Bigger Than I Ever Would Have Guessed   


Kevin Drum, writing for Mother Jones:

The University of Michigan’s adolescent drug survey announced some dramatic results today:

Increases in adolescent vaping from 2017 to 2018 were the largest ever recorded in the past 43 years for any adolescent substance use outcome in the U.S.

In just a handful of years, vaping has undone decades of work to reduce teen smoking. It’s like a disease on the verge of eradication spontaneously transforming into an epidemic.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Things to Know When Attending the Italian Grand Prix at Monza


On a recent vacation to Italy, I had the good fortune of being in Milan at the same time as the Italian Grand Prix, the Formula 1 event held at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza each year. Upon realizing the race day coincided with my itinerary, I knew I wanted to attend, but wasn’t sure where to sit or how to get to the event. Based on my experience, here are a few tips for international travellers looking to attend the race.

Where to Sit

This was my first Formula 1 event so deciding where to sit was a difficult decision. The Monza track is almost 6 kilometres (3.6 miles) long with lots of trees around the circuit, so you won’t be able to see much of the race with your own eyes. The cars make 53 laps so you’ll see them many times, but just in the small section of the track where you are sitting. You’ll need to decide if you want to see the cars at their absolute fastest speeds or if you would prefer to see their handling ability in one of the three chicane sections. We opted for the main straight-away in the covered grand stands (specifically stand #4 in Laterale Sinistra), and I was happy with this choice. We had a very clear view of the start and finish lines as well as the exit of the pit lane. There were large video screens set up across the track so we could follow the action in other parts of the circuit. In this area you are also immersed in the largest number of spectators, which I found to be a great part of the experience – you’ll be surrounded by many Italians clad in their red Ferrari gear, and they are very passionate about the Ferrari team.

If you decide to sit on the straight away, I would suggest that you get seats as high up as possible, which provides the best angles for seeing up and down the track. The tickets for sale on the official Formula 1 website do not allow you to select a specific row or seat, but we found an option from a third-party reseller that provided this. From our seats, which were in the very top row of the grand stand, we could see the cars as they exited the Parabolica (the big, sweeping, right-hand curve near the end of the circuit) all the way to just before Variante del Rettifilo (the first chicane, also known as Prima Variante).

Another thing to consider when selecting where to sit is whether you are comfortable without a cover overhead. With the exception of the main straight-away and the Parabolica grand stands, most of the seating at Monza is uncovered. It can be very hot at the track, so if you don’t like the idea of sitting completely exposed in the sun for 3+ hours, definitely consider one of the covered grandstands. For the race we attended in 2018 it was a relatively comfortable 25 degrees celsius, but there were a few scattered showers so we were thankful for covered seating.

In addition to the grand stand seating there are also much cheaper general admission tickets available. These tickets essentially just grant you access to the Monza grounds and it is then up to you to find a suitable viewing spot somewhere along the track. From what I could see while walking to and from our reserved seats, there were a few sections with raised grass banks that would be suitable for standing to view the race, but I assume the prime spots would get very busy so you might end up watching in groups 5 or 10 people deep. There are apparently also some general admission bleachers, but I assume these also fill up early. The general admission tickets are considerably cheaper, and give you the option to wander around during the event, but given how large and spread out the track is, I wouldn’t expect to see things from too many different spots. On the plus side, you can essentially get right next to the track in some of these spots (assuming they aren’t crowded with other fans), which would provide an incredible sense of the speed of the cars.

For specific information on what you can expect to see from each grand stand, take a look at this detailed seating guide. Also helpful is the official F1 website which shows representative photos of the view from each grand stand.1

How to Buy Tickets

Tickets for all Formula 1 events are available from the official Formula 1 website and also from many resellers. By the time I actually knew I was going to be in Milan at the same time as the Italian Grand Prix, many of the tickets from the official site were already sold out. Thus, I opted to purchase from a reseller – in my case one called GooTickets.

The downside of this option is obviously the cost – the tickets were more expensive than they would have been had I been more organized and purchased from the official site when they first went on sale. But I considered this one of those “once in a lifetime” occasions and accordingly kept my practical sensibilities in check.2

The upside of this option is the ability to select a special ticket category offered by GooTickets called “Premium Seat In Top 3 Rows.” This guaranteed a seat near the top of the grand stand, which in my opinion provides better viewing angles of the track. As far as I could tell, tickets purchased through the official website guarantee a specific grand stand (i.e. general location along the track) but do not allow you to select your row or seat number.

