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  2. Nov 2022
    1. All at once, billions of people saw themselves as celebrities, pundits, and tastemakers.

      ...but what if some of them...didn't.

    1. The mythical city of Babel. Or any one story about the mythical city of Babel, or any story about a great lost city with a single language. The actual story of Babel is an origin story, a civilization’s creation myth, the loss and fracture of a dream that leads to a rebuilding that leads to the known world. Lots of cultures have some kind of myth like this, but what has always struck me about this one in particular is the open-mouthed longing its premise instantly compels: The whole world, speaking the same language. All at once the unknown made known, the twisting roads made navigable, and every stranger made into a friend. This dream is the same one that every lonely misfit growing up without friends or supportive family clings to when they survive their childhood by imagining that one day they will move to the city—whatever specific city that constitutes—and everything will be better, and everyone there will understand. That city is always a fiction, and always an invention, even when the kid really does move to the city and everyone there really does understand. Every place we love is a fiction, and so is every story we come up with about why we love it, or why we’re there, or what the city made possible, and what it gave us. An old friend of mine was once asked how she knew a mutual friend and, awkwardly avoiding the real answer, which was that they used to have sex, said “we know each other from the city.” Of course, how they really knew each other, before the sex, was from social media. But either way “we know each other from the city” seems all too accurate a way to say it. Twitter was the city and we all knew each other from the city. All of us on here lived for a while in the city of Babel, miraculously speaking one another’s language, the previous barriers that had kept us from connection removed, building marketplaces and town squares, and dark underground bars and fancy restaurants, building palaces and gardens and amphitheaters and houses and bedrooms and lecture halls and printing presses and offices. We all lived here in the city together, running into old friends and making friends with strangers on the walk to the grocery store and the train to work, eavesdropping on heartbreaks, and getting into arguments, and dodging the wild-eyed preachers screaming about the end of the world. Before I got on Twitter, I had always felt like I somehow never learned the language by which people were able to talk to one another, and make friends, and be in social spaces together, and know one another. And then, for a few years when the whole world was text, I suddenly had those skills, and I have to tell you, for a little while it really, truly felt like I would never be lonely again. I know that’s stupid. Of course it is. Anything anyone believes in with their whole heart is stupid; the drunk girls in the bathroom don’t actually have the key to all mythologies. But Twitter allowed me to enter the world, because it rendered the world into text, and in that form I had an all-at-once fluency in things that had been previously out of reach. It was a city and I made a home in it, and now that city is gone.Perhaps the myth of Babel offers a simpler truth: Cities live for a while and then they die. The spaces we inhabit blossom and decay, much like our own bodies that we place within them. We build something and it lasts until it doesn’t; we live our lives somewhere and no part of our experience exists beyond its borders, and then one day it’s gone, and persists only in our fractured, once-shared memories. Cities rise and fall; they are as easy to lose as any other type of love. We love things, and then something else happens. We live somewhere, and then no one lives there. The sand picks up the ruins and disfigures them, and the traces left behind look like not so much a record as a joke, sweeping away whatever seemed most permanent. Again and again we get the idea of permanence wrong: We think it means whatever matters most, when in fact it means nothing of the kind. But to engage against all our better instincts in that belief is what it is to love. These spaces were always temporary and always doomed; we behaved in them as though they would last not because we had any good reason to believe they would, but because we loved them, and because love became possible within them. If Twitter was ever utopian or even good or pleasant for any of its users, it certainly isn’t now, and likely wasn’t ever any of those things. I don’t mean to imply that it is, or even that it once was. I mean that I once thought it was, which is the difference between love and reality. Once I lived in a city, and in that city everyone could miraculously talk to one another, and then we couldn’t, or maybe had to admit that we never had been able to, and then one day the city was gone.

      THANK YOU and thank god there was someone far more adept at referencing this Bible story than I. Was starting to get semi-legit worried.

    2. Adderall.

      Yeah...

    3. The JFK assassination episode of Mad Men. In one long single shot near the beginning of the episode, a character arrives late to his job and finds the office in disarray, desks empty and scattered with suddenly-abandoned papers, and every phone ringing unanswered. Down the hallway at the end of the room, where a TV is blaring just out of sight, we can make out a rising chatter of worried voices, and someone starting to cry. It is— we suddenly remember— a November morning in 1963. The bustling office has collapsed into one anxious body, huddled together around a TV, ignoring the ringing phones, to share in a collective crisis.

      May I just miss the core of this bit entirely and mention coming home to Betty on the couch, letting the kids watch, unsure of what to do.

      And the fucking Campbells, dressed up for a wedding in front of the TV, unsure of what to do.

      Though, if I might add, comparing Twitter to the abstract of television, itself, would be unfortunate, if unfortunately accurate, considering how much more granular the consumptive controls are to the user. Use Twitter Lists, you godforsaken human beings.

    1. the platform’s reliability is entirely dependent on which one you sign up for.

      It's been fine for years! I understand the intention behind informing readers of what the onboarding experience is like at this very moment, but if you're going to be part of this absurdly latent, dense wave of folks suddenly giving Mastodon a try, I think it's important you be very explicit about your lack of experience before the most intense influx of users in the history of the Fediverse.

    2. Joining Mastodon is undoubtably more complicated than starting a Twitter account.

      Are you sure about this argument, Janus? Are you sure you comprehensively tried all methods of onboarding?

    3. Mastodon is extremely messy compared to its shiny, centralized predecessors.

      What in the God's name of the fuck are you talking about??

    1. Well... I can't seem to get this webpage to render with the Hypothes.is sidebar alongside, so I'm going to have a go at just including entirety of the content in markdown format, annotated and presented in this same note.

