What’s Great about Micro.blog

Manton Reece – Tumblr and… App.net

Micro.blog is also designed around blogs because it gives immediate value to the platform, insulating it against the network effect that drives the success or failure of most other social networks: not all your friends are there yet. Unlike ad-supported platforms, Micro.blog aligns its business model with customer needs. Subscriptions for blog hosting let us deliver the best features we can, and also help support the rest of the platform.

I think Micro.blog is a really cool product and while I don’t use it much myself, I think it’s a great solution to the unfortunate situation we’re in where we’re posting all of our thoughts to closed platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

I think the fact that it’s built on the open web is what makes me more compelling to me than other attempts at “twitter alternatives.” Like I said, I don’t use Micro.blog myself and I don’t have the app installed on my iPhone or anything, but I still follow a few users through…

…wait for it…

RSS.

Yes, that old fashioned tech lets me follow along with the people I enjoy however the heck I want and that’s something special in 2019. Keep at it, Manton!

A Download Folder That Syncs

How I’m Using iPadOS – Part One. – Daryl Baxter – Blog

To test the download manager, I thought I’d try a random site I used to go to for…certain files once upon a time, and I came in with low expectations. But as expected, it downloaded the file as I would have with my iMac back in the day; I went to Files.app, unzipped, and there it was. And because of iCloud Drive, it appeared on the MacBook Air, ready for an app to be used with it.

iPadOS1 lets you download either to a local Downloads folder or a new Downloads folder synced over iCloud. I didn’t think I’d like the iCloud one at first, but I have ended up using it for everything besides the largest files I download and then just having them everywhere. Download something on your iPad? Access it from your phone in a few minutes when it’s done downloading and you’re at work, for example.


  1. And iOS 13, for that matter. 

Only Two Types of People in the World

Safwan AhmedMia (aka SuperSaf) on Twitter

There are 2 types of people in this world. Those who absolutely have to have a headphone jack and those who don’t care.

I’m in the latter group, but I think this is largely because I also own AirPods. I’d be curious to know how much, if any, correlation there is between people who aren’t bothered by missing the headphone jack and those who own AirPods.

I personally used Bluetooth headphones most of the time pre-AirPods, but I always found them a little more of a pain than wired headphones which “just worked.” Even today I find my Sony WH-1000MX3‘s to be more of a pain than I’d like when moving between devices, but this isn’t a pain I have with AirPods.

Anyway, I think a big hurdle to people being more okay with no headphone jack is to have excellent wireless options which don’t make you feel like they have any real downsides. AirPods did this better than anyone in last 2016 and a few options like the Samsung Galaxy Buds and Sony WF-1000XM3 are finally starting to get close in terms of ease-of-use. Hopefully we see more options do great, as well as prices come down to these experiences are more universally accessible.

Podcast #194: Did the iPhone Kill Phone Design?

Turn on voice boost in your podcast app for this episode. I apparently drifted away from the mic around the middle of the episode and I couldn’t get the audio to be totally level throughout…sorry 🙁

The iPhone undeniably shifted our thinking as a society about what a phone is, but did it “kill design” while it was at it? I argue it didn’t kill design, but had a design that was so far ahead of what everyone else was doing that it made little sense to keep pursuing those older designs.

This episode was inspired by and includes a clip from this video from Austin Evans.