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  33. <title>On Google Photos</title>
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  35. <pubDate>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:34:00 +0000</pubDate>
  36. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
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  46. <description><![CDATA[I&#8217;ve had the idea of revamping my photography management setup for months. I&#8217;ve never really been in love with what I had been using, but didn&#8217;t have time to toy around with it until now. Back in the early days of my digital life, I kept all of my photos in iPhoto, importing images from [&#8230;]]]></description>
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  48. <p>I&#8217;ve had the idea of revamping my photography management setup for months. I&#8217;ve never really been in love with what I had been using, but didn&#8217;t have time to toy around with it until now.</p>
  49. <p>Back in the early days of my digital life, I kept all of my photos in iPhoto, importing images from my digital camera, iPhone, and then eventually importing all of my wife’s pictures into the same library as well — who was my girlfriend at the time.</p>
  50. <p>From that point forward, we maintained a single photo library that was stored in iPhoto. We transitioned to Apple Photos when it was released and continued as we always had. Over time, though, physically plugging in our devices in order to import became a tedious task and we would go longer and longer in between. That&#8217;s not a good trend, as it put us at risk of losing our photos if anything ever happened to our devices.</p>
  51. <p>Apple introduced iCloud Photo Library to help alleviate the stress of physically importing your photos and ensured that your photos were backed up to the cloud at all times. But there was one key issue that’s still yet to be addressed — family photo libraries, or a single library that my wife and I could both contribute to. Setting up a shared iCloud photo album helps to a certain degree, but you have to manually share the photos and the resolution of the images themselves is <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202786">restricted to 2048px wide and videos max out at 720p&nbsp;</a>.</p>
  52. <p>That&#8217;s not too bad if you’re using the feature to casually share photos with friends and family, which we do quite frequently. Our immediate family and a few friends have been maintaining shared iCloud albums for years. But I don&#8217;t want my wife and I to <em>only</em> have access to lower resolution images and videos from each other’s library. If one of us wants to order prints or create a photo book, we shouldn&#8217;t have to care who took the photo and then be forced to track down the higher resolution version, I just want our setup to <em>work</em> the way we want it to.</p>
  53. <p>Up until recently, we were using <a href="https://photos.google.com/">Google Photos</a> on all of our devices logged in to a single account. When we initially set this up, there wasn&#8217;t an option for sharing libraries, so we worked with what we had. But we were just using <a href="https://support.google.com/photos/answer/6220791">the “High Quality” option</a> for uploading in order to make use of the unlimited free storage. I guess we weren&#8217;t quite ready to go all-in yet. But with this setup, the photos in the cloud weren&#8217;t full resolution, which is the same problem I had with Apple’s shared albums.</p>
  54. <p>But it gave us the ability to access all of our photos from all of our devices, regardless of who took the photo. And there was no need to <em>manually</em> share the photos, they were backed up automatically using the Google Photos app. We also had <a href="https://www.plex.tv/">Plex</a> setup to automatically upload our photos to our Mac Mini home server and I would periodically import those images into Apple Photos on that machine.</p>
  55. <p>This setup served us well for quite some time and gave us most of what we wanted. But that extra step of manually importing images and video into Photos on the Mac Mini was a bit more tedious than I would have preferred. It also meant that the full resolution images and video were stored on our Mac Mini, which didn&#8217;t make it too easy to work with the full quality versions — we’d have to VNC into the machine with <a href="https://edovia.com/en/screens-ios/">Screens</a> and work from there.</p>
  56. <p>This resulted in us <em>mostly</em> working with the versions that were stored in Google Photos instead. It was just so much more convenient than accessing the full resolution files. But that&#8217;s no good. We <em>should</em> be able to work with the full quality files from all of our devices without having to worry about who took the photo or video. And we should be able to maintain a setup like this that also keeps everything backed up automatically.</p>
  57. <p>Last week, I briefly experimented with using <a href="https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html">Adobe Lightroom</a> for this. It was $10 a month, gave us 1TB of storage, we could use a single login on all of our devices so that we both have access to everything, and it gave us access to a real desktop app. However, in practice, this was a bit of a mess.</p>
  58. <p>Lightroom wouldn’t upload all of the photos in a burst photo — only the primary image — I ran into issues with album syncing, and the performance of the apps themselves left a lot to be desired. It has some incredible tools for editing, but it&#8217;s not a great for storing your entire photo library.</p>
  59. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/google-photos-ipad.jpeg" alt="Google Photos on iPad"></p>
  60. <p>I&#8217;ve since gone back to the drawing board and decided to move back to Google Photos. Although with a slightly improved setup to address some of the complaints I had about it.</p>
  61. <p>Instead of both my wife and I using a single login for Google Photos, I setup the app with our primary Google accounts. I upgraded to the 2TB plan for $10 per month and invited her to share the storage. We probably would have been fine with the 200GB plan, but I figured I&#8217;d choose the higher option now instead of having to worry about bumping up against the limit unexpectedly.</p>
  62. <p>Then I went about uploading all of the photos on each of our devices and all the photos stored on the Mac Mini using <a href="https://www.google.com/drive/download/backup-and-sync/">Google’s Backup and Sync app</a>. We have a bit over 100GB of photos and videos, so that process took a few days to complete.</p>
  63. <p>I ran into some snags along the way, though. I made the mistake of simply pointing the desktop backup app at my Apple Photos library file, which also contains a bunch of thumbnails for caching. That increased the amount of time the upload took to complete and I ended up with some files uploaded to my Google Drive instead of the Google Photos service.</p>
  64. <p>I also had some errors during the upload and, unfortunately, the Backup and Sync app doesn&#8217;t do a very good job of explaining why that is. It just adds a file path to the log and moves on. I ended up copying all of those photos to a folder on the desktop and uploading them manually to the Google Photos website.</p>
  65. <p>I wish I knew more about why these issues took place, but as I mentioned, the Backup and Sync app isn&#8217;t descriptive in its error messages. In the end, I <a href="https://support.apple.com/guide/photos/export-photos-videos-and-slideshows-pht6e157c5f/mac">exported the originals from my Apple Photos</a> library then pointed the Backup and Sync app there. It intelligently skipped all the duplicates and uploaded only the original files of those that it missed the first time around. This is what I should have done from the beginning. If you decide to move from Apple Photos to Google Photos, I suggest doing the same.</p>
  66. <p>The good thing is that I only have to use the Backup and a Sync app for the initial upload. Since my wife and I shoot all of our photos and videos on our iPhones, we can use the iOS app’s upload feature, which works <em>very</em> reliably.</p>
