Linked List Archive

A First Look at the Doppler 2 Music App ➝

Marius Masalar takes a look at Doppler 2, a music app that’s built for people that maintain a collection of purchased tracks. The app looks slick and I’d love to give it a try, but you essentially have to transfer your music manually with iTunes file transfer, the Files app, or the app’s built-in WiFi transfer feature.

I currently store my music in my Plex library and use Prism for playback. Prism let’s me authenticate with my Plex credentials and either stream audio right from my server or download the tracks to play them locally. I can pick and choose which tracks to download or, from the library view, I can download all tracks that I haven’t yet. I would love to see Doppler fern this as an option as well. Until then, I’ll stick with Prism.

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IINA for macOS ➝

An excellent media player that can playback just about any file format you throw at it. I first heard about it in Jason Snell’s updated piece on ripping DVDs and Blu-rays. I’ve been trying it out for the past day and it’s very impressive. The design is better than any competing app and it has support for picture-in-picture, the Touch Bar, and dark mode.

IINA has practically replaced VLC for me, with the only exception being that it isn’t capable of easily switching between titles when I point it at the folder of a ripped Blu-ray disc.

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Twitter Will Add Options to Limit Replies ➝

Dieter Bohn, reporting for The Verge on a statement from Suzanne Xie, Twitter’s director of product management:

Xie says Twitter is adding a new setting for “conversation participants” right on the compose screen. It has four options: “Global, Group, Panel, and Statement.” Global lets anybody reply, Group is for people you follow and mention, Panel is people you specifically mention in the tweet, and Statement simply allows you to post a tweet and receive no replies.

I mean, this does seem incredibly easy to bypass. Presumably, you could simply mention the person who published the Statement and not give your tweet the reply distinction. You could also just add a link to the statement to specifically reference what you’re “replying” to. Unless Twitter blocks tweets with links to Statements. But then couldn’t you use a URL shortener?

This will probably prevent some harassment and toxicity on the platform. But unless they make some more fundamental changes to the service, I don’t think it’ll have too much of an impact.

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Sonos One SL ➝

I missed this when it was first announced last fall. It’s a Sonos speaker with all of the software and features you’d expect, but it doesn’t include any voice assistants. In fact, the device has no built-in microphones at all. With AirPlay 2 and a $179 price tag, this seems like an excellent alternative to the HomePod for areas of your house where you’d prefer not to have any microphones.

We have a HomePod in Josh’s room so we can play lullabies and white noise from our phones, but we have “Hey Siri” disabled on it to prevent us from accidentally invoking Siri during his naps. Although we can still hold the top to speak with Siri, in practice, that never actually happens. I might pick up one of these One SLs to replace his HomePod.

That will also let us move the HomePod into the living room. The spot I have in mind is conveniently located near our front entryway, the doorway to our basement/garage, the hallway to our bedrooms, and the dining room. It’s the perfect location for a HomePod because we pass by it to go just about anywhere in our home. We can easily speak to Siri on our way to turn on any HomeKit devices we need.

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How to Put an iPad Into ‘Kiosk’ Mode ➝

I’ve seen some people on Reddit, Twitter, and other communities on the web setting up old iPads as dedicated HomeKit controllers — using the Home app in kiosk mode. This is certainly nice to have when guests come over who have Android phones without access to the Home app or who you’d prefer not to invite to control your HomeKit gadgets from their own device.

I don’t plan on setting this up now. But maybe when I buy my next iPad, I can repurpose my Air 2 in this way.

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Decline, an iMessage Sticker Pack ➝

Hand-lettered by Alyssa Guerrero and published by Timothy Buck, Decline is a sticker pack dedicated to saying “no”. Timothy gave me access to the beta a few days ago and I’ve been very impressed. Each sticker is delightfully hand crafted and the pack gives you plenty of options for politely declining. They’ve even released physical copies of some of the stickers, which you can purchase on Alyssa’s site.

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GIPHY Slack Commands ➝

A bunch of nifty ways to use the /giphy command in Slack. By far my most used one is the ability to add a custom caption and search for GIFs using a separate phrase. This can be achieved with the following format:

/giphy #caption “quote” <insert phrase here>

For example, you could type /giphy #caption "Propane and propane accessories." king of the hill to get a nifty King of the Hill GIF with the quoted caption added.

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Bringing Humanity Back to Weblogs ➝

Josh Ginter, on expanding the topics that he is willing to write about on his weblog:

Gone are the days where I feel weird posting a Bible review on one day and then a list of Star Wars predictions the next. Gone are the days where I feel odd talking about money and finances.

I’m going to write and post things that interest me. Things I like. Things I’m trying my hand at.

I’ve started to come around to this line of thinking too. Although I still tend to focus on Apple-related products and software, I’ve starting writing a bit more about writing in general, the open web, and some more personal life stuff.

The days of earning a living off of a personal site are mostly behind us and with that comes a bit more freedom for the folks who are still writing about their passions — Matt Birchler recently shared a great list of writers, if you’re interested. Removing that financial incentive means that there is no longer the need to stick to a specific niche, we can expand out a bit and write about the other interests we have.

I think this is good for weblogging. I started following independent publishers in the days of Google Reader because I was interested in alternative takes on on tech products and services. But I stuck around and kept reading because I liked the people behind the sites. That humanity slowly disappeared as the possibility of earning a living seemed attainable. But now that the money has moved elsewhere, that humanity is returning again and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

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