March 30, 2020

WhatsApp for iOS 13 Now Has Share Sheet Contact Suggestions

Michael Potuck on 9to5mac.com:

The update makes it more seamless to share content directly with your contacts in WhatsApp from the web, apps, and everywhere else you can pull up the Share Sheet in iOS.

😱 Thought this wasn’t a public feature. Will make link sharing much more useful.

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March 27, 2020

Zoom — Great Tech, Iffy Privacy

Doc Searls on blogs.harvard.edu:

If you were in a browser instead of an app, an extension such as Privacy Badger could tell you there are trackers sniffing your ass. And, if your browser is one that cares about privacy, such as Brave, Firefox or Safari, there’s a good chance it would be blocking trackers as well. But in the Zoom app, you can’t tell if or how your personal data is being harvested.

After the last year’s Mac hidden web server case, we officially discourage Zoom’s use at work. Currently I use Zoom Redirector to force the web client.

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March 26, 2020

Nine Inch Nails Ghosts V-VI Released

nin.com:

GHOSTS V: Together is for when things seem like it might all be okay, and GHOSTS VI: Locusts… Well, you’ll figure it out.

Soundtrack for these strange times.

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March 23, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 12

  • Snap Camera • Lenses for your desktop conference call.
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March 16, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 11

  • Apple Announces WWDC 2020 Will Be a Digital-Only Event Set to Take Place in June macrumors.com
  • Apple to close US retail stores and all others outside China until March 27th theverge.com
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March 3, 2020

Apple Rumored to Release a 14-Inch MacBook Pro to Replace 13-Inch Model

Tom Maxwell on inputmag.com:

There’s a new investor note out today from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo which says that Apple is planning to revise the 13-inch MacBook Pro later this year. The laptop would be bumped up to a 14.1-inch display with mini-LED technology and also see Apple replace the much-derided butterfly keyboard with a scissor switch Magic Keyboard.

Been holding on to my work 2015 MBP for this one.

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March 2, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 9

  • Tot • new minimal text editor app from Iconfactory. tot.rocks
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February 24, 2020

More Mac OS Catalina Complaints

Riccardo Mori on morrick.me:

What we’ll see in Mac OS 10.16 is probably going to be the proverbial moment of truth.

I so hope this is the case. Catalina has been an indifferent release for me — but mainly because I took extra steps last year to quit geeky shortcuts I was using. Which is bad news if you aren’t getting anything in return for the sacrifices”.

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February 24, 2020

EU Commission Recommends Switch to Signal

Laurens Cerulus on politico.eu:

The use of Signal was mainly recommended for communications between staff and people outside the institution. The move to use the application shows that the Commission is working on improving its security policies.

I’m curious of what does the EU use for chats internally. I see an overlap on this going forward: if Signal is more secure than Slack/Teams/whatever… doesn’t internal communications now become the weakest link?

Internal systems do have the additional layer of controlling those that have accounts, but I struggle with my team to keep communications on official channels — I’m sure it’s a common case.

What I’d love would be a federated system akin to Mastodon, where we could run an instance of Signal and control users with accounts on it.

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February 17, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 7

  • Google Fi SIM cards are now available on Amazon inputmag.com
  • Clear Linux is Faster than Ubuntu and Federa even cheap laptops. phoronix.com
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February 13, 2020

SwitchGlass Mac Application Switcher

John Siracusa on hypercritical.co:

SwitchGlass adds a dedicated application switcher to your Mac in the form of a floating window that shows an icon for each running app.

I purchased his previous mini-app (Front and Center) as a way to support him — but this one I do see using. Why?:

  1. Alphabetical sorted Dock on the side of the screen,
  2. Shift-click to alternate between Active or Show All Windows.

And knowing John’s OCD, he sweated all the speed and design details.

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February 7, 2020

Email Client/Service from Basecamp Announced

Jason Fried on hey.com:

With HEY, we’ve done just that. It’s a redo, a rethink, a simplified, potent reintroduction of email. A fresh start, the way it should be. For web, iOS, and Android.

Color me excited.

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February 3, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 5

  • Apptivate global hotkeys for your files and apps. Oldie but goodie — just reinstalled this after years.
  • Fantastical is teasing the features of it next big upgrade.
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January 27, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 4

  • My WiFi Sign → quickly create a printable sign with your WiFi credentials. Very useful.
  • Audius streaming service and iOS app is out. audius.co
  • MarkTwo → web-based Markdown editor that stores files in Google Drive.
  • Tomato 2 → free Mac pomodoro timer written in swiftUI.
  • Clew → Cloud search on Mac for Google Drive, GitHub, Figma and Dropbox.
  • The new Chromium Microsoft Edge is officially available for Mac and Windows blogs.windows.com
  • Winston → a free typewriter simulator for macOS.
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January 26, 2020

Icon Badges on Task Managers

Mike Rockwell, on initialcharge.net:

I use Things and have it setup to only show badges for items with a deadline. And I only add deadlines to a few tasks each week.

Great tip, just switched to this setting.

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