Does wireless charging damage your battery?

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I charge my iPhone 11, this isn’t some sort of sad hobby but it started to not charge consistently using the port (if you encounter this just clean the port, it’ll have lint in there I bet).

When I checked the battery health of my 11 month old iPhone 11 Pro I was surprised to see it’s at 100% capacity still.

The only thing I’ve done differently with this phone is I’ve never used a wireless charger. My X and XS were at least 96% at this point and I regularly put them in the wireless charger.

I’m reaching out to you to check what’s your battery health after wireless charging regularly?

You now can’t use Day One unless you sign in

I was excited to see some great updates from Day One but when I updated and launched I can no longer use the app unless I have an account.

I don’t know if this is a bug (I’m on iOS 14) or a feature but I haven’t been signed in. I don’t pay a subscription and only keep my data local.

I’ll go back to iOS 13 and test but this seems a bit aggressive.

Messing with the design of your blog

I’ve not really written much lately but as I start to embrace the hobby again I found that I wasn’t that bothered about design before. I didn’t want to spend too much time messing with the design and not actually producing any content. I’ve settled on this new WordPress Theme (Twenty Sixteen), which I actually really like. It’s basic but does the job and goes back to the roots with some widgets I’ve added to the sidebar. Having a sidebar felt old when I was here before but I really like it now.

Let’s see how long this lasts but I don’t plan on changing it up (unless everyone tells me they hate it!).

A renewed love for blogging

As you know if you’ve been following me I change my mind a lot, I’m not very decisive and quite often struggle sticking to one thing for too long (check out my two failed podcasts, so far…) but writing sticks. I’ve freelanced for years now (not so much over the last few to be honest) but always come back to my blog here. It’s where my workflows work for me and it’s simple and quick enough for me to get my thoughts down. I don’t enjoy Twitter so much these days but thanks to Tweetbot I can still dip in and out and interact with some of the great folks that follow me but my main thoughts have always come back to blogging.

I can write from any device, be it a quick post like this one or something more like a review. More importantly I’m very thankful for everyone that reads my stuff and believe me that really does help keep me motivated.

It also lets me write without worrying about my voice or how I come across, something I’m very conscious of. Podcasting is great but I’m not sure I’m cut out for hosting one anymore to be honest, it’s something I’m wrestling with at the moment.

Anyway a bit of a ramble just to share how I’m feeling about blogging at the moment.

Thoughts on using Things 3 again

I’ve been simplifying a lot lately and whilst I hate the lack of accessibility options it offers I’ve settled into a little bit of a rhythm now using Things 3 daily. My main reason for this was I wanted a system that offered

  • An integrated Calendar
  • A great user experience when using the now always attached to my iPad Magic Keyboard
  • The ability to set a due date but not be forced to enter a time
  • A great sync service

I started off with Reminders and I really enjoy the iOS 14 widget for the app but the lack of trackpad support makes it a little painful to use if you have gotten used to using the trackpad daily like I have now. Reminders would be a great solution if I didn’t use it on the iPad so much, I feel like I have a hand tied behind my back without being being to right click on inbox items and projects.

OmniFocus was out because I had to set a due time and the UI can get a little overwhelming for me when there is a lot on. I also echo Matt’s (see link below) view of feeling bad for having red flags reminding you that you have failed somehow in your day and why he likes Things for this.

Link: Why Matt uses Things 3

Todoist is a good app with good trackpad support but I can’t justify paying for the app monthly when I have already paid for Things and OmniFocus without a subscription service.

This left Things 3, an app I had paid for on iPad, iPhone and the Mac and I wasn’t using. My previous problems with the accessibility options i.e. they don’t support full system font size support was a bit of a game changer (I even left a review on the App Store to try to highlight this to the developers), and is still an issue but as I started to use it on the iPad primarily the iPhone font size didn’t really bother me, I don’t go a lot of places and the app on my iPhone hardly gets used. I still think that the Things 3 developers should embrace accessibility going forward for now it’s ok and I’ve made my peace with it.

I have enjoyed using it, in a simpler way. I can fire it up, see my day covering both the Calendar and Tasks in one place. I can easily move items between projects and can simply set a due date without worrying about a time. I like the break down of areas, projects and the upcoming view is a great way to see what you have to do.

