A Simple Feature Request for Ulysses on the Mac

Penned January of last year, I cannot express how useful this would be to capture links. For reference, I read an article on my Mac while I was updating it, tried to share an article, searched the Internet for a way to do it, thought about hacking together a simple AppleScript or LaunchBar template or whatever, eventually realised how much time I jut wasted, and finally, pulled up my phone, opened the my iCloud tabs and captured the link along with this screed of a post.

Please Ulysses team, pretty please consider adding your app to the Mac share sheet.

Medium Fires, Then Aims

Another pivot, another burned bridge and again, publications pay as support for subscriptions on Medium1 are abruptly terminated.

This is a moment of real pain for the publishing industry. Unfortunately, there’s no easy answers. Whomever was lured over should have stayed on their own properties, true. But we must remember they would have done, if they felt they had any legs to stand on. It’s clear in hindsight what should have happened, but I imagine it felt just as obvious that this was a better deal.

What dies when the traditional publishing model goes is a trusted brand with an established voice and norms. Smaller players have a lot of room to grow into the publishing space, so long as overhead stays low, but we may never be able to lean on reputable local publications again. News, information and expertise will need to be found through smaller, probably one-person brands which might cause even further exacerbation of the signal v. noise problem. See the growth of YouTube and Instagram influencers as the bellwether here.

(H/T Owen Williams’ Charged)


  1. I'm intentionally not linking to one of the world’s most prominent blogging platforms, not out of spite, rather a prophecy that they will probably tumble in the not-so-distant future. 

A Tip for Installing El Capitan… Today

You may have to set the date on your machine to just after the release of El Capitan to install properly. Use the date command in the terminal before starting the installation.

Useful, if you’re dual booting or just generally goofing around on an old Intel Mac.

Standard Notes

I realise that I just wrote about rethinking my text editors, but I ran into this one and was rather intrigued. Focused on providing full client-side encryption for users (including the free tier) and an ethos that includes longevity, Standard Notes is a service that I am going to keep an eye on.

May 20, 2018

Posting Update

No one cares, but I just needed to put this out there: I finally got my deployment hooks working. That means I can write on my phone, have Workflow take my prose, puke it into my git repository (via Working Copy) and all of that will end up here, without me having to intervene.

Just as the Lord of Light intended.

Dieter Bohn on the RED Hydrogen One

What a bananas piece of technology. Not terribly helpful to think of as a phone, per se. Rather, if RED can execute—which at this point I’d be surprised if they couldn’t given their manufacturing record—it’s better to consider this the processing module for a lower-end RED camera. Significantly cheaper than their current “low-end” offering but probably pretty potent if/when it arrives. Clever use of modular components from the phone manufacturing ecosystem glued together with some audacious ingenuity. Similar in thought to the mobile industry’s playbook but oh so different in execution.

May 19, 2018

Goofing Around with Manjaro Linux

On a lark, I decided to repurpose an old MacBook and load it up with Linux. Manjaro Linux to be exact. It’s based on Arch Linux, which was previously unfamiliar to me having spent most of my previous Linux experience split firmly between Slackware, Fedora, OpenSUSE and more recently Debian and Ubuntu. My Linux knowledge is rusty and my command line skills have atrophied a bit, but I’ve been looking for a micro adventure to pass the time.

Manjaro has been a champ thus far. Nimble, accessible and decently supported on my old 2008 unibody MacBook. It’s hands down a better experience compared to the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS flavours I played with before. Not to mention Solus Linux (the distribution that ultimately sparked my curiosity and this silly experiment) because no matter what I tried, I couldn’t get it to boot.

My thinking is to keep this machine resource light and adapt myself to being more technology agnostic. I love the Apple ecosystem, I have very few complaints—but I never had serious demands of Apple either; I’ve always been a child of the web. So keeping an open mind, especially in the desktop space which has become more of a specialised utility for me, has some benefits.

A week or so into my little experiment and I’m remembering why I found this so fun: you can and will fiddle with damn near everything. Manjaro and the XFCE desktop have taken a feeling of joy, like when you are hopelessly switching task managers, and slathered it all over the entire computing experience. If that sounds horrible to you, and perhaps it ought to, remember that this is a utility/toy to fill my fleeting free time.

I’ll update with my explorations as I continue downward into the depths.

ONI

I’m an unabashed VIM user but I want to use the features we’ve come to expect in software like Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code. Most modern text editors have a “VIM-mode” plugin, sometimes embedding NeoVIM inside the editor to deal with modes and movements, but it never feels as responsive as I want. This might be my middle way.