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  15. <description>A daily weblog written by Michael Rockwell which focuses on Apple products, mobile software, the internet, and other geek-related topics.</description>
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  24. <title><![CDATA[Automating Day One With IFTTT  &#10141;]]></title>
  25. <link><![CDATA[https://dayoneapp.com/2016/03/day-one-ifttt/]]></link>
  26. <pubDate>Thu, 13 Jun 2019 03:39:00 +0000</pubDate>
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  35. <description><![CDATA[I&#8217;ve been using Day One sporadically for the past year or so, but I&#8217;ve been trying to integrate a daily journaling habit into my nighttime routine. With that has come some interest in automating Day One with IFTTT, which is a feature that I hadn&#8217;t explored until tonight. So far I&#8217;ve setup a couple of [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/06/day-one-ifttt/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Automating Day One With IFTTT'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  37. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I&#8217;ve been using <a href="https://dayoneapp.com/">Day One</a> sporadically for the past year or so, but I&#8217;ve been trying to integrate a daily journaling habit into my nighttime routine. With that has come some interest in automating Day One with <a href="https://ifttt.com/">IFTTT</a>, which is a feature that I hadn&#8217;t explored until tonight.</p>
  38. <p>So far I&#8217;ve setup a couple of applets in IFTTT — one that creates a new entry whenever I like an article in <a href="https://www.instapaper.com/">Instapaper</a> and another that creates an entry every time I publish here on Initial Charge. I&#8217;m not sure how much value this will add to Day One, but I’m optimistic. I&#8217;m hoping that having a single repository for everything I create will lead to some niceties. For example, the “on this day” feature becomes much more useful when you create entries more consistently.</p>
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  43. <title><![CDATA[Apple Is Listening  &#10141;]]></title>
  44. <link><![CDATA[https://marco.org/2019/06/09/apple-is-listening]]></link>
  45. <pubDate>Mon, 10 Jun 2019 02:18:00 +0000</pubDate>
  46. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
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  53. <description><![CDATA[Marco Arment: It’s hard to tell when Apple is listening. They speak concisely, infrequently, and only when they’re ready, saying absolutely nothing in the meantime, even when we’re all screaming about a product line as if it’s on fire. They make great progress, but often with courageous losses that never get reversed, so an extended [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/06/marco-apple-listening/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Apple Is Listening'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  55. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Marco Arment:</p>
  56. <blockquote>
  57. <p>It’s hard to tell when Apple is listening. They speak concisely, infrequently, and only when they’re ready, saying absolutely <em>nothing</em> in the meantime, even when we’re all screaming about a product line as if it’s on fire. They make great progress, but often with <a href="https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/6/21/11991302/iphone-no-headphone-jack-user-hostile-stupid">courageous</a> losses that never get reversed, so an extended silence because we’re stuck with a change forever is indistinguishable from an extended silence because the fix isn’t ready yet.</p>
  58. <p>But there has clearly been a major shift in direction for the better since early 2017, and they couldn’t be more clear now:</p>
  59. <p>Apple is listening again, they’ve still <em>got</em> it, and the Mac is back.</p>
  60. </blockquote>
  61. <p>I absolutely agree with Marco, my optimism for the Mac has grown exponentially over the past year or so. But my biggest concern is still a work in progress. Apple <em>needs</em> to build off of this momentum. In two or three years, the current iteration of the Mac Mini can&#8217;t <em>still</em> be the current iteration. Regular, predictable under-the-hood upgrades to existing products is an important piece of the puzzle and the jury is still out as to whether that will take place over the long term. Again, I&#8217;m optimistic, but if rumors start to spread that the momentum is slowing, that feeling can change on a dime.</p>
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  66. <title><![CDATA[Handbrake Blu-Ray Video Conversion Settings  &#10141;]]></title>
  67. <link><![CDATA[https://www.thewebernets.com/2019/01/29/easiest-best-optimal-settings-for-handbrake-1080p-blu-ray-video-conversion-on-mac-windows-and-linux-new-january-2019/]]></link>
  68. <pubDate>Sun, 09 Jun 2019 03:34:00 +0000</pubDate>
  69. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
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  78. <description><![CDATA[I just recently purchased this Blu-ray drive so I can rip high quality movies and TV shows for playback on Plex and Infuse. For anyone curious, I rip the disc using MakeMKV, which is free while in beta, and then use Handbrake with the settings in the above link. The resulting video quality is superb, [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/06/handbrake-blu-ray-settings/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Handbrake Blu-Ray Video Conversion Settings'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  80. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I just recently purchased <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TL4HGB2/?tag=initialcharge-20">this Blu-ray drive</a> so I can rip high quality movies and TV shows for playback on <a href="https://www.plex.tv/">Plex</a> and <a href="https://firecore.com/infuse">Infuse</a>. For anyone curious, I rip the disc using <a href="https://www.makemkv.com/">MakeMKV</a>, which is <a href="https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1053">free while in beta</a>, and then use <a href="https://handbrake.fr/">Handbrake</a> with the settings in the above link. The resulting video quality is superb, especially considering the file size. And if you still rip standard definition DVDs from time to time, the site has <a href="https://www.thewebernets.com/2019/02/10/easiest-best-optimal-settings-for-handbrake-dvd-video-conversion-updated-feb19/">settings for that too</a>.</p>
  81. <p>And of course, this should only be used for making backups of discs that you actually <em>own</em>.</p>
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  86. <title>Notes On WWDC</title>
  87. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/06/wwdc-2019/</link>
  88. <pubDate>Sat, 08 Jun 2019 20:11:00 +0000</pubDate>
  89. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
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  97. <description><![CDATA[I was traveling the day of the Apple event and the WiFi on the flight wasn’t quite good enough to stream the video live. So it took me a couple of days before I could watch the entire keynote. The following is my miscellaneous notes and observations taken while watching the full replay: tvOS 13 [&#8230;]]]></description>
  98. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I was traveling the day of the Apple event and the WiFi on the flight wasn’t quite good enough to stream the video live. So it took me a couple of days before I could watch the entire keynote. The following is my miscellaneous notes and observations taken while watching the full replay:</p>
  99. <h4>tvOS 13</h4>
  100. <ul>
  101. <li>I’m glad they finally showed off a teaser trailer for one of their Apple TV+ shows. I’m not sure if “For All Mankind” is something I would enjoy watching in full, but it does seem quite compelling.</li>
  102. <li>Multiple user support sounds really nice, but what if multiple people are watching TV at the same time, which I expect is quite common. How do you track that? Is there any way to tell the TV that there’s more than one person watching and have that sync back to their respective iCloud accounts? Or are you only able to have a single person viewing at a time?</li>
