I share the desire that people like @marco have expressed for custom watchfaces on the Apple Watch but I disagree that everyone currently uses the same set of faces. I use Numerals (weekday) and Activity Digital (weekend) and I get the sense that’s not what others use.

It’s kind of a relief to see people start criticising the Apple Watch. Admittedly, it’s not for precisely the things that bugged me but the immediate love-in after the announcement blew my mind and seeing that pulled back a little at least reassures me that I’m not crazy.

I don’t mean to say people are wrong about their feelings about Dark Mode but it seems to be misunderstood (not helped by the name). Its purpose is to make the content stand out. The fact that web pages, e-mails, etc are ‘blinding’ is the point.

Dear iOS Autocorrect

It’s been more than ten years and I can assure you that ‘Kapanese’ is always me misspelling ‘Japanese’. Feel free to start correcting that one at any time.

Your pal


I’ve got an action in 1Writer that saves the currently open file to a local copy of my blog’s Jekyll repo, commits the change and pushes to GitHub. That sets off its own chain of actions that results in my blog automatically rebuilding itself. All with a single tap on my phone!

Face ID is both incredible and disappointing. The number of times it doesn’t work (or takes multiple attempts) is far below where it needs to be. This is compounded by the fact that with Touch ID, you can wipe your finger and retry. It’s not clear how to ‘retry’ with your face.

Reinstalling 1Writer solved the crashing loop but I lost the custom actions I spent all last night writing :(

I completely broke 1Writer with a JavaScript action that called editor.newFile('Some text.', 'path/to/a/file.md'). I couldn’t get it out of a crashing loop, even with a force quit. Reinstalling it now to see if that fixes it.

The silver lining of needing to switch from Editorial is discovering the expressivity of 1Writer’s scripting. I’ve got an action that adds a numerical footnote to a Markdown document, renumbers all of the footnotes and then moves the cursor to the empty footnote definition.

Oh no. Now I understand why everyone was saying Editorial had died. It’s not been updated to work with larger screens.

Overcast’s new Now Playing screen just looks weird on the XS Max. The amount and position of the empty space was a little odd on the Plus but it’s truly bizarre on the Max. I much prefer Castro’s look but I don’t want to triage podcasts.

First impressions of the iPhone XS Max (coming from the iPhone 7+): (1) feels the same in hand; (2) UI looks ever so slightly blown up; (3) weird empty space between dock and last row of apps; (4) gestures mostly OK; (5) True Tone makes the 7+ look like garbage; (6) Face ID fine.

Better luck transferring from an iCloud backup. I don’t know if all my health data has come across but the Apple Watch recorded stuff is all there as far as I can see.