I’d love to see iPad OS “window” management be considerably less fragile. For example breaking Split View given half the chance, or randomly removing an app in Slide Over. We’d all love to see much more besides this, but reliability should be top of the list.

Making more of the iPad?

Since I’ve thought about replacing my iPad mini and possibly even the pencil with a new iPad Pro, I figure own it to myself to first test using the iPad as exclusively as I can over the course of the next week. I unfortunately have to work on a Windows PC so this isn’t one of those. Can I do my work on my iPad tests? It’s more can I use my iPad as my go to device than my phone and my Mac?

Here’s to the last Saturday night in my 40’s. By this next week it will be a whole new thing.

Glass of whisky, 1 large ice cube

Guy English solving the fundamental problems with iPadOS on the Rebound Podcast. What a great quote!

Hey Siri, what’s the weather today?

use Carrot weather, allow or don’t allow?


use Carrot weather, allow or don’t allow?


use Carrot weather, allow or don’t allow?


use Carrot weather, allow or don’t allow?

( speechless )

Find myself looking the new iPad Air even if I don’t know why and have no apparent use for an iPad larger than my beloved iPad mini.

About time too.

Rishi Sunak announces 4 July General Election

As reported by BBC News.

And the result is (I hope) a forgone conclusion unless they mess it up.

Well done “F” for putting up with me. Heard to believe but 12 months ago today I stepped out of my flat for the last time, handing in the keys to estate agent. We were already living together but then it was official. We just had the weeks to wait until we got the keys to our own home and the onslaught of DIY that would ensue. But the place looks great and shows what can be achieved in a year.

Limitations and reality of iPad, M4 or otherwise

Like many, I’ve tried and failed to use an iPad like I use a Mac. The promise of iOS has not lived up to expectations, not even with the introduction of trackpad support and Stage Manager.

The reality is Apple likes the iPad and it’s OS just where it is: a simpler computing platform at a lower cost point. Afterall an iPad is a single display, single port device, where keyboards and other peripherals are supported at a healthy margin. This is the perfect onboarding device for non-nerds to extend the capabilities of their iPhone onto a larger format, without the burden of a full PC laptop/desktop.

Put it another way, if you graphed both Mac and iPad on the same chart of price (x) and capability (y), then there would be 2 overlapping circles but with minimum overlap. These are distinct products, the Mac for complex tasks and iPad for simpler tasks. As much as overlap continues to grow this will always be compromised by the low precision of a touch-first interface, even with a trackpad icon and Stage Manager.

Another OS feature that failed to deliver.

I can’t help but fold wrappers. I’ve been doing that since I was 16.

I have 320 Shortcuts and utilise less than 32 with any frequency. I think it’s time to “bring out your dead

Successfully subscribed mindnode to an app that let’s pay for the subscription but not install the app due to OS compatibility. Presumably OS compatibility should be checked before the upgrade now screen. Naturally I’ve cancelled my subscription.

Another Callander Toy Fair

We salute you John.

A great-grandfather from Merseyside has become the world’s oldest living man. John Tinniswood, who is 111 years and 223 days old, puts his longevity down to a fish and chips on a Friday and having hiked regularly when he was young.

Reported by BBC News

Regrettably I’ve cancelled my subscription for Glass. This is a beautiful photography app and essential for anyone publishing a lot of photos. However I’ve found that I’m just making enough use of it.

Oh there is so much good stuff on this Blogroll

AI Bubble

Everyone finds new approaches which they can’t support, preferring consistency over revolution.

For me this is increasingly the “AI” bubble which has the best marketing even if the results are underwhelming. I’ve been unimpressed by the automated interpretation (AI) of existing data sources without context or awareness.

True AI is a hard problem and not likely within my lifetime, and I’m ok with that. But let’s not pretend that filtering the internet is a sign of intelligence.

Found myself engrossed in a video on why Mickey Mouse is famous, and it’s not the character or even what you can see.

Tired of feeling cold. Some warmer weather can’t come soon enough.

Welcome to the year 2000. And everything like else from 2000 it’s shockingly bad. However at least with software it’s possible to disable some of the questionable features. Although sadly not all of them.

With the release of the MacBook Air with 3rd generation of SOC for the Air class laptops the buying calculus of what’s the next hardware changes once again. Initially this is simply the decision to upgrade or stick what I have despite its limited battery life and storage limitations.

After a day clearing up my desk and not doing task, calendar or financial management I’ve rediscovered the joy and the efficiency of macOS. My set-up maybe old, some nearing a decade and some even older, but it still has enormous utility. If only the market/API’s enabled developers to continue to support older OS versions rather having to abandon them in order to survive.

Today is another reminder that “no good deed goes unpunished”. Any offer will ultimately come back to bit you, so it’s better to think again on making any such offer.

Love the look of this place

High ceiling, Brick wall with a large clock