  103. <li>Adding support for Xbox One and DualShock 4 controllers is a huge deal, but I still wish Apple would design and release their own controller.</li>
  104. <li>The new Apple TV dock looks nice, but I’m curious to see how it works with existing applications that have Top Shelf extensions. There is already a limited number of top-tier apps with that functionality and introducing a new iteration of Top Shelf doesn’t give me hope that more apps will implement it.</li>
  105. </ul>
  106. <p>I’d still like to see a bit more movement on the Apple TV front. The updates they introduced sound great, but I would feel more confident in my decision to go all-in on Apple TV if they pushed it a little bit further.</p>
  107. <h4>watchOS 6</h4>
  108. <ul>
  109. <li>New Apple Watch faces. They seem neat, but none of them look like they’ll knock Utility, Modular, or Activity Digital off of my setup — they’re the three best watch faces and it’s not even close.</li>
  110. <li>I like seeing Calculator come to the Apple Watch. I’ve been using Calzy, but I’m not positive that it’s the best calculator experience possible on the Watch. I’m hoping Apple will help to raise the bar for this category.</li>
  111. <li>Independent apps could be a huge deal for Apple Watch because there won’t be any need to build a companion iPhone app. But I’m more excited about the streaming audio API. The experience of listening to podcasts on the Watch at the moment isn’t great, but I hope these two features give developers the opportunity to improve it greatly.</li>
  112. <li>App Store on the Watch goes hand-in-hand with the independent application capabilities, but I can’t imagine it being a good experience. Who wants to sit there and browse applications on their wrist?</li>
  113. <li>Activity Trends is exciting — it’s the type of information and coaching that I’ve always wanted to see from the Watch.</li>
  114. <li>I don’t think too much about my hearing and likely am surrounded by dangerously loud environments far more often than I realize. I look forward to a time when I’m notified to move further away from the source or consider using ear plugs to protect my hearing.</li>
  115. </ul>
  116. <p>Apple continues to do a great job of improving the Apple Watch year-over-year and I’m happy to see this continue. The most exciting aspect of watchOS 6 is the new streaming audio API — I’m hoping that developers will make some great apps with this.</p>
  117. <h4>iOS 13</h4>
  118. <ul>
  119. <li>I’m interested to see the real world implications of the new application bundle slimming they’re using. Apps launching twice as fast is an impressive feat — if they can pull it off, it’ll be a big deal.</li>
  120. <li>I don’t care about dark mode and don’t understand why anyone else does. I just don’t get the appeal.</li>
  121. <li>I’ve never even tried a swipe-style keyboard before, so I’m interested to give it a try. I don’t expect I’ll use it long-term, but we’ll see.</li>
  122. <li>I like that Mail is finally getting robust text formatting options, but I’m a little worried that this will mean an uptick in the amount of emails I receive with colored text and font size adjustments. That will not be an improvement in my eyes.</li>
  123. <li>The new Maps app looks nice, but I think the most important new feature for me is the shareable ETA. I expect I’ll use that all the time.</li>
  124. <li>I’m happy that Apple is making strides at fixing the social login issue. It’s such a convenient feature for users, but the privacy implications are larger than the average user realizes. Being able to use Sign-in with Apple is going to be a boon for user privacy. The randomized email address announcement received a huge applause and it deserves it.</li>
  125. <li>I’ve thought about purchasing a HomeKit camera for our backyard, so we can keep an eye on our pool when we’re not home. But the privacy implication of an internet-connected camera kept me from actually purchasing. I might pull the trigger when some of these HomeKit Secure Video cameras hit the market.</li>
  126. <li>HomeKit for routers is neat, but wouldn’t it be cool if Apple was the company that was building these routers? I guess our only hope is that Eero will add this functionality to its existing routers so I won’t have to spend another few hundred dollars on a new setup.</li>
  127. <li>It didn’t take long for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1455924925?at=11lctu">Vignette</a> to get Shrelocked by the new Messages app, I guess.</li>
  128. <li>I hope the new photo editing features won’t muck up the interface in a way that makes it difficult for novice users. I don’t want to mess with too many advanced settings, I just want to adjust a couple of sliders and call it a day.</li>
  129. <li>There are so many instances where my wife and I want to listen to the same podcast or YouTube video. We end up sharing a set of AirPods and each of us wear one, but being able to share audio to multiple AirPod sets is going to be fantastic.</li>
  130. </ul>
  131. <p>Based on the last iOS-related slide, there seems to be a ton of new features that were never showcased on stage. I’m most excited about the advancements to Shortcuts that weren’t discussed, but I’m sure there are several dozen other little improvements that will be nice to see as well.</p>
  132. <h4>iPadOS</h4>
  133. <ul>
  134. <li>Pinning widgets on the home screen is going to be amazing and it’s likely the first thing I enable when I install iOS 13 on my iPad. I’m a big fan of widgets, but was never in love with how tough they were to access. There was a time when the system would remember that you accessed your widgets last and present you with those when you swiped down from the top of the screen, but that was lost a few major updates ago. I’m glad we’ll have a quick and easy way to always access widgets again.</li>
  135. <li>I’m happy to see that they’re adding the ability to use split-view with multiple instances of the same application, but I don’t expect I’ll actually use it in practice.</li>
  136. <li>The app exposé and slide over app switcher look quite nice, but I am a bit concerned that this will add an additional layer of complexity to window management, which will inevitably get in the way of productivity. I’m curious to see how it will play out when you’re actually using the device.</li>
  137. <li>Support for thumb drives and external disk drives is going to be a major deal. It was one of the things I mentioned to my wife after the event and it will be a big win for her. She recently switched to an iPad as her primary home computer and having the ability to throw a document on a thumb drive so she can take it to work is a major improvement.</li>
  138. <li>Hearing a WordPress shoutout during the Safari segment was pretty cool.</li>
  139. <li>I’m not too sure about the new gestures for text manipulation. I think I’ll get the hang of the new copy and paste gestures relatively quickly, but I’m concerned that the new text selection gestures are going to feel a little odd at first. There’s a lot of potential for conflicts — how does the system know I’m selecting text or moving the cursor instead of trying to scroll, for example? There were a couple of snafus during the demo, which doesn’t fill me with confidence.</li>
  140. <li>The full page markup functionality is kind of amazing. I’m sure this has a ton of applications for web designers and developers, as well as teachers and print publishers.</li>
  141. </ul>
  142. <p>Apple really hit it out of the park with iPadOS. This has been my primary home computing platform since I first purchased my iPad Air 2 in 2015 and it just continues to get better each year. I’m still a far cry from being able to do my day job from my iPad, but that’s mostly because of some specialty software that isn’t available on the platform yet. Maybe in a few more years, the system will get to the point where I can start pushing our developers toward releasing apps for iOS as well.</p>
  143. <h4>Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR</h4>
  144. <ul>
