Om describing Skype perfectly:

a turd of the highest quality

I’m using Skype for podcasting but I’m in the hurry finding a good alternative for it. Since they dumped a fairly good Mac app with a stupid Electron crap, I just want to avoid it.

And don’t get me started on the iOS version…

Testing Icro:

  • It feels better than the official Micro.blog app.
  • Notifications would be nice.
  • The iPad app needs a lot of work.
  • No Markdown parsing feels weird.

It’s okay for 1.0, but I’m keeping the official one installed since I don’t keep up with my timeline but (silent) notifications are nice to have.

dumber phone – nomasters:

This setup will cause you to be less responsive on chats and email, but that’s sort of the point. Your phone shouldn’t dictate to you what you focus your attention on, and the behavior it cultivates in keeping you “always ready” is unhealthy and spills over into parts of our lives that aren’t serving us well.

Although I don’t agree with everything, this the sanest article that gives you tips about phone addiction, without going into extremes. I’m already doing a lot of these tips, I just need to revise my notification settings.

Things already got a great URL scheme which can be used for automation. On the Mac, we can take automation to the next level with things.sh which is a Terminal interface for reading (and writing) Things’ database. Really awesome for somebody like me, who spends his day in vim and tmux.

Wired has a nice collection of repeated apologies from Mark Zuckerberg over the last decade.

Last month, Facebook once again garnered widespread attention with a privacy related backlash when it became widely known that, between 2008 and 2015, it had allowed hundreds, maybe thousands, of apps to scrape voluminous data from Facebook users—not just from the users who had downloaded the apps, but detailed information from all their friends as well.

I’m getting tired of all Facebook’s crap so I have to get rid of it completely. I’m sure there is a shadow profile of me on Facebook servers even I deleted my account about a year ago.

I have Messenger on my phone with no access to photos, my location nor my contacts. My next goal is to get rid of that junk and move my communication of Android people over to Telegram. Luckily a lot of my friends and family use iOS devices.

Maybe I’m a bit masochist but I’ve always found SQL a really useful skill to have for filtering and aggregating a lot of data. I found this site which can help me master this a bit more with PostgreSQL, although the logic can be reused in any SQL based database backend.

Meditation as a design tool

And that’s how I discovered that meditation is an incredible design and problem solving tool.
Instead of wasting hours browsing the internet looking for a solution or an idea, I sit in my room, close my eyes and simply think about the problem. It’s an incredibly useful exercise and more often than not, I come up with solutions faster that I’d do by browsing randomly the internet.

It sounds like the “walking meditation” practice that Cal Newport mentions in Deep Work. When you want solve a problem, get away from your computer and go for walk focusing on the problem. You’ll get a solution almost every time.