1. Distractions for the Disrupted

    November 10, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    If you're like me, then you may be looking for some distractions this week that don't involve Twitter, the internet, television or even other humans. I've found solace in iBooks and the Kindle service. Hardbound and Viki for Wikipedia are also great distractions.

  2. Self-Propagating Smart Light Bulb Worm

    November 10, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Bruce Schneier links to an terrifying new research paper:

    In particular, we developed and verified such an infection using the popular Philips Hue smart lamps as a platform. The worm spreads by jumping directly from one lamp to its neighbors, using only their built-in ZigBee wireless connectivity and their physical ...

  3. Fakespot for iOS

    November 06, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Thanks to internet good guy Merlin Mann, I use Fakespot whenever I consider buying something from Amazon. It’s a free service that attempts to analyze product reviews and ratings to identify deceptions. It also aggregates tests and scores sellers so you know if you’re buying from a supplier ...

  4. IFTTT Updates and Competition

    November 03, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    It's an interesting week for IFTTT. At the same time they announce a complete redesign (in both functionality and design), Microsoft dips their straw into the web automation milkshake. I was a huge fan of IFTTT for many years, but the lack of a solid business model a dramatic ...

  5. Some Amazon Stuff that Didn’t Suck in 2016

    October 30, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    The holiday shopping season is upon us (if you are an obsessive planner and early shopper like me). Every year I publish a list of things I bought on Amazon that wasn’t terrible which might also make a good gift list. Although, I recommend just using the Magic Erasers ...

  6. The End for TapCellar

    October 28, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Two years ago, we released TapCellar for iOS. This week we removed it from the store. You can hear all about it, including what it cost to make the app, on the latest episode of Nerds on Draft. This was a labor of love to make an app that we ...

  7. The Awkward Dongle Years

    October 28, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    The new MacBook series has made the switch from USB and Thunderbolt 2 to all Thunderbolt 3. Glenn Fleishman did a pretty good job breaking down the new order of things on Twitter:

    Just to be clear: USB-C ports can’t handle Thunderbolt 3 devices TB3 ports can accept both ...

  8. iThoughts v4 Adds Markdown Formatting

    October 26, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    iThoughts v4 for iOS and Mac is out today with a great new feature: format with Markdown. This is just wonderful if you like Markdown. Format lists, links, footnotes or even just font weight with Markdown. I think the feature makes working between plain text files and concept maps really ...

  9. MultiMarkdown Tables [Link]

    October 23, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    This is the kind of post I love. Dr. Drang talks about TableFlip for Mac and MultiMarkdown tables. I’m a huge fan of MultiMarkdown tables, which is a weird sentence to write. It’s how I create my crib sheets.1 I think TableFlip is the easiest way to ...

  10. Amazon Introduces Family Photos

    October 18, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Amazon introduced several new photo features for Prime members. The first big one is a new family sharing option. This looks to be a really convenient way for family members to share the unlimited Amazon Drive storage and also keep shared albums.

    Family Vault

    The semantic search looks great. Similar to Apple ...