  145. <li>I think the new Mac Pro has a snazzy design. It might not be as elegant as an iMac or a MacBook Pro, but it has a powerful, utilitarian look that I love.</li>
  146. <li>The machine is incredibly powerful out of the box, but they really gave themselves a ton of headroom to expand and upgrade the machine down the line as necessary. This is exactly what pro customers have been waiting for.</li>
  147. <li>The new Pro Display XDR is an incredible piece of tech, but I wish they announced multiple models. A 32-inch display is <em>massive</em> and I’m sure there are plenty of pro users that would have liked to have an option that was a bit smaller, maybe 27- and 24-inch options as well. Even if it meant cutting down the features a bit on the smaller models. This would have been especially nice for users that prefer to have multiple displays instead of one giant display.</li>
  148. </ul>
  149. <p>The Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are expensive. <em>Really</em> expensive. I understand that this is aimed at the pro market, but I would have liked to see Apple offer these at lower pricing with significantly reduced specs. Long gone are the days of Mac Pros that can be purchased for $1999 and upgraded over time. And that’s a real shame.</p>
  150. <p>I’ve been looking to upgrade our home server to something new because the 2011 Mac Mini that we had been using is a bit long in the tooth. It would be nice if I could have replaced it with a Mac Pro so that all of the storage was internal and the ability to rip/convert DVDs and Blu-ray discs was faster than the Mini is capable of. I hate the fact that if I want a ton of storage connected to our Mac Mini, I have to use a bunch of external drives that leave the whole setup looking like a mess.</p>
  151. <h4>macOS</h4>
  152. <ul>
  153. <li>Catalina is an excellent name.</li>
  154. <li>I’m glad they’re finally unbundling iTunes into separate applications. And I’m even happier that they’re doing this <em>after</em> I’ve moved on to Plex for managing my media library. I just feel a bit better about the transition knowing that it will take place without me having to <em>really</em> feel any of the pain points associated with it. I still maintain an iTunes library for iTunes Match, but that’s far less important to my media workflows than our main library is.</li>
  155. <li>Sidecar seems like a really nifty feature. It’s just a shame that they had to Sherlock an entire class of applications in the process. But I’m not someone that has really spent much time using multiple displays for any of my workflows. I tend to have my iPad propped up next to my MacBook Air while I work, but that’s mostly for managing music playback and occasionally testing a webpage issue on a different system. I’m curious to see if Sidecar changes that for me.</li>
  156. <li>The Find My app seems like a massive upgrade from the previous iteration, with the separate Find My iPhone and Find My Friends Apps. I love that they’re utilizing other people’s iPhones to help you find your devices wherever they may be.</li>
  157. <li>Project Catalyst is something that we’ve already heard about, back when it was called Marzipan. I’m hoping it will mean less Electron apps in my Dock and more native applications on my machine.</li>
  158. </ul>
  159. <p>macOS seemed like less of a step forward compared to the rest of Apple’s platforms. Which makes sense, since the Mac is a much more mature platform. But I guess a large portion of their efforts in that regard went toward developer-level improvements with things like Swift UI and their AR endeavors.</p>
  160. <h4>Overall</h4>
  161. <p>This was one of the most impressive WWDC events that I can remember. The entire keynote was just packed with little announcements that will have a real impact on Apple device users’ lives. I think they probably could have cut a bit more from the keynote, giving us a more streamlined, compact event. I’m not sure if Swift UI and the AR segment really needed to exist within the main WWDC keynote and might have been better suited for The Platform State of the Union later that day.</p>
  162. <p>But I look forward to getting my hands on all of the new software that they introduced during the event. I’m not sure if I’ll end up installing iPadOS or iOS 13 on my main devices, but it’s tempting. Perhaps I’ll take the plunge when the public beta releases this Summer.</p>
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  166. <title><![CDATA[iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case  &#10141;]]></title>
  167. <link><![CDATA[https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MN002LL/A/iphone-7-smart-battery-case-black]]></link>
  168. <pubDate>Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:15:00 +0000</pubDate>
  169. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  170. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  171. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  172. <category><![CDATA[Case]]></category>
  173. <category><![CDATA[iPhone]]></category>
  174. <category><![CDATA[Smart Battery Case]]></category>
  175.  
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  177. <description><![CDATA[I used Apple’s Smart Battery Case on my iPhone 8 during a work trip to New Orleans last week. I&#8217;m don&#8217;t plan on using an iPhone case in my day-to-day, but for trips, this thing is fantastic. It gave the device a bit of extra heft for taking photos, allowed me to use my iPhone [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/06/smart-battery-case-2/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  178. ]]></description>
  179. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I used Apple’s Smart Battery Case on my iPhone 8 during a work trip to New Orleans last week. I&#8217;m don&#8217;t plan on using an iPhone case in my day-to-day, but for trips, this thing is fantastic. It gave the device a bit of extra heft for taking photos, allowed me to use my iPhone all day without worrying about battery life, and I didn&#8217;t have to worry about dropping it while I&#8217;m out-and-about.</p>
  180. <p>If you’re in the market for a case or want something to use to extend battery life while traveling, Apple’s Smart Battery Case is an excellent product.</p>
  181. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/06/smart-battery-case-2/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  185. <title>Tech Travel Kit</title>
  186. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/06/tech-travel-kit/</link>
  187. <pubDate>Wed, 05 Jun 2019 00:31:00 +0000</pubDate>
  188. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  189. <category><![CDATA[Feature]]></category>
  190. <category><![CDATA[Carry-On]]></category>
  191. <category><![CDATA[Kit]]></category>
  192. <category><![CDATA[Setup]]></category>
  193. <category><![CDATA[Travel]]></category>
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  196. <description><![CDATA[This past week, I traveled to New Orleans for a work meetup with my Happiness Engineer team. It was an incredible experience with a lot learning, amazing food, and games. I learned that Overcooked is an excellent game and there are actually legitimately good team building-type exercises. This was my first time traveling for work [&#8230;]]]></description>
  197. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>This past week, I traveled to New Orleans for a work meetup with my Happiness Engineer team. It was an incredible experience with a lot learning, amazing food, and games. I learned that <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/overcooked-special-edition-switch/">Overcooked</a> is an <em>excellent</em> game and there are actually legitimately <em>good</em> <a href="https://playonpurpose.com/">team building-type exercises</a>.</p>
  198. <p>This was my first time traveling for work and thought it might be useful to share the tech-related items that I brought with me during the trip. Not just because I&#8217;m <em>obsessed</em> with this sort of stuff, but because I&#8217;ve learned a bit about what I actually <em>need</em> and more importantly, what I don&#8217;t, when traveling.</p>
