• Colin Walker on blog subscribe buttons

    Before the mass adoption of social networks you would have been hard pressed not to find a site with some variant of the RSS icon. Now it’s just the “follow us here” badges asking you to go to someone else’s property.

    Even worse, IMHO, are the so-called blogs that actually disable RSS subscribe functions so that RSS services can’t follow them…

  • John Gruber commenting on Walt Mossberg’s comments on iPad sales

    In short, iPad sales are way down from their peak, but amount to a unit sales market half the size of the entire PC laptop market. And iPads tend to last longer.

  • Nice to see a blog post today on the DeeperBlue website featuring one of my images!

    twitter.com/deeperblu…

  • I always enjoy seeing the photo kits of other photographers, and particular enjoy understanding why they choose the gear they have, and how they use it.

    Here’s a fun look at the kit used by full-time travelling photographer Brendan van Son.

  • Really pleased that the new update of Luminar supports HEIC, so that my iPhone photos can be edited in the app.

    Here’s a quick job on a pano I took in Rome last year!

  • Sharing is not always caring

    A great post by @manton - No applause for retweets. I particularly identify with this:

    The problem with these “just click a button instead of sending an actual reply” features is that they fool us into thinking we’ve done something meaningful by clicking. Anyone can click a Twitter heart button to show that they’ve noticed a tweet or enjoyed it. It takes very little effort and doesn’t mean much.

    Back in June 2017 I wrote a post On Likes, Faves and Sharing, in which I said something similar:

    The mindless liking of ‘stuff’ has the potential of a dumbing down thinking. By liking and faving we may well only be providing mindless positive reinforcement, and avoiding critiquing stuff.

    I try to appreciate posts and images that work for me by replying or commenting, rather than just liking or faving.

    The creator of the work has put a lot into creating that content. The least I can do is to take a few minutes to tell them why I like it.

    Sharing and retweeting is a poor substitute for giving real feedback, providing a meaningful critique of someone’s work.

  • Passage to the Castle

    With this image I tried to create a different perspective on Castel Sant’Angelo - one of the most photographed sites in Rome.

  • Another absolutely awesome episode of Star Trek: Discovery. I am really enjoying this series. 🖖

  • For Micro Monday I am giving a shout out to Brian @Luby, an early adopter of Micro.blog who pioneered Micro.blogging from the mac with his TodayPoster widget.

  • Listened to Valerie Jardin on TWiP’s Behind The Shot podcast tonight. Talking about street photography, Valerie mentioned that (street) photography is all about:

    • vision
    • preparation
    • serendipity

    I love this!

  • In writing about The Perfect Two-Lens Kit on the Online Photographer blog Michael Johnston highlights two great lens choices. I have and love the 20mm f/1.7 lens he discussed, and am looking forward to starting to use the 12-60mm… I think it will be a great combo.

  • apple.news

    This Famous New Zealand Landmark Is Being Destroyed by Tourists - Condé Nast Traveler

    Planning to go to NZ later this, and That Wanaka Tree is definitely on my photography must list.

  • Colourful Clarke Quay.

    Another image from a great trip to Singapore last year.

  • A Switch to FeedBin

    After a couple of weeks giving Feedbin a trial I have made the switch to using this service as my main RSS reader software.

    Since Google closed Google Reader I have played around with a variety of services, initially using a combination of Feedbin and Fever, and then moving wholly over to Feed Wrangler. After a couple of years of happily using Feed Wrangler I decided to give Feedbin another go – mostly because of the fact that it will be the first RSS sync service that will be supported by the Evergreen project.

    After using the trial for 13 days, I made the call to switch back over completely to Feedbin, and am once again using this as my main RSS reading service, using Reeder on the Mac, iPad and iPhone. I also love the Feedbin browser experience, and am using that on Windows.

    Advantages of Feedbin

    1. Browser experience. Its a simple yet highly functional experience.
    2. Share & Save functions – including to Micro.blog (from the browser version).
    3. Cleaner handling of title-less posts. Micro.blog style posts don’t necessarily have a title, and the experience of reading these in Feedbin feeds is far tidier. In Feed Wrangler you get an “[Untitled]” title. In Feedbin there’s just not title there – even in third party feed reader apps1.
    4. Updated posts. In the browser version you can view and review posts that have changed.
    5. Fast syncing. To date, the syncing on Feedbin seems much faster than I’ve experienced on other platforms.
    6. The native app doesn’t try to replace third party apps, but instead offers unique Notifier app, integrating nicely with the Apple Watch.
    7. They accept Apple Pay. A nice touch.

    On Par Features

    1. Support of and by third party reader apps. Extensive and on par with Feed Wrangler.

    Disadvantages of Feedbin

    1. Cost. An annual subscription to Feedbin is about twice as expensive as one to Feed Wrangler.

    Conclusion

    So Feedbin is my RSS sync platform of choice for the foreseeable future. I am really enjoying it, and look forward to using it with Evergreen on macOS.

    Feedbin Titleless

    1. I’ve only tried this on Reeder on both macOS and iOS, but assume this must be a function of the feed itself. 

  • John Gruber on the announcement that HomePod Starts Shipping February 9, Available to Order This Friday.

    That seems like a big question to remain unanswered before folks start plunking down (U.S.) $349.

    Yep.

    I’m tempted, but the greater temptation is to watch and wait.

  • I enjoyed the novel Origin by Dan Brown, and this review by @mattgemmell was interesting as it gave an insight into the book from the perspective of an author who also writes thrillers with a scientific nuance.

  • When your RSS sync service is down you realise how much you are dependent on RSS to bring your news to you!

  • Really hard to express just how much I am enjoying Star Trek: Discovery.

    Awesome show, and this weeks episode was outstanding.

  • For Micro Monday I can’t go pass @colinwalker. A guy that puts a lot of thought into what he does, shares his thinking freely and shares the things he builds just as freely.

    Thanks Colin.

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