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Overcast 3: Design walkthrough

Written by Marco Ament / Original link on Nov. 17, 2017

Overcast 3 is now available, and it’s a huge update, mostly in the design and flow of the interface. I’ve been working on it since last summer, informed by over two years of testing, usage, and customer feedback.I designed Overcast 1.0 in 2014 for iOS 7, and it was a product of its time: it used ul…


Automatically test your database backups

Written by Marco Ament / Original link on Nov. 17, 2017

One of the issues of yesterday’s GitLab.com “database incident” is that most of their database backups weren’t being tested, and when they needed a restore, they discovered that most of the backup methods hadn’t been working.Untested backup methods that turn out to be missing or broken are extremel…


The future of computing

Written by Marco Ament / Original link on Nov. 17, 2017

The quarterly results are in and Apple’s doing fine overall, but the iPad really isn’t, with another year-over-year decrease in sales.Apple and commentators can keep saying the iPad is “the future of computing,” and it might still be. But we’re starting its seventh year in a few months, and sales…


State of Apple from two perspectives

Written by Marco Ament / Original link on Nov. 17, 2017

Two of the best pieces I’ve read about Apple recently:Grading Tim Cook: The optimistic business-analyst take. Tim’s doing great and the products are pretty much fine.Apple Inc: A Pre-Mortem: The pessimistic customer take. There are big problems that aren’t getting better.They may seem at odds, but…



Ten years of iPhone

Written by Marco Ament / Original link on Nov. 17, 2017

I’ll never forget watching the iPhone keynote live.1It was a cold Tuesday afternoon in New York. My hair was still brown. We were supposed to be working, but even David had to suspend his usual workaholism for a few minutes in awe of what we were seeing.Everything about the iPhone seemed impossible…