Archive for March 29, 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021

How to Stop Mac App Store Notifications

Jeff Johnson:

Notifications Preferences lists apps in alphabetical order, but it’s missing A! Can you say App Store, kids?


Enter the following command.

defaults write LastUpdateNotification -date "2029-12-12 12:00:00 +0000"


Update (2021-05-24): Tanner Bennett:

This may just finally put an end to my suffering. Now… how do we clear the badge?

PHP’s Git Server Compromised

Nikita Popov (via Hacker News):

Yesterday (2021-03-28) two malicious commits were pushed to the php-src repo from the names of Rasmus Lerdorf and myself. We don’t yet know how exactly this happened, but everything points towards a compromise of the server (rather than a compromise of an individual git account).

While investigation is still underway, we have decided that maintaining our own git infrastructure is an unnecessary security risk, and that we will discontinue the server. Instead, the repositories on GitHub, which were previously only mirrors, will become canonical.


Update (2021-04-07): Nikita Popov (via Hacker News):

We no longer believe the server has been compromised. However, it is possible that the user database leaked.

c0design Checker


Wrapper for codesign, spctl & stapler to check code signing and notarisation of individual or all non system applications.

NetNewsWire 6.0 for Mac

Brent Simmons (tweet):

Changes since 5.1.3:

  • Big Sur app icon
  • Big Sur UI (when running on Big Sur)
  • App is now sandboxed
  • Apple Silicon native code
  • Syncing via iCloud
  • Syncing via BazQux, Inoreader, NewsBlur, The Old Reader, and FreshRSS
  • Share extension, so you can send URLs to NetNewsWire
  • Special support for Twitter and Reddit feeds
  • Sidebar contextual menu commands for turning on and off Reader View and for notifications
  • High resolution icons in the sidebar (when available)
  • External link, when available, shows in article view
  • Preference to change article text size
  • Preference to set preferred browser

The new iCloud syncing works well in my experience. But be careful to only move feeds to iCloud that you’ve caught up on—older articles are not transferred.

The Twitter support is also interesting. In addition to subscribing to a screen name (e.g. to avoid missing certain tweets or having them fall off the view of your Twitter client if you get behind), you can also subscribe to mentions and searches.


Medium Buyouts and Leadership Change

Casey Newton (Hacker News):

In a blog post, billionaire Medium founder Ev Williams announced the latest pivot for the nearly nine-year old company. Just over two years into an effort to create a subscription-based bundle of publications committed to high-quality original journalism — and in the immediate aftermath of a bruising labor battle that had seen its workers fall one vote short of forming a union — Williams offered buyouts to all of its roughly 75 editorial employees.


Medium entered the year with more than 700,000 paid subscriptions, putting it on track for more than $35 million in revenue, according to two people familiar with the matter. That’s a healthy sum for a media company. But it represents a weak outcome for Williams, who previously sold Blogger to Google and co-founded Twitter, which eventually went public and today has a market capitalization of more than $50 billion.

Medium has raised $132 million in venture capital, but its last funding came in 2016. Williams has been funding the company out of his own pocket since then, sources said.

Ev Williams:

To be clear, we had no illusion these publications were going to pay for themselves in the short term. The bet was that we could develop these brands, and they would develop loyal audiences that would grow the overall Medium subscriber base. What’s happened, though, is the Medium subscriber base has continued to grow, while our publication’s audiences haven’t.

Edward Ongweso Jr.:

In his email, Williams announced that the company’s editorial strategy would be shifting away from a focus on publications, seeking to support some “more focused, high-affinity publications” as part of focusing on “supporting independent voices on our platform.”


The move feels in some ways to emulate parts of the individual-based strategy that Substack has championed in the past few months, offering to showcase individual writers and provide them with deals and some support.

Dave Winer:

Medium has been around since 2011, getting pretty close to ten years, and in that time, they have switched business strategies many times. The appear to have done it again yesterday. So here’s another opportunity to take stock of writing on the web, and where we have been and what could change.

Adam Chandler:

I don’t really care if Medium survives or doesn’t but let’s think of the writers here. I’m not talking about the major media blogs who hung up their CMS and identities and moved all-in to Medium for the convenience or desperation but let’s talk about the people my size who published to Medium. They took hours out of their week to publish on Medium and the site will die and take their stories with it.


It is a shame how things went for Medium but like Blogger and eventually, WordPress, these products will die and your data will die with it. This is why owning your data is so important and only using services that support data portability, open source and standards is always going to win on an infinite timescale.

$35 million in revenue should be plenty to keep the lights on, so I don’t think there’s an immediate risk of losing what you’ve posted. But the trajectory of changes is not looking good, and without support for custom domains your links are guaranteed to break if you ever have to move.