Linked List Archive

‘We Believe in the Free Press and in Free Speech — and We Do Not Believe Those Things Can Be Decoupled.’ ➝

This is such a refreshing take on content moderation from the folks at Substack.

It’s sad, really. Ten years ago, it was considered the default to respect ones’ right to freely express themselves. But somehow we lost our way and letting someone share ideas that you disagree with has become some sort of disgrace.

Hopefully Substack will have enough success that others will start to take notice.

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AirPods Max Are a Frustratingly Wonderful Experience ➝

Marius Masalar, an actual audiophile, revising the AirPods Max:

They frustrate me because you can tell that these could have been disruptively perfect. If Apple had made them lighter, chosen better materials, made them fold properly, given them a useable case, included the damn 3.5mm audio cable—even if they’d kept the price—the AirPods Max would be an easy recommendation.

As it is though, I have no idea who I would recommend these to. I think anyone—even audiophiles—should find a way to audition them just for fun. But actually dropping this much money to own a pair? I don’t know.

In short, the headphones sound great, much better than Marius was expecting. But they have some downsides that very well could be a deal breaker for some.

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Channels DVR Adds M3U Playlist Support ➝

Jared Newman, writing for TechHive:

Where Channels really stands out, though is in what it can record beyond just over-the-air broadcasts. Last year, Channels added support for capturing TV Everywhere streams, so if you have a pay TV login, you can use the DVR for cable channels. It also added support, so you can record local channels without an antenna in certain markets.

Last month, Channels took things a step further: For any legal video source that generates an M3U playlist, you can now add it to Channels and record its content. That means it’s now possible to record free streams from Pluto TV or Stirr, add a live webcam to your channel guide, or even roll your own round-the-clock channels from locally hosted media.

I’ve been using Channels to watch over-the-air television on my iPad and Apple TV for years. It’s an excellent piece of software. And I’ve dabbled with their Channels DVR service in the past. I eventually gave it up because it didn’t offer anything that I didn’t already have access to through Plex — where I watch most of my content.

But this is the first that I’m hearing about some of these features. Specifically the M3U playlist support. My wife and I have been watching a lot Pluto TV lately — Match Game on Buzzr is a huge draw. And having the ability to record shows from Pluto TV for more convenient viewing sounds fantastic.

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The Danger of Platforms Categorizing Content as Misinformation ➝

Patrick Collison, writing on Twitter:

These platforms have tough jobs, no doubt. But I’m worried that the embrace of “misinformation” as a newly illegitimate category may have costs that are considerably greater than what’s apparent at the outset.

It’s dangerous for platforms to categorize content as “misinformation”, label it as such, and/or suppress its reach. What if they get it wrong? What if a commonly held opinion is the exact opposite of the truth and the people that are trying to share the evidence are being suppressed?

Perhaps you trust the current team in charge of classification, but what happens when those members are filtered out and a new group with more nefarious motives take over?

How can you be sure that you’re getting accurate information when it’s being filtered by a company that’s primarily motivated by “engagement”?

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WordPress 5.6, “Simone” ➝

An exciting release, which includes a great new feature:

Thanks to the API’s new Application Passwords authorization feature, third-party apps can connect to your site seamlessly and securely. This new REST API feature lets you see what apps are connecting to your site and control what they do.

This gives you the ability to authenticate an app or service with WordPress using a password created specifically for that connection. And you can revoke that password as you see fit — keeping your site secure without having to change your password and re-authenticate in any app or service connected to your site.

But what’s more exciting is that this opens the door to natively supporting two factor authentication in the future. If that’s something you’d like to add with a plugin now, I use Two-Factor.

And for more information about Application Passwords, there’s an excellent integration guide available.

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AirPods Max ➝

These were announced a couple days ago, but I’ve just now had a chance to dig into the news. I’m not much of an over-ear headphone user and these are pretty expensive, but I sort-of want a pair.

I spend a lot of time with my standard AirPods in. I love them and all their integration with my devices — the automatic switching, quick switching within Control Center, and whatnot. But I feel like it would be beneficial for me to spend a little less time with something in my ears.

The AirPods Max seem like a great pair of desk headphones — the bulky pair that you use when you’re at home because of their audio quality, comfort, and noise cancelation. They would essentially be my work headphones, keeping the standard AirPods for the times when portability is more important.

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Twitter, but Without the Timeline ➝

Josh Ginter, on his latest attempt to limit Twitter usage:

I’ve felt very much indifferent to the whole thing — there’s no anxious fear-of-missing-out, nor do I feel like my life is noticeably happier or more jolly because I’ve cut the Twitter cruft right out.

Instead, Twitter has been relegated to Facebook status — something I check once a week. A quick scroll through, a noted angry tweet talking about how terrible something is, and a subsequent exiting of the app has been my general experience in the month since.

And I am more up to date on my RSS and read-later queues than ever before.

An excellent example of Digital Social Distancing.

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Cloudflare Launches Web Analytics Service to All ➝

From Cloudflare’s weblog:

Today, I’m excited to announce that anyone can now sign up to use our new Web Analytics — even without changing your DNS settings. In other words, Cloudflare Web Analytics can now be deployed by adding an HTML snippet (in the same way many other popular web analytics tools are) making it easier than ever to use privacy-first tools to understand visitor behavior.

It looks like a nice service, but I think I’ll be sticking with stats through the Jetpack plugin. I like having the WordPress mobile app’s stats widget on my iPhone, stats gives me all the information I want, and it’s an opportunity for me to dog-food Automattic’s services.

(Via Chris Hannah.)

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