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The Misery Machine

There are no cogs at Facebook. There are complicit accomplices. The accomplices are not changing Facebook from the inside. If you work at Facebook, stop. If you sell coffee to Facebook employees, stop. If you buy ads on Facebook, stop. If you use Facebook to chat with your family and friends, stop. If you are on the board at Facebook, stop. All of these...

PDF to Image, or How I Stopped Hating Concur and Started Loving Shortcuts

One of the worst parts of traveling for work is using Concur for expense report submission.1 The entire system is obtuse and slow. But the worst part is that receipts are not accepted as PDFs. They must be images. While this is insane to me, there’s no arguing with a monolith. So I made an iOS shortcut. This is a dead simple shortcut. I select a...

Plain Text Shortcut

A few weeks ago I was trying to share a link I copied from the Safari sharing sheet on iOS. Every time I tried to paste the link in a web form the clipboard seemed empty. I made this really simple but incredibly useful shortcut to solve the problem. The root cause of my frustration is that iOS treats URL sharing as a special case and the clipboard...

Do Good By Friday

The Do By Friday podcast has been a highlight of the past year for me. When I felt low they made me laugh. When I felt mad they made me feel normal. Podcasts like Do By Friday are what I wanted from the internet and their success brings me hope. As a $10 patron I occasionally get gifts in the mail from a group of people that really care about what...

Shitty Trademarks

The Supreme Court has spoken and we can now trademark lots of shit. What the actual fuck. Vulgar terms absolutely express ideas and one’s “mode of expression” indubitably conveys a message. Like the use of “indubitably” right there suggests I’m trying to look smart. Mode and message are often (maybe always?) intertwined.

An Idiotic Exhibit

From Derek Lowe:Neither you nor the mixer will be improved by the HF, which is one of the last things on earth you would want to expose such equipment to, and then there’s the matter of handling the Sarin itself. These process problems have been apparent since the German efforts to scale up nerve agent production during the Second World War, and...

Alfred 4 for Mac

If you want to spend more time typing on your keyboard and less time fiddling with your mouse, I highly recommend Alfred as a file navigator and replacement for Spotlight.1 The latest Alfred update brings some minor improvements like placeholder variables for text expansion, new workflow actions, and some better file handling options. I'm not even...

Photo Oops Shortcut

It's graduation season so I thought I'd share this simple Shortcut. It's for those of us that accidentally switch to video mode on the iPhone camera when we are trying to just take a photo. I did this recently and ended up creating several one second videos when I thought I was just taking photos. The Shortcut shows a photo picker and then converts...

Abbyy TextGrabber 6 for iOS

If Memos isn't your thing, I'd point out that TextGrabber 6 is a terrific OCR utility for iOS. A friend posted a recipe to Slack and it was a pain to grab the text on iOS. So I took a screenshot on my iPhone and opened the photo in TextGrabber. A second later I had the recipe as plain text ready to paste into my recipe manager.

Memo for iOS

As advertised on Daringfireball.net, Memos is kind of amazing. When it works. The iOS app scans your photo library (on the device, not on someone else's computer) and recognizes text. You can then search for photos with text. Here's an example I tried. I searched for "Fainting" I found a photo with a sign in the background. That's Bladerunner...

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