Stuart Breckenridge

Spam iCloud Calendar Invitations

Today I received a spam calendar invite on my iCloud account. Had this been at work (on Outlook) I’d have just declined without sending a response. But this is iCloud and it plays by different rules! Surprisingly, it appears that there is no way on iOS or macOS to delete a calendar invitation without informing the originator:

Informing Your Spammer

Why there is no way to simply delete an invite without a response is beyond me. It presents a security risk in that by responding you are confirming that your email address is real and in use.

It’s certainly one for @AppleSupport:


There is a solution via Pixel Envy and The Dangling Pointer:

  1. Create a new iCloud calendar (not “On My Mac”).
  2. Move the spam event to the new iCloud calendar.
  3. Delete the new iCloud calendar.
  4. Calendar will now prompt you with “Delete and Don’t Notify” and “Delete and Notify”.
  5. Select “Delete and Don’t Notify”.

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FIFA's Investigation into the Display of Poppies

Over the last few weeks the Football Associations of Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland made the decision to allow their players to display poppies during international matches. FIFA have responded by launching disciplinary investigations into each Association.

Sky News:

FIFA has opened disciplinary cases against England and Scotland after their players wore armbands with poppy emblems.


Both teams face the possibility of a fine, or even a World Cup points deduction.

BBC News:

Fifa is investigating the Football Associations of Wales and Northern Ireland over poppy displays during recent games.

Fans formed a poppy mosaic ahead of Wales’ 12 November World Cup qualifier against Serbia while players wore black arm-bands.

Northern Ireland fans did likewise while their players also wore black arm bands when they hosted Azerbaijan.

While FIFA rules prohibit wearing anything that could be perceived to be a political statement, I’d argue that wearing a poppy is nothing of the sort. It is simply a sign of remembrance:

Today, they [poppies] are most common in the UK, New Zealand and Canada, and are used to commemorate their servicemen and women killed in all conflicts. — Wikipedia

I’d take the fine and points deduction every single time.

The Trials of Life

I’ve been watching the first few episodes of Planet Earth II through iTunes and, as usual, I’m staggered by the scenes the BBC have been able to capture. In episode 2, where the bears are scratching their backs, that had my 13 month old son laughing. They are unparalleled.

To my surprise, the BBC series that got me hooked on natural history is available on iTunes: The Trials of Life. 12 (no where near close to HD) episodes that were originally given to me on VHS as a gift over 25 years ago that still stick with me to this day. They must have been good.

Settled for a Fraction

Donald Trump settled the fraud lawsuit related to Trump University for $25 million and then, predictably, implied that the settlement was a good deal for him, not a good deal for the plaintiffs, and that the potential fraud amounted to a much higher sum:

Squarespace Finally Adds SSL to Websites

One of the main reasons I migrated my website from Squarespace to Jekyll almost two years ago was that there was no way to secure my site with SSL. As of late October, Squarespace are (finally) securing all websites using Let’s Encrypt, for free. Franklin Angulo writes:

So, starting today, we’re proud to offer free SSL on all Squarespace websites.


Squarespace is taking care of almost everything, making this an easy transition for customers. To seamlessly manage SSL certificates for all of our websites, we’ve partnered with Let’s Encrypt, a free and open certificate authority (CA) run for the public’s benefit that provides free SSL certificates.

I’m in no rush to return to Squarespace just yet, but if anyone knows of a quick way to convert Jekyll posts into a Squarespace import file, please let me know.