Linked List Archive

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

RetroArch Now on the App Store ➝

This is the emulator to use. Delta, PPSSPP, and the rest are great, but RetroArch just supports so many consoles and offers every feature you could really want.

The only arguments I can see in favor of other emulation apps is that RetroArch isn’t great without a controller and it can be a little tricky to get setup. But I think most people would be better off watching or reading a guide and buying a Backbone One.

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The Ageia PhysX Card ➝

Al Williams, writing for Hackaday:

Around 2006, a company called Ageia produced the PhysX card, which promised to give PCs the ability to do sophisticated physics simulations without relying on a video card.

Keep in mind that when this was built, multi-core CPUs were an expensive oddity and games were struggling to manage everything they needed to with limited memory and compute resources. The PhysX card was a “PPU” or Physics Processor Unit and used the PCI bus. Like many companies, Ageia made the chips and expected other companies — notably Asus — to make the actual board you’d plug into your computer.

I remember there being a lot of hype when this first launched, but it seemed like such a useless product to me. There were never that many games that supported it and most people would get more benefit from spending that $300 on a better CPU, GPU, or by purchasing a second GPU that they could run in SLI or CrossFire.

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Apple Tweaks Core Technology Fee Terms for Free Apps and Small Developers ➝

They should just eliminate the core technology fee because it’s a foolish, short-sighted method of discouraging people from leaving the walled garden and monetizing those that dare to do so.

We all know that it won’t last because government will eventually squash it. But wouldn’t Apple be better off if they ended it on their terms?

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Ive Drives, Vol. 3 ➝

Louie Mantia:

It’s been 15 years since the original and 12 years since the sequelVolume 3 contains a staggering 125 hard drive icons, comprising of 25 metal colors (most—if not all—of Apple’s modern product colors), with 5 varieties of each.

I’ll be using these to replace the icons I’m using for the drives connected to my home server.

(Via Michael Tsai.)

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Sites That Ban Linking to Them ➝

Malcolm Coles:

10+ years ago I created an annual list of websites that FORBADE you from linking to them, DEMANDED you write to ask for permission or LIMITED links to only their home page. Royal Mail even promised to post me a paper licence.

Now a decade has passed, let’s see who’s still doing it … And yes I’ve linked to your websites to prove this. Uh oh.

Some people don’t understand how the web works.

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Podcast AP ➝

Follow podcasts on Mastodon, Pleroma, or any other ActivityPub service. It’s created by Steven Crader and powered by the Podcast Index API. Neat.

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Proton Acquires Standard Notes ➝

Cindy Harper, writing for Reclaim the Net:

The Switzerland-based firm, Proton, known for its focus on privacy, has made a key addition to its suite of applications by acquiring the note-taking app Standard Notes. Originally founded in 2017, Standard Notes has since been offering its users an equally robust privacy promise through the use of end-to-end encryption (E2EE). […]

Proton assured that Standard Notes, accessible on both mobile and desktop platforms, will maintain its open-source nature and will continue to be fully supported. The company also stated that Standard Notes’ current pricing would remain unchanged, and pledged to honor any existing five-year subscription plans.

It’s a shame they won’t be changing the pricing for Standard Notes. It’s a nice product, but if I were to use it, I’d want some of the features on the paid plan. And $90 per year is just a smidge too much for me to spend on a notes app.

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The Podcast Landscape Is a Fantastic Mess ➝

Justin Pot, writing for Lifehacker:

Similarly, podcasting is built on top of RSS, a protocol built in the early 2000s. Tech-savvy people like me love to tell you that the internet would be better if we ditched social networks and used RSS instead. The internet at large loves to ignore this advice—except when it comes to podcasts. When it comes to podcasts, everyone has a favorite app, and they’re all a little different. And, crucially, the difference isn’t which shows you can get. Every show worth listening to is on every podcasting app.

You can use Pocket Casts, Overcast, or Castro and I can subscribe to shows in Apple Podcasts and sync them to a twenty year old iPod for playback. Podcasts are dope.

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