Note to self, start reading again.

Nice to see there are still apps out there like Reeder that keep on releasing versions with a seperate price for each version. Happy to keep paying the price for each version. It would be nice to see more apps like that.

My patience for software development over the last couple of years has grown to the point where I would love to throw in the towel with it. A defeatist attitude perhaps, but it’s a feeling that I’ve been unable to shake off in the last few months.

What did I miss from last night’s Apple event?

As far as I can tell, a new iPhone, a new mini HomePod and a new feature in iOS called Intercom. I’m quite happy to just catch up the morning after now with these events now.

The surprise factor behind the Field Notes subscription has definitely tailed off for me. It’s just become another pack of notebooks in the post. They are fantastic notebooks, but the subscription used to include other items in their quarterly drops. Sadly, not so much anymore.

The Hatton hoodie

Congratulations to Tyrrell Hatton on winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. And great as his golf was, what really stole the show was Tyrrell’s choice of attire. A hoodie.

Now, most people probably know that many golf clubs have a particular dress code —the usual tailored trousers or shorts with a collared polo shirt. And of course, proper golf shoes to protect the golf course while you are playing. There’s nothing wrong in my eyes with dressing in the right attire for a game. It looks smart. I love watching my boys playing, but I also love the fact that they look smart while they are playing.

Now the debate on the right dress code for golf has reared its head again thanks to Tyrrell Hatton’s Adidas hoodie that he wore while playing at Wentworth. I completely support it, and if given the option, I would wear a hoodie while playing golf as well.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve seen posts on social media by clubs and professionals who are challenging the traditional dress code of golf. They are allowing juniors to play and practice in almost anything that they want. Trackie bottoms and a hoodie? That’s fine. As long as the kids are enjoying the game, why does it matter what they wear?

I agree that golf needs to move with the times, but it also needs to be seen as fun and entertaining. By allowing hoodies on the course, and even in the clubhouse, golf would be a more attractive sport to more people.

My only concern is that while Tyrrell Hatton was wearing a hoodie, it was a hoodie designed for golfers by a major sporting brand. Except for the hood, it looked like any other golf top I’ve seen worn on the course. I suspect that if a traditional high street hoodie was worn, there would have been more of a hostile reception. And that’s where the line starts to get blurry. I suspect Tyrrell’s choice of hoodie would not have been cheap. Will clubs insist that younger players only be allowed to wear particular hoodies on the course? That’s a harsh rule to enforce.

I love to see players challenging the status quo in golf. It makes people think about why we’re playing the game one way when we could be playing the game another way. Tyrrell’s choice of wearing a hoodie while playing golf challenges the dress code of the game. A dress code which has mostly remained unchanged for decades.

More importantly, though, it also opens the door to attracting younger people to the game. And that’s definitely something that the sport needs to do.

Back to home cooking for central Scotland

With new restrictions in place for central Scotland, our first visit to our favourite restaraunt will need to be put on hold for a while. I’m not mad at the restrictions, although there is an element of frustration. I understand why it’s needed, but I was so looking forward to a change of scenery on Saturday.

With this weekend blown out, I think I’ll need to up the ante this weekend and do something extra special for the family. Now, where did I put Kurt Harden’s creamed spinach recipe? It always goes down well with steak and chips.

That’s my first Rails application ported over to DigitalOcean’s Apps platform. It was only a single page Rails website so hardly taxing, but the experience of migrating over was worth it. In time, I hope to migrate more Rails apps to DigitalOcean.

Friday night dinner at the golf club with a cracking view. Great start to the weekend.

What a fantastic evening for the young golfers getting coaching tonight.

Recommended task managers from Curtis McHale

I can’t argue with the picks that Curtis has made. He knows his recommended task managers very well and has devled deep into all of them. Just check out his blog if you need to find out more.

The next step up the ladder is Things by Cultured Code. Not only does it have great keyboard support for iPad users. Not only is it cross-device and syncs fast across devices? Not only is the pricing reasonable. Not only does it integrate well with macOS and iOS. Not only is sync fast between all your devices.

It’s just beautiful too.

The Task Managers I Recommend by Curtis McHale

I’m still using bullet journaling, and I am a fan of Things, but I see it more of a single-user task manager. I have out-grown it though, as I needed something that was cross-platform.

Reminders is a great entry-level app, and although basic, does everything that a task manager should.

I’m also using Basecamp at the moment to share stuff with my family. Its free personal plan is ideal for families and small teams.

What’s your recommended task manager?

Autumn is all about the apples and cinnamon.

