New ☕ coffee day!

Opening the @origincoffee San Jose Gesha from Nicaragua today. Tasting notes are “Apricot, star fruit, caramel”.

San Jose Gesha by Origin Coffee

🏃‍♂️ Slow and made slower by people asking for directions 😑

So this is it. GarageBand and its nagging red notification in the App Store will be the thing that persuades me to recklessly upgrade to Big Sur before it’s sensible…

New ☕ coffee day!

Opening the @origincoffee La Huella (Natural) from Nicaragua today. Tasting notes are “Blackberry, nectarine, brown sugar”.

La Huella (Natural) by Origin Coffee

Looking to replace Evernote. Spent 2 weeks trying to make Keep It work - looked perfect for my needs. Sadly, even after the developer fixed a bug I found syncing, OCR and export are all far too unreliable to be usable (let alone trusted). Moving on 😔

Please recommend me a personal document management app for Mac that you use and like. I need to store PDFs and have full-text search inside them. Bonus points if that app can OCR docs.

(it’s time to look for an Evernote-exit - their new Mac app is too basic)

New ☕ coffee day!

Opening the @craftingcoffee El Muro from Colombia today. Tasting notes are “Berries, candy, treacle”.

El Muro by Craft House Coffee

New ☕ coffee day!

Opening the @thomsonscoffee Matinilla Fancy from Costa Rica today. Tasting notes are “White nectarine, marzipan, milk chocolate”.

Matinilla Fancy by Thomsons Coffee

Turns out I didn’t actually buy a 5G iPhone after all.

Of course the smart people that told me my eSIM transfer wouldn’t work smoothly as promised by my network operator were correct 😒


New @361podcast review robot doing it’s thing 🎉

Amazed any Javascript I could write would actually work…

New ☕ coffee day!

Opening the @hasbean Doi Pangkhon Black Honey from Thailand today. Tasting notes are “Milk chocolate, hazelnut, macadamia nut”.

Doi Pangkhon Black Honey by Has Bean

🏃‍♂️ Beginning to become quite clear the effect late nights have on me. Going backwards today.

Looks like the inelegant ‘eSIM suffle’ I have to do every year every year when upgrading iPhones will be easier this time.

I think this is the first medal (even for participation) I’ve ever got for anything remotely sporty 😄

A slow ‘virtual’ 10k in pouring rain, but I finished! Couldn’t run for 2mins continuously back in March.

New ☕ coffee day!

Opening the @origincoffee Reko from Ethiopia today. Tasting notes are “Apricot, yuzu & caramel”.

Reko by Origin Coffee



New ☕ coffee day!

Opening the @thomsonscoffee Red Ruby from Brazil today. Tasting notes are “Full body, winey, dried fruits, juicy, wild honey”.

Red Ruby by Thomsons Coffee

UK iPhone Upgrade Programme options during lockdown

TL/DR: You can choose to use the Upgrade Programme again (but wait) or buy your next device online at launch (but get a less convenient next upgrade).

There are far more important things happening in the world right now, but I was disappointed to get an email from Apple saying that the Upgrade Programme wouldn’t be available for iPhone 12 Pro Max (and iPhone Mini) pre-orders on launch day.

There was confusion over options for people - like me - who already had handsets on Upgrade Programme and also wanted to upgrade in November, so I spoke to Apple and these are the choices:

  1. Use Upgrade Programme again: It’s (still) only available in-store so you’ll have to visit when they re-open. Assuming the UK’s national lock-down ends as planned, this would be 3rd December earliest with - presumably - some backorder delay for popular configs.

  2. Leave Upgrade Programme with your current device: Pay-off the outstanding finance direct to Barclays (equal to 7 monthly payments for me as I’ve made 13 of the 20 for my 2019 device). You then own the handset outright and can sell it or trade-in on Apple’s web store. You may need to contact AppleCare to notify them that the finance has been settled to trade-in otherwise the serial number will be rejected.

  3. Leave Upgrade Programme by returning your current device: From 16th November Apple Stores will be operating a drop-off facility to return Upgrade Programme devices (they’ll operate other ‘contactless’ services from stores throughout lockdown, but this Upgrade Programme drop-off will only be start on the 16th). This will end the agreement and settle the finance, similar to doing it in-store as before but without the option to immediately upgrade. Until all the details are announced I am assuming Apple won’t refund any ‘excess’ value from the device - they wouldn’t if you upgrade.

If you leave the Upgrade Programme to secure a device on launch day Apple now offer 0% interest financing over 24 months on handsets, but without the convenience of being able to settle the finance by returning the device at the next upgrade.

I was wondering how Apple would handle the Uprade Programme during lockdown in England. I guess this is my answer, although I’d hoped they’d find another way ‘round it.

New ☕ coffee day!

Opening the @TheGBswhatwhat Fez from Costa Rica today. Tasting notes are “Strawberry cheesecake with rosé acidity”.

Fez by The Gentlemen Baristas

Hooray! New coffee day. ☕️😋

TIL: Apple’s new MagSafe standard for accessories includes NFC to allow the phone to identify them. This is how phones know what colour case they’re in (for example).