RadarScope 3.8

We released RadarScope 3.8 for iOS and macOS today.

The headline features are improvements to the Pro packages: Tier One subscribers gets 30 frames of radar animation (up from 20) and Tier Two subscribers get SPC outlooks, local storm reports, and server sent events for radar images1.

However, my favorite feature is the revamped Apple Watch app. You can now display (and animate) radar images from your watch without needing to kick the work back to your phone2. I am not without my phone too often, but it is great to know I can check on the radar if I leave my phone at home.

Last night I was out for a run with just my Apple Watch and my AirPods when I got an alert that the National Weather Service just issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch. I was able to pull up the radar to see if there were any storms in the area instead of just ending my run early. The skies were still clear, so I was able to finish.

You can find the full release notes at the company site and you can find the app on your favorite App Store. Be sure to try out a Pro plans to see the new feeds!


  1. Basically, our server tells the app when a new image is available instead of the app polling every minute to ask. So new images will show up faster when you have Pro Tier Two. 
  2. This features was build specifically for the LTE Apple Watches, but it will actually work on any of the models if they are connected to a WiFi network. 

Atlassian + Slack →

Joff Redfern, VP of Product Management at Atlassian:

When we announced Stride in September 2017, we said, “It’s time we rethink the way we’re working. We believe that teams can stay connected and keep moving forward.” We still believe that. We knew we were taking a risk by entering an already competitive real-time team communications market, but we were willing to do the hard work necessary to build a great product. And we believe we were on that path. Stride was a bold project, and we’re very proud of the product we created and the team that created it.

Over the past year, however, the market in real-time communications has changed pretty dramatically. And throughout that change, one product has continued to stand out from the others: Slack. While we’ve made great early progress with Stride, we believe the best way forward for our customers and for Atlassian is to enter into a strategic partnership with Slack and no longer offer our own real-time communications products.

We use Atlassian products at work and I am generally pretty happy with them, but HipChat was clearly a weak point for them. I am pretty excited that we will be moving over to Slack soon.

Now I just have to hope that they actually switch over to using UIKit for there Mac app so I don’t have to use half of my iMac’s RAM running Electron (zing!).

Now that Microsoft owns GitHub and Slack is partnered with Atlassian (and therefor BitBucket), it looks like it is going to be Microsoft/GitHub vs Slack/Atlassian fighting for the future of developer tools. I prefer GitHub to BitBucket, but I can’t help but thing that Atlassian is the favorite in that fight.


Today feels like a good day for Apple to ship beta 2 of Shortcuts. It has been three weeks since the initial beta.





I had the perfect dad-stereotype moment earlier this evening; I was replacing a light fixture while I was grilling while I was drinking a beer.


Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Trailor →

It is so nice having Star Trek back on TV where it belongs. I enjoyed Season 1 of Discovery quite a bit (especially the second half), but the Season 2 trailer looks way more like classic Star Trek than Season 1 was. I can’t wait.

Also, Anson Mount looks great as Pike.




Don’t mind me, I’m just over here re-implementing ‘UITableView’ inside a ‘UICollectionViewFlowLayout’.




Garbage In, Garbage Out →

Seth Goden:

“Garbage in, garbage out.”

It has a nice ring to it. And engineers have long embraced it as a mantra. If you don’t put the right stuff in, don’t expect to get good results.

I have been reading Seth’s blog every day for almost a year now. I think this post is my favorite from him that I have read yet.

I really drives home how important it is to design for your users instead of defaulting to blaming them when things go wrong.

That is definitely something that I need to be reminded of every now and then.


On Sunday, I switched up my workout routine and started running. Today, I had already shaved 45 seconds off my mile pace. I’m aiming for 7ish minutes. About 90 seconds to go!

None of this changes any of my feelings about running though. It is, and always will be, stupid.


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