I moved my work computer and all its peripherals yesterday, and have not been able to put them back in quite the same way. Everything feels just a little bit off today.

But how will we pay for it?

Suggested answers for progressive presidential candidates to the question “but how can we pay for it?” (when “it” is a proposed social program related to healthcare, child care, elder care, education, energy, the environment, etc.):

  1. We are already paying for it.
  2. Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

I think writing the preferences UI for my new Mac App is taking ten times the amount of time that writing the functional part of the app did.

I am wondering today if anybody else has as many problems as I do getting Microsoft One Drive to work—properly, consistently, or at all—through the Files App, to open files in third party apps on iOS. Using it that way has become increasingly frustrating for me.

Hollow Knight developers announce a full sequel, Silksong

I’m pretty sure I’ll buy Hollow Knight: Silksong as soon as it comes out.

Hollow Knight developer Team Cherry surprised fans this morning by announcing a full sequel to 2017’s bug-filled metroidvania game, called Hollow Knight: Silksong.

Hollow Knight is a cool, atmospheric, and thoughtfully crafted game. I’m only a couple hours into it, and have just developed my skills enough to feel that it isn’t too hard anymore. (I just beat a huge boss that I failed to default a half dozen times already.) It is amazing to think that it was created by only two people. Hopefully the sequel will succeed and Team Cherry will continue making great games.

Trump Declares A National Emergency

Per the New York Times:

In a televised announcement in the Rose Garden, Mr. Trump said he was signing the declaration to protect the country from the flow of drugs, criminals and illegal immigrants coming across the southwestern border from Mexico, which he characterized as a profound threat to national security.

Does this mean I can stop work for the day?

Seriously, though, this is the ultimate abuse of office—the sort of thing that turns a republic into an empire.

Yesterday was my son’s second birthday. The family had a great time celebrating him last night. He hates the “Happy Birthday” song, though, and cried right through it. For his birthday party on the weekend, we might need to play his favorite song, “Uptown Funk”, instead.

School was canceled due to snow, so it is a full house today. It didn’t actually snow until about 11:00 here, so canceling school looked like a mistake to me when I woke up this morning.

VFEmail hacked and all US data destroyed

In 2001 I paid $14.99 for a lifetime account at VFEmail. I used it as my primary email host for a short time, as it was a pretty inexpensive IMAP email host back in the days when getting IMAP support outside of college or corporate email systems was quite rare. I stopped using it because it would go down from time to time, which is frustrating. I now use it only to get status emails sent by my home server (FreeNAS), which are relatively unimportant and anonymous. I keep thinking about using it more, because I love pure IMAP email, but now I am glad I did not.

I saw today that mail could not be fetched, and I found out that VFEmail was hacked, and everything for its US customers (including me, of course) has been destroyed. This is the message on the home page right now:

!!!ALERT!!!! Update Feb 11 2019 www.vfemail.net and mail.vfemail.net are currently unavailable. We have suffered catastrophic destruction at the hands of a hacker, last seen as aktv@ This person has destroyed all data in the US, both primary and backup systems. We are working to recover what data we can.

That is just devastating. Fortunately for me, I am not very much affected by the data loss, but I wonder how the other customers must feel.

VFEmail is a very small company. Originally it was just one guy. I feel really bad for him (or them, or whoever is running it now). I hope it can recover.

US iPhone users spent, on average, $79 on apps last year, up 36% from 2017

Per TechCrunch:

As is typical, much of that increase can be attributed to mobile gaming, which accounted for more than half of this per-device average. However, more substantial growth took place in the categories outside of gaming — including those categories where subscription-based apps tend to rule the top charts, the firm found.

I bet app spending is going to go up each year for the next few years, partly because people will spend less on hardware upgrades, and partly because software is becoming way more important than hardware in mobile now that the market has matured.

I keep thinking that I should use my iCloud email address for “personal” email, and my Gmail address for “junk” email, but I keep realizing that I have almost zero “personal” email to handle these days.

My daughter was moved to a higher math class on Monday and is doing well so far. I am so proud of her!

I miss Katie Floyd’s presence on the “Mac Power Users” podcast, but I really enjoy the interaction between (new co-host) Steven Hackett and David Sparks. They meld very well together.

At every meal now, my almost-two-year-old son cries out “Hey Siri! Play ‘Uptown Funk’” several times before giving up. I am so glad I never bought a HomePod for the kitchen.

Parenting tip: I wholeheartedly recommend putting your baby to sleep at their bedtime, rather than an hour afterwards. Trust me. 😀

I didn't exactly *forget* about the Responder Chain, but...

I had to look up Apple’s documentation on the Responder Chain once again tonight. SplitViewControllers and overall view containment are great features, but are requiring me to move my methods around a little bit. I am feeling good about my SwiftoDo Desktop rewrite, though. I am almost done coding the core functionality. Just a few more big features left to code before I put more work into user preferences and, basically, making everything super nice and customizable.

For a few hours today, Overcast’s podcast recommendation engine thought I could speak fluent Spanish. Sadly, I cannot.

I will be very surprised if iOS 13 does not contain a system dark mode, and all the new system colors and colors API that debuted on the Mac last year. I think it may have a huge impact on iOS design, though, which may be a reason why the default system design is going to get an overhaul, too.

FE File Explorer

I hope that iOS 13 brings a Files app update that will add direct access to file shares. Until then, I will use a utility that I found today: FE File Explorer. It is a clean and polished file explorer that connects to Apple and Windows file shares, as well as some cloud services. It is a good image player, audio player, and video player as well. The Pro version integrates with the Files app as a data provider, too. I am impressed.

🎵 It’s an “Automatic for the People” day for me. That amazing R.E.M. album has been the soundtrack to deep work for me since 1992. The 25th anniversary edition (man, I’m old!) has live tracks for most of the tracks, which makes it a fun listen.