June 21, 2017

OS Developer Beta’s are the marshmallow test for grownup geeks.

June 21, 2017

After watching a couple of times, I still tear-up with this ad:

June 20, 2017

» Is group chat making you sweat?

Jason Fried:

Group chat is like being in an all-day meeting with random participants and no agenda.

Forgive me @channel, for I have sinned.

As one of the main proponents of adopting Slack at my organization at the start of the year, I have mixed feelings with the results.

On one had, I do believe that it has been an improvement of the Skype free-for-all party that was the norm. It’s now easier to have an idea of what is happening on multiple remote teams 1. Sharing is also way easier on Slack and, there’s more IT oversight over accounts and users — at least versus Skype.

However, how much better it is compared to just having clearer rules on Google Hangouts (which we have with our G-Suite account), is debatable. The Slack app itself is a much better experience, and the integrations are plain fun.

But just like social networks, there’s something to be said about these services need to grab attention. The fact that they feel like work, should make us even more suspicious.

  1. Main office plus 2 outsourced teams in San José, Costa Rica, and my office in Miami.

June 20, 2017

»  Stephen King Comic: The desk

Stephen King stars in the The Desk’, adapted from his wonderful book On Writing.

Great comic from a passage of the even greater On Writing book.

June 15, 2017

Didn’t know that Github could render CSVs, this could be useful. Link

June 15, 2017

» iPad Pro 2017 versus MacBook Pro 2017

Barefeats comparing the new iPad Pro’s to new MacBook Pro’s:

The top configured 2017 MacBook Pro 13-inch costs roughly 3 times more than the top configured 2017 iPad Pro. Yet the laptop is only slightly faster running CPU intensive apps and slower running the GPU intensive apps.

As he says in the conclusion:

I am not implying that the iPad Pro can replace the MacBook Pro. They are two different animals, though there is clearly some overlap in capability. It’s just encouraging to know that the iPad Pro development has brought it up to laptop level performance.

The tablet vs laptop overlap has arrived. There’s not going to be a one-size-fits-all answer, but after iOS 11, the iPad Pro vs Macbook consideration will not be for early adopters anymore.

June 12, 2017

» macOS 10.13 Bluetooth

Updated the Core Bluetooth framework to match across iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS, and marked call availability based on platform.

I so very hope bluetooth headphones will work better on High Sierra. The experience in Sierra has been terrible for me.

June 9, 2017

» Day One is launching iOS and Mac v2.2 with End-to-end encryption.

End-to-end encryption utilizes a user-generated, private key to encrypt all entries before they reach Day One servers. With possession of the encryption key held only by the end user, maximum security is assured for journal data. 

Long time coming, very happy for this. I don’t pour thoughts without filters into my journals, but in the back of my mind there’s always some additional caution.

Will be signing up ASAP.

To note, IFTTT will not work on encrypted journals initially, so plan ahead.

June 8, 2017

Back into Podcasting

This week, I’ve been podcasting again in Spanish with Mauricio. It feels great, and I’m enjoying the low friction that using the Bumpers App allows. It doesn’t sound nearly as great as when Mauricio removed all my ums in the past, but it’s not bad for a recording done on the iPhone with my Airpods 1.

Hope we can keep it up. Here’s the latest version:

  1. Even on an iPhone, Mauricio manages to sound 10x more pro than me. Sigh.

Podcast Geek
June 8, 2017

» Inside One Founder’s Personal Fast Club

But Libin doesn’t really think skipping a meal or two counts. People who are doing 16/8,” he says, referring to a schedule in which you fast for 16 hours of a day and eat regularly during the remaining eight, to me that’s not fasting. That’s eating.”


It’s true that my weight loss — and then average weight — was lower when I was doing 24hr fasting twice a week. There’s also some research about doing a long fast every so ofter. But going a few days without fasting seems a bit extreme even for me.

I’m currently vaguely doing 16/8 twice a week, and my weight has crept slightly up, but still held on my 78kg.

June 5, 2017

5 word review WWDC 2017

Some tidbits I found interesting:

  • Surprised the didn’t leave the current iPad Pro as a mid-tier device.
  • The new Files app support for 3rd party services like Box, Dropbox is very aggressive.
  • Notes App now supports simple tables — on the Mac at least.
  • watchOS still supports the original Apple Watch.
June 4, 2017

Finally saw Logan last night. Still digesting, but pretty sure it’s the best superhero movie I’ve seen.

June 3, 2017

» Seth’s Blog: Greatest hits are exhausting

The web has pushed us to read what everyone else is reading, the hit of the day. But popular isn’t the same as important. Popular isn’t the same as profound. Popular isn’t even the same as useful.

A note to self on this. I usually fall into the popular and must read trap with books. Agonizing over which book to read next — just so I don’t waste time with one I don’t like.

I forget that wasting time starting a book I don’t end liking, is actually an investment even if I don’t finish it.

June 2, 2017

» Interview: Dick Costolo talks to Walt Mossberg about Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Taco Bell at Code 2017 

Great interview, stories, and fun goodbye to Walt.

June 1, 2017

Apple announcing App Store numbers a week before WWDC probably means a packed keynote. Oh yeah. Link