Replied to A ‘Cash Cow’ is on the Agenda – Drew McCormack by Drew McCormack (Medium)
TLDR; The note taking app Agenda is launching with a new sales model for Mac apps.

Can I just say how much I appreciate this app’s pricing model?

One of the things I hate the most about “subscription” models is that no matter how many years I’ve supported an app, the moment I stop paying the subscription, I lose access to the entire app – even features I’ve paid for years ago.
It doesn’t matter if I don’t want any future updates, it doesn’t matter if I don’t care about new features; if I want to continue using an old app on an old device, I have to continue paying for the subscription.

Agenda’s developers have come up with a new model – the base app is free, but you can unlock premium features for a one-off cost. This one-off cost would also give you any new features that they bring out in the next 12 months.

After the 12 months have elapsed you have two choices:

  1. pay for another 12 months of new features, or
  2. don’t pay, don’t receive any new features, but keep all the features you’ve already unlocked, and still continue recieving updates to the app (so it’ll continue to work on new devices and receive bug fixes).

This model is more than I could have hoped for; I don’t expect basic updates or bug fixes after I’ve stopped paying, but Agenda’s development team are making this and the base app free for all users.

It doesn’t have to be said, but I’ll definitely be supporting this app.

Drew McCormack also included a small write up on how they implemented this pricing model and I can only hope other app developers start considering alteranatives to the subscription model.

How do you use post kinds?

I’m still trying to figure when to use “read”, “bookmark”, or “like”. If I read a physical book that I liked, which post type would I use? What about an article that I read, what to keep record of, but can’t say I liked?

Same goes for things like “watch” and “listen”. If I want to track everything I watch, and mark everything as “watch”, how do I then mark some as stuff I like as opposed to stuff that’s just “meh”?

I’d like to hear how others use post kind.

A cry for help regarding Micropub+WordPress

I’m wondering if any techy people out there can help me with my Micropub plugin.

I’ve installed it on WordPress without any problems, but when I try to use Quill or OwnYourGram, I keep getting the same error message. I tried using micropub.rocks to test out the connection, and the same error message shows up:

I don’t understand what any of it means but in the Micropub FAQ section, they mention this:

If your Micropub client includes an Authorization HTTP request header but you still get an HTTP 401 response with body missing access token, your server may be stripping the Authorization header. If you’re on Apache, try adding this line to your .htaccess file:

SetEnvIf Authorization "(.*)" HTTP_AUTHORIZATION=$1

If that doesn’t work, try this line:

RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]

I did that, and my error message from Quill turned into this:

HTTP/1.1 100 Continue

HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error Server: nginx/1.12.2 Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2018 06:32:25 GMT Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Transfer-Encoding: chunked Connection: keep-alive

Since that didn’t work, I reversed the changes I made and followed the next instruction on the Micropub FAQ:

If that doesn’t work either, you may need to ask your hosting provider to whitelist the Authorization header for your account.

This took a week of back and forth with my hosting provider (Bluehost) as most of their first level customer service agents have no idea what I’m asking them. Finally a technician gets back to me to tell me that they can’t whitelist the authorisation header for my account.

So the final piece of advice on the Micropub FAQ:

If they refuse, you can pass it through Apache with an alternate name, but you’ll need to edit this plugin’s code to read from that alternate name.

I’m afraid this is way above my tech level. Can someone help walk me through it?

Trying and Failing to Setup Webmentions

I’ve installed all the plugins, all the settings seem to be the same as my Trigger Point but I can’t seem to get replies from micro.blog to show up (I’m not even sure whether webmentions work).

Can someone see from the screenshot whether I have some plugin combination that’s doing something weird?