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Subscribe to my next newsletter all about Messages, iMessage tips

As you may know, I now publish a weekly Finer Things in Tech Newsletter alongside this site, and you should totally subscribe. In addition to a handful of bite-sized tips that are almost entirely exclusive to the newsletter, I also include a few links to insightful and inspiring reads from around the web. 

For example, last issue I linked the brilliant 100 Demon Dialogues about impostor syndrome and self-doubt, and this great piece from Benedict Evans exploring the cognitive dissonance and statistics around which traditional and modern devices have actually been used for creation versus consumption.
I’m experimenting with focusing some issues on a particular topic or app, and next week’s issue will be all about Messages and iMessage for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Be sure to subscribe now to make sure you get it, and share the signup link with friends and coworkers who could use help in the messaging department.

Subscribe to the Finer Things in Tech newsletter, coming soon!

I’ve been toying with the idea of publishing a newsletter for a while, and now it’s happening.

Subscribe to the all-new, upcoming Finer Things in Tech Newsletter!

The Finer Things in Tech Newsletter will be a weekly handful of bite-sized tips to help you get more out of your tech and apps. Some issues might center on a theme, others might include a couple links to good, non-news reading around the web. I’m also trying to score a few goodies to include from time to time.

Each issue will have space for a sponsor, but in the form of a tip, just like everything else in the issue. I want every line of this newsletter to be informative.

My main goal is to bring you a tremendously useful, yet short and easily digestible newsletter of useful tips and apps. If that sounds up your alley, I’d love for you to subscribe to the all-new, upcoming Finer Things in Tech Newsletter! Also, if you know anyone who might enjoy this newsletter, I would really appreciate it if you passed the word along.

As always, thanks for reading!

Finer News: Updates to RSS feeds, main sections

Google’s been shutting down services in an effort to focus, and one clearly not long for this world is FeedBurner, the service I (and many, many publishers) have used to power my RSS feeds. I’m going to get ahead of the game and bring the main Finer Things in Tech feeds back home where they belong.

New RSS Feeds

If you still follow any main Finer Things feeds in Google Reader, they should update automatically; I don’t think you have to lift a finger. However, I’m not sure how other readers handle feed redirects, so to make sure everyone can play along or if you simply want to resubscribe just to be sure, here are the main feeds for:

Later today (Thursday, May 2, 2013) I’m going to make the switch for each of these feeds. Of course, you can subscribe to tag feeds for specific topics you’re interested in, and follow Finer Things on other services like Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. Check out links and instructions on the follow page.

I’m sorry I’ve had to mess with these feeds so much, but this should be the last time for the foreseeable future. I’m using WordPress’ native feed system now, and URI.LV to transparently count subscribers.

A Layout Tweak

I also recently updated each major Finer Things in Tech section with new header so recent posts make a better splash.

Finer Things section slider

I want to make it easier for you to read just the sections you care about—Mac, iOS, PC, Web, and anything I add in the future—so look for more improvements like this in the future.

Pre-order the “Steve Jobs” biography on iBooks and support Finer Things in Tech

The only biography Steve Jobs ever authorized arrives on Monday. Jobs gave Walter Isaacson unprecedented access to his life, and judging from the teaser snippets they’ve released over the last couple of weeks, it sounds like this will be an incredible look into the life of a famously private genius.

If you feel like supporting the Finer Things in Tech, you can pre-order through this iBookstore link to send some good vibes my way. Of course, you can also order the hardcover and Kindle edition through Amazon, though the company unfortunately does not run its affiliate program in the state of Illinois.

Either way, thanks for reading and supporting The Finer Things in Tech.

Pre-order the “Steve Jobs” biography on iBooks and support Finer Things in Tech

The only biography Steve Jobs ever authorized arrives on Monday. Jobs gave Walter Isaacson unprecedented access to his life, and judging from the teaser snippets they’ve released over the last couple of weeks, it sounds like this will be an incredible look into the life of a famously private genius.

If you feel like supporting the Finer Things in Tech, you can pre-order through this iBookstore link to send some good vibes my way. Of course, you can also order the hardcover and Kindle edition through Amazon, though the company unfortunately does not run its affiliate program in the state of Illinois.

Either way, thanks for reading and supporting The Finer Things in Tech.

