Links Archives

  1. Ultra-minimal iPhone 6 Case →

    I’ve never used a case for my iPhone(s) previously, but I picked up one of these a few weeks ago and I like it. I particularly like the way the plastic stops at the metal edge leaving the rounded glass edge fully exposed (so you get a nice smooth finger-on-rounded-glass feeling when using the back gesture). Granted this reduces protection, but I mainly wanted something to make the phone less slippery.

    I went with white for my space gray phone, it is pretty translucent and barely lightens the gray color. (thanks Dave)

  2. “It Just Works” →

    I’ve been a Mac user since 1984 and a :scare: power user :/scare: since the late 90’s. I use very little of Apple’s software because I’m not their target audience. In many situations Apple’s software breaks when you push it hard enough; in particular the “it just works” part breaks in some way that cannot be fixed/addressed.

    Apple makes software for most of us, not all of us. TextEdit doesn’t try to be BBEdit and that’s OK. Where things break down is when Apple purports to solve a difficult problem and does so in a way that leaves aspects of it opaque and un-fixable by end users/developers. The initial iCloud/CoreData sync is a great example of this.

    I love Apple hardware. I love the OS. I love the apps that developers create for the platform. All software and all platforms have bugs and problems and I’m OK with that. I don’t think that Apple has any more problems than anyone else. However through 20+ years of experience I also have taught myself to discount and avoid certain Apple features because I have a hunch they will be problematic.

  3. Out of Touch →

    Michael has a good, if somewhat depressing, roundup of the recent Apple bumbles. Once again making me glad I don’t sell in this ecosystem.

  4. Getting Started with BusyContacts →

    Wow! The BusyMac folks sure have been busy! I know, I know… I couldn’t help myself. As a BusyCal user for years I’m looking forward to playing with this, it sounds awesome.

    UPDATE: Wow, I’m blown away. I imported my contacts from iCloud, Twitter and Facebook. It took me 15 minutes to manually link the few contacts that weren’t auto-linked. Then the Combine Linked Cards view (this should be on by default IMO) made all the dupes go away. So cool!

  5. BBEdit 11.0 Release Notes →

    Two big things that are now off my wishlist:

    There is a new control in the status bar at the bottom of text views; it displays the current magnification of the view and allows you to change it. The control can be hidden (or shown) using the “Text Magnification” option in the Appearance preferences.

    This means I no longer need to use another editor when presenting on a projector, etc. I also like larger views for writing prose, so I’ll probably use BBEdit more for that now as well.

    There is now an adjustable split between the Currently Open Documents list and the Project list.

    Now I can go back to using BBEdit as I did so lovingly pre-version 10 (when the open document list was in a drawer)! I submitted a ticket requesting that this pane be made resizable in 2011. :)