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.


Confederate Flag Hags — Real Time with Bill Maher Blog

07.02.2015 01:00

Bill Maher:

If you’re a white guy, living in Texas, driving a pickup truck with a shotgun rack and a “Nobama” bumper sticker, isn’t the Confederate flag license plate a little redundant? We get it. You’re a redneck. I don’t know how we’re going to find moderate rebels in Syria when you can’t even find a moderate rebel here in America.

Oh, wait. I found a moderate rebel: Robert E. Lee. General Lee – whose birthday was a week ago – was not a big fan of the Confederate flag. Writing for The Daily Beast, Jonathan Horn points out that, after surrendering the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in April 1865, Lee took an oath to support the US Constitution and advised fellow former Confederates to follow suit. So take that, Dukes of Hazard.


Darkwater – Matt Gemmell

07.02.2015 01:00

A fantastic, but strong post. Just read it.


Gordon’s Tech

07.02.2015 01:00

Gordon’s Tech:

There’s no iOS backup feature.

Yeah, I hear your scoff, but iCloud Backup is not Backup. It’s a system clone. If you delete Contacts accidentally, you can’t readily restore Contacts of, say, 3 days before. When my sister accidentally deleted most of her contacts she had no way to restore them from iCloud.

Yeah, we need real backup. What we have is not good enough, but still better than nothing.


John Cleese on Stupidity – YouTube

07.02.2015 01:00

One of my favorite video’s by John Cleese. It’s so funny, and points out something I kind of have been thinking a few times.


Just write | The Cramped

07.02.2015 01:00

“Take out another notebook, pick up another pen, and just write, just write, just write. In the middle of the world, make one positive step. In the center of the chaos, make one definitive act. Just write. Say yes, stay alive, be awake. Just write, just write, just write.”

— Natalie Goldberg in Writing Down The Bones

This is the book that made me go from that dumbass that called himself a writer, to the guy that have spent too many hours either typing into a computer or writing in a notebook; or writing on my iOS device.

This is the book that started it all. I first heard about it on Back to Work, many years ago. I have the e-book, and I have the audiobook. It is like GTD for writing, for me.

You need to read it.