Remote work is not local work at a distance

Jason Fried wrote a post about doing remote work, with the expectations of local employment. This post resonated with me very well since I had a couple of weird interviews lately. Just a side note: yes, I quit my current job as a Ruby backend developer at TerraCycle about three weeks ago, and I’ll start working as a frontend developer/product designer at Nearcut on March 10th.

There are still companies that refuse to accept that remote work is a viable alternative. They want you to be in the office because “this is what we did before the pandemic, and everything should be back to normal soon.” No, nothing will be like before, and companies should embrace that, not deny it.

Not everyone’s like that. Even big ones consider remote work a viable alternative but don’t have the hiring process and experience to work like that, so they’re relying on old habits.

The enlightened companies coming out of this pandemic will be the ones that figured out the right way to work remotely. They’ll have stopped trying to make remote look like local. They’ll have discovered that remote work means more autonomy, more trust, more uninterrupted stretches of time, smaller teams, more independent, concurrent work (and less dependent, sequenced work).

I’m interested in what COVID-19 will do to remote work because, seriously considering remote work is one of the positive changes of the pandemic that happened in many workplaces. People were forced to work from home. Many companies figured out how to do this successfully, and they don’t want to throw out this knowledge because “everything will be back to normal.”

Jason also writes about native platforms:

Porting things between platforms is common, especially when the new thing is truly brand new (or trying to gain traction). As the Mac gained steam in the late 80s and early 90s, and Windows 3 came out in 1990, a large numbers of Windows/PC developers began to port their software to the Mac. They didn’t write Mac software, they ported Windows software. And you could tell – it was pretty shit. It was nice to have at a time when the Mac wasn’t widely developed, but, it was clearly ported.

When something’s ported, it’s obvious. Obviously not right.

Stuff that’s ported lacks the native sensibilities of the receiving platform. It doesn’t celebrate the advantages, it only meets the lowest possible bar. Everyone knows it. Sometimes we’re simply glad to have it because it’s either that or nothing, but there’s rarely a ringing endorsement of something that’s so obviously moved from A to B without consideration for what makes B, B.

Maybe Basecamp should create a Catalyst version of HEY for Mac from their iOS app, which is quite nice, instead of having a cross-platform Electron thing on the desktop called a “native Mac app.”


HEY for World

HEY for World can be an excellent idea for those who don’t want to be bothered to set up a blog.

When I write a certain kind of email — aka a blog post — why do I have to address it to someone? Why can’t I just address my thoughts to the world? Direct to the web for anyone and everyone? Rather than define the recipients, I just write and let the recipients find me.

Although we had this before and it failed miserably.


There is a topic on DEVONthink forums about how people use the app’s rating feature. I shared how and why I rate my food log in DEVONthink.

I have occasional bowel (IBD) problems, so I have to keep temporary food logs when I have flares. Logging what I ate is one thing, but getting health trends out of that log is where I use ratings on my food log entries.

This way, I can export the stuff I collected in DT and create graphs of how well I’m eating via Numbers or using the Shortcut integration in DTTG and Charty to create a widget of daily rating averages.





How to Write a Git Commit Message

Ha fejlesztő vagy, akkor az alábbi oldalt tedd el a bookmarkjaid közé és kezdd el alkalmazni az itt tanácsolt dolgokat:

If you haven’t given much thought to what makes a great Git commit message, it may be the case that you haven’t spent much time using git log and related tools. There is a vicious cycle here: because the commit history is unstructured and inconsistent, one doesn’t spend much time using or taking care of it. And because it doesn’t get used or taken care of, it remains unstructured and inconsistent.

Madarat tolláról, fejlesztőt git history-járól.

A clean start for the web

Egy írás arról, hogy miért egy lassú szemét ma a weblapok nagy része.

When I read blog posts from ‘traditional web developers’ who are mad that HTML & CSS aren’t enough anymore and that everything is complicated – I think this is largely that the application stack for building websites has replaced the document stack in a lot of places. Where we would use Jekyll or server-side rendering, we now use React or Vue.js. There are advantages to that, but for a lot of minimally-interactive websites, it’s throwing away decades worth of knowledge in exchange for certain performance perks that might not even matter.

