Quitting Family Sharing

January 04, 2015

David Sparks writes about Family Sharing:

Family Sharing is a great idea. Families, like mine, have growing children that will one day leave the nest and need iTunes accounts of their own. Moreover, Apple now has multiple device categories resulting in families hitting their head against the 10-device limit as the kids start growing up and iPhones, iPads, and Macs multiply. For a few years now, we’ve had to decide which of our devices get iTunes Match and which don’t. It’s quite frustrating that we can’t share music we’ve paid for across all our devices.

The promise behind Family Sharing was that it would get us away from that problem. In theory, we’d all be able to have our own accounts but still share purchases as long as all the accounts are on the same credit card. If at some point, one my children moves out or pays with her own credit card, she retains her library and we stop sharing. I am okay with that particularly if it lets me have my 2 Macs, iPad, and iPhone all work without running into above-mentioned DRM walls.

What I didn’t realize was the fine print. There are a few bits that are potential deal breakers:

A great post, that outlines some of the issues with Family Sharing. I don’t have this problem, yet. But I hope Apple will solve most of them by the point I need to deal with this. Family Sharing is a good idea, but I don’t think it’s there yet.


The Benefits of Selling Software outside the Mac App Store

January 04, 2015

Dan Counsell from Realmac Software writes about the benifits outside the Mac App Store.

When you get swept along in the shininess of the App Store it’s easy to forget that you no longer know who your customers are. You don’t have any of their details, you can’t even respond to them when they leave a review on the App Store. The fact of the matter is they are really Apples customers, not yours.

When you sell directly outside of the Mac App Store you get the contact details for every single person that buys your products (and rightly so), this is often overlooked but it’s key to running a healthy and sustainable business. Lets take a look at three of the reasons why not limiting the availability of your software to just the Mac App Store is a sound business decision.

A very good article. I’m not a huge fan of the Mac App Store, mainly because I think they are excluding too much. But I use the Mac App Store, when I can. My personal opinion is: sell your software directly, sell it in the App Store, if you can and try to have direct contact with your users.


Twitter in 2015.

January 03, 2015

I have a lot of thoughts and opinions about Twitter. It have been my social network of choice for a long time now. I just love how open and simple it is.

There are however at least two different twitter experiences at this point. One of them are the bleeding edge experience provided by the web site and the official twitter apps. And you have the more old school version of twitter, that you find in apps like Tweetbot.

Twitter by itself is pretty simple. You have tweets, @-mentions, retweets, stars and hashtags. And that is more or less it.

But there are some differences between how you experience twitter in the official app, and most third party apps.

  • Ads. The only place you will see ads on twitter, is on the web site, and in the official apps. I don’t like them, but I do believe that this is the only direction twitter can go, at this point. I would have preferred for ADN to take over for twitter. But that didn’t happen.

  • Replies. Replies is one of the biggest difference between the official experience and my tweetbot experience. Replies are grouped below the tweet in the official app, while they just appear in the point in your timeline, the reply was posted in third party apps. This makes the reply system more like a regular comment thread or e-mail thread. Neither is better. And the way twitter is doing it now makes more sense to new users. But I still prefer the old way. It’s the way I’m used to seeing them.

  • Injected tweets is my least favorite thing about the official twitter app. They are forcing me to see tweets and twitter accounts that they believe I would find interesting. It’s probably a good thing for new users and some people. But I don’t like it. One of the reasons I love twitter is that I’m in charge of what I’m going to see; something I’m not on Facebook.

  • Power features. The more popular third party clients are more powerful in some regards. They have advanced filtering, with regular expressions or based on hashtags. And you have fancy stuff like timeline sync etc.

I’m not going to switch over to the official apps before I have to. I don’t like the ads, but that’s not the reason. I like the power features, but that’s not the reason. I don’t like the way they organise replies, but that’s not the reason. The thing that keeps me from using the official apps are the stream of tweets that twitter thinks I would like. I don’t want them, I don’t care for them.

I don’t like the direction twitter is going. What they are are not the twitter I signed up for in 2007. And they have become more and more hostile against third party developers, the people that made twitter popular. Third party developers have strange limits on the number of people that can use the app, and they don’t get access to any of the new stuff twitter have created.

I hope it will change, but I doubt it.



January 01, 2015

Depending on the year it was purchased or whether you configured it with top-tier specs, your once-current Mac’s performance may be less than desirable and at this point you could be facing those tough questions.

Luckily, older Macs are more flexible with hardware upgrades and coupled with third-party software, you can unlock features that Apple doesn’t support on older models. Here is how to get the most life out of an aging Mac.

Great article, check it out if you have an older or slower mac.



January 01, 2015

Some great tips for reading more. Make 2015 the writing and reading year!


My Favorite Entry

January 01, 2015

As I perused my journal to take stock of this year that was, I realized that of all the entries, the one that was my favorite was not an “entry” in the traditional sense at all. It is these delicate, small, pressed flowers. A tiny batch picked for me by my daughter Beatrix while we were on vacation in Madeline Island. These tiny flowers immediately transport me to a perfect day, in a lovely rented cottage, with a perfect view of Lake Superior.

I love going through paper journals and notebooks, I always find something I had forgotten. Both words and drawings.



January 01, 2015

Stephen writes about using paper notebooks in a digital world:

It started as a way to journal on the go, but that was replaced by Day One pretty quickly. My use of paper notebooks evolved into a low-friction capture system for notes during phone calls, meetings and brainstorming sessions.

I love using pen and paper, like you might now. And what he writes at the end is more or less the reason I started using pen and paper, a lot, about 2-3 years ago.

In a digital world, there’s still a place for things like paper notebooks. They can’t cause distractions in meetings and don’t require Wi-Fi. While I try to be good and not have much just in a Field Notes notebook, if something is, I can get my hands on it later quickly.


I wrapped your gift very poorly but I love you

January 01, 2015

I think my gifts this year are thoughtful, well-considered, and appropriate, though my wrapping job belies the fact that I’ve never worked in a department store and apparently have not had much contact with adult scissors before.

Brett Terpstra wrote this fantastic article about what the holldiays really is about.


Some NAJOWRIMO links

January 01, 2015

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Books I Read In 2014

January 01, 2015

Patrick writes about all the books he read in 2014. I planned to do the same last year, but never got arround to it. I’m going to do it this year. This is the year when I’m going to write a simple book journal. Nothing big. Nothing complicated. Just a few words about what the book was about, why I read it, and what I liked or didn’t like about it. More or less what Patrick does in this blog post. And I think I’ll publish it at the end of the year.