Work is picking up speed and that shows in the review for week 4.

I did find time to work on implementing an idea that Rui Carmo has on his blog, the Tao of Mac. Actually, it’s unfair to call it a blog, Rui Carmo uses it both as a note-taking app and a wiki to interconnect notes. It’s a software he developed and even shares with others.

This blog on the other hand uses the Hugo Static Site Generator (SSG) with a design that I ported to it. Hugo is great for Content Strategy because of the way that any page can be customised and content-types can be configured. In this case I’ve been using a simple structure:

  1. Homepage
  2. Static Pages, like the contact page, the bookmarks, and the search page
  3. Blog Posts
  4. Instagram Posts, in the Photos section
  5. Stories, groups of posts that share the same topic and that deserve their spotlight.

I was missing a tag system that worked a bit more like Rui Carmo’s. In this context, a tag is a definition of a term and a collection of links and posts that relate to it. The tag for Public Relations is a good example, it shows a static note with a definition and automatically lists relevant bookmarks and related posts..

I’m still fiddling with the design and the mechanics of it. The notes may turn into pages on their own.

This may sound like a complex setup but it’s not. Nowadays there are several content management systems that can feed into these static site generators, which are more flexible, faster, and easier to optimise for SEO.

Academic Work

The semester is about to start and that doesn’t just mean lesson planning. I found a great article by Alexandra Phelan where she details her method to link Obsidian with Zotero.

Obsidian is a note taking app, and Zotero is a bibliography manager like Mendeley.

I’ve been using the method she describes while I write a small paper.

Life is getting hard for iOS developers

In other news, Apple is being forced to open the iPhone to other App Stores, in what is called sideloading apps.

Not happy with losing the monopoly on the iOS app market, the company is putting together a heavy set of countermeasures through notarization.

  • Notarization Requirements: Apps must accurately represent the developer, capabilities, and costs. They should be free of serious bugs, compatible with the current iOS version, and must not promote physical harm or enable malware distribution.
  • Privacy and Security: Apps cannot collect or transmit private data without user consent and must maintain device security.
  • Review Process: Includes an automatic check for malware and viruses, and a human review to ensure apps function as advertised.
  • Encryption and Signing: Apple will encrypt and sign all iOS apps for alternative distribution to protect users and developers’ intellectual property. Installation Checks: Notarized apps will be verified during installation to prevent tampering and block known malware.
  • Content Guidelines: Unlike the App Store, notarization will not check apps for quality or content.
  • User Information: Notarization details will be used to inform users about the app before installation.
  • Apple’s Stance: The notarization system provides basic protections but does not set the same high standards as the App Store review process.

Google quietly launched a better Reputation tracking for Emails

Maybe not so quietly, but at least I didn’t see any formal announcement of the new rules except through our Mailgun account of the Lisbon Collective.

In short:

  • Domains now can be verified to send emails
  • After 0.3% of total emails sent are marked as spam, Google and Apple may impose blocks to that domain.
  • Verified domains can authenticate their logo and have a blue checkmark.

screenshot of an ikea email with the verified checkmark

I’m having a lot of fun looking at all this unfolding. While most of this may annoy us, it also makes us think about what we are doing online and if it does bring any value.

Reputation is not just a thing in people’s heads.

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