MacBook Pro Thoughts

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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.

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On Using Chrome

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.

On Instagram

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.