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Why Excel for iOS Doesn’t Support VB Macros

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TJ Luoma:

Finally watched that “I tried to edit a movie on the iPad Pro” and this video editing professional is amazing and amazed at what it can do.

Commenter: “Yeah but Excel on iOS can’t do macros…”

And I’m like “WELL, THEN COMPLAIN TO MICROSOFT.”

I think the hardware can handle it.

Erik Schwiebert:

VB macros on iOS are forbidden by Apple. Review guideline 2.5.2 says in part that apps may not “download, install, or execute code which introduces or changes features or functionality of the app”.

I thought maybe Google Sheets would get around this by running the macros on the server, but apparently not.

Previously: iPad Pro 2018, How to Game the App Store, Hasta La Vista, Visual Basic.

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peelman
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one of those rules with good intentions but frustrating consequences.
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iCloud Drive Stuck Uploading and Downloading Files

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Matt Henderson:

To solve the problem, after moving my GitHub folder outside of Documents, I then backed up all the files in Desktop and Documents on my Mac that I need, and disabled “iCloud Drive” in the iCloud area of the system preferences, and instructed the Mac to delete all the local files.

I then went into iCloud Drive via the website, and started deleting everything from there.

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So the fact that deletions are getting processed one by one in the browser, but there’s no UI to indicate that, can cause terrible confusion when trying to perform the kind of mass cleanup that I was doing.

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peelman
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have the same annoyance with icloud photos. give me some damned debug tools already.
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Proof That iOS Still Hasn’t Gotten Undo Right

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John Gruber (tweet, Hacker News):

There is a common convention for Undo/Redo in iOS drawing apps — circular arrow buttons, counterclockwise for Undo and clockwise for Redo. (And, thankfully, these are the same icons used for Undo/Redo on the iPad on-screen keyboard. Consistency is not completely lost.) You can see them in these screenshots from Apple Notes and Linea Go on iPhone.

But it speaks to how weak this convention is that Procreate Pocket could do something not just different but totally different — multi-finger taps with no on-screen buttons — and not just get away with it but be celebrated by Apple for it. I’m not saying Procreate’s two/three-finger taps are better or worse than on-screen buttons. (Well, stay tuned.) And I can see the thinking — screen space on an iPhone is so precious that any reduction in on-screen buttons is a win in terms of reducing UI clutter and maximizing the screen space available for showing the content of the illustration. Also, I’m sure the two/three-finger taps are very fast once you’re used to them.

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What it comes down to, I think, is that the menu bar has become a vastly underestimated foundation of desktop computing. Once heralded, the menu bar is now seen as a vestige. I’m not arguing that iOS should have a Mac-style menu bar.

I think iOS could use some sort of menu bar or Start menu. There needs to be a standard place for extra commands that don’t fit as buttons and that shouldn’t be shoe-horned into the Share button.

Previously: On “Shake to Undo”.

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the fixed menu bar is a key feature of MacOS. at the very least, ios on “pro” devices should have a menu bar.
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Microsoft EdgeHTML Replaced by Chromium

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Zac Bowden (via Wojtek Pietrusiewicz):

Microsoft’s Edge web browser has seen little success since its debut on Windows 10 in 2015. Built from the ground up with a new rendering engine known as EdgeHTML, Microsoft Edge was designed to be fast, lightweight, and secure, but it launched with a plethora of issues that resulted in users rejecting it early on. Edge has since struggled to gain traction, thanks to its continued instability and lack of mindshare, from users and web developers.

Because of this, I’m told that Microsoft is throwing in the towel with EdgeHTML and is instead building a new web browser powered by Chromium, which uses a similar rendering engine first popularized by Google’s Chrome browser known as Blink. Codenamed “Anaheim,” this new browser for Windows 10 will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform, according to my sources, who wish to remain anonymous.

Update (2018-12-05): Kuba Suder:

This is so stupid, we’ve spent like a decade fighting the IE monoculture, only to replace it now with a Chrome monoculture And that basically leaves 3 engines on the market, 2 of which share common history.

