The release fixes the background app issues that was plaguing users on previous versions — where the system was aggressively quitting background apps. I hadn’t really noticed this issue myself, though. Maybe I was just lucky. But 13.2.2 hasn’t fixed the problems I was having using my shortcut for publishing to Initial Charge or the scrolling issues I had in Apollo. Hopefully those will improve in subsequent software updates.
Craig Hockenberry, referencing Ryan Christoffel’s recent piece on Twitterrific’s introduction of multi-window support and Twitter adding keyboard navigation to their app:
This review that covers a both a third-party and first-party Twitter app shows how important the former is.
Third parties are always first with platform features like multi-window on iPad. And we’ve had keyboard support for several years.
Third-party clients are the reason we have retweets, replies, mentions, blocking/muting, and more. Almost all of Twitter’s best features were first introduced and supported by developers outside of Twitter. The service would really benefit from a reintroduction of the APIs that allowed those apps to stand on equal footing with Twitter’s own client.
As a bit of an aside, I’m going to be giving Twitterrific another shot.
(Via Michael Tsai.)
Matt Hauger, with a theory on why devices like the AirPods Pro are available for pre-order immediately:
I wonder: how did Apple decide that these devices would be available for preorder immediately? Why not a few days later, as with the new iPhones? Here’s a cynical theory: maybe less expensive items (like the AirPods or the Watch) are more likely to be impulse buys. The customer doesn’t get a chance to weigh her purchase carefully. Instead, she acquiesces to the lizard-brain desire that Apple’s marketing engenders.
I would guess that Apple primarily decides when devices are available to pre-order based on their expected demand and how many units they’ll actually have on the ship date. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the idea of impulse buying comes into the conversation at some point. I mean, they do need to actually sell these products after all.
I’ve had installing and testing Pi-hole on my to do list for a few months and finally had a chance to give it a try tonight. I used this guide from iMore to get it running on our Mac Mini home server using Docker. I won’t be able to use it on our whole network, though, unfortunately.
I work from home with WordPress.com users and don’t want to use any ad blocking on my work machine, which will cause pages to look different on my end compared to what the user sees. At the moment, I have it setup on each of our Apple TVs, but in practice that doesn’t appear to block as many ads as I was hoping for — I tested with YouTube and Crackle, both displayed ads as per usual.
So I guess I’ll have to think a bit more about what exactly I’ll be using Pi-hole for and where I can integrate it into my setup.
Then because I simply want to upload it to my WordPress blog (I have no separate CDN for images), I attempted to use the “Post to WordPress” action. Which I only just discovered can upload media, along with posts and pages.
And just like when you upload a new post using that action, the result is the URL of the uploaded post/page/media.
Although the URL that was returned wasn’t exactly the one I was looking for. I was expecting the absolute URL for the image that was uploaded. But instead, it was the URL of a kind of “preview” page, which is essentially the same template used for a blog post, except the content is the image that was uploaded.
The pages that Chris is referring to are attachment pages — they use a page template similar to posts or pages, but are used to display a single piece of media uploaded to WordPress’ media library. It is a bit odd that this is the link that the Shortcut outputs when uploading a media file, though, it would be nice if it gave you a direct link to the file instead.
I came across this issue a year or two ago when I was first building my image uploading shortcut, which was with the Workflow app at the time. Chris’ solution is quite elegant, but unfortunately, it won’t work for my site. I actually setup my attachment pages to automatically redirect to the image’s corresponding post or to my site’s homepage (if a related post can’t be found).
Instead of grabbing the image URL from the resulting attachment page, I have my shortcut take the file name and rebuild the direct URL since it’s a predictable URL structure.
I’m not nearly to the point where I’d walk away from the iPad, but iPadOS 13 is probably the worst operating system upgrade I’ve experienced. Shortcuts are inexplicably failing, the new text selection system is a joke, and there’s probably a dozen or so other annoyances that I come across daily. I’ve never wanted a Snow Leopard-like release more than I do now.
A great piece by CJ Chilvers, listing some of the advantages that DVDs and Blu-rays have over streaming services. Physical discs really are superior to streaming services. I can rip the discs and store the files in my Plex library for convenience, I never have to worry about a series or movie being pulled, and I only have to pay once to watch it as many times as I want.
In my experience, it does exactly what it says and has already saved me lots of time and frustration. It’s not that I often answered spam calls; I had already trained myself to almost never pick up a call that my phone didn’t associate with a contact. But I still had to stop what I was doing and look at my phone or my watch whenever one came in. Now that’s a thing of the past.
I just realized I hadn’t enabled this feature yet, so I went ahead and did so. I pay for Nomorobo to block spam callers, but for some reason I’ve been unable to refresh the app’s block list since updating to iOS 13. Hopefully this new system feature will work well enough that I won’t have to pay to block spam callers anymore.