Finer Things in iPhone and iPad merged, please update your bookmarks and feed readers

Attention all you marvelous Finer Readers: after lots of feedback and a couple of polls, the vast majority of you voted that I should combine the Finer Things in iPhone and iPad sites. As of this post, it has been done.

The details

The new site is Finer Things in iOS. It features an all-new dual-core flux capacitor and is up to three times more awesome than the previous iPhone and iPad sites. Here are the vitals:

  • The new URL is ios.finerthingsin.com
  • The previous iPhone and iPad URLs will redirect to the new one, though post permalinks won’t. There was just too much overhead involved

The Twitters

I auto-publish posts from all Finer Things sites to separate Twitter accounts for the Twitter-is-my-RSS folks in the audience. I don’t monitor those feeds accounts for responses though, so if you want to get in touch, catch me at @chartier or hit the Ask or email links on each site. As for how I handled the Finer Things iOS Twitter accounts:

  • The new Twitter account is @FineriOS, though if you follow @FineriPhone, have no fear because you are now following @FineriOS. I changed the username, I didn’t create an entirely new account
  • If you follow @FineriPad, you have my blessing to stop following that and start following @FineriOS
  • To everyone else who wasn’t following @FineriPhone: why not? Don’t you think it’s time you start following @FineriOS? I definitely think it’s about time

The feeds

If you’re the feed reader type:

  • The new feed will live at feeds.feedburner.com/FineriOS. The majority of you use Google Reader, and I think I used some Feedburner trickery to get Google Reader to automatically pick up on the change from /fineriphone to /fineriOS, but it couldn’t hurt to (re)subscribe
  • I’m not sure how any other feed readers, including Safari and NetNewsWire, will handle a feed change. If you use something besides Google Reader, you might want to just resubscribe anyway

The future

The previously separate Finer Things of iOS sites have joined forces to become one harmonious site of all things iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Let us rejoice and tell all our friends to bookmark and subscribe and tell all their friends. I’m looking to spend more time on these sites and love to see your submissions flowing in.

As always, thanks for reading.

PSA: RSS turbulence, please check your feed reader

A good number of you recent readers are following Finer Things in Mac in your favorite feed reader at feeds.feedburner.com/FinerThingsMac. To you, I say: thank you very much for reading, and you are always welcome to submit your own handy tips and appreciated polish for your favorite Mac apps.

Due to a technical quirk over the last couple of months, however, I also must announce that we’ve been serving up the wrong RSS feed for you to follow, and that feed will be retired soon. Sorry about that.

The correct feed for this site is feeds.feedburner.com/finermac. If I can ask a favor of you, please update your feed reader to this feed at your earliest convenience. And if I set things up properly, this should be the last post you see in the /FinerThingsMac feed, but Finer Things in Mac will keep trekking on. We’d love for you to continue with us.

As always, thanks for reading.

PSA: Submit form updated with links to each post type

Inspired by a trick I found on Neighborhoodr, I’ve updated the Finer Things in Mac post submission form with links to each type of post—text, photo, link, quote, and video.

Hopefully, this will help users who are less familiar with Tumblr’s concept of “post types” to take advantage of what they have to offer, and then more nerding out to the finer things in tech can be had by all. Eventually I’ll add this to all the Finer Things sites. Let me know what you think.

Site Business: Recommend Finer Things in Mac for the Tumblr Directory

I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but I figured what the heck, it’s better to regret something you did than something you didn’t do, right?

As you may know, it’s Tumblr Tuesday, which means you can recommend your favorite sites to help them gain ultimate awesomeness and digital immortality in the Tumblr Directory.

If Finer Things in Mac has floated your boat, tickled your fancy, or perhaps even helped you appreciate the little details of the Mac and third-party software, I’d be mighty thankful if you’d recommend it in the directory. Ditto for any of the other Finer Things sites.

As always, thanks for reading.

Plenty of Finer Things to go around

Thanks for your submissions everyone! You’re finding some great Finer Things and we’re preparing them to publish. If you want to submit things about the iPhone or iPad, though, be sure to check out Finer Things in iPhone and iPad. You can follow them in the Tumblr Dashboard, subscribe via RSS (and soon, e-mail), and of course, submit your posts to those sites too.

Thanks again.