The tickets we purchased from GooTickets were couriered by DHL and arrived about a week before the start of the event. Depending when you will be travelling, this may pose some logistical challenges. It would be much simpler if there was an option to receive an electronic ticket, but at this time I believe physical tickets are the only option (both from resellers and the official website). Logistics aside, the purchase experience from GooTickets was straight forward and they delivered the tickets as promised.

Getting To and From Monza

Given the language barrier and the heavier reliance on public transportation than private vehicles in Italy, getting to and from the Monza race track, especially on the main Sunday race day, can be a bit of a challenge. If you are dead set on driving yourself, there are parking lots around the track, but none of them will be very close. Most of the local roads around the track will be closed and you will have to park and then walk to the track, or potentially take a shuttle depending where you are ultimately able to park.

Instead of driving or relying on a Taxi or Uber (any of which could get caught in traffic), I recommend taking a train from central Milan to the race track.

On Sunday (the main race day), there is special train service from Milano Centrale station run by Trenord, which for €5 gets you a round trip ticket to and from Biassono-Lesmo Station, which is located at the Northwest corner of the Monza raceway. The tickets can be purchased online from the Trenord website or from an attendant right on the train platform before you board. In my opinion the special train service is the most straight-forward option as it doesn’t involve any transfers to shuttle buses and the direct trip only takes about 25 minutes, but it does involve a fair bit of walking once you arrive.3

If taking the special train on race day, keep in mind that it only runs between certain times, with the last train leaving Milano Central station about 2 hours before the race starts. Here’s a copy of the 2018 special train schedule for reference. One important nuance of this special train service is that on your way to Monza you board at Milano Centrale station, but on the return trip, the train stops at Milano Porta Garibaldi station. Not to worry, your return ticket is also valid for a free transfer at Milano Porta Garibaldi, so you can connect to one of the many trains that go on to Milano Centrale – just look at the electronic boards for the appropriate train and an indication of which platform it will be arriving.

When you arrive at Biassono-Lesmo station, you will have a short walk to the Northwest entrance (labelled Ingresso D on the Monza map) where you will go through a standard security screening. Just follow all the other people that get off the train.

If you are attending events at the track on Friday or Saturday, or if you would prefer to enter the Monza grounds from the East side instead of the Northwest corner, you can catch a number of regular trains from either Milano Centrale or Milano Porto Garibaldi:

  • From Milano Centrale: look for trains headed to Lecco, Tirano, or Chiasso
  • From Milano Porto Garibaldi: look for trains headed to Lecco, Bergamo, Chiasso, Molteno, or Chiavenna

The trip takes around 20-30 minutes, trains run quite frequently, and tickets cost around €2 each way. Disembark at Stazione di Monza at which point you will need to walk about 45-60 minutes (despite sharing a name, the Stazione di Monza and the race track are actually quite far apart) or catch a black-line shuttle bus (tickets are €4 euros return). The shuttle bus unfortunately still drops you off a fair distance from the race track, so expect to walk about 20 minutes from the bus to the Eastern entrance gate (labelled Ingresso A on the Monza map) near the Parabolica portion of the track. Also allow additional time to then walk from the entrance gate to your seats.

Other Helpful Tips

Here are additional tips to make your visit at Monza more informed and enjoyable:

  • The security check at park gates consists of a metal detector and bag check. You are permitted to bring in your own food and non-alcoholic drinks, but any beverages must be in plastic bottles not exceeding 500 ml. Before attending, I saw that the website mentioned no glass bottles, but at the security screening my 500 ml insulated metal water bottle was also confiscated. If this happens to you, take a photo of your bottle and at the end of the event exit from the same gate, as they actually kept all the confiscated bottles and made them available for pick up. Thankfully mine was still there and I got it back.

  • There was bottled water and Heineken beer (the title sponsor) available for purchase from vendors walking up and down the grand stands at somewhat reasonable prices (i.e. €2.50 for 500 ml bottles of water)

  • There were several food vendors spread out across the park grounds, but the lines looked long. I didn’t purchase any food so I can’t speak to its cost or quality. To keep things simple, consider stopping somewhere before your trip to Monza and pick up snacks to bring with you.

  • There is a fighter jet flyby at the start of the race, but if you are in the covered grand stands you won’t be able to see them. You’ll definitely hear them though!

