A quick update to my first impressions. Let's talk about magsafe. Why oh why oh why did this get removed? There's now no way to tell at a glance if the Mac is charging, I sure loved that little glow light. Also not 2 mins ago the Mac almost ended up on the floor as my toe caught the cable as I walked by. This is an expensive accident waiting to happen.
Cave Creek, 2019.
Just coming out of El Encanto in Cave Creek on Saturday and treated to the sky on fire. Sunsets in Arizona are magical.
This week I got a new MacBook Pro at work. One of the touch bar models. It's certainly too early to have anything reasonable to say, so a few quick first impressions.
• Keyboard. Louder, less travel, doesn't feel as substantial.
• Screen. Just lovely in every way.
• Trackpad. Very big. And also big. The 'click' is softer. Why is it so big?
• Touch Bar. Why. Is. This. A. Thing?
• Touch ID. Being able to use my fingerprint to login is wonderful.
• Ports. All USB C, all the time. Not as big of a deal as I thought? Only need one USB C => USB A dongle.
• No physical escape key. I'm in vim all the time. Not having an escape key is almost a deal breaker.
The other day I was worried about a thing. I didn't need to be worried about a thing. It all "just worked".
And breathe out.
I really did start reading. And I'm one book down and on book two. Go me. Looks like a book a month doable.
The only time I ever use Chrome is for multi-browser testing at $dayjob. For reasons I can only describe as 'never really sat well with me' I've tended to avoid it. Articles such as this one about breaking ad tracking extensions aren't likely to change my mind any time soon.
Or as jwz eloquently puts it.
Sure, run a web browser developed by the world's largest advertising company.
What could go wrong.
It's the plugins you see. Some of the ones I currently use I really like. And they don't all officially support the new shiny yet. So just wait, or pull the trigger and deal with breakage? Gutenberg aside, any other compelling reason to switch to 5.x yet?
John Gruber commenting on the Techcrunch 'Instagram caught selling ads to follower buying services' report.
At the time Facebook acquired Instagram, Instagram was by far the nicest social media experience I’d seen. It is now quickly descending into a cesspool of crap — bad design, bad experience, way too many ads, and a haven for scammers. I fully expected Facebook to Facebook-ify Instagram, but it’s sad watching it happen.
While I'm not on Instagram myself, my wife is, and I do hear her complain almost daily about it. I'm not sure if she's more annoyed with the ads or the algorithmic timeline? Last night she went to show me a photo our nephew posted only to somehow lose the picture? Instagram had literally reshuffled her timeline in the space of a click back. Madness.
First package delivered to an Amazon Locker near our house. Was cheaper and delivered faster than regular shipping. With no risk of porch pirates. To a place we drive by to get home. And in other news, I have new headphones.
Going to make a conscious effort to actually read in 2019. I've even found the kindle and everything.