  199. <p>I kept the majority of my tech items inside my carry-on, which was a <a href="https://www.tombihn.com/products/pilot?variant=17658166535">Tom Bihn Pilot</a>. It might be the best bag I&#8217;ve ever owned and it was roomy enough to hold all my gear while still remaining fairly compact. It has a vertically oriented water bottle/umbrella pocket with a metal grommet at the bottom, which will let water leak out instead of soaking your bag. I also made good use of all the o-rings inside of the Pilot to attach <a href="https://www.tombihn.com/products/key-straps?variant=16755312199">keystraps</a> and various <a href="https://www.tombihn.com/collections/organizer-pouches">Tom Bihn pouches</a> to organize my kit.</p>
  200. <p>Here’s the full list of gear that I kept in the Pilot:</p>
  201. <ul>
  202. <li><strong><a href="https://support.apple.com/kb/SP783?viewlocale=en_US&amp;locale=en_US">MacBook Air (2018)</a>:</strong> it&#8217;s a fantastic machine with a severely flawed keyboard. I still run into issues with duplicate or missed key presses, but hopefully I&#8217;ll have a chance to get the keyboard replaced with the latest iteration soon.  I love every other aspect of this machine, though, and am glad I chose it instead of one of the Pro models.</li>
  203. <li><strong><a href="https://support.apple.com/kb/SP708?viewlocale=en_US&amp;locale=en_US">iPad Air 2</a>:</strong> It&#8217;s over four years old for me, but is still my primary machine for non-work tasks. Writing, browsing the web, watching video, and reading are at their best on the iPad. At least for me. Armed with my essential Shortcuts, I can do just about everything I need to do.</li>
  204. <li><strong><a href="https://www.nintendo.com/switch/buy-now/#nintendo-switch-red-blue">Nintendo Switch</a>:</strong> This is an item that I don&#8217;t expect I would bring next time I travel. Two or three of my teammates also brought their Switches and I never ended up taking mine out of its case.</li>
  205. <li><strong><a href="https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MLL82AM/A/usb-c-charge-cable-2-m">USB-C Charging Cable</a>:</strong> I just use the standard USB-C cable that came with the MacBook Air, nothing special. I do have a fancier Anker cable, but It&#8217;s about six inches shorter than the Apple cable. I probably would take the Anker in the future because it&#8217;s a bit thinner and easier to wrap up and store. In practice, the length difference wouldn&#8217;t have mattered.</li>
  206. <li><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H27J698/?tag=initialcharge-20">USB-C to Lightning Cable</a>:</strong> I have this one from Anker, mostly because I&#8217;m a big fan of their other Lightning cables. It&#8217;s nice and durable and is great for charging my AirPods or iPhone while I&#8217;m working from my Air.</li>
  207. <li><strong><a href="https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MRME2LL/A/magic-mouse-2-space-gray">Magic Mouse 2</a>:</strong> I might eventually replace this with a more ergonomical alternative. But until I find one that I like, it&#8217;s a nice, portable option that gets the job done.</li>
  208. <li><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DFGKFM3/?tag=initialcharge-20">Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1</a>:</strong> The existence of these ultra-compact, relatively high power output chargers is one of the major reasons why I went with the Air. This charger can power my device without a hiccup and is much smaller and lighter than the default charger.</li>
  209. <li><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BUSN0DO/?tag=initialcharge-20">Sandisk USB-C Thumb Drive</a>:</strong> This serves as my portable Time Machine Backup that I leave in my suitcase while I&#8217;m out and about with my laptop. This way, if anything happens to my Air, I can get back up and running quickly after acquiring a replacement.</li>
  210. <li><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GM59D13/?tag=initialcharge-20">Tile Mate</a>:</strong> If I ever get separated from my bag, I can use the Tile app to trigger the unit’s audio tone to help me find it or make use of the map feature and rely on other Tile users to track it down. I started using these last year and don&#8217;t plan on looking back — every bag I own needs a Tile.</li>
  211. <li><strong><a href="https://www.apple.com/airpods/">AirPods 2</a>:</strong> The best headphones available. You might notice the omission of “wireless” in that last sentence and I can assure you, it was intentional. The battery life is great, they’re more pocketable than just about anything else on the market, and can switch devices is a snap.</li>
  212. <li><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFK2H8Z/?tag=initialcharge-20">Lighting Cable</a>:</strong> A standard USB-A Lightning cable from Anker that serves as my primary charging cable for iPhone, iPad, and AirPods. It&#8217;s sturdy and does the job well.</li>
  213. <li><strong><a href="https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MU9G2AM/A/apple-watch-magnetic-charging-cable-1m">Watch Charging Cable</a>:</strong> I typically don&#8217;t travel with my Apple Watch, but thought I was going to do enough walking during the trip that it would be worth the extra gear in my bag. I ended up appreciating it much more than I initially expected. The ability to receive notifications on my wrist so I can keep in touch with my wife and having a timer that I could use without disturbing those around me were quite handy.</li>
  214. <li><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H8WJCTF/?tag=initialcharge-20">Anker PowerPort Mini</a>:</strong> My go-to bedside charger, which typically powered my iPhone and Apple Watch. Every couple of days I’d use it to top-off my AirPods and iPad while I was working in the hotel or getting ready to head out in the morning. It&#8217;s the most compact two-port charger I&#8217;ve seen and the primary reason I haven&#8217;t dove head-first in to USB-C yet.</li>
  215. </ul>
  216. <p>I also ended up with a small collection of tech kit in my checked bag. It was all the items that I didn&#8217;t expect I&#8217;d need or want on my travel days and consisted of the following:</p>
  217. <ul>
  218. <li><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GM59D13/?tag=initialcharge-20">Tile Mate</a>:</strong> Again, there isn&#8217;t a bag I own that doesn&#8217;t have a Tile inside of it now. Having one in my checked bag was especially neat, I could often launch the Tile app and see that the unit was connected from inside the plane, which confirmed that my bag made it on the flight.</li>
  219. <li><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFK2H8Z/?tag=initialcharge-20">Lightning Cable</a>:</strong> An additional Lightning cable that I could use for charging my devices. I never ended up using this item, so I might leave it at home the next time around.</li>
  220. <li><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IF4OJTQ/?tag=initialcharge-20">Twelve South Compass 2</a>:</strong> This is my go-to stand for the iPad, but something I never touched during my travels. I think I&#8217;ll keep it in my kit, though, because I did find myself using my MacBook and iPad simultaneously a few times. In hindsight, I should have grabbed the Compass, which would have made these situations a bit more comfortable.</li>
  221. <li><strong><a href="https://www.apple.com/shop/product/md826am/a/lightning-digital-av-adapter">Lightning to HDMI Dongle</a>:</strong> Another item that never left my bag. I brought this in case I had some time to watch YouTube or Hulu before falling asleep, but I never had time. At night, I threw in my AirPods and listened to a podcast while I was getting ready for bed. That was the extent of my hotel room entertainment.</li>
  222. <li><strong><a href="https://9to5mac.com/2016/03/23/hands-on-apples-new-woven-nylon-band-for-apple-watch-gallery/">Apple Watch Woven Nylon Band</a>:</strong> I like to switch out bands frequently and wanted to give myself the option to do so during my travels. I would definitely bring one again because I switched twice throughout the week of the meetup.</li>