      Eugen Rochko Time Interview

      ["Thousands Have Joined Mastodon Since Twitter Changed Hands. Its Founder Has a Vision for Democratizing Social Media."]

      Mastodon, a decentralized microblogging site named after an extinct type of mammoth, {I'm sorry... what??? You didn't even fucking ask, did you?} recorded 120,000 new users in the four days following billionaire Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, its German-born founder Eugen Rochko tells TIME. Many of them were Twitter users seeking a new place to call their online home.

      Those users, whether they knew it or not, were following in the footsteps of Rochko, 29, who began coding Mastodon in 2016 after becoming disillusioned with Twitter. “I was thinking that being able to express myself online to my friends through short messages was very important to me, important also to the world, and that maybe it should not be in the hands of a single corporation,” Rochko says. “It was generally related to a feeling of distrust of the top down control that Twitter exercised.”

      Mastodon, which proudly proclaims it is [“not for sale”] and has around [4.5 million] user accounts, is pretty similar to Twitter, once users get past the complicated sign-up process. The main difference is that it’s not one cohesive platform, but actually a collection of different, independently-run and self-funded servers. Users on different servers can still communicate with each other, but anybody can set up their own server, and set their own rules for discussion. Mastodon is a crowdfunded nonprofit, which funds the full-time work of Rochko—its sole employee—and several popular servers.

      The platform doesn’t have the power to force server owners to do anything—even comply with basic content moderation standards. That sounds like a recipe for an online haven for far-right trolls. But in practice, many of Mastodon’s servers have stricter rules than Twitter, Rochko says. When hate-speech servers do appear, other servers can band together to block them, essentially ostracizing them from the majority of the platform. “I guess you could call it the democratic process,” Rochko says.

      The recent influx from Twitter, Rochko says, has been a vindication. “It is a very positive thing to find that your work is finally being appreciated and respected and more widely known,” he says. “I have been working very, very hard to push the idea that there is a better way to do social media than what the commercial companies like Twitter and Facebook allow.”

      TIME spoke with Rochko on Oct. 31.

      This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

      What do you think of what Elon Musk is doing at Twitter?

      I don’t know. The man is not entirely comprehensible. I don’t agree with a lot of his behaviors and his decision-making. I think that buying Twitter was an impulse decision that he soon regretted. And that he basically got himself into a situation that kind of forced him to commit to the deal. And now he’s in it, and he has to deal with the fallout.

      I specifically disagree with his stance on free speech, because I think that it depends on your interpretation of what free speech means. If you allow the most intolerant voices to be as loud as they want to, you’re going to shut down voices of different opinions as well. So allowing free speech by just allowing all speech is not actually leading to free speech, it just leads to a cesspit of hate.

      I think that is a very uniquely American idea of creating this marketplace of ideas where you can say anything you want completely without limits. It is very foreign to the German mindset where we, in our Constitution, our number one priority is maintaining human dignity. And so, hate speech is not part of the German concept of free speech, for example. So I think that when Elon Musk says that everything’s gonna be allowed, or whatever, I generally disagree with that.

      How do you ensure on Mastodon, given that it’s decentralized and you don’t have the power to ban users, that the space is welcoming and safe?

      Well, this is the kind of strange dichotomy of how it’s turned out. On the one hand, the technology itself is what allows basically anyone to host their own independent social media server, and to basically be able to do anything they want with it. There is no way for Mastodon, the company, or anyone really—except the normal law enforcement procedures—to really go after anyone specifically running a Mastodon server. The way that you would shut down a normal web site is how you would shut down a Mastodon server, there’s no difference there. So on that end, it kind of turns out to be the ultimate free speech platform. But obviously that’s basically just a side effect of creating a tool that can be used by anyone. It’s kind of like cars. Cars are used by everyone, even bad people, even for bad purposes, there’s nothing you can do about it, because the tool is out there. However, I think that the differentiating factor to something like Twitter or Facebook, is that on Mastodon, when you host your own server, you can also decide what rules you want to enforce on that server, which allows communities to create safer spaces than they could otherwise have on these large platforms that are interested in serving as many people as possible, perhaps driving engagement up on purpose to increase time people spend on the web.

      You can have communities that have much stricter rules than Twitter has. And in practice, a lot of them are [stricter]. And this is part of where, again, the technology intersects with guidance or leadership from Mastodon the company. I think that, through the way that we communicate publicly, we have avoided attracting a crowd of the kind of people who you would find on Parler or Gab, or whatever other internet hate forums. Instead we’ve attracted the kind of people who would moderate against hate speech when running their own servers. Additionally, we also act as a guide for anyone who wants to join. Because on our website, and our apps, we provide a default list of curated servers that people can make accounts on. And through that, we make sure that we curate the list in such a way that any server that wants to be promoted by us has to agree to a certain basic set of rules, one of which is that no hate speech is allowed, no sexism, no racism, no homophobia, or transphobia. And through that, we ensure that the association between Mastodon, the brand, and the experience that people want is that of a much safer space than something like Twitter.

      But what happens if you hateful people do set up a server?

      Well, obviously, they don’t get promoted on our “Join Mastodon” website or in our app. So whatever they do, they do on their own and completely separately, and the other administrators that run their own Mastodon servers, when they find out that there’s a new hate speech server, they may decide that they don’t want to receive any messages from the server and block it on their end. Through, I guess you could call it the democratic process, the hateful server can get ostracized or can get split off into basically, a little echo chamber, which is, I guess, no better or worse than them being in some other echo chamber. ::The internet is full of spam::. It’s full of abuse, of course. Mastodon provides the facilities necessary to deal with unwanted content, both on the user end and on the operator end.
      

