November 18, 2019

Great Tip for Window Management in macOS Catalina

Ryan Hanson on

With Catalina, Apple made some incremental updates to macOS’s built in window management, including the addition of default menu items for tiling windows left and right in the Window” menu for an application. Interestingly enough, we can actually configure keyboard shortcuts for these menu items directly within macOS.

It didn’t even occur to me to configure with the default keyboard shortcuts functionality. Giving it a try this week in with a slight modification:

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This way I can have both the full Window style and also the simpler move to side of same screen mode.

November 18, 2019

Tidbits for 2019 Week 46

  • Drafts Mac Beta with support for actions is out. This post being generated via my Dropbox Action.
  • New MacBook Pro 16 is imminent according to Mark Gurman on
November 14, 2019

1Password takes $200M Series A from Accel

Dave Teare, founder on

Accel will be investing USD$200 million for a minority stake in 1Password. Along with the investment — their largest initial investment in their 35-year history — Accel brings the experience and expertise we need to grow further and faster.

Hmmm… color me worried. While it’s not a marketing filled PR post, it’s a bit light on details. The one thing that jumped at me was:

Security is a process, not a product. 1Password already has the most modern security design, and Accel will help us take our processes, protections, and research to the next level.

Ok, I buy this. Just like anti-virus apps evolved from static definitions to behavior analysis, I can totally see how the next step in the _password maintaining _toolset is something that requires a lot of investment.

I’ve been a 1Password user for 11 years: it’s the first app I install on any new devices (Mac or iOS) and my trusted app given it’s function.

I’m totally along for the ride, and trust their love for the product. But still, it worries me.

November 13, 2019

Fun Old-School Telco Story

Rui Carmo on

This oddly shaped, unwieldy chunk of purple plastic (which is around 6cm to a side, if you’re wondering) has been on my office desk for nearly twenty years now, and despite it being fundamentally useless (it doesn’t even make for a good paperweight) I keep it as a daily reminder of how dogma and preconceived notions can turn well-meaning engineering into a massive iceberg of technical debt.

Great story from the dinosaur days of the web on telco infrastructure design and implementation.

November 13, 2019

Apple Introduces 16-inch MacBook Pro

Press Release on

The new Magic Keyboard also features a physical Escape key and an inverted-“T” arrangement for the arrow keys, along with Touch Bar and Touch ID, for a keyboard that delivers the best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook.

Great, now I just have to wait for this keyboard to trickle down to the 13in or the MacBook Air. Maybe looking at an aligning of planets next year of new keyboard with ARM processor.

November 12, 2019

Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional Union

In a major victory for privacy rights, a federal court in Boston today ruled that the government’s suspicionless searches of international travelers’ smartphones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment.

This will go back and forth, but I hope this interpretation holds. It feels very un-American to have your devices searched at the airport.

November 12, 2019

Free Basecamp Personal Launched

Jason Fried on

Basecamp Personal includes 3 projects, 20 users, and a gig of storage space. So kick off a couple projects, invite some friends, family, teammates, or volunteers.

At some point I organized everything on Backpack, the predecessor to Basecamp. Their tools are very opinionated on design and functionality — but if they work for you, they’re extremely well designed.

November 11, 2019

Create a Morning Pages Habit

CJ Chilvers, on

Every morning, set aside some time to start your day by writing in a stream-of-conscience way. No editing. No censoring. Just keep the pen moving (pen and paper tend to work better for this).

Did this for a while earlier in the year and it felt very cleansing(?) . This time around I’ll try to do some habit stacking for before I grab my iPhone.

November 11, 2019

Gitlab Of Risk and Global Compliance Resigns

Rosalie Chan, on

Candice Ciresi, GitLab’s director of risk and global compliance, has resigned after less than six months on the job, apparently saying that the $2.75 billion startup is engaging in discriminatory and retaliatory behavior.”

Mostly a post to self, but this has to be a very uncomfortable situation with Gitlab. Almost all compliance issues that the enforcing bodies investigate result from disgruntled employees — when the whistleblower is the actual compliance director, I can’t imagine the headache.

November 11, 2019

Tidbits for 2019 Week 45

  • Community-powered cost of living insights
  • Airalo eSim data packs store for over 100+ countries. I’ve dreamed of this for years — hopefully I’ll need it again someday.
  • Chrome OS Virtual Desks are live. Implementation seems familiar.
November 7, 2019

Apple Notes and iCloud Syncing: Breaking a Good Thing Badly

Warner Crocker on

Each device had a different note count. The MacBook had three copies of the same note, two in the proper folder, one not. The iPad Pro had only the copy that had been Air Dropped. The iPhone Pro had two copies. Edits made to another note on the MacBook earlier in the morning had not synced to either of the two other devices.

I didn’t have time to blog about this, but I’m suffering this right now. By signing out of iCloud on the iPad mini I managed to get the critical Notes I needed for a work trip this week — but there’s 6 notes on the iPhone are not synching:

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I think his closing says it best:

Look I get it. These are big complex systems and sometimes things need to be worked out. So, I’ll grant some leeway for that. But I also get this. Apple has more resources at its disposal than most other companies and it needs to figure this stuff out. It should be embarrassing, but apparently it isn’t embarrassing enough to martial enough of those resources to fix iCloud, which is a system that Apple is relying on more and more as the backbone for services that connect these devices.

I don’t want to rethink my Notes setup. But I have work to do.

November 5, 2019

Dell’s New $2000 27in Thunderbolt 3 UltraSharp 4K Monitor

Malcolm Owen, on

Displaying at a 4K resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels at 60Hz, the LCD screen has a contrast ratio of 1,300:1 and a typical brightness of 250 nits.

With 163.2PPI, it’s not good for retina. Still better — and cheaper — to get an iMac 27in 5K.

Apple please, release a 5K iMac monitor without the Mac! Or at least with target mode or sometime.

November 4, 2019

Tidbits for 2019 Week 44

  • Piper Announces Autoland Capability on single engine plane. For emergencies, but interesting trend.
  • DJI Mavic Mini announced. Luckily (for my wallet) it costs $399 — but soon they’ll drop to a why not? price point.
  • Spotify Kids app announced. Sadly it requires iOS 10, so it won’t on work my kids original iPad mini.
October 30, 2019

Dev Details Leaving Apple Music for Spotify

Michael Shafer, on

The bottom line is Spotify’s search is insanely good, the mobile/desktop apps are better and more tightly integrated, and it does a better job at suggesting new music I like. I’m going to miss feeling like I’m actually curating my own private music collection, but it turns out I value those other things more in a music streaming service.

Interesting details given todays news that Spotify Adds More Users Than Expected.

I didn’t renew my latest Apple Music subscription last week, it just doesn’t offer a better experience that Spotify in most areas.

October 28, 2019

Tidbits for 2019 Week 43

  • Google Calendar now supports and urls to create events.
  • Command & Conquer Remaster Update and First Gameplay Teaser