iPod 2001 still going

I celebrated the tenth anniversary of the original iPod. The initial iPod was released on October 23, 2001. I’m pleased to note that mine is still going strong 14 years later. It’s funny now to look back and remember that I was absolutely sure I’d never be able to fill up five gigs with just…

Harry Potter and the iBooks Author

My co-writer Michael Cohen has an interesting piece over at TidBITS on the just published “Enhanced” edition of Rowling’s Harry Potter series. They were made with the current version of iBooks Author, and are therefor exclusively available at the iBooks store. Apple’s iBooks Author app is still free; this is the first commercial example I…

New iOS 8 Keyboard Features

I have another article over at my publishers, Peachpit on the new iOS 8 keyboard features, including the ability to add third-party keyboards. One of the innovative aspects of iOS in its initial release was the way the onscreen digital keyboard and multi-touch combined to make a large number of characters available within limited screen…

Markdown and Me

As part of my determination to come up with a cleaner less keystroke-intensive workflow for all my writing, I’m taking a hard look at Markdown. I first heard about Markdown back in 2004. I’d been blogging for a few years, and and hand-coding HTML. I came to HTML with surface familiarity with SGML in a library…