  • The Formula 1 cars are loud so I would definitely recommend bringing ear plugs with you. I didn’t see any for sale on-site, but I didn’t look particularly hard either. Better to err on the side of caution and bring your own if you want to be sure you have some form of protection with you.

  • There were lots of volunteers positioned along the network of paths in the park leading from the entrance gates to the various grand stands. While some could speak better English than others, I found it pretty straightforward to just show my ticket to any of them and they could then direct me with hand motions toward my grand stand. They were all helpful and friendly in my experience.

  1. Depending on the time of year, the official Formula 1 website may not have tickets for sale, in which case I don’t believe the representative photos are accessible. 

  2. While the tickets were more expensive than some of the remaining options listed on the official Formula 1 website, they weren’t too crazy – maybe a 20% premium. But be wary of resellers that may drastically inflate the price of tickets trying to take advantage of desperate race fans. 
  3. As an example, we used the special train service on race day and had a 30 minute walk (including the time spent asking several volunteers for directions along the way) from the entry gate to our seats in grand stand #4 on the main straight-away. If you aren’t in a rush the walk is quite lovely, with lots of trees and greenery along the way – it feels more like a forest than a raceway! 
Friday, August 24, 2018

Heat: the Next Big Inequality Issue   


Amy Fleming, writing for The Guardian:

When July’s heatwave swept through the Canadian province of Quebec, killing more than 90 people in little over a week, the unrelenting sunshine threw the disparities between rich and poor into sharp relief.

While the well-heeled residents of Montreal hunkered down in blissfully air conditioned offices and houses, the city’s homeless population – not usually welcome in public areas such as shopping malls and restaurants – struggled to escape the blanket of heat.


It was the poor and isolated who quietly suffered the most in the heat – a situation echoed in overheated cities across the world. In the US, immigrant workers are three times more likely to die from heat exposure than American citizens. In India, where 24 cities are expected to reach average summertime highs of at least 35C (95F) by 2050, it is the slum dwellers who are most vulnerable. And as the global risk of prolonged exposure to deadly heat steadily rises, so do the associated risks of human catastrophe.

Just another unanticipated cost of climate change, disproportionately borne by the less fortunate.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Stephen Miller is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.   


David Glosser, in an opinion piece published by Politico:

I have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, an educated man who is well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country.

If I had to choose a single word to describe the Trump administration, ‘hypocrisy’ would be very high on the list of options. Whether it is Trump himself or the people he surrounds himself with, there is a seemingly endless list of examples.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Things of Interest Goes Secure


As you might have already noticed, over the past week I’ve spent some time migrating Things of Interest from a web server that used a regular unsecured HTTP connection to one that uses HTTPS. While there isn’t any particular reason that our visitors would need to keep their connection to this site private, it is now industry best practice and serving pages via HTTPS can apparently help with getting higher Google search rankings.

Since changing a website from HTTP to HTTPS is a fairly significant task, I also took the opportunity to switch web hosts at the same time. Things of Interest is now hosted on a cloud platform designed specifically for WordPress sites (the blogging software that powers the site), so you should notice a much more responsive site. As an added advantage, the host can automatically scale the resources dedicated to Things of Interest and that should allow us to grow over time and help us handle any temporary traffic surges more smoothly.

Finally, you also might have noticed a slight change to the design of the site — it was pretty subtle so you’re forgiven if you didn’t notice anything. With all the changes going on behind the scenes, it seemed appropriate to also give some love to the stuff people actually see.

Air Canada Unveils Back-to-the-Future Bid for Loyalty Plan   


Scott Deveau and Frederic Tomesco, reporting for Bloomberg:

The airline is teaming up with Visa Inc. and two Canadian banks on a C$250 million ($190 million) cash offer for Aimia Inc.’s Aeroplan rewards program. If accepted — and Aimia surged the most on record on the news — the deal would return the loyalty plan to Air Canada, which spun it off in 2005.


The surprise bid marks a shift in strategy for Canada’s biggest airline, which had announced plans last year to cut ties with Aeroplan and begin its own rewards program in 2020. Taking control of Aimia’s system would enable Aeroplan members to transfer their points to Air Canada’s program, eliminating the risk for the carrier that frequent flyers would stick with the old plan over the new one.

