Vincent Ritter

I’m a dad πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘§, husband πŸ‘« and a software creator πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

I create apps for the web & handhelds. Strongly opinionated.

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Difficult client meeting today, which was a bit hot headed. I turned off the camera and let it unfold (and stayed quiet for most part, except where I could help with input). Urgh.

I think a lot of my changes recently are because I'm reading Four Thousand Weeks. I'm still in the intro chapter (around 10% through).

It's starting to point right... I better make a slow move towards school πŸ˜‹

Except a few exceptions this is how my time keeping works on macOS:

It points to the right (~3 o'clock) I need to pick up the kid at school. Points to the top (~12 o'clock), I should be thinking about lunch or bedtime. No more minute watching. Go with the flow of time.

Looks like Fitness+ does record the exercise workout time now in the latest 16.1 betas. Only noticed because I was looking for a workout. Good to have I guess when I'm old and wish I had the data (probably not).

Four profound things I changed this September:

  1. Switched my clock, in macOS, to analogue. Time is more a vague feeling now.
  2. Uninstalled Mail, or let's say email, from my iPhone. No more. Only at my desk.
  3. Stopped tracking time. Less stress.
  4. No Apple Watch at home.

Continuing work for Sublime Ads today, I deployed a few extras for the ad and category lists which now shows you stats right there for you. It'll honour the date range you set last on the charts. You can hide it via settings if you don't like it. It's a pro feature.

Episode 47 of Abstract Development has been recorded WEEKS ago (for the third bloody time). It's outdated, but thinking of just buttoning down and release it already so that I can move on.

Second coffee consumed. Justified. β˜•οΈ

Sublime Ads - Introducing Clients and other nice tweaks

I've jumped back into Sublime Ads over the past few weeks to work on a few features that I wanted.

One of those features, which had a few requests, was to allow adding Clients.

Clients allow you to keep your ads together with a client, which not only helps you keep organised, but also gives you quick glanceable overview of how well they're doing. Which is useful if you want to give reports to your paying customers (or free in my case).

It's super easy to get started and there is a nice write up in the documentation.

I made this a PRO feature. One of these days I'll probably drop the "pro" naming scheme and come up with something less boring.

This part of the clients section is only the beginning of what you can do with it and I am planning to add more nice features, for example public stat pages for your clients and also having a concept of "balances" meaning you can sell your ads and specify the price and also a running time. Although don't hold your breath here, it will take some time. So maybe next year.

If you don't use Clients, and you find the extra button and data annoying, you can hide this from Sublime Ads by heading on over to Settings where you can disable it. I like options, even though I have strong opinions.

Other bits

Alongside clients I have also made tweaks to the general layout of the site.

This includes slightly wider sections throughout, better list views with alternating row colours, and some slight tweaks to the Settings section. Also added some snark throughout (more coming!). The stats graph now show a little loading indicator as you switch dates or load them... useful to see what's going on.

That's it for now.

One more PRO feature hopefully launching next week.

You're In My System (Dennis Quin Instrumental Club Mix), by Kerri Chandler 🎵🎧

First payout for Sublime Ads πŸ₯³

So happy!

If you have a free/legacy account, and have a little bit of extra budget to upgrade to the yearly ($24/year), I am happy to upgrade it to include PRO features (which will get better over time - some new suff today).

Took some time last night to fly a short route on X-Plane in the Cessna Citation X. Wanted to go from RzeszΓ³w to Stuttgart. It was a cold start, so had to learn how to start everything up. It was fun for sure. A lot of things I remember. I didn't have a checklist for the aircraft, so that is something for me to find.

I was a bit rusty programming the flight management computer but eventually got the route in. Also took the opportunity to hook up Air Navigation Pro on the iPad so I can see my route and a real time view.

Whilst the sim doesn't run super duper great, it was enough for me to have a good time.

Took off and got to 20,000 feet when I had a cabin pressurisation warning. I didn't know what was going on, except that the cabin wasn't being pressurised. It was also getting quite cold in the cabin. I did an emergency descent and flew straight into KrakΓ³w.

X-Plane simulates hypoxia. That was fun.

Once there, and parked, I looked around the cabin where the pressurisation panel was, it had the "fault" light on. Immediately to the right of that panel was the air condition panel.

I forgot to enable the air condition packs. Damn.

This is basic knowledge. I am happy this was in the sim. It is a new aircraft to me, so there is still a lot to learn.

Looking forward to my next opportunity in the sim.

I’m looking West and the Compass app is showing North. I prefer my built in compass.

By chance, we walked passed the Apple reseller yesterday. Took a look at the Watch Ultra and 14 Pro.

Ultra looks terrible. It's real ugly. I did like the straps though. Shame my Watch is too small. Night mode is cool. Overall the Watch felt... cheap. Maybe because it was so light. Dashes of orange were nice. Crown... urgh. It was big.

To be honest, I wish they'd make an even smaller Watch. Something the size of my little Casio that I spent a full €12 on. I think the sensors are too penetrating. Always feels like I was "marked"/"branded" after wearing it.

14 was huge. Too big. Dynamic Island... urgh - not a fan. It's too big. I like the UI stuff they are doing, but overall it's stupid looking. I hope one day it's all behind the screen - then they can innovate again. Not a fan of the "notch" as is.

Oh, I forgot about the camera bump... I mean WOW! You'd probably get arrested for indecent exposure having that in your pocket. No pun intended.

Notch on laptops look terrible. Digressing...

At the beginning of the week I went to a different tech shop, looking at a smaller TV, they're also too big, by chance I walked passed the phone and watches section. Picked up a Garmin Fenix (or something like that).

It felt solid, the strap though was disappointing. Considering it costs so much... they could at least do nicer straps. Something the Apple Watch gets right. I triggered the battery charge remaining. 11 days at 50%.

Whilst I am not bothered about germs on these test devices, they need to have a dedicated person to wipe them down. Always makes me physically sick to see so much gunk on these. Especially the Apple shop... they should do better. Same when I see pictures of laptops and computers with dirty keyboards and screens. I reckon that comes from my days working at a reseller.

Overall I feel that, more than ever, that I am loosing interest in consumer tech. When the times comes when my things break, of course I will just have to get what suits my needs (maybe something more specialised). But a lot of those things are boring now.

Need a little innovation and competition in this space.