1. MacUpdate Bundle with Scrivener and iStat Menus [Link]

    September 29, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    MacUpdate is currently running a bundle sale that includes Scrivener 2.5 and iStat Menus 5 for $50. It's a pretty good deal if you were already planning on purchasing this software. There's other good stuff, like Ember, if you need the deal sweetened a bit more.

  2. iThoughts 2.0

    September 28, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    There's a beautiful update to iThoughts for iOS available now. There are a number of bug fixes but two of the biggest new features are x-callback-url support and highly customizable map themes.1

    The formatting options in iThoughts are as simple or complex as I want to make it ...

  3. iOS Autocomplete Tips

    September 26, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Snippet Shortcuts ###

    The built in snippet expansion just got a lot better with iOS 8. If you start typing the shortcut, the expansion text is shown as a suggestion. To add additional shortcuts, go to Settings>General>Keyboards>Shortcuts. It’s not as powerful as something like TextExpander but it ...

  4. Camera Shutter Fix in iOS 8.0.2

    September 26, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    My favorite change in iOS 8.0.2 was noted by Ole on Twitter. Now the sleep button is ignored while triggering the camera shutter with the volume button. This is a big one for iPhone 6 owners now that sleep is opposite the volume up button.

  5. More on iOS Keyboards

    September 25, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Continuing my tin-foil hat dance, I’ve read plenty of opinions about the new iOS 8 keyboards. Most of it has not been educational. There’s a particularly thorough evaluation of third party iOS keyboards at Markn.ca

    If a custom keyboard does not require the elevated privilege of “Allow ...

  6. Backblaze’s 2014 Drive Reliability Report [Link]

    September 24, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I’m a happy Backblaze subscriber. I love them all the more for their regular report on hard drive reliability.

    The assumption that "enterprise" drives would work better than "consumer" drives has not been true in our tests. I analyzed both of these types of drives in our system and ...

  7. Synology Notes in New Beta [Link]

    September 24, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Every Synology DSM update is huge. It looks like the upcoming DSM 5.1 is no slouch either. Not only are they adding new online backup and sync sources but they’ve built a new self-hosted rich note service that includes new mobile apps.

    There’s a bunch of new ...

  8. Lifetime Plex Pass Going Up

    September 22, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    The price will double after September 29th. Better get on that.

  9. The iPhone 6 Plus

    September 22, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Big, awkward and beautiful. Those are three adjectives. They also happen to describe the iPhone 6 Plus perfectly.

    It seems very clear that our communication devices are turning into something different. I'm not happy about it but I'm also willing to accept that I may not represent the ...

  10. Dawn Patrol

    September 19, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    What do you do Saturday mornings between five and eight a.m.? My friends and I record a new podcast called Dawn Patrol.

    The show is essentially raw. It’s minimally edited and we talk about the kinds of things normal nerds talk about. The first episode is about hyper-fandom ...