The Respect-Your-Time Edition Saturday, February 19, 2022

How To Set Boundaries With Your Work—Using Software, by Justin Pot, Wired

You could just try to quit, cold turkey, but we both know that isn’t going to work. The ocean is constantly threatening to flood you, and no amount of sticking your finger into the dyke is going to hold it back—you need infrastructure.

Ideally, this would be a company culture that rejects working outside work hours or legislation that forbids working when you’re not getting paid for it (which happens to be legislation the Dutch are exploring.) Failing that, though, you can set up the software you use to better respect your time. Here’s how to do that.

How A Saudi Woman's iPhone Revealed Hacking Around The World, by Joel Schectman and Christopher Bing, Reuters

A single activist helped turn the tide against NSO Group, one of the world’s most sophisticated spyware companies now facing a cascade of legal action and scrutiny in Washington over damaging new allegations that its software was used to hack government officials and dissidents around the world.

It all started with a software glitch on her iPhone.

Apple Re-releases Oscar-nominated ‘CODA’ In Theaters For Free, by Amrita Khalid, Yahoo!

Audiences will get another chance to watch CODA, the first Apple Original movie nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, in theaters. Apple is re-releasing the film, which is about a deaf family, in a limited run of free screenings with open captions.


Mellel 5.1, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Mellel has published version 5.1 of its eponymous word processor for the Mac, overhauling the Auto-title functionality with configurable hierarchy chains, an updated user interface, and a new style category. You can also freely add, remove and move around the Auto-title flows (now named Streams) to form any structure or hierarchy.

Duet Display For Mac/PC Gets Overhauled Network Protocol For Big Performance Improvements, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Duet Display, the software-based solution to expand your Mac or PC screen with an iPad, iPhone, Android device, or even another Mac/PC is out its latest releases. Notably, the Mac update brings “significant wireless performance improvements” and more.

5 Apps That Make Exercising Fun And Easy, by Ashley Biancuzzo, PCWorld

Whenever I work out, I require some serious mental stimulation or, at the very least, something to take my mind off of the cramp in my side. Basically, if something keeps my mind busy, I tend to have an easier time working out. So whether you’re a seasoned runner or someone who’s just starting out, the options below are perfect for making exercise fun and easy—regardless of your fitness level.

SanDisk Pro-Dock 4 Review: The Best Card Reader For Professionals, by Jaron Schneider, PetaPixel

Photographers and videographers who shoot large campaigns leave sets with a ton of data that needs to be ingested, backed up, and organized for editing. For successful businesses, one measly SD card slot on the back of a computer doesn’t cut it. For them, a multi-card ingestion device is a must, and right now the SanDisk Pro-Dock 4 is absolutely unbeatable in that department.


Please, Just Let Me Merge Apple IDs Like A Regular Human, by Callum Booth, The Next Web

From all my reading, there are two overarching reasons: security and complexity.

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I, too, turn off notifications -- especially from work-related apps -- outside of work hours.

But I want to get notified for really important notifications, and that's where Focus mode falls a bit short. It can't tell whether that one person from work is messaging me to tell me something that can wait ("can we have a chat on Monday to see if we should also build a car") or not. ("do you have the keys to the data center because all remote SSH are failing?")

Microsoft, Meta, whoever-else: can you start looking into this, maybe with some of your AI intelligence?


Thanks for reading.