• Icro for iOS is a rather rather neat micro.blog client. It feels almost like Twitter, just nicer.

  • MacBook Pro Touch Bar Issues

    In general, the Touch Bar MacBook Pro is an excellent machine. It’s fast and well built. However, I’m not a fan of the new keyboard and touch bar, and when you combine that with the list of other issues I have, it’s easy to think that maybe I should have just stuck with the 2015 MacBook Pro.

    • I get sticky keys. It seems like this is a thing for a lot of users.
    • Connecting to an external monitor is hit and miss, it’ll often just crash the machine, and a force-reboot is the only option.
    • Dongles. I’m forever attaching dongles to various cables, this game gets very old, very fast.
    • Lack of ports, I’d like some or all of the following; mini-display port, HDMI, USB-C, USB-A, ethernet and a card reader.
    • Keyboard travel is too short. You may like it, but I’m not a fan.
    • Touch Bar gets in the way. I’d prefer a classic row of function keys, and I liked having the physical volume and brightness keys.

    Apple may have pushed to hard this time and misjudged the line between Innovation and annoyance.

  • Yesterday @Manton released the beta of Micro.blog for Mac, and for a first release, it’s excellent.

    It’s missing a few niceties like undo support, and this is also the second time I’m writing this post — I clicked on the wrong part of the app, and my post vanished, but hey it’s beta software.

  • Curly Quotes on a Mac Keyboard

    I’m terrible at using curly quotes, I often just use the straight double mark (Shift + ‘). Naughty me.

    Here’s the keyboard commands to do it correctly:

    • Alt + ] = single curly quote ( ‘ )
    • Alt + Shift + ]= single curly quote ( ’ )
    • Alt + [ = an opening double curly quote ( “ )
    • Alt + Shift + [ = a closing double curly quote ( ” )

    For a slightly more in-depth explanation check out this post by Chris Bracco.

  • From Big Mac to Realmac

    Realmac Software was founded on the 19th of November 2002. The company existed before that, but that’s the date it became official.

    In a few months Realmac Software will be 15 years old. I’m not sure why I thought about it today, but I did, and here we are.

    A lot has happened over the past 15 years. Looking back I can see where the various chapters start and end. It’s been quite the journey.

    Lorraine often jokes that I should write a book on it, she even came up with a title, “From Big Mac to Realmac”. Yes, my first job was at McDonald’s.

    Maybe I will. Maybe I won’t.

    Perhaps 15 years is a milestone that should be celebrated. However, I’m not really one for celebration so I think I’ll just carry on. I’ll most likely let the day pass, just like any other day.

    Here’s to the next 15.

  • Due to the sheer number of leaks this year, I think it’s a safe bet to say we’ll see the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X Edition at Today’s Apple event.

    While we know a lot about the new iPhones due to the numerous leaks, there’s one thing people are still unsure of. How will the “X” in iPhone X be pronounced?

    Here’s what I think…

    Apple dropped the X from “OS X” last year so it matched the naming convention of iOS and tvOS (maybe the iPhone X is one of the other reasons they decided to drop it). When an X was used in the name of Mac OS X, Apple pronounced it as “Mac OS ten”. Most people just say it as they see it, and called it “Mac OS eX” (to the annoyance of many die hard Apple fans).

    While this years iPhone launch does indeed mark the tenth anniversary of the first iPhone, I think Apple has learnt its lesson and will pronounce the name as “iPhone eX Edition”, not “iPhone ten Edition”.

    I guess we’ll find out within the next few hours!

  • I submitted a new version of Squash for Mac to the App Store at 17:47, it went into review at 18:33, and was approved by 20:08 — I’d say that’s pretty damn speedy.

  • Vegan Headphones

    Earlier this year I was looking for a decent pair of headphones and was disappointed to find most of the high-end pairs use animal skin on the headband and ear cushions. Thankfully I figured out that the Bose QuietComfort 25 (and 35) use synthetic leather. I’ve been using the 25s for a few months now, and I can honestly say they are the best sounding headphones I’ve ever owned. If you’re vegan/vegetarian and looking for some decent headphones, the Bose QuietComfort are an excellent choice.

  • Think before you grow your business

    When you say you run your own company people always ask how many staff you have. The higher the number, the more impressed people seem to be and I can understand that. I fell into this trap myself, the trap of thinking bigger is better.

