I’m a huge red onion fan.
Today I recorded a quick few minute walkthrough of how Unmark works. I use Unmark every single day (and have for years) to store links to read, watch, listen, etc. It is a simple app but has some great features and so I thought I was overdue on a quick video to show how it works.
You can watch the video here or on Youtube.
Unmark is totally free to sign up and use and it is also open source if you’re into that sort of thing.
I’m giving Apple Music another trial month again. It has been a few years since I wrote my observations. We’ll see if it’s improved.
It’s the first time I’ve used this film, so it was all a bit of an experiment. As usual, I did no research before I went out.
I appreciate how he detailed the struggle and sort of out-of-control feel that pinhole photography can be. Regardless, stunning result.
At a stop light in Scranton, Pennsylvania around 5pm on October 13, 2020. Nothing glamorous today for Micro.blog’s A Day in the Life – just driving to get grocery pick-up.
No matter what Apple announces today, I hope the iPhone 12 proves to be a solid, reliable computing device for Eliza. Her iPhone Xs has given her a lot of issues over the last few months.
Movie studios should just stop holding onto the idea of theaters reopening. Release them online for a fee – direct to consumer. They may make more money doing so.
It is always nice when a post, like this one, begins to hit the front-page of search engines and people experiencing similar issues are able to find the post and fix them.
I’ve been on the Mac since the early aughts and I had no idea I could hide the Menu Bar. Giving that a try for a bit. So far I like it.
If you own an Epson scanner you may be able to get Silverfast SE (a much more robust and quicker scanning software) for free. Get your serial number and go here.
Photographing an abandoned Silk Mill in Scranton – September 2020
Recorded in September 2020.
Holy cow a new episode! Finally. Sorry for the wait for those that are subscribed to the podcast. I’ve recorded dozens of episodes that may well never see the light of day – I sort of explain why in this episode.
These images were taken on Ilford’s HP5+ film using the Canon AE1-Program, developed, and enlarged into prints by me at home on the same day. I set out to this location (which was quite the place in the early 1900s) with the express purpose to create some well-balanced and properly exposed negatives so that I can test and learn in my darkroom with confidence. Some of the frames, I believe, meet those goals while others were over-exposed.
Please enjoy the episode, subscribe if you’re not already, and enjoy also just a few of the scanned negatives below.
I have tons more photos to process from this day. Hopefully I’ll spend a rainy (or, soon enough snowy) day finishing up this batch.
Can someone with experience using Symfony contact me please? I’m in sort of a bind. Can pay for your time to help me unclog the pipes.
Jay Sitter, on people expecting technology to suck and just leaving the issues in place rather than fixing them:
I’m in no way making light of these people knowing less than me about technology. They’re smart people who just didn’t spend their teenage years installing RAM and hard drives in their basement.
I bring it up because what it indicates to me is that technology sucks, and most people don’t expect technology to be any better than completely sucky.
The examples he gives likely happen to tens of thousands of people every day and they just live with it.
Being the family geek – and also to extended friends as well – I have seen some crazy examples of this. Modern software is so unintuitive I believe it is far, far worse than a few decades ago. And I don’t think this will ever go away. Even with amazing technology and information at our finger tips… most people just don’t care enough to put in the time to learn the ins and outs of every device or app they own.
/via Nikita Prokopov.
Tangentially related: From 2006, take advantage of the things you already own. And, from 2019, an audio bit of reading the manuals for the things you own.
Me: Lay down for a late-afternoon nap out in the backyard.
Apple Watch, a few minutes into the nap: Time to stand!
The Blacklight tool that is going around shows that I have no idea if you’re on my web site or not. And I plan to keep it that way.
Customization and expression has always been part of personal technology, from this, to MySpace, to putting an Apple sticker on your car, to even picking what brand of home computer you bought in the 1980s. People have always used technology to project something about themselves into the world — just like people do with tattoos, clothes, cars and more.
I agree with Stephen. This isn’t bad for Apple. Anyone complaining about it is crazy. You don’t need to customize your phone at all if you don’t want to. And Apple’s brand has always been about personality. Owning an Apple product – even though it is more popular now than ever – used to be a statement in and of itself.
