Linked List Archive

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

The Ratio of Likes to Dislikes Is Useful ➝

Matt Birchler, on the removal of YouTube’s dislike counts:

When I open up a video and see a large proportion of dislikes to likes, that’s almost always an indicator that the video isn’t going to deliver on the promise. Yes, sometimes this is on videos where people are being unfair, but far more often for me are cases where it’s something like a tutorial video that is way too long, doesn’t get to the point, and isn’t worth my time.

A video with 2,000 views, 200 likes, and 10 dislikes is almost certainly good, but a video with 2,000 views, 200 likes, and 200 dislikes is probably pretty bad. After this change rolls out, those videos look the same.

I can’t say I checked the like to dislike ratio very often in this way, but that’s mostly because I just never thought to.

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Chrome Team Approves Patch to Block ‘View Source’ ➝

mhoye, writing on

Seriously, the Chrome team just landed a patch that lets sites block “View Source” right in the middle of the Chrome Dev Summit.

If not for “View Source”, I wouldn’t have learned HTML and CSS, I wouldn’t have built my own WordPress themes, and I wouldn’t be working at Automattic right now.

There is no rational reason for doing this.

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YouTube Removing Dislike Counts ➝

Why not do the same for like counts? Or the view count? Without also altering those, the view to like ratio will give you much of the same information as the dislike count did.

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Normalizing COVID-19 ➝

Josh Ginter:

It’s time we get past whether someone has contracted it, spread it, has opinions about it, died from it, or overcome it with nary but a cough. It’s time we put our political opinions aside. It’s time we accepted the consequences of our decisions. It’s time we let others make their own decisions. It’s time we stopped thinking everyone is inferior for making a decision you wouldn’t make.

It’s time to spread some grace. Live and let live, a little.


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‘Perfect’ Equalizer Setting ➝

I used the “Perfect” equalizer settings, shared by Merlin Mann, when I first saw it on his site many years ago. But I mostly abandoned equalizer settings when my music playback transitioned to mobile.

I was poking around Prism yesterday, though, and remembered it had an equalizer setting that I’ve never used. For whatever reason, these old iTunes settings sprung to mind, I did a bit of searching to find them, and I plan to give them a try in Prism. The app’s settings don’t quite line up perfectly with iTunes, so it’ll take a bit of tuning to get right.

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SoftRAID for Disk Certification ➝

I bought a couple of 14TB external drives over the weekend, which were on sale for $200. I’m going to remove them from their enclosures and put them in my ThunderBay 6 to expand our home server storage.

But before I put them into use, I want to make sure the drives are in good shape. I’ve decided to make use of SoftRAID’s 14-day free trial to run the app’s certify process on them. This writes data to all of the sectors on the disk and ensures that it’s readable. And you can set the number of times you’d like it to run. I’m in the middle of the second iteration on the first disk and there’ve been no errors so far.

I’ve seen people recommend running this process up to three times before putting your data on a new drive, but I think I’m only going to run it twice. If only because it’s an extremely long process, especially for large disks.

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ShuckStop ➝

A price comparison site for external hard drives, aimed toward buyers that plan to disassemble the enclosure to use the bare drives. This isn’t something I’ve ever done before, but I think I’m going to soon.

External drives are typically much cheaper for the same amount of storage than internal drives. There doesn’t seem to be a clear explanation as to why that is. And while the price difference wasn’t too bad when I was buying drives around 4TB in size, I’m planning to buy a couple in the 12–16TB range where the price difference is a bit more substantial.

If you’ve never heard of hard drive shucking, Pete Matheson published a great overview video late last year.

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Apple Releases Hooked, an Apple Original Podcast ➝

John Voorhees, writing for MacStories:

The show, called Hooked, is a true-crime story featuring career bank robber Tony Hathaway. […]

Perhaps more notable is that there doesn’t seem to be a standard RSS feed associated with the show. Instead, the show’s first four episodes and trailer are available only via the Apple Podcasts app. Of course, a feed could be added, but if one isn’t, this would mark Apple’s first foray into exclusive audio content, something which Spotify has been doing for quite some time.

If it doesn’t have an RSS feed, it’s not a podcast, it’s just an audio show.

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