      What made you want to go into building a service like this back in 2016?

      I remember that I was just not very happy with Twitter, and I was worried where it was going to go from there. Something very questionable was in its future. That got me thinking that, you know, being able to express myself online to my friends through short messages was actually very important to me, important also to the world, and that maybe it should not be in the hands of a single corporation that can just do whatever it wants with it. I started working on my own thing. I called it Mastodon because I’m not good at naming things. I just chose whatever came to my mind at the time.(fn) There was obviously no ambition of going big with it at the time.

      It must feel pretty special to see something that you made grow from nothing to where it is now.

      Indeed, it is. It is a very positive thing to find that your work is finally being appreciated and respected and more widely known. I’ve been fighting for this for a long time, I started working on Mastodon in 2016, back then I had no ambitions of it going far at all. It was very much a hobbyist project at the start, then when I launched publicly it seemed to strike a chord with at least the tech community and that’s when I got the original Patreon supporters that allowed me to take on this job full time. And from then on I have been working very, very hard to make this platform as accessible and as easy to use for everyone as possible. And to push the idea forward, that there is a better way to do social media than what the commercial companies like Twitter and Facebook allow.

  3. Oct 2022
    1. Some 18,000 people signed up for Mastodon accounts between October 20 and 27, says Eugen Rochko, the platform’s CEO. As of October 28, it had 381,113 active users. Mastodon’s Twitter handle is also being used a lot across Twitter by people announcing new Mastodon accounts, Rochko says.

      SO... y'all tech media folks finally willing and able to acknowledge Mastodon's existence now?

    1. You can control Things on your Mac and iPad with keyboard shortcuts.

      Yes, iPhone too, folks! I intend to test the entire suite out on my phone very soon. Kick my ass if I forget.

    1. On January 27, 2010, at a special press event billed as "Come see our latest creation," Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad.

      Fuck. I forgot the iPad and I have the same goddamned birthday.

    1. Just now got around to updating the broken image links. Sorry about that!

  4. Sep 2022
    1. “Find Notes” can now retrieve more than 26 notes at a time

      Also, this is not currently working.

    2. Create Tab Group

      I can't really see any reason for this action to exist without the ability to accept input (which it can't.) Automating the creation of an empty Tab Group doesn't make much sense but it sure would to automate moving tabs around.

    1. Is video making podcasts obsolete?

      No.

      I'm two years shy of 30 and I've been listening to "podcasts" - that is, audio programs distributed over RSS - nearly every day since Middle School. In all of that time, the word - not the medium, I'd argue - podcast has been so unnecessarily stretched to oblivion. Before making statements like this... can we please just... try out a few different words to describe what we're talking about here?

      I listen to content because I be Doin Something dog. Cannot and will not look, and the extra production time required to just make a video version has continued to cause friction with the sort of content I actually want to hear.

    1. David Blue 0716YYYY-153953

      Here's the beginning of my true falling out with the Obsidian community.

    1. The editor’s still very good.

      ...bro. No.

    2. He was funny, too: when I asked what we should expect from Medium over the next few quarters, he deadpanned: “I’m hoping to pivot every three months.”

      I would like to annotate: lmao.

      Thank you.

  5. Aug 2022
    1. You can link to a particular row by clicking the row number, or select multiple rows by holding down the shift key. Just copy the URL and send it to a friend.

      BRO...

      I am semi-legitimately angry I am just now finding out about this.

      Here's an example that actually works!

      https://gist.github.com/extratone/36c6ceeb48ab2eefd77256afa80a54c3#file-extratext-csv-L329

    1. Import notes on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch You can import Evernote Export files (.enex files) to Notes on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Each .enex file can include one or many notes. When you import an .enex file, each note from Evernote will be converted to a new note in Notes. Before you import to your Notes app, send yourself the .enex file via email or save it to iCloud Drive from your computer. Use Mail Open Mail and tap the email with the file that you want to import to Notes. Touch and hold the file, tap Share, then tap Notes. After your file downloads, you get a confirmation message. Tap Import Notes. Use the Files app Open the Files app and go to the file that you want to import to Notes. Touch and hold the file, tap Share, then tap Notes. After your file downloads, you get a confirmation message. Tap Import Notes. When you open the Notes app and select your iCloud notes, a new folder appears called Imported Notes. If you're not using Notes with iCloud, the new folder appears in the On My Device notes.

      Stumbling across obscure/obscured shit like this in these operating systems used to be legitimately fun but uh... Well, it's been a while.

      It works ridiculously well though! As in, the import process can handle far too many notes far too quickly for the device's actual ability to index them lol.

    1. Third, as he explains, he actually doesn’t like driving. Not this kind, the kind the rest of us do, with traffic in two directions, and pedestrians, and junctions, and nothing clear-cut to prove. In fact, he rarely does it. “I just think that I find it stressful,” he says. “I try not to do things that don’t add to my life.” And then he adds—a statement said with sincerity—“Look, we’re on these roads, anything can happen.”

      Apologies if this comes off as cruel, but it is just Plain Dumb to indulge this reaction to people in motorsports expressing disdain/anxiety regarding driving on These Got Damned Streets.

      They have literally been saying it... over and over again... for more than half the history of the whole idea.

      That said, what bothers me most is that we somehow manage to continue remarking car man don't like car!! haha! while managing to not reflect on what - if anything - that might indicate about this thing we do that is vaguely adjacent to what they're basically professors in.

      As in, actual authorities in technique.

