• More on the home button

    Home button, you say? Sure; why not.

    The new iPhone virtual button is not only very nice, but it really does feel like a button. If yours doesn't, try these settings:

    taptic home button settings

    1 feels ok. 3 feels ok. 2 is the sweet spot.


  • Drafts JavaScript

    I have resisted learning any meaningful JavaScript for a long time. I guess I prefer Python.

    I've been missing out, though. JavaScript integration in Drafts really is great, and I need to give it a fair shake.


  • Llama wedding

    If you thought I could read an article about a wedding being crashed by llamas and not link to it, then you were wrong.

    A North Carolina couple are now internet-famous thanks to pics posted online of their wedding reception — which just happen to coincide with the same venue as a llama convention.

    2016-09-21 20:54

  • iPhone 2016-09-21

    iPhone home screen


  • Mac as the Digital Hub

    The most recent episode of the truly excellent podcast, Nerds on Draft, focused on an extraordinary piece of software called DEVONthink Pro Office. Gabe also wrote a great piece on the rewritten mobile app that complements the main Mac app.

    I guess the easiest way to explain what this system does is this: It's a supercharged Evernote that's not terrible, doesn't have Work Chat1, and keeps you in control of your data. Normally, this is the exact type of app that I am all too ready to spend too much money on.2

    The whole thing is a nonstarter, though. It's not the price tag. Don't get me wrong - DEVONthink Pro Office is not cheap software. It's a premium piece of software with a premium price tag. $150 gets in you in the door, and then another $20 for the Pro version of the mobile app. But that doesn't matter. Great software pays for itself over and over again. And there's no question that this is great software.

    But I don't live in a world where the Mac is the hub anymore. It's been quite a while since I lived in that world. I can't use software where the iOS app is a satellite of the macOS app. Not counting my wonderful Windows work life, easily over 95% of my computing is done on iOS. I use my iPad Pro alongside my Windows machine all day at work. And when I'm not at my desk, my iPhone is almost always in my hand. I power on my iMac, at most, once a week, for an hour or less. Many weeks, I don't power it on at all.

    This isn't because I hate macOS. On the contrary - I love it. It's just that I like iOS more, and for many of the things I do, it's faster. And when it's not faster, it's often more enjoyable. For the other tasks, I am happy to move to the Mac.

    But the idea of an incredibly powerful software suite that revolves around the Mac that I barely use? It would just be wasted on me. And that's a damn shame.

    1. Have you heard about Work Chat? 

    2. Don't judge me and I won't judge you, k? 


  • Quick test

    Testing my Drafts -> Pythonista -> Pelican setup on the new phone. Quick & painless.


  • Home Buttons

    I don't know what the hell everyone is talking about. The new virtual home button on the iPhone 7 is great. It instantly feels obvious, like it was the clear next step.


  • Sure; you've seen this already. I don't care. The video is amazing.

    I'm writing from deep in the Nyungwe rain forest in southwest Rwanda. We've been tracking gorillas in the north, boating Lake Kivu in the west, and running through tea plantations in the south - all with the iPhone 7 Plus in hand.

    If you haven't seen it, find ten minutes. It's worth it.

    2016-09-15 14:04

  • Thanks to three desalinization plants, this:

    In 2008, Israel teetered on the edge of catastrophe. A decade-long drought had scorched the Fertile Crescent, and Israel's largest source of freshwater, the Sea of Galilee, had dropped to within inches of the "black line" at which irreversible salt infiltration would flood the lake and ruin it forever. Water restrictions were imposed, and many farmers lost a year's crops.

    Turns in to this:

    The Sea of Galilee is fuller. Israel's farms are thriving. And the country faces a previously unfathomable question: What to do with its extra water?

    2016-09-04 16:04

  • Apple Car

    The other day, I was complaining about my car key. It, like every modern car key, is way too big. It's at least 3 times the size that it needs to be to perform a very basic function.

    So I commented:

    I can't wait until Apple makes a car. I'll buy the damn thing just to get the smaller key that I'm sure it will use.

    My wife pointed out my obvious error.

    Key? Why would an Apple car have a key? You would just use your phone.

    Of course you would.


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