June 18, 2019

Cal Newport on Naval Ravikant, Email, and the Future of Work

Cal Newport:

This happens because the hive mind has a way of muddying up internal work into countless informal requests and unstructured conversations, archived haphazardly into ad hoc collections of old messages.

This sounds awfully relatable.

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 23

  • Twitterrific 6 for iOS is out. I’m a Tweetbot kinda guy, but it looks pretty.
  • Radiohead stolen 18 minidisks on Bandcamp is a delicious FU to the thieves.
  • Soulver is my goto calculator on the Mac. Will upgrade for sure.
June 12, 2019

Guardian Firewall for iOS

From the guardianapp.com blog:

The initial 1.0 release of Guardian Firewall primarily does one thing, and it does it well: Block those trying to track you, and tell you who they are as well as what types of data they likely tried to collect.

Very intriguing, at $9.99/month (or $99.99 per year) for VPN + Firewall capabilities, it’s competitive but of course not free. I’m very curious to see how speed compare to not having a VPN, and to the upcoming Couldflare Warp — which will have similar benefits, but far from the same control. You could also argue that Guardian is a much more trustworthy provider than Cloudflare.

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June 11, 2019

The new Dropbox

blog.dropbox.com:

Today, we’re unveiling the new Dropbox. It’s the Dropbox you know and love, but better. It’s a single workspace to organize your content, connect your tools, and bring everyone together, wherever you are.

Certainly they’re moving away of being just a feature, and congrats to them. This is a strong play to become a collaboration tool in itself - way more the a folder sync tool.

Sadly I’m not that interested at the moment. It’s not a cheap solution for an IT department, since it needs to work alongside either G-Suite or Microsoft Office 365.

I would have preferred a different path, one where a paid Dropbox account replaced Gmail, Google Photos and other ad-supported consumer tools. For a while with Mailbox and their photos solutions they seems to be headed that way … but the enterprise deep pockets won.

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Tidbit for 2019 Week 22

  • Spotify Stations out in the US. It’s very Pandora inspired but I dig. Basically one touch to get to a mood playlist.

Busy week. Will pick up speed next week again.

May 30, 2019

Apple should make more iPad apps for the Mac

Dieter Bohn on theverge.com:

I think Apple should go all in and make nearly all of its consumer Mac apps with the new UIKit / Marzipan frameworks, including Mail, Notes, Messages, FaceTime, Photos, Reminders, and Calendar. Apple should just go for it, sooner rather than later, and ideally right now.

Count me in. This will be painful, but it also clarify what Apple pro users should be looking forward to. If the Mac is done”, and iPads are what’s next, then make the iPad OS and real alternative.

It’s clear that Apple can’t make both macOS and iOS the next generation system. It doesn’t have the resources, and even if it did, it would be confusing. It seems that the original plan was to have iOS be the large screen future, but the pushback brought Apple back to the drawing board.

I believe that next Monday we will see Apple’s reformulation of the plan, and how macOS and iOS fit on it.

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 21

  • Today I learned that on Chrome/Brave/Opera you can click on a link of text you have highlighted from find by hitting Control + Enter. Life-changing.
  • Flotato→ really cool Mac app to create single window website applications. If you always have a tab opened on something, it could be useful.
  • The Gnome/GTK community is having an interesting fight requesting its apps not be themed. I tend to agree with devs.
  • If you like to check other people’s setups (geek perv), this is a fun gallery.
May 22, 2019

Playdate. A New Handheld Gaming System

Panic on play.date:

It’s yellow. It fits in your pocket. It’s got a beautiful black and white screen. It’s not super cheap, but not super expensive. It includes brand new games from some amazing creators. Plus it has a crank.

I’m not a gamer, but this makes me wanna be one. What an undertaking — the more I read the press release the more I think how impossible it sounds. If it weren’t Panic, I’d be sure this was a bad April Fools joke. Wish them the best of luck.

Press Release

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 20

  • Remind Me Faster is an iOS app to add reminders with as few taps as possible. Faster than correcting Siri™.
  • cmd+space is a newsletter dedicated to keyboard shortcuts. Learned something in the first issue.
May 20, 2019

Group Chats Are Making the Internet Fun Again

Max Read on nymag.com:

You don’t check” chats the way you check an endless feed: Conversation flows when enough people want to have it, but there’s no algorithm to find and surface an unseen chat message that you might engage with.

Great point. I specially like the next sentence.

What you get instead is distraction the old-fashioned way: with intention.

We’re not machines. It’s human to be distracted, seek entertainment, daydream. The problem nowadays is that we’re being trained to stay in a continued state of attention.

Without algorithms fulfilling the dopamine rush after every click/corner, it’s easier to take a step back.

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 19

  • Huawei will not be able to ship with Google’s apps (including play store) anymore. This is huge and unnerving.
  • The benchmarks of Intel’s Clear Linux shows that it’s fast and the rolling upgrade design is very modern.
  • I still get exited about eInk readers and the Xiaomi iReader T6 at least is new. My wish would be in an ePub based device that syncs with iOS apps.
  • WhatsApp vulnerability via audio call is very scary. Everyone should update now.
May 13, 2019

Editor’s Choice: iPad mini 2019

Sam Byford on theverge.com:

None of that changes the fact that the 2019 iPad mini is a fantastic product that I would recommend to anyone. I might have preferred a more ambitious redesign, sure, but what’s here is hard to criticize. It’s never less than a delight to use, it’s the only good product in its category, and it’s earned a permanent spot in my tote bag.

I’m really enjoying mine. If it had a more natural way to carry the pencil — Logitech Crayon in my case — it’d be perfect.

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May 7, 2019

Disney Announces New Star Wars’ Films

variety.com:

[…] Disney announced that a trio of untitled Star Wars” entries that will come after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” brings the Skywalker spinoff saga to a close this December. The first of the new three films will hit the big screen on Dec. 16 2022. There will be two other follow-ups to during the Christmas corridor on Dec. 20, 2024 and Dec. 18, 2026.

I can totally live with that. Robie and Bettina will be 7 and 5 years old… they will be ready.

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 18

  • I first thought this was Android bashing, but in videos it’s clear Q’s gesture language is exactly the same.
  • Downlink: real-time satellite imagery on the Mac desktop. Installed and launching on login from now on.