February 21, 2020 TikTok influencers are telling people to stop using the app

TikTok influencers are telling people to stop using the app

From Input:

I understand it’s easy to keep watching videos,” the smiley guy said. And trust me, I’ve been there before. But those videos will still be there tomorrow. Go get some extra sleep, turn your phone off, do yourself that favor, and have a great night.”

The guy was TikToker Gabe Erwin, who has two million followers on the platform, but the video wasn’t posted from his personal account. It came from @TikTokTips, which is run by the company itself. Three other high-profile creators, Alan Chikin Chow (722,200 followers), James Henry (2.7 million followers), and Cosette Rinab (1.6 million followers) — have also made videos encouraging people to turn off the app. (“When’s the last time you’ve been outside?” asks Rinab.)

What a weird time to be alive.


February 20, 2020 Alphabet and Numbers Icon Pack

Alphabet and Numbers Icon Pack

After having the idea of making custom Siri Shortcut icons less than 24 hours ago I am very excited to share with you my Alphabet and Numbers Icon Pack.

What it is

This icon pack is exactly how it sounds, custom icons that go from A-Z and 0-9 in various colors with both white and black backgrounds. There are 10 color options for the white background and 10 color options for the black background. In total there are 720 icons to choose from.

This wasn’t exactly what I planned when I shared my idea on Twitter. Originally I wanted to make custom icons manually in a number of different fonts, but once Toolbox Pro showed me just how easy it is to make them in Shortcuts with the help of their app I decided to table my original idea and make these icons instead.

The Shortcut I used to create these icons was actually pretty interesting. I put in every letter and number in a text field, split that text by character, and on a repeat with each action I created icons with Toolbox Pro and chose what colors to use for both the background and the icon color.

All of these icons have circles but that isn’t the only shape it supports. If you want a rounded rectangle you can choose that in the advanced settings by changing .circle.fill” to .square.fill” in the Toolbox Pro action Make Icon.”


I also used slightly different color variants for the white and black backgrounds to make them more complimentary, but the shortcut I used doesn’t just offer the colors I picked. There are over 160 built-in colors to choose from making it a total of over 25,000 unique color combinations! Toolbox Pro didn’t stop there though, you can even use your own hex code in the advanced settings of the Create Icon action.

How to use these icons

All you need to do is download this zip file to your device and save it where you want in the Files app, unzip it with iOS’ uncompress option, and select from file when adding a shortcut to the home screen.

What’s next?

I plan to make even more icons in the future, some being with Toolbox Pro and some being ones I make on my own, but for now I wanted to share what I have and how you can make your own with Toolbox Pro.

If you have any requests outside of Toolbox Pro drop me a line and let me know.


February 17, 2020 On Wunderlist Shutting Down

On Wunderlist Shutting Down

From an Email from Wunderlist:

Wunderlist goes away on May 6th, 2020

We have some important news for you. Wunderlist is shutting down on May 6th, 2020. We hope that our new app, Microsoft To Do, will become the new home for all your lists and tasks. It’s built by the Wunderlist team and available for free on Android , iOS , Windows , Mac and web.

We know it’s hard to pack up and move, but we want to let you know that we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Microsoft To Do makes you feel like home. We will be with you every step of the way.

You may have questions about why we’re doing this and what it means for you. After May 6th, your to-dos will no longer sync but you’ll still be able to import your lists, tasks and other content into To Do. We are no longer accepting new Wunderlist sign-ups. Take a look at our blog post for more answers to all your important questions.

From Wunderlist’s Blog:

We’ve been working tirelessly to ensure our new app, Microsoft To Do, feels like a new home for your lists. We want you to be able to start planning your day and checking off those to-dos as soon as you hit that import button. Your favorite features are all in To Do — features like list groups (folders), steps (subtasks), file attachments, and sharing and task assignments. We held ourselves to a high design standard on Wunderlist, and To Do is no different. In fact, we have even more background options in To Do, so now you can color code each list to keep work separate from home.

This brings us to our important news.

When we first announced Microsoft To Do, we also announced that Wunderlist would eventually retire. We planned this so we could concentrate on building a more integrated and secure app that helps you get stuff done in a smarter way.

It’s time to let you know that on May 6th, 2020, we plan to shut down Wunderlist.

Why are we doing this now? We’ve stopped releasing new features and big updates to Wunderlist, so as the app ages it’s become more difficult to maintain. As technology continues to advance, we can’t guarantee that Wunderlist will continue to work as it should, or as we’d like it to. With all our latest updates, we’re confident in To Do being the best alternative for Wunderlist now and so we believe it’s the right time to make the next move. Now, we want to dedicate all our time to growing that cross-suite experience that transforms how you achieve your goals and dreams.

After May 6th, your to-dos will no longer sync. For a period of time, you’ll still be able to import your lists into To Do. Starting today, we will no longer accept new Wunderlist sign-ups.

We know this is a lot to take in, so have a look at our FAQs for more answers to all your important questions.

Queue up the sad trumpet song as one of the best lightweight task managers bites the dust. I used Wunderlist years back and loved it, but as I got more and more into GTD I moved to more complex apps out there. Still, I was happy Wunderlist was an option for others and recommended it countless times to friends and families.

I have to say, the video they made about moving from Wunderlist to To Do seems like a fever dream from an abstract minimalist. It was honestly unsettling to watch, or even understand the point of it.

I have not used Microsoft’s To Do, so I can’t say if it is a 1:1 comparison to Wunderlist; even if it was though, I’m not about it being a Microsoft application, and I can only imagine the whimsey and fun that app had is either gone entirely or greatly diminished.


February 17, 2020 A Slab of Glass 38: Good Old Fashioned Productivity

A Slab of Glass 38: Good Old Fashioned Productivity

Chris and I were joined by the fantastic Matt Birchler to talk all about the iPad and our tips/tricks we’ve used over the years.

Listen to it below or find the show notes here.


February 14, 2020 “Giving her content is my love language”: Meet the couples who TikTok together

Tyler Hicks writing for The Outline:

Scott, 30, and Moriah, 27, met on TikTok in 2018.

Moriah and Scott started talking via the comment section on Scott’s live streams. They bonded over their shared interests in comedy and acting, and started referring to one another as my spirit animal.” Eventually, they shared phone numbers.

Things got pretty serious pretty quickly,” Moriah told me. Scott’s plan was to buy an RV and traverse the country making TikTok videos, and Moriah wanted to join him. Despite her parents’ skepticism — to be clear, she was moving to Idaho to be with a dude she met on the internet and travel the country in an RV — Moriah packed a few belongings and moved to Boise. In their videos from the road, Moriah portrays a rational straight man and Scott plays her aloof, over-confident husband. Moriah’s parents remain skeptical, but the couple’s content has started to pay off.

Under their new handle, @scottoriah, the couple has chronicled their relationship through comedy sketches that the duo has dubbed relationship comedies.” They now have more than a million followers, and make money through live streams and branded videos with companies like the stuffed animal creator Cutetitos. Moriah is currently expecting twins, and the couple wed in early 2020 (the ceremony was not recorded for TikTok). However, they have no plans to move out of the RV, or to change their prolific production of videos, which they post to TikTok an average of three to four times per day.

The TikTok algorithm favors frequent posters, so creators seeking virality often feel the pressure to produce content at all costs.

Moriah was pretty sick during her first trimester, so we had to repost a bunch of old content every day,” Scott said. It’s hard to make videos when you have to go to the hospital seven times in one month, but we didn’t want to get behind with the algorithm.”

Personally, I think a social media influencer” is probably the grossest job you could have. That said, I find myself empathizing with these people fighting between making a living and living a normal life.