The Physical-Buttons Edition Sunday, July 30, 2017

The iPod Shuffle’s Death Marks The End Of An Era For Physical Buttons, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

Yet, at the end of the day, I’ll miss the shuffle. Perhaps out of a sense of nostalgia. But also because its physical buttons were the last relic of a more tangible era of mobile devices.

The iPod Shuffles Into The Sunset, by M.G. Siegler, 500ish Words

But a not insignificant part of me misses the svelteness and simplicity of that first iPod shuffle. It did one thing, and it did it perfectly. As a kid who grew up rewinding tapes and hauling around CDs, it was magic.


This Ingeniously Simple Device Could Help Kids And Even Adults Learn To Code, by Daniel Howley, Yahoo

The Pixel Kit is an educational tool designed to help anyone from kids as young as 6 all the way up to adults learn the basics of coding. And while not every kid will fall in love with it — it’s not a fidget spinner, after all — the Pixel Kit is an ingeniously simple device that helps marry the physical and digital worlds using a simple lightbox.

Hands On: FileMaker Pro 16 Adds Design And Integration Features To Long-time Mac Database App, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

Existing users can and should just go right ahead and update. People considering it for the first time may not see anything utterly compelling in the new features, but each improvement adds to an already world-class application.

FileMaker Pro is more than an application, really. It's sold now as a whole platform where every bit of it both online and off sees improvements over each iteration.

Hands On: Default Folder X For macOS Transforms How You Use And Retrieve Documents, by Mike Wuerthele and William Gallagher, AppleInsider

You open and save documents on your Mac all day long. Default Folder X is the latest version of a long-running app, and still makes it faster to find what you're after and to choose where to keep them. In its latest version, Default Folder X 5.1.5 handles those minimized Save dialogs that Apple is so fond of.

Sanity-saving Apps For New Mums, by Free Press Journal

As a new mommy, you are probably juggling time between looking after your baby, taking a tiny bit out for yourself, and trying to squeeze in some for your chores or office work. Of course, it is not possible to manage everything yourself, and sometimes, a little help can make a big difference! With technology having seeped into almost facets of our life, have you ever thought about using your phone to assist you with your mommy duties? And, if you own a smartphone, there are many parenting apps that could you get started!


A Look Into NASA’s Coding Philosophy, by Abner Coimbre, Student Voices

The story of the agency is well-known, which is that the space program may suffer irreversible consequences if any of its software is incorrect, among them death. The shock of that reality has allowed them to develop a certain attitude towards programming. It could be instructive to take a look at what they value.

With some years of work there, I wish to provide a first-hand account on the philosophy that’s allowed the space agency to produce some of the world’s most reliable software, and I’ll frame their attitude towards programming with a set of four assumptions I think they make for programmers in the workforce (and which I have experienced directly.)

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Yes, I continue to wish there is a physical play/pause button on my iPhone.


Just finished reading: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. A breezy read for me, perhaps because I am trying to not to think of the realities I am residing in.


I wish I can take one feature from podcast player A, one feature from podcast player B, and another feature from podcast player C, mix them up, and create my perfect podcast player.

Remember the promises of OpenDoc? Of course, something like OpenDoc will never work in a sand-boxed environment like iOS.


Thanks for reading.