September 18, 2023

Apple TV Can Now Do Tailscale

Andrea GottardoAlessandro MingioneSam Linville and Parker Higgins, on Tailscale:

Today we’re expanding the list of devices that can run Tailscale, bringing secure remote networking to the Apple TV. The newly released tvOS 17 offers support for VPNs, and we’re proud to say Tailscale is among the first to use this new feature. You can now add your Apple TV directly to your tailnet, unlocking three powerful new use cases that we’re excited to share.

This is really cool. I need to get my house (devices) in order, and using Tailscale to set up a personal/private VPN is top of the list. The news has multiple angles: I can set up an Apple TV in the US, to connect to my old MacBook Pro server at home to use Costa Rica streaming apps (Stars+). But also, you can do it the other way around, only having to leave an Apple TV at my parent’s place1 to use as an exit node.


  1. Never mind that my Dad has more Raspberry Pis than I do, even one driving him 3D printer. But you get the example. ↩︎

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September 12, 2023

Pre-Apple September Event Notes

I always tell my non-geek that Apple events are my sporting events. To stretch the analogy further, iPhone events are — Super Bowl, but my team isn’t playing. I love watching it, but I don’t paint my face — like when the Mac plays. /end of bad analogy.

This year I’m likely to get one of the iPhones announced. Both Ana and I are still on the iPhone 12 mini1 — which we love, but it’s starting to show its age on the battery side. If the iPhone 15 mini still existed, it would be an absolute purchase for me. But that dream is dead.

I think we’ll probably upgrade to the regular iPhone 15, mostly because I cannot deal with the weight of the Pro versions. Even with the expected lighter titanium, the regular iPhone 6.1 weight is my limit.2

I’m also keeping an eye on the Apple Watch. I lost my large Series 7 a month ago in a lake, and been using my previous small Series 4. I really miss the size and speed of the Series 7 I got last year. Still unsure if I’m going to be getting the Series 9 or, just like I did last year, the year ago version at some of the Black Friday events.

I’m all-in with the USB-C change. It’s going to be comfortable to just carry that one cable.

Still hoping for some surprises, but it does seem like an S sort of year.


  1. Above link reminded me to update my iPhone history: Original → 3GS4S5S → 6 → 6S → 7 → XS → 12 mini↩︎

  2. I do have an iPhone 12 Pro from work, and I hate carrying it.↩︎

September 8, 2023

What We Say When You Are Not Here

A young friend passed away last week. He was the sort of person that I call friend, even if we really didn’t share that much time. His intensity and great heart made everyone feel welcomed — regardless if you were a free spirit artist like him, or a square like me.

The outpouring of love has been huge. I fear he didn’t imagine his effect on so many people… actually, I fear more that he actually did.

September 6, 2023

Molly Holzschlag Passed Away at 60

TucsonSentinel.com, on TucsonSentinel.com:

Molly Holzschlag, whose pioneering work in online design standards led to her being dubbed the fairy godmother of the web,” has died at age 60.

Worked with Molly for a while in Opera. She was fun and irreverent. The Open Web was not a buzzword with her, it was the way to live.

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September 4, 2023

Tidbits for 2023 Week 35

  • Control Panel for Twitter: browser extension which brings some sanity to the x.com clusterfudge. Can’t use Twitter without it.

  • JuxtaCode: good looking beta Git merge tool for macOS.

  • Trypa: trigger shortcuts based on environmental, hardware and system factors on macOS.

  • Dissolv for macOS : Hide inactive apps after an specified period. Replaces defunct Spirited Away app.

  • Applite: UI for Homebrew package manager. Good way to manage all those pesky apps that insist on having an AutoUpdate checking in login, or use .pkg installers.

  • S3 Files for iPhone, iPad & Mac: s3 buckets in the Files app, Finder, Shortcuts app & share sheet. Keeping around for rainy day.

  • Chantlings : musical app that let you explore tone and harmony. Let’s say it’s for the kids.

  • ‎Fuoco : change focus of Portrait Mode photos in iOS.

