inessential by Brent Simmons

January 2021

New Domain for NetNewsWire

I was not foresighted enough, back in the early 2000s, to register the netnewswire.com domain — and so, of course, somebody else bought it with the hopes of selling it to me.

(These days the first thing you do is register the domain name. But that wasn’t as much a thing back then.)

I’ve been long resigned to never own that domain name. But then, just a few days before Christmas, I got an email from Ben Ubois, founder and developer of Feedbin, saying that he’d bought it for me. We transferred the domain pretty quickly after.

And then, this weekend, I got the new site set up — and now you can find NetNewsWire where it always should have been: netnewswire.com.

Thanks to Ben!

Early Test Build: NetNewsWire 6.0d4 for Mac

The app is made of cat’s claws and fury. I try my damnedest to warn you off:

You should probably skip it. It’s not a beta. It’s not even an alpha. It’s a d release — where d, which used to stand for development, now stands for dangerous.

…and…

…let us satisfy your curiosity in advance: it’s just an app. It’s got some more features. You know the story, and you don’t need to run this if you’re just curious.

With that out of the way: the team has been doing great work! This is the first build with a Big Sur UI and app icon. It’s universal (Intel and Apple Silicon). It adds syncing via iCloud, Inoreader, NewsBlur, and others. It has special support for Twitter and Reddit feeds. Etc.

But I really do mean it when I say it’s early and dangerous. I’d like your help testing, but I need you to know it could be quite rocky and we may not have time to help you. You could lose data. You’d be doing a favor for the team which we have no way to repay — other than by eventually releasing the best app we can.

I’ve been haunted since hearing, in the early days of the pandemic, that if we all wore masks for six weeks this thing would be over.

I was there. I’ve done that for six weeks, and another six weeks, and another. And now it’s worse than ever. It’s a challenge not to be angry.

There are healthy, uninfected people right now, today, who are excited for the vaccine and who will die before they get it.

Bogus Code Signing Crash

For a few people, NetNewsWire for Mac crashes on startup — and the crash log erroneously blames an invalid code signature.

If it were truly invalid, the app wouldn’t launch for anybody. But it launches fine for almost everybody.

This started with macOS 10.15.4 and continues in macOS 11. We’ve posted more details on our issue tracker at GitHub.

Does anybody have any ideas for how to work around this?