1. A Very Good Review of the New 2018 MacBook Air

    November 16, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    This review over at Robservatory is one of the best I've seen.

    In a nutshell, the new machine crushed the other two—nearly eleven hours remaining, against 2.5 for the old Air and just over six for the MacBook Pro. The short run time for the 2012 Air ...

  2. 1Writer Updated for iOS 12

    November 16, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I've linked to 1Writer several times in the past week but not specifically called out the iOS 12 update released last week. The update was not a major overhaul but did add the following notable features:

    1. Support for Siri Shortcut actions for creating or opening documents
    2. There's now ...
  3. A Siri Shortcut to Tell Me What to Say to Siri

    November 15, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I'm still not completely comfortable with Siri Shortcuts. They come with a bit of embarrassment in public places and occasionally fail to actually run. But, I can already tell that this is the future of interacting with my mobile device.1

    My problem soon became that I had more ...

  4. Writing for Macdrifter on the iPad Pro

    November 14, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I write everything for this site in MultiMarkdown. Text is pretty easy to create on iOS but some of the subtleties of creating images and working with my Pelican host is more difficult than on a Mac. Here are a few of the apps I use to make it easier ...

  5. Moving Text Between Drafts and DEVONthink To Go with Shortcuts

    November 13, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I'm still looking for a convenient way to edit text files that I archive in DEVONthink To Go. While I love the organization and intelligent search in DEVONthink the built-in text editor is anemic. I developed a pair of Shortcuts that move text between Drafts and DEVONthink.

    The first ...

  6. 11 Years Gone

    November 10, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I still miss the mind of Kurt Vonnegut. His ideas shaped my own.

    Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus

    I think of that idea often. It explains the state of the world. How did ...

  7. iPad Pro 2018 Gut Reaction

    November 08, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    After less than 24 hours with iPad Pro, here are the reactions I'd give anyone considering an upgrade.

    TL;DR: The 12.9" is still huge, the pencil is better, and the keyboard case is a big improvement. It's a pro-level iPad that's more than most people ...

  8. Standing still. iPad Pro 2018

    November 04, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Speaking of independent Apple blogging, it's nice to see that Thomas Verschoren is back at it.

    Standing still. iPad Pro 2018

    But, even with all those new bells and whistles, it’s still the same iPad running the same iOS. It’s an iPad. A device that was perfect ...

  9. Daring Fireball: Dan Frakes Goes to Apple as Mac App Store Editor

    November 04, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Daring Fireball: Dan Frakes Goes to Apple as Mac App Store Editor

    The talent pool writing about Apple products and platforms from outside the company’s walls is getting noticeably shallower. And on a personal level, this trend is not good for me, because I can’t link to App ...

  10. Clipboard Shortcuts with Siri

    November 01, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    While I'm frustrated by some of Shortcuts gaps, it has solved some long standing problems. I use apps like Drafts less because I can do basic clipboard transformations with Shortcuts, triggered by Siri. Here are a few the clipboard Shortcuts I use the most.

    Paste to Drafts

    This is ...