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September 4, 2023

3D Reconstruction of the Capital of the Aztec Empire

Thomas Kole, on tenochtitlan.thomaskole.nl:

The year is 1518. Mexico-Tenochtitlan, once an unassuming settlement in the middle of Lake Texcoco, now a bustling metropolis. It is the capital of an empire ruling over, and receiving tribute from, more than 5 million people. Tenochtitlan is home to 200.000 farmers, artisans, merchants, soldiers, priests and aristocrats. At this time, it is one of the largest cities in the world.

Today, we call this city Ciudad de Mexico - Mexico City.

Not much is left of the old Aztec - or Mexica - capital Tenochtitlan. What did this city, raised from the lake bed by hand, look like? Using historical and archeological sources, and the expertise of many, I have tried to faithfully bring this iconic city to life.

This is amazing. I love Mexico city, and also have enjoyed some historical novels on the Aztecs. This project blows my mind for technical, historical and coolness reasons.

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September 1, 2023

Toolbox Pro, Logger for Shortcuts, and Nautomate Find New Home

Snailed It Development Ltd:

We’re truly honoured to be able to announce that we have taken over development of Toolbox Pro, Logger for Shortcuts, and Nautomate.

All three apps were originally developed by indie developer Alex Hay before he tragically passed away back in March after a battle with cancer.

Happy news amid everything.

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September 1, 2023

Browser Actions macOS Shortcuts Support

Carlo Zottmann, on ActionsDotWork.:

Well-rounded macOS Shortcuts support for Brave Browser, Chromium, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi. And for Safari.

[…]

Creating, accessing, manipulating and closing tabs and windows. Getting page information, like title, URL, current selection, the up-to-date DOM document, all of the text. Filling out and submitting forms. Running arbitrary Javascript in tabs. etc.

While Arc is not in the launch list of supported browsers, Carlo had it on his radar for post-release. Would love to replace some bookmarklets with more elegant Shortcuts.

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August 30, 2023

Vivaldi browser 6.2 Speed Update

Jon von Tetzchner, on Vivaldi Browser:

Over the years, some of you have reported that the opening of new windows was not fast enough. But not anymore!

Our new version on desktop — Vivaldi 6.2 — is now faster, especially when you open a new window. By rendering browser windows through React portals, we’ve unlocked new possibilities, reduced memory usage, and significantly

If Arc Browser ever goes away, Vivaldi will likely be my default work browser. Just took 6.2 for a spin, and windows do load significantly faster. Kudos to the team.

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August 28, 2023

ChatGPT Enterprise

On openai.com:

We’re launching ChatGPT Enterprise, which offers enterprise-grade security and privacy, unlimited higher-speed GPT-4 access, longer context windows for processing longer inputs, advanced data analysis capabilities, customization options, and much more.

This is very cool. As an IT person, I’m still not sure how to justify this. Is ChatGPT just an advanced Grammarly? But the enterprise story checks out really well:

You own and control your business data in ChatGPT Enterprise. We do not train on your business data or conversations, and our models don’t learn from your usage. ChatGPT Enterprise is also SOC 2 compliant and all conversations are encrypted in transit and at rest.

Unlike many enterprise plans, it even makes sense compared with the regular prosumer plan:

ChatGPT Enterprise removes all usage caps, and performs up to two times faster. We include 32k context in Enterprise, allowing users to process four times longer inputs or files.

Will this bringing this up internally at work for sure.

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August 22, 2023

A Home Office Organization

Christopher Butler, on chrbutler.com:

My wife and I work here, Monday through Friday, 9 to 5. Our children play and create in here just as often. It’s where we maintain several workspaces, store supplies, house a portion of our library, and keep a guest bed. To make things even more complicated, I also exercise in here nearly every day. All in this 10’ x 12’ space with two windows. Since we began working from home, I estimate that we’ve spent around 8,000 hours in here.

I love colophon posts, but this one is not only cool, but also admirable in what it manages to pull off. The website design is also minimally amazing.

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August 16, 2023

GitHub Now Supports Obsidian Callout Blockquote Syntax

Kepano, on twitter.com:

Great news for plain text interoperability: @github has added support for callouts to the GitHub-flavored Markdown using the same syntax @obsdmd

Daniel Adams, on Github:

Alerts are an extension of Markdown used to emphasize critical information. On GitHub, they are displayed with distinctive colors and icons to indicate the importance of the content.

W00t. I see myself using callouts even more now in my notes.

