Plutonic Rainbows

Fahrenheit Calculator

Simple script that calculates degrees Fahrenheit.

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

x = float(raw_input("°C: "))

fahrenheit = x * 1.8 + 32

print "Fahrenheit: {0:.1f}°F".format (fahrenheit)


Truly there is some absolute rubbish on Netflix. Quite how this sci-fi drama got remade is probably solely down to the success of the writer George R.R. Martin and the Game Of Thrones series.

However, don’t be fooled. This series is simply dreadful. No coherent plot, poor acting and characters that do not engage the viewer whatsoever.

Halide - New App

So it seems that Halide, the makers of the camera app for iOS have something new launching this month as mentioned here. I wonder what they could be up to? There are already dozens of photo editing applications out there - my go to for RAW editing is Adobe’s Lightroom. It would seem pointless to go up against that. Maybe it’s not even photography related.

Mikron - Severance

New album due on Friday following up Warning Score from 2016. Previews hint at a more atmospheric set of tracks than before. It will be available in a number of formats and you can buy it from Bleep.


This is very good indeed. More atmospheric (and somehow more complete) than their debut album - not that I didn’t like that. But this is a different beast altogether. Standouts for me are: Embers, Lyre, Aldergrove, Sunken Paths and Cast on a Clock Face.

Best thing I’ve heard so far this year.


I began using this app yesterday. It uses Location Services and GPS in order to track your movement. Great for hiking. It also gives you lots of other useful stats such as calories used and a map of your progress. You can read more about Strava here.

Face Time Woes

Juli Clover at MacRumours:

There’s a major bug in FaceTime right now that lets you connect to someone and hear their audio without the person even accepting the call. You can force a FaceTime call with someone and hear what they’re saying, perhaps even without their knowledge.

We tested the bug at MacRumors and were able to initiate a FaceTime call with each other where we could hear the person on the other end without ever having pressed the button to accept the call. To exploit the bug, all you have to do is add your own phone number to a FaceTime call you’ve already initiated, which apparently creates a major FaceTime issue.

Adding your own phone number to Group FaceTime a second time causes the call between both parties to connect. You can hear the person on the other end and they can hear you, even though the call wasn’t accepted.

What’s weird about this is that I had an unknown FaceTime caller a few days ago. I’ve disabled FaceTime until Apple issue an update.


Finally got out today as the weather is better. Still cold but clearer skies.

Smart Battery Case Charging Time

Today I let the phone and case drain down completely - to the point where the iPhone shut down. Using a 30w USB-C Lightning connection, these are the times it took to charge. What’s really interesting is that with USB-C, the case and phone charge in parallel.


  • iPhone 85%
  • Smart Battery Case 79%

1hr 15 mins

  • iPhone 93%
  • Smart Battery Case 90%

1hr 24 mins

  • iPhone 96%
  • Smart Battery Case 96%

1hr 30 mins

  • iPhone 97%
  • Smart Battery case 98%

1hr 32 mins

  • iPhone 98%
  • Smart Battery Case 100%

1hr 40 mins

  • iPhone 100%
  • Smart Battery Case 100%


When I left the iPhone unattended all night, by 10:30 am, the battery had dropped by 10%. I think this because I had Dark Sky constantly using Location Services. I’m also going to make it a practice now to have the XS Max on Low Power Mode unless I’m away from the house and keep Bluetooth disabled. This is because I have my computer and iPad, should I need them.


This great application is now free and open source. I recommend this if you don’t want to pay almost a hundred dollars for Panic’s Coda.


Spent the best part of the day tidying away magazines.