Another Sunday. Another nine holes with Drew. Cracking day for it and he managed to play most of the holes from the junior red tees. He even managed a double bogey on one hole, which for his age, is great going.

Technology is tiring.

I just setup a Windows laptop for the first time in over 15 years. Saying no to ads and declining to take up third party offers like Dropbox isn’t how I remeber my last setup. If this is the way that Microsoft is going, you can count me out.

The Coalition for App Fairness launches

In an effort to address issues with Apple and their App Store, several companies have founded a non-profit organisation that hopes to address these issues.

As a developer I hope they put enough pressure on Apple to change their App Store policies for the better, but as The Verge puts it, I don’t see Apple backing down on this.

The Coalition for App Fairness is hoping to gain influence over Apple through a united developer front. But even if other developers flock to join, Apple still holds all the cards; while Spotify, Match, Basecamp, and the rest are protesting Apple’s rules, at the end of the day, they’re still putting their apps in the App Store and paying Apple’s fees. As long as that’s the case, short of legal intervention, it’s hard to see Apple acquiescing to any of these demands — no matter how many developers complain.

Spotify, Epic, Tile, Match, and more are rallying developers against Apple’s App Store policies

Fantastical’s widgets are here. Still hoping for widgets from Reeder, Instapaper, Spotify and Basecamp.

Reading Twitter lists in Feedbin has been largely a painful process. With some lists containing 50+ accounts, it becomes more of a chore than anything else to get through them. Might be time to extract just the key accounts to follow individually or scale the lists back a bit.

Project options

Over the last few days I’ve been assessing a number of projects that I have in the works.

The problem with each of these projects is that their largely untested product ideas that have stagnated for too long and will require more time to get back on track than I can afford. Most of these projects are getting killed. I can’t afford the time to explore them further. The remaining couple of projects will be re-written and released as open source so that others can run them on their own.

Remembering X-COM

They story behind a PC classic, X-COM.

The first part that you see is the strategic level. As the general in charge of the “Extra-Terrestrial Combat Force,” or X-COM — the name was suggested by Stephen Hand and Mike Brunton, two in-house design consultants at MicroProse UK — you must hire soldiers and buy equipment for them; research new technologies, a process which comes more and more to entail reverse-engineering captured alien artifacts in order to use your enemy’s own technology against them; build new bases at strategic locations around the world, as well as improve your existing ones (you start with just one modest base); and send your aircraft out to intercept the alien craft that are swarming the Earth. In keeping with the timeless logic of computer games, the countries of the Earth have chosen to make X-COM, the planet’s one real hope for defeating the alien menace, into a resource-constrained semi-capitalist enterprise; you’ll often need to sell gadgets you’ve manufactured or stolen from the aliens in order to make ends meet, and if you fail to perform well your sponsoring countries will cut their funding.

X-COM

I lost a whole summer to this game. I spent hours every day playing this game and still remember it as one of the best games I’ve played.

Looking forward to seeing Micro.blog 2.0 released. The bookmarks feature looks great and will let me consolidate apps and services once more. Sadly, this means I’m going to call it quits on my own bookmarking app, Markcase.

A welcome change to the usual Sunday. My Dad took Drew out for a few holes at his golf club today. Great to see him playing on a different course and the best part, he had a great time!

View from the desk.

Basecamp’s excellent case for options

Shape Up, Basecamp’s way of building products, doesn’t use roadmaps. The team’s latest blog posts cite several reasons why they don’t use roadmaps and what they use instead. Options.

An option is something you can do but don’t have to do. All our product ideas are exactly that: options we may exercise in some future cycle—or never.

Without a roadmap, without a stated plan, we can completely change course without paying a penalty. We don’t set any expectations internally or externally that these things are actually going to happen.

Options, Not Roadmaps

They make an excellent case for options when it comes to product development.

The temptation to build a roadmap for Caddieclix has always been there. However, it’s being able to commit to that roadmap over time that has put me off putting a roadmap together.

Development on Caddieclix has taken a back seat over the summer months. I’m spending more time with my family, playing more golf and over-seeing the junior section at the golf club. With the season almost over though, I am looking towards picking up the development of Caddieclix again. And with no roadmap to commit to, I can implement the features that suit me.

It’s better for me to be flexible and have options instead.

I finally added the last replacement wedge to my bag yesterday. The RTX4s have a good feel and they’re good around the greens.

I’ve got two rounds of golf over the weekend to play so I’m sure they’ll come in handy. Next year I’ll look at replacing my irons.