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Learning to Work with Fewer Pixels

Well that was a weird year. While 99.9% of the past year was terrible the one thing I did enjoy was working from home in my own office with a desk, chair, and monitor that I like. I made some tweaks to my office setup after the pandemic lockdown and I couldn't be happier with the arrangement. I bought a Jabra wireless headphones based on a recommendation...

Stones Turned 2021-06-13

I learned a bunch this week and feel somewhat happy with how I used my time. I guess Google FLoC achieves its goals The idea that “FLoC IDs are an additional dimension of how you resolve identity is definitely true,” said Desai. He said he expects identity tech and ad tech providers to incorporate FLoC IDs as another signal they might use to help...

I Can Haz Gratitude

Great blog post about the burdens of running a tiny piece of software that became a critical piece of global infrastructure. There was a phase for a few years where malware authors kept writing malware that would call out to icanhazip.com to find out what they had infected. If they could find out the external IP address of the systems they had compromised,...

On Digital Gardening, Blogs, and Knowledge

I’m seeing a lot less internet chatter about “productivity” and a lot more about information structures.1 I think this represents a natural followup to the task management craze of previous years. The market responded to GTD with a huge variety of apps and systems and most of us have settled into something that works well enough. Where I’ve found the...

Remember the Shelf

I remember iOS 11 like it was just 4 decades ago. There was so much excitement for the new drag and drop features on the iPad that I can feel my adrenaline increase as I write this missive. “Finally”, the iPad was getting real. I took my enthusiasm and invested it in every “Shelf” app on the AppStore. It was fun. It was unproductive. It didn't stick....

Types of Blogs

I have a couple of little projects that have me thinking a lot about blogging. One of those projects is to groom and optimize my RSS feed reading. Crazy, right? I don’t like reading most mainstream news and I definitely don’t like Apple News. RSS is a good way to see new information that is generally relevant to what I want to think about. As I groomed...

NetNewsWire iCloud Sync

Speaking of RSS, I've been very happy with the latest NetNewsWire betas. iCloud syncing in NetNewsWire is fast and stupid-easy. The iOS apps are very nice for reading and the Mac app is stable and uses very little power. It's just nice to have a rock-solid RSS reader that focuses on what I like about RSS: Easy reading and fast syncing.

Fool Me Once… Google and RSS

Apparently Google rediscovered RSS. I look forward to their second failure with it. It does make me wonder what advertising scheme they are planning to shoehorn into their version of RSS that wasn’t possible 8 years ago.

The M1 Mac Experience

Have you heard enough about the new M1 Macs? Of course you haven’t, that’s why you’re here. I’ve been using the new MacBook Air with M1 ARM processor for a few weeks. It has been mostly great. The battery life is unbelievable and it’s a very powerful computer. There are a few problems with my transition from Intel to M1 but they are minor. What Works...

Link Fest May 2021

There are some delightful sites out there on the internet. Here’s a few that I’m enjoying. I only had one criteria for this list: the sites must support RSS. Remember RSS? It’s like Twitter without the buttholes. Waxy.org is a weird and wonderful collection of things from Andy Baio. Waxy.org turned me on to the new version of StumbleUpon and I can’t...

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