Dropbox File Requests »

Jason Snell, at Six Colors:

But the thing is, a lot of the people I work with have a free Dropbox account—meaning they’re limited to 2GB of Dropbox data. Sometimes that Incomparable Transfer Folder can get big—and some of them are so close to the Dropbox size limit that they’re not able to even join the shared folder, because it’ll push them over. And though I’m a paying customer, I can’t grant the rights to some of my storage space to members of my shared folders. That’s not how Dropbox works.

But a feature introduced by Dropbox in June is starting to change how I use the service. It’s called File Requests, and it allows me to create a link that I can give to anyone who needs to send me a file—whether they use Dropbox or not.

I feel like a dope, but I had no idea that this existed. I could use this in a ton of ways.

The Next Apple TV »

Matthew Panzarino, at TechCrunch:

To control the new Apple TV? A new remote. One major feature of which was pretty much nailed by Brian Chen in an article earlier this year. It’s slightly bigger and thicker, with physical buttons on the bottom half, a Touchpad area at the top and a Siri microphone. Info about this remote was included in a report by Mark Gurman earlier this month, along with some other information we’ve confirmed about the new Apple TV.

One thing that hasn’t been talked about yet is the fact that the new remote will be motion sensitive, likely including several axis’ worth of sensors that put its control on par with a Nintendo Wii remote. The possibilities, of course, are immediately evident.

Of all the new things reportedly coming to the new Apple TV, this is what I’m most excited about. Am I weird? Maybe.

Liftoff »

Stephen Hackett, at 512 Pixels:

Over the past six months or so, I’ve been writing, talking and thinking a lot more about space and how we get there.

That’s led — somewhat inevitably — to a new podcast on Relay FM. We’ve named it Liftoff.

There’s a dwindling number of podcast networks out there, but Relay is my favorite by a mile. And it keeps getting better. Stephen and Myke have added a ton of shows and they’re all superb. Big congrats to them for yet another great addition.

Twitter removes the stupid limit on direct messages »

Alex Kantrowitz at BuzzFeed:

Starting today, that limit is gone. You can now send Twitter DMs of up to 10,000 characters in length. Don’t worry, you can still send incriminating photos via DM and hope they don’t accidentally publish to all your followers, if that’s what you’re into.

Obligatory “finally.”

Blink 1.1 »

Gabe Weatherhead:

I reviewed Blink 1.0 back in March and I still think it’s excellent. Version 1.1 is out now and adds some nice new features. You can now include the “geo” code so that links work better for sharing across international borders. You can also now share Apple Music links so that they open in in the Music app instead of the Store app. I haven’t researched the difference between affiliate payouts but I mostly don’t care. I think it’s nicer to have them open in the Music app.

Gabe’s right, Blink is far and away the best way to work with iTunes affiliate links on iOS. Doesn’t hurt that it’s made by good people. Well worth the $5.

Coda 2.0 for iOS is here »

From the Panic site:

We’ve put an stunning, desktop-class amount of work into Coda for iOS. It’s truly pro. But, it’s not hard to learn. You’re getting an incredible amount of power at a killer price. Buy it today! And let us know what you make with it!

Yeah. Just buy it. And yes, this post was created in/posted from Coda for iOS. Crazy awesome stuff.

The Guilty Whiner »

Jordan Cooper hosts the very funny podcast, Tech Douchebags. I was on the most recent episode, which was a ton of fun.

In this week’s meeting, Nate Boateng confronts his guilt over whining about inconsequential things and how he gets unreasonably annoyed at software bugs, poor user interface design, slow app updated for new iOS versions, and generally having his time wasted.

In addition, we discuss the psychology of online criticism, consumer expectations of mobile apps, podcast app bugbears, road rage, and supermarket gentrification.

I miss regular podcasting. And blogging. Might have to get back to doing both.

Life After Cancer »

Federico Viticci, on life:

Cancer changed me. It’s not necessarily about chemo drugs (they’re awful, but they work) or the oncology routine and terminology that you’re forced to learn suddenly and force upon the people around you. As a survivor, it’s not even strictly about living with the consequences and the constant reminder that I need to be prepared for anything.

Cancer taught me the beauty of life. To find magic in the simple act of having dinner with my girlfriend. To see work as an opportunity to inspire others and be useful. To love my parents now and cherish every moment with them because one day they’ll be gone and I’ll hold onto my memories forever. To listen to people and respect others because, in the end, no matter our diverging opinions and disagreements, we’re human beings and empathy drives us forward. My experience gave me a profound awareness of the fact that my time is limited and that, at a basic level, I have no idea what I’m doing here. And this freedom is amazing.

I’m here today because people saved me. I recognize that I am lucky and privileged. Last year, when I realized that I wasn’t fully seizing the second chance I was granted, I decided to do everything in my power to change my habits and respect this new opportunity. What I can do as a person is to take better care of myself and find a balance between my activities and my personal, physical existence on this planet. I sought a healthier lifestyle so I wouldn’t squander my extra time.

Take some time, and really digest this piece. It’s not a surprise that Federico’s most personal writing is also his best. Cheers, Ticci.

And I thought I was addicted... »

Jinnie, over at Three Staples:

Here’s another idea that inspired me to start this blog: Field Notes color comparisons! I’ve been sneaking some quick color comparisons in previous Field Notes posts but I think it’s high time that I do a dedicated post on a color. And I choose “white” first!

Can you think of all the Field Notes that have white covers?

COLORS Editions

Out of the Colors series, there have been three so far (as of January 2015): Northerly (Winter 2011), National Crop “Cotton” (Spring 2012), and Day Game “Hardball White” (Summer 2012). That’s three editions in a row!

I’ll just let the pictures do most of the talking.

I’m a Field Notes addict, and Jinnie is doing an incredibly deep dive into the beloved memo books. Such good stuff.

Brisket Manifesto »

Seth Brown:

The defacto wood for brisket is oak and it’s what I prefer to smoke with. Brisket takes a long time to cook and the mild flavors of oak imbues a wonderful phenolic flavor to brisket without over-powering it. Hardwoods like hickory or pecan are too strong and drown out the more delicate flavors of the beef. I split around an eighth cord of seasoned oak the day before barbecuing, which is plenty of wood for a cook.

You’ll want to grab a drool napkin before you read Seth’s piece.