Internet Friends Chat

During this time of isolation a common thought that came to my mind is that I want to have a community of sorts, a place for me and others to go to talk about the things we like.

Whether that is Apple stuff, productivity tips, or even more fun things like gaming and Animal Crossing, I want to have a place for that to happen. So, I created the Internet Friends Chat.

This is a slack group anyone can join and be a part of. I have plans with this to be more than just another Slack group, but for now here’s what channels I have created.

  • Animal Crossing – All things Animal Crossing
  • Automation – Share your automation tips and tricks including Shortcuts, Drafts actions, and more
  • Blogging – For all the other bloggers to share ideas, offer critiques, and more
  • Gaming – For when you play games other than Animal Crossing (not sure why, but okay)
  • General – Just a general chat about pretty much anything.

I plan to make more channels as the community grows, so if you want something added, let me know in the Slack.

So, let’s be internet friends, join my Slack at internetfriendschat.com

Next week, once the dust is settled after the announcement, I will share with you all here my plans for the chat in the future. If you can’t wait until then, I am sure I will spill the beans on the Slack.

If you have any issues or questions, feel free to get a hold of me on Twitter @iamJeffPerry.

A Slab of Glass: 40

Chris buys the new iPad, and other items. They both speak about managing their calendars, time tracking, and what they are watching while in quarantine.

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YouTuber Tom Scott created a very inspiring video that hit me to my core.

He speaks about the early days of Web 2.0 and how APIs were open and free. He also goes on about how these once open and free to use APIs were subsequently limited or removed altogether.

This 10:38 minute video summed up my feelings about the internet, APIs, and how the web today is slowly losing its whimsey. I thought I was going to leave this video upset, angry, and in my natural state of defeatism. Thankfully, Tom didn’t stop with the downfall.

He left with hope, all because of what the backdrop of his video was: The White Cliffs of Dover.

And that’s why I chose to film this here. The White Cliffs of Dover are a symbol of Britain, they are this imposing barrier, but they’re just chalk. Time and tide will wash them away, a long time in the future. This, too, shall pass.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t build things anyway. Just because something is going to break in the end, doesn’t mean that it can’t have an effect that lasts into the future. Joy. Wonder. Laughter. Hope. The world can be better because of what you built in the past.

And while I do think that the long-term goal of humanity should be to find a way to defeat entropy, I’m pretty sure no-one knows where to start on that problem just yet.

So until then: try and make sure the things you’re working on push us in the right direction. They don’t have to be big projects, they might just have an audience of one. And even if they don’t last: try to make sure they leave something positive behind. And yes, at some point, the code that’s updating the title of this video will break. Maybe I’ll fix it. Maybe I won’t. But that code was never the important part.

The Great Blog Cleanup

Jason Burk:

I have moved my blog around to different platforms as much as anyone. I landed at blot sometime in 2018, and I am very happy with the platform as it fits my style perfectly. With all the moves and migrations, my collection of posts has been degraded in various ways. Broken links, missing images, formatting weirdness, etc.

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This project was mostly a manual process, with some automation sprinkled in where possible with tools like TextSoap.

So, what did I do?
Here is a list of what I set out to accomplish

Another great read for anyone looking to move their blog. It should go without saying that it’s clearly a complicated process no one should take lightly. So enter at your own risk.

I Hope Apple Ignores John Gruber’s Rants on the iPad | iPad Insight

James Rogers writing for iPad Insight:

Contrary to what you might think after reading that headline, I am not a hater. Not at all. I have actually been a fan of John Gruber’s writing and podcasting for several years and I typically agree with his point of view regarding Apple and the tech world, in general. However, I can’t say that’s the case when it comes to the iPad.

It started with his rant about the state of the iPad when it turned 10, followed by his episode of The talk Show with Ben Thompson of Stratechery (who’s opinion on the iPad is even more out to lunch, in my opinion). The addition of multitasking to the iPad, or at least how it was added and how it works, has really gotten progressively under Gruber’s skin. If you listen to that episode he rants a lot more than in the article and Thompson gets all kinds of worked up about what a “tragedy” the iPad and iPadOS are. I finished that one just shaking my head.

I wrote about this article and podcast at the time because, as an iPad fan and power user, I am about as diametrically opposed to these opinions as you can get. While I understand the complaints over the complexity of multitasking in iPadOS as it stands today, I can’t get on board with throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Gruber makes it clear on several occasions that he thinks iPadOS is a dead-end mistake and that Apple has to roll it back completely to move forward. Here is one such quote from his 2019 Apple Grades. He gave the iPad a D, by the way.

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I use my iPad Pro at work and I don’t need a glorified e-Reader with no multitasking there. I waited years for the device to grow into something that could produce content as well as it allowed you to consume it. I could see the potential as far back as the iPad 2, but it was slow going. I even left the iPad behind for a couple of years because it wasn’t moving fast enough in that direction. It was the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the addition of real multitasking that brought me back.

Mr Gruber hasn’t stopped his complaining about the iPad and iPadOS with one article and a podcast episode. In his Polish Stink Eye podcast episode last week, he mentioned his distaste for iPadOS multitasking again when talking about the death of Apple legend Larry Tessler. Gruber also alluded to the fact that he’s been working on some longer pieces detailing his thoughts on the iPad. Oh boy. I can’t wait.

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I am convinced that the belief that Apple should start over on a system that is obviously still evolving, or worse that Apple should just go back to the iPad’s original positioning as a third device, are on the fringe. I absolutely believe that most iPad users and fans want Apple to continue to improve and refine what they have in iPadOS and keep the power, rather than dial the platform back to make a small number Apple superfans happy.

That last part is why I am writing about John Gruber’s ongoing complaints about the iPad. While Apple tends to keep to itself, they do listen to some key influencers and John Gruber has been among them for years. Their words carry weight. You could tell that Apple took the tech press and Apple superfan criticism over the iPad’s lack of power features very seriously last year, as the feature rundown of the new iPadOS read like a wish list from the previous two years.

There are certain writers and podcasters, and if you are an Apple fan, you likely know who a few of them are, who can push an agenda and legitimately get Apple’s attention. A guy who can get Apple execs to come on his show obviously ranks very high on that list. However, in this case, I hope whoever is in ultimately in charge of the fate of the iPad and iPadOS development roadmap takes Gruber’s words on this topic and says thanks, but no thanks.

It’s one thing to offer constructive criticism. It’s quite another to advocate for Apple to tear down and fundamentally re-architect a platform that is still in the process of growing into a more powerful form, just because you don’t like where it is at the moment. As a fan of a more powerful iPad and iPadOS, I see John Gruber’s current mini-crusade against iPadOS as a problem. A threat, even. I can only hope it falls on deaf ears at Apple and they continue down the path they already have a solid start on.

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(Note: After I finished writing, I saw that John Gruber’s guest on The Talk Show episode released today is Federico Viticci, who is a huge fan of the iPad and a well-known user and advocate for the platform. I won’t have time to listen tonight, but I am very interested to hear what he has to say about Gruber’s stance on iPad multitasking. Viticci comes off as a big fan of the feature in his own writing and podcasting, despite its complexity.)