Summary of Apple's iPad/Mac Event from Sixcolors

This is an excellent concise write-up of what transpired at yesterday’s Apple event.

Possibly my favorite quote from Jason Snell in this:

…In the meantime, I shall stroke my iPad mini 2 and be grateful that I have no desire to upgrade it.

Fixing Homebrew on Yosemite

After installing Yosemite on my Macbook Pro (migrating from Mavericks), I had to findle a little more than usual to get Homebrew working again.

Here are the steps I took to fix it:

  1. Delete the old Homebrew stuff:
    • Run rm -rf /usr/local/Cellar from terminal
    • It goes without saying, if you any custom stuff in this directory (which you shouldn’t). Back it up before performing this action.
  2. Re-install latest Homebrew goodness:
    • Run ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)" from terminal.
  3. Fix any Homebrew issues:
    • Run brew doctor from terminal and make the changes it suggests.
  4. Profit from your newly installed brew.

David Allen on Mac Power Users

In this episode of MPU, David Allen shares some great insight into his GTD workflow, and lots of other great tips along the way. One of the greatest suprises to me was that his current GTD workflow depends on Lotus Notes. Really! Lotus Notes.

My Thoughts after a Week with the iPhone 6

Here are some of my initial thoughts after spending a week with a new iPhone 6. (I went with the 64GB Space Gray model).

  • I apologize to all Android users who I’ve expressed strong distaste regarding larger phones in the past. I was wrong. Bigger is better.
  • For me, a case on the iPhone 6 is a requirement. After around a day using it without a case - I decided it wasn’t going to work. I ordered an Apple leather one in black. Surprisingly the phone feels “smaller” with the case on - due to the fact it is easier to hold?
  • Touch ID is greatly undervalued when comparing the iPhone to other phone makes/models. Using it to unlock apps like 1Password that have passcode locked is such a time saver. And I must say that this model feels greatly improved in reliability and speed when put up against the 5S (my wife has a 5S). Don’t know if it was hardware or software improvements. But it feels better.
  • There are a number of apps that I have that still are not compiled for the new screen sizes. It is likely that the average user does not notice this, especially if the app is not one you type in (the keyboard is a different size when scaled). The fact that this it is this way definitely speaks to some technical oversight on Apples part for iOS. Android from the start was prepared to support multiple screen sizes and have apps scale properly. The assumption made by iOS for a long time was that you’d only have 1 screen size, then 2, then 3, then 4, then… It feels like the move to auto layout for apps should have been made a long time ago.
  • UI design patterns in iOS are broken. They lean to heavily on UI elements at the top of the screen that are now to hard to reach. Reachability is a hack and everyone knows it. Surprisingly, one of the apps most easy to use at this new size is Safari, as much of the major UI elements are fixed to the bottom.

Facebook Will Use Facebook Data to Sell Ads on Sites That Aren’t Facebook

via Re/code:

Facebook makes a point of saying these ads aren’t “Facebook ads.” But it is also playing up the notion that the ads marketers buy via Atlas will be more effective than other big ad platforms, because they use Facebook’s data.

… And no one is suprised.