John Voorhees, writing for MacStories:
Aside from the new pricing model, Tweetbot 6 has only implemented a handful of new features, including a few changes to the timeline view and some design changes. In the main timeline, you’ll notice more image thumbnails than before. Polls and cards are also visible thanks to the implementation of Twitter’s latest third-party APIs, and there are new dedicated ‘@’ and ‘#’ buttons in the app’s tweet composition sheet.
Even though I’m in the process of moving toward RSS and publishing short-form thoughts primary on mike.rockwell.mx, I still paid for Tweetbot 6. I have no problem paying a bit to support developers. Especially when it supports the development of one of my favorite apps of all time.
The update is a little lighter on features then I would have preferred, but I’m hoping the subscription model will incentivize Tapbots to develop a bit more aggressively than they have been with Tweetbot 5.
I have some complaints about the new link previews, though. Each time I publish on my short-form site, IFTTT automatically publishes a tweet with the content of the post and a link back to mike.rockwell.mx. This is all I want, nothing more and nothing less. But Tweetbot 6 generates a preview of the link. Sometimes.
mike.rockwell.mx didn’t have any markup indicating a want for this. There was no
og:image or any of the Twitter Card tags. I just want the URL displayed in the text of the tweet. But what’s even more maddening is that there is no consistency to the link previews at all. Some links have a preview and some don’t — there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to when the preview appears.
And there isn’t even any consistency across devices. I can look at the same tweet on my iPad as on my iPhone and one will show a preview while the other doesn’t. I don’t have any idea why that would be.
I sent an email in to Tapbots about this and hopefully I’ll learn more soon. In the meantime, I’ve added an empty
og:image meta tag to the site’s header to see if that might prevent the previews from generating. It’s not ideal, since I wouldn’t mind links to photo posts having a preview, but I’ll leave the meta tag on the site until I do a bit more publishing to test it.
I tried installing RSS-Bridge previously, with the goal being to view photos from Instagram in my feed reader. I bailed when I realized that there is a bug that breaks RSS/Bridge’s ability to build feeds from Instagram usernames. There was a workaround proposed in the related bug report, but it didn’t work for me, unfortunately.
I’m giving RSS-Bridge another try, though. This time I’m going to use it to funnel tweets into my RSS reader. Hopefully I’ll have better luck with this integration.
A neat little project. You drop the folder onto your web server and enter your configuration into a yaml file. Then you have a slick, simple web page with links to web apps, services, sites, or anything else you’d like to point to.
I toyed around with this last night and configured it with links to SiteGround, my email service, all of my new self-hosted applications, and websites. I’ll continue updating it as I build out my setup on SiteGround.
But I have a feeling this won’t be the only installation of Homer I setup. I think this could be a useful thing for me at work — configured with links to all the services and webpages I use throughout the day.
Mark Gurman, on the smaller Mac Pro:
The second version, however, will use Apple’s own processors and be less than half the size of the current Mac Pro. The design will feature a mostly aluminum exterior and could invoke nostalgia for the Power Mac G4 Cube, a short-lived smaller version of the Power Mac, an earlier iteration of the Mac Pro.
It’s just a rumor. And there isn’t much to go on aside from it being smaller than the current Mac Pro. But if it’s also lower cost — in the realm of the entry-level 2010-era Mac Pro — I’m going to be very interested.
A self-hosted RSS web app. The design is a little rough, but it appears to have a sizable community building plugins and themes. So I’m giving it a try as a replacement for Feedbin. I’ve installed this plugin, which adds the Fever API so it can be used with any RSS client that supports it. I’m using Unread, naturally.
Most writers started writing to please the search engines (later just one search engine). To feed the beast, more “original” content was needed. The sharing moved to social media and got lost with the ephemera. Writers burned out producing longer and longer posts for ad pennies over trust and community.
Massive publications took over the attention of the majority, turning the sharing of a cool link into a bloated summary of whatever they were keeping you from seeing just long enough to show more ads.
This is now what your reader expects to see at every blog.
The trust is lost.
I think CJ is spot-on in his analysis of what happened to independent web publishing. But I’m hopeful that the unease surrounding the biggest social networks will start pushing people toward alternatives — some toward other centralized services and some toward their own websites.
Bill Ottman of Minds recently revealed that the social network’s application was at risk of being removed from the Google Play Store. Their developers pushed a version that removed search, discover, and comment functionality, which was accepted. They also released an update for iOS to match the changes on Android — I suspect in anticipation of similar concerns from Apple.
I’m not too familiar with Minds, I’ve only really heard about it in the past week or so. But from what I’ve seen, it seems fairly tame when compared to very easily discoverable content on Twitter, which doesn’t even seem close to being at risk of App Store removal.
But in my poking around Minds, I saw Bill Ottman mention AltStore — an application and service that smooths out the rough edges for sideloading apps on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. I forgot it even existed.
But now I’m curious about how much of a role AltStore could have going forward. And how welcoming they’ll be to some of these more controversial social applications.
If the folks at Parler or Minds start releasing their apps in AltStore, will Apple make more of an effort to prevent the sort-of loop hole from being utilized? Will there be pressure on Apple to allow apps from non-App Store sources? Will their be similar pressure in the opposite direction?
At my desk, I’ve been able to replace two of Apple’s standard 29w charging bricks with Anker’s new PowerPort III alternative, freeing up an outlet slot.
Though it’s only slightly larger, Anker’s charger provides more than twice the power output and can balance charging between both connected devices. If there’s only a single device connected, it can take advantage of the full 60w to really speed up charging—a 13” MacBook Pro can be fully recharged in just over two hours.
This charger also has another trick up its sleeve: interchangeable plugs.
I received this charger as a gift for Christmas and it’s quite nice. Having a single unit that can power a couple of devices is really handy, especially with both ports being USB-C — my cable connector of choice. And although I don’t have any immediate travel plans in the future, the ability to switch plug types will be clutch when Automattic starts having meetups again.
I don’t have any experience with the 20w model that Marius mentions in the piece, but I expect it’s great too.