This deal stinks. If you are Air Canada, why not negotiate with Aimia in good faith for the Aeroplan program assets before publicly announcing that you are cutting ties in 2020 and starting your own loyalty program? That announcement can now only be viewed as a tactic to lower the value of Aeroplpan, making it an easier acquisition target. Sure, that probably seems like a great move on paper, but as a potential customer or investor, it comes off as cut-throat and downright unethical.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Mr. Rogers Was My Actual Neighbour   


Adam Eisenstat, writing for Vox:

Mr. Rogers and the world I had stumbled into briefly after ringing his doorbell, the very world conjured on his show, offered a glimpse into how things could be if adults treated children with real respect.

Fred Rogers’s ethos was unlike any other: scrupulously moderate, tolerant, and anti-consumerist, driven by cutting-edge models of child development and infused with dollops of real Christian love. (Rogers was in fact an ordained Presbyterian minister.)

At the same time, his worldview was steeped in traditional values: discipline, modesty, self-control — preparing children for the real world of routine and responsibility. And he was training the parents of the future, delivering his message across the “vast wasteland” of television and directly into people’s living rooms.

The antithesis of Donald Trump.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

How Amazon Scrambled to Fix Prime Day Glitches   


Eugene Kim, writing for CNBC:

Amazon, based in Seattle, Washington, started seeing glitches across its site as soon as Prime Day launched at noon local time on Monday. In response, Amazon rushed to its backup plans and made quick changes during the first hour of the event.

Updates made at 12 p.m. say Amazon switched the front page to a simpler “fallback” page, as it saw a growing number of errors. Amazon’s front page on Prime Day looked oddly simple and rather poorly designed, noted Caesar, saying a simplified web page was likely put up to reduce load on their servers.

By 12:15 p.m., Amazon decided to temporarily cut off all international traffic to “reduce pressure” on its Sable system, and by 12:37 p.m., it reopened the default front page to only 25 percent of traffic. At 12:40 p.m., Amazon made certain changes that improved the performance of Sable, but just two minutes later, it went back to “consider” blocking approximately 5 percent of “unrecognized traffic to U.S.,” according to one of the documents.

I’m a sucker for a good “story behind the story” and this is a really fascinating read. It’s also refreshing to know that even the best of the best sometimes make mistakes.

Thursday, May 31, 2018



Ulisti is a new app, available free on the App Store, created by yours truly.

For the past few months I’ve been working on it in my spare time, and I would really appreciate if you gave it a try. As this is version 1.0 there are still some bugs that I need your help in identifying and squashing, but more importantly I’d love to hear what you think works well, what needs improvement, and what features you’d like to see added next. I have a lot of ideas of my own for future enhancements, but I think version 1.0 is a decent starting point.

Here’s a brief overview of the app:

Ulisti is a simple and powerful way to make lists and keep them organized.

With Ulisti you can:
• Make rankings and countdowns of your top 10 favorite movies or the best restaurants in town
• Make checklists for your weekly groceries or important reminders
• Make alphabetically sorted lists for your recipe catalogue
• Make lists with custom ordering so you can control exactly what goes where
• Store photos, descriptions, notes, tags, and links along with your list items
• Sync everything to the cloud

With support for multiple list types, Ulisti replaces the need for several other apps. With useful features like clipboard awareness, you can quickly add photos or links to your list items. And with an ambitious feature roadmap, this is just the beginning!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Matrix in 4K HDR


I originally watched The Matrix in a friend’s basement when I was 16 or 17. It was a poor quality copy playing on his rather small TV connected to his rather slow computer. But that didn’t stop me from being completely blown away by the story and special effects. Fast forward 19 years and we now have Warner Brothers re-releasing the iconic film in 4K and high dynamic range. I watched it last night and was thoroughly impressed. The film’s special effects hold up incredibly well (not perfect in the CGI-heavy sentinel scenes, but pretty damn impressive for something almost 20 years old) and I would argue the story is even more relevant today than in 1999.

Definitely worth a watch.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Reading Backlog


Pocket is a great app for keeping track of articles you want to read, but I often collect a lot more in there than I ever get around to posting. Here’s a small collection of articles that should have been posted over the past few years:

  • The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery at the age of 57 has an idea for a new one at 92 (Quartz, February 2015):

    Unlike the transistor, the lithium-ion battery has not won a Nobel Prize. But many people think it should. The lithium-ion battery gave the transistor reach. Without it, we would not have smartphones, tablets or laptops, including the device you are reading at this very moment. There would be no Apple. No Samsung. No Tesla.

