Lately, I’ve stopped “Favoriting” photos on Flickr, and started posting short comments instead. I think maybe Micro.blog has positively influenced my behavior on social networks.

Today’s was the first Apple event in a long time after which I said: “I’d like ONE OF EACH, please!”

This Datavue Snap 1+1 “portable” (1987) ran on dual floppies. I lived in Microsoft Works for a while and was having the time of my life.

These days, when iCloud is down it really messes with me. Took me 10 minutes to realize my Bear library and DEVONthink databases hadn’t synced and I thought I was going crazy. 

https://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/

I just tried using an emoji as a tag in iA Writer but it didn’t work. For grins I then tried it in Bear and it worked great. Seems obvious, in hindsight.

Archived All of My Email With MailSteward

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After several interesting email-related discussions this week on Micro.blog, I was reminded of MailSteward. I like the idea of having a local copy of all my email, and I’ve done this before with tools like mbsync but decided to buy MailSteward as an easier way to maintain a searchable, up-to-date email archive.

MailSteward worked great. It’s not the prettiest app on my Mac, and $49 might seem steep to some for a such a utility, but I think it’ll turn out to be worth it.

I frequently look for a nice new theme for my WordPress blog but I don’t like any of them so I end up back with Independent Publisher.

Back to MailMate

What I wanted to do was to use Apple Mail on my Macs. I even did it for a while. Mail’s simplicity is comforting and it makes mail look nice.

What I ended up doing instead is to go back to MailMate.

I have 3 mail accounts; Gmail, Fastmail, and Protonmail. I would like to manage Gmail and Fastmail from the same app. I tried using their respective web apps but I just don’t enjoy it. Never have.

Apple Mail sometimes goes wonky on me and I never seem to figure out what causes it. This time, for example, all of my messages sent from Gmail ended up in my Fastmail account’s Sent folder. I tried every combination of changing/removing/re-adding SMTP credentials/servers/accounts but could not get it working right. I then started seeing messages in “smart” mailboxes that should not have been there. Considering how much time I spend in email, these little annoyances add up.

MailMate is a little “heavier” and not as pretty, but it has always worked flawlessly for me and does everything I could ever want.

Why Create a Frontier-Inspired Scripting App? – Brent Simmons

Brent Simmons:

Nothing in my entire career has ever matched Frontier for how it enabled me to make things quickly. Things that are difficult in other environments — persistence, debugging, seeing the results of a script — are so simple in Frontier. It’s just how the app works. It still feels to me like it comes from the future.

The bet I’m making is that there was something special in this design, that this particular tool was capable of unleashing a level of creativity capable of changing the tech world.

As a huge fan of Frontier, I love that Brent is doing this. It really was easy magic.

The new Palm is a tiny phone to keep you away from your phone – The Verge

The Verge:

So to review: it’s a tiny phone to keep you from using your big phone, but it could do all the things your big one can do if you wanted (but you shouldn’t because the whole idea is to get you to be a little less obsessed with your phone). It’s like a phone for your phone. And Steph Curry helped design cases for it so you can strap it to your forearm during workouts. There are Kate Spade clutches for it, too.

Like I said: weird. But also: fascinating.

This is not the one for me, but I think they’re on to something.

The Math behind Project Scheduling, Bug Tracking, and Triage – Avery Pennarun

Avery Pennarun | USENIX:

Many projects have poorly defined (and often overridden) priorities, hopelessly optimistic schedules, and overflowing bug trackers that are occasionally purged out of frustration in a mysterious process called “bug bankruptcy.” But a few projects seem to get everything right. What’s the difference? Avery collected the best advice from the best-running teams at Google, then tried to break down why that advice works—using math, psychology, an ad-hoc engineer simulator (SimSWE), and pages torn out of Agile Project Management textbooks.

(Via Michael Tsai)

I’m always disappointed when clicking a link and finding it’s only a podcast or video. It’s instantly “Nope, I don’t have time for that right now.” and I’m out.

Transcript or it didn’t happen.

I’m already numb to the automation prompts in the Mojave betas. I now just click “Allow” without reading the whole message, even though I know it’s a bad idea. This feels less secure to me.