  223. <li><strong>Switch Accessories:</strong> My portable dock (using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B071YVC3NJ/?tag=initialcharge-20">this shell</a>), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7RUZ49/?tag=initialcharge-20">power adapter</a>, and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Nintendo-Joy-Strap-Gray-switch/dp/B01N7RTJDM">Joy Con Straps</a> never saw the light of day — I just didn&#8217;t end up using my Switch at all.</li>
  224. <li><strong><a href="https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=13586">HDMI Cable</a>:</strong> This served as a way to connect my Switch and my iPad or iPhone to the TV through the HDMI to Lightning adapter. I plan to leave this off my packing list next time as well.</li>
  225. </ul>
  226. <p>As an aside, I used an Away suitcase as my checked bag for the meetup. I bought the <a href="https://www.awaytravel.com/suitcases/medium/asphalt">medium sized model in asphalt</a>. It&#8217;s a joy to use with all sorts of nice little features, but the built-in lock ended up breaking during my travels. The slider mechanism will release the zippers regardless of what combination you enter — that&#8217;s not exactly <em>ideal</em>.</p>
  227. <p>I don&#8217;t want to give the bag up, though, and wouldn&#8217;t mind adding another to our luggage collection for when my wife and I go on trips together. I plan on contacting Away within the next couple of days to see if they can offer a replacement or if there is some trick that I&#8217;m unaware of to get it working as expected again.</p>
  228. <p>One last thing to note, Automattic will have me traveling at least a couple of times each year. So if you’re as fascinated by gear as I am, you can expect I&#8217;ll be publishing articles like this again the future.</p>
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  232. <title><![CDATA[Valve&#8217;s Steam Link App Now Available on iOS and Apple TV  &#10141;]]></title>
  233. <link><![CDATA[https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1246969117?at=11lctu]]></link>
  234. <pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2019 03:19:00 +0000</pubDate>
  235. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  236. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  237. <category><![CDATA[Apple TV]]></category>
  238. <category><![CDATA[Application]]></category>
  239. <category><![CDATA[Gaming]]></category>
  240. <category><![CDATA[iOS]]></category>
  241. <category><![CDATA[Steam]]></category>
  242. <category><![CDATA[Steam Link]]></category>
  243.  
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  245. <description><![CDATA[I haven&#8217;t had an opportunity to try the app yet. As it turns out, it&#8217;s a bit difficult to request a password reset on a Steam account. I haven&#8217;t logged in to Steam in probably a decade and, naturally, can&#8217;t remember my password — I created the account back in my pre-1Password days. So I&#8217;m [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/steam-link-launch/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Valve&#8217;s Steam Link App Now Available on iOS and Apple TV'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  246. ]]></description>
  247. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I haven&#8217;t had an opportunity to try the app yet. As it turns out, it&#8217;s a bit difficult to request a password reset on a Steam account. I haven&#8217;t logged in to Steam in probably a decade and, naturally, can&#8217;t remember my password — I created the account back in my pre-<a href="https://1password.com/">1Password</a> days.</p>
  248. <p>So I&#8217;m waiting on a response from Steam’s support team to see if they’ll grant me access again. Until then, I&#8217;ll be anxiously waiting with my MFi controller at the ready.</p>
  249. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/steam-link-launch/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Valve&#8217;s Steam Link App Now Available on iOS and Apple TV'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  250. ]]></content:encoded>
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  252. <item>
  253. <title><![CDATA[Taking Stock of Subscriptions  &#10141;]]></title>
  254. <link><![CDATA[https://pxlnv.com/linklog/taking-stock-of-subscriptions/]]></link>
  255. <pubDate>Fri, 10 May 2019 23:22:00 +0000</pubDate>
  256. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  257. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  258. <category><![CDATA[Music]]></category>
  259. <category><![CDATA[Nick Heer]]></category>
  260. <category><![CDATA[Software]]></category>
  261. <category><![CDATA[Subscriptions]]></category>
  262.  
  263. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17964</guid>
  264. <description><![CDATA[Nick Heer, on the subscription pricing trend: But, especially over the long term, I think users will find it fatiguing — at best — to live in a world where we pay hundreds of dollars a month to listen to music, use software, and store files. There are advantages: we can listen to most music [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/heer-subscriptions/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Taking Stock of Subscriptions'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  265. ]]></description>
  266. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Nick Heer, on the subscription pricing trend:</p>
  267. <blockquote>
  268. <p>But, especially over the long term, I think users will find it fatiguing — at best — to live in a world where we pay hundreds of dollars a month to listen to music, use software, and store files. There are advantages: we can listen to most music of our choosing on demand; our software is constantly up to date and regularly has new features; the files we store are synced across our devices.</p>
  269. <p>Extrapolated over a longer term, however, these niceties start to feel like lock-in. What if your music listening habits don’t change all that much? What if you don’t really need all those new features, or you’re frustrated that you feel forced to relearn a piece of software you’ve relied upon for years because an update changed the UI dramatically? What if you only edit most of your files from the same device?</p>
  270. </blockquote>
  271. <p>I’ve embraced subscription pricing for some things — like the software that I use and rely on every single day. I&#8217;m looking at you, <a href="https://1password.com/">1Password</a>, <a href="https://ulysses.app/">Ulysses</a>, <a href="https://textexpander.com/">TextExpander</a>, <a href="https://overcast.fm/">Overcast</a>, <a href="https://dayoneapp.com/">Day One</a>, and <a href="https://bear.app/">Bear</a>. But there’s a part of me that feels like subscription services are a terrible trap in other contexts.</p>
  272. <p>Take music, for example. What happens in ten years when the pace with which you listen to new music slows? You find yourself listening to the same hundred albums over and over again. In previous generations? No big deal. You bought your records, 8-tracks, or cassettes and can listen to them until they physically cease to function.</p>
  273. <p>But with subscription services, you either keep paying or go through the costly process of buying the music you <em>truly</em> care about. Because you never <em>actually</em> bought the albums, you just paid a monthly fee for access to them.</p>
  274. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/heer-subscriptions/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Taking Stock of Subscriptions'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  277. <item>
  278. <title><![CDATA[Pushcut  &#10141;]]></title>
  279. <link><![CDATA[https://www.pushcut.io/]]></link>
  280. <pubDate>Fri, 10 May 2019 02:04:00 +0000</pubDate>
  281. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  282. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  283. <category><![CDATA[Application]]></category>
  284. <category><![CDATA[Automation]]></category>
  285. <category><![CDATA[iOS]]></category>
  286. <category><![CDATA[Pushcut]]></category>
  287. <category><![CDATA[Shortcuts]]></category>
  288.  