  67. <p>Once everything was uploaded, I setup  our accounts to share libraries with one another through the <a href="https://support.google.com/photos/answer/7378858?co=GENIE.Platform%3DiOS&amp;hl=en&amp;oco=0">Partner Sharing feature</a>.  This lets each of us see the contents of the other’s library in the Sharing tab, but we took it a step further and configured the feature to automatically import all new photos the other person takes.</p>
  68. <p>It&#8217;s a bit ambiguous when you first set this up. You can choose what date you’d like to start sharing from, but there isn&#8217;t any indication as to whether the auto-import will only occur for newly added photos or all photos retroactively. But I can confirm that it automatically imports every single photo from the other library within the date range selected. So now we both have access to every photo and video we’ve ever taken from within the main photos tab in the Google Photos app.</p>
  69. <p>Since one of the primary reasons for setting up a unified photo library is the ability to order prints, create photo books, and other projects, I&#8217;m very happy to see that Google Photos has this functionality built right into the app. The print services allow you to order standard prints for the photos you want and then pick them up at your local, participating Walmart or CVS. And you can also purchase photo books or canvases and have them delivered to your door.</p>
  70. <p>It&#8217;s a really nice touch to have this functionality built in. I was a huge fan of the photo book printing that Apple offered through the Photos app and was sorely disappointed when it was discontinued. Apple really should have ported that functionality to iOS instead of retiring it altogether. I guess I&#8217;m just glad that Google understands the value of physical copies of these priceless keepsakes.</p>
  71. <p>And Google Photos does an excellent job at surfacing the types of photos you might want to print as well. A few days after we finished uploading, the People, Places, and Things albums were populated with content. I now have a single place I can go to find all the photos of my wife, Josh, photos taken at specific locations, and more.</p>
  72. <p>Then there are the Memories, which surfaces photos and videos from previous years and the For You Tab, which suggests albums, generated videos, collages, and so on. I find myself jumping into these sections every few days and I almost always find one or two items that catch my eye and are worthy of sharing or adding to our library.</p>
  73. <p>Google Photo’s isn&#8217;t all a bed of roses, though. There are certainly some aspects of the setup that I&#8217;d prefer to see improved. Take for instance the fact that there is no desktop app for Google Photos, only the Backup and Sync app, which does nothing more than what it says on the tin. So if you want to view your library from a Mac or PC, your only option is to open a web browser. While I&#8217;m glad an option exists, I would prefer a true desktop app with all of the benefits that come from that.</p>
  74. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/google-photos-fluid.png" alt="Google Photos in Fluid"></p>
  75. <p>I have setup an instance of <a href="https://www.fluidapp.com/">Fluid</a> on my MacBook Air that loads Google Photos, it&#8217;s not the same as having a real desktop app, but it’s closer than opening the website in my main browser. I can have an icon in my dock and I even wrote a little bit of CSS that automatically loads and hides the Google Apps switcher elemental that appears at the top of the webpage.</p>
  76. <p>Another major pain point is that there isn&#8217;t any way to automatically store local copies of my photos on a hard drive that I control. Somewhere that allows me to make my own backups for safe keeping. I would <em>love</em> to see Google implement this. But until then, I guess I&#8217;ll continue to occasionally import photos manually into Apple Photos on our Mac Mini. It&#8217;s time consuming and feels so outdated, but I guess since we’re saving full resolution copies in the cloud now, I don&#8217;t have to worry about losing any photos or videos if something happens to our devices — I can always download them from Google Photos.</p>
  77. <p>There are some other notable annoyances that I&#8217;d like to see addressed:</p>
  78. <ul>
  79. <li>There is no way to select photos from Google Photos when using the standard iOS photo picker. The only workaround is to select the images in the Google Photos app, save them to your camera roll, then select them in the photo picker from there. This is something that Apple would need to fix on their end, by offering an API that third-party apps could hook into. But I&#8217;m not holding my breath. It doesn&#8217;t seem like the type of feature Apple would ever want to release.</li>
  80. <li>When editing a photo in the Apple Photos app, it&#8217;s uploaded to Google Photos as a unique image. It doesn&#8217;t know well enough to combine the two copies and save the new version as edits to the original. If they could find a way to build something like this, it would undoubtedly be an engineering marvel, though. And if anyone is able to pull it off, it wouldn’t surprise me if it was Google.</li>
  81. <li>Speaking of edits, the built-in image editing tools in Google Photos just aren&#8217;t quite as good as Apple’s. When I edit a photo in Apple Photos, I tap the magic wand, adjust the brightness, saturation, and crop as necessary. I get excellent results every single time — I&#8217;m sure there are more finicky workflows that would yield even better results, but I&#8217;m okay with it. In Google Photos, though, the magic wand equivalent — the auto filter — never gives me a good starting point and I have a terrible time getting anything that looks reasonable. I guess for now I&#8217;ll simply edit all of my photos from the Apple Photos app and deal with the duplicates in Google Photos.</li>
  82. <li>This last complaint could certainly be an issue with iOS or <a href="https://dayoneapp.com/">Day One</a>, but sharing from Google Photos to Day One is spotty at best. Especially for videos. Sometimes the Day One quick compose pane never shows at all and other times it crashes when attempting to save. I avoid sharing from Google Photos now and save the selected images to Apple Photos and share from there instead.</li>
  83. </ul>
  84. <p>If Apple introduced automatic partner sharing or a real family photo library feature, I’d likely drop Google Photos in a heartbeat, but only because juggling multiple apps and dealing with the inadequacies noted above are such a hassle. With the current state of Apple Photos, Google Photos is worth it, though. Having all of our photos and video in one place and automatically backing up to the cloud is just too important to us.</p>
  85. <p>The photos and videos that we’re taking of <a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/09/joshua-matthew-rockwell/">Josh</a> are things that we will look back on for decades. And I want to give us every opportunity to create physical mementos that we can hang on our wall, set on a bookshelf, or send with friends and family. I don&#8217;t want there to be any barrier to entry to those projects, which might prevent us from creating them at all. The inability to automatically share our libraries with family members is a massive barrier that Apple needs to remove. Because until then, I&#8217;m sticking with Google Photos.</p>
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  89. <title>&#8216;Link in Bio&#8217;</title>
  90. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/12/dash-instagram-links/</link>
  91. <pubDate>Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:16:00 +0000</pubDate>
  92. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  93. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  94. <category><![CDATA[Anil Dash]]></category>
  95. <category><![CDATA[Instagram]]></category>
  96. <category><![CDATA[The Web]]></category>
  97.  
