Apple Lightning Cable Protector

While I’m much happier with the durability (and ease of pluggable use) of Apple’s Lightning cable, I’ve noticed that all my cords have started to disintegrate. Electrical tape seems to extend the life, but doesn’t feel very solid and looks gross especially after gunk starts accumulating on the cord end.

A battle-worn lightning cable

Apparently I’m not the only one since I found this model on Thingiverse to print your own protector.

Lightning cable protector model previewed in Cura

It’s a relatively quick print at 28 minutes. My main advice is to be sure to add a brim around the edge on this model since it is so skinny at the base. My first print attempt broke free from the glass plate as the leverage applied to it grew the taller the object became.

Siri-controlled Blog Publishing

Hot on the heels of setting up my markdown-dropbox-blog workflow, I realized I needed a more reliable way to regenerate and rsync the rendered files. The workflow I had set up worked fine for new articles, but not for edits to already-published articles, it assumed I wanted to publish immediately, and didn’t offer any easy way to handle any sort of failure.

What I came up with seems like the digital equivalent of a Rube Goldberg machine but it works and affords flexibility for automating other tasks as well. Besides, Rube Goldberg machines are awesome.

tl;dr – Simply hit a button or say “Siri, add refresh blog to the automation list” and sit back while your Jekyll-based blog rebuilds and republishes itself.

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