Two weeks straight using Visual Studio Code and I have to say, I am definitely won over this time. Performance has been consistent and the extensions available are much better than other communities. Built-in terminal is quite nifty too!

Now seems as good a time as any to not only reboot the blogging habit, but also a number of other little things that have slipped by in the last few months.

I just pasted some text into Grammarly’s app and it couldn’t find a thing wrong with it. Not a damn thing.

Listening to Banquet from Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm album. One of those albums that is perfect from start to finish. 🎵

As great as it is to be on holiday and having a change of scenery, there’s always the familiar comfort of getting home after a holiday.

Great to see Francesco Molinari winning the Open. Truly well deserved. 🏌️‍♂️🇮🇹

As much as I would love to see Tiger Woods win another major, I think it’s going to be Jordan Spieth lifting the Claret Jug this afternoon. 🏌️‍♂️

Back to Feedbin and the web

For the last few weeks, I’ve been using the lire app on iOS for reading through my RSS subscriptions.

There’s a number of great little features in lire, but the pull to a different RSS client didn’t last long. In the last few days, I’ve deleted the app and started using Feedbin again on iOS. As a client, Feedbin has everything I need and it doesn’t need to have space on my home screen in order to access it. Just a bookmark in my browser is enough to find it.

In the last couple of days I also noticed an article that was doing the rounds about the state of RSS apps on the macOS platform. Before I was using the lire app, I was still using Feedbin in my browser to read my RSS subscriptions when working through the day. A pinned tab in the browser is enough for my needs.

There’s only two cases where I’ll use a native app.

  1. When the app’s core functionality isn’t available on the web like a text editor or source code control.
  2. When I prefer to use a native app over a web based app for cases like email and chat.

Native apps do offer a number of great benefits over web based apps, but in most cases I prefer the flexibility of web based apps. Easy to access for users on multiple platforms and easy for the app’s developers to maintain.

So it’s back to using Feedbin on the web again, but more importantly back to using another web app again.

I love this time of year when Comic-Con is on. You get a bumper load of trailers for what’s coming on the small and big screen in the next 12 months. So much great stuff to look forward too.

Spotted this overgrown shed playing golf with Ethan today at Hidden Lake.

Great to hear that The Clone Wars is coming back.

Thanks to my buddy Curtis for letting me know about cleaning your iPhone’s charging port.

Solved my problem of my phone not charging.

Nightmare. I’m having to lift my lightning cable connection in order to get a charge into my iPhone now.

The master list. Have to do, want to do, dream to do, home and work. Doesn’t get much easier than that.

Is 120 the new 80?

Did I miss the heated and crazy developer debate that the new accepted line length is 120 characters?

Joking aside, I’d like to know if anyone else has changed their coding standards to allow for a bigger line length because of changes in source code management tools.

For a long time I’ve used 80 characters as a guideline as opposed to a set rule. Sometimes I’ll go over this but most of the time I don’t.

With bigger displays everywhere though, it appears that developers are switching to a larger line length when it comes to their coding standards.

I need to find a way to retire sooner to enjoy more days like this.

Weekly digest

Trying to enjoy the summer while baking in what has been a really hot start to it. Glasgow had its hottest day on record this week!

Ethan’s start to the summer of golf has been put back after he fractured his toe during the last week of school. He’s now having to rest his foot for a couple of weeks by which time we’ll be on holiday. That’s the boys finished for school as well. Ethan is off to high school next in August.

During the last two weeks I watched the second season of Luke Cage. I enjoyed it and like the ending to it. Me and Jennifer have also started watching Designated Survivor on Netflix. Good to watch but how much bad shit can happen to one person?

Battleheart 2 for iOS looks great.

I never played Battleheart, but I’m a huge fan of Battleheart Legacy.

Anyone have any recommendations on a Jekyll theme that would serve a similar purpose as an page?

I’m looking for something like a portfolio site, but more of an emphasis on who I am, what I’m working on and where people can find me.

Have I lost my tech touch?

It’s been a frustrating couple of days getting my laptop into some kind of order. I can’t get the following things to work:

  • Connect the new Tower v3 app to my GitLab or GitHub accounts
  • Connect my Fastmail account to Spark
  • Sign in to desktop client

The list was longer yesterday but I managed to resolve a bunch of issues with a single action. These remaining items have been vexing me since.

The issue is out of my hands and has been reported, but the Tower and Spark issues are things I expect to just work, but I can’t explain why they don’t.

It begs the question, have I lost my tech touch?

Update: Turns out I had a keychain issue that required me to reboot my laptop to get everything working again. Thanks to @manton and Tower support for pointing me in the right direction. 👍

School holidays are here

It’s the first day of the school summer holidays here in Scotland.

In previous years I would have dropped Drew off at nursery and then dropped Ethan off at the golf. This year though Drew is at school, as he no longer goes to nursery, and Ethan is still resting after fracturing his foot last week.

All I can say is thank goodness for golf and Fortnite. It’s the only two things that will keep them occupied for the next week until our family holiday kicks in.

Vivo getting one up on Apple?

Vivo also achieved another technological feat. Unlike Apple, it managed to incorporate a fingerprint scanner into the screen itself. The reader sits directly below the glass, and you can can just rest your finger on the front of the phone near the bottom to unlock it, with no need for a dedicated home button or fingerprint reader anywhere else on the device that would have reduced display size.

A new smartphone found a novel way to make the entire front of the phone one giant screen

Sure, a slide-out camera is nice, but I’m pretty sure we’ll see both the camera and the fingerprint scanner sitting behind the display in the near future. Just a question of who’ll get there first.

Sometimes I struggle with the whole being online thing. The last few days has been one of those times. I skipped my usual weekly digest as a result.

Still wrestling with it.

Took a few attempts but just managed to get GitLab’s CI and automated deployment working for a Rails app. Now to apply it to my other projects. 🙌

The site is the only place where I can compose a reply and see what I’m replying too at the same time.

I wish more clients did this for replies.