Today’s ElixirWeekly included a link to a blog post about Ecto and Binary IDs ( which had helped me to get PostgreSQL to generate the UUID values and prompted me to write up how I did it:


I’ve lost almost 30kg in weight since the summer by improving my diet. In 2019 I’m getting back on my rowing machine and as a warm-up I’ve just done 5k. It wasn’t fast but I don’t feel like death… a good trade-off!

Are any mid-level macOS developers looking for work? The job is based in Nottingham but some remote working might be possible (but UK based people only). Salary c. £45k-£55k.

Give me a shout if you want more details and I’ll put you in touch with the recruiter.

Loosing weight means you have a good excuse to buy some new t-shirts. And it’s lovely that narrower ones lie flat between the side rails of my drying stand rather than being rumpled up at the sides because they are too wide.

Four days in and I have three observations about so far.

It’s great fun and a great challenge but can be very time consuming. It’s definitely worth doing with either your primary development language or one you are learning if you want more of a challenge.


I’m doing the Advent of Code for the first time and I’m using Elixir which is not my day-job language and so, as intended, it is getting me to learn new things.

Most mornings I read in the bath. Sometimes a novel but often a technical book related to something I’m working on or want to research. It’s a good way to have some quiet learning time, gets my mind ready for work and often triggers the solution to a problem I’ve been stuck on.

Does anyone else find it odd that we’ve really not moved on from ‘my Spectrum is better than your Commodore 64’-type arguments? iPads and iOS are great for some people, MacBooks and macOS are great for others. Some people love both. There’s no need to be judgemental or defensive.

Face ID combined with 1Password integration is really useful in iOS 12 on my iPhone. On my iPad, which I use a lot more, it’s fantastic. It feels seamless and login forms really don’t get in the way any more. Both need to be added to Macs.

Signing into the YouTube app on my new iPad triggers this email. If Google didn’t feel invasive enough already it does now.

I am looking forward to getting a dedicated cover however because the Keyboard Folio is not what I want on it all of the time (and it is a very boring colour). The new magnetic attachment system will at least make changing between a case and the keyboard much easier than it used to be.

Picked up a 12.9” iPad Pro earlier today and my first impressions are that it is a beautiful iteration of a device I’ve always loved. The Keyboard Folio is much better than the old one and the new pencil is great (played with in store since they are back-ordered).

I decided to write up some notes about my decision to move from Evernote to Notes, some concerns and the one gotcha I encountered during the migration process:

I never played the 2016 Hitman so being able to play the chapters as part of Hitman 2 (albeit as an additional purchase) is great. I now get the full story since I gather than 2 is more of a continuation than a separate game. But there is so much data to download…

I do it infrequently enough that I still find it immensely pleasing that I can review and annotate a PDF which is stored in Notes on my iPad using an Apple Pencil and it syncs back to my Mac pretty much instantly.

Thanks to Marcus Zarra I now know that you can have subfolders in Apple’s Notes… Just drag folders onto each other.

Now that I think I’ve got the basics working, you can also find me on ( Content from there will be cross-posted here but if you are on please let me know so that I can follow you there too.

Now that I’ve started using Apple’s Notes app in place of Evernote there are two things I’d like… subfolders and a framework which allowes developers to work with the application’s data.

I've not been very good at posting here recently and whilst I'll try harder I'm going to give a go first as a way to try to centralise my output. In addition to this account you can follow me via but I'm hoping that will cross-post to this account anyway.

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Oh, so I'm starting to collect a list of people who might be interested in a native Mac tootclient...

Feel free to toot'n'boost this.

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