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19 sep 2018 10:17:30 -0700

there are just 15 seats left for swift by northwest. i’ll be there!it’s in portland t...




18 sep 2018 09:44:03 -0700

my friend geoffrey — the one with the big beard in the pictures in the linked-to page — is opening fair isle brewing in seattle, in ballard (my neighborhood), next year. they’re doing farmhouse and wild beer.you can invest as little as $100 if this interests you. more about farmhouse beer:farmhouse beer is one of the most exciting and fastest growing segments in the beer industry. these special beers are fermented with a mixed culture that inc...




17 sep 2018 13:08:27 -0700

learn to be your best critic, and you’ll lea...




oh god not this again

every now and again there’s a thing about the tragedy of rss. ugh.i want to make a few points.one is that, as greg reinacker once said, rss is plumbing.another is that millions of mainstream users rely on it — for podcasting, especially, but also because it powers other things that they use. they don’t know that there’s rss under the hood, and that’s totally fine.another is that it’s not necessary for rss readers to become mass-market, mainstream apps. i’m sure i never said they would be, and i don’t remember anyone else from the early days of rss saying they would be, either.it’s totally fine if rss readers are just used by journalists, bloggers, researchers, and people who like to read. yes! it’s a-okay.but note that e...




inessential: tech diversity

when blogger came out, we all got on blogger. when flickr came out, we all got on flickr. later there was twitter and facebook, and we all got on.(okay. not every single person, but you get my drift.)in those days, for a thing to be important, for it to be a success, it had to get the attention of much of the internet.it was a lot like tv used to be. there were just a few networks, and for a show to be a hit it had to have some significant percentage of viewers watching it.times have changed, and the internet is more mature and diverse. as my friend kelly guimont say...




14 sep 2018 11:02:32 -0700

it only ends when anyone associated with trump or trumpism, down to city councilmen, can be disqualified by the simple fact of having...




11 sep 2018 12:06:47 -0700

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10 sep 2018 13:23:53 -0700

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why netnewswire 5 doesn’t support nested folders

i was asked on the netnewswire slack group about supporting nested folders — folders inside other folders — and i realized the answer deserves a blog post, because it brings up some larger issues.but first, some technical stuff.rss readers have moved over the years toward tagging as opposed to folders.a structure where feeds can have multiple tags is the same thing as a structure where you have multiple folders but not nested folders, and a feed can appear in more than one folder.so that’s what netnewswire does, because this looks like a de facto standard to me.that’s part of the reason, but there’s more…simplicityin earlier versions of netnewswire there were too many features that added to the fiddliness of the app.those featu...




inessential: netnewswire history

on the netnewswire blog i’ve been publishing bits of netnewswire history. it’s a look at the history of our industry through the eyes of one single 16-year-old app.though i have my own blogging software, for the netnewswire blog i decided to go with micro.blog and my own domain (nnw.ranchero.com). it’s easier to use than my own ...




05 sep 2018 10:39:55 -0700

since i’m not the only stalwart netnewswire 3 user, one of the things brent was curious about was whether he could give that version “one last hurrah,” so to speak. fix a few of the most glaring bugs, build ag...




inessential: decision: not publishing netnewswire 3.x

the last build of the full version of netnewswire, before the sale to black pixel, was 3.3.2. i’ve learned that lots of people still use it!i was considering publishing the source on github and/or making a 3.4 build that strips out the esellerate and google reader syncing parts.so i sent the code to daniel jalkut, who quickly hacked at it and got it running and sent it back to me.and then i ran it too — and quickly realized a few things:it has lots of bugs. bugs that would be difficult to fix without rearchitecting critical parts.it uses webview a ton, which is deprecated, and replacing use of webview with the new wkwebview would not get us the results we want. (the combined view wouldn’t survive, for one thing....




04 sep 2018 10:50:44 -0700

medium is deprecating custom domains. owning your own content means the ability t...




inessential: netnewswire diary #1: automatic hashing and performance

i like swift’s recent addition of automatic hashing support — in many cases you can declare conformance to hashable and let the compiler do the rest.this let me delete a bunch of code, and i love deleting code.* * *i noticed a regression the other day: for some reason, fetching articles from the database and populating the timeline view got noticeably slower when the results are fairly large.i worried that this is because my articles database is over a year old, and as it grows the fetch times get longer.so i used the time profiler instrument to see what was going on during a fetch — and i found that most of the time was being spent in hash(into:) in two of my structs: article and databasearticle.and of course fetching articles m...




how to add your micro.blog feed to netnewswire

in netnewswire 5, you can add your micro.blog feed of people you follow, so you can read their posts in netnewswire.here’s how:figure out the url. it’s something like this, where my username is replaced with your username: https://micro.blog/feeds/brentsimmons.jsonin netnewswire, hit cmd-n. (or click the + button in the toolbar.) put that url in the url field in the sheet that appears. give it a name if y...




inessential: new world netnewswire

so much has changed since i last worked on netnewswire, and my thinking about it has changed too.the big things remain the same — netnewswire is at the intersection of my passions: reading and writing, the open web, and mac apps. i want to make netnewswire a great app with lots of users. no change there.but so much else has changed.in 2002, when i started netnewswire, there was no facebook and no twitter, no iphones, and most people hadn’t heard of rss. people got their news by visiting a few sites a few times a day. people subscribed to email newsletters. that was about it.since those days a whole bunch of rss readers — most notably google reader — have come and gone. but, interestingly, there are probably more web-based readers th...




inessential: netnewswire 5.0d1

if you’d like to run it, go to the netnewswire site and download the latest build.things to know:a whole bunch of important features haven’t even been started yetthere are features not finished yetthere are bugsit’s not even beta. not even alpha!it still has the evergreen app iconif you’re upgrading from evergreen, you can either:start fresh, orrename the folder ~/library/application support/evergreen to ~/library/application support/netnewswire, orif you already have a netnewswire folder there, copy...




inessential: netnewswire comes home

after some years spent traveling the world, netnewswire is now back where it started! it’s my app again.we’ve kept its room ready for all these years. and i am thrilled to welcome it home.thanks to black pixelfirst thing: i want to thank black pixel for their stewardship. they released netnewswire 4 for mac and ios, and they even brought it to apple tv. they wrote and deployed a syncing system — which is a massive challenge. (i happen to know, from several first-hand experiences, just how difficult syncing is.)they kept it moving forward — the app is now 16 years old — and that’s huge.and i want to thank them for a second thing: their incredible generosity in bringing it back to me. when i asked them about it, they told me they...




inessential: historical code: netnewswire lite 4.0

netnewswire lite 4.0 was the last version i shipped before the sale to black pixel, back in 2011. it was a free app on the mac app store.i put the source up on github.i’m not publishing it as some kind of example app — some code is good, some is bad, and most is middlin’, and it’s all old. it’s published for historical reasons only.however — if we can get it bu...




inessential: netnewswire comes home

after some years spent traveling the world, netnewswire is now back where it started! it’s my app again.we’ve kept its room ready for all these years. and i am thrilled to welcome it home.thanks to black pixelfirst thing: i want to thank black pixel for their stewardship. they released netnewswire 4 for mac and ios, and they even brought it to apple tv. they wrote and deployed a syncing system — which is a massive challenge. (i happen to know, from several first-hand experiences, just how difficult syncing is.)they kept it moving forward — the app is now 16 years old — and that’s huge.and i want to thank them for a second thing: their incredible generosity in bringing it back to me. when i asked them about it, they told me they...