Ricco Førgaard

Just going to work, that’s all.

AirPod Freedom

For two whole days now I’ve been outside painting my house. For almost the entire time I wore my AirPods listening to podcasts and audio books.

The freedom AirPods give is heavily underestimated, I think. I didn’t have to keep my phone in a pocket and get annoyed by the cord for the headset. I put the phone in a relatively safe place nearby and I had to go pretty far away from it before the connection would drop. Not a single time did one of the AirPods fall out of my ear or in any other way cause me trouble. They were completely out of the way.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, and I think the AirPods are one of the greatest new products from Apple since the iPhone. Of course, wireless headsets aren’t something new, but the execution is so damn perfect.

One downside to the AirPods is lack of noise cancelling. I look at it as a trade off; do I want next to complete freedom and no noise cancelling or do I want noise cancelling and a huge lumpy thing on my head (not to mention sweaty ears on hot summer days)? It depends on the situation, of course. For my daily commute and even short flights there’s no doubt that I prefer the light AirPods (even though the bus can be insanely noisy and noise cancelling is bliss), but on longer trips my Bose headset has more advantages in terms of noise cancelling and battery life.

I’m interested to see if Apple will give us next generation AirPods this year and if so, what will be improved? I suppose noise cancelling is one possibility, even though I imagine it must be hard given that AirPods don’t close the ear canal. Another “feature” could be smaller plugs (critics seem to always point at the long “stick” on the side of your head) and perhaps longer battery life.

Having a well deserved beer after painting half the house and while waiting for the grill to get ready.

Wikipedia seems to be having technical issues. I think this is the first time I’ve experienced that.

Today I’m working from home. I like to do that once in a while but I mostly do it to save time on commuting when I have other things to do. I prefer the face to face interaction with my colleagues and even just putting pants on and get out of the house (I wear pants now, though).

I think GDPR is a very important thing and I welcome it, but boy am I getting tired of all the emails…

Wow, Samsung’s app ecosystem is such a train wreck. After only four apps and a lot of Googling I managed to connect my A/C to wifi and control it from my phone with a sub-par pre iOS 7 app. I hope I can update the firmware to get it into the SmartThings system which seems nice.

I like these transparent coffee mugs from IKEA.

I just went from “I have nothing to eat” to making a delicious bolognese 🤤👨‍🍳

I just returned from the movie theater where I watched Ready Player One. My verdict: Ho. Ly. Shitwhatagreatmovie. I’ll give it five DeLoreans out of five Atari 2600s.

Hustwit is making a film about Dieter Rams. I love his other films and I’m really looking forward to this one.

It's Time for an RSS Revival

It’s Time for an RSS Revival

I, for one, welcome a second act for RSS and RSS readers.

I love this piece of insight from The Old Reader creator, Ben Wolf, in 2013:

How long will it be before your Facebook stream is so full of promoted content, bizarre algorithmic decisions, and tracking cookie based shopping cart reminders that you won’t be getting any valuable information

Summer Memories

2017-06-29

On the way from Bergen to Denmark.

2017-07-03

The beautiful North Sea.

2017-07-04

Traditional fishing boats. Now they’re mostly just for show.

2017-07-05

That’s one way to avoid getting water down the pipe.

2017-07-06

Chem trail shadow.

2017-07-07

My kids playing at the beach.

2017-07-08

Photogenic animal at the zoo.

2017-07-12

My parents were raised by poor families in this place. The view is beautiful but it must have been a tough place to live 60 years ago.

I finally replaced my iPhone 6 with something newer. It had to be an iPhone 8, since iPhone X was out of the question for some reason (ask my employer).

However, I really, really like the little tactile “taps” everywhere; deleting an item, scroll a list and so on.

I have something to say that can’t fit in a post on micro.blog. I’m reluctant to start a blog because I’m afraid I don’t have more to say than the one post. I’m also reluctant to give my content to Medium.

¯_(ツ)_/¯

I made a game!

No, not really. I followed a tutorial on simple game development in Go and then I made this.

Games are actually quite fun and really challenging. Now I can use some of the maths I should have learnt in school…

Ready for launch.

The camera on my phone doesn’t do the clouds this morning justice. I’d better get a new one…

I can’t help but feeling a bit of schadenfreude when I look at installation instructions for stuff. Usually it’s a short list of oneliners for different OSes and at the end there are ten steps for Windows.

A grey, rainy, and windy Sunday.

A good day for working on fun projects!

I just released a new alpha version of my Micro.blog CLI, speck. Now with support for replying and (un)following.

Install it with homebrew or compile yourself. For more information, see Github.

Be aware that speck is still an early alpha version. It only lets you list your timeline and write posts.

More features are in the pipeline, I just need to figure out where to begin ;)

Speck is now available with Homebrew.

You can install it in two easy steps:

  1. brew tap fiskeben/homebrew-tap
  2. brew install speck

Read more on Github.

This week I discovered Fountains of Wayne and especially the song Hackensack. For some reason it just really sticks. 🎵

My CLI tool for micro.blog is now available on Github. I chose to call it speck.

It’s still very much in alpha, but feel free to try it out and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help.