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  99. <description><![CDATA[Anil Dash, on Instagram only allowing a single link to be shared on their service per account: But killing off links is a strategy. It may be presented as a cost-saving measure, or as a way of reducing the sharing of untrusted links. But it is a strategy, designed to keep people from the open [&#8230;]]]></description>
  100. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Anil Dash, on Instagram only allowing a single link to be shared on their service per account:</p>
  101. <blockquote>
  102. <p>But killing off links is a <em>strategy</em>. It may be presented as a cost-saving measure, or as a way of reducing the sharing of untrusted links. But it is a strategy, designed to keep people from the open web, the place where they can control how, and whether, someone makes money off of an audience. The web is where we can make sites that <em>don’t</em> abuse data in the ways that Facebook properties do.</p>
  103. <p>Links take us to places where we can make choices that Instagram never would.</p>
  104. </blockquote>
  105. <p>I use Instagram as a way to keep in touch with family members that don&#8217;t have Twitter accounts and who I don&#8217;t communicate with regularly by iMessage. But I don&#8217;t actually like the service and the inability to share links alongside an image is just one of a long list of annoyances I have about the service.</p>
  106. <p>Why isn&#8217;t there a native iPad app? Why are they so restrictive on image resolutions and aspect ratios? Why can&#8217;t I follow an Instagram account by RSS? And so on.</p>
  107. <p>Wouldn&#8217;t it be cool if we all just had weblogs that we used for publishing our ideas, thoughts, and personal photos?</p>
  108. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://anildash.com/2019/12/10/link-in-bio-is-how-they-tried-to-kill-the-web/" rel="nofollow">anildash.com</a></span></p>
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  112. <title>Relying on Wirecutter Reviews</title>
  113. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/12/wirecutter-reviews-williams/</link>
  114. <pubDate>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 18:09:00 +0000</pubDate>
  115. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  116. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  117. <category><![CDATA[Owen Williams]]></category>
  118. <category><![CDATA[Reviews]]></category>
  119. <category><![CDATA[Wirecutter]]></category>
  120.  
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  122. <description><![CDATA[Owen Williams: The Wirecutter’s premise is that there is a best option, and that it can be discovered through rigorous testing. And this idea has ruined me. Because the truth is there isn’t really a “best” anything out there — it’s just easier to rely on these reviews than choose for yourself. Other people’s “best” [&#8230;]]]></description>
  123. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Owen Williams:</p>
  124. <blockquote>
  125. <p>The <em>Wirecutter</em>’s premise is that there is a best option, and that it can be discovered through rigorous testing. And this idea has ruined me.</p>
  126. <p>Because the truth is there isn’t really a “best” anything out there — it’s just easier to rely on these reviews than choose for yourself. Other people’s “best” is never going to include the most important factors to you, personally. I love <em>Wirecutter</em>, but what happens if the best isn’t the best for you?</p>
  127. </blockquote>
  128. <p>There are categories of products where it is impossible to find “the best” because everyone’s specific needs are a little different. But there are absolutely products with a “best” option. Take rechargeable AA batteries for instance. They only have one feature — providing power to whatever you put them in — it’s unquestionable that some rechargeable batteries are measurably better at this than others.</p>
  129. <p>Although, I don&#8217;t advocate that you just <em>always</em> buy Wirecutter’s recommendation because you might value some attributes higher than their reviewers do. But when I&#8217;m looking to make a purchase, I typically start by looking at Wirecutter. I then weigh the different options — they typically have a main pick, a budget pick, and an upgrade pick — then I look into the reasoning behind each recommendation, look at pricing, aesthetics, and choose which one is best for me.</p>
  130. <p>Often Wirecutter gets it right, but if none of their suggestions fit my needs, I use what I learned from their review to make a more informed decision about what I eventually purchase. Wirecutter isn&#8217;t perfect, but they do a better job than just about anybody at reviewing products. And I have so many items throughout my home that are simply delightful to use that I wouldn&#8217;t have even known about if not for Wirecutter.</p>
  131. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://onezero.medium.com/the-problem-with-relying-on-wirecutter-reviews-f024574fc7c2" rel="nofollow">onezero.medium.com</a></span></p>
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  135. <title>How to Fight Back Against AMP</title>
  136. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/12/fight-amp/</link>
  137. <pubDate>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:59:00 +0000</pubDate>
  138. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  139. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  140. <category><![CDATA[AMP]]></category>
  141. <category><![CDATA[Google]]></category>
  142. <category><![CDATA[Marko Saric]]></category>
  143. <category><![CDATA[Online Publishing]]></category>
  144. <category><![CDATA[The Web]]></category>
  145.  
