May 4, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 18

  • • Visualize dimensions in Augmented Reality. Very useful.
April 28, 2020

Good Books is a curated collection of book recommendations from the world’s most successful, influential and interesting people. We’ve spent 6 months analysing 15,000+ book recommendations and have handpicked the best to add to your reading list.

Beautiful site design. Linking here so I don’t forget about it next time I’m wasting time looking for a book.

April 28, 2020

New Linux Pop!_OS Auto Tiling

System76 on

New to Pop!_OS 20.04, auto-tiling organizes your windows for you so you can spend more time and focus on the task at hand. Use keyboard shortcuts to move, swap, and resize windows to your liking.

I’m a sucker for tiling UX, but this looks particularly simple and useful. All the macOS versions I’ve tried are too hackie to set up… might setup a VM to play this this.

April 25, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 16

About a month worth’s of links:

  • Tip is a programmable tooltip that can be used with any Mac OS app
  • Tidi helps organize your Download (or other folders) with reminders and an easy interface.
  • Service Station is a macOS app for customizing your right-click menu in Finder.
  • Salmon is a macOS search tool specifically for files and folders.
  • Turn a Wyze Cam v2 (and Pan) into a Webcam.
  • ViDL •  Mac app to download videos from YouTube and hundreds of others websites. GUI wrapper around youtube-dl.
April 25, 2020

A MacBook SE could destroy Chromebooks and Windows laptops

Roland Moore-Colyer on

Given the cult-like following Apple has, if it can make a 12-inch MacBook that sits somewhere between say $600 and $900, and retains a premium design, then it’ll almost certainly sell like crazy. This is another incentive for macOS app developers to get on board as they’d have a strong guarantee that efforts to rework their apps would pay dividends, both figuratively and literally.

Not sure destroy is the right word. But high-end Chromebooks and mid-range Windows laptops would suffer, and I would love the clarity of recommending a MacBook on the $800 range.

However, the question would be how Apple would differentiate with iPad. Historically Apple has no problem cannibalizing themselves, but always to push a newer technology. To do it as way to offer options will be a new approach. One that I don’t think will happen under Tim Cook.

April 6, 2020

Blogs are Really Most Sincerely Dead

Chuq Von Rospach on his blog

And that’s where the sad reality comes in. A Blog is no longer a viable place to create content and expect to attract traffic to it.

Lots to chew on here.

March 30, 2020

WhatsApp for iOS 13 Now Has Share Sheet Contact Suggestions

Michael Potuck on

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.

March 27, 2020

Zoom — Great Tech, Iffy Privacy

Doc Searls on

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.

March 26, 2020

Nine Inch Nails Ghosts V-VI Released

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.

March 23, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 12

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

Tidbits for 2020 Week 11

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

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

Tom Maxwell on

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.

March 2, 2020

Tidbits for 2020 Week 9

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

More Mac OS Catalina Complaints

Riccardo Mori on

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”.

February 24, 2020

EU Commission Recommends Switch to Signal

Laurens Cerulus on

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.