Scott Jack

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“Two powerful and opposing drives — the desire to enjoy the world and the urge to set the world straight.” – E. B. White

❤️ Indiewebifying a WordPress Site – 2022 Edition by David ShanskeDavid Shanske (

In 2018 and 2019, I wrote an article on how I set up my WordPress site. It included some summaries of the Indieweb plugins for WordPress I use, and what they do.
Recently, I came across Geoff Graham’s response on CSS Tricks commenting on another post by Miriam Suzanne on implementing Indieweb tech…

My mom has been lugging around an old, non-booting Toshiba consumer laptop because the hard drive has photos on it she doesn’t want to lose. I finally decided to work on getting the photos off of it today.

$SourceDir = "D:\Users\dir"
$DestinationDir = "F:\"
Get-ChildItem -Path "$SourceDir" -Filter *.jpg -File -Recurse | Copy-Item -Destination "$DestinationDir"

That probably isn’t the best way. It probably would have been better and faster to use something like:

Get-ChildItem -Path "$SourceDir" -recurse | where {$_.extension -in ".jpg",".png"} | Copy-Item -Destination "$DestinationDir"
Found this Wayback Machine Downloader Ruby gem via Simon Willison. Trying it out since my site has moved around a bit over the years and I’m definitely missing some old content. Eventually I’ll comb through it and repost what seems relevant.
iOS 16 supports as far back as the iPhone 8/X. Likely, then, iOS 17 will be the last version to support my XS Max. That means that in either 2023 or 2024 I will need to upgrade. Time to start saving!
Today I successfully changed out the screen on my XS Max using a $100 part from iFixit. TrueTone may be broken (thanks, Apple), but my phone is functional again. Now, if only I had an easier way to replace the rear glass panel.

P.S.—Some sources say that a hot plate at 100C for 1-2 minutes is good at loosening up the back. And there are Chinese-origin handheld programmers for transferring TrueTone data to a new screen (if the screen has an embedded EEPROM chip).

Mark, if I can be of assistance with IndiePass documentation, please let me know. Thanks for your work on revamping the app.
IndiePass Dev Update by Mark SutherlandMark Sutherland (

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted purely about IndiePass, and the current status of the new app.
Firstly, I had hoped to have an update for Android released by now that had renamed everything to IndiePass, however renaming the app triggered the app being manually reviewed, and the update …

I feel like this is what Automattic is doing with the Reader and Tumblr. The proposed indieweb version is Microsub, of which there are some working examples. by cory hughart .comcory hughart .com (Twitter)

In all honesty, I’d rather have something that lets me subscribe to other WordPress sites within the backend and creates a distributed social network instead of constantly chasing the social media flavor of the week. I really think @mor10 is onto something though.

From 2015 to 2019, I drove a 2008 BMW 335i (with Sport package). I loved that car; it was just so fun to drive. Everything was stock but the sound was great, the handling excellent, the engine powerful, the controls well thought out, and the heated leather bucket seats comfortable for long drives. I even liked the orange lighting on the instrumentation. It’s been 3 years since we parted and I still miss my baby.

Let me go back to the controls for just a moment. Some cars, many cars—maybe even most cars—have controls that seem to have been an afterthought. It’s as if they were designed by someone who hates driving, tolerates driving, or doesn’t drive. They are maddening and confusing, with maddening and confusing symbols disguised as help.

The Bimmer was not this way. My E90 had the most delightful controls I have ever used. Every button and lever was in the most logical, practical place. My favorite example of a well-designed control in that car was the cruise control. Accelerating and decelerating could be done in multiples of 1mph or 5mph thanks to a “resistance point” – much like the half-click of a shutter. Resuming was a button at the end of the lever. To disable, simply push the lever up or down or brake. The car would resume cruise speed after passing and would engine brake going downhill.

I don’t miss the repairs; in fact, I traded it into a used car dealer that had a service center because of a major leak that was the last straw. Thankfully, they had a CR-V in great condition and I’ve been driving it for the last 3 years.

I want to come back to this.
Tom’s assumptions
1. Consulting can build cash freedom
2. Positioning is for the ego, not for the market
3. Change is continuous and self-directed, so you should stomach “bad work” because you can escape it faster
4. How much “time” you have is really about how much energy you have
Tom’s map
Phase 1: Making the leap, zero to one
Phase 2: Getting started
Phase 3: Find stability
Phase 4: Find freedom
Phase 5: Build equity

(via Kevin Wammer)

🔖 A map for indie living by Tom CritchlowTom Critchlow (

Phase by phase, one foot in front of the other