May 24, 2018

Great article by Ernie Smith on the history of MacOS X interface skins for Windows. I wasted so much time with WindowBlinds, LiteStep and other software customizing Windows XP.

May 23, 2018

The Weather Channel stopped publishing video on Facebook

Neil Katz, global head of content and engagement at The Weather Channel:

We went along for the ride every single step of the way. But we noticed, over the course of two years, that we were being paid in all types of currencies — followers, shares, views — that did not feel like money.

Just like casinos, Facebook prints its own money — and the house never loses.

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May 21, 2018

Castro 3 released

My favorite podcast player has a big 3.0 released today. It has a bunch of new stuff, but three features stand out for me:

  • Redesigned player screen: I really disliked the previous one. After just a few minutes this one feels very natural.
  • Trim Silence: Missed this from Overcast. Sounds great and the counter of time trimmed in the player is perfect.
  • Airplay Control from player screen: I hope this becomes less important on iOS 12, but for now is a great shortcut over the terrible hack of selecting AirPods as the sound output in Control Center.

Castro is free with a $9 per year subscription for advanced features. Totally worth it for my podcast use.

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May 19, 2018

H G Wells interview of Stalin

Stalin in 1934:

You, Mr Wells, evidently start out with the assumption that all men are good. I, however, do not forget that there are many wicked men. I do not believe in the goodness of the bourgeoisie. ​

Amazing interview/conversation. Tomorrow’s fake election in Venezuela is playing with my feelings, but I’d never heard Stalin’s voice in my head and glimpsed at his persona as clearly as in this article.

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May 19, 2018

News of Note for 2018W20

YouTube Music is the new(est) Google music service. Email encryption might be broken. Google Duplex is cool vaporware, but they kinda implied it was a product. WhatsApp updated groups features still doesn’t let you mute unless mentioned. A rumored lower cost Microsoft tablet is coming, that only took 10 years.

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May 17, 2018

As always, Michael Tsai summary is the best quick overview of Twitter’s idiotic plans.

I’ll let others cleverly debate why Twitter is going down this path — my take is that its management no longer uses the service — but the writing is on the wall: 3rd party Twitter clients are going away, and I’m probably going with it.

Instagram is my best evidence to support this warning. The introduction of the algorithmic feed mostly coincides with my decrease in use. Since Instagram never exposed an API, there’s no InstaBot, but I’d like to think that a paid app that still used the regular chronological feed would have kept me more engaged in the service.

Other than complaining, what I’m going to do? Post more on my blog. Still debating if I’m moving to micro.blog or staying with blot.im, and if I’ll use roberto.mateu.me or keep old faithful 5typos.net as the domain.

But I like to think we’re at the start of a pendulum swing. While overall trend is for centralized platforms, we can make the case of standards. Not everyone needs to host their own blog, but there’s no reason that a micro post” on WordPress.com, another from Micro.blog and any other platform can’t appear on the same feed easily.

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May 15, 2018

Not crazy about the new icon, but Tweetbot for Mac could put an 8-bit clown as an icon and I’d still update. Love surprise Mac app releases.

May 12, 2018

Giving 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson a try. Was recommended by my uncle — with whom I usually have philosophical sparring matches. Hope I can keep an open mind.

May 8, 2018

Running SublimeText on ChromeOS sounds very interesting to me. And the cost of hardware to develop apps on Android is going to be a fraction than iOS with Chromebooks.

May 2, 2018

When you had a shitty day, the iOS keyboard sucks at journaling. I don’t mean ducking you piece of PG-13 muerda (for both Spanish and English).

May 1, 2018

Arrested Development can do no wrong, but the style of Season 4 required a bit of extra effort. The remix will be fun to watch.

April 29, 2018

Trying new SousVide burgers recipe: still main rule is to manage meat as little as possible.

April 28, 2018

Watching LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles with Robie. Fun, but it’s messing with my canon.

April 28, 2018

MacSparky reviews the Moment Lenses:

Moment makes some really nice third-party glass to give you more options when you take photos with your iPhone. They have an assortment of lenses ranging from zoom to macro, and they all use a clever screw-on mechanism that lets you attach your lenses onto a special iPhone case made by Moment with mounting points. I have really come to enjoy these lenses and want to share some of the details.

And just like that, I jump from deciding between a Fujifilm X70 or X100T to which Moment case to get. Damn you Macsparky.

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April 26, 2018

From Webbly blog:

That’s why we’re incredibly proud to announce that we’ve entered an agreement to be acquired by Square. Together, we will support you to build professional websites and powerful commerce experiences — whether online or in real life.

This makes a lot of sense. Square is a payment system that’s used mostly offline. If it becomes the default payment processor for Webbly sites, that’s a lot of volume.

From CNBC:

The merger is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018, and Weebly employees will get Square stock that vests over the next four years.

Curious how excited Weebly employees are with this — Square is cool, but doesn’t seem like a sure bet to me.

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