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Globe key as a modifier is a good idea.

TIL we’ll also be able to use arrow keys to navigate through apps on the home screen and use the return key to open an app. A great combination with system-wide tabbing.

The new SharePlay feature from Apple is nice and all but unfortunately I only ever want to share things with people during a pandemic, so the feature is late and entirely useless.

Failed again, Apple. #WWDC #InsiderKnowledge #BecomeAMember

Just had my second driving lesson. Brain feels like it’s been used in a blender.

Listening to the WWDC Connected. The criticism of “late” features because apparently the pandemic is for sure over is, uh… uncomfortable.

Not only is that a big presumption but now Apple shouldn’t make features for people who find it difficult to socialise in physical spaces?

The weirdness of re-discovering one of your favourite albums from years ago, then looking for the band on the web and finding barely any evidence they even existed.

These are the times I most regret throwing away CDs.

iPad improvements from the WWDC keynote are welcome. Unsure if anything has changed about background performance, retaining state of apps (especially websites) but the navigation-based updates look good.

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🤔

As always, with WWDC I’m going to just watch it with nothing else happening. Even if I don’t get what I want, I hope Apple announces tangible improvements that will help as many people as possible.

One of many examples of how absurdly bad the hardware keyboard support for the iPad truly is.

What happened to “measure a thousand times”?

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WWDC wish-list:

  • Major iPad OS upgrade.
    • desktop-level usability; navigation, keyboard support, etc.
    • this includes Safari.
  • Developer documentation.
    • both retroactively applied and as part of a new, consistent process.

Quick update for @TIL:

Per this announcement, all posts, updates, newsletter issues, and anything else are on hold until the 8th.

Between the weather and an appointment on Friday, this is a good week for a break. I look forward to resuming the gradual reactivation on Tuesday!

I keep seeing people push for new features on Micro.blog that would make it more complicated. This is worrying, since there are already some basic things missing, and fixes needed, and I would hate to see WordPress-style bloat creeping onto Micro.blog.

I just used youtube-dl on the iPad and it feels like I got away with something I shouldn’t have. 🤫

Using hardware keyboard with iPad:

Settings —> search “cursor” —> select “Gliding Cursor” —> increase gliding cursor speed.

This thing is set so slow that it contributes to the feeling that the machine is actively getting in your way. Helps to make it faster.

Quick reminder regarding @TIL:

  • Today I Learned is back! 🎉
  • Regular post types are returning gradually. 🧑‍💻
  • Pages are being updated on a regular basis. 💪
  • The newsletter is up and running. 😎

… and everyday I am happily working on more. 👀

Does Safari on the Mac still steal the feed:// protocol for Apple News?

I’ve tried using it on iPad and nothing happens. Meanwhile, URLs for feeds (.xml, etc) fail to load the file as a page and throw up this message: “Safari cannot open the page because the address is invalid.”

I recently did a quick calculation of just how much money I have missed out on as a stay-at-home carer. This includes the potential alternative in which, and I know this is crazy, we as a wealthy nation paid all carers.

It’s a lot of money.

Inconvenient digital thing: “OMG THE UTTER SHAME OF THESE DEVILS WHY DOES THIS TAKE EFFORT TO USE”

Inconvenient physical thing: “Welp that’s just the way it is I mean what can you even do”

… humans are weird.

Sitting in a coffee shop, working on Today I learned… novel and yet mundane. And wonderful.