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Fri, Feb 1, 2019

Roger Goodell Vanished. Football Reappeared. And NFL Ratings Rose. - WSJ

As a Patriots fan, I’ve never been fond of Goodell, glad he took a step back this year, and let the NFL have a season without controversy continually being in the news.

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Fri, Feb 1, 2019

Maybe Only Tim Cook Can Fix Facebook’s Privacy Problem

Would punishing Facebook be an abuse of Apple’s power? Arguably, yes.

I think it would be an abuse to reject all apps from Facebook, but in the future, a closer look at their apps would be in the best interest of everyone from a privacy standpoint.

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Fri, Feb 1, 2019

February 2019 Home Screen

February 2019 iPhone Home Screen

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Fri, Feb 1, 2019

Dropshare’s iOS app was updated to allow for shortening links on iOS. I think this is the year I stop using CloudApp. It’s overpriced for what it gives you, and the web and iOS versions are a mess.

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Thu, Jan 31, 2019

On the one hand, I love how easy VDI environments are to manage. On the other, VMware is a cesspool of terribleness that should be burned to the ground for its inability to make quick and simple fixes on the fly.

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Wed, Jan 30, 2019

The new customization options on Micro.blog hosted blogs look nice. Glad to see more options for greater customization along with categories.

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Tue, Jan 29, 2019

Writing with iA Writer

Based on recommendations from this thread on Micro.blog I’ve been using iA Writer for the last week for my Markdown writing on Windows.

For a couple days I used Sublime Text with Markdown Extended and Monokai Extended, rounded out with WordCount so I can see character count. It worked until I realized that I wanted something that was quick to open and start typing, which is exactly what iA Writer does best. It reminds me of Drafts on iOS in that regard.

My favorite features in iA Writer are the character count that can be shown all the time while hiding the menu bar, as well as the ability to have typewriter scrolling turned on. I like to focus on the text I am currently writing instead of having to scroll to get the current line to the middle of the screen.

Adding links is quick and easy using Ctrl+K if you have the URL on the clipboard it pastes it in then focuses on the title section. Indenting lists is a bit peculiar when you hit Tab it moves one space which looks odd to see the indent being on almost the same level as preceding line.

Feature Requests

I do have a few feature requests that I think would improve the experience.

  • More view options
    • I’m not a fan of the overly large margins, therefore giving margin sizing options would be great.
    • Font Options are needed.
  • Library
    • Another feature I am missing but is in beta is the library that exists on the Mac version. I would love to be able to click a post in my Drafts folder within iA Writer and start typing as the Mac does.
  • Auto Save
    • The ability to autosave would be much appreciated or keep the text in the editor. I’ve lost a couple of short posts due to closing the file or opening another file, and this could either be solved with an autosave option, keep the text in the editor, or open files in a new window option. I prefer opening the second file in a separate window as well as an autosave option.

Overall iA Writer is a great Markdown application, and I will keep with it for the foreseeable future. I’m looking forward to the Library feature being release as well as more customizable preferences.

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Mon, Jan 28, 2019

I’m considering subscribing to The Economist. Does anyone on Micro.blog read it or previously subscribed? Do you have an opinion one way or another?

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Mon, Jan 28, 2019

🍿 Watched: Polar

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Mon, Jan 28, 2019

📖 Currently Reading: Atomic Habits by James Clear

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Wed, Jan 23, 2019

Purchased AirPods Wings and AirPods Waterproof Case. I’ll see how it goes, but I need something for the AirPods to keep them in my ear during heavy movement activities.

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Wed, Jan 23, 2019

Micro.blog adding dark mode on the macOS app has moved my Micro.blog usage on the Mac completely to the app. Thanks @manton!

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Ramblings from Josh Sullivan