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  147. <description><![CDATA[Marko Saric: Publishers and other site owners feel forced to use AMP as they fear that they’ll lose Google visibility and traffic without it. These are the forces some publishers cannot resist until more people stop using Google Chrome and search. You as a site owner or developer are a different case. I like the [&#8230;]]]></description>
  148. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Marko Saric:</p>
  149. <blockquote>
  150. <p>Publishers and other site owners feel forced to use AMP as they fear that they’ll lose Google visibility and traffic without it. These are the forces some publishers cannot resist until more people stop using Google Chrome and search.</p>
  151. <p>You as a site owner or developer are a different case. I like the idea of a faster and distraction-free web but I don’t like the idea of web being controlled and molded by one company. Especially not one that is the largest advertising company in the world.</p>
  152. </blockquote>
  153. <p>If you use AMP on your site, I would encourage you to get rid of it. AMP is bad for the web and bad for website owners in the long-term. You might get some additional traffic now, but at what cost? Is it really worth becoming <em>just another generic publisher</em> on the web with a site that’s nearly indistinguishable from all of the other AMP sites?</p>
  154. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://markosaric.com/google-amp/" rel="nofollow">markosaric.com</a></span></p>
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  158. <title>The Black MacBook</title>
  159. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/black-macbook/</link>
  160. <pubDate>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 01:05:00 +0000</pubDate>
  161. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  162. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  163. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  164. <category><![CDATA[Mac]]></category>
  165. <category><![CDATA[MacBook]]></category>
  166. <category><![CDATA[Stephen Hackett]]></category>
  167. <category><![CDATA[Video]]></category>
  168.  
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  170. <description><![CDATA[A neat little video from Stephen Hackett discussing the black MacBook. I remember when these came out and wanted one desperately. But in the end, I wasn&#8217;t willing to spend the extra $150 just for the black casing and ended up with the white model instead. It was an excellent machine and served me well [&#8230;]]]></description>
  171. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A neat little video from Stephen Hackett discussing the black MacBook. I remember when these came out and wanted one <em>desperately</em>. But in the end, I wasn&#8217;t willing to spend the extra $150 just for the black casing and ended up with the white model instead.</p>
  172. <p>It was an excellent machine and served me well for about five years before I purchased an 11-inch MacBook Air to replace it.</p>
  173. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://youtube.com/watch?v=3oeM_x11mog" rel="nofollow">youtube.com</a></span></p>
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  177. <title>A Touching but Troubling Ad</title>
  178. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/apple-holiday-ad-2019/</link>
  179. <pubDate>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:58:00 +0000</pubDate>
  180. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  181. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  182. <category><![CDATA[Advertisement]]></category>
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  184. <category><![CDATA[JF Martin]]></category>
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  186.  
  187. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18427</guid>
  188. <description><![CDATA[JF Martin, on Apple’s latest holiday ad: On many occasions, parents will give the kids an iPad in order to… calm them down. These little girls certainly seem to move some air around them. Apple wants us to believe these moments become an opportunity for creative expression. Maybe. But this parenting behaviour is far too [&#8230;]]]></description>
  189. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>JF Martin, on <a href="https://youtu.be/LDeRyyDrS40">Apple’s latest holiday ad</a>:</p>
  190. <blockquote>
  191. <p>On many occasions, parents will give the kids an iPad in order to… calm them down. These little girls certainly seem to move some air around them. Apple wants us to believe these moments become an opportunity for creative expression. Maybe. But this parenting behaviour is far too common in our society. Sure this same thing happened before the iPad. Parents would put us in front of a TV show or a movie so we can give them some relief. Yet, with the iPad, it is even more common because of the device portability. I see this as setting our kids aside from our society, our reality. They no longer learn from their parents, they learn from the Internet.</p>
  192. </blockquote>
  193. <p>This was my exact reaction to the ad as well. The ending is quite heartwarming, but all of the moments leading up to it gave me pause. The parents sure seem to push the iPad on these kids a bit more than I would prefer.</p>
  194. <p>Comparing this new ad to, what I consider to be, <a href="https://youtu.be/v76f6KPSJ2w">the best ad of all time</a>. Which was released by Apple in 2013 and has a similar spirit to this new one. The teenager in the 2013 ad isn&#8217;t being pushed toward using devices, he uses them as a way to express himself and share memories with the family. It isn&#8217;t a result of parents occupying his time, it&#8217;s something he <em>wanted</em> to do.</p>
  195. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://numericcitizen.me/2019/11/26/a-touching-but-troubling-ad/" rel="nofollow">numericcitizen.me</a></span></p>
  196. ]]></content:encoded>
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  198. <item>
  199. <title>Half-Life: Alyx Announcement Trailer</title>
  200. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/half-life-alyx/</link>
  201. <pubDate>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 14:17:00 +0000</pubDate>
  202. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  203. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  204. <category><![CDATA[Gaming]]></category>
  205. <category><![CDATA[Half-Life]]></category>
  206. <category><![CDATA[Half-Life: Alyx]]></category>
  207. <category><![CDATA[Valve]]></category>
  208. <category><![CDATA[Virtual Reality]]></category>
  209.  
  210. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18424</guid>
  211. <description><![CDATA[I was a huge fan of Half-Life back in my PC days in the early 2000s. I sunk countless hours into Half-Life 2 and like many others have hoped that Valve would eventually release a new game in the series. I’m a little bummed that Alyx is being released as a VR game, though, I [&#8230;]]]></description>
  212. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I was a huge fan of Half-Life back in my PC days in the early 2000s. I sunk countless hours into Half-Life 2 and like many others have hoped that Valve would eventually release a new game in the series. I’m a little bummed that Alyx is being released as a VR game, though, I just can&#8217;t imagine myself investing the amount of money necessary to get a VR setup built out. I just hope they release an alternative version of the game that doesn&#8217;t require a VR headset and can be played on a console or operating system that I&#8217;m actually willing to use.</p>
  213. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://youtube.com/watch?v=O2W0N3uKXmo" rel="nofollow">m.youtube.com</a></span></p>
  214. ]]></content:encoded>
  215. <post-id xmlns="com-wordpress:feed-additions:1">18424</post-id> </item>
  216. <item>
  217. <title>How to Get an Old macOS Installer From Apple</title>
  218. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/older-macos-installers/</link>
  219. <pubDate>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 05:02:00 +0000</pubDate>
  220. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  221. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  222. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  223. <category><![CDATA[AppleInsider]]></category>
  224. <category><![CDATA[Mac]]></category>
  225. <category><![CDATA[macOS]]></category>
  226.  
