Steve Best
Husband, Dad, Follower of Christ, PCI ISA, PCIP. Security nerd who loves basketball and Japanese cars. My opinions are my own…

Lee Peterson plans to keep his current iPhone 11 Pro and asks what everyone’s upgrade plans are. I have decided my iPhone 11 is more than enough for me and don’t plan to upgrade for a very long time.

I get that Apple is trying to spin not including a charging brick with the iPhone 12 as reducing environmental waste, but Matt Birchler makes some really great points here.

As for me, I’ll definitely be keeping my iPhone 11 for as long as I can.

Since receiving it as a birthday gift in September 2018, I can recall precisely two occasions when I have not worn my Apple Watch. The first occasion was for an important face to face business meeting, and I opted for a dressier watch. The second was this past Sunday. I have a few fairly nice watches that have been collecting dust on my nightstand, and on a whim, I decided to wear one of those watches to an afternoon family gathering.

It was not until I was asked at this family gathering what the temperature outside was that I realized how I had come to take for granted the wealth of information always available to me with a quick flick of the wrist. Forgetting that I was not wearing my Apple Watch, I glanced at my wrist only to see an analogue watch face, stagnant except for the second hand. It got me thinking. Being able to take a quick look at the current weather and the forecast for the next few days is certainly a convenience I had taken for granted. It made me stop to think about some of the other Apple Watch features that I use on a daily basis. …

Mark Frauenfelder writes on BoingBoing…

“I do feel weird about it; it feels like switching political parties. I’ve been a loyal Mac user for almost 20 years. But in that time span, Windows has evolved into an excellent operating system. This, and the fact that Windows computers are much less expensive than Apple computers, is enough to put me in the Windows camp.”

Mark’s piece resonates with me, as my wife recently went through a somewhat similar experience. This past summer, my wife was in need of a new laptop, and we bought her a new MacBook Air. She had used a Chromebook exclusively for a number of years, along with a few middle-of-the-road laptops. …

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Fall inevitably means new Apple products. In mid-September they announced a new watch and iPads, and they just announced new iPhones and a HomePod mini. Given that I have not yet used any of these products, the thoughts below are just some first impressions based on what was announced and my own bias.

New iPhones

Apple announced the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and they all look really sharp. They are reminiscent of the iPhone 5, 5S, and SE, but with the infamous notch, larger screens, and Face ID. They sport the newer, faster A14 Bionic processor, and the screen resolutions and cameras have, of course, improved across the board. …

Why I prefer the default iOS Mail app

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I am one of those people that actually likes email. Maybe it’s the fact that I came of age before texting, Facebook, Twitter, or even AOL Instant Messenger were things? Maybe I’m just weird? But the reality is, I really like email. I subscribe to a ton of newsletters, and I look forward to checking my inbox every morning. Yeah, it’s probably the weird thing.

I’m also one of those “inbox zero” people. For both work and personal email, I triage it as it arrives and deal with it accordingly. (Maybe in another post I’ll delve into the modified version of Merlin Mann’s system that I use.) Needless to say, as a person that has multiple email accounts, as a person who practices the “inbox zero” philosophy, and as a person who reads and responds to the majority of my email from my phone, a good email client is really important. …

A mini review of the mini Sega Genesis

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My Sega Genesis Mini

I completely missed the Sega Genesis. I was in middle school around the time that Sega’s follow up to the Master System was gaining in popularity. I saw the “Genesis does what Nintendon’t” ads on TV, and I played the Genesis from time to time while hanging out with friends. However, I never asked my parents for the Genesis. I was a bit of a Nintendo fanboy and had an original Nintendo, along with every other kid on my street. (Well, except my friend Joseph; he was the only person I knew who had a Master System back then.) Be that as it may, I never asked my parents for a Super Nintendo either. …

My daughter wanted to plant some pumpkin seeds back in early August. I think it may have been a bit late to plant them, as people have told me we should have started in May. However, watching them grow makes me feel like Bob, from what is probably one of my favorite episodes of Bob’s Burgers.

We planted a whole line of them. Although a couple got trampled by our dogs. Here are some of the photos of the growth process so far. I’ll keep updating them as they grow. I doubt we’ll have time to get any pumpkins this year, but we’ll see.

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First starting out
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Getting a little bigger
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This is a re-post and continuation of my original running list of the books that I have read thus far in 2020. My goal is for this list to keep growing.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Currently reading. (Link)

Out of the Blue

Witten by former major league pitcher Orel Hershisher after his remarkable 1998 World Series winning season, this is a good read, especially if you like baseball. There is a chapter called “Argyles, Low and Away” that is arguably the most important in the book. This is the chapter where he discusses his relationship with Jesus Christ. (Link)


This book follows Jamie Morton and the encounters that he has throughout his life with his town’s pastor, Charles Jacobs, who Jamie first meets when he is young. Pastor Jacobs is obsessed with electricity, and the book takes some really dark turns after a lot of character build up. It starts slow, but will eventually have you on the edge of your seat. Stephen King really knocks this one out of the park. I love his writing style. I have not read a lot of Stephen King books. I read Misery when I was in 8th grade or so, and I started The Stand last summer while on vacation, but did not finish it. However, Revival, along with Elevation, has made me a fan of Stephen King. I plan to read many more. …

(And why I’m here on Medium)

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Hi. I’m Steve, and I used to have a little slice of the web called The Art Directed Journal. My site was essentially a bunch of Github Pages that I had cobbled together as an excuse to practice HTML, CSS and improve my writing skills. It was essentially a fancy blog where each post had its own, unique style. I say that I used to have this site because due to a two-factor authentication snafu that was entirely my fault, I am essentially locked out of my Github account forever.

My Github woes started a few weeks ago, after I updated my iPhone 11 to iOS 14. I had been running the iOS 14 public betas for a few weeks prior with absolutely no issues. Naturally, as soon as Apple released the production version of iOS 14, I updated to it and deleted my public beta profile. However, I started to experience two issues that I had not previously experienced while running the public betas — my phone ran a little hotter than normal, and the battery life was substantially worse. Since my battery health/capacity still showed 100%, I decided to wipe the phone and completely reset to factory settings. …

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