Accessibility aside my only real other gripe is around how many clicks it takes to create a repeating task. I’d like the option to be able to mark the task as repeating at creation rather than having to take another step once you have created it.

So, for now I’m with Things and look forward to seeing what they do for iOS 14 (if the developers are reading I’m open for beta testing…).

Some thoughts on iOS 14 Home Screen widgets

I’ve been ducking in and out of the beta this year but with beta 4 I’m finding it’s actually pretty stable and performance is good so I’ve gone all in on the iPhone. I’ve been playing with widgets throughout this time, it gives me something else to mess with (I’m terrible at decision making) but feel it’s a really nice step up from a grid of icons. I used the older style widgets a lot but these new ones give me exactly what I need – quick glanceable reminders.

What I mean is that whenever I unlock my iPhone I see my calendar, reminders and the weather (although this one is probably going). It’s been good for my productivity and like I think I said before takes me back to the Nokia N95 days where I liked being able to see a schedule and keep on top of stuff throughout the day.

I’m yet to test any third party widgets (devs, please reach out). It’ll be October before we see iOS in the public I feel this year and another month or so before some of your favourite third party apps are updated but just using the Apple apps is showing the potential for what we can do with these.

I do miss a bit of interactivity but on the whole I’m ok with just tapping and ticking off a reminder.

iOS 14 is one of my favourite updates so far.

Should you upgrade to macOS Big Sur on a MacBook 12”?

I’ve been testing Big Sur on my 2016 MacBook 12″ (8GB Ram, 1.1 M3) for a month or so now and even though I know it’s a beta I don’t think performance is going to get much better on this model. At this point I can’t recommend upgrading to Big Sur if you are running it on a 2016 MacBook. It’s laggy to the point it’s almost unusable in places, I’ve gone back to Catalina and I’ll be sticking to it on this model of MacBook.

I’m yet to try our iMac that also has 8GB Ram and I’m fearing that I won’t be upgrading that one either. Ram seems to be big on this one and I’d recommend 16GB at least if your machine had 8GB or less.

Why I’m not buying the Google Pixel 4a

I’ve been thinking a lot about going back to a simpler setup and ditching my iPhone 11 Pro for something with a fingerprint sensor and then getting a separate portable camera. When I saw the rumours I was excited by the prospect of a Pixel 4a. I purchased and reviewed the 3a last year and whilst I loved the camera I missed some of the lock in of iOS, like shared Calendar and iMessage so returned it. This time around I rethought my workflow and was ready to pick one up for review.

Ultimately though I decided against it and here’s why.

  • Camera: I loved the camera on the 3a and for me this doesn’t look a step up on that model, save some cash and get a used 3a (something I’m considering)
  • Performance: Reviews seem to point at the processor not being the greatest and lag, especially when processing portrait mode etc
  • OS updates: 3 years of updates isn’t great, yes I know it’s £349 but I’d still like to see Google commit to less eco waste by supporting them longer

I do love the construction and personally my ideal phone right now would be this body construction but with the 11 Pro camera.

So I’m still looking, it’ll most probably be an SE 2020 I go for in the end but I’m open minded to something Android I just wish Google had pushed a little more. I’m also going to check out used 3a prices, less than £200 and it’s worth a go.

Keeping down the costs of blogging

I’ve got to a point where I really need to watch my outgoings and now I’ve done a review of my outgoings I’ve had to look at my passion projects. At the moment WordPress costs me £39 a year including the URL, which is pretty good really but it’s meant I need to cancel anything else. I’m trying to build a portfolio that could lead to me being able to support myself but I can’t right now. I want to write and build here so I’ve had to drop my £4 monthly to Micro.Blog unfortunately. I’ve got a history here and statistics that let me show how it’s grown over the last few years.

I really feel that if you want to blog then pick one place and decide on a budget, for me I have zero coming in so I can’t justify much more than what I’m paying now.

I don’t like any of the free options out there having tried most of them so like I say make a budget and stick to it.

I’m starting to test posting from the Micro.Blog app from iOS, it appearing in my timeline and the post ending up on my WordPress blog. I’ve come to the conclusion that I enjoy interacting on Micro.Blog, being off Twitter and still posting my longer form thoughts.