Vincent Ritter

Thoughts

My thoughts, micro blog style. Usually short showing off ideas, screenshots and other things that might be on my mind on the day.

"Please rate our support" - I get this a lot... but honestly... why track this metric? Knowing that your customers are happy by word of mouth and receiving no complaints... I'm sure that is all you really need.

Gluon build 20181124.2 is coming your way. Fixes issues with seemingly endless images loading in the image modal (1 image ~ 17 images, ha!). Also added experimental swipe to close, so drag that image down and it will close the modal.

I get the front-end user facing stuff, however I'm always interested on how the UI's look and work for the Apple Music team or other parts internally at Apple, which run all these services. Stuff like that interests me. That would be a great job (without knowing anything about what is involved).

Person A: “When I click on an item on my phone, how do I...” Me: “Wait, you have a mouse attached to your phone??? Surely you must mean a tap?”

I also think there should be a law that requires everyone to renew their driving license every 5 years. Pilots do this every year or every 6 months (or more). So why shouldn't drivers do the same? It seems people forget that they are driving heavy metal across the roads. Life is precious.

Well, I'm certainly up for self driving cars. Every time I go on the street and drive, I feel everyone is out there just to hurt and insult. I don't know why people are like this... I lost all hope.

Does anyone have any solid recommendations on a good air filter for the house? One that’s great against allergies like dust and scrubs other bad stuff. Needs to be available in Europe, otherwise a no-go.

I’ve been trying to watch Sabrina on Netflix. However, I can’t get past the blurry camera views...

I just pushed a TestFlight update out for Gluon - build 20181112.1. There is a breaking change for older installs, so I have expired them. That won't happen in the future as I stopped using "over the air" updates. Another build will completely disable OTA updates (just in case).

One feature I use on iTunes a lot is Internet Radio. Some great stuff there. Just talked to my Mom about it and we agreed that they should really add this on "Music" for iOS too. Was it ever there?

Just pushed out an update to Gluon TestFlight. Now I inline a "Reply" button for when you are in the Mentions section. Discover screen now allows you to browse via tag. I'm going to be adding a few more features to Discover 😄

A week ago today, I started developing Gluon. I'm happy with progress this week. Creativity is high and I had to grab the urge to make it! I've started planning features that I want to implement by next week and will work during the evening tomorrow and Sunday to get the Discover section up to scratch. Thank you all on the TestFlight so far, I really appreciate it!

Successfully added "Reply" functionality to Gluon. Now I just need to figure out the styling. If you'd like to test it before the official TestFlight build is out, you can go to "Settings" and tap "Update build and reload". Then when you tap on a post, you will know where to reply 😉 WiP!

It’s 19:26 here... and I’m going to bed. 1 hour 45 mins sleep last night/this morning. It’s catching up. My wife has been super supportive too ❤️

Hopefully when I wake up Apple will have approved the TestFlight build for Gluon, that would be really good.

I added a basic "Following" screen for now. If you load your own list of followers you will see all. If it's a different user then I'll only show you who you're not following. Going to add a website button too, if there is a URL available (I guess there always will be).

I made loads of improvements to Gluon tonight. I dramatically increased the speed of loading images and also the rendering performance. I fixed a few bugs and other things, which took me longer than I wanted.

Mentions and Favourites are all being pulled in now. I'll do a write up a little later. First some sleep!

Gonna work on getting a few bugs solved for Gluon and then adding Mentions and Favourites. I need to work on better error handling, for example when deleting your token and trying to fetch posts or other account related things.

Would anyone be interested in trying out Gluon, via TestFlight, even though it's not finished and you can't do anything else except just look at your posts for now? I'm thinking of doing something by Thursday. I have the build up on TestFlight already, just need to submit it for approval.

Working on the profile screen for Gluon now. Won't be too complicated. I found a few issue that I'd like to address, for example loading the profile image on first login - because I have a feeling it might not always be the correct one. I might be wrong though.

Nearly 5 AM... to go to bed or just to stay up to get my daughter to Kindergarten on time... hmmm. I'm also quite hungry now.

Midnight here, just. Going to attempt to re-write some API calls for Gluon. Now that I slept on it I found a nice solution to some of the problems I had yesterday with setting new posts coming in from Micro.blog.

I was attempting to watch the Apple Event. My daughter came in and said “This is boring daddy, I want to watch Star Wars”. I can not argue with that request!

Anyone remember the After Dark screensavers? Those were really good. I always loved the restaurant one... and the lawnmower man.

I haven't been to the gym in more than 5 - 6 years. Working myself slowly to my doom, day and night. The last 4 weeks, I've been an average of 5 times a week. What a change! Just need to find a good gym and work balance now.

I’m thinking of writing a workout journal and add it to the site. Something more for myself to keep track on progress... wonder if people would be interested though... instead of the usual “here I wrote some code”, or “[enter anything coding related]”

I've been under a mountain of work since end of May. Over 2500 commits over several projects. 1 project alone near the 2000 mark. Last week has been quieter than the usual crazy routine, was sort of lost what to do. However, happy to move on to other exciting things now.

I don't use Chrome, so a friend invited me to check out the new look. I'm not sure what they are thinking, but I'm definitely not a fan of interfaces that were designed by/for kids. Looks really out of place.

I've been working on a big React Native project for both iOS and Android the past couple of months, and I have to say that I'm seriously disappointed at both RN's "release" status for Android and Android in general. RN's support for Android should really be labeled Alpha, and Android is not nice to work with at all.

The iOS eco system is just so much more mature. I actually thank Apple for having it so tightly locked down. TestFlight is a god send compared to what you can do on Android (there are probably a million ways to do it - like installing the APK from a URL - but still there seem to be too many ways and apps to do basic things). Android should fundamentally change from ground up. It feels years behind of iOS.

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.

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