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Yosemite on the original 512×342 Macintosh screen

Mike Solomon:

I saw this great post about how tiny the original Macintosh screen was compared with the current (and enormous) Retina 5K iMac screen.

So I thought I’d take the opposite approach. Below are 1-to-1 pixel mockups of how Mac OS X Yosemite would have appeared on the original Macintosh’s 512×342 pixel screen.

It's crazy to think about the progress the Macintosh has made in 30 years.

via Daring Fireball

The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide

My buddy and coworker Jeffrey Abbott has a new book out on Dropbox:

We all have Dropbox accounts. Most people throw a few pictures up there and forget about them. There’s so much more Dropbox can do for you. If you’re a productivity/organizational freak, this is your chance to maximize your Dropbox potential. It’s not just a folder, it’s a tool to simplify your work and personal life.

It's a good gift for the starter nerd in your life.

Twitter to track installed apps on users' devices


To help build a more personal Twitter experience for you, we are collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on your mobile device so we can deliver tailored content that you might be interested in. If you’re not interested in a tailored experience you can adjust your preferences at any time (read below). Additionally, if you have previously opted out of interest-based ads by turning on “Limit Ad Tracking” on your iOS device or by adjusting your Android device settings to “Opt out of interest-based ads,” we will not collect your apps unless you adjust your device settings.

This is another good reason not to install the official Twitter app, and another reason I think that someday soon, we won't have that choice anymore.

Revisiting the Pebble

When I reviewed the Pebble back in March 2013, I wasn't all that nice to it. The software was rough, and at the time, iOS didn't offered even less control over notifications than it does now.

However, with Apple stepping into the smartwatch arena early next year, I thought the Pebble was worth revisiting. Not that the Kickstarter darling is in the same league as Cupertino's device in terms of hardware or software, but the idea of notifications going to our wrists is about to be a lot more mainstream.

So, to see if that's actually helpful, last week, I ordered the basic $99 black, plastic Pebble. I've been wearing it since Friday, and am going to wear it for a month to see what life is really like with a tiny screen on my arm. I'll be reporting back over the next several weeks with my thoughts.

Ecamm releases Call Recorder for FaceTime

Ecamm is a familiar name to most podcasters. The company's $29 Call Recorder for Skype allows for easy capture of both local and remote sides of a Skype call, making it easy to get a show out the door quickly.

Late this week, the company released a similar tool for FaceTime.

The app allows you to convert a call to an .mp3 and will capture HD video if you're on a FaceTime call that's more than just audio.

Call Recorder will also record regular phone calls that have been handed off to a Yosemite-running Mac, which is a feature well worth its own application in my opinion.

While FaceTime still isn't a Skype killer for podcasts like mine with more than two people — and Apple's audio compression still sounds weird to my ear — Ecamm just gave two-host shows an alternative to the beast that is Skype.

Our favorite deliveries tracker

Bradley Chambers, over on The Sweet Setup:

Just this week, I’ve received packages from UPS, USPS, Fedex, and DHL from 3 different retailers. Each of these carriers use tracking numbers, but their websites are all annoying to use, especially on the go. On iOS and OS X, instead of having to check multiple carriers multiple times, you can have one app that manages it all.

What are we looking for in an app to track packages?

Spoiler alert: it's Delivery Status, which just got a really nice update earlier today.

The Wirecutter picks the best minivan

John Neff:

The Honda Odyssey is the best minivan now, as it has been for many years. The EX model is the best configuration when both price and features are weighted equally, while the EX-L is also a good choice if you wants its extra features and can afford the higher cost. The Odyssey beats its rivals on paper as well in practice, from safety to efficiency to usability, and though it’s been criticised for being expensive, it’s really the best value in the long run. The future of the minivan segment may always be in question, but a family shopping for its next truckster will never second-guess buying an Odyssey.

My wife drives a 2006 Odyssey, and it really is just about the perfect family car.

The Old Mac Paladin

This week, on Connected:

Myke escaped. Federico and Stephen talk about Twitter and WatchKit, then debate productivity for a while before realizing the irony of it.

This episode was made possible by:


I thought the App Store was broken. Jason Snell explains it's just dumber than it used to be.