When I wake up, I usually open Twitter to go with my coffee. Today is the first time I opened Mastodon first and the first interesting toot was about a barista. There are no coincidences.
Dear Twitter, you obviously don’t understand your own product or your users. Your infatuation with becoming something you are not will be the death of you, if you continue along this path. You lack apps on many OSes and the ones you do have aren’t very good. Stop this madness. Stop being delusional. Stop supporting evil. Do. The. Right. Thing. And bring back full API access to 3rd-party clients, whose creators actually understand our needs. #BreakingMyTwitter
I am still unsure about leaving Twitter but I am on Mastodon. You can find me @firstname.lastname@example.org. Come say hi.
Sometimes I wish I could follow people’s tweets via RSS (without jumping through any hoops).
There’s something amazing about using a 15-inch tablet, weighing only 800 grams or so. It might not be as refined as an iPad but there are areas where it offers so much more. Kudos to Microsoft for the Surface Book.
I was going to be nice and professional about it, write a few paragraphs about the future of the platform, but you know what… You don’t screw with the most loyal 1% of your users (which is a few million people in case you haven’t noticed).
Fuck you Twitter!
Micro.blog seems like the only sensible alternative to Twitter and Facebook at the moment. I love that it’s built on open web technologies even if it isn’t yet as frictionless as Twitter. I strongly feel that this is the way to go in the age of closing everything down.
I’m sitting with my 2016 MacBook Pro Escape on my lap, connected to its charger, really missing MagSafe. I have not yet tripped over the cord, but it has been close a few times now. All I can do is fondly remember how many times MagSafe saved my 2014 MacBook Pro.
I took my Series 0 Apple Watch off of the charger at 8:00 this morning. It is now almost 8 hours later and it still has 83% battery left. It’s three and a half years old or so.
What sort of witchcraft is this?!?
I forced a restart on my Series 0, because it appeared to be non-responsive. It spent a minute or three on the Apple logo, then asked me for my password, and is now displaying the Apple logo again.
I don’t mind that the Watch is slow — it still works fine for gathering Health data — but the update process is extremely frustrating.
It took another 5 minutes or so, but finally restarted.
My HomePod needed 5 minutes to update to iOS 11.3. My Series 0 Apple Watch is at over 5 hours now, and the end is nowhere in sight.
At this point, I’m tempted to try to force it to restart — it appears to be doing nothing.
You know what @instagram, why don’t you just add a chronological feed option? Screw algorithms — you have no clue what I want to see and in what order. The past few months have proven that many times over. So many, in fact, that I barely use your product anymore and I’m considering deleting my account.
I started deleting all of Facebook content today, using a script. After all my data is erased, which I have no clue how long it will take, I will proceed to delete my account.
Instagram and WhatsApp will be next. Sadly.
I had to restart the HomePod today, because it wouldn’t play any music. Talking to Siri, asking her to play something, resulted in an “OK”, followed by silence.
I unplugged it from power and after plugging it back in, it now appears to function correctly. Just like Windows 3.1, back when I was a bit younger.
My iCloud Music Library is f*cked. Apple has been on it since yesterday and so far I’ve been on the phone for about four hours. Should get another call soon. The problem is that changes don’t sync between my devices and my HomePod is unable to play the music I purchased in the iTunes Store.
My Mom passed away exactly three years ago. Hope she’s in a better place.
This is the first time in many years that I still consider my iPhone X — I’m now into over three months using it daily — still a novelty. It still excites me whenever I take it out of my pocket. I continuously stare at the gorgeous screen, not quite believing that this tech is possible today. And no, the notch doesn’t bother me. At all.
This happened twice so far (I owned every single iPhone model, apart from the 3G, 5C and SE) — with the first iPhone and then with the iPhone 4, when it went Retina.
The iPhone X is a milestone and I can’t help but wonder, when the next one comes along, will it be an iPhone? Or a smartphone at all?
I hate shaving. It’s just not a pleasant experience, despite me being extremely fussy about it — I use a MÜHLE R89 Grande with various accessories. It not only requires a shower beforehand, to properly moisten my skin and facial hair, but I just simply consider the next 15 minutes a complete waste of time. This is precisely why I simply love that Kelly Guimont and Don Melton have released their second1 episode of the Westworld Rewind podcast, in which they rewatch and dissect each character and event. Listening to them makes any chore bearable.
I discovered AWOLNATION — Run today.
I know I’m late to the game.
Don’t judge me.
If you’re not looking for Siri or don’t use HomeKit, there’s a vast array of speakers, which support AirPlay, that could can purchase, from the likes of Devialet, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Bang & Olufsen, and more. We’ll need to wait for AirPlay 2 support from competing products (the HomePod doesn’t have it either at the moment), but for people who don’t need a digital assistant and want more versatility (e.g. Spotify), there are many interesting options out there that range from 100 to many thousands of dollars.
I’m mentioning this because ‘everyone’ keeps on saying how the HomePod doesn’t really compete with Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home, but they fail to include any comparisons or even acknowledge the existence of more traditional solutions to listening to music or audio.
I often stream music from my iPhone to a Bluetooth speaker when at home. I keep on wondering if the HomePod, since it should have access to my account, will takeover the AirPlay stream if I want it to. That would be preferable — if I leave, the HomePod can just keep on playing if my family is home.
I’m up. I think I’m alive, more or less. Hope your New Year’s was as good as mine!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I wish the iPad had 3D Touch just to make positioning the cursor as easy as on the iPhone.
The 2017 Amazon Echo Show looks like what people thought the future would look like in 1980. In 2007, the iPhone was the future.
I listen to so many podcasts, that I’d prefer some of them to be daily shows. @ATPfm and @TheTalkShow come to mind first. At the same time, I probably should publish our podcast more often…
I’m so tempted to move away from WordPress to Ghost or Nanoc. Both are enticing, but then I remember that many things come for free with WP…
Mobile Safari seems to have an issue with my CSS. Quite frankly, it’s probably an issue with my CSS, not Safari, but I’m too stupid to find the solution.
Hello Don. It’s simply amazing to be halfway around the world and have a conversation with the guy who
created Safari transcodes stuff.
I just added this paragraph, with a grey background, and a link, just to make it easier to test.
The paragraph above should have the same font size as the others. It doesn’t on iPhone’s Mobile Safari. Fine on iPad and in desktop Safari, in the responsive design tool.