Azon kellene némelyik JavaScript junkie-nak elgondolkodnia, hogy nem a technológiát választjuk előbb, hanem a célhoz választunk technológiát. A React és a Vue.js nagyszerű cuccok, de az esetek 90%-ban teljesen feleslegesek. Egy fejlesztőnek nem egy technológiába kellene belesűríteni mindent, hanem kiterjedt eszközkészlettel rendelkezve kiválasztani az adott megoldáshoz a megfelelőt, függetlenül attól, hogy trendi vagy nem.



Szuper gyors OCR/screenshot app:

TextSniper is a super useful app to quickly capture unselectable text. Use it to capture and recognize text from presentations, trainings, screencasts,images, pictures, webpages, video tutorials, photos, PDFs etc. Literally from anywhere on your mac’s screen. TextSniper makes it super easy with a single keyboard shortcut convert text from screenshot into editable text. Incredibly fast and useful app.

Én a Prizmót használom erre, de az egy drágább cucc. Akinek gyors és olcsóbb megoldás kell, annak a TextSniper hasznos lesz.



Ritkán van ilyen (talán a tmux és vim esetében éreztem ezt eddig), de a Broot nevű Terminal alapú tree replacement nálam changes everything. Ha egyszerűen kellene összefoglalni, akkor a fájlböngészés vimje. Elképesztően gyorsan tud vele az ember egy nagy mapparendszert átfésülni és manipulálni, úgyhogy meg fogom próbálni beépíteni a mindennapjaimba.



Az idei Mac Catalyst

A MacStories összeszedte azokat információkat amiket a Mac Catalyst 2.0-ról tudunk:

WWDC 2020 was different. Apple introduced what was effectively Mac Catalyst 2.0 with its Optimized for Mac initiative, a separate Mac Catalyst path that follows Mac conventions more closely but requires more work. The company also built Messages and Maps, two of its flagship apps, using Mac Catalyst, demonstrating a deeper commitment to the technology than ever before. The result is a brighter future for Mac Catalyst that clearly has a role to play alongside SwiftUI and Apple’s other frameworks.

A lényeg nagyjából az, hogy idén kapott egy új opciót minden iPad alkalmazás arra, hogy tényleges natív macOS UI-t használjon a 77%-os skálázás nélkül. Így a Maps és a Messages, mint két nagy rendszeralkalmazás, tökéletes példája lesz az új Catalyst API-k tudásának.

Sajnos a Mapsből eltűnt közben a letéphető popover funkció, a Messagesből pedig az AppleScript támogatás, ami az előző AppKit alapú, iChatből lefaragott kliens még tartalmazott. Nem tudom mennyire van ilyen funkciókra manapság igény, viszont visszanézve azt a rendszerintegrációt, amit annakidején az iChat tudott, sajnos a Messages közelében sincs jelenleg ennek – igaz az app is kevesebbet tud.

Nem szeretném, ha az új többplatformos, natív alkalmazásokból eltűnnének azok a Mac-only apróságok, amik 2006 végén az Apple platformokra csábítottak.


A Sandwich Video úgy néz ki tudott adaptálódni a COVID-19 helyzethez úgy, hogy korábban a remote munkát említve nevettek volna. Kíváncsi vagyok hosszútávon hasonló helyzetben lévő cégek hogyan fognak nyerni vagy veszíteni ezzel a járvánnyal.


Miután az új csapatban Slacket használunk kommunikációra, így megint felmerült a hivatalos Electronos kliens, amit nem vagyok hajlandó használni – akkor inkább megnyitom Safariban. Szerencsére most jött velem szembe a Shrugs app, ami egy egész pofás natív Slack kliens Macre.

Ezt a screenshotot pedig csak itt hagyom a poszt végén.

Screen Shot 2020 07 07 at 10 08 23



Steve Jobs fotói a macOS-ben

Eddig nem tudtam, hogy Steve Jobs fényképei voltak ezek a macOS hátterek:

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Steve Jobs liked to take pictures. He was even taking a picture the last time I saw him. However, many people might not know that some of his photos shipped as Desktop Pictures in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

A Grass Blades hátteret én is használtam sokáig. Ez volt az a vizes, Vista-szerű, füves kép, amivel bemutatták a Leopardot a 2007-es WWDC-n. Kár, hogy nincs már belőle nagyobb felbontású verzió.


