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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January 17, 2020

Hindenburg Research on Opera

On hindenburgresearch.com:

We think Opera collapses on its own worsening financials, with that timeline accelerating significantly if Google bans its lending apps or if its Chairman/CEO continues to draw cash out of the business through questionable related-party deals.

They basically pivoted into a very shady mobile lending business. So sad to read.

Although, on the investor.opera.com you are greeted with this:

The Company is aware of and has carefully reviewed the report published by the short seller on January 16, 2020. The Company believes that the report contains numerous errors, unsubstantiated statements, and misleading conclusions and interpretations regarding the business of and events relating to the Company.

Oh, drama.

Update: Arjan from Opera writes:

Sounds like there’s something fishy on the reporting. Shouldn’t have posted without reading more.

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January 15, 2020

The Apple Archive

Sam Henri Gold presents applearchive.org:

Dedicated to the unsung studio designers, copywriters, producers, ADs, CDs, and everyone else who creates wonderful things. 

This is amazing. Already blew past by bedtime hour browsing through the 2000’s.

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January 15, 2020

Sian Cain, on theguardian.com:

In a letter filed this week in federal court in New York, Audible’s attorneys, writing on behalf of both sides, announced that the parties had resolved their disputes and expected to submit the settlement documents by 21 January. No other details were provided.

Doesn’t sound like the feature is coming anytime soon.

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January 13, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 2

  • Front and Center window management app that replicates Classic MacOS bring all to front” behavior. By John Siracusa, instant buy.
  • Firefox Lockwise — password manager — take your passwords everywhere mozilla.org
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January 8, 2020

Share Before You Solve It

Great message by Andrew Duckworth:

However you do it. It’s vital to share. And share what you’re working on before you solve it”.

The earlier you share an issue or idea the more room you have to ask the right questions and get answers you can handle.

This is the sort of quote that lies at the intersection of productivity and creativity. I’m keeping this one around.

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January 8, 2020

Paul Graham on Having Kids

Very thought provoking essay by paulgraham.com:

What I didn’t notice, because they tend to be much quieter, were all the great moments parents had with kids. People don’t talk about these much — the magic is hard to put into words, and all other parents know about them anyway

With a a few hard punches:

I hate to say this, because being ambitious has always been a part of my identity, but having kids may make one less ambitious.

​And a closing slap in in the face:

[…] The fact is, most of the freedom I had before kids, I never used. I paid for it in loneliness, but I never used it.

This one inspired me to revisit a few drafts and put something together.

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January 8, 2020
Foundryside (Founders, #1)Foundryside (Founders, #1)
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Foundryside (Founders, #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

Enjoyed this book from the first page. The world it creates incorporates magic incantations with coding, and the results works perfectly for me. The characters are good, and the story is very well timed. It’s the beginning of a series, and I’ll be back without a doubt.