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July 28, 2023

Vivaldi Social Mastodon Social Downtime Incident

Thomas Pike, on his blog:

A bug in the code combined with an ill-advised database configuration caused 198 user accounts to be merged to a single remote account. An entire weekend was spent finding the cause and fixing the damage caused.

Great rundown of a ruined weekend because of a service incident. Appreciate the sections where the Mastodon team helped — even when it became clear it wasn’t a Mastodon bug.

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July 27, 2023

When Good Correlation is Not Enough

Haki Benita, on his blog:

How outliers can trick the optimizer into the wrong plan

This blog post is nothing about what I expected it to be:

In this article I describe how using a BRIN index in presumably ideal circumstances” can result in degraded performance and suggest a recent new feature of PostgreSQL as a remedy.

Blank stare.

However, the subtitle sent me down a thought rabbit hole about outliner events making you optimize for the wrong thing. Something I hope to write about in the future.

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July 26, 2023

Better Contexts, Better Life

Some emails generate an increased pulse rate. Not out of excitement — but out of a primal urge to shout out like an enraged monkey.

As I breathe-in for the third time, I realize the request itself is not the source of my anger. The lack of context usually is. Emailing me something which reads like a SQL query, will generally lead to an answer that is business-speak for syntax error.

Am I too precious to be to told what to do without explanation? Well, yes. But, that’s not it. For better or worse, I try to keep my ego outside most of my work interactions. Many years have taught me that — given my personality — it always comes back to haunt me.

The main problem is that asks” without context will lead to multiple interactions if the query doesn’t have an exact match:

  • Do you have file X?
  • Can you send invoice Y?
  • Do you have the FY23 number for Z?
  • Are you available?

I’m sure you can replace the above generics with something that makes sense in your world. Again, the problem arises when the answer requires some sort additional detail (which is almost always the case):

  • I have last week’s version of file X.

  • I don’t have the invoice Y yet.

  • The FY23 number for Z depends on how…

  • I have 15 min, why do you require my availability?

    Just by adding some minimal context to the request, not only can you better find the answer, but you can generate one if an exact match doesn’t exist. A few sentences can make a lot of difference. My blood pressure will thank you.

July 22, 2023

Descript Eye Contact AI Video Effect

descript.com:

Stop worrying about memorizing scripts or tedious retakes. With AI Eye Contact, maintain perfect on-screen presence while nailing your script every time.

This feature was in Facetime in one of the iOS 13 betas, but later removed. While weird, I think it’s very cool. As we head more into the Vision Pro era, this sort of trickery will become more common.

I’m itching to start a podcast and use Descript. But it still doesn’t seem to have a Spanish as a content language support.

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July 19, 2023

Kevin Mitnick Passed Away

Dignity Memorial:

Kevin David Mitnick, 59, died peacefully on Sunday, July 16, 2023, after valiantly battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year.

Ghost in the Wires audiobook is one my favorites. But even before that, his name evoked a cool and dangerous side to being a geek.

He broke the law and was sent to jail for real. This gave some reality to the computer and internet stuff I was passionate about. Even though social engineering was his biggest trick, at the time I thought he was a master hacker.

Also, he just seemed like a cool guy. Effing cancer. He will be missed.

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July 9, 2023

GORUCK GR1 21L v 26L Differences

Ben Brooks, on brooksreview.net:

What’s important here is that those GR1s (despite what GORUCK might say in marketing) are a different size than all currently available GR1s. But not by a lot. They are slightly smaller than the current 26L GR1s, and most consider them to be 25L in capacity. I’d say they are somewhere between 24-25L.

I sent my 11 year old GR1 for repairs last week and GORUCK offered to replace it:

Battle parenthood scarred GR1 OGBattle parenthood scarred GR1 OG

We have received your gear from your Scars Repair request and have inspected it fully. Besides the reason it came in, there are other issues of normal wear and/or age. We would like to send you a new ruck!

However, I was a bit confused when they asked me to pick a size, since I didn’t remember they had two. Ben Brooks article helped me understand the difference. I’m leaning towards the 21L though.


Update 2023-07-25: Well, that was easy. I didn’t read the fine print, where for $25 in shipping, I could get back my original GR1. A fews later, I have both my old faithful and new 21L GR1.

