Undocumented Features
Undocumented Features

Undocumented Features

A random collection of rants about real life development mistakes.


The Brave Browser is making genuine efforts to remain relevant

20 Oct 2021 3 minute read 2 comments Luca B

While reading a very good post from @thatkidsblack, I realized I followed a very similar path to his when I decided to start using Brave two years ago. I have always found internet ads to be intrusive and intolerable, way before they turned the web i...

Why passengers cannot use mobile phones on planes

13 Oct 2021 4 minute read 0 comments Luca B

As everybody knows, once the cabin door closes, all personal electronic devices must be turned off until the plane reaches 10,000 feet; the use of cell phones is prohibited from the moment the plane starts taxing until landing. These restrictions are...

Matrix PowerWatch series 1 - The Definitive Review (part 2)

5 Oct 2021 8 minute read 1 comment Luca B

The Matrix Powerwatch 1 (also known as "OPW", Original PowerWatch, or Series 1) hit the market in 2018 and raised a lot of attention with a captivating tagline (“The world’s first smartwatch powered by you”) and the enticing promise of solving one of...

Matrix PowerWatch series 1 - The Definitive Review (part 1)

30 Sep 2021 7 minute read 0 comments Luca B

The Matrix Powerwatch 1 (also known as "OPW", Original PowerWatch, or Series 1) hit the market in 2018 and raised a lot of attention with a captivating tagline (“The world’s first smartwatch powered by you”) and the enticing promise of solving one o...

Everybody can upgrade to Windows 11, but should you?

20 Sep 2021 7 minute read 1 comment Luca B

It was awaited for some time, it has been hinted at, and it has sparked curiosity since rumors about it started circulating in early June: Windows 11, the next version of Windows, is now officially announced for general public release on October 5, 2...

Everyone is missing the point of Apple M1

9 Dec 2020 4 minute read 2 comments Luca B

  The previous articles of this series have analyzed the launch of the new Apple M1 SoC, the claims put forward about its architecture and performance, and the real value of the results measured. This article will focus on the downsides of early adop...

Apple M1 performance explained

2 Dec 2020 4 minute read 3 comments Luca B

Since its presentation in the November 2020 keynote - which has been covered in detail in a previous article - the new Apple M1 SoC has catalyzed the attention of media and tech enthusiasts. Being the first specimen of its new generation and represen...

Dispelling modern myths about passwords

26 Nov 2020 3 minute read 0 comments Luca B

In the previous posts of this series, it has been described why in general most passwords are insecure, why everybody created insecure passwords for more than 15 years despite their best intentions, and how hackers are quickly cracking these password...

When and why it's useful to use a VPN

20 Nov 2020 4 minute read 0 comments Luca B

There are several reasons to use a VPN and, without going too much in details, these can boil down to the following: hide internet activityas users have a reasonable expectation that whatever is done on the Internet is private, but oftentimes it's...

AirTags: how Apple will succeed where everyone else has failed

16 Nov 2020 6 minute read 2 comments Luca B

  Based on assets found around late 2019 in iOS 13.2 and trademarking details, Apple seems to be planning to release a new tracking accessory called "AirTag". These are small devices, also known as tracking tiles, that feature wireless connectivity a...