It’s Been a Crazy Couple of Weeks

The Badlands in South Dakota. Never thought I’d see this place.

Paw 3 for Mac

I’ve mentioned Paw on Twitter after falling in love with it while doing some work with an API. It’s a powerful visual HTTP client that feels like the kind of professional developer tool Apple would build. Version 3 is out now, and it includes an attractive dark theme among other more useful enhancements. It’s $49 for a new license. Users of Paw 2 can download 3 for free.

Write-Only Twitter

If I unfollowed you today, don’t freak out. It’s not you. I unfollowed everyone on Twitter and removed Tweetbot from my devices. I’ve left my account open as a way to cross-post content from my website, but I don’t plan to log in again.

I don’t want to belabor the why, because who cares? Maybe it’s a consequence of getting older or being too busy. Maybe it’s that the service itself has become less useful. It’s at least partially because Twitter brings out the worst in people, and I’ve grown tired of the negativity. It’s not a fun place anymore. I no longer get anything out of being there, and I’d rather hang out with my family in real life.

I’m planning to post here more often, so feel free to throw my RSS feed into the aggregator of your choice. And if you have your own blog, send me a link to it, and I’ll do the same. Should you need to reach me, email is always a good option (or Slack or iMessage if those are available to you). Cheers.

On iPad Features (or Lack Thereof) at WWDC 2016

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple move from a monolithic iOS release cycle to two major iOS releases in the span of six months – one focused on foundational changes, interface refinements, performance, and iPhone; the other primarily aimed at iPad users in the Spring.

This makes sense, though I’m still hoping they’re laying the groundwork for a full split between iOS on iPhone and iPad.

Hopes and Dreams for WWDC

A nice list by Stephen Hackett. This one under OS X caught my eye.

Overhauled Mail.app with modern features like snoozing, filtering and better support for Gmail’s unique features

I’d like to see this on iOS, too, but I’d settle for consistency between account types so that a left swipe is always for delete and a right swipe is always for archive.

Collaborative Notes.app

omg yes pls

Running a self-hosted blog in the age of social networking used to feel like building a fragile Rube Goldberg machine, especially if you wanted to syndicate your words across multiple services. This is increasingly less of a problem. It’s by no means simple—definitely not as simple as creating Tumblr account—but we’re getting there. Glad to see it happening.