Hello 👋 I'm Dan.

I write PHP, Go, and JavaScript. I also care about web performance.

The new Mac Pro is an interesting piece of industrial design. Sure looks like it’ll pack a punch though, in both performance and wallet aspects. #WWDC19

Quite impressed with the enhancements to iOS and watchOS, and now iPadOS! This year’s WWDC has been a hit.

ATP on iOS Mail Apps

Interesting segment on Accidental Tech Podcast (ATP ) regarding iOS mail clients. I’ve long forgone the default Mail app in favour for more powerful apps. I was a user of Mailbox for a while, then switched to Airmail for a few years, and most recently switched to Spark around 2 years ago and haven’t looked back.

All the apps have their trade-offs; none of the third-party apps feels like a first class citizen however the minor cons are far outweighed by the multitude of benefits. In the linked ATP episode Marco bemoans “simpler folder management” as a metaphor for either removal or reducing the effectiveness of a feature. I share his hesitation as it wouldn’t be the first time in Apple’s recent history that “simpler” has been less. Simpler should not be a synonym for less.

Worst week of the year to be a tech fan. I don’t find any of the April Fool’s Week (née Day) pranks funny.

I really enjoy typing on the iPad’s Smart Keyboard Folio but I really wish the keyboard was backlit. In low light environments it’s almost impossible to see the keys.

Even though I’m very comfortable typing without being able to see the keys I still prefer the illumination of them so I can actually see the keyboard.

Inspired by people like @manton I got an 11” iPad Pro last week to do more writing and other focussed activities like planning and documentation.

Early days yet but I feel this could be the perfect device for doing just that.

Devastating news about Keith Flint’s passing. The Prodigy have been a favourite of mine for a very long time.

Had a ticket to see them play a month back in Melbourne but was too unwell to attend. I’m shattered.

Day 3 of my V for Vendetta/Watchmen/The Punisher sleeve done! Absolutely loving the way this is looking so far, can’t wait to have it finished soon.