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Timeless

Reduce time anxiety and stay focused

Timeless is a subtle clock replacement. It helps you feel less anxious about the time and more focused on how you should be spending it.

  • Fix "mapped file has no Team ID and is not a platform binary" in Xcode 11

    After applying the preferred project settings in Xcode 11 you might be confronted with the following error while loading a Library at runtime:

    dyld: Library not loaded: @rpath/DCOAboutWindow.framework/Versions/A/DCOAboutWindow
      Referenced from: /Users/username/Library/Developer/Xcode/DerivedData/Pipvid-adwfbkaurzovizgaarwkmugeihce/Build/Products/Debug/Pipvid.app/Contents/MacOS/Pipvid
      Reason: no suitable image found.  Did find:
    	/Users/username/Library/Developer/Xcode/DerivedData/Pipvid-adwfbkaurzovizgaarwkmugeihce/Build/Products/Debug/Pipvid.app/Contents/MacOS/../Frameworks/DCOAboutWindow.framework/Versions/A/DCOAboutWindow: code signature in (/Users/username/Library/Developer/Xcode/DerivedData/Pipvid-adwfbkaurzovizgaarwkmugeihce/Build/Products/Debug/Pipvid.app/Contents/MacOS/../Frameworks/DCOAboutWindow.framework/Versions/A/DCOAboutWindow) not valid for use in process using Library Validation: mapped file has no Team ID and is not a platform binary (signed with custom identity or adhoc?)
    

    The issue is caused by a new entry in your project.pbxproj that specifies the signing identity: CODE_SIGN_IDENTITY = "-";. It’s set to Sign to Run Locally by default.

    Changing Signing Certificate to Development under Signing Capabilities in the project settings resolves the issue. You could also manually update the entry to CODE_SIGN_IDENTITY = "Apple Development";.

    A screenshot showing that you should set 'Signing Certificate' to 'Development'

  • Related content with Jekyll and other Liquid tricks

    This article originally appeared on dangercove.com

    As promised, in this second part of the website redesign story I’ll go over the technical details of the changes I made to dangercove.com.

    Stack & frameworks

    To get a sense of how the website’s built, here’s an overview of what I use to layout and serve its content.

    It’s a simple setup. The entire site is statically generated by Jekyll and then served by Netlify. Bulma is a CSS framework that allows me to style templates quickly.

    Homepage

    Let’s take a look at the homepage first. The list of apps is generated by including the app/overview.html template and assigning it a set of apps pages.

    {% assign live = site.pages | where: 'layout', 'app/live' %}
    {% assign announced = site.pages | where: 'layout', 'app/announced' %}
    {% assign apps = announced | concat: live %}
    {% include app/overview.html apps=apps %}
    

    I fetch the apps to display by querying site.pages for pages that use the app/live and app/announced layout. Then I concatenate both arrays into a single apps variable and pass that to the includable app/overview.html template.

    A screenshot of the homepage after the changes. It shows a compact row of boxes that represent all the apps.

    Overview template

    The app/overview.html template checks if it’s on the homepage (if page.layout == "home") and adds the Danger Cove logo accordingly.

    ...
    {% if page.layout == "home" %}
    <div class="column is-4-widescreen is-half-desktop is-full-tablet is-full-mobile">
      <div class="box is-shadowless has-text-centered">
        {% include logo/retro.html %}
        <h1 class="title is-size-2-mobile is-1 is-spaced">{{ page.title }}</h1>
        <h2 class="subtitle is-size-5-mobile is-4">{{ page.subtitle }}</h2>
      </div>
    </div>
    {% endif %}
    ...
    

    Then it loops over the provided apps and includes app/introduction.html for each. This is the actual visual representation of the app, in the form of a card. Pulling it out into a separate include makes it trivial to display the app card anywhere else. I’ll use it again when showing related apps with blog posts. More on that a little further down.

    ...
    {% for app in apps %}
    <div class="column is-4-widescreen is-half-desktop is-full-tablet is-full-mobile">
      {% include app/introduction.html app=app %}
    </div>
    {% endfor %}
    ...
    

    Notice the convenient column CSS classes that Bulma provides. It’s trivial to scale the layout from mobile to widescreen devices.

    Front matter

    The app/introduction.html template pulls the title, subtitle, description and colors from the app’s front matter. This is what the front matter for Timeless looks like:

    ---
    layout: app/announced
    site_title: Don't get distracted by time
    title: Timeless
    subtitle: Reduce time anxiety
    description: >-
      Get a more subtle sense of what time it is. Reducing time pressure and distraction.
    date: 2018-07-18
    icon: timeless-clock_512.png
    hero:
      icon: timeless-clock_512.png
      dominant_color:
        r: 200
        g: 200
        b: 200
    features:
      - Specify several, customizable 'time segments'.
      - Indicates the current segment in the menu bar.
      - Display the actual time and date with a single click.
    tags:
      - macOS
      - Productivity
    topic: timeless
    mailchimp:
      interests: [2]
    permalink: /timeless/
    ---
    

    Every card shows a specific rainbow of colors in its bottom right corner. Storing this information in the page’s front matter allows me to pull it out in the template and apply per-app design details.

