Linked List Archive

The Initial Charge Linked List is a collection of notable links and brief commentary, with entries regularly added throughout the week.

Minds Adds ActivityPub Support ➝

Bill Ottman:

Minds is now interoperable with every app that uses the ActivityPub decentralized social media protocol.

I’m sure it’ll be quite some time before this whole shift plays out, but ActivityPub feels like a safe bet at this point.

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Gogh ➝

From the webpage:

Color Schemes For Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS and all distributions that use Gnome Terminal, Pantheon Terminal, Tilix, or XFCE4 Terminal; initially inspired by Elementary OS Luna. Also works on iTerm for macOS.

This is a great project. I’m currently using VS Code Light+ on all of my Linux machines.

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File Over App ➝

Steph Ango:

File over app is a philosophy: if you want to create digital artifacts that last, they must be files you can control, in formats that are easy to retrieve and read. Use tools that give you this freedom. […]

These days I write using an app I help make called Obsidian, but it’s a delusion to think it will last forever. The app will eventually become obsolete. It’s the plain text files I create that are designed to last. Who knows if anyone will want to read them besides me, but future me is enough of an audience to make it worthwhile.

As I’ve been toying with Linux more, this philosophy has made a lot more sense to me. If only because there aren’t really that many excellent apps that work across iOS, macOS, and Linux.

Because of this, I’m not sure I really want any proprietary sync and storage systems in my life anymore. I’d rather just have dumb cloud storage that I access through SFTP or WebDAV to store text files and then I can use whatever app I want to for editing them.

I’m not sure if I’m ready to give up on Ulysses, Things, and others yet, but I’m a lot closer than I have been in the past.

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Larger Apple Notebooks ➝

Josh Ginter, while discussing his first impressions of the 16-inch M2 Pro MacBook Pro:

I hadn’t realized how often I move my MacBook between workstations until I threw a 16-inch MacBook Pro into the mix. I take the notebook home every evening with me. I move it between my office and the conference room about once a day. I’ve taken it on a family holiday. This MacBook gets moved around a lot more than I originally thought, and I pay the price each time I pickup this 16-inch beast.

Not only is the 16-inch larger both on a footprint basis and on a weight basis, but it’s also thicker than the 14-inch Pro. Why, I’m unsure. But this notebook is bigger in every dimension and you can sure feel it.

This is what has always steered me away from larger MacBooks — I’ve almost always opted for the smallest Apple notebook available. It doesn’t sound like it would matter that much, but I move around a lot throughout the workday.

I work from my desk, the dining room table, the back deck, the living room couch. And, often, I’ll end up at all of these locations at some point during a given day. I like moving around to help break things up and the different environments help keep me energized. When you’re doing this a few times each day, though, having the lightest and thinnest notebook available makes a big difference.

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Stop France From Forcing Browsers to Censor Websites ➝


The French government is working on a law that could threaten the free internet. The so-called SREN bill (‘Projet de loi visant à sécuriser et réguler l’espace numérique’) would require web browsers – like Mozilla’s Firefox – to block websites in the browsers themselves. It would set a dangerous precedent, providing a playbook for other governments to also turn browsers like Firefox into censorship tools.

I’d like to see a lot more of this version of Mozilla and a lot less of the other.

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Self-Hosted Invidious ➝

This video has kind of an odd style, but I found it an incredibly useful resource while manually installing Invidious. And I’m sure I’ll reference it again in the future when updating my install.

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GPTBot ➝


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You can block access to sites using robots.txt. But as far as I’m concerned, the jury’s still out as to whether that’s actually a net-benefit when compared to just letting them index your content.


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User Locked Out of Apple Account ➝

Wasingtheisofwas, writing on Reddit:

I reach out to customer service. They tell me that I have violated the terms and conditions of the app store. I ask them to explain and they say that the account has been flagged for “Fraudulent Patterns”. I have no idea what that means, or what I could possibly have done on my iPhone that would constitute fraud. 

The customer support rep tells me that I will need to create a new Apple ID. When I ask him what will happen to all of the content that I have paid for over the years, as well as the subscriptions that I am currently paying for, he tells me that there is nothing he can do and that I cannot be refunded.

This is the kind of story that makes me exceedingly hesitant to rely on Apple’s services. And it makes Apple’s requirement that all iOS software be distributed through the App Store feel like extortion.

I hope we’re nearing a future where you can realistically use an iPhone without an Apple ID at all — replacing all of Apple’s services, including the App Store, with independent alternatives.

(Via Michael Tsai.)

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