Brighton

We went on a trip down to Brighton. I didn’t have my camera so I took a few street photos with my iPhone.

Second Ryanair flight where it seems half the passengers have got priority boarding. I really wonder why priority is so popular for Ryanair 🤔

One of those little features I always loved about iOS (over android) is the tap the top to scroll back to the top. So simple but so good.

Irony that I doubt will ever grow old for me. Using the word “minimalist” to sell things. For example “the ultimate minimalist backpack”.

Shooting iPhone photos in the cold?

Yesterday I heard someone mention that their iPhone had shut down because it had got below zero Celsius (32 something Fahrenheit apparently). As someone who lives in a country where winter is often below zero (it’s minus 7 celsius as I type), I know this pain. Generally I cope by putting my iPhone in my inner pocket so it is kept warm and relying on my apple watch or AirPods for interactions with the phone. But there’s a huge issue when it comes to taking photos. I love photography and have far to many camera really, but there is something fun about the iPhone camera. I’ve been trying to use it more recently and play with its limits and strengths but the cold weather has put a stop to those plans. Literally. So today I was looking for some advice on how to shoot photos with your iPhone in winter…So far I haven’t found any useful advice so I have an idea that just might work.

Hand Warmers

Yup, you know those little chemical hand warmers which you can “recharge” by heating them up again. In theory holding a small one next to the back of the iPhone while I have it out of my pocket should help to keep it warm and should also help when it’s in my pocket. Of course, other sides will be exposed to the elements but this is better than nothing.

I’m going to give it a go and report back on my success/not but I wonder Do you have any tips for keeping your iPhone alive in the cold?

Is Vero a challenge to Facebook?

I saw someone dismissing the possibility of verso taking Facebook on. They pointed out the failure of - app.net - Ello - peach - and mastodon

While there’s validity in pointing out these failures. It’s not the full story. In fact there are three other networks that would be better to discuss. - WhatsApp - instagram - snapchat

Two of which Facebook bought to avoid being surpassed by (and instagram looks like the best deal they did) and one, snapchat, they have tried to kill by adding its core features to other apps. It’s important to note the difference between the apps mentioned first and these examples. Clearly Facebook precieved these apps to be a potential threat, where they didn’t view the others as threats.

The common thread with most of these services is that they rise when Facebook is facing difficulties. These have been privacy issues (ello) and dramatic changes in design (I.e. the newsfeed). These alternatives offer more privacy and a more familiar look. But verso isn’t in that same category, it actually fits the type of situation of instagram and snap. That is a mobile first app with some unique touches and interactions. This is where Facebook has always been worse and instagram is currently facing criticism for its changes to a curated newsfeed not in chronological order and full of ads. Verso offers an alternative to that.

Now this doesn’t mean Facebook is done and so far Facebook has done a good job at reacting to challenges, but if they try and replicate the snapchat reaction, they could confuse their interface more which is part of there current issues that have helped this challenger rise.

So I don’t think verso should be instantly dismissed or instantly thought of as a success. It will be interesting to watch.

So I might remote into my Mac at home so I can access a work websitebecausr it hates iPad’s so much. There was even an update recently but mobile responsive was not a feature. And unfortunately iCab doesn’t solve this problem.

Is someone copying me...or am I less original than I thought 🤷‍♂️

So I’ve seen someone write and share an article that is surprisingly similar to one I wrote and only a day later. Mine was an “evergreen” topic but admittedly one that others have written about before. Chances are that this is just one of those strange coninsidences where actually we’re both being influenced by the same environment and so are getting the same sources of inspiration leading to similar/the same topic…But even as I write this, I realise this is actually the second time in just over a week. I’m not sure if this means I’m less original than I though…or someone’s copying my ideas? Either way, no one cares who has what idea, it’s the execution that matters.

This was a great episode of Mac Power Users. Rose shared some pretty interesting tips but the idea I’m going to try is using launch centre pro and launcher to use location based actions and reminders. So for example, open up my task manager when I get to work, or the shopping list when I get to the local store. Check it out.
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Tatra mountains yesterday (iPhone se only again)

Darn, Interact is a great app that helps if you’re a “Do I really have to go to my Mac for that” kind of person. I use it to make groups of adult students who I email. This isn’t possible in the native iOS Contacts app. Greg Pierce - Getting Ready To

Hiking in the Tatar mountains in Poland. Not a bad time. (iPhone SE plus snapseed for post processing)

Email Newsletters that are worth subscribing too

Here’s a quick list of newsletters that are worth the time to read (this is just opinion, your mileage may vary)

  1. Macstories (Apple and iPad geekery, costs money)
  2. CJ Chilvers (the best from CJ’s blog on creating, life and stuff)
  3. Paul Jarvis (great entrepreneurial and creative advice from someone who does things “the wrong way” but it works)
  4. Austin Kleon (More creative insights and curiosities)
  5. Rohdesign Dispatch (great design and sketchnoting tips from the master)

I may come back and add to this

a different -kind of- writing process

  • Write 1st draft, it’s too long,
  • write second draft, it’s long,
  • write third draft, okay we’re getting somewhere, but maybe we need to start again,
  • write fourth draft, okay we’re heading in the right direction now.
  • Re-read fourth version, cut useless words, rephrase sections, cut a paragraph that isn’t needed, add a new one.

This is not my normal writing process. Normally I either write in one go and then edit or I write once, delete and then write again. This time I’m writing for someone else’s publication and there’s so much I could add. That’s what I realised on the second draft, I could say more. But the truth is, the reader wants something for them, they don’t care about the aspects I find interesting or the fine details. They want the interesting take away or idea for them.

That’s why I’m taking my time, and I’ve not even finished yet

Turtles all the way down

One of the things I’ve found really strange on the internet are the sort of “pyramid” schemes. You know, the internet marketer, who teaches you internet marketing, so you too can become an internet marketer, in internet marketing. Or the writer, who writes books, on how to write books…about writing books. Or the YouTuber who makes YouTube videos about how you can make YouTube videos. Obviously not everyone who does internet marketing or teachers internet marketing only does internet marketing or only has experience in this field, but there are plenty of other “fake it till you make it” folk, and it’s telling when they seem to produce people who do the exact same thing (just less successfully). I’ll add, that It’s also why I find the sketchnote community concerning sometimes. Some people only seem to share sketchnotes of how to sketchnote…and that’s pretty weird.

People give Evernote a lot of stick, but it’s improved a lot recently…well, it’s stopped bugging me about WorkChat…so that’s a massive improvement.