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July 6, 2023

Instagram Threads and ActivityPub

Adam Mosseri, on Threads:

We’re committed to building support for ActivityPub, the protocol behind Mastodon, into this app. We weren’t able to finish it for launch given a number of complications that come along with a decentralized network, but it’s coming.

I checked out Threads, but it’s clearly not for me. However, glad it exist. If in fact it will provide a way to follow people from my Mastodon/Ivory setup, I’m a happy camper.

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July 3, 2023

Goodreads Weaponized

Caroline O’Donovan, on The Washington Post:

More than a decade later, even as other social platforms have undergone multiple reinventions, little has changed about Goodreads, a beige website where readers can rate books from one to five stars, write reviews and talk to other readers on old-school forums, some of which have tens of thousands of members.

Even back in the day, I recall preferring Shelfari over Goodreads. But it also was folded into Goodreads and forgotten.

But after Amazon bought Goodreads, it gradually became clear that the technology was old and the data not well organized, and that a significant investment would be required to bring the site up to speed, according to two former Goodreads employees.

Interesting if true. A failed data metrics extraction as the source of stagnation of the site.

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June 26, 2023

debugYYDDD Obsidian Notes

Currently, anytime I get a bug report, or something not working, I create a note with the following naming format debugYYDDD Short Description. For examples, if I was trying to figure out why the feed to mastodon wasn’t working, I’d create:

  • debug23177 Social tag to mastofeed fail.md

While I abandoned using day of year as a way to track my daily notes, it works great for sequential files likes this. Specially for looking back — I won’t remember the day/month something failed, but I do seem to have a notion that it was the first quarter of the year, so a file called debug23090, gives this context.

More important, this habit helps me in two ways:

  • Keep a log file of my debugging process: Which is an amazing way to stay focussed, and return to where I was if interrupted.
  • In days/weeks/months be able to remind myself what was the issues: Old systems break in known ways, and this practice really saves a log of time in the long run.

I now want to experiment with using Peek and Poke as prefixes for items that aren’t related to something broken, but to denote iterative work session on ongoing projects.

You’d think it would be better to manage these top-down: open projects view and start from there — but realistically, I tend to simply start with some atomic note, and go from there. Usually from some prompt like an idea (internal), or communication (external). Only deadlines seem to force me to look at projects as the starting point of the day.

June 24, 2023

New BOOX Page eReader

From the The Official BOOX Store:

Powered by a Qualcomm advanced octa-core CPU and an upgraded configuration of 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM, the brand-new Page delivers an incredibly seamless experience when you are reading ebooks, browsing websites, or navigating third-party apps thanks to the open Android 11 system.

Solid iterative update to my Boox Leaf 2. $250 price doesn’t make it an easy to justify upgrade though. But updated processor should help with the sluggish perforance.

With our optimized internal construction, the Page remains a device that can perfectly fit your palm, even with the upgraded battery and magnets for the magnetic cover.

However, the ability to have a magnetic update almost makes it worth it.

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June 21, 2023

Clean macOS Required Apps

A team member just moved from an IBM Linux laptop to an MacBook Air M2. Sent him the following email of my must have apps to get started.

Edit: forgot two important ones:

  • Mac Mouse Fix: use trackpad features like smooth scrolling and gestures with any mouse.

  • Maestral: lightweight Dropbox client with just enough features.

June 16, 2023

Day One of Apple Journal App

Paul Mayne, on Day One:

Apple’s recent unveiling of a Journal app at WWDC was an exciting development for us at Day One. This app introduces a wider audience to the benefits of journaling by incorporating personal location history and photo libraries, much like our Today view. What’s more, Apple’s new Suggestions API should allow us to leverage this data for an even richer Day One experience.

I’ve been a Day One user for almost a decade — and I use it everyday for the last 6 years. So it’s an app I use a lot. I plan to continue to use it, but in a way I’m happy with Apple pushing them along. While its backend has improved considerably in the last few years — the front end has stayed pretty consistent, in a boring way.

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June 12, 2023

WWDC 2023 Wishlist Recap

It’s time to call it for my WWDC wishlist last week:

  • Family Shared Airtags in Findmy. Bingo.