  227. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18422</guid>
  228. <description><![CDATA[If you have older Macs around the house, this link might be worth saving for a rainy day. ➝ Source: appleinsider.com]]></description>
  229. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>If you have older Macs around the house, this link might be worth saving for a rainy day.</p>
  230. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/11/23/how-to-get-an-old-macos-installer-from-apple" rel="nofollow">appleinsider.com</a></span></p>
  231. ]]></content:encoded>
  232. <post-id xmlns="com-wordpress:feed-additions:1">18422</post-id> </item>
  233. <item>
  234. <title>How to Add Wireless CarPlay to Any Car With an Android Tablet</title>
  235. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/android-tablet-carplay/</link>
  236. <pubDate>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 04:57:00 +0000</pubDate>
  237. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  238. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  239. <category><![CDATA[Android]]></category>
  240. <category><![CDATA[Car]]></category>
  241. <category><![CDATA[CarPlay]]></category>
  242. <category><![CDATA[Tablet]]></category>
  243.  
  244. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18420</guid>
  245. <description><![CDATA[This is actually pretty rad and seems like a neat weekend project to play around with. But taking it a bit further, it makes me wonder how much it would cost and how difficult it would be to replace my car’s head unit with something that I could get wireless CarPlay on. ➝ Source: redmondpie.com]]></description>
  246. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>This is actually pretty rad and seems like a neat weekend project to play around with. But taking it a bit further, it makes me wonder how much it would cost and how difficult it would be to replace my car’s head unit with something that I could get wireless CarPlay on.</p>
  247. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-add-wireless-carplay-to-any-car-with-a-cheap-android-tablet-adapter-video/" rel="nofollow">redmondpie.com</a></span></p>
  248. ]]></content:encoded>
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  250. <item>
  251. <title>Facebook, Google, and a &#8216;Contract for the Web&#8217;</title>
  252. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/contract-for-the-web/</link>
  253. <pubDate>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 04:39:00 +0000</pubDate>
  254. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  255. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  256. <category><![CDATA[Contract for the Web]]></category>
  257. <category><![CDATA[FaceBook]]></category>
  258. <category><![CDATA[Google]]></category>
  259. <category><![CDATA[Matthew Butterick]]></category>
  260. <category><![CDATA[Tim Berners-Lee]]></category>
  261.  
  262. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18418</guid>
  263. <description><![CDATA[Matthew Butterick: So it’s flabbergasting to now see Berners-Lee in the New York Times sidestepping any accountability, and instead promoting himself as the restorer of the web’s virtue. Berners-Lee is pushing what he calls the Contract for the Web, which he describes, with no irony, as a “global plan of action … to make sure [&#8230;]]]></description>
  264. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Matthew Butterick:</p>
  265. <blockquote>
  266. <p>So it’s flabbergasting to now see Berners-Lee in the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/24/opinion/world-wide-web.html">New York Times</a> sidestepping any accountability, and instead promoting himself as the restorer of the web’s virtue. Berners-Lee is pushing what he calls the <a href="https://contractfortheweb.org/">Contract for the Web</a>, which he describes, with no irony, as a “global plan of action … to make sure our online world is safe, empowering and genuinely for everyone.” He <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/24/opinion/world-wide-web.html">assures us</a> that “the tech giants Google, Facebook, [and] Microsoft” are all “committing to action.” What a relief! Berners-Lee still seems to think Big Tech can do no wrong, even at a time when public and political opinion are going the opposite direction.</p>
  267. </blockquote>
  268. <p>I don&#8217;t think I&#8217;m nearly as negative as Matthew, but I do find it ironic that this “Contract for the Web” is being supported by Google and Facebook.</p>
  269. <p>Google is the primary driving force behind <a href="https://amp.dev/">a project</a> which essentially created a dumbed-down version of HTML, that thousands of websites have been functionally forced to implement in order to maintain reasonable rankings in search results. But many of these AMP sites are nearly indistinguishable from one-another and the improved page load times that AMP promises could just as easily been obtained by building a fast non-AMP website to begin with.</p>
  270. <p>And then there’s Facebook, which has built one of the largest walled gardens the internet has ever seen.</p>
  271. <p>It sort of discredits the whole endeavor, if you ask me.</p>
  272. <p>(Via <a href="https://pxlnv.com/linklog/contract-for-the-web/">Nick Heer</a>.)</p>
  273. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://tinyletter.com/mbutterick/letters/please-go-away-tim-berners-lee" rel="nofollow">tinyletter.com</a></span></p>
  274. ]]></content:encoded>
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  276. <item>
  277. <title>The Stock App Experiment</title>
  278. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/stock-apps-ginter/</link>
  279. <pubDate>Sat, 16 Nov 2019 04:53:00 +0000</pubDate>
  280. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  281. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  282. <category><![CDATA[Applications]]></category>
  283. <category><![CDATA[iOS 13]]></category>
  284. <category><![CDATA[Josh Ginter]]></category>
  285. <category><![CDATA[The Sweet Setup]]></category>
  286.  
  287. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18410</guid>
  288. <description><![CDATA[Josh Ginter switched to the stock Mail, Calendar, Notes, and Reminders apps after the launch of iOS 13, to see if the new versions would be suitable for his needs. In the end, he ended up switching back to the third-party apps he was using previously. But it&#8217;s interesting to read his reasoning as to [&#8230;]]]></description>
  289. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Josh Ginter switched to the stock Mail, Calendar, Notes, and Reminders apps after the launch of iOS 13, to see if the new versions would be suitable for his needs. In the end, he ended up switching back to the third-party apps he was using previously. But it&#8217;s interesting to read his reasoning as to why he prefers the third-party option in each of the app categories.</p>
  290. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://thesweetsetup.com/revisiting-the-apple-stock-app-experiment/" rel="nofollow">thesweetsetup.com</a></span></p>
  291. ]]></content:encoded>
  292. <post-id xmlns="com-wordpress:feed-additions:1">18410</post-id> </item>
  293. <item>
  294. <title>The Flashing Webpages</title>
  295. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/lazy-loading-clowes/</link>
  296. <pubDate>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 04:45:00 +0000</pubDate>
  297. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  298. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  299. <category><![CDATA[Elliot Clowes]]></category>
  300. <category><![CDATA[Lazy Loading]]></category>
  301. <category><![CDATA[The Web]]></category>
  302. <category><![CDATA[Web Design]]></category>
  303.  
