The Simplified-Stream Edition Monday, January 6, 2020

Apple TV Plus And ‘The Morning Show’ Shut Out At Their First Golden Globes, by Danielle Turchiano, Variety

Apple TV Plus has been shut out at its first-ever Golden Globes.

The #MeToo-inspired series was nominated in two categories at the 77th annual ceremony: drama series and TV drama actress for both Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Neither star won.

How To Enable Reader View Automatically For Websites In Mobile And Desktop Safari, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Many websites (including this one) have sidebars, overlays, autoplaying video, and other distractions—as well as text in a size you may find too small to read. Reader View is Safari’s way to override the parameters most sites have set to produce a simplified stream of text for which you can adjust the size.

ShiftCam Cases Give iPhone 11 Models Up To Four Extra Lenses, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

The iPhone 11 model adds a 180-degree fisheye lens, 10x macro for close-ups and a circular polarizer to control reflections on water and reduce glare on bright days, while the Pro models go further.


Everything You Thought You Knew About Inbox Zero Is Wrong, by Natasha Bernal, Wired

In the mid-2000s, people knew in their hearts that they did not have the time or the attention to deal with it all, he claims. So they allowed messages to accumulate and let it drive them crazy, he explains. "You process your email. You have to delete or defer it. God forbid, you have turn it into a task or put it on a calendar. Six years from now, that pile has gotten taller and taller and everybody's still carrying around that secret shame."

But if you you part from the assumption that it is impossible to handle everything – and the majority of information thrown at you is not important – you can focus on what matters to you.


The Current Heads Of Apple TV+ Should Be Terrified, by Catie Keck, Gizmodo

For a company that hopes to position itself as a kind of taste-making kingpin for news, entertainment, and music, its thin slate of content upon launch hinted that Apple’s own hubris may have impeded its ability to meet the expectations it had fanned for viewers and critics.

Cities Struggle To Boost Ridership With ‘Uber For Transit’ Schemes, by Flavie Halais, Wired

Tech companies and planners often make decisions without considering the needs of people who are not like them. A pilot project in St. Petersburg, Florida, that let residents use Uber to connect to bus stops faced low adoption rates. The local transit authority realized residents, many of whom were low-income, didn’t know how to use Uber. They needed help on how to use the app, a planner told WIRED in 2017. Elsewhere, “smart city” initiatives have been called out for their lack of inclusivity.

Internet Explorer 5 For Mac: Twentieth Anniversary, by Jimmy Grewal

I had the idea of making our browser chrome match the actual hardware you were on. If your Mac’s bezel was Bondi blue, we’d make our UI Bondi blue. That way our “frame” around the web page would match the bezel and so would be seen as part of the background and be distinct from the content. By being more vivid we would paradoxically blend into the background, and look more at home.


So somehow the Mac IE5 exec, Dick Craddock, let me, a newly hired engineer, hire a London design agency and I ended up art-directing on our side while also writing the new UI code to make it happen.

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I hate to see an inbox filled with stuff. So I do try my very best to move things out of my inbox. Things I can do quickly, I do quickly. The rest goes into my To-do boxes.

I hate to see so many boxes filled with so many stuff. But the only way out that I can see is to retire.



Thanks for reading.