    1. limitintegerThe maximum number of items to return. Default: 20. Minimum: 1. Maximum: 50.>= 0<= 50Default value:20Example value:10

      I find it hilariously telling that Spotify's official, very-credentialed own Web API will not retrieve more than 50 fucking tracks from a playlist lmao.

      (I lied to you just then. I find it makes me want to commit systematic acts of violence on myself.) - WTF

  6. Jul 2022
    1. If you do not have an iOS device or a machine running OS X to open your IMOVIEMOBILE file, you can still access its contents. First, copy the IMOVIEMOBILE file, rename the file extension to "zip", decompress the file, and the project content will be in a folder called "Assets." You can then open the original content in a video editing program.

      It's not rational, but I'd like to note how angy I am with myself in retrospect for not looking this up before. I have literally given up on old project files because I assumed the video was unretrievable and then... I just did this on my iPad in a matter of seconds lol.

    1. List management TweetDeck allows you to manage your Lists easily in one centralized place for all your accounts. You can create Lists in TweetDeck filtered by by your interests or by particular accounts. Any List that you have set up or followed previously can also be added as separate columns in TweetDeck.   To create a List on TweetDeck: From the navigation bar, click on the plus icon  to select Add column, then click on Lists  .Click the Create List button.Select the Twitter account you would like to create the List for.Name the List and give it a description then select if you would like the List to be publicly visible or not (other people can follow your public Lists).Click Save.Add suggested accounts or search for users to add members to your List, then click Done.   To edit a List on TweetDeck: Click on Lists  from the plus icon  in the navigation bar.Select the List you would like to edit.Click Edit.Add or remove List members or click Edit Details to change the List name, description, or account. You can also click Delete List.When you're finished making changes, click Done.     To designate a List to a column: Click on the plus icon  to select Add column.Click on the Lists option from the menu.Select which List you would like to make into a column.Click Add Column.   To use a particular List in search: Add a search column, then click the filter icon  to open the column filter options.Click the  icon to open the User filter. Select By members of List and type the account name followed by the List name. You can only search across your own Lists, or others’ public Lists.

      While you still can, I'd highly encourage you to use TweetDeck's "Export" List function to save plain text lists of the @ names in your... Lists.

    1. Siri pause time Adjust how long Siri waits for you to finish speaking before responding to your request.

      Holy fuck... This could be incredible or forgettable.

    2. Pasteboard permission Apps need your permission before accessing the pasteboard to paste content from another app.

      I am going to fucking 🆁🅴🅳🅰🅲🆃🅴🅳 myself.

    3. Family Checklist Family Checklist gives you helpful tips and suggestions like updating a child’s settings as they get older, turning on location sharing, or just reminding you that you can share your iCloud+ subscription with everyone.

      Oh, I am definitely going to have to investigate this fully at some point.

    4. Multi-stop routing Add multiple stops along your driving route in Maps. Plan a route with multiple stops on your Mac and it syncs to your iPhone.

      Incredible. Apple, Inc. wows the world yet again with another 100% original and life-changing invention.

    5. Automatic punctuation Dictation inserts commas, periods, and question marks for you as you dictate.11

      Oh Jesus... Somehow missed this one. Another one of those things where they had better fucking ace it because anything but perfection is going to be a legit controversy.

    6. Hey Siri, what can I do here? Discover Siri capabilities in iOS and apps by asking “Hey Siri, what can I do here?” You can also inquire about a specific app by saying, for example, “Hey Siri, what can I do with iRobot?”9

      Wow...

      I honestly just don't have it in me to fully engage with this, but I'll note - if you could have sworn Siri used to be way more capable (including the ability to answer basic questions about her capabilities!!,) no, you're not crazy!

      Siri's whole life has been a series of rollbacks, which would be absolutely fine if Apple didn't continue to toss shit like this in release notes/public presentations as if it's never been available before lol.

    7. Website settings sync Settings you’ve set for specific websites, like page zoom and automatic Reader view, will sync across devices.

      WHY WASN'T THIS HAPPENING THE WHOLE TIME???? WTF HAS SAFARI SYNC OVER ICLOUD EVEN MEANT, THEN, FOR ALL THESE YEARS???

    8. Shared Tab Groups Share a set of tabs with friends. Everyone can add their own tabs and see the Tab Group update instantly as you work together.

      Would you believe me if I told you...

      While this is by far the most genuinely intriguing thing I remember from the iOS 16 Keynote, I cannot think of a single person who would actually do this with me lmao.

    9. Rich link Add rich links that give your email messages more context and details at a glance.

      Oh waaaaw. How revolutionary.

    10. Edit a message You can edit a message for up to 15 minutes after sending it.2

      Just... Out of all the goddamned things to focus on lol.

    1. StarPterano I very vaguely remember happening upon StarPterano in my very first moments on Mastodon, so finding it still published on the App Store – buried as it was – brought me a particular sort of joy. If I’m not mistaken, it holds a special personal accolade as the only iOS app which has caused me to involuntarily shriek. This might sound like an insult, but it is actually the peak of my praise. I believe my knowledge of iOS development safely allows me to suppose that StarPterano was built with complete disregard for any established UI element libraries. That is, the familiar toggles and buttons developers rely on to standardize the iOS experience were cast aside entirely in favor of handbuilt, translucent buttons of a sort of neon quality which call menus and text entry fields no less alien to the platform. The most astonishing bit, though, is that it works. On my 12 Pro Max, it’s exceptionally smooth, in fact. I would imagine those real iOS developers among you should find StarPterano’s GitHub Repository particularly interesting, considering. In the interest of preservation, I have forked it as well, and fully intend to dive in to its code, one of these days. The audio player embedded above cites a three-second .mp3 file in the repository which perhaps once accounted for the “Sounds” toggle still found in the Settings menu of StarPterano’s current build. I couldn’t get the app to reproduce it, which is actually what set me on the hunt that led to the repo.