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i have switched back to Firefox out of frustration with Safari and Chrome both.

the militant purging of plugins and ssl nazi culture is getting increasingly frustrating as a geek who has to work with devices that have not and will not see firmware updates to remove their Flash (or Silverlight, or Java) interfaces, or remove SSLv3, none of which matter because they are firewalled private devices but those dickhead developers don’t enable any way to turn off their security stupid.
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Irwin Tools “Vise-Grip” Locking C-Clamp Pliers with Swivel Pads

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When you’re doing any kind of welding, metal fabrication, or woodworking, a lot of your time is going to be spent clamping your work pieces down, which itself involves a whole lot of winding and unwinding. What you need is a quicker way to secure something to work on it before releasing it afterward, and the Irwin Tools Vise-Grip is it.

I discovered a different version of these (essentially, one without the swivel pads) via Cool Tools:

With this, you can use the adjustment screw to dial in the fit, and then squeeze to lock it in. The adjustment screw also has a hex socket if you really want to squeeze it down tight after locking it in.

Best of all, it releases with just a gentle push. And so long as the material you’re working with is all about the same thickness, you can use the same setting over and over to quickly lock things down and save a lot of time.

Seriously, save yourself a lot of time and trouble by picking up a pair of these clamps. The 6″ ones I just linked are available as a $9 Amazon add-on item, while the 11″ ones are $25.

Buy Now

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peelman
4 days ago
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Kreg makes similar clamps to these with much larger feet l, primarily to work with their jigs, but the larger clamping surface is often nice for wood projects. i have gotten to where i reach for them first.
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New Dewalt ToughSystem DS290 Stacking Drawers

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Dewalt ToughSystem DS290 Two-Drawer Unit

I was at my local Acme Tools fall sale and I spotted something that wasn’t supposed to be shipping yet: Dewalt’s new DS290 ToughSystem drawers. They had them out on the floor available for purchase, even though their website says they are still in pre-order.

The differences between this new toolbox and the previous DS250 ToughSystem 2-drawer toolbox appear to be the lack of fastener storage bins, the redesigned handles/locks, and the dust and water seal on the drawers.

The drawers feature ball bearing metal slides, a latching handle that keeps the drawer from sliding out when the box is in transit, and a IP54 rated water and dust seal to keep your tools clean and dry.

Dewalt ToughSystem DS290 Two-Drawer Unit IP54 water seal closeup

The new drawer box is 21-3/4″ wide by 12″ high by 13″ deep. Its rated weight capacity is 22lbs.

Dewalt ToughSystem DS290 Two-Drawer Unit ball bearing slides

It has the standard ToughSystem stacking latches to connect to other ToughSystem boxes and the side handles are compatible with Dewalt’s ToughSystem brackets.

The new ToughSystem drawers aren’t available yet, but you can pre-order them online at Acme Tools for $90. They estimate the ship date will be December 26th, 2018.

Available: Late December 2018?
Price: $90

Pre-Order (via Acme Tool)

First Thoughts

I have a few ToughSystem boxes and I like them both as stand alone toolboxes and as a stacking system, but I can also see the utility in having drawers rather than having to unstack the toolboxes or remove the box from a bracket before you can get inside.

When I was playing with the drawers, they appeared to be made from the same structural foam as the rest of the ToughSystem boxes. The drawers slid smoothly, but I did have to slam the drawers shut to get them to latch properly. I’m not sure if I was closing it incorrectly, maybe I should have held the handle/latch while shutting the drawer, but I figure people are going to close the drawers by just pushing on the outside.

One issue with plastic toolbox drawers is that the boxes tend to sag when there is weight on them, making it hard to open and shut the drawers. I’m not sure if that will be a problem with these new ToughSystem drawers or not.

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peelman
4 days ago
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really want rigid and husky both to make drawers for their system. Milwaukee will probably have them in time for the holidays next year, if i had to guess.
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