  289. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17962</guid>
  290. <description><![CDATA[A nifty little app that lets you time push notifications that, when acted on, will let you run iOS Shortcuts, trigger actions in IFTTT, or open applications with URL schemes. I don&#8217;t have much use for it personally, but I&#8217;m very glad this exists. Maybe I&#8217;ll find a use-case for it in the future. &#8734; [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/pushcut-app/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Pushcut'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  291. ]]></description>
  292. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A nifty little app that lets you time push notifications that, when acted on, will let you run iOS Shortcuts, trigger actions in IFTTT, or open applications with URL schemes. I don&#8217;t have much use for it personally, but I&#8217;m <em>very</em> glad this exists. Maybe I&#8217;ll find a use-case for it in the future.</p>
  293. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/pushcut-app/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Pushcut'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  294. ]]></content:encoded>
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  296. <item>
  297. <title><![CDATA[Samsung Will Cancel Unconfirmed Galaxy Fold Orders if It Doesn&#8217;t Ship This Month  &#10141;]]></title>
  298. <link><![CDATA[https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/5/7/18535075/samsung-galaxy-fold-cancel-orders-may-31-indefinite-delay-preorders]]></link>
  299. <pubDate>Wed, 08 May 2019 19:06:00 +0000</pubDate>
  300. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  301. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  302. <category><![CDATA[Galaxy Fold]]></category>
  303. <category><![CDATA[John Gruber]]></category>
  304. <category><![CDATA[Samsung]]></category>
  305. <category><![CDATA[The Verge]]></category>
  306.  
  307. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17959</guid>
  308. <description><![CDATA[I&#8217;m with John, this thing’s never going to ship. &#8734; Permalink<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/galaxy-fold-canceled-orders/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Samsung Will Cancel Unconfirmed Galaxy Fold Orders if It Doesn&#8217;t Ship This Month'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  309. ]]></description>
  310. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I&#8217;m with <a href="https://daringfireball.net/linked/2019/05/07/fold-breath">John</a>, this thing’s never going to ship.</p>
  311. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/galaxy-fold-canceled-orders/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Samsung Will Cancel Unconfirmed Galaxy Fold Orders if It Doesn&#8217;t Ship This Month'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  312. ]]></content:encoded>
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  315. <title><![CDATA[Mark Gurman Shares List of Potential WWDC Announcements  &#10141;]]></title>
  316. <link><![CDATA[https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-06/apple-wwdc-2019-ios-13-macos-10-15-watchos-6-tvos-features]]></link>
  317. <pubDate>Tue, 07 May 2019 01:20:00 +0000</pubDate>
  318. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  319. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  320. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  321. <category><![CDATA[Bloomberg]]></category>
  322. <category><![CDATA[Home App]]></category>
  323. <category><![CDATA[HomeKit]]></category>
  324. <category><![CDATA[Mark Gurman]]></category>
  325.  
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  327. <description><![CDATA[Amongst all of the other rumors in Mark Gurman’s latest piece for Bloomberg: An upgraded Home app as part of the company’s smart home push will be more integrated with security cameras and have the ability to view past recordings. The two biggest changes I&#8217;d like to see in the Home app: Reduce the temperature [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/gurman-wwdc-list/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Mark Gurman Shares List of Potential WWDC Announcements'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  328. ]]></description>
  329. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Amongst all of the other rumors in Mark Gurman’s latest piece for Bloomberg:</p>
  330. <blockquote>
  331. <p>An upgraded Home app as part of the company’s smart home push will be more integrated with security cameras and have the ability to view past recordings.</p>
  332. </blockquote>
  333. <p>The two biggest changes I&#8217;d like to see in the Home app:</p>
  334. <ul>
  335. <li><strong>Reduce the temperature range on thermostat controls:</strong> It&#8217;s far too difficult to make minor adjustments of just a degree or two.</li>
  336. <li><strong>The ability to name automations:</strong> I only have nine automations setup in the Home app and I already have a difficult time determining which is which. How do users manage with dozens of automations?</li>
  337. </ul>
  338. <p>There’s plenty of other neat little features in Gurman’s list, but those two Home app features is really all I&#8217;m hoping for this year.</p>
  339. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/gurman-wwdc-list/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Mark Gurman Shares List of Potential WWDC Announcements'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  340. ]]></content:encoded>
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  342. <item>
  343. <title><![CDATA[The One-Word Answer  &#10141;]]></title>
  344. <link><![CDATA[https://daringfireball.net/linked/2019/05/01/cook-maestri-intel]]></link>
  345. <pubDate>Sat, 04 May 2019 15:40:00 +0000</pubDate>
  346. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  347. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  348. <category><![CDATA[Intel]]></category>
  349. <category><![CDATA[John Gruber]]></category>
  350. <category><![CDATA[Keyboard]]></category>
  351. <category><![CDATA[MacBook Air]]></category>
  352.  
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  354. <description><![CDATA[John Gruber: I asked an Apple source last fall why it took so long for Apple to release the new MacBook Air. Their one-word answer: “Intel.” I can think of one way they could have killed some time while they were waiting. &#8734; Permalink<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/intel-macbook-air/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'The One-Word Answer'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  355. ]]></description>
  356. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>John Gruber:</p>
  357. <blockquote>
  358. <p>I asked an Apple source last fall why it took so long for Apple to release the new MacBook Air. Their one-word answer: “Intel.”</p>
  359. </blockquote>
  360. <p>I can think of <a href="https://t.co/03oWMHoUh7">one way</a> they could have killed some time while they were waiting.</p>
  361. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/intel-macbook-air/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'The One-Word Answer'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  364. <item>
  365. <title>Expecting</title>
  366. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/expecting/</link>
  367. <pubDate>Fri, 03 May 2019 22:10:00 +0000</pubDate>
  368. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  369. <category><![CDATA[Feature]]></category>
  370. <category><![CDATA[Baby]]></category>
  371. <category><![CDATA[Personal]]></category>
  372.  
  373. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17942</guid>
  374. <description><![CDATA[Becky and I will be bringing a baby boy into this world in a handful of months. We’ve wanted children for many years and the time is finally right. We’re excited, terrified, and overjoyed all wrapped into a single emotion. It&#8217;s an incredible feeling and we couldn&#8217;t be happier.]]></description>
  375. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img title="It’s a boy!" src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/expecting.jpeg" alt="" /></p>
  376. <p><a href="_wp_link_placeholder" data-wplink-edit="true">Becky</a> and I will be bringing a baby boy into this world in a handful of months. We’ve wanted children for many years and the time is finally right. We’re excited, terrified, and overjoyed all wrapped into a single emotion. It&#8217;s an incredible feeling and we couldn&#8217;t be happier.</p>
  377. ]]></content:encoded>
  378. <post-id xmlns="com-wordpress:feed-additions:1">17942</post-id> </item>
  379. <item>
  380. <title><![CDATA[Clip Sharing Comes to Overcast  &#10141;]]></title>
  381. <link><![CDATA[https://marco.org/2019/04/27/overcast-clip-sharing]]></link>
  382. <pubDate>Sun, 28 Apr 2019 15:35:00 +0000</pubDate>
  383. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  384. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  385. <category><![CDATA[Marco Arment]]></category>
  386. <category><![CDATA[Media]]></category>
  387. <category><![CDATA[Overcast]]></category>
  388. <category><![CDATA[Podcasts]]></category>
  389.  
