Simon Woods

You seriously can’t manage email aliases for Apple Mail on iOS natively?

So Apple Pay is only available in Safari 🧐

I am no longer sharing links to websites with the following:

  • Cookie managers blocking the site.
  • Paywalls blocking the site.
  • Browser notification pop-ups.
  • Newsletter sign-up pop-ups.
  • Invasive tracking technology.

As such I might not link much but at least it won’t be crap.

Feature request for Apple Watch Fitness:

A “free day”. You can choose a day in which your activity is not counted towards streaks and trends.

If your family lived in a corrosive swamp-land, would you say “welp what can I do!”?

Hate to tell you this but Facebook is prime swamp land.

Starting to think we need a very public list of every website that has such awful tracking technology embedded into it that you need to go through a cookie manager just to use it.

All of these websites ought to be on a warning list until they renounce invasive ad tech.

There are days when I think about my choices to opt-out of Google and Android, and “smart home” devices, and massive surveillance-based social media and I wonder: is ignorance truly blissful?

Would it be better to stop fiddling with tech and just use it as an appliance?

With regard to improving the world, if we only ever accept what we consider 100% purely good efforts then guess what? Nothing will ever change.

We must embrace pragmatism and compromise if we’re going to make any sort of progress.

One of the smaller notes of this preview for the upcoming updates that has me as excited as the headline features is near the end of Manton’s post:

… such as (finally!) editing replies.


Just downloaded a film from Vimeo and it was super quick, despite the size. Yet more reasons to use platforms and websites with an onus on quality rather than quantity. πŸ™Œ

Hi, person who runs an online store. πŸ‘‹

So you know, the various pop-ups for browser notifications and your newsletter with 10% off! not only discourage me from buying your stuff but now also encourage me to bad-mouth you to other people.

OK? OK. πŸ‘

I see Brexit is going well.

Now that I’m getting used to Apple keyboard shortcuts (cmd, etc), it has become frustrating to only have limited access to them on the iPad.

Thankfully touch still works very well, however I am starting to think I’ll just end up using a MacBook for my mobile computing.

And for my third tech gripe of the day:

iPad hardware support, especially for keyboard shortcuts… πŸ˜”

I was feeling good about Quotebacks as a generic web tool but the fact that the keyboard shortcut for the Firefox extension doesn’t just work for me is a bad sign.

Too much of indie web type software continues to be this way; in need of messing about with settings to be useful.

I am baffled by the fact that Apple hasn’t made exceptions for Mozilla, so that Firefox can truly exist on iOS.

Right now it seems like Windows is a better option for open web advocates, especially when you factor in Microsoft’s massive pro-developer push in recent years.

There should be some sort of fine-based punishment for companies who make product-related instructions available via PDF and it is literally just an image of the physical copy.

Re-reconsidering my email situation. Going to give the rules and filters for Proton a good go before thinking about switching; I need to actually deal with my existing mail rather than hide that task with the false work of switching provider.

Time is a good decision-maker.

Time to entirely retreat back to my blog, with being my only social media. As soon as Bokeh is released, that’ll at least be a good place for private sharing of photos (undecided on whether to use it for public yet) and that’ll be all.

Reminder for myself: Never Silo

The mute tool for is great. πŸ‘

Lockdown restrictions on Tuesday 😬

This morning I have exercised more for one day than has been the case for years. Very much on track with my plan to significantly improve my fitness; the next step is to give the local gym a try.

I forgot just how good it feels to get moving with such intent. πŸ’ͺ

The Home Office has frighteningly little grasp of the impact of its activities in managing immigration.

– Meg Hillier MP, chair of the Public Accounts Committee

Our very own ICE for just Β£400 million per year.


Apple: Developers dare to not use IAP and freeload.

Also Apple: Here, have 24 hours notice for the full release of the new version of iOS.

The degree to which Tim Cook is an under-reported asshole with regard to developer releations is astonishing.