hjertnes.blog

Jekyll!

21.10.2014 02:00

I’m back on Jekyll, once again. There are things I don’t like about Jekyll, and every other content management system out there. But Jekyll is the one that makes the one thing I really care about very easy: publishing words.

My reason for going back to Squarespace earlier this year, was to publish from iOS. Since then, we have gained access to iOS 8, and apps like Transmit. This makes it not only possible, but also easy to manage a Jekyll site from iOS. I use Editorial to post, Transmit to manage the files and Prompt if I need to fix something on the server.

The biggest change this time is how I host it. The last time I looked into it, I went for a regular web host option. It worked okay. But, I couldn’t regenerate the site anywhere except for on my MacBook. I spent a few days looking for a cheap VPS last week, and I found out that Lindoe had a $10 a month option. Which is more or less the same as Squarespace.

Jekyll, and other static web site engines are simple by design, and a good fit for geeks and hackers. But it’s not the best for everyone. I love to be able to have everything in markdown and git. And have a script to regenerate or update my site.

Some people prefer to use a web interface or app; I prefer to save a file in a folder, or ftp it somewhere and let a script take care of the rest.

I’ll get back to my complete Jekyll setup some other time.

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OS X, FaceTime and phone calls.

20.10.2014 02:00

Yosemite is here. And a lot of people love the idea of getting phone calls and sms available on their iPhone’s, Mac’s and iPad’s; while I cringe.

If there is one thing that drive me nuts about FaceTime, it have to be the fact that all my Apple devices makes noise every time I get a FaceTime call. And I expect it will get a lot worse, with the posibility of sms and celluar call forwarding.

Some people believe that opting in is the best way, while others think opting out is better. I don’t give a fuck either way. But the thing that drive me nuts is stuff that are stealing my attention.

I would love to see a screen every time I upgrade OS X, with a list of everything, and let me disable everything I don’t need or want.

Let’s get back to phone calls and FaceTime. My problem with call forwarding and FaceTime is not that it is possible, my main issue with it is that I only have the option between disabling it or enabling it. There is now way for me to just say, only accept calls on my mac, when the FaceTime app is open.

I’m probably a edge case, and yes I have disabled all of it, on everything except my phone.

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Budget apps.

19.10.2014 02:00

Budgets is probably the worlds most boring thing, but still very important. The reason I think so is to be aware of how much money you spend, and / or what you spend your money on.

There are two different budgeting apps out there that I have used. And like. I have tested a lot of them.

They are two very different apps. My favourite is Left to spend.

YNAB is probably the best one. And I think I’ll get back into using it later in my life. It’s a complete system, with apps for OS X, iPhone and iPad. You also get access to a lot of cool training materials.

This is a typical budget apps. You add your income, the different expenses, and divide your money across them. And then you start adding the stuff you spend money on.

While Left to spend is different. The basic principle is that you look at all the money you have after paying standard bills, like rent, electricity and stuff like that. And divide it by 30. That’s the amount you can spend every day.

You just add money you spend it the app. It’s a great way to keep track of how much you spend. It is my favourite app for keeping track of how much I spend.

If you want to get a little bit more control over your finances, check out one of them. Left to spend it a great place to start. And YNAB is great for when you want to get serious.

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Squarespace 7 – after using it.

12.10.2014 02:00

The last time I posted about this, was a few hours after Squarespace announced version 7. I haven’t had the opportunity to test it, at all, then. But I have been playing with it for a few hours – over a few days now. And I love it.

Squarespace 6 was one huge, and impressive update. But the admin interface was always a little bit too weird and messy for my taste.

They are fixing it in version 7. It’s in beta right now.

This is what I love about version 7 this far:

  • The new menu system in the admin interface is simpler, cleaner, makes more sense and is easier to navigate.

  • You don’t have to leave the admin interface to work with the site layout.

This is what I don’t like:

  • I can’t edit or write blog post in full screen. This was possible before LayoutEngine 2.

Squarespace 7 is not the same kind of update that 6 was. But this is the kind of update that every Squarespace user will love. Not a huge amount of new stuff. But a lot of improvements, that some of us have been asking for, for a very long time.

Squarespace 7

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Squarespace 7

07.10.2014 02:00

Squarespace

Today, we’re thrilled to announce Squarespace 7, our largest update in two years. Squarespace 7 features a completely redesigned website manager interface, a deep integration with Getty Images, a cover page builder, an integration with Gmail and Google Apps for Work, 15 new category-specific designs, and much more.

Squarespace 7 is the result of a year-long effort to refine the simplicity of our platform while retaining its power. The biggest change you’ll notice is in our interface; you can now make live edits in your website without switching back and forth between preview mode and your Website Manager, and we’ve annotated every editable element on your site to make everything easier than ever. We’ve also reorganized our menus to create a more intuitive experience overall.

There aren’t many news that are more exciting for me than major updates to the Squarespace platform. One exception might be iOS and OS X releases. I can’t wait to get access to the beta.

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iPhone screen sizes.

