Vincent Ritter

Hello, I'm Vincent. I'm a dad, husband, geek and an independent software engineer. Check out the apps I make, personal ventures I'm currently pursuing, websites I worked on and other things like my blog posts and thoughts, my micro blog. There is also a now page, to keep me in check on what I'm working on right now.

During this big project I also managed to give up on coffee. Two weeks of "withdrawal" migraines was totally worth it! It's funny, but my ability to stay awake when I need to for some crazy deadline has become easier and I feel more alert during the day. Not to mention getting better rest. On the weekend I have a small cup of coffee, but that's it. The smell/aroma of coffee still remains lush.

1001 commits and counting for a client project. Now you know why I've been so quiet here. Excited to wrap it up in the next few weeks though (the initial project anyway). It's really special and I'm really proud of the work.

Haven't touched coffee and/or caffeine since Friday last week. The migraines were really bad and have finally lifted today. I'm actually starting to feel really good.

Trying out not to drink coffee today. The headache is terrible... The human body sure is strong willed when it wants something.

I'm right handed and I always wore a watch on the right side. With the Apple Watch I had it always on the left wrist for some reason. Today I switched. Let's see how it goes. Sure feels wrong...

Apple News follow-up: I found a setting in Settings that restricts stories in the today view to only channels you follow. Now just to get rid of Spotlight (wishful)...

I really like the Apple News app... it's just a huge shame I can't stop the recommendation part. I just want news from whom I follow and nothing else. I don't care about football, or other outlets... Is that so hard to ask for? Spotlight... can I not turn it off? Would be such a great app if you could tweak it a little.

Upgraded to a new phone. Lost 4 days worth of Activity data in the process. Weird. Random. Frustrating. Not the end of the world though.

Felt inspired by Dark Mode in Mojave so I updated my dark mode on my site. Also fixed the background colour issue - although I think that is just a plain Safari bug of some sort.

Is there an iOS/Mac app that accepts web hooks and sends you a "push" notification when something comes in? I use Slack at the moment for that type of stuff...

The only thing is... website that don't specify a background colour... look like this in dark mode. Anyone know if there is a Safari API that can check if system dark mode is enabled?

I sure love dark mode in Mojave! It's pretty stable too. Development on it works without issue (web dev, Swift dev, npm, ruby etc). As is normal, it's a bit slow at times. Really happy with it so far though.

Our daughter had a successful operation yesterday and we are heading back home today. Totally thrilled. She’s a total trooper and has taken it really well.