Jaiku and Twitter.

This one will be lost in the mists of time for many people, but back in the mid-noughties Twitter was not the only social network of its type. In fact, it wasn’t even the best. Jaiku was.

And what happened to Jaiku? It got bought by Google and promptly disappeared, shutting entirely in 2011.

It’s interesting to speculate on a world where Jaiku, not Twitter, was the dominant social platform of that kind. I can’t help but think that Jyri Engestrom would have run it better than Jack Dorsey.

There are some apps which other Mac/iPad people rave about that I just do not get the attraction of. Biggest offenders: Drafts and iA Writer.

The standard afternoon view.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, FaceID does not work under these conditions

It’s been a while since I took a look at IA Writer, and it turns out that it’s improved a lot.

One positive side of the lockdown: working from home has saved me £700 a month in commuting costs. Which I had taken and turned into a MacBook Pro 16in, the first time I’ve had a powerful Mac in maybe 10 years. And oh lord, is it nice.

Always worth remembering when comparing iPadOS to macOS: macOS now has 36 years of iterative improvements.

“The greatest wisdom not applied to action and behaviour is meaningless data.” - Peter Drucker 💬

So it turns out that cake gives me a bad stomach. This may be a disaster.

The old car needed a little hand to get up on the windowsill. But once she was there she made the most of it.

Had the sudden realisation that putting the Smart Connector on the back of the iPad is what allowed Apple to make the Magic Keyboard. If it was still on the bottom, it would have been impossible.

Absolutely spellbinding interview with a young Ian McKellan, talking about acting. “And so fashions of reality change, and the reality today is all governed by this thing: the camera.” www.youtube.com/watch

Can someone explain why Fantastical gets raved about when it’s so slow? On iOS/iPadOS, my experience is it’s just too slow to use, even on Apple’s latest devices. I have four calendars from different sources feeding it. Maybe it’s great if you’re just using Google Calendar?

Don’t tinker unless you’re a tinkerer.

Tim Bray (who is a god amongst men) had some really fun getting a new Mac running from a backup. This is why I don’t recommend anything except very standard products to people who aren’t born tinkerers. Building your own stuff is easy(ish - if you’re a tinkerer). Maintaining it so that you can make it work again on a brand new computer is not so easy. www.tbray.org

Today I learned by accident: The Apple Watch will speak the time if you hold two fingers on the watch face. support.apple.com/en-gb/gui…

One hilarious thing about the iPad Pro magic keyboard: I keep forgetting there’s a trackpad there and reaching up for the screen…

Here’s the thing: there have NEVER been so many good and different options for computing devices. You have the iPad and iPad Pro. You have Microsoft’s amazing Surface Pro X. You have Google, and its Pixelbook Go, which is so cute I want to hug it. All great.

Apple is the only company in the world that could get half the websites in the world to devote time and effort to reviewing a keyboard. And it’s the only company in the world where the traffic justifies those sites doing it in the first place.

Microsoft’s work on the web version of Outlook is so so good. You can install it as a web app on iOS and it’s great – the proper PWA version, I think.

Garden rabbit

All she wants is to snuggle up next to me while I work.

Tiny bunny time. As if he knows it’s Easter.

As more and more people fall into the category of “recovered from coronavirus”, it’s important to remember that just because you’ve had it doesn’t mean you practice good hygeine www.nytimes.com/2020/04/1…

I would post a picture of the delicious dinner that Kim cooked earlier, but I ate it too quickly so you’ll just have to believe me.

One area where the Pixel 4 absolutely destroys every other phone I’ve used: the computational zoom, aided by that 2x lens, is outstanding. This is at 7x.