While the subscription model may be good for individual developers, I think it will hurt the iOS app ecosystem. I can’t afford yearly subscriptions for all the apps I have on my iPad, so I will be forced to decrease down to a smaller number.
Carnival In Da Moonlight
Michigan Tech’s annual Winter Carnival is in progress, with the snow statue competition completing this morning. I attended Tech from 1984-89 and have good Carny memories. The number of hours students put in to building these statues is incredible and the results are fantastic. Check out the photos!
Is it just me, or does it seem the refresh/load times for Timeline and Discover are getting slower? Noticing on web and iOS.
Love Facebook. Someone thinks it’s ok to enable one to create a group that all their friends automatically join.
What’s really behind the massive, forceful, push to HTTPS? It doesn’t make sense to me that it must be used for every site. To achieve their apparent ends, HTTPS needs to be as easy and as expensive to implement as HTTP.
Does anyone know of a smart light bulb or plug that does not automatically turn on after a power failure? It’s frustrating me that I cannot find one that allows me to configure what I want the default state to be. Plugs seem to default to last known state while light bulbs seem to default to on.
I watched most of Altered Carbon over the weekend and enjoyed it very much. Recommended.
I think one of the best things about micro.blog is that there are real people behind the posts, just sharing whatever may be of interest, rather than entities using it to gain my attention.
the-narthex.org Doubt and Hope
Cnet thinks $799 for a Windows S notebook that has Core M, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD is a good deal. Wrong! That’s a good deal at $600 and no more.
It does look as though ChromeOS will be used for tablets given that Google doesn’t have an official Android tablet at the moment. I still think it needs to be pushed more as a competitor to the Microsoft Surface rather than the iPad.
I got my Peel, Super Thin Pixel 2 case, and it is indeed very small and very light. So small and light that I now realize frequent removal may be problematic without breaking the case. OTOH, it enables one to retain the Pixel 2’s small size where the other Google cases I have been using do add bulk.
We have a date on the Yellow Brick Road on October 12.
The other day I was looking for an iOS app that could access and download files form an Amazon S3 bucket. The only real one I could find was Transmit, which cost $10 and is being removed from the store. I search more, but finding no others, I paid the $10 and bought it even though it likely will not be maintained. It did the job and probably will do so for a while until Amazon changes their API.
Unfortunately, I did not see this article on Macstories about alternatives to Transmit and in particular iFiles, which is cheaper and may do the job just as well.
“The true effect of “trickle-down economics,” he writes, “is the way that the ideal of maximizing profit, not shared prosperity, has metastasized from financial markets and so shapes our entire society….”
Now, all of a sudden, people are waking up to the idea that a stylus is not a bad thing when it comes to tablets. Again, there is a difference between a stylus being an accessory that enables more features and one that is required to operate a device.
I think all app developers ought to be thinking of cross-platform data access. If I can’t get to my data from the web and any device I may use, I am likely not going to use your app. Hence apps like DevonThink are a show stopper for for me.
Feedback On The OmniFocus Roadmap
A couple of thoughts about OmniFocus after reading Omni’s roadmap for 2018. As an iOS user but not a Mac OS user, I have long heard about OmniFocus and how great it is but never tried it out. A few weeks ago I discovered I could install the iOS version and try it out for free for two weeks, which I did and frankly, it didn’t seem much better than Todoist or 2Do.
My main requirement is multi-platform support because while use an iPad as my primary personal computer, I also use Android smartphones and Windows notebook computers. The inability to get to info in OmniFocus from Windows has been a show stopper, and web access, which is on the roadmap, will help, however I am concerned about the “minimalist” plan.
A simple way that Omni could solve this problem is by syncing with Toodledo. While there is a Toodledo iOS app, it is not very efficient so I use 2Do on my iPad that syncs my data with Toodledo. The benefit is that there are Toodledo apps for other platforms, and the Toodledo web app is one of the most advanced web apps that I use.
I am also surprised that OmniFocus doesn’t use an outliner for editing projects and tasks, given the existence of OmniOutliner, which I do use.
I’ll keep a watch out for the next release of OmniFocus and probably check it out.
7 Recent Books That Everyone in Tech Should Read A book should be written on the topic, just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do something.
realpersonalcomputing.com Use Google Assistant As Offline Brain.