  390. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17938</guid>
  391. <description><![CDATA[Marco Arment, writing on his weblog: With today’s 2019.4 update, you can now share audio or video clips, up to a minute each, from any public podcast. Simply tap the share button in the upper-right corner. You can generate an audio clip, or portrait, landscape, or square video, using your current Overcast theme setting. I&#8217;ve [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/clip-sharing-overcast/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Clip Sharing Comes to Overcast'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  392. ]]></description>
  393. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Marco Arment, writing on his weblog:</p>
  394. <blockquote>
  395. <p>With today’s 2019.4 update, you can now share audio or <strong>video</strong> clips, up to a minute each, from any public podcast. Simply tap the share button in the upper-right corner.</p>
  396. <p>You can generate an audio clip, or <strong>portrait, landscape, or square video,</strong> using your current Overcast theme setting.</p>
  397. </blockquote>
  398. <p>I&#8217;ve seen a ton of podcast clips in my Twitter timeline as a result of this update and I hope that trend continues. Podcasting is such an incredible medium, but it&#8217;s historically been <em>very</em> difficult to share them. Having a tool like this is a big step in the right direction.</p>
  399. <p>And I really appreciate how considerate Marco has been with this feature. None of these clips are being hosted on Overcast’s servers. Instead, the app generates video files that you can share directly. Or, when sharing with a link, the file is still downloaded from the podcast’s server itself and then the web player seeks to the proper starting position. its a pretty slick implementation.</p>
  400. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/clip-sharing-overcast/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Clip Sharing Comes to Overcast'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  401. ]]></content:encoded>
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  404. <title><![CDATA[Matthew Cassinelli Looks at Reeder 4  &#10141;]]></title>
  405. <link><![CDATA[https://www.matthewcassinelli.com/reeder-4/]]></link>
  406. <pubDate>Sun, 28 Apr 2019 15:17:00 +0000</pubDate>
  407. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  408. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  409. <category><![CDATA[Application]]></category>
  410. <category><![CDATA[Instapaper]]></category>
  411. <category><![CDATA[Matthew Cassinelli]]></category>
  412. <category><![CDATA[Reeder]]></category>
  413. <category><![CDATA[Reeder 4]]></category>
  414. <category><![CDATA[RSS]]></category>
  415.  
  416. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17936</guid>
  417. <description><![CDATA[An excellent deep-dive into Reeder 4, by Matthew Cassinelli. I also purchased the app as soon as I heard of its release and it is an excellent application. Reeder 3has been my default Instapaper reading client for years and a Reeder 4 picked up right where it left off. My only complaint, when compared to [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/reeder-4/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Matthew Cassinelli Looks at Reeder 4'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  418. ]]></description>
  419. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>An excellent deep-dive into <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1449412357?at=11lctu">Reeder 4</a>, by Matthew Cassinelli. I also purchased the app as soon as I heard of its release and it is an excellent application. Reeder 3has been my default Instapaper reading client for years and a Reeder 4 picked up right where it left off. My only complaint, when compared to the previous version, is the removal of Avenir as a typeface option.</p>
  420. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/reeder-4/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Matthew Cassinelli Looks at Reeder 4'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  422. <post-id xmlns="com-wordpress:feed-additions:1">17936</post-id> </item>
  423. <item>
  424. <title><![CDATA[Unshaky Attempts to Solve the Double Keypress Issue on MacBook Keyboards  &#10141;]]></title>
  425. <link><![CDATA[https://unshaky.nestederror.com/]]></link>
  426. <pubDate>Sun, 28 Apr 2019 14:50:00 +0000</pubDate>
  427. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  428. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  429. <category><![CDATA[Application]]></category>
  430. <category><![CDATA[Keyboards]]></category>
  431. <category><![CDATA[Mac]]></category>
  432. <category><![CDATA[MacBook]]></category>
  433. <category><![CDATA[macOS]]></category>
  434. <category><![CDATA[Unshaky]]></category>
  435.  
  436. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17934</guid>
  437. <description><![CDATA[When I first started experiencing double keypress issues on my MacBook Air, I thought for sure, there must be be something in the Accessibility panel to help with this. But to my surprise, there is not. Luckily, Sam Liu, built a clever little menu bar utility that can be configured to ignore these unintended double [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/unshaky/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Unshaky Attempts to Solve the Double Keypress Issue on MacBook Keyboards'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  438. ]]></description>
  439. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>When I first started experiencing double keypress issues on my MacBook Air, I thought for sure, there <em>must</em> be be something in the Accessibility panel to help with this. But to my surprise, there is <em>not</em>.</p>
  440. <p>Luckily, <a href="https://nestederror.com/">Sam Liu</a>, built a clever little menu bar utility that can be configured to ignore these unintended double keypresses of they occur within a user-selectable timeframe. I have my “p” and “a” keys set to ignore duplicate inputs within a 50ms window and it&#8217;s worked wonders.</p>
  441. <p>I have a bit more tweaking to do with the app’s settings — I still experience duplicate keypresses on occasion. But the frequency with which it happens has dramatically reduced. It feels like I have a functional keyboard again.</p>
  442. <p>I&#8217;ve had the app installed on my work machine for the past five days and it has dismissed nearly 400 of these additional keypresses. That&#8217;s about <em>eighty potential typos each day</em> that I would have needed to correct. I can&#8217;t explain how happy I am that this app exists, but seriously, Apple needs to get its act together and fix these keyboards. Like, yesterday.</p>
  443. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/unshaky/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Unshaky Attempts to Solve the Double Keypress Issue on MacBook Keyboards'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  444. ]]></content:encoded>
  445. <post-id xmlns="com-wordpress:feed-additions:1">17934</post-id> </item>
  446. <item>
  447. <title><![CDATA[A $2,000 Experiment  &#10141;]]></title>
  448. <link><![CDATA[https://pxlnv.com/linklog/verge-galaxy-fold-review/]]></link>
  449. <pubDate>Sat, 20 Apr 2019 18:09:00 +0000</pubDate>
  450. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  451. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  452. <category><![CDATA[Nick Heer]]></category>
  453. <category><![CDATA[Samsung]]></category>
  454. <category><![CDATA[Samsung Galaxy Fold]]></category>
  455.  
