Our favorite iPhone timers – The Sweet Setup

14.02.2015 01:00

A great collection of timers; I use Due for my general timers and Aeropress timer for my coffee needs.

Check out the list, if you look for a good timer app.



14.02.2015 01:00

It took me almost a year to fill up my first Word Cards ring with ink swatches. It was a Kyokuto brand Word Cards ring I purchased in San Francisco from Maido for about $3. I liked the Kyokuto cards well enough that I wanted to buy a new ring but could not find them available online anywhere. As a result, I decided to try out the Maruman Word Cards. The Maruman cards are a little larger than 4″x2″ so they are visibly larger in size than the Kyokuto cards and a bit pricier ($4.45) for 100 cards. They do have pleasing rounded corners and a toothier stock so the increase in price does not seem wholly unreasonable.

I don’t know why, and I don’t know what I’m going to use them for, but I want one.


The App Store, Pinterest, and App Curation – MacStories

14.02.2015 01:00

Interesting. The App Store search and discovery isn’t enough; it’s bad; we need curation to find the good stuff. Maybe Apple should buy Pinterest?


The Occasion Book | The Cramped

14.02.2015 01:00

Patrick Rhone:

I’ve long had an issue with giving and reviving greeting cards for special occasions. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the sentiment involved and enjoy a really well designed one, but I’m never quite sure what to do with them after you have read them. Do you put them in a keepsake box? Do you scan them? Put them in a drawer? Throwing them away always felt wrong, somehow. But they otherwise just kind of hang around or go into a drawer and then are forgotten which also seemed wrong to me.

Then, online somewhere (sorry, I don’t remember where) someone floated this idea: Instead of trading cards with a significant other, why not write messages back and forth to each other in a notebook. I loved the idea. To me, a notebook for this purpose seemed much more meaningful, long lasting, provided greater flexibility, and the chance that one would go back over past occasions to read and reminisce was far greater.


Workflow 1.1

14.02.2015 01:00

Federico Viticci:

Version 1.1 of Workflow includes over 50 new actions and dozens of fixes, improvements, and changes to existing actions. Core parts of the app have been revised for a faster experience and the foundation laid with the Content Graph has started to pay off with the addition of metadata and filters. Because I’ve been playing around with Workflow 1.1 since the app’s original release two months ago, I’m going to offer some practical examples with a high-level overview of the changes.



14.02.2015 01:00

Swift starts to look better and better. I have been thinking about getting back into iOS development for a while now; and I think Swift is the language. But I’m doing the same as Marco, I’m waiting at least another year before learning it. Languages and frameworks change a lot in the beginning. And I don’t have time for that.

But I’m pretty sure that Swift is the future. And I’m also sure that Swift will make iOS development more accessible for web developers; like Javascript, Perl, Python and Ruby developers.


Apple’s iOS 9 to have ‘huge’ stability and optimization focus after years of feature additions | 9to5Mac

09.02.2015 01:00

Mark Gurman:

For 2015, iOS 9 is going to include a collection of under-the-hood improvements. Sources tell us that iOS 9 engineers are putting a “huge” focus on fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance for the new operating system, rather than solely focusing on delivering major new feature additions. Apple will also continue to make efforts to keep the size of the OS and updates manageable, especially for the many millions of iOS device owners with 16GB devices.

Yes, please. I don’t want more, I want better.


Why I’m not changing to Photos.app

08.02.2015 01:00

The new Apple photos app, have been one of the biggest news items for a few days now. And I get why so many people are excited about this.

Aperture and iPhoto was left behind around a year ago. They are replaced by a new app, simply called Photos.

I think its great that Apple finally did it. iPhoto have been in a sorry shape for a very long time. And they needed to create something that works for people in 2014. It needs to handle a lot of pictures, and it needs to sync between OS X and iOS. And it needs some of the power of Aperture, but not all of it; only in a package that most people can manage.

I’m not that excited. Most of my pictures are in Lightroom. And the reason I moved away from Aperture, to Lightroom was because I wanted to use a product the company in charge takes serious. And Adobe is the company, and the product is Lightroom.

The pictures I take with my iPhone is another story. I have written about this before. I basically upload everything I take with my iPhone to Dropbox, and then I go through them, and import the pictures I want to keep into DayOne.

In other words, the only pictures I import into my photo app of choice is the stuff I take with my Canon DSLR. And I feel a lot more comfortable with Lightroom. I might consider moving to Photos at some point. But that would only be the day Apple manages to keep up with Adobe’s release schedule for at least five years.

I’m pretty sure that Lightroom will be around for a long time. But I’m not that sure I can say the same thing about Photos.


8 Logical Fallacies That Fuel Anti-Science Sentiments

07.02.2015 01:00

Absolutely fantastic! It explains most of the problems with the idiots that don’t “believe” in climate change or evolution.


A Story Of Office Subterfuge — The Pen Addict

07.02.2015 01:00

The Pen Addict:

All twenty-four. GONE. In seven working days (not counting days the office was closed for Christmas and New Year’s.

About a hundred people share this particular supply closet, which is a lot. But for FOUNTAIN PENS to disappear that quickly? I couldn’t believe it. People had actually taken them to use. This only served to increase the audacity, the sheer madness of my next move. I didn’t plan it. I hadn’t thought about it. But in the moment, it seemed right.

I took a Post-it note, stuck it on the now-empty Pilot Varsity box and scribbled (hoping I was disguising my handwriting) “Please reorder. Thanks!” My heart was pounding. I felt like I had crossed some line, violated some rule. It was a little silly – I know some people ask for specific pens or paper from time to time, and my company generally will try to accommodate. Requests for staplers, tape dispensers, letter trays, wall calendars and white boards are generally approved without any raised eyebrows. But still, I had hacked the system! I had introduced a foreign life-form, and now I was hoping the office supply ecosystem would accept this new animal.

A week later, this.

Three fresh new boxes of Pilot Varsities. It worked. I couldn’t believe it.

What I don’t yet know is if fountain pens are on the regular re-order rotation yet. I will be monitoring the inventory to see if folks are still taking them, and I’ll be keeping a sharp eye to see if I can spot people using the pens they’ve acquired.