A Walk in the Storm

Finally, we’ve got our first winter storm of the season. I’ve always liked them, since I was a kid. This storm had something special. Usually, the temperature goes up as the storm approach but not this time. It was very cold before, like -20C and temperature increased to -18C. So the snow was dry, winds @ 40 km/h producing some blowing snow. An higher temperature differential would have produced much more winds for sure. So, here are a few pictures of my walk in the storm. Enjoy.

Photo montage created with Adobe Spark Post

Numeric Citizen Podcast #3 – More About Me

In this episode, after giving you an update on my podcasting experience, I’m talking about me and my four passions (Apple, Photography, Privacy, Climate Change).

Things that I referenced during this episode:
Lention USB-c hub: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B075Q722R6/

Compass arm for my Yeti microphone from Blue Designs company: https://www.bluedesigns.com/products/compass/

The Business of Internetting, with Stephen Hackett from The Stalman Podcast by Tyler Stalman, episode 44 https://www.stalmanpodcast.com/rss

Thanks for listening. Please visit my blog @ http://numericcitizen.me to read more about my four passions!

Photo Processing Apps on macOS

I don’t know much about Affinity Photos on the Mac but I do on iOS. I guess there aren’t a lot of differences. I know quite a bit about Luminar and I like it. Pixelmator is nice too, better design than the others. I always think this is something Apple could have designed back in the days of the beginning of the iPad. Photos? Nice for browsing, syncing but bad for processing… UI is too messy to my taste.

Please, read this Twitter thread to find more responses following the Twitter poll.

Please, Apple, Bring This to iOS

If Apple wants to push the iPad into the realm of serious computing, it needs to add some serious UI elements that we are used to see on traditional computing platforms. Here, I’m thinking about menus on the Mac or on Windows. They are everywhere. We take them for granted. The iPad came in 2010 and probably nobody really noticed or asked for them on iOS at that time as Apple was shifting iOS from the iPhone to the iPad and we were all busy digesting this new computing device. But these days, iOS has matured and we are ready to go further. Consider this actual segmented popup menu on the iPad.

One of the problem I see with this menu is that is doesn’t scale well (beside being ugly) and is in need for a rethinking. It came with iOS 3 with copy & paste feature if I remember well. It doesn’t scale well because on the iPhone, a menu like this has to be scrolled horizontally to see all the options. On the iPad, the wider the menu becomes, the least user friendly it becomes. This is un intuitive. Now, a few days ago, on Twitter, I saw this. Unfortunately, I cannot embed any of the videos showing the popup menu implementation. But stop everything and just go have a look. Wonderul.

John Gruber wrote, this is something that shows a lot of attention to details and something that is missing on iOS. If only Apple could do something like this in iOS 13 coming this year. 🙏🏻