In continuation of week 22, here are a few thoughts and things that caught my attention in the twenty-third week of 2024:

  • ๐Ÿ”‘ As the Safari integration of 1Password is getting worse and worse - at least for me it is so buggy, that I have disabled the Safari extension and moved my passwords to Apple’s Keychain1 - I am looking for alternatives. I actually don’t want to store my passwords only with Apple, either. I feel too locked in there. But using 1PW in parallel with iCloud seems weird to me in the long run. So, I looked around and for the emerging passkey front I ordered a Token2 security key, which arrived this week. According to its description, it “combines hardware-based authentication, public-key cryptography, TOTP/HOTP, U2F, and FIDO2 protocols to protect your accounts.” To make a long story short, this post-password world is still way too complicated for me. OTP/HOTP, U2F, and FIDO2?! ๐Ÿคฏ The token stores passkeys but also 2FA codes, and I never know what exactly where and when. Sometimes passkeys alone are enough to log in, sometimes I have to enter an additional 2FA OTP, sometimes - as with Mastodon - the 2FA seems to be the passkey and I still need a username and PW! For the token2 to work, I have to touch it, enter a 6-digit code on my Mac, and then touch it again. That’s much more cumbersome than just putting my finger on the touch ID sensor of my Macbook. On my Mac, I can access the stored passkey (but not all or just the OTP tokens, I dont know) on the token2 only very awkwardly but at least via Chrome’s settings page. OTP codes can be accessed via the iPhone app but not the passkeys. WTF?! I don’t understand anything. In addition, my most important accounts still don’t support passkeys. Parallel to this, the macOS version of ProtonPass was released this week, and the annual subscription could be purchased for 10 โ‚ฌ. What the heck, I thought, and I purchased it. The Mac app seems, like 1Password, to be an Electron app, and it feels like they just released a web wrapper. It is still far from being a viable alternative. Maybe I have to hope for the rumor mill come true and enjoy Apple’s standalone password manager starting this fall? Anyway, I could not agree more: A Passwordless Future Needs Portability.

  • ๐Ÿšจ There was a bit of fuss this week about the app Bartender for macOS, which I have highly appreciated so far. I uninstalled it and have been using Ice since a couple of days, as mentioned. It works flawlessly.

  • ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Organic Maps: Offline Map on the App Store now also supports iCloud sync.

  • ๐Ÿ“š Sequel, the manager for a variety of media, received a major update. I am actually very happy with Booktracks, Gamery, and TV Forecast, but I started testing the app again. I am not yet sure if there is a place for an additional, more general app.

  • ๐ŸŒ I also tried Surfed again because I actually find the idea of the app very cool. However, it somehow did not reliably record my history and synchronize it between my three used devices. This led to me not finding the things I was looking for, so I will let the subscription expire at the end of the month.

  • ๐Ÿ“ถ Little Snitch shows network usage in the menu bar on my work computer. If you are looking for a free alternative for just this function, you can check out โ€ŽScaler Bandwidth Monitor.

  • โฒ๏ธ I have been using Rocket for a long time, but Horo - the best free timer app for Mac from the same developer had slipped through my fingers until now.

  • ๐Ÿ Apple already announced the 2024 winners and finalists - Apple Design Awards. Congrats to โ€ŽCrouton: Recipe Manager on the Appย Store. (I only wish there was an import feature for Mela, the app I currently use.)

  • ๐Ÿค– Iโ€™m Not Anti-AI spoke to my soul, and since I’m already mentioning Michael, I was very pleased with his mention in the Junited post ๐Ÿฅฐ.

  • ๐Ÿ“ธ I learned that on macOS, you can open an image with Quick Look by hitting the Space bar and then just select all recognized text (โŒ˜A) and copy it (โŒ˜C) to your clipboard ๐Ÿคฏ.

  • ๐Ÿงธ I had to stop collecting LEGO sets due to space constraints and definitely must not buy the Evercade Alpha Bartop Arcade System.

  • ๐ŸŽฎ However, I couldn’t prevent myself from acquiring a Nintendo N64 console. Thanks to 2x Line Doubler and RetroScaler N64 BlueRetro Wireless Controller Bluetooth Adapter, I can now play Mario 64 with my Nintendo 64 Bluetooth Controller. Please don’t ask why I don’t just do it via Nintendo Switch Online, EmuDeck on the Steam Deck, or simply my iPhone with Delta ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ.

  • ๐ŸŽจ Speaking of which: more awesome skins for Delta: Delta Pocket - Transparent Edition.

  • ๐Ÿ“ฑ And: Nintendo 3DS Emulator for iPhone Released in App Store With Caveats.

  • ๐Ÿ”‹ If you don’t trust macOS’s built-in battery management, don’t use AlDente, and are looking for another application of this kind, you might want to check out BatFi โ€“ maximize your Mac’s battery lifespan. BTW I have decided that the built-in function must suffice for me.

  • ๐Ÿ”‹ Same topic, different area: AirBattery - Get the battery usage of all your devices at once! I noted it down in case AirBuddy stops working someday.

  • ๐ŸŒ If you ask nicely, you might be able to test a new web-based feed reader: An introduction to Sublime Feed.

  • ๐Ÿ’ป Johnny Decimal brings Ellane the command line of macOS. If you want to dive deeper afterward, I can definitely recommend Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal.

  • ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ I had planned months ago to finally dive into to the Gridfinity system. Somehow, I never had the time to pick out the right base plates. Thanks to the “reminder” from Marcus and the hint about these baseplates, I just started with one desk drawer. I already knew it, but oh, how awesome is that! I definitely won’t get out of this rabbit hole anytime soon. BTW thanks to Gridfinity Extended, you can easily click together all sorts of things with OpenSCAD.

  • ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ MacStories has added two new podcasts to its family. The pilot episodes were entertaining. However, based on their teasers, I honestly expected a little more than using the Reminders backend in Fantastical or playing games on the iPad with a controller to get the hosts out of their Comfort Zone ๐Ÿ˜ˆ.

  • ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ German-speaking readers should try the dialect test from the Swiss Tages-Anzeiger, which has made its rounds on the web. I’m still unsure how they fake it, but the precision of the results is amazing.

  • ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ This weekend are European elections. Go vote! (And vote for a democratic party!)

  • ๐Ÿ Next week is the WWDC. It will not be a bug fix year once again. I hope so much that Apple can resist the urge to integrate pointless AI functions into every little app. (I just want a PDF reader that doesn’t mess up my annotations and a more stable system in general ๐Ÿ˜ข.)

  • ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ I’ve received my fist feedback email to a blog post I wrote. Friendly shout-out to Darren!

  • ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Apart from that, this week in my filter bubble I learnt once again that we are all just people with feelings and that they can be hurt very quickly. I hope that the apologies were sincere and, above all, that they are accepted. Being able to forgive is also a very important trait in a tolerant community.

Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

  1. whatever they are calling it now ↩︎