07.10.2014 02:00

I have been trying to write something sensible about what I think about phone sizes for a while now.

My favourite size up until now is the original one, 3.5 inches. That was the size that had the perfect balance between screen real estate, and easy of one handed use.

It was easy to have a safe grip, without feeling it was flipping over. And it was easy to reach anything on the screen.

I have used my iPhone 5s since May now, and I have gotten used to the larger screen, but I don’t think it gives me much benefit. And my 4s still feels better.

The main problem with the 4.0 inch screens from Apple is that they just made it taller. It kind of makes sense, but I’m not a fan. It just feels too tall, and it’s not that comfortable to hold.

I like the iPhone 6 screen size better than the 5s. It is more balanced. But it is far from as nice to use with one hand. There are one thing I really like about it, and that is how much better it is to thumb type with two hands in portrait orientation.

The 6 plus is a category of devices I have never understood. And I don’t like them. I like to have two devices, one that is smaller, but powerful. And a iPad or iPad mini when I want a larger screen. I get why some people prefer to have one device, instead of two. It’s too big to be a usable phone for me.

I really hope that Apple will keep updating the 4.0 screen size moving forward. There should be room for three sizes in the cell phone market. One 3.54.0 inc model, one large and one ridiculous. I know people that like 5.5 inch phones, and I know people that used to buy the 17″ MacBooks.

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Sundays

28.09.2014 02:00

Sunday is the most important day of the week. At least for me. I do more or less the same thing every Sunday. I have a few repeating tasks for every single one.

I have a few maintenance tasks, like tagging stuff in DayOne, adding stuff to my calendar, and tackle ten items in 1Password that need to be changed.

Sunday is the day where I do everything I need to do, to make sure that the coming week runs as smoothly as possible.

The great thing about it, is that I get all the larger things out of the way in the beginning. And I know what I’m going to do each day. And I can do more work in the beginning, if I need to do something else in the end.

I prefer to have the overview, because it makes everything so much easier.

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Custom keyboards on iOS 8

27.09.2014 02:00

I started writing a longer piece about custom keyboards in iOS 8. Before I realised that I could cut it down to the basics.

Custom keyboards in iOS 8 is amazing, we finally have a TextExpander that have the same universal power, as the OS X counterpart.

We also have something that might be even cooler as we move forward. Custom keyboards will enable developers to make new and improved ways to input text on iOS; like what Swype are doing, by just “swiping” the word, instead of typing. Or what SwiftKey are doing with the best prediction engine I have ever seen.

The default keyboard have also gotten a facelift, with a prediction engine, instead of autocorrect.

I’m Norwegian, and most of the good keyboards available for iOS don’t support it. My iOS typing is 5050 English and Norwegian. So, I have to stick with the default one, for now.

I’m going to keep my eye on both SwiftKey and Swype in the coming weeks and months. And I really hope either one or both get support for Norwegian.

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Battery usage on iOS 8.

23.09.2014 02:00

iOS 8 came with a feature I remember from, back in the dark days, when I was using Android. And that is a neat feature that let’s you see which apps consume the most battery.

It’s a brilliant way to see what apps you use the most, and to get some pointers on where your battery power goes.

First of all, don’t complain to developers about them being on the top of the list if you are using the app all the time. Overcast, Audible, Spotify together with Unread and Tweetbot, will probably high on my list, most of the time. The reason is simple: I listen to audiobook, podcasts and music more or less all the time when I don’t study, work or sleep. While Tweetbot and Unread is the apps I launch when I have a few minutes to kill.

I think the battery usage list is a useful feature for two reasons. You can kind of see which apps you use the most. But, you can also see if there are some app that use way too much battery related to how much you use it.

For example. I expect that the Facebook app would rise in the list, if I re-enabled the access to background updates and location data. I won’t.

Use the list, if you have some concerns about your battery life. The first thing I always do, to opitimize my battery life is to limit access to background refresh and location data. I only let a few apps have it.

Background refresh or update, or whatever it’s called, is something I limit to the apps where I need it; like unread. While access to location data, is something I limit by doing a simple test: is the app less useful without it. Tweetbot isn’t less useful without it, but Google Maps is.

The great thing about this list, is the same as with a similar feature in OS X Mavericks last year; developers have a real incentive to make sure their apps don’t use more power than they should.

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R.I.P Macworld.

11.09.2014 02:00

I rarely write about anything news related here. My usual reasoning for this is that I don’t have the time, a lot of other people do it way better than me. But the most important reason is that I’m not interested in it.

This is one of the few exceptions. My goal is to write about it, when I get the feeling “I have to write about this”.

The fact that Jason Snell is leaving Macworld, and the fact that the Macworld magazine are shutting down is mind boggling.

You have publications like The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker or The New York Times; they have always been there; and I hope they will continue to be there, well beyond my death. I have always looked at PC World, and Macworld as the two publications that always was there. And it is sad to se that both of them are gone in a few months.

The print version of PC World was shut down a while ago, and now Macworld.

It is sad. But most of all weird.

A lot of great writers lost their job, and we lost our number one Mac-site.

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