Linked List Archive

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

A Travel Packing List Shortcut ➝

Shawn Blanc:

Having a pre-populated packing list is one of the greatest “travel hacks” I’ve ever done.

It takes all the guesswork out of packing. And it saves me quite a bit of time as well. I just follow the list and when I’m done I don’t have to worry if I forgot about anything.

He setup a Shortcut to generate a packing list in Bear, which is a pretty slick setup.

My current packing list is built in Things. I have a project that contains all of the items I need for traveling. When I have an upcoming trip, I’ll duplicate the project and give it a name to match the location I’m going. It’s worked out well, but it means I have an omnipresent project called “Packing List” in Things’ sidebar.

I think I’m going to give Shawn’s approach a try. My biggest concern is that I might be less likely to revise my packing list overtime, since Shortcuts isn’t exactly the ideal app for editing the list. But removing the project from Things and keeping the whole setup out of view unless I need it might be worth the trade off.

Surrendering Curation and Promotion ➝

Seth Godin:

The platforms are built on the idea that the audience plus the algorithm do all the deciding. No curation, no real promotion, simply the system, grinding away.

This inevitably leads to pandering, a race to the bottom.

This is a thought that I just keep coming back to, but I think we’d all benefit if there was a bit more activity on weblogs and a bit less activity on algorithm-powered social networks. Personal curation matters, taste matters, and algorithms will never be able to replicate it.

App Store Today Editorial Stories Are Now Available on the Web ➝

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple has recently updated its App Store Preview pages for stories to allow users to view the full content of stories from inside their desktop web browser. App Store stories have always been shareable as links, but the web version was just a title and a navigation link to ‘open this story in the App Store’.

Between August 9th and August 11th, Apple has upgraded the experience and now includes full imagery, app lists and paragraphs copy in the web version. This means you can access the same content online as you would be ale to find in the native App Store experience.

A big step in the right direction. Maybe they’ll add RSS feeds next.

(Via Stephen Hackett.)

Disney Announces $12.99 Bundle for Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ ➝

This is a great price for all of these services, but I hope they offer a bundle with the ad-free version of Hulu. Maybe something like $18.99 a month? I can’t imagine moving from my existing Hulu plan to the bundle unless there is an ad-free option.

Spotify Premium Now Bundled With at&T’s Top Unlimited Plan ➝

Bundling entertainment services alongside connectivity will inevitably end poorly — if cable companies have taught us anything. But in the meantime, I guess you’re better off taking advantage of these deals than not. We currently have free HBO through our AT&T plan and have been more than happy with it. Just keep an eye out for rising prices or signs of overall service degradation. That’s when we need to start complaining.

Why Working Quickly Is More Important Than It Seems ➝

James Somers:

The obvious benefit to working quickly is that you’ll finish more stuff per unit time. But there’s more to it than that. If you work quickly, the cost of doing something new will seem lower in your mind. So you’ll be inclined to do more.

The converse is true, too. If every time you write a blog post it takes you six months, and you’re sitting around your apartment on a Sunday afternoon thinking of stuff to do, you’re probably not going to think of starting a blog post, because it’ll feel too expensive.

Some good examples of this in the full piece. The key take away: if you want to do something well, do it a lot. And do it fast.

Into the Personal-Website-Verse ➝

Matthias Ott, on personal websites as an alternative to social networks:

Personal websites are the backbone of the independent Web of creators. Even after all those years, they remain a vital part of what makes the web the most remarkable and open medium to date. We shouldn’t take this for granted, though. If we don’t pay enough attention and care about the open web enough, we might lose this valuable asset. So let us protect the Web as a source of inspiration, diversity, creativity, and community. Let us maintain what we have and work together to make this little part of the magic of the Web sparkle even brighter. Let us help new members of the community to start their journey. Let us build, prototype, publish, and connect.

Read this. And then, if you don’t have one already, buy a domain, get some hosting, and publish a site. There are plenty of resources around the web showing how to do so and you can even use a service like WordPress.com as a one-stop-shop to get everything you need all from one place.

Day One 4.0 Brings Video Support and Apple Health Integration ➝

Speaking of app updates, Mike Schmitz writes for The Sweet Setup about Day One 4.0. This version introduces HealthKit integration and support for adding video clips to your journals. I don’t shoot video very often, but expect there will be a sharp uptick when our baby arrives in a couple of months. I’m really excited that I’ll have a single location to save all of our memories.