Gary Bacon

Add SSL Exception in Chrome? Nope.

Context

Working on a new project of mine, I wanted to modify CSS in real-time with Codekit. I’ve been using CodeKit since January-ish of ‘012 Beta and have always been a big fan of it.

Below is a helpful video from CodeKit on how to set that up.

Great! Let’s get started coding…oh no.

The Problem

Self-signing certificates in Google Chrome? Nah. I love using Chrome for its Developer Tools. That would be perfect and helpful for this situation.

Chrome displays this error:

The site can’t provide a secure connection
_______.local doesn’t adhere to security standards
ERR_SSL_SERVER_CERT_BAD_FORMAT

( I just wanted to try the blur feature in CloudApp… )

Codekit has TLS Support. One would think the following image would work? Nope.

What to Read?

As a person that has over 900 books on his Amazon wish list, finding time to consume all the books that I want to seems daunting at times. I’m not a fast reader either. With the current list, if I stopped adding to it and read only one book a month, it would take me 75 years to read all of the books. If I read 4 a month, it would only take 18 years. Only. So, with that being said, I do have to prioritize my reading list.

How do I do that? Trello.

Previously, I’ve mentioned how I keep motivation at the forefront of my mind with Trello. I’m really leaning into organizing, doubling down on focus, defining my goals, and establishing a routine to sustain it all. Trello has been the perfect tool to do that with.

I have a few Trello boards set up. One for daily tasks, one for overall goals, and one for a backlog. The backlog gives a place to quickly store ideas, categorize tasks by project, and line them up to be pulled into the task board. Every Monday, I groom ( review and prioritize ) the task board bringing in action items for the week.

Yep, an agile life.

Reading

At the moment I’m reading about 2-3 books at a time. Two audiobooks and one Kindle/paper book.

Motivation With Trello and YouTube

Personally, I use Trello all the time. It’s a great tool for planning out projects, keeping track of a to-do list, or organizing your thoughts into actionable tasks.

Lately, I’ve been doing some goal setting and deep diving into some areas that I want to see growth in. With setting goals, I’ve decided to also create guideposts.

Guideposts are the physical reminders of goals and the set direction that I want to go in.

Examples? Visual reminders on a cork board. Custom made signs around my living space. Notes to myself.

For instance, if I wanted to consistently eat healthy every day during the week. Keeping in mind “the why” or the value behind the goal, which in this example would be “I want to eat healthy to lengthen my life.” The visual counterpart, or guidepost, would perhaps be a picture of some great food that I made, and then printed under that photo would be “Eat healthy. Lengthen life.”

Jolt

Book Review

Justin Jackson’s book Jolt: Marketing Tactics for Programmers, Designers, Freelancers, Makers, and Entrepreneurs was a great way to start off the year.

It really does give you a Jolt of inspiration.

This book is a great resource for marketing your new product, software, idea, book, or any project that you want to promote. It teaches you to, “Be different, break out of the mold, and surprise folks”.

Justin provides case studies, examples of websites and services using data that you might not known before.

Show Up First

One of the stories he provides is about being first to the party:

There is a first mover advantage that you get on any new platform. In the early days of Twitter, people who grabbed a foothold there were able to amass a big number of followers, even though they might not have been famous elsewhere.

I joined Twitter in May 2007 and can attest to this. Those of us that were there at the beginning ended up with much more engagement with early adopters, forged friendships, and benefited from the platform. Whale is an upcoming platform that I’m seeing the same pattern emerge as I did then.

He goes on to say:

You can set yourself up to create [luck]. Quantity is what gets you to quality. Start placing little bets; try a bunch of things. One of them might work and become big.

This is great. Validate your ideas. Try to see what works, evaluate the data, and keep iterating on what does work. That’s the key. Look back at what you’ve done, revise, and keep pushing forward.

My Top Apps of 2016

Alright, lets take a look at the apps that I used the most in 2016. Iโ€™ll also make note of the apps that have been replaced by another app in the same category.

