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Two weeks notice

July 21, 2015

Manton Reece:

For a while now I’ve been juggling working on my own projects, with my indie company Riverfold Software, and having a regular job at the education e-book software company VitalSource, where I’ve been for over 14 years. As much as I felt like this balance mostly worked, lately it has become clear that the “nights and weekends” approach to Riverfold just isn’t going to be enough time going forward. Last week I resigned from my job at VitalSource to focus on growing Riverfold and shipping new apps this year, some of the most ambitious products I’ve ever tackled.

Good luck on going indie!

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Apple releases new iPod touch, updates iPod nano and shuffle

July 18, 2015

Great to see some new iPod’s. The Nano and Shuffle models are great if you want a simple device to use while working out. And it is fantastic to see a new iPod Touch model, it is a great device for testing beta’s, giving to kids or and for developers that need to test compability on multiple versions of iOS.

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Neil Young and the quality of streaming music

July 18, 2015

Jim Dalrymple:

I love you Neil, but you’re wrong on this one.

I could not agree more, Neil Young is a fantastic musician, but he is just wrong here. The great thing about the digital age is that you have streaming for convenience, you have the iTunes Music Store for buying Music, and you have PonoMusic if you want true lossless.

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Henry David Thoreau on Journaling | The Cramped

July 18, 2015

The Cramped:

I’ve begun digging my way through Henry David Thoreau’s Journal and am struck by how many of his early entries are, like mine and I suspect many others, filled with angst and doubt about the purpose of such an exercise. I find it quite comforting to know that even one of literature’s great writers and thinkers struggled to keep a journal, questioned the entire idea of it, did so only in fits and starts, but kept at it all the same. And, by doing so, even haphazardly, bore such great fruit and insights about nature, philosophy, community, and solitude to be enjoyed well over a century later.

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Michael Tsai – Blog – How iCloud Drive Deletes Your Files Without Warning

July 18, 2015

This is bad. Finder should not let you move files while they are not synced.

I don’t call Apple out on stuff like this that often, but this is the bad side of iCloud. This is bad user interface design, because you are letting the user do something stupid. And it is also bad backend design, for the same reason. The only good thing is that you can restore the files.

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Push-Triggered Sync in OmniFocus – The Omni Group

July 18, 2015

When Push-Triggered Sync is enabled, OmniFocus for iOS will start syncing more frequently in the background as you make changes on other devices. This means that OmniFocus on your iPhone or iPad will have your latest changes right away, no matter where you make them. Because you’ll be syncing more frequently, the amount of data in each sync should also go down; your syncs will finish much faster.

This is great news for all the OmniFocus users out there. I don’t use OmniFocus any more, but I’ll probably be back at some point, but this is a fantastic update. The time required to sync was one of the things that always drove me nuts about OF, especially on iPhone.

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Six Colors

July 18, 2015

Dan Moren:

Ultimately, the best solution for me---and I stress, for me---has proved to be Numbers, for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s already on all my Macs and iOS devices. Secondly, while it may not be on par with the likes of Excel, it is remarkably powerful. And thirdly, well, it’s pretty and has a pretty gradual learning curve.

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Wired

July 18, 2015

ADOBE FLASH---THAT INSECURE, ubiquitous resource hog everyone hates to need---is under siege, again, and hopefully for the last time. The latest calls for its retirement come from some of the Internet’s most powerful players, but if the combined clattering of Facebook, Firefox, and a legion of unsatisfied users isn’t enough finally to put it in the ground, scroll down to see how to axe it from your devices yourself.

Flash are already dying, there are no Flash on iOS, and the Android version was killed a long time ago. I see some Flash on Facebook, usually videos, and I once in a while(or year) see a Youtube video that isn’t available as HTML5 video.

The big question is: how soon can we get rid of the reminaing 1% of the flash content on the web? My belief is that this won’t happen before we set a date, or just kill the damn thing; because they don’t have any incentives to do so before then.

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