  304. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18408</guid>
  305. <description><![CDATA[Elliot Clowes: I’ve noticed more and more websites now only loading images on a page when you scroll to down to them. It’s called ‘Lazy Loading‘ and I hate it. I’m all for saving bandwidth and improving page loading times but this trend is incredibly annoying. I completely understand why web developers choose to use [&#8230;]]]></description>
  306. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Elliot Clowes:</p>
  307. <blockquote>
  308. <p>I’ve noticed more and more websites now only loading images on a page when you scroll to down to them. It’s called ‘<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazy_loading">Lazy Loading</a>‘ and I hate it. I’m all for saving bandwidth and improving page loading times but this trend is incredibly annoying.</p>
  309. </blockquote>
  310. <p>I completely understand why web developers choose to use lazy loading on their sites, it&#8217;s heavily encouraged by Google in their <a href="https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/">Page Speed Insights</a> tool and is commonly suggested in online guides as a way to improve load times. But using lazy loading is often times exactly as its name suggests — <em>lazy</em>. It doesn&#8217;t lead to a good experience for site visitors and doesn&#8217;t actually accomplish what <em>should</em> be the end goal — sensibly sized web pages that load fast.</p>
  311. <p>The problem is that the <em>right</em> way to do things isn&#8217;t easy. The task of properly sizing and optimizing images is tedious. And it&#8217;s often difficult to know what can safely be cut from your design without being a detriment to the site. But those time consuming and difficult tasks are really what needs to be done, not simply enabling lazy loading.</p>
  312. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://imlefthanded.com/2019/the-flashing-webpages/" rel="nofollow">imlefthanded.com</a></span></p>
  313. ]]></content:encoded>
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  315. <item>
  316. <title>&#8216;I&#8217;m on Cloud Nine&#8217;</title>
  317. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/macbook-pro-keyboard/</link>
  318. <pubDate>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:05:00 +0000</pubDate>
  319. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  320. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  321. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  322. <category><![CDATA[Keyboard]]></category>
  323. <category><![CDATA[MacBook Pro]]></category>
  324. <category><![CDATA[Marco Arment]]></category>
  325.  
  326. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18405</guid>
  327. <description><![CDATA[Marco Arment on the newly announced 16-inch MacBook Pro’s scissor switch keyboard: Look at this glorious keyboard! An Esc key! Inverted-T arrow keys! A millimeter of key travel! Enough spacing between the keys for our fingers to accurately orient themselves! And keystrokes will probably work, 100% of the time, for years! […] The new keyboard [&#8230;]]]></description>
  328. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Marco Arment on the newly announced 16-inch MacBook Pro’s scissor switch keyboard:</p>
  329. <blockquote>
  330. <p>Look at this glorious keyboard! An Esc key! Inverted-T arrow keys! A millimeter of key travel! Enough spacing between the keys for our fingers to accurately orient themselves! And keystrokes will probably work, 100% of the time, for years! […]</p>
  331. <p>The new keyboard is very similar to the recent desktop Magic Keyboard, and I expect it to have a wide appeal, just as the Magic Keyboard does. It has slightly less travel and spacing, but the overall feeling is very similar — and it’s nothing at all like the butterfly keyboard.</p>
  332. <p>I absolutely <em>love</em> it — not because it’s the most amazing keyboard in the world, but because it’s completely forgettable in the best possible way. It just feels <em>normal</em> again.</p>
  333. </blockquote>
  334. <p>I love my 2018 MacBook Air in every way, it&#8217;s one of my favorite Macs I&#8217;ve ever owned. Except for the keyboard, which is absolutely atrocious. I&#8217;ve had the machine for about a year and have been struggling with duplicate keypresses and missed keypresses for almost that entire time.</p>
  335. <p>But this new keyboard truly seems like it will fix all of the issues with reliability while also reintroducing all of the design decisions that we’ve been clamoring for. I just hope Apple <em>very</em> quickly adds this new keyboard to the rest of their notebook lineup.</p>
  336. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://marco.org/2019/11/13/mbp16" rel="nofollow">marco.org</a></span></p>
  337. ]]></content:encoded>
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  339. <item>
  340. <title>The Best Meditation App</title>
  341. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/meditation-app-sweet-setup/</link>
  342. <pubDate>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:56:00 +0000</pubDate>
  343. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  344. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  345. <category><![CDATA[Headspace]]></category>
  346. <category><![CDATA[Meditation]]></category>
  347. <category><![CDATA[Mike Schmitz]]></category>
  348. <category><![CDATA[Mindfulness]]></category>
  349. <category><![CDATA[Oak]]></category>
  350. <category><![CDATA[The Sweet Setup]]></category>
  351.  
  352. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18403</guid>
  353. <description><![CDATA[I absolutely agree with Mike Schmitz here, Headspace is the best meditation app. I started out with mindfulness using Oak about a year ago. It was free and got me in the door, but Headspace offers a much better experience with a ton of different courses to choose from. ➝ Source: thesweetsetup.com]]></description>
  354. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I absolutely agree with Mike Schmitz here, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id493145008?at=11lctu">Headspace</a> is the best meditation app. I started out with mindfulness using <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1210209691?at=11lctu">Oak</a> about a year ago. It was free and got me in the door, but Headspace offers a much better experience with a ton of different courses to choose from.</p>
  355. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://thesweetsetup.com/apps/the-best-meditation-app-iphone/" rel="nofollow">thesweetsetup.com</a></span></p>
  356. ]]></content:encoded>
  357. <post-id xmlns="com-wordpress:feed-additions:1">18403</post-id> </item>
  358. <item>
  359. <title>Ten Years of Web Publishing</title>
  360. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/10-years-publishing/</link>
  361. <pubDate>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 04:38:00 +0000</pubDate>
  362. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  363. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  364. <category><![CDATA[Álvaro Serrano]]></category>
  365. <category><![CDATA[Initial Charge]]></category>
  366. <category><![CDATA[Online Publishing]]></category>
  367.  
