• Yesterday @Manton released the beta of Micro.blog for Mac, and for a first release, it’s excellent.

    It’s missing a few niceties like undo support, and this is also the second time I’m writing this post — I clicked on the wrong part of the app, and my post vanished, but hey it’s beta software.

  • I’m terrible at using curly quotes, I often just use the straight double mark (Shift + ‘). Naughty me.

    Here’s the keyboard commands to do it correctly:

    • Alt + ] = single curly quote ( ‘ )
    • Alt + Shift + ]= single curly quote ( ’ )
    • Alt + [ = an opening double curly quote ( “ )
    • Alt + Shift + [ = a closing double curly quote ( ” )

    For a slightly more in-depth explanation check out this post by Chris Bracco.

  • The SNES is probably my all-time favourite console, as a kid, I spent countless hours playing Mario, Zelda, Street Fighter II, Mario Kart, and numerous other classics.

    Last year, while I was suffering a severe case of “gaming nostalgia” and decided to hunt down and purchase a SNES from eBay along with a bunch of games. I went as far as to get an old CRT as I knew upscaling these old games onto a big LCD screen just wasn’t going to cut it.

    Getting all the original hardware set-up was glorious, the games all looked and played just as good as I remembered them. However, after a few months practically soon set in. I sold the CRT because it was just way too big to have sitting around the house. I kept the SNES along with the games, boxed it all up and put it away in a cupboard.

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    Earlier this year Nintendo announced they were releasing a SNES Mini, it looked so cute I knew I had to get one. I missed out on the first batch but managed to pick one up a few weeks ago. It looks just like the original SNES, but way smaller.

    As with the NES Mini, it only ships with 20 games and was missing a few of my favourites. I did a quick google wondering if anyone had managed to hack games onto the system, of course, they had…

    I spent a few hours downloading ROMs and using a nifty little app called hakchi2 (PC only) to get extra games onto the SNES Mini. There’s some tutorials on YouTube showing you how to do it, but you honestly don’t need them, just download the app and follow the onscreen prompts.

    There are two things you should remember though, the games need to be in NTSC format (USA), or they won’t work, and you should backup the original firmware (there’s an option to do this in the menu).

    By default hakchi2 puts your extra games into a folder, here’s a quick video showing how this works along with a bit of gameplay.

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    The SNES Mini also has a software option to add “Scanlines” so it appears more as you might remember it. Having recently played a SNES on an old CRT, the scanline effect on the Mini makes the image look a little bit mushy, it’s nowhere near as good as the real thing, but it’s good enough considering you can hook it up to modern TVs.

    The SNES Mini is a great little console, it’s just a shame Nintendo don’t offer an official way to add more games to the system.

  • Realmac Software was founded on the 19th of November 2002. The company existed before that, but that’s the date it became official.

    In a few months Realmac Software will be 15 years old. I’m not sure why I thought about it today, but I did, and here we are.

    A lot has happened over the past 15 years. Looking back I can see where the various chapters start and end. It’s been quite the journey.

    Lorraine often jokes that I should write a book on it, she even came up with a title, “From Big Mac to Realmac”. Yes, my first job was at McDonald’s.

    Maybe I will. Maybe I won’t.

    Perhaps 15 years is a milestone that should be celebrated. However, I’m not really one for celebration so I think I’ll just carry on. I’ll most likely let the day pass, just like any other day.

    Here’s to the next 15.

  • Nice to see RapidWeaver 7 sitting at number 6 in the Top Grossing chart of the UK Mac App Store.

  • Got some fresh new Realmac stickers delivered today. These will be available to all our customers for free once the new website is up!

  • Due to the sheer number of leaks this year, I think it’s a safe bet to say we’ll see the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X Edition at Today’s Apple event.

    While we know a lot about the new iPhones due to the numerous leaks, there’s one thing people are still unsure of. How will the “X” in iPhone X be pronounced?

    Here’s what I think…

    Apple dropped the X from “OS X” last year so it matched the naming convention of iOS and tvOS (maybe the iPhone X is one of the other reasons they decided to drop it). When an X was used in the name of Mac OS X, Apple pronounced it as “Mac OS ten”. Most people just say it as they see it, and called it “Mac OS eX” (to the annoyance of many die hard Apple fans).

    While this years iPhone launch does indeed mark the tenth anniversary of the first iPhone, I think Apple has learnt its lesson and will pronounce the name as “iPhone eX Edition”, not “iPhone ten Edition”.

