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Numeric Citizen
Long time blogger about #apple #photography #privacy, #climatechange and some more.
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The latest macOS release, numbered 11.0 and named Big Sur, is a major overhaul of Apple’s oldest operating system platform. Big Sur is a turning point for the Mac (see “My Top 5 iPadOS & iOS Apps for macOS Big Sur”). When running Big Sur on Apple Silicon powered machines, with a few tweaks and the use of third-party utilities, you’ve got a much improved productivity-friendly desktop experience. Here is my setup.

Apple’s macOS Big Sur came pre-installed on my M1 powered Mac mini last fall. I did not restore from a backup to set it up, instead I chose…

Substack is getting a lot of attention, in good and bad ways. They are attracting journalists and great writers, but they also take controversial positions. As a Substack user, with a few things that I don’t like about it, it’s time for me to have a look at alternatives, just in case something goes really bad. In recent weeks, I’ve been testing Buttondown, another newsletter hosting service.

Buttondown competes against Substack, Mailchimp, Tinyletter, to name a few. As a Substack user, I wanted to give a shot at this alternative because, from a distance, it looked better, more professional. …

I hope you are wrong. I don't want to return to this "normality". Sure, there will be get togethers to celebrate but once the new normal settle, we will quickly remember how bad the commute time can be a waste of ... time. We will remember about those over-crowded transportation system can be stressful. We will remember how much time we lose by hearing stupid stories of some toxic collegue in front of our desk making us wish we could be somewhere else. No, I don't want to return to this work environment.

Regarding the famous "you're on mute": if tech companies can do user tracking, crash our democracy, do face recognition, etc. I think they can do something in the area of audio recognition and fix this damn problem.

Friday Notes #15 — Friday Notes are Dead, Long Live Friday Notes: now moving to a new home. Medium is not the best place for hosting these posts. Medium is…

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I’ve been on Medium for many years and I learned a few tips along the way on maximizing articles exposure. These tips and tricks made a difference for me.

  1. If you plan to submit an article to a Medium publication, beware of busy publications: the exposure might not what you would expect. The turn-over is too high, your article won’t stay fresh for long. One example of such busy publication is Mac O'Clock. I did publish many articles for them over time. My content does get some traction, but it is for a very short period of time.
  2. Articles like…

As much as I love Ulysses, when I read articles about other writing tools on the Mac, I see tempting alternatives. iA Writer or Bear are so clean in their design, which is less distracting for the writer, I wish Ulysses would be a little bit less busy from a user interface standpoint.

Can Intel actually ship anything with 7nm while Apple is shipping the M1 with 5nm process? They failed at 5G modems. They are miserable at graphics. They lost the mobile battle a long time ago. Intel is in big trouble, everyone knows it, Intel included. They look desperate in their battle against Apple's M1 chip. Intel is done. Just like IBM.

Friday Notes #14 — One Year of the new normal. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. It’s been exactly a year since my normal life is on pause. March 12th, last year…

Friday Notes #13 — HEY World. The developers behind Basecamp and email service HEY recently and unofficially announced a newcomer to their offerings: HEY World. Their initial post wasn’t setting…

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I’ve been using an Apple Watch since 2015: first, the original series, then Series 4 and now Series 6. Over the years, my use of the Apple Watch has evolved to be closer to a smartphone usage: something that goes beyond notifications. This evolution closely reflected the evolution of native applications availability. Recently, I made an experiment to note every single interaction with my Apple Watch. Notifications are in bold. Third-party Apps usage is in italic. Apple Watch used with other Apple devices is in bold+italic.

  • 07:30: Put on my daytime Apple Watch on wrist (Series 6), put off my…

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