Linked List Archive

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

Reconsidering Your Relationship to Social Media ➝

Scott Banwart:

I have become disillusioned with the state of social media. At one time it was a fun way to connect with people I would otherwise not a have a chance to meet and talk about topics of mutual interest. Now it is largely a breeding ground for tribalism, intolerance, and general meanness. This is making me question why I would want to continue participating in this ecosystem.

I think most of us have reconsidered our relationship with social media. Scott’s a bit more negative than I am on Mastodon, but that could be because he’s been actively using it for a while longer than I have.

I’ve really been digging Mastodon and think that setting up my own instance was a very wise decision. I get to fully control what does and doesn’t touch my instance and am able to provide a place for friends and family to join the Fediverse.

Mastodon feels like the early days of Twitter to me — it feels new, fresh, and exciting. There’s no algorithmic timeline, boneheaded features designed to increase engagement, or “influencers” that are willing to say literally anything to get attention. It’s nice.

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Rogue Amoeba’s Fission Exits the Mac App Store ➝

How can anyone watch so many developers leave and/or completely ignore the Mac App Store and continue to think that the iOS App Store is actually good for the platform?

I can see an argument early on, when the platform was young, there weren’t as many options in each app category and the overall success of the platform was unknown. But today, it’s holding iOS back.

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Developers Get EC2 Alternative With Vultr Cloud Compute and Bare Metal ➝

Amrit Singh, writing on Backblaze’s weblog:

With the Backblaze + Vultr combination, developers now have the ability to connect data stored in Backblaze B2 with virtualized cloud compute and bare metal resources in Vultr—providing a compelling alternative to Amazon S3 and EC2. Each Vultr compute instance includes a fixed amount of bandwidth, meaning that developers can easily transfer data between Vultr’s 17 global locations and Backblaze with no egress fees or other data transfer costs.

The web would be a much better place if less companies used Amazon for their backend.

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Apple Delays Rollout of Photo Scanning System ➝

It seems pretty obvious that they’re just kicking the can down the road until the heat subsides.

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Apple Will Let App Developers Link to the Web to Manage Purchases ➝

Filipe Espósito, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

After several complaints from developers, Apple has just made a major announcement in which the company confirms that it will finally let developers redirect users to sign up for services on websites instead of using the App Store’s in-app purchases system.

The announcement comes after an investigation by the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), which had been looking into Apple’s anti-competitive practices since 2019. The company confirmed to the press on Wednesday that as part of the settlement with the JFTC, developers will be able to tell users that they can sign up and manage service subscriptions through an external website.

This is a step in the right direction. But it only effects “reader” apps — an arbitrary line in the sand that seems to be the bare minimum simply to get regulators off Apple’s back.

This option should be available to all developers regardless of what category Apple decides to place your app in.

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What the Right to Repair Is All About ➝

A great overview of the right to repair movement from Joanna Stern, featuring Louis Rossmann of Rossmann Repair Group.

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New Law in South Korea Bans Apple From Requiring Developers to Use in-App Purchase System ➝

Sami Fathi, writing for MacRumors:

Under the now passed bill, Apple in South Korea will no longer be permitted to limit developers to only use its in-app purchasing system, which grants it a 15% to 30% commission for all purchases made.

I expect this change will come to other countries as well, it’s just a shame that regulations needed to force Apple’s hand. I would have preferred Apple to just do the right thing.

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Software Updates Are More Interesting Than New Hardware ➝

I agree to a certain extent — current software updates are more exciting than current hardware updates.

But to me, the 2012 Mac Pro, 2015 11-inch MacBook Air, 2011 iMac — stick Pop!_OS on any of those machines and you have something that’s far more interesting than anything Apple is currently doing.

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