Des Paroz's microblog

Dear US media, ‘effort’ is not a verb. You cannot say “we are efforting to…”.

🔗 Thoughts on technology, business and productivity. —…

Nice overview of macOS and iOS setup by a fellow Aussie.

🔗 My desk —

Nice tour of @mattgemmell office space

🔗 Apple Pay cash: Not yet —…

Exciting new function, so I am happy to wait until it is fully cooked.

Yes. 🔗 Should you upgrade to iOS 11? —…

I really like that [@manton]( has further expanded the functionality of to incorporate some support for longer form blogging, but with a twist.

The fact that the field for a title only comes up when you exceed the 280 character limit has two wonderful, and tightly correlated, benefits.

  1. The focus remains on short form, micro blog style posts. This is, of course,’s sweet spot. In many respects the app and the service continue to encourage brevity.
  2. When writing longer form posts, the app encourages, actually forces, you to start with the content and worry about the title later.

This second point is interesting to me, because I have to admit that when focusing on a title I often get a mental blank. I have previously found that starting with the body of a post puts the focus on the writing and less about the headline.

For this post, my first long form post on, I have up to this point given zero thought to what the title of the post will be.

The past years of blogging, the dark years perhaps, have too often been characterised by SEO centric headlines and all-too-often poor content.

Hopefully will encourage us to choose and use our words wisely, being brief when we can and writing longer form posts when it suits the message.

I can now see a day when I will merge my blogs into a single platform, and it may well be on It might stay on Wordpress or, but with the app being a key posting tool.

I asked Manton today whether categories and tags might one day be supported in, stating that I am not sure how I would feel about that. Manton replied that he wasn’t sure either. Other users, such as [@pratik](, have posted a no vote.

What this all means is that is moving towards being a full on blogging platform, built around a core of micro blogging. Its charm may well be its simplicity, and keeping a balance of features that appeal will be a challenge for @manton and the community.

Exciting times as micro blogging embraces long form writing, in its own unique way.

Really looking forward to iOS 11 with new multitasking features. The new Yoink app (a fave on macOS) looks really cool.…

what!!! wireless charging case for AirPods… AirPower

Snapchat masks with the Face ID thing looks awesome

Face ID on the iPhone X (iPhone 10) is a thing.

About to hear about wireless charging???

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. No iPhone X. Yet…

These phones look pretty darn good.

Most incredible technology ever in watch means that Apple Watch Series 3 doesn’t look like a “house arrest bracelet”. Same size as Series 2…

Apple Watch Series 3, with Cellular, is a thing

“It’s because they traded the ease of recording for the difficulty of writing”

I love the authenticity of blogging and podcasting, especially when its indie-blogging or indie-podcasting. But in both cases, the best examples are those when the voice is the true voice of the author.

🔗 Hard Work or Easy Clicks – The Brooks Review —…

🔗 5 Tips for Underwater Photo Etiquette —…

This image is supposed to be an animated GIF that I created in Plotagraph.

Uploading through the app, I wonder if it will retain its animated-ness

Busy with a big project at the moment, so my blogging and interacting is going to be somewhat lighter on than it has been.

Still regularly reading, and loving the continuous improvements @manton is adding to

🔗 Setting Myself Free of the Bear (and Others) —…

🔗 Flip the iceberg —…