Twitter client for Mac #Twitter

The official Twitter client for the Mac died yesterday. When you try and start it now it fails to authenticate any of your accounts. This is because Twitter announced recently that they were going to stop developing and supporting their client on the Mac in an attempt to people to use their Web-based client instead.

For me and I suspect many others I really don’t like using the web client. It’s something simple to do with it suiting the way I think and work but having Twitter in its own client app away from the work I’m doing in Safari suits me.

So having looked at a few options I’ve bought TweetBot for the Mac and it seems fine and an easy transition.  What I don’t understand is the business logic behind Twitter’s decision to kill their Mac-based client.  For a company, the size of Twitter employing one or two developers to support a Mac client is hardly a significant investment. Most of the code base should be in common with their iOS version and the skillset is basically the same.  There’s also the expectation that at WWDC 2018, the annual Apple developer conference that they will announce support in iOS and MacOS for universal apps. This will allow developers to create a single app that can be downloaded and run on Mac and iPhone for example.  Why would Twitter kill the Mac client now rather than wait and create a good universal MacOS/iOS app?

In effect what Twitter has yielded control of thousands of influential Mac Users to third-party clients which they will struggle to control and gain advertising income from so easily.

When you see such irrational business decisions being made you have to wonder if there aren’t fundamentally more serious problems at Twitter.

Let me know what you think in a comment below.

 


How to watch The Orville in the UK

Orville,Star,Trek

 

I know this is a tech blog, but many of us grew up watching Star Trek and that may in part be responsible for why we now work in tech.  While I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the new Star Trek Discovery we’re also excited about The Orville. The first episode of The Orville will air on September 10th in the US on Fox.

As of September 3rd, no details have been given of how or when the Orville will be released in the UK. This is a little strange these days when we are used to global distribution arrangements.

We are monitoring this on a daily basis. We expect it to at the very least become available on Amazon, Netflix or Apple iTunes stores around the time it launches in the US.  The episodes may also be posted onto YouTube as the studio would be sure to make a fortune off the advertising income.


How to insert a table / row into a WordPress page.

Wordpress missing insert table row editor function

 

These days we try to avoid using HTML tables for layout purposes but there are times when a table is absolutely the right answer, for example when laying out a set of data points, pricing information or other structured data.  Yesterday I was helping my son with a blog post using WordPress and told him to insert a table only to find that by default these days the WordPress editor doesn’t actually have an Insert > Table or Insert > Table > Row function. We were in a hurry at the time and we needed to get the job done so I just popped into the HTML view and entered the code. I’m happy to do this as I’ve been writing HTML and the like since the dawn of time… but it’s not acceptable or a great experience for people starting out or those who just don’t want to get into that detail.

Wordpress editor without insert table

This picture shows the default WordPress editor without an Insert Table button

Today I’ve had a bit more time to research this and I’ve found that the WordPress Insert Table and WordPress Insert Table Row editor functions can easily be added back via a very popular plugin.

Wordpress Table Editor Plugin

This graphic shows how to locate the WordPress Table Editor plugin.

 

To add the WordPress Table editor function, click on Plugin’s on the left hand navigation menu. Then in the keyword search box in the top right enter “MCE Table Buttons”.  You should then see a plugin called “MCE Table Buttons” (shown here top right). As you can see it’s very popular with over 100,000 active installations.  Just click the Install Now button and then activate the plugin.

Wordpress Editor with Insert Table function enabled.

This graphic shows the WordPress editor after we have enabled the Table Editor functions that allow you to add tables, columns and rows to your HTML tables in WordPress.

Once you have installed the MCE Table Buttons plugin you will then find the missing Table Editor button in the WordPress Editor.

If you have any questions about HTML tables or using the Table Function in the WordPress Editor just leave a question in a comment below and I’ll try and get straight back to you.