Very quick update for you today: I have decided to change the blog’s theme. This one looks a bit more suited to a technical blog, I am keen to give this a try. Let me know what you all think ;)
For those who don’t know it, VeraCrypt is the successor of the wildly popular encryption software TrueCrypt, whose development stopped a couple of years ago, apparently after the introduction of the BitLocker functionality in Windows 7 and 8.
The biggest advantage of something like TrueCrypt lied in the fact that it was multi-platform, unlike its Microsoft counterpart. VeraCrypt is also multi-platform (it’s available on Windows, Mac and Linux) and has an additional advantage over TrueCrypt, being open source which, for a Security product, is always good news (for those of you who are wondering, TrueCrypt wasn’t really open source as it had a very particular license, as you can read in its Wikipedia page).
Anyway, installing VeraCrypt on Windows is very straightforward (it’s the typical Next-Next-Next-Finish process), but if you want to use it on Mac OS, you need an additional piece of software to make this work (not that it makes the process any more difficult anyway, but still it’s good to have here for reference).
If you formatted a flash drive with the exFAT file system on Windows and changed the default cluster size to optimize it for the type of files you will be using your flash drive for, you might have stumbled upon a Mac OS X compatibility issue.
Apparently, Mac OS X cannot properly mount an exFAT-formatted drive when the cluster size is bigger than 1024. So, if you want to use the drive without issues both on Windows and on Mac OS, so far there seems to be only one solution: format your drive with a cluster size no bigger than 1024.
This was tested on a fully-patched Mac OS X El Capitan install, so as of today, the issue still exists. Mac OS does not completely still support this file system, and the fact that Microsoft is keeping it effectively proprietary is certainly not helping.
I have been using Day One, the OSX and iOS journaling app, for quite some time now. I don’t use it regularly and some times I write more than others but I can say that, overall, I have found it quite useful. It’s a pleasure to use and its eye for typography is a big plus for me.
The developers of Day One have recently released version 2, which added support for multiple journals and multiple photos per entry, among other things. However, the new release has brought some discontent as well, mainly for what is considered a steep price ($9,99 for the iOS version and $39,99 for the Mac version), and the removal of Dropbox and iCloud as syncing options (you can only use their own sync service with version 2).
Personally, I think I’ll leave my opinion on version 2 for another post, but what I have personally been missing is multiplatform support. I understand that you cannot expect developers to focus on all platforms, and that it’s better to have a nice app on one platform only than a crappy app on every platform, but in today’s world I think that this approach might be risky, with the huge choice of systems and devices available.
Well, long story short, I wanted to view my journal content even when I was not on a Mac, but since there is currently no Day One web app yet, I decided to code it myself.
First post. The best one so far, no doubts about it.