The Case For A Clean Homescreen

I have a problem … it’s the most pointless and unimportant problem to have, but I have it non the less. My problem is homescreens. I go to great lengths, on occasion, to setup my iPhone X homescreen in a nice, colour coordinated way. I spend far too long on this, but the results are usually pretty decent. 

The iPad, however, has always been another kettle of fish entirely! It’s near impossible to set up an iPad homescreen to be near, functional and also to work in portrait and landscape orientation. Usually, this is a page of work apps and then a page of play apps, along with a few folders when needed. 

Since iOS 11, and the introduction of the new multitasking system, unless your app is in the dock, which can only hold a fixed amount of apps (which varies between iPad sizes) you have to return to the homescreen, scroll around, and then launch your app. This can be a huge pain and take you out of your workflow. 

This is an example of what my homescreen used to look like on my iPad Pro 10.5”

The wrong way to setup an iPad Pro

I find this setup slow to navigate, distracting to look at and just impractical. After a bit of playing around, I came across my ideal setup. My iPad Pro now looks like this: 

The right way to setup an iPad Pro

Firstly, this is obviously far cleaner and less distracting to the eye. I have my main multitasking apps in the dock, and then every other app sits in the folder at the far right. My navigation workflow is now much faster. If I need an app that’s not in my dock I no longer need to go back to the homescreen and then scroll / swipe through page after pages of cluttered screens to find what I want. I now just use the keyboard shortcut to return to the homescreen, another to launch Spotlight, type the name of the app I want (or even just the start of the name) move down to it (via the arrow keys) and select the app with enter to fire it up. My fingers never have to even leave the keyboard.

When I shared this on Twitter I received a bit of a push back. Firstly, I couldn’t care less. You do you, but anyone that disagrees with this should at least try it. If you still don’t like it, that’s fair enough. Horses for courses. Right now, how we, this is certainly the horse for this course!

Look Ma, I’m famous (Or not)

A few weeks ago I receieved a pretty random sounding Twitter DM from someone claiming to be from the Wall Street Journal, saying she wanted to write a story and wanted some input from me. This seemed a bit _off_ for me, but I looked at her profile and it appears she sent something similar to quite a few people.

The reporter was replying to a ( I sent over 300 days ago, but I went along for the ride, assuming it was a random trolling, but it turns out it wasn’t!

The article went live in the [Wall Street Journal Tech section this morning]( Unless you’re a paying subscriber to the Wall Street Journal, you wont be able to read it, unfortuantely. I found a Workflow (_that I wont link to here, but I’m sure you can find it_) that can bypass the paywall so I could give it a read myself. It’s a very tongue in cheeky article, which was explained before, so I wont along with that premise. My small quote / inclusion in the article can be found in the attached image.

Day One 3.0. Dark Mode = 😍

[Day One](, an iOS journaling app I’ve been using for years now received its big 3.0 update. This update _finally_ adds a dark mode and it’s pretty great looking! While it would have been nice to have a ‘true dark mode’ of true black for the iPhone X’s OLED screen, the option they went with still looks fantastic. Along with dark mode there are a bunch of enhancements including the ability to add voice recordings to your entries, which is also going to be pretty handy. All in all this is a really solid update to an already beautiful app.

Indiepaper and the Indie landscape

The more I dig around into and the broader ‘indie’ landscape, the more I’m impresesed by some of the interesting and clever things people are making out there.

I just discovered [Indiepaper](, which is basically Instapaper / Pocket / Reading List, but is, in their own words:

> A “read later” service built for the open web

The fun thing is that this works with various microsub servers / services, Micro.Blog included. After a little fiddling, I’ve now configured this to send any articles I save into a new feed which I can subscribe to.

Currently I’m using the iOS **Reading List** for my read later service, which I am pretty happy with. Rightly or wrongly I _trust_ Apple above pretty much any company with any data I have, but I have configured a Workflow that can send pages to Indiepaper. I’ll see how well it works compared to just Indiepaper. This should allow me to, potentially, share things a little easier with my blog, but we’ll see.

Great work [[@cleverdevil](!

Why Do I Check This Thing?

I popped back onto Twitter to just read my timeline. Literally 30 seconds in and I read my first racist, nasty thread. Crazy place. Some people say you should just curate your timeline better, which is one way of looking at it, however I saw this particular thread because someone I follow that *isn’t* a racist idiot commented about how bad the comments are, thus shoving it into my timeline.