1 July

I’ve gone back and forth on Pencil note-taking notes but, now that I have Catalina and since GoodNotes has a Catalyst version, It’s looking like a pretty decent candidate again. (I’m old, I still spend most of my time on the Mac, so I need proper sync.)

30 June


Wow! Apple is rejecting our latest update because we refuse to auto-charge at the end of our free trial. They can choose to steal from their customers who forget to cancel, but we won’t do the same to ours. THIS IS A LINE THAT WE WILL NOT CROSS.

I tried Instapaper instead but their responsive site — mercifully better designed — hides the “mark as read” button when it thinks you’re on mobile. Which, to be fair, makes sense (simplify the UI for touch).

I’ve switched back to Firefox and I’m looking for a way to put my reading list in the sidebar, like in Safari.

I found an extension that puts @pocket in the sidebar.

This is their site being responsive. This is their site working as designed.


June isn’t quite over and so we’ve released a colorful variant of our At the Surface wallpaper that’s FREE for all to download. Go grab it! #PrideMonth [patreon.com]

I guess I might as well upgrade my main partition to Catalina now, since I’m almost certainly not going to stay on Mojave after Big Sur comes out 🤔

Well, Xcode 11 (which isn’t available for Mojave) refuses to upload from the Big Sur beta (there’s a forum post about it), and Xcode 10 understandably chokes on the asset catalog with dark mode variations, so I guess I will not in fact be updating an app today. Or anytime soon.

Everything about the App Store, and App Store Connect in particular, would be so much better if Apple engineers were allowed to develop and publish personal apps in their free time. (Yes, I’m updating one of my apps right now—first time in almost a year! Or more than a year?)

29 June


Fox News has done to our parents what they thought gangsta rap would do to us


En accès libre cette semaine : gagner, c’est sympa, mais avez-vous essayé l’échec ? [canardpc.com]

Not gonna keep Hey beyond the free trial but I hope all email services and clients take one thing from it: Assign individual senders to Feed / Paper Trail / Screened Out inboxes with a single click. Every app has rules/filters to do this, but the UX is always far too complicated.

28 June


Je déteste faire la bise.

Je découvre avec la covid que TOUTES les meufs avec qui j’en parle détestent comme moi le fait d’être forcées par les convenances à se frotter les joues contre des gens qui ne font pas partie de leurs proches.

Donc, arrêtez.



So big bold, high contrast, distinct colours on icons and UI elements mean you can see and know where things are without looking exactly at them.

If everything is a gray blob outside the few cm in front of you then you need to actually look slowly at each icon to know what it is.


Our eyesight working like a flashlight we flash at the point we are looking at. The rest of our vision being a blurry mess that our brains invent most of. Removing all colour, contrast from everything means we actually have to read each one, we can’t object recognise the icons.


I do find it weird how the tech world is able to continually un-invent and re-invent technologies, often with new limitations or less capabilities than before.

Example widgets on macOS. Dashboard compared to the new SwiftUI widgets.

27 June


SwiftUI gives you ContainerRelativeShape() in iOS 14, which automatically makes a corner radius concentric to its parent shape without needing to manually specify corner radius values ✨

I’m playing podcasts on my iPad, sending them to my stereo via AirPlay at full volume. Twitter and Instagram videos are now screaming on my iPad’s speakers at full volume. I could swear that wasn’t the case before?


Pesquet’s parrot is also known as the Dracula parrot. (Image: Peter Tan)

J’aime beaucoup celle-là

Fidget fidget fidget fidget

I just missed a shot because the lock screen insisted on scrolling vertically — even though it was completely empty — instead of going to the camera.


This is one of those things I’ve wondered about for like 10 years- can you just map footage of a waterfall onto waterfallish geometry? Was exploring a mountain river yesterday with Kaitlin and decided to shoot some footage to find out. It’s pretty forgiving! #b3d


Still struggling with the fact that UI trends are now being named, like we are fashion designers that throw everything old out and bring in the new.

Shadows, depth and shading are are just tools to aid you in making an understandable UI.


When I first saw a sea sapphire I thought I was hallucinating! These shrimp-like animals live at the ocean’s surface. A female rides within a jelly & males dance to impress her. Japanese fishermen call this tama-mizu: jeweled water.


Video: [bit.ly]

26 June

Between finally upgrading to Tweetbot 3 and tentatively switching back to Safari I feel like I’ve bought a new Mac with how much smoother everything scrolls.

25 June


#Catalina Finder vs #BigSur Finder… Quick, which one would make it easier to see which Finder windows you have open? (brought to my attention by @tuomas_h)


La température à Paris la nuit prochaine ne descendra pas sous les 24. À température diurne égale, elle sera de 19 à Fontainebleau. Preuve que végétaliser les villes est une urgence climatique et sanitaire, pas une lubie d’écolo. #canicule #municipales2020

I’m (finally 😅) playing with Catalyst on my Big Sur partition and how have people ported ad-supported apps when the AdMob framework isn’t compatible? It’s nice that Mac and iOS apps can share an App Store ID, but what do I do with my freemium apps if I can’t run ads?


I can’t tell if booting other OSes on ARM Mac is actually supported. Seems like it has to be signed by Apple, unless there’s a hidden “Other OS” mode. Not a fan.


Apple is Snapping up Many of Magic Leap’s Former Employees [ow.ly]

24 June

Tiens, le bar d’en face a triplé le nombre de tables dans la même superficie 🤔 #RapprociationSociale

Je n’avais plus pris de ventoline depuis dix jours parce que j’ai commencé les corticostéroïdes et les pollens ne me font plus rien. J’avais oublié que je me l’étais fait prescrire quand la canicule précédente m’empêchait de respirer. Oups, obligé de rentrer en prendre chez moi.


While ARM Windows is technically an option, it’s irrelevant to end users. Games and everything else you generally can’t get on the Mac are released for Windows on Intel PCs. That’s what customers would want.

Public Windows-on-ARM support will only cause Apple support cases.

I guess one hypothesis would be that they want your iOS apps to access the same files whether you’ve booted the iPad in macOS or iPadOS, and that still needs work.

Apple ports macOS to ARM and redesigns it for touch at the same time.

The ARM Mac development kit uses the iPad Pro’s SoC.

This all happens the same year the iPad Pro gets a trackpad.

On the one hand, what an odd coincidence. On the other, why not announce macOS on iPad at WWDC.





I’d love a rationale for the War on Information Density. As far as I can tell it is only designer whimsy.

The purpose of a computer is to reduce human labor and increase comprehension; having fewer items on the screen at a time accomplishes neither.


Just to be clear: Deliveries looks at your clipboard when you open the app, checks if it seems to be tracking info, and shows a prompt to add a delivery if appropriate. If it doesn’t look like tracking info, it does nothing. The check happens in the app, it is not sent anywhere. [twitter.com]


À gauche, la fresque de Stains en hommage à A. #Traoré et G. #Floyd : “il faut repeindre ou supprimer la phrase, elle stigmatise la police républicaine” (Syndicat policier Alliance)

À droite, la fresque de l’@AssembleeNat commémorant l’abolition de 1794: “…” (Nos députés)