A Mac-based miracle

Apparently, you can create multiline text replacements on macOS:

It’s possible to use multiline text replacements on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, though you would need to use a Mac to create these text replacements.

On the Mac:

  1. Open System Preferences. Click on the “Keyboard” pane then click on the “Text” tab.
  2. Click the “+” button to add a new text replacement.
  3. Enter the shortcut text in the Replace column.
  4. Paste some multi-line/multi-paragraph text into the With column.

This text replacement syncs across all of your device using iCloud.





The Apple Archive:

The (Unofficial) Apple Archive
Dedicated to the unsung studio designers, copywriters, producers, ADs, CDs, and everyone else who creates wonderful things.

Well, I’m gonna spend a couple of hours here.



The Smartphone Isn’t Evil, Chill

Ben Brooks writing about the topic of “smartphone addiction”:

Too much is getting blamed on smartphones — that people are addicted to the phone. Which isn’t actually true. People are addicted to Social Networks/Media — yes. But the phones, no.

I couldn’t agree more. People do all kinds of bullshit, like grayscaling their screens, turning off all notifications and using dumbphones from 1977. These are cheap and stupid lifehacky ways to not being honest with yourself and getting away from the real question: what are you really addicted to?

As I wrote before:

Well, I don’t want to pop the productivity bubble of blocking stuff, but what helps is deleting your account from Facebook. The same applies to phone addiction: you have to remove those time-wasting apps from your devices and then be mindful of how you’re using your phone. Turning on an accessibility setting then complaining about colored app icons that make us addictive to stuff is just stupid. Addiction is a way bigger problem than that. You have to acknowledge that your phone is just a tool and it’s your responsibility what you’re using it for.


The Decade the Internet Lost Its Joy:

By 2010, personal blogs were thriving, Tumblr was still in its prime, and meme-makers were revolutionizing with form. Snapchat was created in 2011 and Vine, the beloved six-second video app, was born in 2012. People still spent time posting to forums, reading daily entries on sites like FML, and watching Shiba Inus grow up on 24-hour puppy cams. On February 26, 2015—a day that now feels like an iconic marker of the decade — millions of people on the internet argued about whether a dress was blue or gold, and watched live video of two llamas on the lam in suburban Arizona. Sites like Gawker, the Awl, Rookie, the Hairpin, and Deadspin still existed. Until they didn’t. One by one, they were destroyed by an increasingly unsustainable media ecosystem built for the wealthy.

Completely unrelated post from 2004 about lurkers and social media (social media meaning blogs at that time):

Taking it one step further, maybe the ‘magic numbers’ we see in networks of humans relate these meshing concepts to our mental capacity to juggle social data.

  • 12 being the average capacity to track nodes in a totally meshed network
  • 50 being the average capacity to track nodes in an optimally meshed network
  • 150 being the average capacity to track nodes in a sub-optimally meshed network.
  • above 150 being the sparsely meshed social network where anonymity and getting lost becomes possible.

If we relate this to blogs and Clay Shirky’s power law, teenage diaries blogs are possibly primarily on the 12/total meshing levels, professional content blogs are probably all in the 50 to 150 ranges, with distinct stability levels (my blog went from 0 to 12 inbound blogs then stabilized, then grew to just over fifty inbound blogs and stabilized again.) Above 150 people are more sparsely connected and start looking for beacons or leaders to orient themselves socially. This is the range where the broadcasting type blogs are, the A-listers.

I cried inside a little when I read teenage diaries. Yes, we used to have that. They were weird looking blogs rumbling about random crap, but it was creative and fun.

Why don’t we have things like that on the web anymore?

Read “Lurking, Twitter, The Commons, and Private Posts“.

Within this setting, since roughly late 2016, I’ve been posting almost all of what I read online or in books, magazines, or newspapers on my own website. These read posts include some context and are often simply composed of the title of the article, the author, the outlet, a summary/synopsis/or first paragraph or two to remind me what the piece was about, and occasionally a comment or two or ten I had on the piece.