I’ve been on a Workflow kick recently, mostly thanks to Matt Cassinelli and a range of new tasks to automate on iOS. With Matt’s help, we’ve got an awesome Workflow-Things related article incoming in the next little while to help you make more of Things 3. Stay tuned! But for now, there are a few workflows (Workflows?) I’ve put into my iPhone and iPad to make life easier.
The first is this quick and easy workflow for putting iPhone X and iPad screenshots inside a device frame. The workflow asks you what type of device you’d like to put your screenshot inside and it walks you through the rest of the steps. So easy. So cool. The only downer right now is the iPad is not the iPad Pro 10.5-inch device frame. Hopefully Jordan will be able to update this soon.
The second is this workflow for finding, renaming, and saving images onto iCloud Drive. So, first I’ll take a screenshot and use Workflow to put the screenshot inside an iPhone X device frame. Then, I’ll use this workflow to rename the file, save it as a .png, and upload it to my Amazon S3 server through Transmit.1 You can also use this third workflow from Jordan Merrick to resize your images using TinyPNG (assuming you have an API token).
The iPhone and iPad get better with each iteration of iOS, but Workflow pushes it even further. I’m only glazing the surface of what Workflow can do, so I’m excited to discover other things to speed up life.
The LG UltraFine 5K Display arrived this weekend and it’s been a wonderful few days of ultra-high-resolution glory. The panel is bright, sharp, and basically perfect. I forgot what it was like to have so much screen real estate.
Some folks complained about the big chin at the top and about the overall design of the display. Obviously it’s not Apple’s design, but I like the utilitarian, enterprise-y look to the display. And that chin? It fades into oblivion the moment you turn on the display.
It hasn’t come without its hiccups though:
- The display was purchased refurbished so, naturally, it came without a Thunderbolt 3 cable. This wasn’t specified in the listing, so I was, in a word, pissed. Fortunately, the local Walmart was open late Friday night and carries Belkin Thunderbolt 3 cables.
- The display seems to flicker completely randomly. It’s only for a blink-of-an-eye and happens maybe once every 45 minutes to an hour. Maybe even less than that. It’s weird though.
- The display wobbles just enough when I’m typing to drive me nuts. I’ve noticed it wobbles less when the display is extended to its full height. Which is, unfortunately, too high for my liking. It could be that my desk is on a rug. But there are plenty of reports of the display wobbling, so I’m going to have to come up with another way to make it more sturdy.
I think I’ll give this a full on review some time. But for now, I’m extremely happy with the panel and will make the above compromises so I can look at this display all day.
One of Shawn Blanc’s links this week sent me diving into this great article by Daniel Bourke regarding Becoming Warren Buffett. I watched Becoming Warren Buffett about 18 months ago and it skyrocketed to my second favourite documentary of all-time.2 That documentary has played many roles in my last 18 months of career-work and investment attitude, namely in the persistence to look for good companies that will still be around in 40+ years and for an ever-growing reliance on ETFs.
But there are a bunch of other things to glean from this documentary. Give Daniel Bourke’s article a read and give Becoming Warren Buffett a shot. Even if you don’t enjoy talking about finances, you’re sure to learn something.
We’re already into the fourth week of 2018. Time is flying by. As always, I hope your coffee is hot and your battery is full before jumping into the great links below.
- Why Field Notes Have Remained Curiously Addictive for a Decade — Chicago Magazine
- Gorgeous 50-megapixel panoramas shot on an iPhone at 20,000 feet — Vincent Laforet
- What happens to the traffic you send to the App Store? — iA
- Vegas Has The Best Expansion Team In The History Of Pro Sports, And It’s Not Close — FiveThirtyEight
- You Make Or Break Your Life Between 5-7 AM — Benjamin P. Hard
- Tesla Model 3: The First Serious Review — The Drive
- A ‘Cash Cow’ is on the Agenda – Drew McCormack
- The Apple Cash FAQ — Asymco
- The MacBook Air: A Decade’s Worth of Legacy — MacStories
- The Making of Apple’s Emoji: How designing these tiny icons changed my life — Angela Guzman
- Towards a Bra-free Instagram Experience — NewCo Shift
- Textism » About
- iPhone X: A Photographer’s Review — Tyler Stalman
- Breathe - An 8K storm time-lapse film — Mike Olbinski
Happy Sunday. All the best in the week ahead.