Apps that I use the most

  • Fantastical – Calendar app of choice on iPhone for 2 years now. Use it a ton on my Mac.
  • Snapchat – Used nearly every day.
  • Simple – still love my bank.
  • Camera – use the built in iOS app a ton now, sorry Camera+.
  • Wallet – formerly Passbook, built in iOS app. Use it for flights, movie tickets, Coca-Cola rewards, and more.
  • Audible – favorite way to read.
  • Instagram – posting more again.
  • Inbox – use this daily. Tried using the new Gmail app. Wish it either had the option to delete ( swipe left ) or archive ( swipe right ). Having one or the other is a ‘meh’ option for me.
  • Facebook + Messenger
  • Swarm – checking in. Helps build my minimal journal.
  • Safari
  • Slack
  • Twitter – find myself using the native app more. Mainly due to the variety of notifications it gives.
  • Way of Life – routines app.
  • Castro – new podcast app. Organizes by feed instead of podcast. So far, great.
  • Paprika – organize my favorite recipes.
  • Lose It! – health app, used since 2009.
  • Apple Music – Updates have made the service better, still not great though.
  • Robinhood – no fee stock trading.
  • Trello – use it at work, and less at home. This wasn’t always the case. Pro tip: don’t create too many boards ๐Ÿ™‚

Google’s Push to a Mobile-First Search Index

Recently Google modified its search index. They are calling the new experiment a “mobile-first” index, they’re emphasizing that mobile first will be given the priority.

…our algorithms will eventually primarily use the mobile version of a siteโ€™s content to rank pages from that site…

Desktop results will remain the same for now but the user experience and priority for mobile results is evolving.

The main reason for this? Some websites have split their domain for mobile ( m.domain.com ) or offered drastically different content for the mobile experience.

Google wants to remedy that disparity in content.

What can you do? Well for good SEO and great results, I recommend the following:

1. Create a Mobile Friendly Website

The easiest way to do this is to have a responsive website. This means your website will adjust to fit whatever screen the user is reading on.

If you use a CMS, Content Management System, such as WordPress there are a ton of responsive themes that you can find for it.

2. Test Your Website

Google offers a tool that allows you to test your website to see how mobile friendly it is. Below is an example of what it would look like if your website came back with results that show it to be “not mobile-friendly”.

Example of Not Mobile Friendly

3. Content is Still King

It goes without saying that the best way to improve your SEO is to have great content. Make sure that you are putting out content regularly. This will encourage re-indexing, keeping current, and staying on target for the topics or keywords that you want to target.

Source: Google

Deep Linking into the iMessage App Store

When working on Mister Bacon, I realized that the app could be viewed in two different stores. You have the overall app store and then you have the App Store within iMessage itself.

If you install it from the main app store there is a chance that the user might not be able to find it after. More details on that in another post.

When using your iTunes link to the app store be sure to include &app=messages.

This will make it so that when the user clicks on the link via their mobile device, it will pop up in the iMessage App Store automatically.

App Image

How to Use Stickers in the iOS 10 Messages App

With the launch of the iPhone 7 also came the debut of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 10. This latest version of the OS brought with it a ton of new changes, improvements, and added features.

One of those new features is the ability to add stickers to text messages in the Messages app ( or iMessage ).

I’ve had a few people ask me where to find them so I decided to make a short video to walk you through it.

Mister Bacon – delicious bacon stickers for Messages. ( app store )

Apple Watch Not Unlocking a Mac

Setting up the feature that allows you to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch ( must have OS X Sierra & iOS 10 ) has been a bit more tedious than I had anticipated. I believe this is due to a bug.

Two-factor authentication is new. This needs to be set up prior to attempting to use Apple Watch to unlock.

If you have Two-step authentication disable it first.

Pro-tip

Do not try and check the box in System Preferences > Security & Privacy before setting up Two-factor authentication correctly.

There are plenty of guides online for setting this up, however, none have pointed out the bug. I found a few other folks that had the same issues in forums.

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The issue is that once you check the box and authenticate, and if Two-step is still on, then OS X hides the checkbox. There is no way, that I’ve found, to re-try this.

Update: To get the checkbox back, simply reboot, reauthenticate, and it should work again.

Headphones You Can Buy Right Now for iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 or iPhone 6SE is fast approaching release. With that, one of the largest rumors around the device is that Apple is discontinuing the 3.5mm jack in favor of using the lightning cable for headphones.

Personally, I’m not a fan of the 3.5mm jack on headphones. After a pair of my Bose did this:

However, Bose being an amazing brand in both quality and customer service, hooked me up with a free replacement pair. Plus, two days later, they upgraded me to Bluetooth so it would never happen again. #winning

While the switch to lightning may seem groundbreaking, or even startling, Apple has actually supported lightning headphones since 2014.