    {% assign color = app.hero.dominant_color %}
    <div class="box" style="background-image: linear-gradient(135deg,
    transparent 80%,
    rgba({{ color.r }}, {{ color.g }}, {{ color.b }}, 0.25) 80%,
    rgba({{ color.r }}, {{ color.g }}, {{ color.b }}, 0.25) 85%,
    rgba({{ color.r }}, {{ color.g }}, {{ color.b }}, 0.5) 85%,
    rgba({{ color.r }}, {{ color.g }}, {{ color.b }}, 0.5) 90%,
    rgba({{ color.r }}, {{ color.g }}, {{ color.b }}, 0.75) 90%,
    rgba({{ color.r }}, {{ color.g }}, {{ color.b }}, 0.75) 95%,
    transparent 95%)
    ;">
    ...
    

    It’s hard to get around using style="" for this loop. On the app’s landing pages I apply the colors to a generic CSS class that I can use in the template.

    ...
    {% if page.hero.dominant_color %}
    {% assign color = page.hero.dominant_color %}
    <style>
      .hero-app {
        background: linear-gradient(35deg,
        transparent 60%,
        rgba({{ color.r }}, {{ color.g }}, {{ color.b }}, 0.25) 60%,
        rgba({{ color.r }}, {{ color.g }}, {{ color.b }}, 0.25) 70%,
        rgba({{ color.r }}, {{ color.g }}, {{ color.b }}, 0.5) 70%,
        rgba({{ color.r }}, {{ color.g }}, {{ color.b }}, 0.5) 80%,
        rgba({{ color.r }}, {{ color.g }}, {{ color.b }}, 1) 80%,
        rgba({{ color.r }}, {{ color.g }}, {{ color.b }}, 1) 90%,
        transparent 90%);
      }
    ...
    

    Setting class="hero-app" atomatically applies the rainbow background for each app.

    News overview

    Before: A screenshot of the news overview before the changes. It showed an endless list of post titles. After: A screenshot of the news overview after the changes. It's a paginated list of full articles. Ready to read.

    Pagination

    Loading all posts on the /news page would be madness. The first step I took was to implement the jekyll-paginate-v2 plugin:

    1. Add gem "jekyll-paginate-v2" to Gemfile:
       group :jekyll_plugins do
         ...
         gem "jekyll-paginate-v2"
       end
      
    2. Activate the plugin in _config.yml:
       plugins:
         ...
          - jekyll-paginate-v2
      
       pagination:
         enabled: true
         sort_reverse: true # Required in my setup to order posts from new to old 
         permalink: "/page/:num/"
      
    3. Add pagination settings to the news.markdown front matter:
       ---
       ...
       pagination:
         enabled: true
         per_page: 5
       ---
      

    The pagination plugin is ready to be implemented in _layouts/news/home.html at this point. It comes down to two things:

    1. Replacing {% for post in site.posts %} with {% for post in paginator.posts %} in the template.
    2. Including the paginator controls somewhere on the page.

    Full post content

    I updated _includes/post/preview.html to show the entire post instead of just a preview. That’s it.

    A screenshot of the Timeless 'card' shown under an article about Timeless.

    This new feature uses some front matter magic to allow me to pull in related content with a blog post. Consider the _includes/post/related.html template:

    {% assign tags = include.tags %}
    
    {% for tag in tags %}
    {% assign app = site.pages | where: 'topic', tag | first %}
    {% if app %}
    {% include app/introduction.html app=app %}
    {% endif %}
    {% endfor %}
    

    Usage: {% include post/related.html tags=post.tags %}

    It loops through all tags assigned to a post and then searches site.pages for a page that has a topic that matches the tag.

    Imagine I write a post about Timeless and tag it like this:

    ---
    ...
    tags: [updates, timeless]
    ...
    ---
    

    If you look in the front matter for Timeless above, you’ll notice its topic:

    ---
    ...
    topic: timeless
    ...
    ---
    

    The app variable gets assigned and the app/introduction.html card template gets included. If the tags include multiple apps, each is shown.

    Open-source

    The full source code for dangercove.com is available on GitHub. For a comprehensive list of all changes made for this redesign, take a look at this diff: 3493aae..4518428

    I hope you enjoyed this in-depth look at how I keep dangercove.com up-to-date. If you have any feedback, questions or comments let me know on Twitter.

