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Colin Devroe

Reverse Engineer. Blogger.

It is a beautiful fall day for apple picking and apple cider donuts. 

I’m a baseball fan in October.

IBEROSTAR Playa Mita, Mexico – September 2017

Finished Star Wars: Aftermath – Empires End. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – My immediate reaction isn’t good. I liked the first two but expected so much more from this one.

iOS 11.1 Beta 2 doesn’t seem to be identifying people in photos. But the OS has no indication of this process that I know of.

I’ve spent most of the day writing JavaScript (fun!) which was an opportunity to try out ES 2018, the MDN docs, and laugh while reading Eevee’s take on the latest JavaScript spec updates.


The Giving Tree Wellness Center, Penn Avenue, Scranton, Pa – September 2017

In September Mark Keith and I poked our heads into this brand-new business in Downtown Scranton. They have a nice spot (and sensory deprivation chambers).

Smartify

Smartify:

Smartify is a free app that allows you to scan and identify artworks, access rich interpretation and build a personal art collection in some of the world’s best museums and galleries.

Gunseli Yalcinkaya, writing for Dezeen, calls it “a Shazam for the art world”.

This is cool. Can’t wait to try it out.

/via Dave Mark at The Loop.


Lens-flare – September 2017

Dan Moren on Movies Anywhere

Dan Moren, for Six Colors:

Dare I say, this seems like an indication that Hollywood is finally “getting it” where digital film purchases are concerned. Then again, with the continued encroachment of streaming, digital rentals, and peak TV, maybe they just got desperate.

Six Colors being a publication that knows how to use the internet and links to their subjects. See also.

Spotify’s Discover Weekly Playlist

Sophia Ciocca:

This Monday — just like every Monday— over 100 million Spotify users found a fresh new playlist waiting for them. It’s a custom mixtape of 30 songs they’ve never listened to before but will probably love. It’s called Discover Weekly, and it’s pretty much magic.

I’ve mentioned Spotify’s playlists before. They are incredible. They are magic.

Side note: While I was enjoying the synergy of Apple Music we’ve decided to switch back to Spotify today. It is just way, way too good at surfacing music. Also, it is much much faster and syncs better across devices.

No link? Boycott.

I’ve put up with this for far too long. And I’m not going to any more.

Publications that have the habit of linking only to their own web sites rather than to the subject of their articles will no longer get any traffic from me on any device. In fact, I’m going to go so far as to down-rate them on apps like Apple News and block my own devices from being able to navigate to their pages.

The straw on this particular camel’s back was a Variety article* about Disney’s new Movies Anywhere service. They reference the service multiple times throughout the article, having the name of the service linked but only to their own Variety.com URLs. When they do mention the URL of the Movies Anywhere service they spell it out like MoviesAnywhere.com and do not have it linked.

This is being about as bad of a net citizen as you possibly can be. It is also terrible for their readers. They, and many other publications, are reader hostile and this is but one of their tactics.

So, I’m done with them. I’ll be making a list of publications over time and sometime in the future I’ll share it**.

* No, I won’t link to it. They don’t deserve it.

** Added to them should be any publications that use Taboola.

What’s new in WSL in Windows 10

Tara Raj for Microsoft:

We’ve been documenting many of these new features and improvements on this blog over the last few months, but we’ve often been asked for a single document listing all the new improvements, and with FCU (version 1709, build 16299.15) shipping on October 17th 2017, we thought it was time to publish a list these improvements!

We’re coming up on our first year of using Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) at Condron Media. I mentioned in January of this year that we’ve been using it pretty extensively. Since then Tucker Hottes has been getting the insider updates (or, beta updates) of Windows 10 and has enjoyed the incredibly fast pace that Microsoft’s teams are on. If you look at the linked blog post you’ll see the improvements are myriad.

A request: If you’re a developer using Windows 10 and know about WSL do Microsoft a favor and let other Windows-using developers know. Tucker and I are always amazed at the number of developers that have no idea about WSL still. In fact, just yesterday we met one and made sure to tell them about it.

To put this in perspective; Tucker is on Windows 10 and I’m on macOS. Yet, we use nearly the same development environment, configuration, tools, etc. This allows us to collaborate in a way that was previously much more difficult. Microsoft is doing great work on WSL and more developers need to know.

Oculus announcements galore

Be sure to check out the Oculus blog as they’ve announced a slew of new things. I’m still going through them all and will be sifting through it over the coming days. But, at first glance, I’m really excited to see this category of product move forward.

Here are the highlights for me (though there is a lot more)

 

As I watch drivers swerve back and forth I’m very thankful to Apple for finally giving us Driving Mode in iOS 11. After just a few weeks I don’t even have the desire to check my phone while driving.

Jason Snell on Twitterrific for Mac

Jason Snell:

I started using Twitter because of Twitterrific for Mac. When the Iconfactory first released the app, I signed up for a Twitter account and started chatting with my friends. That was ten years ago.

Ditto. I actually started using Twitter via SMS in 2006 then saw it bloom at SXSW in 2007 but then when I saw Twitterrific in 2007-2008 it became a daily (heck, hour-by-hour) habit.

Twitterrific for Mac

Iconfactory:

The Twitter app for people who actually use Twitter. Now all-new for macOS.

Imagine if Twitter cared as much about their desktop and mobile apps (and the people who used them) as Iconfactory does.

So excited for The Last Jedi trailer this evening.

SnapThread

SnapThread by Becky Hansmeyer:

Portrait video compilations made easy—that’s what SnapThread is all about.

Like SnapChat without the network. I’ve long held that SnapChat and Instagram have the best UIs but it is a shame they aren’t just an app. Apple tried to solve this with Clips but that is only square-crop. This app could be very useful.