    I guess we’ll find out within the next few hours!

  • Picked up the new Logitech MX Master 2 in light grey — So much better than the Magic Mouse 2.

  • I submitted a new version of Squash for Mac to the App Store at 17:47, it went into review at 18:33, and was approved by 20:08 — I’d say that’s pretty damn speedy.

  • Earlier this year I was looking for a decent pair of headphones and was disappointed to find most of the high-end pairs use animal skin on the headband and ear cushions. Thankfully I figured out that the Bose QuietComfort 25 (and 35) use synthetic leather. I’ve been using the 25s for a few months now, and I can honestly say they are the best sounding headphones I’ve ever owned. If you’re vegan/vegetarian and looking for some decent headphones, the Bose QuietComfort are an excellent choice.

  • When you say you run your own company people always ask how many staff you have. The higher the number, the more impressed people seem to be and I can understand that. I fell into this trap myself, the trap of thinking bigger is better.

    I thought to be classed as a successful company I needed to grow. I needed to get a bigger office, hire more people, and why not. The company was making enough money, so I just went with it.

    Then one day I looked up and I was responsible for ten full-time employees, a whole host of freelancers, and an office big enough for 30+ people. Unchecked, a business can take on a life of its own. I didn’t plan for it to be like that, it just happened. I never stopped to think about what I really wanted.

    The more staff you have, the more politics there are. You go to the pub and suddenly you can no longer all fit around the same table, splinter groups start to emerge. You get a bigger office and the overheads suddenly balloon. All of this leads to more stress and more pressure. Maybe some people get a kick out of it. I don’t.

    Over time I started scaling back my business. I’ve found running a smaller, more intimate company is so much more enjoyable. I now work from home, there’s less stress, and best of all I get to see my family whenever I want. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying don’t hire people or don’t get an office, I’m just saying think carefully before you do. You need to be ambitious, but not so much so that the stress of it ends up making you sick.

    As a company grows, there’s a tipping point and getting stuff done actually becomes slower. There’s more process and more meetings.

    Small, agile, and profitable is much better.

    If you run a small business, think carefully before hiring anyone full-time. Think very carefully before getting an office. Think about the longer term and where you want to end up. Do you really want the overheads and all the other stuff that a bigger business brings along with it?

  • I’ve known Matt Ronge since the early days of RealBasic. His latest hardware project to turn your iPad into a touchable display for your Mac looks absolutely stunning.

    It’s called Luna Display, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it raise over 1 million dollars on Kickstarter!

  • To add spaces to your Dock in macOS just type the following into Terminal and hit Return:

    defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}'; killall Dock

    I have a few of these to keep my Dock nice and tidy!

  • T-shirt and stickers arrived today from the IconFactory. They were part of the reward for backing Phoenix on Kickstarter. Even though it’s still in beta, it’s shaping up really nicely!

  • Found this old book while staying in Rye. Disappointed the companion book wasn’t available as I was looking forward to learning how to dress like a lady on £15 a year!

  • Very much into psychedelic folk at the moment and that led me to find these lovely vinyl albums from 1969-1971. More folk than psychedelic, but still so good.

  • The optimal vitamin D range seems to be between 35 and 50ng/ml. Anything below 20ng/ml is apparently dangerously low.

    Vitamin D is found naturally in very few foods; primary sources are the sun and mushrooms. They are also found in fatty fish, and fortified dairy products, but seeing as I’m vegan those are not an option.

    Even if you’re not vegan, it’s suggested most people should be taking a supplement of around 1,000 - 2,000 IU daily to achieve adequate blood levels and gain protection from osteoporosis, cancer, and heart disease. Look for supplements that provide D3 (cholecalciferol) rather than D2 (ergocalciferol).

    I’ve written about Vitamin D for my own reference, please do your own research before changing your diet or taking supplements.


  • RapidWeaver and Squash are in Setapp, and while the revenue from the service is lower than I’d like, there’s an upwards trend. This is the combined sales from both apps, along with partner revenue (from referred sales) for the past 4 months.

    • May: $1,446.97
    • June: $1,563.35
    • July: $1,621.36
    • August: $1,913.82
  • Keith from Literature & Latte’s thoughts mirror many of my own on the subject of Subscriptions. Especially in relationship to RapidWeaver. www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/vie…

  • I backed Welcome to Macintosh on Kickstarter last year, am very much looking forward to hearing season 3! www.macintosh.fm/episodes/…

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