  456. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17930</guid>
  457. <description><![CDATA[Nick Heer, on the Samsung Galaxy Fold: But not this product. Even if we totally ignore the unignorable display problems and questionable reliability, there are so many basic software implementation problems that it’s hard to see this as anything more than a prototype that is years away from being ready to ship to consumers. Except [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/heer-galaxy-fold/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'A $2,000 Experiment'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  458. ]]></description>
  459. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Nick Heer, on the Samsung Galaxy Fold:</p>
  460. <blockquote>
  461. <p>But not <em>this</em> product. Even if we totally ignore the unignorable display problems and questionable reliability, there are so many basic software implementation problems that it’s hard to see this as anything more than a prototype that is <em>years</em> away from being ready to ship to consumers.</p>
  462. <p>Except it <em>isn’t</em> shipping years from now; I still can’t believe Samsung will deliver these things to customers next week. But they will, and those customers will pay $2,000 for an experiment that might break at any time, all so Samsung can say that they were first.</p>
  463. </blockquote>
  464. <p>There&#8217;s only been about a dozen Samsung Galaxy Fold devices in the hands of people <em>outside</em> of Samsung and about a third of those broke within the first few days. I can&#8217;t, for the life of me, understand why Samsung isn&#8217;t delaying the product for a few months so they can get an idea of what&#8217;s going on before it&#8217;s in the hands of customers.</p>
  465. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/heer-galaxy-fold/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'A $2,000 Experiment'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  466. ]]></content:encoded>
  467. <post-id xmlns="com-wordpress:feed-additions:1">17930</post-id> </item>
  468. <item>
  469. <title><![CDATA[Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time Coming to the Mac  &#10141;]]></title>
  470. <link><![CDATA[https://9to5mac.com/2019/04/19/siri-shortcuts-screen-time-mac/]]></link>
  471. <pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 22:42:00 +0000</pubDate>
  472. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  473. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  474. <category><![CDATA[9 to 5 Mac]]></category>
  475. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  476. <category><![CDATA[Guilherme Rambo]]></category>
  477. <category><![CDATA[Mac]]></category>
  478. <category><![CDATA[macOS]]></category>
  479. <category><![CDATA[Rumor]]></category>
  480. <category><![CDATA[Shortcuts]]></category>
  481.  
  482. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17928</guid>
  483. <description><![CDATA[Guilherme Rambo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac: According to people familiar with the development of macOS 10.15 – which has been in the works for at least two years – the new version will include support for Siri Shortcuts, a feature introduced in iOS 12 which allows users to create custom voice shortcuts for [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/shortcuts-mac/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time Coming to the Mac'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  484. ]]></description>
  485. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Guilherme Rambo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:</p>
  486. <blockquote>
  487. <p>According to people familiar with the development of macOS 10.15 – which has been in the works for at least two years – the new version will include support for Siri Shortcuts, a feature introduced in iOS 12 which allows users to create custom voice shortcuts for actions that can be done in apps.</p>
  488. <p>It’s also likely that the Shortcuts app – a result from the acquisition of Workflow – will be available on macOS, the inclusion of system-wide support for Siri Shortcuts on macOS 10.15 strongly suggests it. On iOS, the Shortcuts app is not bundled with the system, users have to download it from the App Store. It’s possible that the same will be true for macOS: users will download a Marzipan version of Shortcuts from the Mac App Store.</p>
  489. </blockquote>
  490. <p>I sure hope this story pans out. Now that I’m spending more time working on the Mac, I&#8217;ve been stuck using Automator as my automation app of choice, which isn&#8217;t ideal. I&#8217;m a huge fan of Alfred, which offers some of this functionality with its workflows feature, but it&#8217;s just never clicked for me. If Apple introduces a full-scale Shortcuts for the Mac, it&#8217;s going to take my automation game to another level.</p>
  491. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/shortcuts-mac/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time Coming to the Mac'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  492. ]]></content:encoded>
  493. <post-id xmlns="com-wordpress:feed-additions:1">17928</post-id> </item>
  494. <item>
  495. <title><![CDATA[The Twelve South BookArc  &#10141;]]></title>
  496. <link><![CDATA[https://thesweetsetup.com/articles/a-review-of-the-twelve-south-bookarc/]]></link>
  497. <pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 02:49:00 +0000</pubDate>
  498. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  499. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  500. <category><![CDATA[Accessory]]></category>
  501. <category><![CDATA[BookArc]]></category>
  502. <category><![CDATA[Josh Ginter]]></category>
  503. <category><![CDATA[Mac]]></category>
  504. <category><![CDATA[MacBook]]></category>
  505. <category><![CDATA[The Sweet Setup]]></category>
  506. <category><![CDATA[Twelve South]]></category>
  507.  
  508. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17926</guid>
  509. <description><![CDATA[A great review of the Twelve South BookArc by Josh Ginter. I&#8217;ve used this stand with my MacBook Air for a handful of months and I&#8217;m a huge fan. It gets my Mac out of the way when it&#8217;s connected to my external monitor and gives me precious desk space back. It&#8217;s pretty snazzy to [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/bookarc-ginter/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'The Twelve South BookArc'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  510. ]]></description>
  511. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A great review of the <a href="https://www.twelvesouth.com/products/bookarc-macbook?variant=9173860483129">Twelve South BookArc</a> by Josh Ginter. I&#8217;ve used this stand with my MacBook Air for a handful of months and I&#8217;m a <em>huge</em> fan. It gets my Mac out of the way when it&#8217;s connected to my external monitor and gives me precious desk space back. It&#8217;s pretty snazzy to look at, too.</p>
  512. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/bookarc-ginter/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'The Twelve South BookArc'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  513. ]]></content:encoded>
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  515. <item>
  516. <title><![CDATA[Details on Disney&#8217;s Streaming Service  &#10141;]]></title>
  517. <link><![CDATA[https://www.recode.net/2019/4/11/18307096/disney-streaming-launch-7-november-launch-netflix-apple-amazon-att]]></link>
  518. <pubDate>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 02:32:00 +0000</pubDate>
  519. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  520. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  521. <category><![CDATA[Disney]]></category>
  522. <category><![CDATA[Media]]></category>
  523. <category><![CDATA[Peter Kafka]]></category>
  524. <category><![CDATA[Re/code]]></category>
  525. <category><![CDATA[Streaming]]></category>
  526. <category><![CDATA[Video]]></category>
  527.  
  528. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17910</guid>
  529. <description><![CDATA[Peter Kafka, reporting for Recode: Disney+ will launch in the US on November 12, for $7 a month. It will have a very large library of old Disney movies and TV shows — crucially, including titles from its Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars catalog — along with new movies and series made exclusively for the [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/disney-plus/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Details on Disney&#8217;s Streaming Service'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  530. ]]></description>
  531. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Peter Kafka, reporting for Recode:</p>
  532. <blockquote><p>Disney+ will launch in the US on November 12, for $7 a month. It will have a very large library of old Disney movies and TV shows — crucially, including titles from its Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars catalog — along with new movies and series made exclusively for the streaming service. It won’t have any ads. And it will allow subscribers to download all of that stuff, and watch it offline, whenever they want.</p></blockquote>
  533. <p>This is a great deal for a lot of excellent content. But the most important question for me: will Disney+ play nicely with Apple’s TV app?</p>
  534. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/disney-plus/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Details on Disney&#8217;s Streaming Service'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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