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Because not social media

Troubleshooting advice

If you hit a dead end while troubleshooting something, try this:

  • Stop focusing on what is broken and why
  • Explain to yourself (or preferably, someone else who is patient), step by step, how the thing is supposed to work, and where it fits in with other things

This will very often change your perspective, adjust your scope, or knock out a wrong assumption that you have been following.

I don’t have the original source for this, but if you do, let me know and I will attribute.


I have lived on this block for three years. Once per summer, an ice cream truck drives up the block at about 20 MPH, music playing, without stopping. Then it drives back the other way about five minutes later. I don’t see the ice cream truck for the rest of the summer, but I occasionally hear ice cream truck music coming from at least a block away.

The snake eats the snake

I was just trying to explain something about computer updates to someone and discovered that a GIF search in Apple Messages for “Sisyphus” doesn’t auto-complete, so you think there are no results, but if you actually do the search there are lots of results and I thought “They should fix that” and to make a long story short, that is how I invented the word “Metametaphor.

Messages is still terrible

Is there an app that actually reliably does what Apple Messages is supposed to do?: Send text messages with attachments from IOS and OSX, use SMS if necessary, show the same history across all my devices sharing the same account, not require the people I am messaging with install anything.

I am not concerned about security. This is just for messaging people for whom that is not a consideration.