My Favorite Moments of John Siracusa's Epic Yosemite Review

by Dan Wearsch

As he has done for every major release of OS X, John Siracusa has taken the last few months to create an amazingly thorough, detailed, and useful review of Apple's latest desktop operating system.

John's own post-mortem on the review can be found here, along with links to all your reading options and the author's explanation of their differences.

In addition to the epic nature of these highly-detailed reviews, John also takes the time to inject humor, both overtly in standard joke form and often by way of cultural references, both popular (Back to the Future, The Godfather, Oprah) and niche (Kiki's Delivery Service, 20-year-old less popular U2 lyrics).

I grabbed screenshots of my favorite moments while reading the review this weekend. Please forgive the changing backgrounds, I obviously don't have the same iBooks settings on my iPad and iPhone.

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An Update on How I Use IFTTT

by Dan Wearsch

I've written a fair amount about IFTTT in the last couple years, but I've made a lot of changes lately thanks to some great improvements to the service. I just added all the Boxcar stuff today, so if all goes well, I'll probably change most of the SMS actions over soon. I really hope the team at IFTTT figures out how to make money soon, because I'd rather be paying them than have to go back to life before IFTTT.

Below is a summary of how I currently use IFTTT, grouped by destination.

App.net

(A short message service like Twitter)

  • New Posts from Nerd.is RSS feed

Bit.ly

(The triggers below create a new short URL using my own custom domain)

  • New Shared IFTTT Recipe
  • New files added to my Public Dropbox folder
  • New Pinboard bookmarks
  • New Starred items in Feedly
  • New Posts from Nerd.is RSS feed

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(Boxcar is a push notification service, so these items send push alerts to my phone)

  • Withings Pulse Less than 8000 steps yesterday
  • Withings Pulse More than 10000 steps yesterday
  • Reminders near the end of my workday on the days I need to wrap up and get to the gym
  • A bunch of different reminders tied to my daughter's sleep schedule
  • Any articles about my employer in The New York Times
  • Stock market closing prices on select stocks
  • Breaking News from ESPN about the Cleveland Browns
  • Each morning, a recommended recipe from IFTTT

Dropbox

  • Select photos from my phone move to a specified subfolder

Email

  • IFTTT Updates (new channels and other info)

Flickr

  • My Instagram Posts

Gmail

  • If I Beat My Weight Loss Goal, Email my Wife

Google Drive

  • Withings Scale Weigh-in Details to Spreadsheet

LinkedIn

  • Share Feedly Articles tagged with 'linkedin'

Pinboard

(Pinboard is the greatest bookmarking service)

  • Last.fm Loved Tracks
  • Vimeo Likes
  • Soundcloud Faves
  • Soundcloud Posts
  • Flickr Faves
  • Evernote Shared Items
  • YouTube Faves
  • Pocket Faves
  • Reddit Saves

Pocket

(Pocket is a Read Later service)

  • Vimeo Watch Later
  • YouTube Watch Later

SMS

(The following items trigger text messages to my phone)

  • The President signs a new law
  • New measurement from Withings scale
  • Arkansas Razorback football news
  • Cleveland Browns kickoff reminder
  • Cleveland Indians final scores
  • Current weather at my house is rain or snow

Soundcloud

  • Call IFTTT and leave a voicemail

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Twitter

  • Location based trigger DMs my wife to let her know I'm headed home