      I shall always love you, StarPterano. NEVER DIE.

  7. Jun 2022
    1. [[permalink]] A URL which can be used as a bookmark to open Drafts and select the current draft. The deprecated [[draft_open_url]] returns this same value, but permalink is preferred.

      Whoo! I have... A lot of actions to update.

    1. Bluetooth Keyboards Several keyboard shortcuts are supported when used with an external hardware keyboard, like a Bluetooth keyboard, including the following. This applies when using TextExpander in the TextExpander app, or any app with built-in TextExpander support. This will not work when using the TextExpander custom keyboard. Third-party keyboards do not have access to use Bluetooth hardware keyboards. ⌘Return : When expanding a fill-in snippet, this will complete the expansion the same as tapping Done. ⌘N : create a new snippet, Snippet Group, or note. ⌘T : switch between the Notes and Snippet Groups screens. ⌘+, ⌘- : Will increase or decrease the size of selected text. Arrow up, Arrow Down : Navigate through a list of snippets or notes. Escape : When expanding a fill-in snippet, this will cancel the expansion.
    1. The absence of Quick Note on the iPhone is a strange, glaring omission that’s baffling to me. I do research on every device, including the iPhone. In fact, I’d argue that the iPhone is the most important place to include Quick Note. That’s because, despite the ample screen of my iPhone 12 Pro Max, it’s still not the best place to read, making saving items for later with Quick Note more valuable there. However, my iPhone is still where I run across links and other material I want to save daily. I’d love to be able to drop links and blockquotes into Quick Note from my iPhone, so I could revisit the material later from the more comfortable reading environment of my iPad or Mac. Not having Quick Note on the iPhone is a significant blow to the feature’s utility.

      Considering how I've been publicly speaking and behaving (melodramatically, that is) - as someone who has returned to using my iPhone as my primary working device - this sort of oversight is precisely what I expected, actually, What I did not expect of Apple was to respond as early as the next numeric release to this omission.

      Running this very first build of iOS 16, I can indeed that Apple has thought of at least one original context for Quick Note creation, but obviously, it's quite hard to say at this point.

      Anywho/how, here's what it looks like at the moment.

      Quick Note implemented on iPhone as of iOS 16's very first available dev beta

    1. Remove Background from Image

      If this ACTUALLY works with any sort of reliability/cleverness, it will make all of the Adobe image manipulation-adjacent applications on iOS/iPadOS seem pretty darned redundant.

    2. “Create Note” and “Append to Note” now support Rich Text

      Read: we decided to add support to Apple Notes' Siri Shortcuts actions for the text format upon which Apple Notes is fundamentally built. Hey, that's legitimately good thinking!

    1. No additional considerations for iOS, macOS, or tvOS.

      Believe it or not, finding this sentence, just now was actually a huge breakthrough in my iPhone Keyboard Reference project...

      Proud of you, bastards, for actually saying one sentence!

  8. May 2022
    1. You could also start a new email with the contents of this file, by making x-success use the mailto: scheme with something like working-copy://x-callback-url/read/?repo=my%20repo&path=README.md&x-success=mailto%3A%3Fbody%3D If you need to debug your callbacks, setting x-success=mailto%3A%3Fbody%3D

      Holy god in fuck...

    1. Please note that Adobe fonts that have not been used in over 150* days need to be reinstalled for use in older Creative Cloud and third-party apps. Creative Cloud keeps apps running smoothly by periodically cleaning up fonts that you don’t appear to be using.

      THIS EXPLAINS A LOT. Fuck.

    1. Text file You can provide a simple text file that contains one URL per line. The text file must follow these guidelines: The text file must have one URL per line. The URLs cannot contain embedded new lines. You must fully specify URLs, including the http. Each text file can contain a maximum of 50,000 URLs and must be no larger than 50MB (52,428,800 bytes). If you site includes more than 50,000 URLs, you can separate the list into multiple text files and add each one separately. The text file must use UTF-8 encoding. You can specify this when you save the file (for instance, in Notepad, this is listed in the Encoding menu of the Save As dialog box). The text file should contain no information other than the list of URLs. The text file should contain no header or footer information. If you would like, you may compress your Sitemap text file using gzip to reduce your bandwidth requirement. You can name the text file anything you wish. Please check to make sure that your URLs follow the RFC-3986 standard for URIs, the RFC-3987 standard for IRIs You should upload the text file to the highest-level directory you want search engines to crawl and make sure that you don't list URLs in the text file that are located in a higher-level directory. Sample text file entries are shown below. http://www.example.com/catalog?item=1 http://www.example.com/catalog?item=11

      There's been a plaintext sitemap standard this whole time??? Lmao I'm an idiot.

    1. Removed UI Sounds

      Why???

      Day One’s UI sounds are/were literally the best in the business. :(

  9. Apr 2022
    1. Funnily enough one of the reasons I started looking into the decentralized social media space in 2016, which ultimately led me to go on to create Mastodon, were rumours that Twitter, the platform I’d been a daily user of for years at that point, might get sold to another controversial billionaire.

      😬

  10. Mar 2022
    1. The first European version of the ID Buzz will feature a battery pack with 81 kWh of energy capacity, 77 kWh of which is usable. That will power a rear-axle motor capable of putting out 201 horsepower and 229 lb-feet of torque. But let’s face it: this is not an EV destined for the track — in fact, VW is limiting the van’s top speed to just 90 mph (145 km/h). Considering its ancestor could only hit 60 mph (usually while cruising downhill), this shouldn’t be too disappointing to most customers.

