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The Brooks Review

July 13, 2015

Fantastic post about personal journaling.

It is a struggle to journal. I do it more or less every day, but it started out as something I did once a month, then once a week, before I slowly turned it into a daily thing. And I also write more important essays and “stories” in my journal first, some of them might show up here, as some point, while others don’t.

My advice about journaling: first you need to really wanting to do it, then you need to force yourself into the habit; and don’t start with doing it daily; weekly is enough; and then take a NAJOWRIMO challenge.

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On Negative App Store Reviews During Betas of iOS and OS X – MacStories

July 13, 2015

Federico Viticci:

What’s even more unfortunate is that this happens annually for every single iOS and OS X developer seed, but I fear the problem will be exacerbated this year by the availability of public betas anyone can try. Therefore, this bears repeating.

This is a unsolvable problem. Many of the Public Beta / Developer Beta users understand that stuff won’t work and that developers can’t ship versions that build against the new OS API’s yet. But there are still many users that don’t understand this. It is unfortunate, and as always, I hope that Apple will do something about the review system.

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The Brooks Review

July 13, 2015

I did the same thing for a very long time, I just moved the same OS X Installation from one Mac to the next; from one version to the next.

My first OS X install survived from my first MacBook(which was the first white MacBook), until my first MacBook Air, running Lion. I was too scared to change anything. But it wasn’t that hard to start fresh, and I saved so much disk space, and everything was faster and cleaner.

These days I try to do a fresh install after running a beta version of the operating system. So, more or less every year.

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Apple Music

July 10, 2015

Apple Music launched a week and a half ago, and I signed up for the free trial right there and then. I also stoppet my Spotify subscription and deleted the app.

My initial impression is that the app itself isn’t that great, but there are things I love about the new service. The thing that I started loving straight away is the fact that both my iTunes Music, and the streaming collection is available from the same place. This is the thing I disliked about Spotify and Rdio.

I have also been playing around with the “For you” section the last 5 days. The library available in all the different streaming services are more or less the same, but the difference between them are the app and the stuff they do to be different, with that.

While the Apple Music app isn’t the best, I think Apple will iterate and improve on that in the coming weeks and months. And the playlists are fantastic. I’m not the kind of person that listen to a lot of new music, that period is over, as I’m getting closer to 30 years.

The thing I love about the “For you” section is that they are giving me all kinds of great playlists, that either have artists that I love that I haven’t been listening to for a very long time, or special playlists featuring parts of artists songs that I haven’t heard in a very long time. For example this morning: the acoustic period of Bob Dylans career.

Apple Music(and Beats) is the first service with a usable curation section, that actually gives me stuff I want to listen to. And I really look forward to using it. It is the only thing I have been using since I set it up and started to tell it what kind of stuff I like.

I hoped that Apple would get this right, but I feared they wouldn’t. And the result is beyond anything I could hope for. The curation part isn’t just for discovering new music, but also for finding stuff you didn’t remember.

I look forward to what the feature brings.

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Help This Company

July 10, 2015

HTC have been a sinking ship for a while now, and I feel bad for them. They used to be one of the big players, and they have always made different and interesting phones. My first Android Phone was the HTC Hero, and they are still one of the few companies I would consider if I was looking for an Android device. I hope they survive, but I’m not optimistic.

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512 Pixels I’m going independent.

July 08, 2015

Stephen Hackett of Realy, The Sweet Setup and of 512 Pixels are going indie. I’m a huge fan of his work, and have been listening to his podcasts and reading his stuff for a very long time.

Check out his site, and buy a t-shirt.

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