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Weekly Roundup — 20th August

Hello all and welcome to the first weekly roundup. A trial run of sharing some brief thoughts, notes & ideas about the past week.

The posts will mostly (or totally) be links to content elsewhere. Things that I want to share but don’t need a whole post to themselves.

So without further ado:


A progress update from Studio Neat on the Panobook — very much looking forward to this Kickstarter project completing. Take a listen to episode #28 of the Thoroughly Considered podcast for news if you didn’t (or did) back the project. Dan & Tom revealed that most backers took the option of the three-pack rather than the one which surprised them. Personally I went for the one but intend to upgrade to the three pack. I was on shared paternity leave when the campaign ran so I was a bit more careful with my spending.

Ben Brooks writing from actual experience of running a subscription service (for content not software) — I’ve been a (paid) member of Ben’s site from time to time. The subscription model can’t work for everyone though, it’s just not financially viable for consumers to subscribe to everything. One day I might choose to unsubscribe from Ben’s site to pay for another service. I don’t know him, but I get the feeling he’d be okay with that.

Haunting images of Chernobyl 30 years on by Chris Feichtner — just some of the moving photos and words I saw and read this weekend. Incidentally it was World Photo Day on Saturday.

Unclutter, a new app from the team that brought you DaisyDisk — A files, clipboard and notes app for the Mac. I just bought this so I’ll be trying it out in the coming weeks.

Cloak, my VPN service of choice, is changing it’s name to Encrypt.me as they expand their service. Cloak for families recently launched and there is now an Android app with the Windows app coming soon. I prefer Cloak to other, usually cheaper VPN services as I don’t have to remember to manually enable or disable it to user my devices securely. It’s just on and protecting my privacy. Easy.


That’s all for this week. It’s 10pm on a Sunday as I write this, my baby daughter is being fed her first feed since her bedtime and I should get ready for tomorrow.

Till next time.