Writing tool discovery, trying iA Writer

In my never ending search for perfect tools (I know, it will never end). I have been playing around with iA Writer on the Mac as it has a trial.

As an avid fan of Ulysses I feel like I am almost cheating on it, but the one thing Ulysses does not do that I want is publish to Micro.blog

So that has me trying other tools. I do like iA Writer and have always heard lots of people saying good things about it, with good reason.

So, since it will publish a draft post to Micro.blog, I will be living with it for the next 7 days to try it out. The trial actually runs longer, but I think 7 days is enough for me to decide.

Lately I have noticed a change starting to creep into my thinking when it comes to making apps for personal use that might end up as projects for others to use. Now I ask myself, should I make this native or a Web app and just use it there? Funny how things go around and around.

If you are a gamer and like FPS (first person shooters), you may of tried or do not even know about Warframe, it’s free to play but can be a nightmare to understand at first.

This playlist by @BBKDragoon https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRbxjtNC1lOh1x2Q6JpDiN4mvezhAfntS answers everything, I cannot recommend it enough.

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OK this is the must watch YouTube playlist for anyone that wants to get the most out of Ferrite for the iPhone and iPad. I learned so many things in just minutes that I never even noticed were in the app.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLln17yCHKYDDAvXoMfx_z0gUZJ9hmlBRl

The fun of moving a domain with G Suite Email

Oh how I hate having to repoint a domain name.

Today I finally repointed PeterWitham.com to it’s new site and host on Netlify. Which was all fine, except it mean’t that I had to battle MediaTemples DNS zone files and name servers.

Which in turn was also complicated by using G Suite for email through MediaTemple.

The Web site went fine, then I noticed email had stopped working, so I had to go back and fix that. The good news, no lost email but gosh it’s so annoying to move things around.

Hopefully it’s all settled now, but it means having to wait for DNS to update around the World and that means patiently waiting to ensure it all worked out right.

It is going to be very interesting to see how all the remaining conferences handle the COVID-19 situation. So far it seems everyone has cancelled, we are still waiting to hear what Apple plan’s but I have to believe it will not be ‘business as usual’ at this point.

Another life saver for USB-C users

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As a MacBook Pro user it happens to me all the time.

Machine = USB-C, Almost everything else = USB

Great…. Well, I now have these adapters at home, the office and my bag so I never have that problem again. They are small and are tight enough that they do not feel like they are just hanging from the machine.

Do yourself a favor for $9.99 and throw some in your bag or desk and thank me later.

Amazon link

Finally got off my butt and added a dark mode to the site!

I was skeptical, but I’m a convert to this daily news wrap.

I generally avoid any kind of newsy type news letters, and I have certainly given up on regular news media sites with their own agenda’s, especially during political season.

But I have been trying Morning Brew for a week now and I actually do find the wide scope of topics that take just a couple of minutes to scan through and find the things that interest me.

10 Years on Github

Wow, I only just noticed that this is my 10th year on GitHub. It feels like a milestone of putting it out there.

https://github.com/GrfxGuru

There’s a little of everything from CSS and HTML, to ActionScript and Flash components, to Swift and Bash scripts. I do enjoy trying and sharing new things with the World.

This afternoons awesome coding classic song is

Battle Without Honor or Humanity

For those moments things don’t go as planned, remember you actually can stick a pin in it

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Sometimes the answer really is stick a pin in it. #thoughts #macrophotography

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays all. A short podcast this week on The Life Creative since it’s holiday season for me.

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season for those that celebrate.

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Hello Vacation, time to open the creators box

It’s end of year vacation time, which in reality means I can spend my time looking at my personal projects, to-do lists and ideas that I have yet to get around to this year.

So in other words, more content creation to share with everyone.

This week I started migrating my personal Web site as I mentioned previously, so monitoring of that continues, but you can also expect some videos and podcast episodes and maybe the odd live stream or two over the next couple of weeks.