  • How 5G will push a supercharged network to your phone, home, car (CNET, March 2015):

    5G networks will be about 66 times faster than 4G. That speed opens up intriguing new capabilities. Self-driving cars can make time-critical decisions. Video chats will make us feel like we’re all in the same room. And cities can monitor traffic congestion, pollution levels and parking demand — and then feed that information to your smart car in real time.

  • The Credit Card Obsessives Who Game the System—and Share Their Secrets Online (Racked, April 2015):

    Last year, Angelina Aucello took 90 flights across the globe. The 28-year-old stay-at-home mom spent close to nothing on trips to the Middle East, Australia, South America, and Asia.

    Her secret? Credit cards—and not just three or four. Aucello currently has 24 cards; she’s been avidly collecting points and miles on them for a decade.

  • John Oliver Shows How Dumb It Is For Cities To Finance Sports Stadiums (The Huffington Post, July 2015):

    American cities are shelling out big money for new sports stadiums — and John Oliver has one question: Why?

  • The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy (The Atlantic, October 2015):

    In 2011, several citizen scientists flagged one particular star as “interesting” and “bizarre.” The star was emitting a light pattern that looked stranger than any of the others Kepler was watching.

  • Jimmy Wales: I don’t regret not monetising Wikipedia (The Telegraph, January 2016):

    Fast-forward 37 years, and the now 49-year-old Wales is at the helm of a website so vast, it would take more than 21 years for a normal person to read the English-language pages alone.

    But, perhaps unexpectedly, he is also – as his wife’s maid of honour described him in a toast at their wedding – the one world-famous internet entrepreneur who didn’t become a billionaire.

  • America’s democracy has become illiberal (The Washington Post, December 2016):

    Two decades ago, I wrote an essay in Foreign Affairs that described an unusual and worrying trend: the rise of illiberal democracy. Around the world, dictators were being deposed and elections were proliferating. But in many of the places where ballots were being counted, the rule of law, respect for minorities, freedom of the press and other such traditions were being ignored or abused. Today, I worry that we might be watching the rise of illiberal democracy in the United States — something that should concern anyone, Republican or Democrat, Donald Trump supporter or critic.

  • Canadians Adopted Refugee Families for a Year. Then Came ‘Month 13.’ (The New York Times, March 2017):

    Ordinary Canadians had essentially adopted thousands of Syrian families, donating a year of their time and money to guide them into new lives just as many other countries shunned them. Some citizens already considered the project a humanitarian triumph; others believed the Syrians would end up isolated and adrift, stuck on welfare or worse. As 2016 turned to 2017 and the yearlong commitments began to expire, the question of how the newcomers would fare acquired a national nickname: Month 13, when the Syrians would try to stand on their own.

  • History Tells Us What Will Happen Next With Brexit And Trump (The Huffington Post, July 2017):

    My point is that this is a cycle. It happens again and again, but as most people only have a 50-100 year historical perspective they don’t see that it’s happening again. As the events that led to the First World War unfolded, there were a few brilliant minds who started to warn that something big was wrong, that the web of treaties across Europe could lead to a war, but they were dismissed as hysterical, mad, or fools, as is always the way, and as people who worry about Putin, Brexit and Trump are dismissed now.

    Then after the War to end all Wars, we went and had another one. Again, for a historian it was quite predictable. Lead people to feel they have lost control of their country and destiny, people look for scapegoats, a charismatic leader captures the popular mood, and singles out that scapegoat. He talks in rhetoric that has no detail, and drums up anger and hatred. Soon the masses start to move as one, without any logic driving their actions, and the whole becomes unstoppable.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Inside the Amish town that builds U2, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift’s live shows   


Stephen Armstrong, writing for WIRED, gives an intriguing glimpse into the company at the forefront of live show set design:

It’s always a difficult moment for designers such as Lipson and Williams when rock stars doodle their concepts for stage shows. To get a stadium tour from notion to opening night costs tens of millions. Thousands of people are needed to design, build, assemble, market and sell the show. The technology involved often doesn’t exist yet.

In this case, at first, the set design looked simple – a 61-metre-wide, 14-metre-high 8K LED video screen painted gold with a silhouette of a Joshua tree picked out in silver. During the second half of the show, the screen would show epic high-definition American landscapes shot by photographer and director Anton Corbijn. There would also be a tree-shaped catwalk and satellite stage extending into the audience, plus steel trusses that dangled lights and speakers high above the stage.

