Pygmy Nuthatch
  • Year Half Full

    It just occurred to me that we’ve passed the half-way mark in the year, which means the start of 2016 is farther away in the past than 2017 is in the future. OK, fine, whatever…right? Well, not if you’re like me and you plan out goals to accomplish in the year. Now any goals that are currently outstanding have less than a half of a year to get done at the most, otherwise they’ll be bumped to next year.

    Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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  • Microblogging with Jekyll & Netlify

    I’ll be posting a longer explanation of how this all works soon, but in a nutshell: I moved my Jekyll blog/website powering Pygmy Nuthatch to Netlify today. This provides me with automated build & deployment “in the cloud” of any new content I add to my site’s Git repository. Basically, I can now use two iOS apps, Working Copy and Ulysses, to write new content, commit that to the repository, and in a matter of seconds it’s live on my website.

    Oh, and did I mention the site’s crazy fast (served by a CDN) and 1000 times more secure than WordPress? I’m one happy geek. 😄

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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  • Britain Leaves the EU

    I’m going to have study up on a bucket-load of issues before I offer any useful commentary on this historic event. However, I do want to make one observation: there’s an awful lot of hang-wringing going on right now about a sovereign nation asserting its right to freedom. Why is that? Shouldn’t we, as a default position, be supportive of a people being given the right to determine their future? I fear there are some who have a desire to see the world consolidate into fewer and fewer governmental entities, and thus Brexit is an affront to that vision. Something to ponder….

    Friday, June 24, 2016

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  • Millennials and Work

    I hear a lot of talk about millennials’ and their chronic dissatisfaction in the workplace. Well, as a millennial, I’m here to tell you that a big problem seems to be lack of qualified mentorship. It’s really, really difficult to find “old” people who are good business mentors. (At least it has been for me.)

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

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  • iOS 9 Messages...Seems Old Now

    Boy, using Messages on my iPhone now in iOS 9 feels really, really limited and boring. It already seemed lackluster compared to using Facebook Messanger, but now I’m chomping at the bit to get my hands on the new iOS 10 Messages app. It’s just going to be lightyears ahead!

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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  • WWDC 2016: UX

    If I could sum up today’s WWDC keynote in one word (acronym?), it would be: UX. Apple has really delved into refining and solving UX (User eXperience) issues across their whole range of platforms. watchOS 3 particularly looks like an awesome improvement. iCloud Drive desktop + documents autosync is going to be hugely useful. iMessages: WOW! So much coolness. More to discuss in the coming days….

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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  • Whither Eddy Cue?

    I’ve really, really been trying to give Apple SVP Eddy Cue the benefit of the doubt in recent times, but this is the straw that broke the camel’s back. App Store’s been a mess for years, then Phil Schiller takes over operations (not just marketing) and in six months major changes and improvements occur. And this is simply another item in a long list of gaffes and semi-failures (or outright no-holds-barred failures!) on Cue’s watch. I think it’s high time Tim and Eddy had a long talk about his future at Apple.

    Thursday, June 9, 2016

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