I love this time of year to take on things as I feel like I want to without the pressure of ‘must deliver’.

I am also looking at https://castbox.fm/golive to try some live podcast audio, but I need to investigate it further first, this is a new site and service to me.

The migration begins for my home site.

I think I’m finally there and ready to start moving PeterWitham.com to it’s new look, and new technology stack. Totally rebuilt from the ground up and saying goodbye to WordPress.

For a long time I have had an issue with performance as the popularity of the site grew, so approximately 10 months ago I decided to explore a new avenue for the site and started work to learn and build with GatsbyJS.

Well, I am happy to announce that I think the initial rebuild is complete and you can try it now for yourself.

Old host and WordPress: https://www.peterwitham.com

New host and GatsbyJS: https://www.peterwitham.net

After I have performed some checks and balances, I will repoint the main domain name, but for now it is just the .net address.

This might be the hardest time of year for software developers. No matter if you work for a company, contractor or some kind of independent worker, everybody wants their projects finished before Christmas hits.

Why is is everyone thinks we are miracle workers? We deserve a holiday break as well you know.

Thanksgiving is over, long live more productivity

Last week I was so productive with videos, podcasts, coding, app work and blog posts all getting done that I worry this week will seem anti-productive. Fingers crossed!

Another wonderfully productive weekend. 2 Podcast episodes, live stream recordings of development and game play. What a great weekend. Love getting new content out to you all. Visit https://peterwitham.com for everything.

I have a new goal that I think I can get done before the year is out. I want to reach 500 commits on Github for the year, I'm currently at 418. I think I can do it https://github.com/grfxguru

Share and Show the Tech Love with Tower's Help

Not only do I love tech, but I love helping if I can. Tower, the Git client for macOS is helping charity and you can too, just like I did.

They have a blog post here all about it https://www.git-tower.com/blog/tech-animals

But to TL;DR it, show you’re favorite tech and support a charity at the same time.

Me…Well of course I went with Linux and Swift!

Yep it’s Sunday, and that means time to break out the Podcast gear and get some recording going. So glad I took the time to automate some of the process so I can just get down to making the content.

Almost my favorite Texas time of year

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As the temperature slowly, oh so slowly, starts to move downwards, I start to get excited for my favorite season here in Texas.

The Fall!

The colors, the sounds, the smells, the resetting ready for next year.

Added Site Search

Shout out to @custom and Miraz Jordan @miraz for the walk through on creating a search box for micro.blogs, you can find it here

https://custom.micro.blog/2019/06/17/add-a-search.html

Thank you!

Apple Music on the Web! Cool

I have an on and off again love with Apple Music, but I have to admit even I’m impressed and surprised to see Apple release the Apple Music Beta for the Web.

https://beta.music.apple.com/

So I’ve signed up again, the reason I always have a love/hate is the sync never seems to be happy, but if I just keep my library on the Web then that will solve the problem (I hope).

With Just a Little Time, Comes Creativity

This weekend in the US, we had a holiday. This means I got an extra day to stretch my brain.

The wonderful thing about this extra day is that I was able to clear my backlog of tasks, emails and all the other stuff that normally takes up the day. I was able to take care of all that and give myself a bonus day to create and play.

To me, that means breaking out the camera gear and having some fun.

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So with that, I dived in and decided to just let the ideas come to me and have no rules or restrictions. Normally I have limited time to commit to the fun things, so I have to structure and plan them a little, but not this time.

So what came out of it?

Great question, well. I ended up with a couple of shots that have given me a chance to start an idea and then move it further, so I’ll be revisiting them but for now, this is where we ended up.

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The last shot, the Marshall amp was shot on my iPhone believe it or not, but it was made extra interesting and creative thanks to using my favorite additions of the Moment lens. I used the Wide Angle to really make the lines feel infinite and let the closer distortion play with the shapes.

You can find the moment range here for iOS and Android phones.