Tag Archives: iOS

Journalists need to collect “string:” fragments of ideas and information that might turn into stories later

Laura Shin at Poynter.org describes how several journalists build their string collections, and organize them — or don’t:

Fleeting thoughts and observations that seem interesting, if not directly relevant to your article, could someday lead to another story, whether that’s a quick blog post or a book.

Capturing these random thoughts in an organized fashion is challenging. That could be why few writers do what is sometimes called collecting “string” — or, random threads of thought that could someday be spun into a larger story. (When reporting this article, I approached many writers who said they do not collect string. Some even asked me how to define the term.)…

Whether you decide to go with a detailed organization scheme or a looser method, the emphasis here is that you should collect random thoughts and observations that seem interesting, whether or not you end up using them later. And you should have a method for reviewing them to make sure that the ideas you’ve collected don’t gather dust.

I’m thinking about trying out DevonThink, which now has an iOS app. Among other things, it seems like a good way to organize a string collection.

And this blog is of course a big string collection. Which might be a good tagline for it.

Bruce Schneier: How hackers break passwords, and how to pick good ones

Find a good password management app and let it worry about picking good passwords and remembering them. Schneier recommends Password Safe for Windows, but says he can’t vouch for Password Safe on other platforms because he has not evaluated them. I like 1Password, which supports Mac and iOS, which I am familiar with, and Windows and Android, which I’m not.

Something to hope for in iOS 10

Brief Thoughts and Observations Regarding Today’s WWDC 2016 Keynote [John Gruber/Daring Fireball]

It seems possible that with iOS 10 we may be able to change our default Web browser. I’ve been wanting that for years. It’s something you can easily do on the Mac, and it’s a simple area where the iPhone and iPad lag behind Android.

Also, I’d like a way to change the default keyboard. Right now you can do it in a halfway fashion; it doesn’t stick. It’s like Apple wants you to use the stock keyboard as default while switching to alternatives for occasional specialized tasks. I just want to be able to use a third-party keyboard 100% of the time. Again, a simple area where Apple lags far behind Android.

I don’t understand what’s going on with the lock screen in iOS 10, and don’t want to devote the time to watch the keynote video. I’ll just wait and see what comes out over coming months.