Vincent Ritter


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

Yesterday morning we went to the dentist and they have a UV light in one of the play rooms. Plays funny tricks on the front facing camera. Featured is my amazing daughter, my beautiful bold patch at the top and my long curly hair.

Great Drum & Bass tune 🎶 : Cherokee Heart by Dkay.

Not for everyone, but I urge you to wear headphones and listen beyond the “drum and bass” that the average listener would associate with this type of music.

Great for calm and steady coding.

I’ve been to the gym yesterday morning, after some time away from it.

Things I did not miss: Angry people dropping weights like idiots. People on their phone, messaging or, worse, talking. The bad music. The smell.

I think it’s been raining 6 out 7 days for the past 5 weeks, with a day or two of sunshine. Really gets to you!

Just pushed out an update to Gluon that adds video playback for timeline items. I know I’m late to the party! The videos repeat/loop and they are muted as default. You’ll get your normal iOS/Android controls. I’ll add a few settings to this feature.

I like the idea of “Mac Open Web” - - but what about other platforms? They surely also do, and need, “open”. It should be global awareness for the better good.

Also a shame that the launch list only provides the “big names”. Of course I understand that you can create a pull request, but some initial research into it should provide a gold mine of indie developers all trying to contribute in big or small ways.

I guess it’s early days for the site, but I’d love to see everyone come together across many platforms and fields. We already have diversity problems, so it would be nice to see something more global across platforms.

An “open web” is, after all, open to all, and not just a subset of people on one particular platform.

My next project after Gluon will be a cross platform RSS reader. However it’ll be simple and do away with unread counts or any other “OMG I’m so behind on everything” feelings. Something simple and enjoyable. More on that soon.

I got the go-ahead to showcase some of the client work I’ve been working on the past few years. Hoping to add that to my site when I have time this year. So probably Christmas 😂 Can’t wait to show people.

Pushed out a smaller, but bigger behind the scenes, update for Gluon.

I gave some loving to the Android version and fixed a few bugs! Also added experimental local push notifications for mentions on Android. Give it a go!

iOS now also has local push notifications again! I pretty much re-wrote the background fetching so it should be much much better in handling background tasks. Which brings me to my next point:

The app used to, 25% of the time, ask you to log back into the account randomly… I REALLY hope I have now fixed this. Please let me know if it works for you! I’m testing like crazy, but the more feedback I have the better!

Also, I want to apologise for all the “Gluon” noise! I’m testing between two accounts with different devices… I promise to blog about other stuff than just Gluon 😊 It’s where my head is at at the moment!

I’m hoping to wrap it up in the coming weeks to get it out there into the wild.

Always interesting to see the limitations I come across when building Gluon cross platform for Android and iOS. Android having its own set of rules, same with iOS. Happy though that 90% works cross platform. Certainly makes it interesting!

My laptop crashed today for the first time ever since I got it. Cause:

"caused_by":”bridgeos” - YAY!

I’m convinced that Apple said that on the new Apple TV App you’ll be able to see all your Family purchases, across your accounts, in the keynote. Or did I miss that? I was really looking forward to that, but I can’t see it at all...

Started work on Posting from Gluon. On login, or when you reload your feed, it will check if you have a hosted site on If so, the button will show. Will continue tonight with adding the actual posting screen and logic.

Pushed out a small update to Gluon. I’ve added the Micro Monday link on the "Discover more” section, tweaked Wordpress emoji image handling (now real emoji), and you can open images in a browser which is the first step before I add the modal.

I dropped the “software engineer” title and am now a “starter”. I prefer that. Pretty much sums it up for me. I love starting and developing things.

I know I said this before… but when you add a playing song to your playlist in Apple Music… and then it stops playing… ...

Pushed out an update to Gluon before heading to bed. Wanted to get into it again after just over a month away from it (gonna explain why soon). I have many things planned - all to be revealed soon. Also need to give Android some loving too.

I don’t feel like coding again today. Don’t know what is going on. I’ll update the computer and have a shower me thinks. Read a bit for an hour. Forcing work is the worst.

And here’s the second screen. Hasn’t changed much tbh, except the raft of games, because my daughter likes to play together with me (which I love). Apple folder. Random (idea) folder. Money/Bank folder (trying to keep it minimal). Games - just some random ones.

