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 Calmer, Happier Version of Twitter ➝

Andrew Doran:

You don’t actually need to host your content on I’ve had my own blog for many years, and have recently started to take my content off of other platforms such as Instagram and Goodreads and host it myself — I want my content on my own platform, not somebody else’s. If you have an existing blog like I do, you can create an account and link it to your existing website via an RSS feed. Any post you write on your own blog then gets posted to your account, and syndicated to wherever you want it to go. is an absolute joy. And I love how much the service encourages you to own your presence on the web. Letting you publish on your own site first and syndicate to, offering cross-posting functionality, supporting Webmentions — it essentially facilitates all of the most important feedback and consumption features from traditional social networks, but it does so by building on top of independent publishing.

I want more tools, services, and apps to be built in this spirit.

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Braided Solo Loop 2021 Mock-Ups ➝


As delightful as the first batch of 2020 Braided Solo Loops were, I couldn’t help imagining what changes 2021 could have in store for them, and first on my wish-list was to see the bands refreshed with multiple braided colour options. In a desperate effort to keep my brain from leaking out during a recent Zoom call, I had the chance to begin mocking up potential redesigns for the Braided Solo Loops.

While the Woven Nylon Band is still my favorite Apple Watch band type of all time, the Braided Solo Loop is a close second. And it has the advantage of still being sold by Apple.

But the Braided Solo Loop is lacking in the “fun” department when compared to the Woven Nylon Band. It only comes in solid colors and those colors are pretty limited.

These mock-ups by BasicAppleGuy depict what could be coming in the future. Or at least what I hope to see. If Apple releases multicolor Braided Solo Loops, I expect I’d start collecting them like I did the Woven Nylon Bands.

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Satechi Launches Dual-Sided 2-in-1 USB-C Charger for Apple Watch and AirPods ➝

I have their Apple Watch-only model already, but this seems like a strict upgrade. I don’t have much use for it now, but when I start traveling for work again or if I do some traveling with my wife and son sometime this year, I might just pick one of these up.

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Scuttlebutt, a Decentralized Social Platform ➝

A decentralized social network which lives on your own device and communicates via local networks or through “Pubs” — servers that let Scuttlebutt users sync their entries with one-another over the internet.

The video on the homepage does a great job of explaining how it works. And it appears to be modeled to match how relationships and interactions take place between people off the web. There’s a catch up mechanism where your Scuttlebutt clients sync entries with one-another. And not just each other’s entries, but any other person’s entries within their social circles.

Scuttlebutt handles blocking in a way that’s interesting too. Since there isn’t any centralized service, all blocking takes place at an individual level. So if I decide not to see entries from someone, I just don’t see them. That person can continue composing entries as they did before and everyone else that would have seen them will, but those entries won’t get synced to my client.

This is the type of platform that I would love to see gain some traction. The idea of catching up with someone at a family get-together, both in conversation and by syncing our Scuttlebutt entries is pretty darn rad. But I just don’t think it’ll ever see much use. The marketing capabilities of the biggest social media companies are just too influential to allow something decentralized to get off the ground.

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Webmention ➝

I’ve been toying around with this on using the WordPress plugin and Semantic-Linkbacks. I don’t know how often it will come up when linking to other sites or other sites linking to me — since Webmention doesn’t have widespread usage. But — my preferred social network — supports the technology.

So anyone that replies to a post that originated on will be sent to my site as a Webmention. It works well and it’s really rad.

Implementing Webmention on Initial Charge is on my to do list. I’ve always accepted and sent pingbacks, but don’t have the received notifications visible anywhere on the live site. It’s likely that Webmentions will be implemented in a similar manor. But this is the type of technology that I’d like to see adopted more broadly. It would allow for more social features in the open web and could be encourage some to spend less time in the walled gardens.

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Another iPad Post ➝

Matt Birchler, after discussing how he uses macOS for his day job and the video editing for his YouTube channel:

Literally everything else I do, which admittedly is less intense “work”, happens on my iPad. Writing this post, reading the news, doing my email, doing freelance writing work, editing my photos in Lightroom, recording and editing audio, creating my newsletter, managing the tasks for my YouTube projects, watching YouTube videos, talking with friends, task management, and even coding changes to this very website all happen on the iPad.

I’m pretty much in the same boat. I primarily use macOS for my work at Automattic and have a few personal applications/tasks that I use my Mac Mini server for — Plex, Channels DVR, and long-term local photo backups, to name a few. But the vast majority of my computing takes place on iPad or iPhone.

And even the personal tasks I perform on the Mac, most of the time I’m using Screens on my iPad to access it.

The iPad can’t be the primary computing device for everyone, sure, but I think it can fill that role for far more people than not.

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Awesome-Selfhosted ➝

A list of free software and web applications, which you can host on your own servers. I’ve referenced this list quite a bit as I’ve been building out my own personal cloud. I think everything I’m now using is on this list.

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Save in Shaarli Shortcut ➝

A couple days ago I wrote about using Shaarli to save links for later and an app with a share sheet extension to streamline the process of saving links. But unfortunately, if you tap the “Post” button too quickly within the sharing extension, nothing actually saves.

I’m not sure why, but you have to wait for the emoji to disappear from the description field before attempting to save the link. That’s less than ideal.

So I put together a quick iOS shortcut to save the links instead. It might not necessarily be faster to use, but it’s much more reliable and loads Shaarli’s main list at the end, so you can confirm that it saved before moving on.

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