Brave browser continues to grow

For the fifth year in a row, we’ve doubled the number of our monthly active users, going from 24 million MAU on December 31st, 2020, to over 50 million by the end of 2021.

Brave Passes 50 Million Monthly Active Users, Growing 2x for the Fifth Year in a Row | Brave Browser

Count me as one of those users.

I’ve been meaning to write about this, but I’m still formulating the full 2022 plan. Essentially, I’m in search of alternatives for some of the major things I do on the web. I want to better safeguard my privacy, support good companies and contribute more to the open web.

Up first was browsing. I have already been using Brave as my main browser, but I’ve now uninstalled Chrome and am trying out the customizations found within Vivaldi.

Currently installed on my MacBoook:

  • Brave
  • Vivaldi
  • Firefox
  • Safari

At the end of the month, I’ll check back in and tee up February’s activity.

QuickReviews.app

Quick Reviews is a very basic website that replicates the look of my reviews but does it entirely in HTML, CSS, and a hit of JavaScript. This is aggressively simple, and it’s far from a premium site at this point, but I wanted to get something out there and see if people are interested.

Introducing Quick Reviews, a Website for Making Beautiful Micro-Reviews for Books, Movies, or Whatever

I love how much fun Matt has making — and shipping — these little projects of his. I will for sure bookmark this and put it to use.

Using Reeder 5 to bucket consumption

TL;DR The “Bucket” is Reeder 5 on macOS, iOS, and iPadOS and the net that scoops everything up is Feedbin. This is also the sync system.

Internet Bucket of Consumption – //Jason Burk

I jump around too often as well and one of my new year’s hopes is to streamline my app usage. Of the apps Jason listed, I’m spreading too much between Instapaper, Pinboard, Matter, Raindrop, and GoodLinks. Jason outlines a way to utilize Reeder and Feedbin (which is my syncing engine) as a way to consume your content.

I love Unread on iOS, but use Reeder on the Mac. Maybe I should go back to using all Reeder and ditch Matter as the read-it-later service.

🤔

Alfred style search in iOS

via Tools & Toys:

This is essentially macOS’ Spotlight feature but on iPadOS. It does most of the same things too, and if you use a keyboard with your iPad, you can even invoke it with the same shortcut that longtime Mac users know and love — CMD+Space — no matter what you’re doing or what app you’re in.

Spotlight has gotten better in recent versions, of iOS, including 15. The introduction of Shortcuts launching was a pretty big feature, however, it’s the inclusion of Safari extensions that now take this to another level.

Thanks to extensions like xSearch, you can now queue up searches to wherever you’d like in the browser directly from Spotlight. This has broadened my use of Spotlight to include how I search various corners of the web on Mac thanks to Alfred.

Now, if only we could somehow get Alfred itself functioning similarly on iOS.

Support Striking Wirecutter Union Members

This holiday weekend is Wirecutter’s busiest and most profitable time of the year, and many of us were scheduled to work a combined total of hundreds of hours of overtime. This fund will go towards the lost income we will incur through this strike, which our members rely on to pay their bills, travel home for the holidays, and generally support themselves. We’re asking you, our supporters, to help mitigate these lost wages.

Fundraiser by Nicholas Guy : Support Striking Wirecutter Union Members

I’ve purchased many products over the years courtesy of Wirecutter’s recommendations. Donating was the least I could do.

HomePod Mini as Speakers

Just think how much more versatile the HomePod could be with an audio input in addition to AirPlay.

The HomePod Mini Experiment — MacSparky

I have a studio pair that sits on my desk for podcasts and YouTube videos during the day, which are usually AirPlayed from my iPad. I wish I could use them as speakers for my Mac, but each time I try, I can’t overcome the lag.

An additional audio input capability would have been amazing.

Using multiple apps just works

I’ve been meaning to add to the discussion found in these two posts:

I may get around to publishing my series of using multiple apps to split how my mind functions — for example, using Reminders.app for personal things and Todoist for work-related tasks. I just don’t like to mix the two.

Same goes with notes. I can’t wrap my head around something like Obsidian housing every little thing. Instead, I use Craft at work, Drafts for actioning personal notes, Ulysses or iA Writer to write, Day One for journaling, and DEVONthink for long-term, archival storage.

It all just works and each app is very good at handling its specific use case in my flow.