Warning!! I’ve only just hacked this solution together and I don’t fully understand the ramifications of my actions yet. If there are any, I will update this post.
First, a bit of context on how I use Photos for Mac (Photos).
I do not allow Photos to store my original files within its “package”. I have my reasons. When I import photos I check the box labeled “Keep Folder Organization”. This way, I can keep my photos in a directory structure of my choice rather than how Photos chooses to organize them.
I wanted to take one of my photo libraries (I have two) on the go with me on a portable external hard drive that I can keep in my bag. After much searching I could not find anything that explained how to move my original photos from one external hard drive to another and have Photos recognize this change.
So finally, I had a few moments to spare, and I figured I would dig under the hood of Photos to see how it kept the references to these files and see if I could update those references to the new location.
Photos uses a SQLite database to store much of the information it needs to do what it does. Things like facial recognition, album names, keywords, etc. are all stored in a heap in this database. In a few locations, it turns out, it also stores the path to each individual original photo in your library.
So far (one night, as of this writing) this solution has seemingly worked for me. I will continue to play around with the results to see if I can uncover some adverse side effect. Until then, here are the steps I took to move an entire original photo library onto a portable external hard drive.
UPDATE ZFILESYSTEMBOOKMARK SET ZPATHRELATIVETOVOLUME = REPLACE(ZPATHRELATIVETOVOLUME, 'Carbonite Photo Storage', 'Photo Archive')
UPDATE ZGENERICASSET SET ZDIRECTORY = REPLACE(ZDIRECTORY, 'Hard Drive 1/Carbonite Photo Storage', 'Hard Drive 2/Photo Archive')
One way to tell if this worked for you is to open Photos, choose a photo from your library, and select “Show Referenced File in Finder”. This will open a Finder window with the selected file in its location. If it opens to the new hard drive you copied your originals to, it worked.
I’m going to be using this library a fair bit in the coming days and so I hope that if there are any issues with this approach I will find them quickly and can update this post. See also the comments in case others try this and leave some feedback.
The #iOS14HomeScreen tag is interesting to watch. Customizing my computer when I was younger helped me to learn so much that led to a career in computing. I wonder if that will be the same for some customizing home screens.
Their steady growth is impressive but I think this number should be much, much higher. If you haven’t already done so please consider switching away from Google for the vast majority of your searches on desktop, mobile, and tablet. It is very easy to do.
Why switch away from Google search? Having any one company own search is bad for a variety of reasons. And they are obviously abusing that power. Having Duck.com eat into that market share even a little will help force Google to be more honest, hopefully. Also, when you use Google they are using that information in ways that are helpful and ways that are creepy. I understand the benefits of making search results that are tailored to you – but the drawbacks outweigh the benefits.
Use Duck.com for as many searches as you can. Use Google only when Duck.com can’t find what you’re looking for. For me, that is about 1 or 2 searches per month at this point.
No, this isn’t an ad.
A few basement darkroom test print strips. I’m able to steal a few minutes in the darkroom now and then.
Some sites only publish extracts of their full articles. Reader View can fetch the full article text and show it to you in NetNewsWire, so you don’t have to go to another app.
There is a button to make this happen but I prefer using Shift + Command + R. I have a number of feeds this is super useful on.
Side note: I still want this fix. After chatting with the developers in Slack over several months and pleading my case it appears I will have to roll up my sleeves and submit a patch myself for this to happen. Which I understand. They have other priorities. But that likely won’t happen until the snow flies. And my guess is that I’ll have to re-learn Swift since it has been so long since I’ve written any.
After numerous frustrated attempts to find a major new release, to like, comment on, or reply to messages and reviews, to add what they’ve read to their “shelf” or to discover new titles, users know they’ll be forced to give up, confronted with the fact that any basic, expected functionality will evade them. Sometimes even checking what they’ve already read will be next to impossible. Across a huge range of reading habits and preferences, this the one thing that unites millions of Goodreads users: that Goodreads sucks, and is just shy of unbearable.
She goes so far as to say that Goodreads is bad for books.
Goodreads, the app, is terrible. Nearly two years ago, if my memory is correct, they hired a new person to lead product and they “redesigned” the entire app. It did improve, in my opinion, but the app has always been super slow, very difficult to use, and just about the worst app on my phone.