Linked List Archive

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

Three Years Later, the 12-Inch MacBook Is Still Missed ➝

Stephen Hackett:

In the lead up to Apple silicon there was a lot of conjecture — including by me — that the 12-inch MacBook would make a great candidate to lead the processor transition. So far, the MacBook hasn’t made a return, but I know a bunch of folks would like to see the line resurrected one more time.

I never used a 12-inch MacBook beyond the brief moments toying around with one in a retail store, but I’m a massive fan of the 11-inch MacBook Air. I used my 2011 model as my primary Mac up until 2018 and still use it occasionally today — I just recently used OpenCore Patcher to install Big Sur on the machine.

Despite my affinity for the 13-inch MacBooks, I still miss using an ultra-portable in the 11- or 12-inch range. My 11-inch Air is just so darn light and the smaller display never really feels like a hinderance to me. If Apple brought back the 12-inch MacBook — with a good keyboard this time — there’s a good chance I’d order one to use as my primary work laptop.

➝ Source: 512pixels.net

The Privacy Redirect Safari Extension ➝

From the GitHub:

A configurable web extension that redirects Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, Instagram, Google Translate, Google Maps, Google Search, and Medium to privacy friendly alternatives.

I mentioned wishing there was something like this for Safari when I linked to Libredirect and, thankfully, it does exist.

➝ Source: github.com

Libredirect ➝

A nifty browser extension for Firefox and Chromium-based browsers that will automatically redirect YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and other links to privacy-respecting alternative frontends. I’d love to see something like this for Safari on iOS.

➝ Source: github.com

Mastodon Updates Branding ➝

Eugen Rochko, writing on the Mastodon weblog:

We’re teaming up with the design agency Oak to update our homepage and our brand. We’re leaving the ubiquitous blue that every social app seems to have behind in favour of a vibrant purple. Our logo also gets some subtle shape fixes that makes it look more precise. […]

As for the brand updates, they will be rolled out gradually as we update multiple independent properties–the software itself, the iOS app, the Android app, the homepage, the documentation, this blog… So do not be alarmed if you do not see the purple everywhere at the same time.

I can’t say I’m too fond of the updated color, but I guess I’m more resistant to change than I used to be. It may grow on me. But for now, I’m glad Mastoot allows me to continue using the app’s blue icon and theme.

➝ Source: blog.joinmastodon.org

LaunchBox for Android ➝

There’s a whole world of emulation frontends on Android and, as I’ve been toying around with the Retroid Pocket 2+, I’ve tried a lot of them. I don’t think any of them come close to LaunchBox.

➝ Source: launchbox-app.com

The Screenshots Page ➝

K.Q. Dreger:

At some point, companies that make software stopped having a dedicated “screenshots” page on their websites. These pages were always sparse. A simple gallery of thumbnails. But for those of us who appreciated seeing before buying, or for those who were simply curious in nature, the screenshots page was one of the best out there. I miss it.

I always look for screenshots when considering the use of an app and am disappointed when I can’t find any.

➝ Source: audacious.blog

Brave Debuts Goggles Feature ➝

From Brave’s announcement:

We’re excited to announce the long-awaited beta release of an innovative new Brave Search feature: Goggles. Goggles will enable anyone, or any community of people, to create sets of rules and filters to constrain the searchable space and / or alter the ordering of search results. Anyone could then choose to apply a Goggle—or extend it—to their view of Brave Search results. Essentially, Goggles will act as a re-ranking option on top of the Brave Search index.

This sounds pretty cool.

➝ Source: brave.com

K-9 Mail Joins the Thunderbird Family ➝

cketti, writing on K-9 Mail’s weblog:

A few weeks ago you might have read that the Thunderbird project is working on a mobile email client. Some of you have mentioned that it might have been a better strategy to support one of the existing open source email clients on Android rather than creating a new one. As you may have guessed from the title of this post, the Thunderbird project came to the same conclusion.

I’m very excited to announce that K-9 Mail is now part of the Thunderbird family

I haven’t used Thunderbird with any regularity in years, but much of that is because most of my email app usage has moved to iOS. I’m excited to see how K-9 Mail evolves with this change and I’m very happy to hear that they’re considering an iOS app, too.

➝ Source: k9mail.app