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20.10.2015 02:00

The community had always been on my side, so this came as a shock. But I should have remembered Dave Winer’s words to me from 2003, after I released NetNewsWire 1.0. I’m paraphrasing, not quoting, but they were something like this: “You’re the golden boy now. Enjoy it. They’ll turn on you later.”

For the next six months after the pile-on I asked myself every day if I should just quit the industry. Seriously. Every day, and especially every night. I came very close.

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Books to Make You a Better Writer — Tools and Toys

19.10.2015 02:00

Great list, I have read most of them, and I’m going to read the ones I haven’t. There are a lot of “writing”-books and a few writing-books, the ones on this list is the latter. Go and get them.

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How to create a personal podcast feed using Dropbox and JustCast – The Sweet Setup

19.10.2015 02:00

Interesting. I used to use Huffduffer to listen to single podcast episodes before I got Overcast(which lets you download single episodes without subscribing), this is a excellent way to listen to for example audiobooks in your podcast app of choice, instead of audible or iTunes.

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Stephen Hackett on Notes.app

19.10.2015 02:00

Stephen Hackett have written two posts about the new Notes.app: Notes on Notes.app and Notes.app follow-up.

I think the new Notes.app is a giant step in the right direction, and Evernote need the competition to make sure that they make their app good again. But I’m sticking with my current nvALT setup for a while, at least until I see the thing Brett Terpstra is working on to replace it. This is why:

  • Dropbox sync is in my experience faster and more stable than iCloud; and I’m more confident in how to manage conflicts etc there.

  • I have other ways to deal with the extra stuff Notes.app brings to the table, like for example TaskPaper.

  • At least 90% of my notes are just a lot or a little text, nvALT and iOS text editors are way better at searching for and managing that than the notes app; and I love Markdown.

  • I don’t want something that is as important as my notes to be on a yearly update cycle.

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Apple launches stock grant program for all employees | iMore

16.10.2015 02:00

Apple looks to be taking steps to ensure all of its employees can benefit from the company’s success. CEO Tim Cook announced a new stock ownership program that enables all of its employees to earn Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), even down to its retail staff.

Wow.

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Finer Things in Tech

16.10.2015 02:00

Over the past decade of my career, I’ve used so many writing apps that you’d turn blue in the face if I listed them all. From MacJournal to Byword, 1Writer to Quip, they’re all really good for their intended uses. But for my general writing needs these days, I’ve settled on Ulysses for iPad and Mac from The Soulmen. It’s just damn good.

I agree, Ulysses is fantastic for everything longer than a few hundred words.

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Pixelenvy

15.10.2015 02:00

Varying reports peg this as an abuse of VOIP backgrounding, audio backgrounding, or content-available push notifications — or perhaps all three — as a fallback when Background App Refresh is off.

The Facebook App both on iOS and Android have always been horrible, slow, use a lot of batter etc. This is one of the reasons I love the Messenger app, I can talk with people on Facebook without having to use the app. I just go to the website if I need to do something there. And I can notice the difference in batter drain if it is installed or not; usage is irrelevant.

Their schemes to do stuff in the background even if the user doesn’t allow it is crappy. And Apple should do something about it. This is bullshit.

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Apple Magic Keyboard Review – Six Colors

14.10.2015 02:00

The major key differences are the left and right arrow keys, which are now full-sized—I used the empty space around the arrows to orient on the keyboard, so occasionally I find myself completely at sea when typing and my text editor will get xinikerejt xibdyaws. (I’m sure I’ll adjust.) The function keys, formerly half height, are now full height.

It looks interesting, and I think I’ll be buying both the new keyboard and the new trackpad, now that they finally have re-chargable batteries.

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Apple Magic Trackpad 2 review – Six Colors

14.10.2015 02:00

I love the Magic Trackpad. And as of today, with the arrival of the Magic Trackpad 2, the Magic Trackpad is bigger and better than ever.

It is a good refinement of the first good pointing device for a desktop, at least in my opinion. A trackpad, or a good one, and Apple is the only company that have made a good one, is very natural and intuitive, compared to all the others.

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Building Twenty — Overcast’s not-quite-predatory pricing

14.10.2015 02:00

Overcast 2.0 is out and it’s completely free. No more paywall.

Great news, right? Everyone likes free stuff. And Overcast is a fantastic app.

But imagine you’ve been working on Castro 2 for the last year, betting the company on a big launch and a sustainable income. Imagine you’re a developer with an idea for a podcast app so revolutionary the app icon doesn’t even contain an allusion to a radio transmitter.

Fair point, but I think there is a time and place for the different business models out there. What I mean by that is that some models are better for an app early on than later. The fact that there is a fantastic app available for free does make it harder, but I do believe that the market for podcast app will remain big enough for at least two or three paid alternatives, including Overcast.

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