I get a new laptop every few years. I always start fresh and install everything
from scratch. It’s interesting to see what changes and what doesn’t. Most of the
things I installed this time are the same as last time. Maybe I really am
Anyway, here’s what I installed on my new MacBook Pro, in no particular order.
I/O-wise, the new MacBook Pro is possibly the most open device Apple has ever
built. There is literally not a single proprietary port on it. You get four
universal high-speed ports that can each draw or supply power, send and
receive data and transfer video and audio. It’s really pretty neat.
I agree. Even though the transition will be a little painful, the result is an
improvement in nearly every way.
This post is mostly to test whether or not my new IFTTT
recipe is working.
I like Medium, but I don’t want to live there. The best compromise might be to
cross-post things from baty.net. I hesitate to automate the process because I
post a lot of useless stuff, much of which is useless to everyone but me. On the
other hand, there are people I’m interested in and I wish they’d post more
Cross-posting everything automatically is a good way to make sure that the
nonsense is distributed as widely as possible.
David Sax dives into the ongoing resurgence of analog: film photography,
paper notebooks, vinyl records, even education. I believe all of these things
matter, and that their continued (and growing) use is for the better.
Sax perhaps sprinkles everything with a bit of unnecessary hyperbole, but he’s
obviously excited about the same things I am, so I’ll forgive the excess.
“The Revenge of Analog” is a fun and informative read for anyone even remotely
interested in the life or “real things”
“I don’t like this,” he concluded. “I like the world where the internet can do
whatever it wants, whenever it wants, at all times. It’s fun. This is a fun
device. But I’m not sure we can do that anymore.”
I defended Apple when they released a mouse that needed to be charged by plugging
the cable into the bottom. I said, “It only takes a few moments to charge, so
just plug it in and grab a coffee or whatever.” I was wrong, I hate charging
the mouse. I blow right by warnings that the batteries are “very low” and always
end up with a completely dead mouse at the worst times. Then, instead of plugging it into a
sensible location allowing me to continue working, I have to flip it on its side
first, and walk away for 10 minutes or so. It drives me nuts.
And every time I have to this with the Apple Pencil I just feel stupid.
The first time I used Firefox it was still called “Phoenix”.
I haven’t used anything other than Safari in years, if you don’t count repeated
failed attempts at using Chrome. I thought I’d see what’s new with Firefox.
I’ve been running it for a couple of days and find it a pretty good experience
I’m not ready to make Firefox my default browser, but I’ve not given up yet either.