Tag Archive for ‘Josh Ginter’

Keeping a Separate Creativity Computer ➝

My MacBook Pro is for work related to my day job while my iPad is for writing on Initial Charge and tinkering with other personal projects.

There are occasions when there’s some crossover — reading internal, work-related communication on my iPad or troubleshooting HTML/CSS on my MacBook Pro, for example. But that’s the exception, not the rule.

➝ Source: thenewsprint.co

Doing New Things With Computers ➝

Josh Ginter:

Creative professionals don’t have to be the only folks who get to experience new workflows and new methods because of a new computer. So much time and effort is focused on creators and artists.

In real life, there are other real jobs that benefit from new technology too. Plumbers and electricians. Carpenters. Oil rig workers. Farmers. Each benefit from new technology in their own way.

Developers and creators aren’t the only professional computer users.

➝ Source: thenewsprint.co

The Honeymoon Phase ➝

Josh Ginter:

After all these years, I’m starting to better understand my own honeymoon phases with devices. Sometimes those phases are for a total of three days. Sometimes they last a few weeks. Other times, a few months.

The length of time is generally impacted by the newness of the device. This involves the device’s new features but also the type of device I’m coming from.

He’s trying to be more cognizant of the honeymoon phase with his devices for the purpose of reviews — if you write and publish the review during that honeymoon phase, you’re unlikely to get a true representation of your long-term opinions.

I’m finding that the honeymoon phase for new devices is getting shorter and shorter for me. There are less substantial hardware differences with each upgrade — typically an improved camera, faster chips, better battery life, and other minor upgrades. And while those are all improvements, for sure, they aren’t nearly as game-changing as the upgrades we’d see ten years ago. I’m a lot less excited about getting new devices now.

Readers may have noticed that I haven’t published a review of the iPhone 13 Pro. That’s mostly because the honeymoon phase was so darn short — maybe a couple of days, at most. And I don’t know what I could really say about it — coming from the 11 Pro, the camera’s better, the chips are faster, the battery life is better, I wish it was lighter, and slightly smaller. I don’t know if I really have much to say beyond that.

Maybe Apple Silicon is changing this, but it feels like we’ve reached a bit of a plateau with Apple products and the days of publishing reviews after a few weeks are over for me. Or maybe I just need to increase the time between upgrades.

➝ Source: thenewsprint.co

Normalizing COVID-19 ➝

Josh Ginter:

It’s time we get past whether someone has contracted it, spread it, has opinions about it, died from it, or overcome it with nary but a cough. It’s time we put our political opinions aside. It’s time we accepted the consequences of our decisions. It’s time we let others make their own decisions. It’s time we stopped thinking everyone is inferior for making a decision you wouldn’t make.

It’s time to spread some grace. Live and let live, a little.

Amen.

➝ Source: thenewsprint.co

Josh Ginter Is Still Looking for a Note-Taking App ➝

I’ve settled into Simplenote as my primary note taking app, but truthfully, it’s a bit more complicated than that. I use Ulysses for writing that ends up here on Initial Charge, Day One for journaling, Edit for ephemeral notes, Things for notes associated with specific tasks, Apple Notes for collaborating on notes with my wife, and I use Simplenote for everything else.

There isn’t any one app that does everything I want so I’ve ended up with a handful of apps that all loosely serve the purpose of “note taking”. I can understand why someone would want to find the One App to Rule Them All, but I kind of like having a variety of apps instead. It helps me to focus. And I get to fully configure each of the apps so they’re tailored to what I use them for.

➝ Source: thenewsprint.co

Cleartones Is a Collection of Minimalist Ringtones ➝

I’m not sure if I had ever heard of Cleartones until Josh wrote about them recently. But I bought the whole collection last night and have been trying out different notification and ringtones since then. I haven’t settled in on what I’ll use long term, but when I do, I expect I’ll use them as my defaults for many years to come.

➝ Source: thenewsprint.co

The iPhone 13 Pro Camera System ➝

Josh Ginter:

When Apple proclaims “the biggest advancement ever” for the iPhone’s camera system, it wreaks of hyperbole. Then they stated a 92% increase in low light performance on the ultra-wide camera. They followed that up with a 2.2x increase in low light performance in the oft-used wide angle camera.

And suddenly, I’m going “Holy moly.” Coming from an iPhone 12 mini, I expect my socks to be blown off with the 13 Pro Max camera system.

I don’t think people give the telephoto lens enough credit. Many say it’s their least used camera and not worth having. I was in the same shoes last year. But after a year without it, I’ve quickly realize the value of optical zoom beyond 1x.

I wouldn’t mind getting the iPhone 13 mini for the pocket-ability, but I just can’t lose the telephoto lens. I don’t use it too often, but when I need it, it’s clutch.

➝ Source: thenewsprint.co

A Look at Big Widgets and Focused Home Screens in iPadOS 15 ➝

Josh Ginter, writing for The Sweet Setup:

Though we had a glimpse of the “larger” widgets with iOS 14’s News widget (sort of), the larger horizontal widgets in iPadOS 15 mostly came out of left field. iPadOS 15 widgets are even larger than the vertical News widget in iOS 14, taking up three columns in the app spring board and displaying content in bold new ways. Apple touted these extra large widgets as being great for media apps like Music, TV, and Photos, where the media inside the app can shine brightly.

But it doesn’t take long to see the value in these extra large widgets for the Calendar app and the Files app as well. More space means more room to spread out, more room for good design, and more room for quickly glancing at information.

I use widgets on my devices, but Home Screen widgets never stuck for me on iPhone. I’m kind of hoping they feel more at home for me on the iPad. If only because my entire iPad Home Screen setup has felt stale since Apple introduced changes to multitasking in iOS 12.

➝ Source: thesweetsetup.com