  • Fake GBA carts

    I’m selling all my Game Boy Advance carts. While taking pictures I noticed two cartridges looking a little off. The logos on both Metroid Fusion (AGB-AMTP-EUR) and Final Fantasy VI Advance (AGB-BZ6P-EUR) seemed fuzzy.

    A picture of Metroid Fusion for GBA showing that the logo on the cart is fuzzy A close-up picture of Metroid Fusion for GBA showing that the logo on the cart is fuzzy A close-up picture of Final Fantasy VI for GBA showing that the logo on the cart is fuzzy

    That’s not a good sign and I decided to open them up and take a look at the circuit boards.

    Here’s a picture of an authentic, Nintendo manufactured circuit board for Golden Sun (AGB-AGSP-EUR). It looks neat, tidy and well put together.

    A close-up picture of the circuit board of Golden Sun for GBA showing that it's authentic

    The contrast with the boards below is striking.

    A close-up picture of the circuit board of Metroid Fusion for GBA showing that it's fake

    This is the inside of the Metroid Fusion cart. The board is dirty, the fonts and logos are incorrect, there’s even a label on one of the chips (it says something about a ‘North Star’).

    A close-up picture of the circuit board of Final Fantasy VI Advance for GBA showing that it's fake

    The Final Fantasy VI Advance cart is less dramatic, but a reproduction nonetheless. The Nintendo logo looks awful.

    I haven’t decided what I’ll do with these. Either I’ll throw them out, or I’ll drop them off at the local thrift store. Trashing them means somebody else won’t be able to buy (or sell) them anymore.

  • Distracted by time

    It’s widely accepted that there exists a state of mind that allows you to perform exceptionally. Most people call it ‘the zone’ or ‘flow’. Achieving it helps you to get things done almost effortlessly. It’s fragile though; a single distraction can break it.

    The clock is one of those distractions for me:

    • 10.00 – Only 10 am?? It feels like I’ve been doing nothing for ages.
    • 11.30 – Better not start something new because it’ll be lunch time soon.
    • 14.00 - Sheesh this day is never going to end…
    • 16.00 – It’s already 4 pm?? I did nothing today and it’s too late to start now.

    This gets worse when I have appointments throughout the day. The example is a bit extreme, but you catch my drift.

    Hiding time

    As an experiment, I removed every time indicator from my screen six months ago. The effects are noticeable: I can just sit, work and not care about how the day is progressing. This lack of attachment in turn makes it easier to lose myself in what I’m doing, thus comfortably achieving more.

    There are downsides: it also stops me from getting up and do basic things like drink water or getting some fresh air. I work from home and if I’m not careful I skip lunch and scramble to make something for diner because I forgot to buy groceries.

    Notifications

    Notifications help with this. My calendar and reminders pop up every now and then so I don’t forget anything important. I could start wearing my Apple Watch again to remind me to get up, set additional reminders to help me take proper care of myself and do mundane tasks during the day.

    That’s a bit much, I think. It would make me feel like a robot.

    Timeless

    I’m working on a more natural way of getting the most out of my day: it’s an app called Timeless. At its core it gives me a generic sense of what part of the day I’m in: morning, lunch time, noon etc.

    Instead of breaking concentration or induce stress it lets me continue working when I’m still in the time range I’m expecting to get stuff done. Then, in a glance, it lets me know that I’ve entered a new part of the day. If it’s between 12pm and 2pm I should probably get lunch.

    There’s no notification to ‘get lunch now’, just a hint that when I’m ready I should probably go grab something to eat.

    Even when combined with more urgent interruptions, like water breaks, it allows me to comfortably get back to work. I don’t feel any pressure or hesitance because of how much time I have left in the day.

    Beta sign-up

    I’m getting ready to let others give this a go as well. If you’d like to be invited to try the beta, subscribe to the mailing list. Thanks!

  • My Office Setup

    I changed my workspace at home a few weeks ago. Instead of a dedicated room, I now have a closet to work in.

    That’s right: I fit my entire office inside of a cabinet. This includes a monitor, desktop computer, laptop, three game consoles with peripherals and a bunch of binders.

    A side-by-side picture of my office inside of a cabinet, doors closed on the left, open on the right

    It made me think about where I work on my apps. Currently there are three major workplaces that I alternate between: my closet, a desk at Blendle and random Croissant affiliated coworking places1

    Read the rest of this post over at shorts.boy.sh. For more regular updates and personal notes, consider following me there.

    1. Full disclosure: Contains an affiliate link for Croissant. Using it is much appreciated. 

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Pipvid

Snaps videos to any corner

Adds a picture-in-picture mode to VLC and QuickTime. Ideal for watching videos in the corner of your screen while you work on something else.