1. iPad Dictation Access with the Apple Smart Keyboard

    July 29, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    EDIT: What a dumb mistake. Even the screenshot shows that the dictation button isn't available in all apps with the virtual keyboard. This works in some apps like Drafts, but not others, like Apple Notes. UNLESS you open the number keyboard first. What a mess.

    For whatever reason, Apple ...

  2. Carrot Weather Stickers

    July 27, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    CARROT Weather is one of those cute weather apps that's right on the edge of being too cute for my taste. But, when they added Weather Underground as a data provider for subscription customers I was all in. Dark Sky accuracy has been in the toilet for me and ...

  3. Notability Adds Checklists and GIFs

    July 27, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    How's that for timing. Yesterday the iOS and Mac app Notability had a major update that added checklist support and GIFY search.


    Notability is a mature app that's been continuously updated for many years. It's great to see that one of the best apps for capturing lecture ...

  4. Managing Check Lists

    July 25, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Requirements and User Stories

    This is the part where it gets personal. The way I use checklists is probably different than some users but that's how it usually goes.

    1. The app must have List templates for things I do over and over, like packing for a trip. Duplicating an ...
  5. Quilt for Python Data

    July 16, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Quilt is pretty neat stuff. You can package up large data sets for distribution and easy access.

  6. Hobo Signs: Some Raw Source Material

    July 12, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Let me take you back to 2006. I'd been blogging on Wordpress.com for a little while and decided that I wanted to write more on my own terms. So I moved to a self-hosted Wordpress installation. In 2007 I migrated the content to the domain you are currently ...

  7. Imagination and TouchID Replacements

    July 12, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    There's a good deal of buzz around hypothetical details of the upcoming TouchID replacement.

    I don't have a strong opinion about the quality of the experience for unlocking my iPhone with my face. If it works, then great. If it doesn't then I'd be disappointed.1 ...

  8. The Black Death May Have Had a Surprising Effect on the Environment [Link]

    July 08, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From Neatorama::

    In those five short years, the population took an enormous hit. According to information gleaned from ice cores, in which layers have formed over thousands of years, those dates coincide with a sudden drop in lead in the air.   

  9. Itertools Example

    July 07, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    This example from Dr. Drang is pretty creative. It uses Python's Itertools to solve a boring math problem in an interesting way.

  10. Day One Premium and the Future

    July 01, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Day One Goes Premium:

    Day One is evolving. We’re transitioning to a more stable subscription business model to ensure this app and these services always stick around.

    Let me start this right. I think Day One Journal is an awesome app. Maybe the best journaling app around.1 The ...