Vincent Ritter

I’m a dad 👨‍👧, husband 👫 and a software creator 👨‍💻

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

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As a funny aside, Google emailed a week or so ago saying there are issues that we should look at… and that they “might” remove the app. And so they did.

And this is why I want direct downloads. So no big tech child can do what they want.

Imagine if they could also stop a website…

Current status of getting Micro.blog back into the play store is that I need to fix build errors, which has been a rollercoaster ride. Too much work on the iOS side, including React Native upgrades, caused this (I think).

Still a few hours away from getting anywhere.

Micro.blog for Android is currently unavailable on the Play Store.

Google probably hired all the dropouts from Apple App Review… and they removed it for an issue that was resolved months ago (allowing reporting and muting). Guess they are getting mixed up with naming.

Upgrading React Native is still a pain...

Trying out different "flag" names in Mail. Never thought of using it that way, so let's see. I don't like using folders (yes, I'm weird).

A few ways to support my work

Howdy ho. I've gotten asked this a lot today, and of course previously, on how to best support my work.

Firstly, I want to thank you for even considering it, it really means a lot. You have no idea how much this means to me.

The best way, of course, is to just tell people about my projects:

If you have any use for these, please consider subscribing or letting your dear friends know that they exist. I'd love to grow Sublime Ads more one of these days.

An indirect way to show your support is to sign up to Micro.blog. I work 2 days a month on the app and some other things, so that ultimately goes to making Micro.blog more viable, and pay the bills 😋

My income needs are small and I can operate at ~$2500 a month and live OK. My biggest expenses are rent (~$1000), school (~$500) and whatever social (~$500) and tax (😭) payments I need to pay a month. As I always say, I have zero loans, or own the bank massive amounts of money, so I don't pay for any of that.

If you want to support me with money, you can do so, and there are details on my support me page.

Whilst I don't yet offer in-app purchases for Gluon, you can make a one time donation or even make a small subscription payment on Buy Me A Coffee. There are different monthly tiers. I even offer my time for some of them, if you want to work together. There are also small advertising opportunities with Gluon, details are here.

Whilst my freelance gig looks like a ball of shame as of late (blame empty promises), you can also perhaps consider hiring me for any projects you might want me to look at, or work on, for you. I have no clue what I'm doing, but that's ok... who does? 😅 Don't look at prices too much.

If you have donated in the past, I just also want to say thank you for believing in me. Also a huge thank you to everyone that uses my apps and continues to support me. Even just a nice comment here and there always makes my day (so thank you for all the comments to date) ✌️❤️

I still have a glimmer of hope I can turn everything around this year... I don't want to stop doing what I do, because it gives me energy and life.

Well, thank you for reading this so far to the end. Just you reading it means a lot.

Wonder what I was planning when I registered those domain names 🤷‍♂️ Fun aside... when I first created Gluon, I called it "Gluon Social".

If I do get my top case replaced, for my laptop, I'm going to insist on getting a UK keyboard layout (or international English). Can't stand the US one. It's super weird. My biggest mistake. Who has a tiny little "return" key?

The amount of times my keyboard misses the letter "o" is stupid. "t" another one... and when I want to type "as" it usually types "ass". Probably trying to tell me how it feels about me.

One thing I love about including source maps, or just using ES modules, is that any able body can inspect the code.

"Oh wow, what a piece of garbage, but it works!"

Time well spent Apple. Really well done. WOW. Such great use of time and resource. I applaud you.

For the eagle eyed devs, on the new Micro.blog homepage, you can see we are using ES Modules, and a shim for... SAFARI. Really nice to be able to make this work without build tools. Gonna work on replacing "legacy" code for sign in and register now, so we can ditch jQuery there.

I mean if Apple gets away with this kind of UX... imagine what all these new hopeful developers, idolising Apple like a god, can do.

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“Changes to the Google Cloud Platform Third-Party Subprocessors list”.

Probable the scariest email I get every other month. Wants me to delete all the Google cloud stuff.

We went out with some friends over the weekend. The lady saw my wife’s phone, and went “yuuuuk, that’s disgusting and so old. Yuk!”.

It’s a 2 or 3 year old iPhone.

Then she said Apple is garbage, and shit. 5 minutes later… “oh I LOVE the iPhone 14 Pro Max”.

Such a dick.