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Earn your tools

The kind of advice Sid O’Neill is dispensing in Earn your tools is the kind of advice I could have done with reading during the couple of years when I was earning decent money:

It’s important to become deserving of a tool. It’s essential to building a skill that you pick tools that you’ll grow out of. So start with the thing that isn’t super-professional-advanced-level, and if you can put in the time and effort for long enough that you’re really starting to chafe under the constraints it places on you, then you’ll know it’s time to graduate.

Now, during a period of my life I’m not earning ‘decent money’, all those expensive, inessential tools that I never got the chance to ‘grow out of’ are lying around in cupboards, on shelves and on computer hard drives. eBay and the Trash Can lie in wait.

Namecheap’s .de domain name deal

Domain name registrar Namecheap, which, incidentally, is where this site is registered, currently has .de domains on sale at $8.40 (about £5.12). Get yours while stocks last.

When it emerged three years ago that GoDaddy’s then big cheese Bob Parsons was also a big game hunter, I went in search of a new home for my domains. Among the outpouring of anger on Twitter, Namecheap was oft-mentioned as an alternative to GoDaddy.

I immediately switched ten of the 15 domains I owned at the time, the ten that had less than 12 months before their renewals would come up. Funds were limited, and the remaining five domains were multi-year purchases that I couldn’t afford to repeat, so I let them run their course and transferred them to Namecheap closer to their renewal dates. The last was transferred early last year, and all my ties with GoDaddy were severed.

In the intervening three years, I’ve never had a single reason to complain about Namecheap’s service. Domain registration and management should be simple, and it is simple with Namecheap. Plus, when you have to do something that’s maybe a little out of your comfort zone, like a redirect, Namecheap’s documentation does a great job of walking you through the process.

The Namecheap site has just undergone a major redesign, making it even more user-friendly and easy to use. I’m happy to say I’ll be happy to stay with Namecheap for the foreseeable future.

If you have any questions, I’m Wordius on Twitter.

The best photo editing app for the iPhone

In an article for The Sweet Setup, Nick Heer rates VSCO Cam and Snapseed as being among the best photo-editing apps for the iPhone. He also warns:

[T]rust your eyes. Rely on VSCO Cam to enhance the best qualities of an image, not to replace them. It’s really, really good at doing just that.
Nick Heer

I agree with Heer’s choices. VSCO Cam is the app I use most of the time, but I occasionally reach for Snapseed, especially when I want to take advantage of its ‘drama’ filter.

Both apps are free, although VSCO Cam sells additional filters in-app.

My read books list

After an absence of nearly two years, my read books list has returned, using jQuery to sort the list from a Dropbox text file.

Markdown editor Ulysses to support publishing to WordPress

The developers of Ulysses III, a feature-packed Markdown editor for Mac, announced a short while ago that version 1.2 will use the metaWeblog XML-RPC to plug Ulysses III into popular blogging tools, including WordPress. That means:

[W]hether you’re running a self-hosted blog or are using an online-service such as WordPress.com, chances are high that 1.2 will allow you to publish your work directly from within the app. No more copy and paste, no more switching between browsers, you know the drill, you hate it as much as everybody else. —Ulysses 3 devblog

Maybe it’s time to revisit my workflow.

Ulysses III for Mac is available from the App Store