Easier emoji for Mac, with Alfred

Inserting emoji on the Mac requires clicking Edit > Emoji & Symbols or control+command+space, and even then, it’s a crappy experience. This has always annoyed me, especially because I’m terrible at remembering keyboard commands. But I love Alfred and it’s a single prompt no matter the command. So a Tweet reiterating how bad Mac’s emoji game is made […]

Algorithmic social networks

Instagram is going to an algorithmic feed: To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most. The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person […]

I don’t care how much your app cost to make

There’s been a lot of chatter (again) about Tapbots charging for a Tweetbot update. This happens every time Tapbots releases anything it seems. They lead the market in charging for their products, and people decry the prices or that they charge for an update at all. And others say that Tweetbot should cost so Tapbots can stay […]

Cutting the cord

I just cut the cord on our cable. We’ve paid Charter around $150 per month for years, to get their high(er) speed internet, cable TV, and HBO. Charter’s on demand service stinks, and Charter isn’t a supported provider on Apple TV for HBO Go, meaning we haven’t really gotten what we pay for from HBO. […]

The Agency

From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet — and in real-life American communities. I was late to read the story about The Internet Agency in the New York Times. But I finished it last night and it is a […]

NYT Now what?

This morning I got my monthly invoice from the New York Times for $39.60, which offers me full digital access as well as the Sunday Times delivered to my house. I only get the Sunday Times delivered because it was (initially) cheaper than just all digital. Since then, I’ve grown to enjoy the physical magazine […]

Twitter Needs New Leadership

Ben Thompson makes a compelling case that Twitter needs a leadership change to find success on Wall Street. I love Twitter, and use it for hours per day (it’s a primary source of news for curating Post Status). I don’t own Twitter stock. I dislike Facebook for the most part, but own Facebook stock. My stock […]

Domain extortion

There’s been a lot of domain craziness around the new TLDs. I know they were enabled to allow for less competition for short domains, but it really doesn’t seem to be working to me. It seems it’ll be years, if not decades, before people really trust URLs with non-standard TLDs. I still have to explain anything that’s […]