— December 2019 Links —

Linked: NetNewsWire 5 for iOS – Public TestFlight

I’ve never been happier with an RSS reader on iOS than I am with NetNewsWire 5. I’ve been using it for two months, and not just because I was writing the Help Book, I haven’t used another RSS reader since.

Nothing else feels as natural on, or fits in to, iOS than NetNewsWire. As someone who finds little joy in using iOS these days, this pays off. The interface and I are not adversaries. Ostensibly innovative user interface too often provides more frustration than innovation. I have no time for this.

Do not read this as a pejorative: NetNewsWire is adequate. Not ostentatious, it is designed for reading. Two features not yet in the Mac OS version, Filters and Reader View, are no different. Though both tick boxes on the feature list, that’s not their objective. I open NetNewsWire, I read.

As a life-long fan of NetNewsWire – its life – I’m elated to see it continue to evolve. Brent wrote:

NetNewsWire is a team.

Isn’t it just. I do my small part, writing documentation, but that’s still nothing compared to the engineering and design that makes it all work. It’s wonderful to be part of that team, but it’s still only part of the whole. The reason we do it is for the larger part of the team – the users, the readers. Long live the open web.

Linked: Armin Briegel’s ‘Moving to zsh’

If you spend any time at the command line, it’s worth spending time to learn how it works, and customising it to help you work faster.

Now is the perfect time to do that, as Mac OS begins the transition to using the Z Shell (zsh) as the default shell. Though the zsh documentation is plentiful, it’s technical and dense – I wouldn’t suggest anyone read it except as a reference.

Armin Briegel’s Moving to zsh on the other hand is completely readable. He does a wonderful job of scaffolding, easing the reader into understanding a shell’s job before getting in too deep.

The chapter on customising zsh is what shines. It’s overflowing with good information – you are certain to find several features that would be useful. This information provided is enhanced with lots of examples, recommendations and advice for working with zsh.

At US$10 (available on Apple Books), it’s a thoroughly inexpensive addition to your reading for the winter holidays.