This afternoon, SpaceX landed the most powerful version yet of its Falcon 9 rocket, after launching the vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The so-named Block 5 upgrade took off from the company’s launchpad at Kennedy Space Center, sending a communications satellite into orbit for Bangladesh and then touched down on one of the company’s drone ships in the Atlantic. It was the 25th successful rocket landing for SpaceX, and the 14th on one of the company’s drone ships.
Now it’s somehow time for the 25th anniversary of the app—or, more accurately, the 25th anniversary of the first commercial release of BBEdit, version 2.5.
I don’t use BBEdit often, but when I do, it’s the only program that can get the job done.
This week on Connected, Federico is back to join Myke and I to talk about iOS 13, as well as news out of Microsoft Build and Google I/O.
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Serenity remembers her Bondi Blue iMac before getting into the age-old debate of purchasing an iPad Pro or MacBook with Stephen. Then, message threading woes and more in the Speed Run.
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Jason Snell, writing at Macworld, about how the Mac community responded to the announcement of the iMac 20 years ago:
From the perspective of 2018, the iMac is history, and history is written by the victors. But in 1998, the iMac was controversial, especially among the sorts of dedicated Mac users who subscribed to Macworld. It ditched the floppy drive that had been on every single Mac to that date, as well as several ports—SCSI, serial, and ADB—that had been on basically every Mac since the Mac SE. Imagine Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, multiplied by four. Literally every Mac accessory ever made was no longer compatible without an adapter.
I also dug out the issue of Macworld that featured letters responding to the release of the iMac, and that was really entertaining.
I’ve been playing with Things 3 a good bit lately. It’s a beautiful app on the Mac and iOS, and the sync engine seems to be rock-solid.
When I first played with it, I was baffled by the app’s UI for creating repeating tasks. After some time, I’ve come to see what the app is doing. There is, however, one problem I can’t overcome.
You can’t check off a repeating task early.
Let’s say I have a task on the 8th of every month named “Update Monthly Income Spreadsheet.” Every other task manager on the planet would let me mark this task as complete if I do it on the 7th.
Except Things 3.
Here’s a little test project I whipped up:
You can see I have a task with no date,1 one due today and one due on May 16. That middle one — which is due tomorrow — cannot be marked complete until tomorrow.
This is maddening to me. Two-thirds of my tasks are repeating, but most of them don’t have to be completed on the exact date I have entered. Very often, if I have some time, I will look a few days ahead and see what I can do in advance.
Things 3 breaks this workflow, making the app unusable for me. That’s a real bummer; I hope Cultured Code changes this soon. If they do, I’ll be back.
I have contacted Cultured Code about this shortcoming. If it bugs you too, let them know and maybe the app could become a lot more flexible.
Update: I guess we have a partial victory:
Thanks for the feedback, Stephen! This is something we'll be adding, though we can't offer a specific date yet.
— Things (@culturedcode) May 8, 2018
- Ideally, Things 3 would sort tasks without due dates at the bottom of a list, but I can live with them at the top if I have to. ↩
The specs of the original iMac really show how far things have come.
But the iMac is a historically significant machine. It allowed Apple to start on a new trajectory. It did this by first offering a financial lifeline. Sales of Macs, which were at the time the only source of revenues for Apple, increased from 2.7 million to 3.8 million a year. This at a time when Windows PCs were shipping about 100 million units. That was enough to ensure survival. Today Mac units are five times higher while Windows PCs are about 2.5 times higher. The following graph shows the impact of iMac on the Mac’s trajectory.
The iMac gave Apple the standing it needed to invest in Mac OS X. Without it, the world could be a very different place.