15th January 2016

“I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel, Emma, and Rupert from ten years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes…”Those were the words of Alan Rickman when he wrote a goodbye letter to Professor Snape in 2011, but they feel very apt today. You can read the full letter at The Independent, but no matter how popular he was as Snape, he will always be Hans Gruber in Die Hard who somehow resurrected to become the sorrowful Harry in Love Actually.

You can now buy and sell people on Twitter using an app called Stolen. The app breaks so many rules including being able to write on your timeline and see your friends with almost no safeguards at all. Surely it will be blocked in the next few days?

There have been some serious storms in New York, Chicago and Pittsburgh and these photos really do highlight the severity. They made me reconsider my annoyance at having to de-ice my car this morning.

Microsoft has posted a page detailing how to manage Windows 10 upgrade notifications. I use a Mac every day and when I do have to use my son’s Windows 10 laptop, I am constantly amazed at how many updates it requires almost every single day. There has to be something wrong with an operating system that needs so many updates, besides the slowness and security issues.

The Dragnet is an excellent new longform story over at The Verge which starts with the following- “On May 6th, 2008, a package containing $68,000 in cash arrived at a FedEx store in Palo Alto, California. The bills had been washed in lantern fuel, as per instruction, then double-vacuum-sealed and placed inside the cavity of a stuffed animal, which was then gift wrapped. The store had been chosen carefully: it was open all night, and located just 500 feet from a Caltrain station. The package was general delivery, to be picked up at the store by a man named Patrick Stout.” That should be enough for you to take a longer look.

No one seems to know for sure how popular the Apple Watch has been, but a new study by MBLM is suggesting that enthusiasm is cooling off already. In my experience, every single person I know who bought one, bar one, stopped wearing it after a few weeks and they have not gone back to it since. To be fair, I don’t believe that Apple is the problem here. It is more a case of the form of any watch having limited potential for real-world usefulness when performing computing tasks.

The Twitter murder that never happened is a crazy story that shows just how quick we are to believe what is written on social networks and the internet in general. “It was a horrific crime that came to light in a series of impassioned tweets that gripped and appalled a nation. But it was all made up. The story of a brutal rape and murder has provoked an outpouring of emotion from South African social media users, and was picked up by the press. It turned out to be completely fabricated, but has sparked a very real debate about rape in the country.”

“Most everything in the American Museum of Natural History is from another place or time: fossils from extinct creatures, rocks from space or deep within the earth, the yearly hot-house of butterflies sipping nectar and dodging toddlers in the midst of wintry New York. This seems to be what the museum is for. But in one hall of the museum, the artifact from the past is a bit of the museum itself: Like a time capsule of sorts, though it almost seems like they’ve forgotten that it’s there.” You can read The Fullness of a Moment here. It’s worth it.

Now and again an app comes along which is so beautifully designed, I just have to try it. Pendo is one such app and I have to say that my first impressions are extremely positive. It is completely free with an in-app purchase to reward the developer, and just may help you get organised in a stress-free way.

The next TiQ newsletter will be delivered in the early hours of Monday morning so you have a weekend off. Enjoy… 

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