The Backward-Compatible Edition Sunday, March 1, 2020

Interview: Nick Woods, by Hannah H. Kim, Increment

How we integrated the iCloud Photo Library with the existing photo apps on iOS and on Macs in a system that had been around for many, many years was really challenging, and we went into it thinking that it was going to be simpler than it was. We had to make sure it would work right out of the gate and work in a backward-compatible way.

Photo and video content [gets] used in so many different applications and in so many different places. We had applications that existed with local APIs that already could access your Camera Roll, for example. These apps needed the ability to suddenly access a photo that now might not be present on the device; you have to download it from the cloud, [and] you might not have network connectivity.

Another goal we had with iCloud Photo Library was to share as much code between internal native Apple platforms as possible—like iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS—including APIs as well as daemon processes and other photo image and metadata-processing algorithms. We had to keep these in mind, along with the different resources and capabilities of each platform, while creating the layers of abstraction needed to support them and maximize code sharing and reuse. [It’s an example of] cross-platform support, a critical effort you’ll find at almost any consumer-focused company today.

Tot Is New Text Editor For Mac, iPhone, And iPad Focused On Constraints And Ease Of Use, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

I’ve been using Tot for a few days now, and I’ve found it to be an excellent alternative that forces me to only create a new note when I need to, and to delete or export a note when I’m finished with it.

The Difference Between Worry, Stress And Anxiety, by Emma Pattee, New York Times

Here’s the takeaway: Worry happens in your mind, stress happens in your body, and anxiety happens in your mind and your body. In small doses, worry, stress and anxiety can be positive forces in our lives. But research shows that most of us are too worried, too stressed and too anxious. The good news, according to Dr. Marques, is that there are simple (not easy) first steps to help regulate your symptoms: Get enough sleep; eat regular, nutritious meals; and move your body.

Apple Sends Care Packages To Employees Stranded In China's Wenzhou City And Hubei Province By Coronavirus, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

Apple has sent gift packages that include an iPad, face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and more, to its employees stranded in Wenzhou and Hubei due to the coronavirus, according to details shared on Chinese social network Weibo.

The Gig Economy Has Never Been Tested By A Pandemic, by Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic

Gig-economy companies like Uber, Lyft, and Instacart have two distinct features. One, they are particularly popular in large urban centers, where they play a now-crucial role in transportation and the delivery of local goods. Two, California’s recent legislation notwithstanding, the labor platforms don’t have employees as they have traditionally been understood. Uber drivers and Instacart delivery people receive financial incentives to go work, but they are not compelled by a set work schedule.

These two factors make for all sorts of possible disruptions to normal life if a large-scale disease outbreak were to strike an American city. What will people who’ve grown used to Doordash delivery and Lyft rides do? How will the gig workers respond? What will the labor platforms do? What will local governments allow or attempt to compel?

Bottom of the Page

Long long time ago, I gave up trying to organize my email. No more different project folders. No more KIV folders. (Yes, once upon a time, I indeed have multiple KIV folders.) I wonder what the heck I was thinking. Now, I just throw everything in an Archive folder. Anything that is not in my to-do app, and anything that I can't search -- well, I'll just pretent they doesn't exist, and stop worrying.

I think I should also start to adopt the similar approach to my Notes.


Thanks for reading.