  368. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18400</guid>
  369. <description><![CDATA[Álvaro Serrano, writing about his time attempting to make his site a full-time gig: Those were probably the most creatively fulfilling years of my life, and I’m quite proud to say that, for a little while, I was out there blogging with the best of them. However, the reason I’m so glad I took that [&#8230;]]]></description>
  370. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Álvaro Serrano, writing about his time attempting to make his site a full-time gig:</p>
  371. <blockquote><p>Those were probably the most creatively fulfilling years of my life, and I’m quite proud to say that, for a little while, I was out there blogging with the best of them. However, the reason I’m so glad I took that leap of faith has little to do with the work itself. It’s all about the people I got to meet along the way.</p>
  372. <p>You see, if I hadn’t sent that email to Shawn I probably never would have become friends with <a href="https://joshuaginter.com">Josh</a>, and never would have even met <a href="https://mariusmasalar.me">Marius</a>. <a href="http://candid.fm">Candid</a> never would have existed and, by extension, none of us would have met <a href="https://hisdorkmaterials.com">Thomas</a>. These are three of the most important people in the world to me, and even now, years later, I talk to them <em>every single day</em>. They’ve become part of my family, and I wouldn’t change that for anything.</p></blockquote>
  373. <p>Initial Charge turned ten years old this year as well — back in March. I didn’t celebrate the anniversary as much as I probably should have. The reality is that doing anything for ten years is an accomplishment. Especially something like this, a hobby that&#8217;s all too easy to fall away from.</p>
  374. <p>Like Álvaro, I&#8217;ve had so many positive things come from independent publishing — having the opportunity to <a href="https://thesweetsetup.com/author/michaelrockwell/">write for The Sweet Setup</a>, getting a job at Automattic, but most importantly I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some friends along the way.</p>
  375. <p>I don&#8217;t speak with them as often as Álvaro does with his and I should probably make a conscious effort to change that. But I value the friendship that we have more than just about anything else that I’ve received from Initial Charge. And hopefully those friendships will outlast anything that any of us create for the web.</p>
  376. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="http://www.analogsenses.com/2019/11/10/ten-years-of-blogging/" rel="nofollow">analogsenses.com</a></span></p>
  377. ]]></content:encoded>
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  379. <item>
  380. <title>Switching Registrars</title>
  381. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/hover-to-namecheap/</link>
  382. <pubDate>Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:57:00 +0000</pubDate>
  383. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  384. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  385. <category><![CDATA[Domains]]></category>
  386. <category><![CDATA[Hover]]></category>
  387. <category><![CDATA[Joe Buhlig]]></category>
  388. <category><![CDATA[Namecheap]]></category>
  389. <category><![CDATA[Registrars]]></category>
  390.  
  391. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18398</guid>
  392. <description><![CDATA[Joe Buhlig, on moving from Hover to Namecheap: Honestly, I’m just complaining that I am paying more for less. And after a year of working through this, I have decided to move everything over to Namecheap. Namecheap offers free email forwarding, has lower prices, gives me true 301 redirects, and seems to be more intentional [&#8230;]]]></description>
  393. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Joe Buhlig, on moving from Hover to Namecheap:</p>
  394. <blockquote>
  395. <p>Honestly, I’m just complaining that I am paying more for less. And after a year of working through this, I have decided to move everything over to <a href="https://joebuhlig.com/go/namecheap">Namecheap</a>.</p>
  396. <p>Namecheap offers free email forwarding, has lower prices, gives me true 301 redirects, and seems to be more intentional with <a href="https://www.namecheap.com/security/what-is-domain-privacy-definition/">domain privacy</a>. Which means it fits the bill for all my complaints</p>
  397. </blockquote>
  398. <p>I have my domains split between a Hover and Media Temple. At one point, all of my domains were on Media Temple — that&#8217;s where I host my site and it made sense at the time to just keep everything together. Since then I&#8217;ve purchased a few domains from Hover, but I&#8217;ve been thinking of moving all of my domains to one place again.</p>
  399. <p>I was considering moving them to Hover because I like their web design and service. But I manage my domains so infrequently that it might actually be better for me to choose a registrar based on price. Namecheap was on my shortlist and after reading Joe’s piece, I think I might go with them.</p>
  400. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://joebuhlig.com/im-leaving-hover/" rel="nofollow">joebuhlig.com</a></span></p>
  401. ]]></content:encoded>
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  403. <item>
  404. <title>OWC miniStack</title>
  405. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/mini-stack/</link>
  406. <pubDate>Mon, 11 Nov 2019 04:59:00 +0000</pubDate>
  407. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  408. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  409. <category><![CDATA[Hard Drives]]></category>
  410. <category><![CDATA[Mac Mini]]></category>
  411. <category><![CDATA[Media]]></category>
  412. <category><![CDATA[miniStack]]></category>
  413. <category><![CDATA[OWC]]></category>
  414. <category><![CDATA[Plex]]></category>
  415. <category><![CDATA[Time Machine]]></category>
  416.  
  417. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18395</guid>
  418. <description><![CDATA[I bought a couple of these OWC miniStacks that I’m using to upgrade our Mac Mini home server. The drive I had been using with Plex was running low on available space and I figured I&#8217;d get something that looked slick alongside the Mini. I wish they had an updated version that was in the [&#8230;]]]></description>
  419. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I bought a couple of these OWC miniStacks that I’m using to upgrade our Mac Mini home server. The drive I had been using with Plex was running low on available space and I figured I&#8217;d get something that looked slick alongside the Mini. I wish they had an updated version that was in the Mac Mini’s new space gray color. I would have bought that instead so that when I eventually get a new Mac Mini, it would match. But I guess the silver enclosure will have to do.</p>
  420. <p>I&#8217;ve only setup one of the miniStacks so far — paired with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D9C7SQH/?tag=initialcharge-20">4TB Seagate drive</a>. I&#8217;m slowly transferring everything over as I type this, deleting and organizing along the way. I haven&#8217;t bought a drive for the second enclosure quite yet, but I&#8217;m likely getting an 8TB drive that will be used as a Time Machine target for the Mac Mini and my work laptop.</p>
  421. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://www.owcdigital.com/products/ministack" rel="nofollow">owcdigital.com</a></span></p>
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  425. <title>tvOS 13.3 Adds Option to Display Up Next Queue in TV App&#8217;s Top Shelf Extension</title>
  426. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/tv-app-top-shelf-setting/</link>
  427. <pubDate>Sun, 10 Nov 2019 02:19:00 +0000</pubDate>
  428. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  429. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  430. <category><![CDATA[9 to 5 Mac]]></category>
  431. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  432. <category><![CDATA[Apple TV]]></category>
  433. <category><![CDATA[Benjamin Mayo]]></category>
  434. <category><![CDATA[Top Shelf]]></category>
  435. <category><![CDATA[tvOS]]></category>
  436. <category><![CDATA[tvOS 13]]></category>
  437.  
