SpaceX to Launch Today from Vandenberg, 11:54:34am CST

In it’s first attempt to launch since the catastrophic launchpad explosion at Canaveral on September 1, 2016, SpaceX is set to launch today from Vandenberg AFB.

The Falcon 9 rocket is lifting and placing 10 (each the size of a Mini Cooper) Iridium satellites into low-Earth orbit. This is the first of 7 launches to eventually place at least 70 Iridium satellites into orbit, updating the original satellites from 20 years ago. From SpaceX’s press kit, “The process of replacing the satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before.”

SpaceX has another objective as well: returning the first stage to Earth intact by landing it on “Just Read the Instructions”, a droneship in the Pacific Ocean.


The launch can be watched on the official SpaceX site,


Apple Moves Into TV and Movies

From Business Insider, from a Wall Street Journal report (paywall):

Apple is preparing for a major push into original video content, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal — a move that could ultimately set it on a collision course with the likes of Netflix and Amazon.

What a terrific strategic move by Apple. With their enormous cash reserves, Apple can easily have a few misses and be very profitable in this niche. Apple’s unique culture should lend itself very well to entertainment production.

Add in improvements to Siri, Apple TV, and the rumored Echo/Alexa competitor, and Apple will be able to catch-up and challenge Amazon in the space.

This has me more excited about Apple than anything else in the rumor mill.


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Fixing LastPass with Safari Binary Install

Speaking of annoying tech problems, LastPass has been thwarting me ever since I received a new MacBook. It was unusable with Safari. LastPass worked fine with Chrome (eats too much battery) and Firefox (leaks too much memory), but no matter how many times I uninstalled and re-installed it, the binary component failed to load.

What is tragic is that the version has not been updated since May 2016, and the problem is a very simple fix, and presumably, a very easy update to the LastPass Installer. Zero help from LastPass tech support, even though we are an Enterprise user. Fortunately, a user figured it out.

The symptoms: In Safari, the LastPass plugin would not display “Copy Password” or “Copy User” and it did not have the icons to do so. Here are some images and fix:

More details can be found here and here.

Once you have it all straightened out, if you go to More Option -> About LastPass, if should show the Binary Component: true (Helper App): 

Doesn’t require too much technical skill, but don’t expect help from LastPass.



Fix Pressing Twice in Safari to Search

This is very annoying. I decided to do a clean install for my new MacBook, so some other tweaks that I apparently had from years before were lost. I guess.

But, one of the things that was very annoying on the new MacBook was that when I searched from the address bar, Safari was requiring me to press Enter twice. I was used to pressing it once.

Here is the fix:

Go to Safari Preferences, Search and disable “Include search engine suggestions”.

Presto, fixo!