      Where the fuck is the curb weight figure, folks?

  11. Feb 2022
    1. Don’t be the project people leave. Be the project people turn to.

      Documentation is not about developers. Documentation is for the users, folks. There is no excuse - business or otherwise - for poor documentation. If your software is poorly documented, you have failed as a software company.

    1. On iOS, not even dedicated file managers like DEVONthink are capable (or willing might be a more accurate term) of handling the diversity of data Telegram will happily pass on for you, especially through the Share Sheet.

      In tandem with @OlegWock’s Raindrop Telegram Bot, Telegram’s speedy share sheet makes for the fastest means of sending content to one’s Raindrop collection to date.

    2. Telegram message IDs are purely chronological from their channel/group chat’s creation – the first message in a channel or group chat is 1 and the 15th is 15. Together with the simplicity of channel/group chat IDs, which are just their alphanumeric @ names, this format makes URL schemes for Telegram message links super malleable and easy to understand.

      I’ve created a Siri Shortcut and TextExpander snippet that utilize this simplicity to make navigating to specific Telegram messages super easy.) and TextExpander snippet thathttp://insert-your-link-here.com utilize this simplicity to make navigating to specific Telegram messages super easy.

  12. Jan 2022
    1. “The data I’m seeing so far is all just what website domains apps are communicating with, which is of somewhat limited value for the average consumer who wouldn’t know what domains to be concerned about,” says Thomas Reed, director of Mac and mobile platforms at the security firm Malwarebytes.

      Yeah because a subdomain of google dot com is really going to fool em. Malwarebytes? Go back to the 80s man.

      …I should actually say come on back to the 80s because I legit need to fix my COMPAQ Portable’s keyboard.

  13. Dec 2021
    1. Let’s hope 2021’s equivalent of this review doesn’t take me until February to publish!

      Fuck.

    1. With text replacement, you can use shortcuts to replace longer phrases. When you enter the shortcut in a text field, the phrase automatically replaces it. For example, you could type "GM" and "Good morning" would automatically replace it.  To manage text replacement, tap Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement.  To add a text replacement, tap the Add button , then enter your phrase and shortcut. When you're done, tap Save.  To remove a text replacement, tap Edit, tap the Remove button  then tap Delete. To save your changes, tap Done.

      They also have another, debatably much more relevant function Apple’s docs don’t acknowledge!

      Setting the same values for Phraseand Shortcut in this menu basically achieves the same thing as “Learn Spelling.”

    1. There will also be a "Fire Button," which has become popular on mobile devices as a quick (and animated) way to clear all your tabs and browsing data with a single tap or click.

      What the actual fuck are y’all doing on your phones that this is such a consideration for you? Like… Is the web just for porn for you or something???

    1. The default Driving Focus can be configured to activate automatically as soon as CarPlay connects which would be the single exception from my earlier advice against automating Focus modes at all were it not for the mode's lockout from the Lock Screen (as shown in the first of the three screenshots embedded below.)

      Here’s the Driving Focus bit.

  14. Nov 2021
    1. ʰᵉʳᵉ ᵃʳᵉ ᵗʰᵉ ᵈʳʸʷᵃˡˡ ʷᵉᵇˢᶤᵗᵉ ᵉᵃˢᵗᵉʳ ᵉᵍᵍˢ

      Please be warned: a friend noticed some very insensitive language I had forgotten about entirely. I've chosen to leave it since this website should not be surfaced in any discovery engines beyond NeoCities... Hoping that isn't a stupid idea.

    1. Our expectations from this ritual are completely alien compared to those we’d need to anticipate from the event 5 or 6 releases ago,

      Remember when mobile OS updates felt actually fucking dangerous?

    1. I spend most of my day in iOS Notes app.

      Did I ever really find this man intelligent??? Things sincerely do make a lot more sense now. Such a specific lack of aspiration.

    1. In addition to the daily limits, there are follow ratios that go into effect once you’re following a certain number of accounts:Every Twitter account can follow up to 5,000 accounts. Once you reach that number, you may need to wait until your account has more followers before you can follow additional accounts. This number is different for each account and is automatically calculated based on your unique ratio of followers to following.

      Hello. I am a paying subscriber, now, after all these years… I may or may not have become a paying subscriber just to justify this particular feedback after all this time.

      Ultimately, though, I’m giving you a real substantial bullet point to put on that very wispy-looking full features list of Twitter Blue!

    1. You.com’s big differentiating feature is that it lets people influence which sources they see. You can “upvote” and “downvote” specific categories, so when you run searches, you’ll see preferred sources first, neutral searches next, and downvoted sources last.

      THIS IS LITERALLY THE ANSWER TO SEARCH.

      Just… FYI.

      All you need to do is give users more control.

    1. I have an iPad Pro, a 2018 model that I bought earlier this year because I felt that it was important to have an understanding of the iOS ecosystem even if I was using Android with my smartphone.

      This is a great idea imo.

    1. Twitter Blue Publisher network

      Hey Twitter,

      I love that you chose to show support for Lists by sharing the list of Blue publishers, this way. This is a decision I want to celebrate!

      However, this hyperlink isn’t particularly useful in that the user has no ability to actually follow the list. Aside from manually bookmarking it on a browser (since you can’t if you let the deeplink open the native app,) there is no way to save it!

    1. On iOS and desktop, Twitter Blue members will enjoy a fast-loading, ad-free reading experience when they visit many of their favorite news sites available in the US from Twitter, such as The Washington Post, L.A. Times, USA TODAY, The Atlantic, Reuters, The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, BuzzFeed, Insider and The Hollywood Reporter.

      I just want Scroll back...

