What I done did in October 2021

Photo by Sabina Music Rich on Unsplash

Started to try and move off iCloud

When Apple announced that they were going to be introducing Client Side Scanning for illegal content I was really miffed about the direction that things were going. While I understand that their intention is for a noble cause I think there’s a slippery slope being approached where it’ll start with stopping the distribution of CSAM and end at a complete invasion of privacy as governments realise that users have been complacent with this scanning.

Found out how hard it is to film tutorial videos

In order to help users get up to speed with Reciprocal.dev I wrote some help articles (https://reciprocal.dev/help) and we had plans to turn these into videos too as people tend to consume information easier from videos.

Bought an under desk treadmill

Before Covid happened I used to walk around 7–10km a day as I’d walk to and from work and on my lunch breaks I’d meet up with friends for raids in Pokemon Go which would often involve walking a lot between different parts of Leeds.

Launched the Reciprocal.dev alpha

At the start of the month I’d finished the development of Reciprocal.dev but there was a lot of work to do on the marketing website such as the aforementioned help pages.

Caught up on Animal Crossing

In September Nintendo teased an update to Animal Crossing New Horizons that would bring The Roost back to the game and then in October they had a 20 minute long video explaining all the ‘new’ stuff coming in the update.



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Colin Wren

Colin Wren


Currently building reciprocal.dev. Interested in building shared understanding, Automated Testing, Dev practises, Metal, Chiptune. All views my own.