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The trackpad gesture for slide-over on iPad is much better than the screen version.

Do want:

  • The new iMac
  • iPhone Mini (eventually)
  • TV remote(!)
  • AirTags… I think?

Also, the M1 iPad is ridiculous.

Apple events are so much more interesting when you scrub the rumours from your web feeds.

I am often caught off guard by the posts I read on Micro.blog. In a good way.

The more I find things on the web that cause contemplation, the better I feel.

I need an app in which I can select a set of date-based items (events, tasks, etc) and edit all of them so that the attached dates all move forwards by whatever length of time I choose.

Basically: mass edit date for a schedule. This includes items from the past.

Unless it is literally your job to do so, I can promise you that all of that energy you’re expending in the act of getting frustrated over a website not working properly does nothing good for your life.

Life is too short to let The Internet have such power over your life.

BBC headline: “PM says easy and cheap”

What the PM actually said: “ … as easy as we possibly can.” and “ … as affordable as possible.”

Oh look at that, no byline or anything.

For some reason convenience and using as little effort as possible have become the most desirable outcomes of our efforts to live, even though they obviously come with lots of serious costs; you know, to those who bother to think about it for longer than a few moments.

The new big consent page blocking YouTube has certainly been helpful since I deleted my Google account; it has become easy to immediately close the tab and never choose to use it as a search engine.

If I ever need to use it I’ll do so separately from my personal data.

Seeing the disparity of access to vaccination, the contrast between those in the mega rich world of the US and UK, and then everybody else… it’s sobering, should you choose to care about other people.

I then think of my own life since becoming a carer. Familiarity.

Auto-completing text fields for search are literally the work of the devil.

The moment a note-taking app shoves a form for account registration in your face as the first action to take is the moment I decide to ignore it entirely.

I’m not going to recommend Basecamp to people anymore. Exporting has been horrible. Such (loud) seemingly pro-web developers ought to have a better attitude insofar as being open and flexible.

Posting things to The Internet does not have to be treated like a career by people who want to have fun.

It is more than OK for you to not “fall into a new career” when you just want to enjoy using different software.

Making room for fun is good, essential even. You do you.

Tech fans: “We need opinionated software!”
Developer: “Here is some opinionated software.”
Tech fans: “No not like that.”

I recently switched back to making my iPad my main computer. Even if I end up using Windows again — which I hope to avoid — there is no way I am going back to the big all-in-one from HP; it was awful, compared even to this tiny 11-inch hybrid.

I really want to work on Today I Learned and get more involved with Micro.blog things. Hopefully my recent resurgence in other parts of life will make this possible via a schedule that has been difficult to establish over the past 12 months.

It’s not about the app or the service or the platform.

It’s about what you want to do.

I’m starting to realise the extent of power in productivity apps on iOS, and more importantly the ways in which they can help to balance out the seriously compromised web browser.

Latest example: Anybuffer, which I’ve just added to my iPad.

I keep seeing people asserting with great confidence that:

  • blogging = inconvenient
  • and social media = convenient.

I disagree.

I suppose “Follow” being used for podcasts in place of “Subscribe” makes perfect sense in a world full of “Content” and “Creators” and “Influencers”.