Archive for April 5, 2019

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Golden Age of YouTube Is Over

Julia Alexander (Hacker News):

The Philippous’ story is part of a long-brewing conflict between how creators view YouTube and how YouTube positions itself to advertisers and press. YouTube relies on creators to differentiate itself from streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, it tells creators it wants to promote their original content, and it hosts conferences dedicated to bettering the creator community. Those same creators often feel abandoned and confused about why their videos are buried in search results, don’t appear on the trending page, or are being quietly demonetized.

At the same time, YouTube’s pitch decks to advertisers increasingly seem to feature videos from household celebrity names, not creative amateurs. And the creators who have found the most success playing into the platform’s algorithms have all demonstrated profound errors in judgment, turning themselves into cultural villains instead of YouTube’s most cherished assets.

MailSuite 1.0.7


With MailSuite we have consolidated our four(4) previous plugins into a single plugin. The MailSuite app acts as the plugin manager for the MailSuite plugin and helps with the communications between the MailSuite plugin and Mail. The MailSuite app also manages the installation and updating of the individual components (MailTags, Mail Act-On, SigPro, Mail Perspectives).

This makes a big difference because Mojave has really increased the friction for installing and updating Mail plug-ins. Each component is now a meta plug-in that can be updated without updating the actual Mail plug-in (which requires reauthorization in Mail).

The MailTags component is being overhauled to move the syncing of tag data from the internals of messages relying on the email server for synchronising, to separate, associated records that are encrypted and stored on a SmallCubed managed server.

EagleFiler 1.8.7 knows about the new MailTags storage format and will preserve the tags, projects, and notes when importing messages.


MailSuite users who want to synchronise their tagged messages on multiple computers will need to use SmallCube’s new Tag Syncing Service. MailSuite uses end-to-end encryption on all stored data. This means that data is encrypted before it is sent to the server and can only be decrypted on the user’s devices using the same Tag Syncing Service profile. SmallCubed does not have access to the keys that are used to encrypt/decrypt the data.

Notably, the optional server feature does not require a subscription.

Previously: Mojave Privacy Protection Aftermath.

HoudahSpot 5.0

Houdah Software:

Folding Text Preview — Text Preview can focus on paragraphs that match your search. This makes it easier to see the context in which the text was found.


New filter options — Filter – show or hide – search results by name, path, or folder names. For example, when you want to find all photos in folders named “vacation”, it is quicker to use filters than to list all of these folders as search locations. Just run a search for photos in your home folder. Then filter the results to see only photos where a parent folder is named “vacation”.


Quicker criteria setup — While entering criteria values in the Refine pane, you can press a keyboard shortcut to add another criterion for the same attribute. For example, when searching for file names that contain both “Houdah” and “Software”: Fill in the “Name” criterion by typing “Houdah”. Then press Command-Option-Return to get a new row. Then type “Software”.

App Store Connect Change Breaks Fastlane

Renaud Lienhart:

Apple has yanked an App Store Connect endpoint fastlane was relying on, and the whole iOS development world has come to a standstill 😒[…]

Would it be too hard for them to work with the community, provide a probation period? 😕

John Sundell:

I think the larger issue here is that many teams are structuring their entire workflow around a tool that relies on private Apple APIs (which are bound to change at any time). fastlane is awesome, but I would never put myself in a position where I can't keep working without it 🙂

Previously: Apple Acquires Buddybuild.

Apple Discouraging Photo Recovery From Damaged Devices

Mike Wuerthele and Malcolm Owen:

After querying third-party repair outfits nearby, the Billards were referred to a company near Rochester, New York called iPadRehab. The firm, operated by Jessa Jones who formed the company following a similar water-based mishap of her own and taught herself how to repair iPhones, was able to get the iPhone up and running enough to recover the data for the couple.

The report then moves towards how Apple’s advice the pictures were unrecoverable is a common statement from the company. Jones claims “The most common answer - and I hear this from customers all the time - is ‘there is no way to get your pictures from your iPhone if it won’t turn on.’ It’s heartbreaking, because it’s absolutely not true.”


While her company is doing well from Apple’s unwillingness to service water-damaged iPhones, the report highlights issues Jones has when posting to the Apple Support Communities, a section of Apple’s website where users can offer advice to others for issues with problematic devices. When Jones writes posts to the forum advising that water-damaged devices could undergo a repair via non-Apple authorized means, her posts are removed as being “inappropriate,” and eventually the account itself is banned.


The CBC put a lot of weight on the Apple support forums as a venue for data. However, Apple in no way participates in the forums, nor issues any form of formal statement regarding data recovery there.

See also: Louis Rossmann.

Via Josh Centers:

Yes, people were generally okay with Apple being locked down as long as the products were dependable. That’s increasingly not the case. Meanwhile, Apple is going to greater lengths to prevent repair.