From Apple Newsroom:

AirTag can be shared with up to five other people, allowing friends and family to keep track of an item in Find My.

Mac Stage Manager keyboard shortcuts for everything. Fail.

I was hopeful the betas will mention some change, but nothing.

  • Mac notification update. Bupkis.

Same as above, surprisingly nothing on notifications this year.

  • Smarter iOS software keyboard. W00t.

From Apple Newsroom:

Keyboard brings improvements to autocorrect, allowing users to enter text faster and easier than ever before. Inline predictive text helps users quickly finish sentences, and the new speech recognition model in Dictation improves accuracy.

  • Universal Clipboard History on iOS. Nope.

Crickets 🦗.

  • Books app for Android. WTF?

Head-shaking laughter.

June 11, 2023

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024

Microsoft Flight Simulator Team, on Microsoft Flight Simulator:

To achieve this unprecedented level of accuracy, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 is powered by the significantly evolved Asobo Studio engine.

Available day one on Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Windows 10/11, and Steam. Coming 2024.

Video looks amazing. Can’t help thinking what Vision Pro version could do. Given what a Flight Sim setup costs, $3500 is actually a great price.

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June 4, 2023

WWDC 2023 Wishlist

Tomorrow will likely be as important for Apple, as the iPhone introduction. And while I’m all-in for adjective parade, when the confetti settles, I’m a simple man with simple wishes.

Here’s my personal software updates wishes for tomorrow:

  • Family Shared Airtags in Findmy.
  • Mac Stage Manager keyboard shortcuts for everything.
  • Mac notification update. It’s been broken for years, so many in fact, that I don’t expect a fix now, I want a considerable improvement.
  • Smarter iOS software keyboard. Anecdotally it’s getting dumber. Objectively it hasn’t improved in years.
  • Universal Clipboard History on iOS. Give us the Pastebot we deserve.
  • Books app for Android. I want to read on an iPad during the day and an eink at night.

That’s it. I consider all these possible, but not all probable.

June 2, 2023

Boox Leaf 2 Short Term Review

The Boox Leaf 2 is an $199 Android tablet with an ink screen in a small factor and side buttons for up/down or next/previous page turns. I’ve had it for over two months now and use it almost every day for reading ebooks. I first became interested in it after reading Six Colors review a while back.

A Better Eink Reader?

Up front, the Leaf 2 has not changed my reading habits the way I hoped/wished. One of the advantages I thought about it being Android is that I could use my read-it-later apps: Reader and Omnivore. In reality, the speed of the tablet and of the e-ink screen means that if the apps are not optimized for it — mostly no scrolling rather but paginating the articles — it’s a painful experience.

Boox Leaf 2 and Kindle PaperwhiteBoox Leaf 2 and Kindle Paperwhite

One of the things I do like about it is the software being an Android variant is ability to have Android apps and the upgrade_ability_ this implies. Unlike the Amazon Kindle, where the software is almost as static with the physical device itself. You very rarely get big upgrades or changes with it.

Another thing I like is the button layout. It is a fairly standard ebook reader with buttons layout, similar to the Kindle Oasis and some Kobo Libre designs and a bunch of generic Chinese ink tablets.
But it does work. I do see myself appreciating the side buttons a lot as I lay in bed at night. I had the Kindle Voyage for a long time, which had pressure buttons on the sides, which were useful but not as great as real clickable buttons.

Android Platform

The flexibility of the device software is bittersweet. There’s a side of my the sighs heavily when I have to configure the touch areas for book turning — or for turning it off. However, the long term dynamism of the device makes me happy.

For example, I’ve already decided and changed my mind, on which reading application to use three times. Originally the Kindle app was discarded because for some reason — even when using the physical buttons — the page turning animation would show. It made reading unbearable.

The full featured default reader was next. Works really well but, it allows too much personalization, and, doesn’t have a clear path for synching highlights with Readwise — a deal breaker.

I then moved on to Google Play Books, and was surprised how much well it worked: easy ePub uploads, nice book layouts and great synch across applications. But it has the most annoying automatic dictionary bubble I’ve ever seen. What’s worse, the dismissing gesture didn’t seem to take on the eInk screen.

