In continuation of week 18, here are a few thoughts and things that caught my attention in the 19. - 20. week of 2024:

  • ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ I was cycling with my wife for a few days along the former East-West German border. The weather was fantastic, the inclines were not to be underestimated but manageable. A bit of a shame, but we tried to take it with humour: Once again, we had to realize that the concept of Deutsche Bahn has unfortunately totally failed. Train travel is an absolute disaster in our country, and that makes me very sad and angry at the FDP (the party that provides our transport minister). But that’s a topic for another time.

  • ๐Ÿ“ต During the bike tour, I decided to take a one or two-week break from social media. I deleted my Mastodon clients from my devices (I already don’t use Threads, Instagram, X, Facebook, etc.) and also avoided YouTube. I still read a few posts in my RSS reader, though. So, do I feel better now? I don’t think so, but it was good anyways, I think.1

What else was interesting to me?

  • ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ Hammerhead Karoo 3 In-Depth Review: Worth the Upgrade?: there’s a successor to my current bike computer. Since my two biggest criticisms, battery life and responsiveness, have obviously not been addressed, I am not in danger of wanting to spend the 500 โ‚ฌ (!) for it for now.

  • ๐ŸŽฎ โ€ŽRetroArch has been released for iOS and similar platforms. For those who aren’t totally into retro gaming, dedicated emulators like Delta, PPSPPP are probably the much more convenient way to enjoy some old games. Nevertheless, it’s wonderful to see that RetroArch now runs on the iPhone and especially on the AppleTV! (I use a dedicated Raspberry Pi with Batocera or my Analogue Pocket with its dock for the TV, though.)

  • ๐Ÿ“‘ โ€ŽPDF Squeezer is now also available for iOS.

  • ๐Ÿ’พ Carbon Copy Cloner has been released in version 7, and I took the opportunity to support the developer by purchasing the upgrade.

  • ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ If you have an old, currently unused iPad lying around (I’ve heard there are new ones ๐Ÿ˜‡), you might want to check out Synced Photo Frame by Re-Frame and repurpose it as a digital photo frame.

  • ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Photo Tape - Connect Images: the app looks like a pretty neat way to simply merge images.

  • ๐Ÿ”– Plinky - Easily Save Links: there’s another bookmark manager. I just bought the lifetime license for Anybox and therefore my search (for now) is over.

  • โณ โ€ŽTime - Ring - the elegant and fun way to count down to your most anticipated events! For those interested who haven’t yet paid for Pinning, Up Ahead (which has resumed development), Countdowns, or one of the many other apps and are looking for a simple, free option.

  • ๐ŸŽฎ I installed chiaki4deck on my Steam Deck and can now effortlessly do PS5 Remote Play. However, I fear that someone might empty half the PSN Store with my account, but certain risks have to be taken ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  • ๐ŸŽฎ Due to the early access release of Hades II, the first one was very cheap, so I bought it for the Steam Deck and started playing it. Actually, I wanted to keep my hands off these rogue-like games, but it’s just too good.

  • ๐ŸŒž Have a great week!

  1. That was also the reason why there was no blog post from me last week. I assume almost no one noticed ;-) ↩︎