Posts tagged ‘iphone’

Late to Launch

I’m so late to Launch Center Pro. I bought it fairly early on, but never got into using it. Despite the hoopla when it was released, I didn’t understand why I should use an app that basically launched other apps and performed tasks I almost never do, like toggle the screen brightness or turn on…


Better work diary actions

In the update at the beginning of this post that shouldn’t have been written, I show how the Launch Center Pro work diary actions should have been built, but I’d like to have a freestanding post describing the actions that I can refer to later. This will be that (somewhat redundant) post. The LCP actions…


Work diary revisited

Update 8/21/14 You can pretty much ignore this post unless you want to explore the psychology of how someone can get caught in one way of thinking and miss something as plain as the nose on his face. My first instinct is to write scripts, and I knew I could write Pythonista scripts to do…


Automatic shortened URLs via Google

Back in the old days (that is, maybe three years ago), everyone on Twitter used some specialized URL shortening service, like bit.ly or tr.im, to keep their tweets under 140 characters.1 That became counterproductive when Twitter started its own shortening service and built an infrastructure around it. Nowadays, it’s much better for your readers if…


Fixed focus

Earlier today, John Gruber tweeted a couple of photographs: an iPhone 5s shot with an original iPhone and an original iPhone shot with an iPhone 5s. Original iPhone, snapped with 5S, and vice versa. The difference 7 years makes — John Gruber (@gruber) Jun 29 2014 5:18 PM Some of the replies to his tweet…


Against my better judgement

Eventually, the snow that’s been covering the Chicago area since Christmas will melt, and I’ll be able to start biking to work again. And when I do, I’ll want to listen to podcasts, which poses a problem. Time was when managing podcasts on various devices took no thought whatsoever. Subscriptions had to be handled by…


A couple of problems with Maps and/or Siri

I’ve never been as unhappy with Apple Maps as everyone else has been, but two things have been bothering me recently: the lack of flexibility in choosing a route and Siri’s intermittent failure to announce the turn-by-turn directions. I think we’re all used to how Google Maps gives us the opportunity to click on the…


The Siri data logger

I’ve been taking measurements professionally—forces, lengths, times, temperatures, speeds, voltages, etc.—for over half my life. Sometimes I’ve been lucky and the measurements have been collected and recorded automatically, but usually it’s been me with a pen and notebook, writing the numbers down by hand and then typing them into a computer later. Since getting an…


Copying Numbers templates to iOS

I’ll get to the motivations for this post later; let’s cut to the chase. Say you have a Numbers template file on your Mac and you want to use it on your iPhone. You might think that with the new Numbers, your templates would be stored in iCloud and just automatically available on every device.…


Siracusa-Fu

Generally speaking, I think it’s cheating to use what John Siracusa says as a topic for a blog post. I could get 2–3 posts out of almost any episode of Hypercritical or the Accidental Tech Podcast (except for the ones about games, which hold no interest for me), just filling in odd details and expanding…