    1. The only complaint about Twitter I remember that hasn't already been addressed here is the capability of editable 'toots.' Is that a possibility? That won't happen. There's actually a good reason why they don't do that. It's simply because you could make a toot about one thing, have people favorite it and share it, link it from other places, and then suddenly, it says 'Heil Hitler,' or something.

      Addressing this issue in my upcoming review of Twitter Blue.

    1. public collections

      Update Raindrop has since implemented per-account profile pages. (A collection one’s public collections, you might say.)

      <iframe style="border: 0; width: 100%; height: 450px;" allowfullscreen frameborder="0" src="https://raindrop.io/davidblue/embed/me" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  15. Oct 2021
    1. Over the course of this super link-laden journey, we’d consider the alarmingly hypocritical possibility that it’s been overlooked by mainstream conversations only because it has so long operated in the precise manner we claim is so hopelessly absent from its neighbors in its deliberate, principled, and innovative journey towards a transparent, progressive vision.

      In retrospect, the dynamic I'm addressing here is bascially My Whole Shit. That is - one of (if not the) primary forces that have compelled The Psalms.

  16. Sep 2021
    1. How to use keyboard shortcuts   You can use shortcuts in your Twitter app through a bluetooth keyboard connected to your iPhone or iPad. Additionally, you can use the Smart Keyboard or other compatible keyboards for your iPad. Tip: on an iPad, hold down the command key to see the full list of available keyboard shortcuts.  Navigation cmd-1  =  home (press again to scroll to top)cmd-2  =  Explore tab (press again to scroll to top)cmd-3  =  Notifications tab (press again to scroll to top)cmd-4  =  Direct Messagescmd-`  =  navigation menu space  =  page downshift-space =  page up⇧  =  scroll page up⇩  =  scroll page downcmd-  =  back cmd-  =  go to topcmd-shift-]  =  next sub tabcmd-shift-[  =  previous sub tabcmd-F  =  search cmd-,  =  settingscmd-R  =  refreshcmd-M  =  enable/disable dark modecmd-\  =  account listcmd- + =  increase text sizecmd- - =  decrease text sizecmd-0  =  default text sizecmd-W  =  closeesc  =  close   Moments and media view   =  navigate through Moments, media viewer   Tweet detail and media view R  =  ReplyT  =  RetweetL  =  Likecmd-U  =  Go to user profile   Tweet composer cmd-N  =  new Tweetcmd-return  =  send Tweet   Direct Message cmd-N  =  new Direct Messagereturn  =  send Direct Message

      ...........................

      I really don't want to do it again for this one...

      I do NOT want to now go and test each of these.

    1. The iPhone 13 Pro is a bit thicker because of a larger battery

      I cannot fucking tell you how relieving this one little truth is....

      FINALLY......

  17. Jul 2021
    1. with the cameras embedded in recent iPhones and iPads, and it's still not sup

      Wired is broken lmao.

  18. Apr 2021
    1. Convincing people that all of this is important enough to download a new app—let alone granting it access to all your contacts and entire Gmail inbox—may take some work. I was granted access to Sunshine Contacts and found that it works well, but is about as interesting as flipping through the White Pages. I downloaded it, spent some time familiarizing myself, and then never opened it again.

      We really need to get back to a place where we can allow software to just be good instead of interesting, as much as I understand this sentiment myself.

    1. I’m going to take further queue from Casey Newton’s about page format and list a few important assumptions of mine about consumer technology in bullet form

      These are in the earliest draft stage and I would very much like to hear any thoughts you might have about them, ideally in reply to this Twitter thread.

    2. About

      This document is significantly outdated and an updated rewrite is currently in progress.

    1. subscription requirement
    2. If I were allowed a singular compulsion to impress upon its developers, I’d make them put out a public call for new art. I’m all but dying to see what the community would come up with.

      Well WHADDYA know!! Version 6.1 was released today… With some new icons!

    1. sl

      Another set of "custom" Siri Shortcuts I've found extremely useful:

      I have two-action Shortcuts set for each of my public Apple Music playlists that simply add the currently-playing track at the end.

      Ex: For my Skids Playlist, I have a Shortcut entitled "skids," and whenever a track comes on I'd like to add to it, I call Type-to-Siri and type "skids," which does so instantly.

    2. disparage Spotify as one of the most destructive cultural forces of our time
  19. Mar 2021
    1. feel like I'm learning the guitar all over again

      CJ, I decided your beautiful blog was a perfect chance to try out Writeas .epub export on the old Kindle my mom gave me, last year, and I've been making my way through your old posts (extremely casually, which has definitely been a refreshing quit smoking aid.)

      I just wanted to say "hey that sounds familiar!" hehe. Things come full circle, eh?

    1. What if Twitter killed Lists

      I just heard a podcast episode from Twitter, Inc., itself, in which the Twitter-employed host explicitly advocates for Lists use!

    2. demonstrate

      I’ve continued to discover new features in Tweetbot for the first time, believe it or not. See this Tweet.

    3. Page Note Test Not quite sure why I haven't tried Page Notes yet but...

    4. See this post's corresponding GitHub Issue for related media, aggregated links, and other minutia.

      It didn't occur to me until just this moment that GitHub might also make for the ideal commenting integration. And the... second-most ideal annotation integration, naturally.

      Basically, leave comments there!

    1. culchie

      God bless for exposing me to this term for the first time.

  20. Dec 2020
    1. only good for playing half an hour of stupid video games before it needs a charge.

      After having actually played some of those games (well, games in the same genre,) this also sounds stupid.

