Back when I bought my 2016 MacBook Pro, I was kind of tempted to get all the expense out of the way in one hit and upgrade my monitor at the same time. The problem, as I wrote later, was finding someone to take my money.
What I really want now is to replace my existing two-screen setup – 15-inch MacBook Pro on the left, 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display on the right – with a single monitor.
That means I need something substantially wider than 27 inches and 2560 pixels. My colleague Jeff tested one candidate back in 2016, LG’s 34-inch UltraWide. But that didn’t tick all of my boxes, so I held out …
You should read the whole thing to see all the results, but this chart really sums it up pretty well. Fortunately, it also lines up pretty well with my own opinions on the iPhone vs Pixel debate we have today.
Siri is the big loser here, with only about 20% satisfaction. So just remember that if you personally are satisfied with Siri’s functionality, there are 4 other people who are not.
The only other categories with a noticeable drop are portrait mode photos from both cameras. I don’t think anyone is 100% satisfied with portrait mode on any phone these days, but the severe drop from the back camera to the front-facing camera is significant. Based on the shots I’ve seen from people with an iPhone X, this doesn’t surprise me at all. Basically no one posts them anymore, and I don’t blame them at all; they look pretty bad1.
Ironically, I find the front-facing camera to deliver better portrait shots on the Pixel 2 better than that phone’s back camera. ↩
Here’s an idea I’ve been tossing around lately- Apple should make an Instagram clone for iCloud users.
I think Micro.blog’s Sunlit gets you pretty close to a more open Instagram, with the big missing feature being the stories. Worth checking out if you’ve been earning for a better way to share experiences.
Sunlit does quite a few things better. For one it’s better to share events, or trips, as it includes checkins and groups large sets of photos together. However, as is the curse of Micro.blog it is far less discoverable. The backbone though is just a blog, and remember photoblogging? That used to be a thing, and it was glorious.
#OpenWeb is a new website from Michael Rockwell, and I think it’s a really great resource. The site essentially amounts to a collection of indie, solo bloggers who focus on Apple. You can either go to the site and check out links there, you can download the OPML file which will subscribe you to every site in the feed reader of your choice, or you can subscribe to the #OpenWeb feed and just get everything delivered wherever you want.
There are currently 22 websites on the page, and I have never heard of a few of them. If I wasn’t already included on the site (thanks, Mike!) then I would be petitioning to get on there.
#OpenWeb of blogs who focus on One company who has Complete control of their products seems a bit of a misnomer to me; should have called it #AppCentral or #Applerific or #ApplePie or a million other Apple puns but, I guess since they're all solo, indie bloggers it's gotta be Open.
It had been just under 24 hours since news broke that Sean Hannity was Michael Cohen’s oft-spoken-of “third criminal accomplice client” when Fox News released a statement:
FOX NEWS statement on Hannity: “While FOX News was unaware of Sean Hannity’s informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support.”
In case “While FOX News was unaware of Sean Hannity’s informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support” is VERY CONFUSING to you, CNN’s most astute analyst Chris Cillizza translated the statement on Tweeter:
1. Hannity never informed Fox of his relationship with Cohen
2. While “surprised” the network is not suspending him or penalizing him in any way.
“What is Fox News? Is it the best people? Am I brand new?” Christ, what a windsock.
After the statement was released, Todd went on his daily TV show “Sorry Katy Tur Isn’t Guest-Hosting Today, WAIT WHERE ARE YOU GOING” and expressed MANY SHOCKS that Fox News (!) didn’t commit to higher journalism standards (!!!) and at least slap Hannity on the wrist, for acting exactly like Hannity always acts. We’d find you a clip of that to watch, but we don’t want to.
Want to see more very serious journalists reassuring themselves that maybe this time Fox would do the right thing, before the statement came out? Luckily, Oliver Willis went ahead and started pre-LOLing at them hours after the original news broke:
Anyway, Fox News thinks it is just great that Sean Hannity has spent the last week and a half doing OUTRAGE-GHAZI!!!!111! about the FBI raid of Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, and that he’s had Cohen on TV many times too as one of his lie-guests, without disclosing to his viewers that Cohen is also his lawyer. Many standards! Such ethics!
It’s not that Fox News has never done anything to punish Sean Hannity for being Donald Trump’s sex fluffer, of course. One time they were like, “Hey Sean, stop doing commercials for Donald Trump’s campaign, because even WE can’t keep a straight face and pretend you’re a journalist right now.” Another time, they were like “OK we guess we’ll retract the Seth Rich Hillary MURDERRRRRRR story, since it is obviously a lie pulled out of somebody’s gross A-hole. We won’t get mad if Hannity keeps talking about it, though, because PFFFFFFT.”
Let’s sum up what we’ve learned in this post. Chuck Todd and Chris Cillizza are fucking idiots, Sean Hannity is a piece of shit, and Fox News is not a news network if you’re using any accepted English definition of the word “news,” oh wait, we already knew all that, HAHA SORRY FOR WASTING YOUR TIME BY TEACHING YOU NOTHING, Wonkette will do better next time.