Recent tidbits

  • Ejectify: Automatically unmounts external volumes when your Mac starts sleeping.
  • Grist: open-source SQLite-based spreadsheet with Python formulas. I like.
  • Radicle: secure peer-to-peer code hosting. This could be the start of something.
November 30, 2020

Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Review

Jon L. Jacobi, on techhive.com:

As I’ve said several times now, the Wyze headphones are super comfortable and do a stellar job of shutting off the sound from the outside world. They sound good if not great in that mode, and very good when not cancelling noise. Head to head, I’d give a slight nod to the aforementioned WH-XB900n’s in terms of sound. Then again, the Sony’s are four times the price. $50.

Wyze is going for the Uniqlo of smart products, and as the owner of several of them, I think they’re on their way.

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November 30, 2020

Remembering the Post PC

Horace Dediu, on www.asymco.com:

And so I’m writing this post on a Mac. The graph you see above was created on the Mac. It’s possible to do all this my iPad and even on my iPhone but it would be harder. But I’m also willing to bet you’re reading this on a phone.

And that’s the crux of it. The PC is still the machine of choice for authoring while the device is the machine of choice for consuming and consuming will always be more popular. What the iPad has done is taken a share of PC use and in my case I do use it for some tasks like email a lot more frequently. The theory would suggest that the iPad will continue its upward trajectory while the PC would abandon the low end.

I subscribe to this reality. While I rather take my MacBook over my iPhone or iPad if taken to a deserted island, my wife has switched most of her work to an 2018 iPad Pro with Brydge keyboard. It was initially out of necessity — her MacBook Pro was in Costa Rica while we were in the US — but it was enough to change her workflow.

The M1 Macs have push out/up that tipping point for me, but overall the bar has been raised, and that’s a great thing.

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November 30, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 48

  • TEXTREME: text processor with crazy effects.
  • Is Apple silicon ready?: great resource to check if Apps are universal yet. The more info links are great to see what’s the official word.
  • Mail-To-Merge: rudimentary-yet-smart mail merge solution to get you out of a bind.
  • Badgen: cool badge generating service.
  • Universe app for building websites now available for Mac.
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November 29, 2020

More to the M1 Than Speed

Howard Oakley, on eclecticlight.co:

But above performance, battery life and heat production is usability. The M1 Mac’s new Recovery Mode is already in a different league from Intel Macs when it comes to usability. For me, that’s one of the most compelling reasons to buy an M1 model.

If it weren’t for the international shipping and taxes, I would have ordered an M1 Mac Mini.

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November 27, 2020

Vivaldi Mail Technical Preview

Jon von Tetzchner on vivaldi.com/blog/:

We are excited for you to test the new Vivaldi Mail. Some people fondly call it M3 and there is a bit of history to this that I’ll share later.

[…]

In fact, I’d admit that one of the reasons for Vivaldi’s existence is to provide a browser with a built-in email client. And today we have the first glimpse of it.

[…]

The cornerstone of Vivaldi is the database. All your mails from all your accounts are indexed, therefore searchable offline. If you prefetch your mails, we index all the content of the mails as well even before they are opened.

Used to love Opera’s M2 — even became an annoying purist that wouldn’t open internal mails that weren’t plain text while I worked there.

Then the convenience of Gmail won me over. But many mail clients later (currently Superhuman), I’m always game to try a new old one.

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November 27, 2020

Hook & Obsidian Sitting in a Tree

Luc Beaudoin, on hookproductivity.com:

Hook will soon fully support Obsidian. That means you’ll be able to invoke Hook in the context of an Obsidian document and use Hook’s handy Copy Link, Copy Markdown Link , Hook to Copied Link, and other functions.

Great news. Both apps have become critical in my workflow during the past 6 months. Right now they work together with a bit of friction — still totally worth the effort.

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November 22, 2020

Alex Barredo on Apple’s new MacBook Strategy

Alex Barredo, on apple.substack.com:

I’m using my faulty crystal ball, of course, but imagine a 2022 Apple laptop line up of: MacBook with M3 for $999, and the then two-year old MacBook with M1 for $849 (say $799 for schools?). Going lower means more buyers, and Apple computers can last for 5-7 years instead of iPhones mere average lifespan of 2-3 years.

Fun and thoughtful crystal ball. For sure the Mac’s release calendar and lineup is going to through some big changes.

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November 15, 2020

1Password and Privacy.com Integration

Andrew Beyer on blog.1password.com:

[…] we’re announcing a new partnership with Privacy.com. 1Password now lets you create virtual cards in your browser to make online payments more safely. You can create as many virtual cards as you need and control where and how they’re used.

Finally got a chance to test this and in works great. Sadly it needs the 1PasswordX plugin — which doesn’t work in Safari — so I need to go out of my workflow to use it. Will see if it’s easer to open my personal Brave profile, rather than opening the Privacy.com app and doing multiple copy/pastes.

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November 9, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 45

  • TripMode 3: if you work remote on slow internet or with data caps, this is the app to have.
  • Raycast: VC backed next-gen launcher with multiple integrations (Github, Google Docs, etc). Very interesting.
  • Dendron: open-source markdown notes tool built on top of VSCode.

Note taking is officially a fad. W00t.

  • Polar: Integrated reading environment for EPUBs, PDFs, & web pages. Love this new crop of geeky desktop apps.
  • Cometeer: Nitro frozen coffee capsules. I’d try this.
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October 26, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 43

  • Planet eBook: Classic literature publications with better formatting.
  • Bongo Cat: Hit the bongos like Bongo Cat! a meme webapp.
  • Tinysheet: tiny spreadsheet with minimal functions, easy to use on mobile touchscreen keyboards.
  • Pitch presentation in open beta. Beautiful decks for power teams with integrations. Next Gen powerpoint basically.
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October 25, 2020

Scary Mac Hacking Story

Raman Shalupau, on ksaitor.medium.com:

In this article, I’ll try to recreate the exact timeline of events, the damage, commentary on how this could have happened. I’ll also talk about a few moments that I don’t yet understand (mostly around 2FA) and hope my readers will be able to help me out.

Not much on how it happened, but good reminder that you need to constantly self-audit your security setup. Other than not using Chrome’s password manager, this is not an all too different setup than mine. Curious of wary he finds the attack vector was.

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October 19, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 42

  • Maestral: A lightweight and open-source Dropbox client for macOS and Linux.
  • PiP-it!: workaround YouTube’s iOS App Picture in Picture limitation.
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September 23, 2020

Get Started with the Obsidian App

Nick Milos on the Linking Your Thinking YouTube Channel:

In this video, you’ll learn exactly the simple steps on how to get started with the Obsidian app for note-taking as a complete beginner.

This is the best Obsidian intro video I’ve seen. Subscribed to see how he continues to develop the course.

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September 22, 2020

Spanner Hugo Site Builder for Mac

Carlos Melegrito’s spanner-app.com is brilliant:

Drag a folder, start a server. Build, then export. Spanner makes using Hugo easier than ever. Less set-up, more mark-up.

This is the push/tool I needed to move some old websites from Persona.co to Hugo.

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