  438. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18392</guid>
  439. <description><![CDATA[Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac: Apple redesigned the Apple TV home screen with tvOS 13 allowing for full screen panoramic previews in the Top Shelf area. However, at the same time, it also changed the content of the Top Shelf for the TV app from the user’s personal Up Next queue to [&#8230;]]]></description>
  440. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:</p>
  441. <blockquote><p>Apple redesigned the Apple TV home screen with tvOS 13 allowing for full screen panoramic previews in the Top Shelf area. However, at the same time, it also changed the content of the Top Shelf for the TV app from the user’s personal Up Next queue to ‘What to Watch’, a selection of top television shows and movies chosen by Apple (essentially, a form of advertising).</p>
  442. <p>This naturally caused a lot of complaints from users. Apple appears to have listened. In tvOS 13.3 beta, there is now an option in Settings to change it back.</p></blockquote>
  443. <p>It&#8217;s amazing to me that tvOS 13 shipped without the option to revert the TV app’s top shelf extension behavior. I went the trouble of transitioning <em>away</em> from the TV app because of this — <a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/apple-tv-app-store/">to WatchAid</a>. If I was annoyed enough to move away from the app entirely, I couldn&#8217;t have been the only one irritated.</p>
  444. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://9to5mac.com/2019/11/09/tvos-13-3-up-next/" rel="nofollow">9to5mac.com</a></span></p>
  445. ]]></content:encoded>
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  448. <title>iOS 13.2.2 Released</title>
  449. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/ios-13-point-two-point-two/</link>
  450. <pubDate>Fri, 08 Nov 2019 14:31:00 +0000</pubDate>
  451. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  452. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  453. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  454. <category><![CDATA[iOS]]></category>
  455. <category><![CDATA[iPad]]></category>
  456. <category><![CDATA[iPhone]]></category>
  457.  
  458. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18390</guid>
  459. <description><![CDATA[The release fixes the background app issues that was plaguing users on previous versions — where the system was aggressively quitting background apps. I hadn&#8217;t really noticed this issue myself, though. Maybe I was just lucky. But 13.2.2 hasn&#8217;t fixed the problems I was having using my shortcut for publishing to Initial Charge or the [&#8230;]]]></description>
  460. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The release fixes the background app issues that was plaguing users on previous versions — where the system was aggressively quitting background apps. I hadn&#8217;t really noticed this issue myself, though. Maybe I was just lucky. But 13.2.2 hasn&#8217;t fixed the problems I was having using my shortcut for publishing to Initial Charge or the scrolling issues I had in <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id979274575?at=11lctu">Apollo</a>. Hopefully those will improve in subsequent software updates.</p>
  461. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://www.macrumors.com/2019/11/07/apple-releases-ios-13-2-2/" rel="nofollow">macrumors.com</a></span></p>
  462. ]]></content:encoded>
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  465. <title>Twitter Needs Third-Party Clients</title>
  466. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/11/twitterrific-multi-window/</link>
  467. <pubDate>Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:20:00 +0000</pubDate>
  468. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  469. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  470. <category><![CDATA[Craig Hockenberry]]></category>
  471. <category><![CDATA[Developers]]></category>
  472. <category><![CDATA[Ryan Christoffel]]></category>
  473. <category><![CDATA[Twitter]]></category>
  474. <category><![CDATA[Twitterrific]]></category>
  475.  
  476. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=18387</guid>
  477. <description><![CDATA[Craig Hockenberry, referencing Ryan Christoffel’s recent piece on Twitterrific’s introduction of multi-window support and Twitter adding keyboard navigation to their app: This review that covers a both a third-party and first-party Twitter app shows how important the former is. Third parties are always first with platform features like multi-window on iPad. And we’ve had keyboard [&#8230;]]]></description>
  478. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Craig Hockenberry, referencing Ryan Christoffel’s <a href="https://www.macstories.net/stories/twitter-ipad-apps-upgraded-with-multiwindow-support-keyboard-navigation/">recent piece</a> on Twitterrific’s introduction of multi-window support and Twitter adding keyboard navigation to their app:</p>
  479. <blockquote><p>This review that covers a both a third-party and first-party Twitter app shows how important the former is.</p>
  480. <p>Third parties are <em>always</em> first with platform features like multi-window on iPad. And we’ve had keyboard support for several years.</p></blockquote>
  481. <p>Third-party clients are the reason we have retweets, replies, mentions, blocking/muting, and more. Almost all of Twitter’s best features were first introduced and supported by developers outside of Twitter. The service would really benefit from a reintroduction of the APIs that allowed those apps to stand on equal footing with Twitter’s own client.</p>
  482. <p>As a bit of an aside, I&#8217;m going to be giving <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id580311103?at=11lctu">Twitterrific</a> another shot.</p>
  483. <p>(Via <a href="https://mjtsai.com/blog/2019/11/07/twitterrific-ios-windows/">Michael Tsai</a>.)</p>
  484. <p><span class="linked-list-source">➝ Source: <a href="https://www.macstories.net/stories/twitter-ipad-apps-upgraded-with-multiwindow-support-keyboard-navigation/" rel="nofollow">macstories.net</a></span></p>
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