Moxie Marlinspike is fascinating.

Read Anna Weiner’s excellent profile of Moxie Marlinspike, the guy behind Signal.

Enforcing laws, Marlinspike believes, should be difficult. He likes to say that “we should all have something to hide,” a statement that he intends not as a blanket endorsement of criminal activity but as an acknowledgment that the legal system can be manipulated, and that even the most banal activities or text messages can be incriminating. In his view, frequent lawbreaking points to systemic rot. He often cites the legalization of same-sex marriage and, in some states, marijuana as evidence that people sometimes need to challenge laws or engage in nominally criminal activity for years before progress can be made. “Before, it was inconceivable,” he said. “After, it was inconceivable that it was ever inconceivable.” Privacy, he says, is a necessary condition for experimentation, and for social change. He compares the need for a secure digital space to the need for a private domestic one—where, for instance, a child might safely experiment with gender identity or expression. “If I’m dissatisfied with this world—and I think that I might be—a problem is that you can only desire based on what you know,” Marlinspike said. “You have certain experiences in this world, they produce certain desires, those desires reproduce the world. Our reality today just keeps reproducing itself. If you can create different experiences that manifest different desires, then it’s possible that those will lead to the production of different worlds.”

The Greatest Joke Ever Told

The hardest I remember laughing was at a Weekend Update joke Norm MacDonald told. Always my favorite from SNL, I’m so sorry to hear of his death.

“I’m pretty sure, I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure if you die, the cancer dies at the same time. That’s not a loss. That’s a draw.”

IT’S HERE!!! Premiere Pro goes Apple Silicon Native

One of the last big pieces of software I’ve been waiting to go full Apple Silicon Native has finally been released! Adobe Premiere Pro is now fully native on Apple Silicon!

When Apple shifted Macs from PowerPC to Intel, it took forever for software manufacturers to catch up. At the time, pre-iPhone, Apple wasn’t even close to the cultural presence it is today. I remember working at the Apple store in 2008 when Office 2008 was released. The intel switch had been completed 3-4 years earlier.

I have been so impressed by software manufacturers response to Apple Silicon. Microsoft had a native version of Office available in beta almost immediately, and shipping shortly thereafter. And Adobe’s Photoshop beta was live pretty quickly, and ended up shipping within six months or so of the first Apple Silicon hardware being released.

And now, Premiere Pro is native! I have a couple video projects that I’ve shot, but have been waiting to edit. I think subconsciously I was waiting for Premiere Pro, but semi-consciously, I just still really hate Final Cut Pro X.

I’ll post thoughts once I’ve used Premiere Pro in the next week or so.

Facebook is full of crap

Facebook took out a series of full-page ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post today to get in front of Apple’s anti-tracking alert that your iphone will start showing you in 2021. Apple’s privacy update that Facebook is so concerned about merely pops up a notice asking if user’s consent to ad-tracking or if the phone should block cross-app and cross-site tracking.

Facebook has previously cautioned that Apple’s changes would lead to difficulties, not only for its own business model, but also for small businesses who use its platform to advertise. Facebook claims that ads displayed without personalized targeting generate 60 percent fewer sales than ads that do target consumers.


Just as a reminder – Facebook was caught offering a malicious VPN app that sent all of the app’s users’ phone browsing and other data straight to Facebook’s servers.

This ad Facebook released today is clearly misdirection. Facebook’s own aggresive tracking can’t withstand some sunlight, which is what Apple is going to direct at it. This is not about small business, this is about Facebook’s advertising business.

Don’t trust Facebook.