    I thought to be classed as a successful company I needed to grow. I needed to get a bigger office, hire more people, and why not. The company was making enough money, so I just went with it.

    Then one day I looked up and I was responsible for ten full-time employees, a whole host of freelancers, and an office big enough for 30+ people. Unchecked, a business can take on a life of its own. I didn’t plan for it to be like that, it just happened. I never stopped to think about what I really wanted.

    The more staff you have, the more politics there are. You go to the pub and suddenly you can no longer all fit around the same table, splinter groups start to emerge. You get a bigger office and the overheads suddenly balloon. All of this leads to more stress and more pressure. Maybe some people get a kick out of it. I don’t.

    Over time I started scaling back my business. I’ve found running a smaller, more intimate company is so much more enjoyable. I now work from home, there’s less stress, and best of all I get to see my family whenever I want. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying don’t hire people or don’t get an office, I’m just saying think carefully before you do. You need to be ambitious, but not so much so that the stress of it ends up making you sick.

    As a company grows, there’s a tipping point and getting stuff done actually becomes slower. There’s more process and more meetings.

    Small, agile, and profitable is much better.

    If you run a small business, think carefully before hiring anyone full-time. Think very carefully before getting an office. Think about the longer term and where you want to end up. Do you really want the overheads and all the other stuff that a bigger business brings along with it?

  • Luna Display

    I’ve known Matt Ronge since the early days of RealBasic. His latest hardware project to turn your iPad into a touchable display for your Mac looks absolutely stunning.

    It’s called Luna Display, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it raise over 1 million dollars on Kickstarter!

  • The optimal vitamin D range seems to be between 35 and 50ng/ml. Anything below 20ng/ml is apparently dangerously low.

    Vitamin D is found naturally in very few foods; primary sources are the sun and mushrooms. They are also found in fatty fish, and fortified dairy products, but seeing as I’m vegan those are not an option.

    Even if you’re not vegan, it’s suggested most people should be taking a supplement of around 1,000 - 2,000 IU daily to achieve adequate blood levels and gain protection from osteoporosis, cancer, and heart disease. Look for supplements that provide D3 (cholecalciferol) rather than D2 (ergocalciferol).

    I’ve written about Vitamin D for my own reference, please do your own research before changing your diet or taking supplements.


  • RapidWeaver and Squash are in Setapp, and while the revenue from the service is lower than I’d like, there’s an upwards trend. This is the combined sales from both apps, along with partner revenue (from referred sales) for the past 4 months.

    • May: $1,446.97
    • June: $1,563.35
    • July: $1,621.36
    • August: $1,913.82
  • Keith from Literature & Latte’s thoughts mirror many of my own on the subject of Subscriptions. Especially in relationship to RapidWeaver. www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/vie…

  • I backed Welcome to Macintosh on Kickstarter last year, am very much looking forward to hearing season 3! www.macintosh.fm/episodes/…

  • The “Macinbot Classic” is super cute. I wish Apple did official versions of things like this macinbot.com

  • Vinyl

    My music library is a mishmash of old mp3’s, and “cloud music”. Sometimes the albums that aren’t stored locally won’t play, or certain tracks are greyed out. Restarting iTunes a few times will sometimes fix this. Other times, I just have to move on and pick something else to play.

    If I stop paying for Apple Music (or an artist decides to pull their songs from the service), then a lot of my music will just disappear. This thought makes me feel a bit uneasy, especially because music means so much to me.

    I think it’s only now that streaming services are the norm that people are beginning to realise there are some downsides to not actually owning your music.

    If you love music (and I do), I feel all paths will eventually lead you back to vinyl. I’m not saying you have to go all in and ditch your music subscription. I think there’s a middle ground.

    Earlier this year I purchased a record player and started buying some of my favourite albums on vinyl. I’m already starting to see why people get hooked on collecting records; there really is something timeless and magical about listening to music in such an analogue way.

    A few of the albums I’ve purchased are older than me. It blows my mind to think that the vinyl I’m playing was made before I was born, and has no-doubt been listened too by countless other people before me and made an impact on their lives. There’s something special about that, and it’s something that digital music just can’t replicate.

  • Going to try this micro.blog thing out for real.

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