Here is my home screen I have settled on. I don’t use the calendar too much, but I like it there. Having Books in the dock was a great move as I find I start reading mostly. Dynamic background to give iOS some life.

I’ve tried a few meditation apps and general wellness apps over the past few weeks. Doing research. And the sad thing is, they almost all require personal details to sign up to an account before you can even start. I reckon there is a market there.

I felt like writing a short story. It’s a bit dark and I have no idea where it’s going to go. Felt good to write though. Not sure about the title.

I’m not 100% sure who said it (probably Bruce Lee), but this stuck with me for life:

To truly know oneself, is to rid yourself of the influence of others.

This is true more than ever in our modern, connected and always ‘on' society.

I have two questions for anyone using Gluon.

  • I’m planning on removing “Favorites” as a prominent tab item and replace it with “Photos”, which will be a specific timeline just with photos (and some other cool photo things). Favs will live under your profile instead. Good idea? Bad?
  • ”Your Feed” - I’m planning to rename this to either “My Feed”, “Feed” or “Timeline”. Which one do you prefer?

The result of the first local push for a @-mention. I received two from Gluon because I send a blank push with details for the currently logged in user. I get them through every time a background task is run = many 😬

Homescreen for March. Trying to keep it to a minimum with low noise. I may remove Mail from here too as I find myself distracted looking at emails all the time.

Understandably I find myself reaching for the phone a lot. Going to put it in a different room or out of sight. Reset myself.

The Gluon Android Alpha 2.0 is propagating through the Play Store. I’m going to keep an eye on it to see when that updates. Once I’m happy I’m going to add everyone that emailed me. Google Play Store is super confusing, but I hope that it should just work for the existing list of users.

I’m adding swipe actions for “Favor” and “Reply”. I’ve got favourites working nicely and that also triggers a reload of the “Favorites” feed. Next up is replying, but not today. Here are the colours behind the table cell. Always nice to see.

I just completed the Appearance section of Gluon. You can also now choose a font that is used to display timeline items. I don’t apply the font app wide, but I could if enough wanted it. Too much of the same font doesn’t look great.

I renamed Hilbert to Status, as I prefer it. Also brought across all the goodness that is in Gluon so that there are great foundations.

Status will be specifically for and will also introduce push notifications. Will have a small web app supporting the app.

I haven’t spend much time on it except just the design and basic login.

I hope that Family orientated things get better with Apple. For example, the TV app, doesn’t show me purchases from other family members. Can’t stream either. Don’t see rentals. Nothing. Basic stuff. Frustrating. 😞 There’s a huge potential, but they don’t choose to play those basic things.

I just released Gluon build 20190301.4, which adds the ability to switch themes and accents instantly. Give it a go and choose a nice combo. I’m yet to style that section so please bear with me - you’ll be able to accents now though. If you want more accent colours, just let me know.

Also added a double tap to reload the current feed you’re on. Just double tap the tab bar icon and you’ll get a haptic feedback event, followed by a reload/fetch. Thanks to @nitinkhanna for this one.

Today was my daughter’s 5th birthday. Time really flies and it’s amazing how far she has grown up already. It always amazes me. My love for her grows day by day, it’s hard to describe what that feels like. Happy Birthday Amelia ❤️

I’m about to push out a new build for Gluon (20190228.3) . It will include a very early experimental “Appearance” option in Settings. When you change any values, you’ll have to press the “Reload App” button at the bottom. Wait 1 second before pressing that, otherwise the settings will not save.

Themes are Light and Dark - these change the overall skin of the app.

Accents will change link colours and colours in the tab bar and header areas.

I’ll be hopefully completing this tonight, and get it nice looking and reload on the fly (it’s nearly working but took it out for now for this build).

I’m about to start another round of Gluon coding. Probably work on the “Following” screen or start work with adding replies. There are a few plans for Favourites and Discover, but they need to sit in my head a little longer.

If anyone is interested in using a bad project management tool, please just go ahead and give Asana a try. Bad UI, terrible UX and worst... I don't think they know what their product actually is. A client of mine recently switched and I'm getting to the point where I tell the project managers to just email me.