Facebook’s elite team of fact-checkers does its thing

I cut-and-paste the stuff I post here in several places. One of them is a Facebook group called “Things Mitch Wagner Saw.” 

A few moments ago, Facebook gave me a warning message saying “independent fact-checkers” found there was “false information” in the group.

Heavens, we  don’t want that! I’ll look into that right away!

I tapped the warning and got a screen that said “an independent fact-checker” rated “content” as “missing context.”

Oh, dear, what’s the problem? I tapped the screen again.

“There was an error fetching the data.”

Thanks, Facebook!

I quite like Meeter–a simple little app that runs in my Mac menu bar and shows a countdown of how much time until my next meeting. It also provides one-click connection to conferencing services. Surprisingly helpful, particularly in the final 30 minutes until a meeting starts.

Fantastical alternatives

For years, I was a happy user of Fantastical, a calendar app for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Then last week I had to give it up, because of a change to a calendaring service that’s essential to me.

Here are some alternatives I’ve found:

  • For one-click to Zoom meetings, Meeter, which is available as part of a SetApp subscription.
  • Fantastical provides a menubar dropdown view of my calendar, which is very nice to have for quick peeks at the calendar. I can get similar results from iStat Menus. I activate the dropdown using Ctrl-Opt-Spacebar, same as I used for Fantastical.

Other than that, I’m fine with Apple Calendar.

One of the signature features of Fantastical is its ability to set appointments using natural language. Apple’s native Calendar app got that capability a couple of years ago, and it works about as well as Fantastical’s does. I never found the natural language recognition in Fantastical all that reliable anyway.

Lately, after years of getting my news from RSS, Google News, blogs, social media, and podcasts, I’m going directly to news websites and reading newsletters. I like the experience of getting everything packaged up by experts, like we used to get with print newspapers.

Also, we still watch the evening news, nearly every night.

I still do those other things too — RSS, Google News, blogs, and social etc. Also, I get a lot of news from podcasts.

Though with Trump out of office, I no longer feel the compelling need to check the news several times a day. And it hasn’t even been three days yet!