1. FTP Upload with Workflow and Transmit on iOS

    November 21, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I’m moving some of my Mac scripting solutions to iOS. One of my favorite Hazel setups on my Mac is for uploading files to an SFTP server and returning a URL for the file. I use this for almost every blog post the has an image. I select the ...

  2. Nerds on iOS 10 and the iPhone 7 [Link]

    November 21, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    On last week's episode of Nerds on Draft (recorded in October) Jeff and I discuss what we like and don't like about iOS 10 and our new iPhones. We've had quite a bit of time to adjust to the new features and there are some great new ...

  3. Diffen [Link]

    November 21, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I’m not sure how but I stumbled across Diffen.com. It simply compares explanations or descriptions of two things. Some comparisons are quite extensive, like Sympathy vs. Empathy, Ethnicity vs. Race, or e.g. vs. i.e.1 Other comparisons are less than complete. But, I really like how ...

  4. Democracy Tax

    November 18, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I've taken a very specific stand against journalism paywalls in the past. It felt like an artificial barrier that restricted access to potentially vital information. It felt like a failure of foresight in an industry that refused to acknowledge the reality that they documented every day. I was wrong ...

  5. Imagine a Mac

    November 17, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    The big news is that Sal Saghoian is leaving Apple after many, many years as the heart of nerdy automation.1 That's not the big story though. The big story is that Apple eliminated his position. Imagine a Mac without Hazel or Keyboard Maestro or FastScripts or Folder Rules ...

  6. Collecting and Reading with DEVONthink

    November 15, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I read a lot. Until recently that included Twitter. To replace that source of information, I've shifted to other, more curated, sources like my RSS reader.

    I'm a big fanatic for Pinboard. It's almost completely plain, minimally styled, text on a blank page. I capture every web ...

  7. Widget Weather

    November 14, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    The iOS “Today” view is one of my most used screens on my phone. I wish it received more attention from Apple but I’m glad my favorite app developers pay it special attention. One area that it really shines for me is with weather apps. The only time I ...

  8. Ads Surreptitiously Using Sound to Communicate Across Devices

    November 14, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Once again, Bruce Schneier freaks me out:

    The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad displayed in a computer browser. While the sound can't be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do ...

  9. Alfred 3.2 Update [Link]

    November 11, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Alfred 3.2 is out this week with several nice updates to the workflow options. It now passes the current application focus so that a single hot key can behave differently in different applications.

    Snippets now support a cursor placement token, which makes it much better for expanding large chunks ...

  10. Missing the Mind of Kurt Vonnegut

    November 11, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |


    Kurt Vonnegut would be 94 today. His words and thought experiments shaped who I am. He made me a better person. I’m glad he kept his shit together for as long as he did.

    From Kurt’s “Cold Turkey” essay in 2004:

    “There is a tragic flaw in our ...