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

June 1, 2017

» Swift Playgrounds now supports robots, drones, and other toys

Swift Playgrounds coding app enables kids to program and control LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, the Sphero Robot, Parrot Drones and more.

This is very, very cool. Can’t wait until I can play with this with Robie (and/or Bettina) in a few years.

Also telling, next week’s keynote must be very packed if none of these (literally) cool toys are getting a demo.

June 1, 2017

» New Skype design

The Skype you know and love has a fresh design and a ton of new features to stay connected with the people you care about the most.

I understand that mobile has to be the priority for any platform, and that naturally means competing with iMessage, WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat, etc. But, anecdotally I think most people use Skype differently than those platforms.

Skype is closer to LinkedIn than Snapchat, and this redesign makes it feel like a me too app, rather than stand up on it strengths. This makes it more likely that you’ll start using the other — more popular — apps for what you use Skype, than the other way around.

My bet would have been to a friendlier Slack type solution, that takes advantage of pre-paid credits rather than paid plans for advanced features.

May 31, 2017

The return of the iBook

Apples latest iPad represents the return of the iBook and white MacBook device in the lineup. A solid current” version that’s easy to recommend without having to attach footnotes or corollaries.

An iPad with trackpad and keyboard

The iPad with keyboard already exists. Visit apple.com/ipad and the third hero image shows an iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard (with multitasking and App switching).

The iPad with trackpad also exists… on software. Use two-finger gestures on the iPad software keyboard and you get a mouse pointer. A way to use this feature with a hardware keyboard is inevitable, at least if Apple expects us to consider the iPad a viable alternative to MacBooks.

A locked-down ARM MacBook

A recent rumor made the rounds about ARM-based MacBook’s with a locked down macOS. This makes little sense to me. You can basically get the macOS mentioned in the rumor with App Store and OS auto-update options already available on macOS.

Locked down macOS vs iOS with mouse support

Both of these are blasphemous on their own way. Diminishing users system access on macOS and adding a mouse pointer to iOS, both break a basic assumption of the platform.

However, both platforms are already going down a slippery slope towards these unnatural features. On macOS, the arrival of the App Store and iCloud Drive started a questionably successful path to lock down the OS and filesystem.

Even on iOS, the all terrible mouse has shown up in disguise since version iOS 9 — with Trackpad Mode — which is useful with the virtual keyboard, and frustratingly missing on hardware ones.

Apple doesn’t need an answer to the Chromebook

A classic error when looking at Apple is to assume they worry about providing an answer to a category: Netbooks, PDAs, wireless speakers, etc.

Apple provides innovative answers to problems with high-margin solutions they can iterate on. Sometimes, these answers overlap what a few of the things the industry was trying to address with a category, but not focus on the one thing Apple set out to.

I do think Apple could benefit from a similar answer to the Chromebooks — and it involvers the iPad with a Smart(er) Keyboard.

Apple daydreaming
May 30, 2017

» Essential PH-1 Phone

The Essential Phone is expertly crafted using titanium and ceramic, has a stunning edge-to-edge Full Display and captures stunning images (even in low light) with the world’s thinnest dual camera system ever built for a phone.

This is a beautiful phone. At $699, also extremely well priced given specs: 128GB storage, 4GB RAM, titanium/ceramic body, etc1

  1. Compared to Google Pixel with same storage at $749