To deliver that concept, however, required at least three world-first equipment prototypes: a video-controlled follow-spotlight that tracked performers using a CCTV system; a state-of-the-art carbon-fibre video screen (the largest and highest resolution ever used for a concert tour, with pixels just 8.5mm apart); and prototype speakers from audio specialists Clair Brothers that are so powerful, only 16 speakers are needed to flood even the largest stadium with sound.

I’m always wowed by the spectacle of the massive sets and stunning tour productions put on by big-name artists, but I had no idea that so many of them come from the same source – Tait Towers. Take a look at the company’s impressive portfolio which includes work for The Academy Awards, AC/DC, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, The London Olympics, The Rolling Stones, and many more.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings?   


Max Fisher and Josh Keller reporting for the New York Times:

But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many mass shootings?

Perhaps, some speculate, it is because American society is unusually violent. Or its racial divisions have frayed the bonds of society. Or its citizens lack proper mental care under a health care system that draws frequent derision abroad.

These explanations share one thing in common: Though seemingly sensible, all have been debunked by research on shootings elsewhere in the world. Instead, an ever-growing body of research consistently reaches the same conclusion.

The only variable that can explain the high rate of mass shootings in America is its astronomical number of guns.

The next time you hear someone proclaim, “guns aren’t the problem, ______ are the problem” stop and inform them that in fact guns are LITERALLY the problem.

Ontario minister refuses to release man from solitary who’s spent four years in isolation   


Adrian Morrow and Patrick White, writing for The Globe and Mail:

The minister in charge of Ontario’s prisons will not release from solitary confinement an inmate who has spent four years in isolation without trial despite a growing chorus of voices demanding action.

Community Safety Minister David Orazietti is under pressure to let Adam Capay, a 23-year-old First Nations man, out of the Plexiglas-lined cell at the Thunder Bay Jail where he is confined alone under 24-hour-a-day artificial light.

Mr. Capay was charged in 2012 with killing another inmate in a fight, and has not yet come to trial.

I read this story a few minutes after watching a Lonely Planet video showcasing Canada as the top pick in their Best in Travel 2017 list. In their description of our country, Lonely Planet highlights Canada’s “reputation for inclusiveness and impeccable politeness.” Perhaps someone should forward that link to the Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

An online petition is collecting signatures and requesting the end to the inhuman treatment of inmate Adam Capay.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Delete2Archive for macOS 10.12 Sierra


In September, Apple released macOS 10.12 Sierra. Due to some changes to the way handled plugins, it unfortunately took me much longer to update Delete2Archive than I would have liked. After a month of searching and testing I was finally able to identify the compatibility issue and now have a version of Delete2Archive that is compatible with macOS Sierra.

However, I would strongly reinforce my prior suggestions that you try to get working natively to archive your messages without the need of this plugin as has come a long way since macOS 10.9 Mavericks in terms of Gmail support and I have not used Delete2Archive personally since macOS 10.9.2. In macOS 10.12 Sierra, there are now specific settings under Preferences > Accounts > Mailbox Behaviors that allow you to map your Gmail folders to their equivalents, including the Archive mailbox. Please give it a try before downloading the latest version of Delete2Archive.

For those that still legitimately need the plugin, follow the installation instructions and download the new version of the plugin from the Delete2Archive page.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

An absurd week in America’s two-tier election   


Scott Gilmore, writing for Macleans:

Every day, Trump says something or is revealed to have done something that would have disqualified every other candidate for president over the last 40 years. Howard Dean’s political career ended after he yelled too loudly at a campaign rally. All Michael Dukakis had to do was pose for a picture in a tank and his campaign was over.

By contrast, Trump is exposed as a liar, a fraud or a bigot on an hourly basis. He is shown repeatedly to be ignorant of the most basic elements of the U.S. Constitution or international affairs. You could describe his entire campaign as a train wreck, if a train was able to crash day after day non-stop. But still, the pundits roll their eyes—“That’s just Trump being Trump”—and turn to Clinton’s cough.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Delete2Archive for OS X 10.11.4


Last week Apple released OS X 10.11.4, the fourth update to El Capitan.

As was done for prior versions of the operating system, I’ve released a new version of Delete2Archive that is compatible with the latest update. Follow the installation instructions and download the new version of the plugin from the Delete2Archive page.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Delete2Archive for OS X 10.11.2


Late last year, Apple released OS X 10.11.2, the second update to El Capitan.

As was done for prior versions of the operating system, I’ve released a new version of Delete2Archive that is compatible with the latest update. Follow the installation instructions and download the new version of the plugin from the Delete2Archive page.