I then crossed to the pond to the PocketBook ecosystem. Here the configuration options of the Android app are endless. So settled on it for a few weeks — worried on how I’d import into Readwise, but sure I’d find a way since there’s a Obsidian plugin.

Where am I now? well two funny things happened: first, I figured out how to dismiss the dictionary pop-up on the Google Play Books; and secondly, the Kindle page turning slowness fixed itself with some update.

The Design

As I mentioned, the design is really good. I like the button placement and don’t mind the charging port placement. However, it’s a bit plasticky. Depending on how you grab it, it can creak a little1.

Boox Leaf 2Boox Leaf 2

One thing that sucks is the included case. I don’t like how it holds the device, and it’s flimsy, meaning the magnets on the cover do not close properly. Ended up buying a sleeve to use when traveling.

A Quick Note On the Amazon Kindle Ecosystem

One of the things that nudged me on the Android route is that Kindle’s support for EPUB is very hacky. I acquire” a lot of DRM-free books and every time I try to get one into the Kindle, it messes with the layout.

I feel that this will continue to get worse. The Kindle ecosystem is a dead end if you’re into DRM-free books. Which makes more open platforms like this one more attracting to me.

Closing Thoughts

Would I buy it again? I don’t know. I would probably take another look first at the Kobo Libra 2 or the refurbished Oasis. Should you buy it? No. Trust Jason Snell, I agree with him and wouldn’t recommend this reader to almost anyone.

This isn’t an ebook reader product, it’s an ebook reader project. It require too much fine-tuning to really get started.


  1. I have the black version which has a flush screen. The white version doesn’t have the glass screen on top. I don’t know how if that makes a difference.↩︎

June 2, 2023

Don’t Hold the Elevator Doors

There’s a story of people getting off the elevator whenever Steve Jobs would get in on them at the Apple Campus. The premise being that he would ask: what are you working on? And if your answer was not satisfactory or interesting enough, you would get fired.

While the story seems more myth than fact, as all urban legends, it sure sounds plausible.

The thing is, your current project could be the ugly side or the sharp edge of major initiatives that as a whole does bring change and adds value.

Sometimes things need a temporary solution. Sometimes your pillar is critical, but its upgrade is not a priority.

The question is, then, should you get off the elevator whenever what you’re working on is not elevator-proof™?, or should you be prepared to answer that question?

As an individual contributor, it’s unfair to make you be aware of what’s the business-like answer of what you’re working on question. As a project manager, or better said, as a manager, this is a sixth sense that you should have. Reading the room, understanding your ugly duckling role in the major project.

June 2, 2023

Dan Shipper Daydreams a Better Kindle

Dan Shipper, on every.to:

I decided to pretend I was a Kindle product manager. I came up with a few grand dreams for the future of reading that are totally divorced from the corporate and practical reality of working at Amazon. Consider it a call to arms for the future of books. A rallying cry to make the Kindle actually great.

Great exercise. The funny thing, the result isn’t really the Kindle I’d want. But agree it’ll be much better.

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June 2, 2023

Amazon Prime Mobile Service Rumored

Aisha Malik, on TechCrunch:

People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that Amazon is considering offering wireless plans for $10 a month or possibly for free, in a move to bolster loyalty among subscribers. Currently, some people may cancel their Prime subscription and then sign-up again when they want to. If Amazon were to bundle mobile service into Prime, it would likely lead to people sticking with their subscriptions long-term.

Compelling. As an Amazon Prime subscriber, this would be interesting to me.

We currently subscribe to Google Fi on a family plan, which has worked really well — specially for travel. But the adoption of eSim has started to make temporary data plans very convient and price competitive1.


  1. Been using Airalo when we go over our data plans on trips, and it has worked great. Referral link.↩︎

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June 2, 2023

A Better Kindle

Dan Shipper, on every.to:

I decided to pretend I was a Kindle product manager. I came up with a few grand dreams for the future of reading that are totally divorced from the corporate and practical reality of working at Amazon. Consider it a call to arms for the future of books. A rallying cry to make the Kindle actually great.

Fun wishful thinking of what Amazon could do with the Kindle. For me, most of his wishes are almost here with my Leaf 2. Still, really shows how software stagnant the Kindle platform is.

