Oluseyi on Tech is Dead. Really insightful analysis on how the whole tech business but especially Apple has changed. Analogy is probably car enthusiasts even as working on cars becomes tied to diagnostic computers and fewer and fewer things people can fix. The Apple Watch feels so alien to many of us because it’s Apple’s first steps outside of the general tech market. (I’d say it bridges the worlds, but definitely isn’t just tech)
Pashua: dialog box UIs for languages with little UI like scripts. (HT: Dr. Drang)
Dan Moren over at Six Colors lists a few really good fixes for Notification Center. First let us set a time out for notifications (presumably either by app or global) The add the oft requested “clear all” button. Finally a sort feature.
“Silver” brings Apple’s Swift language to the .NET and Java worlds. It brings the language not the Cocoa libraries though. Sounds like they added exceptions to let Swift work with .NET or Java better. (Personally I think Apple should add exceptions too, but I know people at Apple really don’t like exceptions and use them just for a very limited set of errors)
Nick Lockwood has one of the best discussions of Swift exceptions I’ve found both in terms of design, problems and benefits.
There were some big changes to Swift this week. The most surprisingly controversial one was the adding of “exceptions.” I put those in quotes because they are quite unlike traditional exceptions in C++, C#, Java or Python even though I’ve called them Pythonesque at times.[1. I think I called them…
How to merge Apple Photos libraries. Unfortunately requires sufficient iCloud space.
You can turn Spotlight indexing for network drives from the command line. Thought more people knew about this. Well worth doing if you have a shared set of drives but don’t use OS X Server.
A nice collection of Keyboard Maestro macros. Some of these are obvious and if you’d use them you’d probably figure them out. Some of them are a bit more clever so it’s worth reading through the list and perhaps downloading them.
A bash prompt generator. Kind of clever and includes setting colors which is where I know most people struggle. (HT: One Thing Well)
A tool for creating gif screencasts of your terminal: mkcast. I might start using this here, despite how lousy animated gifs are as a format. (HT: One Thing Well)
Why iOS needs better backup. Problem is restoring just individual small bits.