1. Calca for iOS Gets an Update

    October 26, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Calca is a terrific little plain text calculator app that I feared was abandoned. As a fan of Markdown and all things plain text, Calca appeals to me desire for simplicity and portability. I write the text and Calca does the math.

    The latest update adds iOS 11 support which ...

  2. Screenshot Stitching with Picsew

    October 26, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Even without the "big bucks" of affiliate links, I still have some iOS apps to recommend. I recently bought Picsew to create a single long image of a Shortcuts macro. It worked a treat.

    Point it at multiple screenshots and then export as a seamless single image.


    There are several ...

  3. A Siri Shortcut to Share as a Markdown File

    October 24, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    The Problem

    I'm a big fan of Drafts for iOS. It's a terrific writing environment and it can integrate with just about anything through URL schemes. But, URL schemes have a major limitation when I write long blocks of text. A URL can only support a finite number ...

  4. A Few Simple Apple Maps Tips

    October 14, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I still prefer Apple Maps over most other mapping apps because of its simplicity, integration with iOS, and support for pausing other audio sources.1 As with nearly every Apple app, many of the best features aren't obvious to a casual user. This information is available in many other ...

  5. Empathy Sabbatical

    October 09, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I read this New Yorker article not because I care that much about Linux but because I became fascinated about the concept.

    On Sunday, the benevolent dictator announced that he would be stepping down temporarily, to “get some assistance on how to understand people’s emotions and respond appropriately.” Torvalds ...

  6. OmniFocus and Siri Shortcuts Field Guides

    October 08, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I like pretty much everything David Sparks makes. He has good insight and generally soothing style. But, like many folks I've mostly given up on Apple's iBooks platform. I'm happy to see David transition to an all new learning platform for his wonderful field guides.

    Siri Shortcuts ...

  7. Lutron Switches, HomeKit Automation, and the Long Road Ahead

    October 07, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    With two HomePods in my house (so far) I have moved on to giving them the keys to as much as possible. My second step was to deploy Lutron smart switches to replace some Hue bulbs.

    Why Not Hue

    Hue bulbs are excellent. They are responsive, last a very long ...

  8. Shortcuts Gallery

    September 26, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    There's quite a bit of excitement for Shortcuts since iOS 12 released. I expect to see more things like this gallery. I'm skeptical and optimistic about how much Shortcuts will be adopted by average users. Resources like these help.

  9. Two Point Failure: Trials and Tribulations of iPhone Activation

    September 22, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Yesterday I ended my day with a feeling of amused frustration. I received a new iPhone Xs as part of the Apple upgrade program.1 I've used this plan in the past and I've been happy with the results. I had no reason to suspect I'd end ...

  10. Jupyter Notebooks at Netflix

    September 10, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I love this Netflix blog post about how they use Jupyter notebooks.

    I’m not an programmer but I do play one at work and I’m partial to using notebooks when I explore. Part of my day job is to develop the system architecture for a long term engineering ...