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June 1, 2023

Brave Browser Now Has Vertical Tabs on Desktop

Brave Software:

Brave’s vertical tabs feature is now available for users to experience a new way to manage open tabs. With today’s 1.52 desktop release, the vertical tabs setting is available to Brave users on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Great news, while a far cry of the over-designed Arc Browser, it’s a great options and my usual recommendation at work. The reasoning on vertical tabs on desktop screen is summarized perfectly on their page:

Vertical tabs help to eliminate overcrowding your browser window, and to increase your on-screen real estate.

I now get lost when I use Safari’s horizontal tabs on my Mac.

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May 31, 2023

Meta Quest 3 Hands-On

Mark Gurman, on Bloomberg:

The device, codenamed Eureka, feels far lighter and thinner than the existing Quest 2 from 2020.

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The actual clarity and VR displays within the Quest 3 feel similar to those in the Quest 2 — despite the resolution being rumored to be slightly higher. But there are two areas where I saw major improvements: video pass-through for mixed reality and the device’s speedier performance.

My brother-in-law fully lives the VR work life: he connects to his Mac and uses and Quest 2 to have multiple virtual monitors. However, the resolution isn’t there. Not sure if slightly higher, would make a difference with him.

Meta hasn’t yet settled on pricing for the device, but people involved in its development believe it may come in higher than the Quest 2’s $400. There is also a belief that the Quest 2 could stick around at a lower price. But there probably won’t be a second-generation Quest Pro anytime soon since the first version bombed.

The VR marketing is going to get interesting, and a $299 Quest 2 will probably make the $2,999 Apple device look very Apple priced for those not into tech details.

However, the most interesting thing for me on this articules is the fact that Meta saw it necessary to preannounce the Quest 3 a week before WWDC. If they are preempting Apple’s announcement, then there must be some sort of device announcement.


Update: and today Meta announced Meta Quest 3 Coming This Fall + Lower Prices for Quest 2:

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May 29, 2023

Raycast Pro Launched

Thomas Paul Mann, on raycast.com:

Today, we’re introducing Raycast Pro, a paid plan that unlocks a new level of productivity. The subscription provides access to the following new features for $8 per month, billed annually.

[…]

But the most significant change is AI. This marks the start of a new era for productivity. Raycast’s deep integration into the OS and powerful Extension platform make us uniquely suited to build a personal assistant that enhances our digital lives.

A few weeks in, I still haven’t subscribed. But I’m sure I will by the end of the year.

I understand how the AI functionality is the current headlining feature — but I’m still figuring out where and how I’m going to be interacting with it, so is not a must-have for me.

What would I need to so subscribe now? Anything that would enhance the Github Issues plugin, or an advanced way to do file management. Can understand why neither are priority, but those are my demands.

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May 29, 2023

Tidbits for 2023 Week 21

  • Stops: very nice iOS photography app with beautiful filters.

  • FileFillet : macOS app that stays on the left side of the screen, and makes copy/paste files to locations very easy.

  • AnyGPT: makes any text field in macOS becomes a ChatGPT prompt.

  • HackerNewt: iOS client for Hacker News that makes reading comments much less painful.

  • Pixian.AI: simple webapp to remove image backgrounds and no signup - just credit.

  • Sky Bridge: server that translates Mastodon requests into Bluesky ones, so you can use Mastodon apps. Still not Bluesky invite, but keeping around.

  • ProNotes: macOS Apple Notes extension which adds ChatGPT, Markdown, and other formatting. I feel the urge to use.

  • ‎video for ants: iOS app the will convert the format, compress the bitrate, and optimize the fps to make video smaller. Wish I had this a while back.

  • ‎Naptime: iOS tracking of baby nap times and awake windows. If this makes no sense, it might in the future.

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May 27, 2023

Pocket Getting Redesigned iOS App

Jay Peters, on The Verge:

Reader app Pocket is launching a redesigned version of its iOS app, Pocket owner Mozilla announced on Tuesday. The revamped app has a focus on a new Home tab that’s designed to be a starting off point for visiting everything in Pocket, from your saved content to the articles we think you’ll love,” according to a blog post.

I’m very happy with my current Reader and Omnivore setup, but Pocket has always been a good alternative. Sadly, it seems long times users don’t like the redesign.

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