Unless it is literally your job to do so, I can promise you that all of that energy you’re expending in the act of getting frustrated over a website not working properly does nothing good for your life.

Life is too short to let The Internet have such power over your life.

Recent development activity on Micro.blog

Over on the Micro.blog Help forums, @numericcitizen said:

Is MB a side-line for Manton ? Is there other people involved in maintaining this platform? I wasn’t expecting the pandemic to be an issue for an internet-only business like MB. I could be wrong, for sure.

From what I understand:

  • Manton does large amounts of the work for the tech side of things (servers, new code, etc). That’s on top of support, marketing, long-term planning, being the most visible part of the platform, and you know, having a life.
  • The pandemic literally affected every part of our lives. A virus doesn’t care what type of business you have.
  • Texas, where Manton lives, was hit badly by a ridiculous weather event, only further compacting the pandemic.

Also, where I definitely think you are wrong is the scope of Micro.blog and how it differs from other such platforms. Guess what? We don’t want the team to work themselves to the bone in a terrible environment and thus inevitably burn-out.

Have you listened to Manton on the Micro Monday podcast? Between every episode on which he has featured, including the latest, and the way he writes about Micro.blog it shouldn’t be too difficult to understand how this works. In fact in that most recent episode (the 100th, with Patrick Rhone) there was a discussion about Micro.blog taking on new people. Not only that but Manton’s own development podcast, Timetable, also covers some of these issues.

Maybe some of these things aren’t obvious enough and it would be good to make it explicit in some way. However, I could be completely wrong about all of it. 🤷

(Aside: @-mentioning Manton in your reply was an odd choice, as if you’re trying to call him out. I hope that wasn’t your intent.)

BBC headline: “PM says easy and cheap”

What the PM actually said: “ … as easy as we possibly can.” and “ … as affordable as possible.”

Oh look at that, no byline or anything.

For some reason convenience and using as little effort as possible have become the most desirable outcomes of our efforts to live, even though they obviously come with lots of serious costs; you know, to those who bother to think about it for longer than a few moments.

The new big consent page blocking YouTube has certainly been helpful since I deleted my Google account; it has become easy to immediately close the tab and never choose to use it as a search engine.

If I ever need to use it I’ll do so separately from my personal data.

Seeing the disparity of access to vaccination, the contrast between those in the mega rich world of the US and UK, and then everybody else… it’s sobering, should you choose to care about other people.

I then think of my own life since becoming a carer. Familiarity.

Auto-completing text fields for search are literally the work of the devil.

The moment a note-taking app shoves a form for account registration in your face as the first action to take is the moment I decide to ignore it entirely.

Trello on iPad is not good 😬

I’m not going to recommend Basecamp to people anymore. Exporting has been horrible. Such (loud) seemingly pro-web developers ought to have a better attitude insofar as being open and flexible.

Posting things to The Internet does not have to be treated like a career by people who want to have fun.

It is more than OK for you to not “fall into a new career” when you just want to enjoy using different software.

Making room for fun is good, essential even. You do you.

Tech fans: “We need opinionated software!”
Developer: “Here is some opinionated software.”
Tech fans: “No not like that.”

I recently switched back to making my iPad my main computer. Even if I end up using Windows again — which I hope to avoid — there is no way I am going back to the big all-in-one from HP; it was awful, compared even to this tiny 11-inch hybrid.

I really want to work on Today I Learned and get more involved with Micro.blog things. Hopefully my recent resurgence in other parts of life will make this possible via a schedule that has been difficult to establish over the past 12 months.

It’s not about the app or the service or the platform.

It’s about what you want to do.

Testing Ulysses…

I’m starting to realise the extent of power in productivity apps on iOS, and more importantly the ways in which they can help to balance out the seriously compromised web browser.

Latest example: Anybuffer, which I’ve just added to my iPad.

I hate the slanted subscibe box on Hey blogs.

I keep seeing people asserting with great confidence that:

  • blogging = inconvenient
  • and social media = convenient.

I disagree.

I suppose “Follow” being used for podcasts in place of “Subscribe” makes perfect sense in a world full of “Content” and “Creators” and “Influencers”.

Gonna send some emails over the next few days.

… no, I cannot possibly justify the cost of HEY so it’ll be from good old ProtonMail. 😂

With my gradual return to the web complete, it’s time to get back to making things. Fortunately my professional ambitions pair nicely with an existing project I was loathe to put aside.

The electric grinder is glorious. 😭

I just took an interactive quiz to test my readiness for a degree in computer science. Aced it, loved it, and annoyed at myself for rushing into dropping those 4 points.

It might not happen as quickly as I would like (TBD) but I’ve got my plan set for getting this degree. 💪

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