In Day One Encryption:
This approach allows us to continue developing additional applications and services for Day One, like our web and Android apps (currently in beta),
Encryption is great but I am almost more interested into the web-version and the Android version, which would make it more usable for me. Currently I’m using Journey (which is a nice, cross-platform app), but would switch back to DayOne for IFTTT integration alone. I’m not good at all at daily journaling but if I can automate at least some entries, that would already be helpful.
In Apple’s Android upgrade jabs don’t tell the whole story :
So, yes: Android OS upgrades are not a stately situation. Apple’s pie chart doesn’t lie about that. What those stunning circles don’t tell you, though, is that OS upgrades on Android play an extremely different role than OS upgrades on iOS. Google has deliberately shifted much of Android’s core functionality away from the operating system and into standalone apps — apps that are then updated instantly and universally, numerous times a year, without any manufacturer or carrier involvement and without any direct connections to the OS itself.
J.R.Raphael nails it here. Android updates are a pain in the butt, but core-functionalities are added and updated many times a year. To me this makes sense. All of Google’s apps get updates all the time, which is much more exciting than waiting for the yearly (or twice yearly incremental update).
Matt Gemmell in Whisky:
Whisky, like any non-clear spirit, is an acquired taste – and I mean acquired in the same way that we acquire wealth, or possessions: it takes work. You have to actually decide that you’re going to drink it. That’s the first step.The next step is that you do drink it, and then usually you wish you hadn’t.
One of my favourite articles from Matt and since I have gotten recently not only one, but two, bottles of scotch as a gift, I am about ready to give them a try.
In A Plethora of Space Operas: Where to Start With the Work of John Scalzi
I have tons of favorite authors, but there’s something special about finding that first author in whatever your favorite genre is that can tell a story that makes you go, “I want more of this immediately.” After reading Old Man’s War, I devoured all the work by Scalzi that I could afford to buy and then started waiting for him to publish more
Even though I am still not finished with the Expanse series, I am already looking forward to read something new. I have read one novella by Scalzi which was very nice and am interested in more. In this article are some good suggestions.
Since we had a snowstorm the other day, not that I’m bitter, I was reminded of this nice info-graphic published by NASA a while ago.
Lot’s of interesting fact, nicely presented. Very interesting.
In “A Time Capsule for the World Wide Web” blogger Tim Carmody asked the readers of Kottke.org to show him “What’s the best you got?” with the quest to find the best things in the history of the internet.
The result is this series of posts, which take quite a bit of time to go through. There is a lot of great stuff in there. Some familiar (to me) and lot’s of new stuff. Many things to explore.
Check out the posts here.
I’m a long time fan of Jerry Bergonzi. His music, teachings/books and more recently educational videos have accompanied me for more than 20 years. Some friends of mine had lessons with him in the past and it was always interesting to hear from them about the lessons. So far though, I never had the chance to meet him, or see him live.
The happier I was to learn that Jerry and Tim Hagans will perform on this years Elojazz Festival. The line-up seems to be similar to the above. Looking forward to see/hear him there.
Gabe of Macdrifter in ‘If You Like Indie Blogs then Share Them’:
Is this it then? Is this the last gasp of independent blogging as everyone moves to micro transactions of half considered thoughts? Will Tweets eat WordPress? … By my estimation, the best way to show that I support indie blogging is to recommend some of the sites I read. Page views are the real currency of the internet.
A great post by Gabe and a reminder to everyone to read and share more blogs, not sites. I enjoy blogging and read blogs (which I why you read this here) and agree with Gabe: the best way to support, is to share them.
My list and write-up will be up in a couple of days.
Sonny Rollins talks about working with Monk and the Bridge period:
I didn’t have the feeling within myself, that I was really able to put out what they expected from me. So, that’s what I did. I will lay off the scene and go back into the woodshed, and get these things together and that’s basically what that thing on the bridge actually was all about.
This is a very nice animation of an excellent interview with Sonny Rollins.
WordPress introduced an Add-on to use Google Docs as a tool for writing and publishing:
When you’re ready to save a Google Docs draft as a blog post, go to the Add-ons menu and open WordPress.com for Google Docs. A sidebar will appear where you can add WordPress.com or Jetpack-connected sites […] Click the Save Draft button — when it’s saved, a preview link will appear so you can see how it looks on your site.
This is a welcome surprise, and one that actually might solve a few problems for me.
Over the past few years I had mainly used plain-text workflows, but in the recent past found it more comfortable and faster to use the WordPress editor, or the Press-This bookmarklet and only for the occasional longer article switched to a text-editor. Using Google Docs for those is a natural fit for me. I use it anyway already, has the features that I need (a document outline view comes to mind), it is available everywhere and works offline as well.
Plain text editors have served me well over the years, but in hindsight caused me more friction than I feel necessary and I feel it’s days are numbered. This is just another step, but that is going to be another post.