Recent Tidbits

  • The new Slack Desktop app supposedly will use 50 percent less RAM. Curious if they’ll use Catalyst for the Mac app in the future.

Tidbits for 2019 Week 28

  • The Expanse S04 will be available on Amazon on December 13th. My Prime subscription at work.
  • The redesigned new Twitter.com on Desktop seems like an improvement. Lists are exponentially more accessible, which I count as a win.
July 16, 2019

Nestle Finds New Way to Make Chocolate Without Adding Sugar

Corinne Gretler on bloomberg.com:

This fall in Japan, Nestle will start selling KitKat bars with 70% dark chocolate under the new recipe, which doesn’t include any added sugar […]

Wanna try it and would pay more for it — a winner product already.

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July 16, 2019

HBO to Air Epic Mini-Series From The Earth To The Moon’ Ahead of Blu-ray Release

Scott Snowden on Space.com:

The standard-definition visual effects from the original 1998 release have been replaced with modern computer-generated imagery (C.G.I.) based on reference models from NASA […]

Yep, I’m rewatching this ASAP.

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July 16, 2019

Apple to Fund Original Podcasts

Lucas Shaw and Mark Gurman on bloomberg.com:

Apple Inc. plans to fund original podcasts that would be exclusive to its audio service, according to people familiar with the matter, increasing its investment in the industry to keep competitors Spotify and Stitcher at bay.

This is an audio exclusive content. Which is great and I will probably listen to. But, I’ll be the old man shouting:

If it doesn’t have a RSS feed, it is not a podcast.

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 27

  • Fun fake adverts as if the iPhone had been around since 1984.
  • Great concept of a sticker for MacBooks, where you place your geek stickers — making it easy to remove for selling and keep a memory of your sticker creed.
  • Nintendo Switch Lite in September. No TV connection or detachable controls for $199, which sounds like a great compromise for younger gamers — or those in a budget.
  • Dropbox Transfer for sending up to 100GB. Sounds like the old school Dropbox stuff, not for me anymore but I like.
  • Seems Apple Pencil tech keeps arriving showing up on third parties pens. The Adonit Note is another cheap(er) alternative, which is great news.
July 10, 2019

Third parties confirm AMDs outstanding Ryzen 3000 numbers

Jim Salter on arstechnica.com:

With the Ryzen 3000 series, this dynamic changes. AMDs new 7nm process technology allows it to ramp up the performance to challenge Intel’s higher-end lineup without veering into power consumption profiles that look more like a welder than a CPU, and it’s already shipping the CPUs retail.

The noise of better performance and price from AMDs lineup agains Intel’s started in E3. Seems it wasn’t just marketing, but an actual win. Is this a new close-race? or is AMD overtaking a sluggish Intel and will start kicking them while down?

Seems like a good time to transition to ARMs performance/cost S-curve.

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 26

  • Check your Mac for that aren’t 64-bit with Go64. I’m going to be recommending this app a lot over the summer.
  • Wavēy is great set of wallpapers for Mac, iPad and iPhone.
  • Note taking rabbit whole took me to down the sub-world of e-ink notebooks. Good overview video of the best options.
  • Vinland Saga Anime coming to Amazon Prime. I’m enjoying the manga a lot, so will take a look.
June 27, 2019

Jony Ive to form independent design company with Apple as client

apple.com:

[…] Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients.

End of an era, but it does feel that Sir Jony has been leaving work early for a few years. This is good, I wouldn’t mind a few more daring designs from Apple nowadays.

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 25

  • Secure ShellFish provides SSH and SFTP support in the iOS Files app. Going to find a way to fit this into my workflow.
  • New Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is out, and I will add it to the cart multiple times before not buying it — like all the previous versions. Or not?
June 26, 2019

Accidental hero: John Siracusa is a celebrity among tech nerds

Peter Wells on smh.com.au:

John Siracusa may not be a household name, but to Apple nerds and podcast fans he is an accidental superstar. Siracusa was first noticed for his ridiculously thorough reviews of Apple’s macOS; reviews so long they were sold as Kindle books.

Nothing accidental about it, I remember saying up late reading his amazing OS X reviews on ars, and listening to every hypercritical podcast when I returned to Venezuela from Norway.

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 24

  • Fixed, but used Nest Cams allowed previous users to watch them under certain conditions. Scary to think what other holes are there.
  • Best Buy now being an authorized Apple repair location is very convenient.
  • Short OS 13 Beta 2 on iPad observations I enjoyed reading. I’m installing the public beta as soon as it comes out.
June 19, 2019

Amazon Launching New Kindle Oasis eReader

PCMag.com:

The display now features a color adjustable front light” so you can customize the color tone from cool to warm to easily transition from daytime to a comfortable nighttime reading experience,” Amazon says.

Warm color light, page-turn buttons, 7 in screen, all sound great. But the $250 starting price is too high for me. Even if my Kindle Voyage disappears today, I’d go for the newest Paperwhite.

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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.