MyAppleMenu - Tue, Dec 29, 2015

Tue, Dec 29, 2015The Willfully-Ignored Edition

Steve Jobs Explains Apple’s User Agreement, by Jacob Brogan, Slate

With iTunes Terms and Conditions: The Graphic Novel, artist R. Sikoryak aims to achieve the impossible: to make us read a document that virtually all of us have willfully ignored. Sikoryak’s recently completed book, published serially on Tumblr, contains the entirety of Apple’s iTunes terms of service, spreading its 20,000-odd words out over 94 pages, each styled after the work of a different comics artist.


Whink Review: Full-Featured, Easy To Use Writing App Hits All The Right Notes, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

Nearly as versatile as Evernote but without the feature bloat, Whink is a versatile, well-designed app for writing or typing stylish notes with minimal effort.

Kool Tools: Pixelmator For IOS 2.2, by MacTech

Pixelmator for iOS, now optimized for the super-sized tablet, takes full advantage of its built-in features and technologies and allows users to create and edit images on the large 12.9-inch display with fast processing. With Apple Pencil support and over 50 specially tailored brushes, users have more control over the look of a stroke and can paint more intuitively than ever.

Hands On: Fluid 1.8.4 (OS X), by William Gallagher, MacNN

Simple but excellent tool makes websites into apps.

Turn A Mac Mini Into A Media Server With Plex, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

It’s advantageous that Plex’s server be always on, so you can start watching your movies and TV shows without having to boot your Mac. If you have a large media collection, you may want to use a Mac as a dedicated device to run Plex. The Mac mini is a perfect candidate for this. Plex doesn’t need a lot of horsepower to manage and stream your media, unless it transcodes video. (If you do have a lot of videos that need transcoding, a NAS might not be a good fit for Plex.)

In this article, I’m going to tell you how you can set up a Mac mini as a dedicated Plex server. You can, of course, use that Mac mini for other things, such as using it as a file server, or for Time Machine backups.


Answering The Question: Should Managers Code?, by Rafe Colburn,

So I’ve been working out a rule of thumb that captures how a manager (or would-be manager) should think about programming as part of their job, if that job is managing one of the teams that ultimately reports to me. That rule is:

A manager actively avoids creating situations where their coding is necessary for the success of the project.

Swift Bracing, by Erica Sadun

It’s a shame then that the language has adopted 1TBS over Allman when the latter exposes scope so beautifully and the former can be quite hard to follow, especially with respect to complex declarations that include external and internal labels, default values, and other complicating features.


2015: Apple's Year In Beta, by Nilay Patel, The Verge

But 2015 wasn't a year in the groove for Apple — it was a year of big, risky bets that need time to play out. But the rest of the industry isn't sitting still — and some of these bets will come due in 2016.

It's Hard To Poop On Vacation, by Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato, The Atlantic

By one estimate, as many as 40 percent of people experience constipation while they’re away from home, due partially to their gut bacteria’s reaction to the change of setting.

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I really do enjoy having Apple Music on my iPhone. But that is only I realise, just like many others did so, that the key is not to integrate Apple Music with your own music. So, one fine day, I deleted all my music from iTunes, and life became much better musically.

(Before that, I too have songs that have wrong meta-data, downloading for offline listening often don't work, and adding songs to My Music may eventually end up with the wrong songs.)

The other thing I realise is that I should be listening to albums and not playlists. I don't find the curated playlists all that interesting, and the UI of Apple Music really gears towards albums.


I'm listening to The Nutcracker this morning, and every time I listen to this, the images in my head always come from Fantasia.

Which is my way of saying: I do wish the new Disney / Pixar can tackle a follow-up to Fantasia 2000 someday.


I need to figure out how I can also listen to the music that I do own on my iPhone.


Thanks for reading.