    2. Face ID is much too peculiar.

      Now that I have experienced it in the Big Boy, top-of-the-line, flagship handset, after two and a half years of refinement (I assume,) everything I said about Face ID in this review sounds stupid. Entirely unnecessary, at best.

  21. bilge.world bilge.world
    1. You will like those projects!

      This is a test annotation! Because apparently Hypothes.is is breaking my fucking posts!!!

    1. playlistification

      Just to be clear, I stole this word from the Liz Pelly report hyperlinked in the next sentence.

    1. I was able to create a Shortcut

      While this shortcut no longer exists, you can find all of the shortcuts I've collected in the years since in this GitHub Repository.

    1. Bandcamp’s CEO and founders’ public attaché Ethan Diamond is as good as they come

      Important!

      I've just come across a recent interview with Ethan Diamond in which so many of the questions which prompted me to write this essay are addressed. (The link includes my annotations.)

    2. “More than 99 percent of audio streaming is of the top 10 percent most-streamed tracks [on Spotify.] Which means less than 1 percent of streams account for all other music.”
    1. Well, deciding what to work on next, that has always felt like the easiest part of the job because it’s whatever benefits artists the most. Because the way Bandcamp makes money is if artists make a lot more money, so that’s what we try to spend every day doing.

      In contrast with Spotify's CEO:

      “Music is everything we do all day, all night, and that clarity is the difference between the average and the really, really good.”

      Source: Spotify’s $30 billion playlist for global domination by Robert Safian

    2. I like the idea that Bandcamp hangs out in the background and just makes all of this stuff work, and also, hopefully, helps the artist promote themselves, and it’s not about “Bandcamp, Bandcamp, Bandcamp.”. 

      And this is why I felt so compelled - obligated, even - to write my big Bandcamp essay.

    3. how come Bandcamp doesn’t get mentioned in all these press articles about music services? Are those related questions?

      Oh my god, this. I have been asking myself this question with increasing intensity for years, now.

    1. Discord isn't an enterprise company, nor has it come forward with plans to become one in the future. But we included it on the list because it has become one of the most innovative consumer chat companies, and many of these innovations will likely be co-opted by enterprise platforms.

      lmao, Protocol, I got one up on you.

    1. This blog is integrated with Hypothes.is.

      I realize the side panel is quite intrusive - especially when viewing the site on mobile. I promise I will either find a way to refine the experience or turn auto-open back off before 1-27-2021.

    1. In the right hour, the woodland springtime metamorphic processes of the neighboring Lake Geneva suburb’s in-betweens were in a paused state – the toads again hushed; the crickets tired, and the human populace, too. In the right hour, the fickle wind and the social owls were the only sound, and nothing moved but the sparse, light-footed doe in careful segments with her fawn.

      Distinctly the best sentence I've ever written.

    1. Evernote is a pale shadow of its former self.

      Idk about that... If anything, Evernote's problem is that it's virtually the same as it always has been. Their recent redesign is worth examination, though.

  22. Nov 2020
    1. The open API made it possible for third-party developers to create applications that work within Facebook itself.

      An interesting contrast to Facebook, today.

    2. Regardless, there’s universal agreement on one thing: Facebook promotes both honesty and openness. It seems people really enjoy being themselves, and throwing that openness out there for all to see.

      Not so sure we all agree on this, universally...

    1. They are often cited as the first website to feature banner ads.

      If, indeed, Wired invented the banner ad, it is also worth mentioning that wired.com was one of the last websites to be rendered completely unusable by them (when it was still running on the old CMS. idk about now.)

      I love @LaurenGoode and find her insight very worthwhile even in this format, but I really wish the platform on which it now resides (Wired's CMS) wasn't *completely* and *entirely* broken. Chorus should've been a package deal. https://t.co/OweeG30jR6

      — ※ David Blue ※ (@NeoYokel) July 13, 2019
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    2. The first Wired website, therefore, has a unique distinction of being an unofficial, amateur project led by two people from a different country uploading copyrighted content they didn’t own to a site that lacked any of the panache, glitz, or unconventional charm that had made Wired famous.

      Not sure how to feel about this...

      Now that I have read the story this way, I'm wondering...

      Might one say that Wired only went online as early as it did because of their ban from Singapore?

    1. What I'm starting to realize is that I don't seem to be building a “digital garden” with Obsidian. What I'm building seems more of a personal wiki, a personal knowledge-base, a second brain.

      Very insightful and eerily in parallel to my own thoughts regarding my attempt at Digital Gardening with Notion.

    1. he was looking for help transforming his massively popular but unprofitable website into a legitimate business.

      If only the motherfucker had just conceded control of the damned thing to people with experience and focused on... Whatever he's actually good at.

    1. Even the current desktop version of iTunes maintains support for streaming “audio files over the internet,” though a glance at Apple’s dated support page for the process suggests it hasn’t crossed anybody’s mind for at least half of that history.

      Considering that Apple is now the most valuable company in the history of the world, the current state of the desktop iTunes client is absolutely unacceptable.

    2. “We worked out of the public library for the first four years of the company's existence,” he admits.

      I still can't believe this. (That Bandcamp as a company worked out of a public library.)

    1. I’m sure any integration between MSOffice and Git is an utter pain in the ass, but I’d still appreciate any suggestions you may have in that regard.

      I found "Using Microsoft Word with git" from 2014.

      There's also Word Diff as explained in this blog post.

  23. Apr 2020
    1. Why not have blogs take better advantage of the ways we already interact?

      I think it's largely because blogging has been left behind as a social tool of the early web. I think the average web user perceives blogging in a sort of negative light as an old technology, but I think we're about to have (or perhaps already are having) a second blogging renaissance in reaction to the pitfalls of microblogging.