One of the most satisfying things about releasing a new application is watching the auto-incrementing IDs in the database creep upward. When they get to four digits is when I think, “This is really a thing!”
(Corollary: reset the IDs to 1 to mark the end of initial development.)
With each new release of iOS it becomes a little more ridiculous that you can’t set separate weekday and weekend schedules for Do Not Disturb. Do Not Disturb prevents your device from lighting up or making noise when you get a notification, and since its introduction in 2012 it has let you specify times of day when the feature should turn itself on and off. This fall there are a lot of DND improvements coming—“do not disturb until the end of this event,” “do not disturb until I leave this location”—but this most obvious feature is still not there. Lots of people go to bed and wake up at different times on different days of the week (with the Monday-to-Friday workweek being just the most obvious example) and want their notifications silenced automatically while they sleep.
In 2013, a bug in Do Not Disturb kept it from shutting itself off automatically for the first seven days of the year. The bug seemed to be caused by Apple’s developers using the ISO week year when they wanted the Gregorian year, which gave me hope that more sophisticated scheduling was going to become possible. After all, it’s not clear why a simple “on at this time, off at this time” schedule would need to consider year numbers in the first place. Long after that bug surfaced, though, Apple still seems to have no plan to let people set different schedules on different days of the week. My dog may not understand that I want to sleep in on weekends, but my iPhone should be able to.
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I watch 80s movies just infrequently enough that the gratuitous nudity surprises me every single time.
I like my Canon EOS M5, but in-body image stabilization would be a great addition. I hope that Canon feels some pressure to add this now that both Sony and Nikon offer it. (And I hope they don’t limit the feature to just full-frame cameras!)
Moving to an apartment with way less clothes storage is a pain, but it has forced me to be honest about which clothes are “often wear,” “occasionally wear,” and “I should have gotten rid of this five years ago.”
I suspect that Twitter is such a great platform for jokes because of the length limit (and the new formats it opens up), the easy discovery, and the gratification of “how many people have starred this?”. I understand why Micro.blog doesn’t have the latter but I do think fewer comedians will use it.
I liked this rundown by Jeremy Gordon of some of Tumblr’s social dynamics and how they compare favorably to Twitter’s. It occurs to me, though, that most of the nice things he cites about Tumblr apply just as well to blogs in general.
A nice addition to Micro.blog would be a way for clients to sync how far the user has read within their timeline. (Micro.blog creator Manton Reece also made Tweet Marker, a way of doing this for Twitter, so maybe Micro.blog does it already and Icro doesn’t support it yet?)
“I still think Free Software is better than closed proprietary software, but have come to believe that Free Software is the amoral option where what our field needs is morality.” — Graham Lee, “Is Freedom Zero such a hot idea?”
Allen Pike’s thoughts on Instapaper really resonated with me—articles about politics become irrelevant fast. More broadly, even if something looked vaguely interesting in 2012 and I saved it, I can still just skim it and delete it.