Looks like iOS 11.3 fixes one of my Music.app gripes — opening a playlist, playing a song, and tapping on the song’s album name to see the album would take you back to the playlist view. Now you have a choice of Artist, Album, or Playlist view.

I bought my iMac in 2013 and sprung for a Thunderbolt cable so I could use Target Display Mode. Today, with a forecast of 12-18” of snow, is the first day I’ve worked from home and gotten Target Display Mode working. It’s glorious.

Transporter Desktop on High Sierra

If anyone out there is still using the File Transporter system, there’s a compatibility issue with High Sierra. The last version available via the official update channel is 4.2.12, but there’s a patch for version 4.2.18 available from their support site. This restores access to the Transporter Library.

This issue reminded me that support for this system ended in September, 2017, so I’m on borrowed time. I just upgraded to the 2TB storage plan on iCloud, so I may test migrating the data I have on the File Transporter into iCloud… but that seems risky.

Python 2.7 via Homebrew

I missed the memo, but back in January Homebrew announced that as of version 1.5, python would be upgraded to use Python 3.x. This change went live on March 1, and I noticed it over the weekend while tinkering with Homebridge.

While I was rebuilding Homebridge with the latest version of Node.js, I kept banging into node-gyp errors having to do with using Python 3.x. I’m not alone, though there is already a pull request to fix this issue.

For the time being, I’ve made two changes to please node-gyp:

  1. Forced a link of the new python@2 keg1:

    brew link python@2 -f
    
  2. Added the following to my ~/.bash_profile, so that python will point at python2:

    export PATH="/usr/local/opt/python@2/libexec/bin:$PATH"
    

I think I’ll revert the second change once the node-gyp issue is resolved, to begin forcing myself to use Python 3.x.