TFW you have what you know is a bad idea, but you have to spend the afternoon working on it to prove it to yourself because it would be awesome if it worked.

Also, I am not happy with the engineer 30 years ago that made accessing the window motor way more difficult than it had to be.

It took a lot more that just banging on the inside of the door with a hammer this time, but the Bronco has a working power window again. This time it should stay that way. 🔧⚙️

Discontinuing Workshelf

I have decided that I am going to discontinue Workshelf and remove it from sale. I just updated it one more time to remove the in-app purchases and to enable the full version for free.

If you currently have an active subscription, you do not have to cancel. I have disabled the subscription, so you will not be charged again.

I build Workshelf to respond to a potential market, not because it was something that I really wanted. I stopped development of an app that I was passionate about in order to get Workshelf ready for the release of iOS 11.

I spent a good portion of this summer working on a big 2.0 update to Workshelf that would include more extension points, a better UI, iCloud sync, and iPhone support. However as I worked on it, all I could think about was the other app that I actually wanted to build. I found myself dreading working on it. Since this was a side project and since it had not been too successful, I figured it was time to cut my losses and move on to a project I enjoy more.

If you still want to use a shelf app, I recommend Yoink. I have been using it since I decided to not make Workshelf anymore and I like it quite a bit.

I am back to working on my other project and am loving it. I will have more info about it when I am closer to actually shipping (not even close now).

It’s Football Time in Oklahoma

One of my favorite parts of the fall is driving through OU’s campus on my way to work on the day before a football game.

There are tents set up for tailgating, TV crews filming segments for local news, and an extra buzz and energy in the air. It is hard to beat the beginning of football season in a college town.

If you need some extra help getting motivated, here is a video chronicling Oklahoma’s 2000 National Championship run. I watch this video every year and it never gets old.

As Lincoln Riley enters his second year as head coach, it is worth remembering that our last National Championship came in a new head coach’s second year.


Microsoft will require suppliers to offer paid parental leave

Dev Stahlkopf on the Microsoft blog:

Over the next 12 months we will work with our U.S. suppliers to implement this new paid parental leave policy. It will require that suppliers offer their employees a minimum of 12 weeks paid parental leave, up to $1,000 per week. This change applies to all parents employed by our suppliers who take time off for the birth or adoption of a child. The new policy applies to suppliers with more than 50 employees and covers supplier employees who perform substantial work for Microsoft. This minimum threshold applies to all of our suppliers across the U.S. and is not intended to supplant a state law that is more generous. Many of our suppliers already offer strong benefits packages to their employees, and suppliers are of course welcome to offer more expansive leave benefits to their employees.

This is a great idea by Microsoft. I hope other big tech companies copy Microsoft on this. Apple similarly requires their suppliers to meet certain environmental thresholds, but I would love to see them adopt a policy like this too.

(Via Morning Brew)

Analyzing “Gather round”

Based on this tweet and the invite image, I think Apple could launch a new unrumored product (a ring?) next month.

While I would love this, it would sure throw a wrench in my budget. I got permission from Carissa for a phone, watch, and new AirPods. Not sure I could get permission to get something else too.

Or maybe it will just be a round Apple watch that would still fit the budget.

Or more likely, it does not mean anything and it will the expected normal product launch.

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