Soundcloud Shuts Down Podcasts Temporarily | Six Colors

Jason Snell writing on Six Colors:

I have no ill will toward SoundCloud, but they have never seemed to see podcasting as anything but a way to capture users and draw them in to their own ecosystem. Podcasting is a side business for SoundCloud, and linking to episodes of podcasts hosted by SoundCloud is usually a gigantic pain, because SoundCloud tries very hard to suppress file URLs. I don’t know whether they do it because they don’t get how podcasting works, or because they do get how podcasting works and want to try to break that approach so that people are driven to SoundCloud.

In any event, I don’t recommend that podcasters use SoundCloud.

SoundCloud seems to be stupid. Some very big podcasts have trusted them with their catalog, but I can’t see that continuing with this attitude. Like Jason, I recommend using a service that’s actually committed to podcasts.

On Standing Up for Yourself by Nicole Dominguez

Nicole Dominguez:

If a potential employer or company wants to pay you less because you’re young and “have less expenses”, demand that you get paid what you deserve.

A killer post from Nicole. When it comes to standing up for yourself, Nicole is the resident expert. She imparts important advice, useful no matter what stage of life you might be in.

Review: Human Solution Uplift Desk

Back in August of 2015, I decided to buy a standing desk. Here are some of my thoughts.

I’ve worked from home for about 6 years. In that time, I’ve invested real money into my office for about two. I’m grateful I did, and wish I would’ve started sooner. A few years ago, I bought myself a Herman Miller Mirra chair.1

We sit about 8 hours a day, and anything to minimize that is a good thing. Plus, my motto this year is: Live Healthy. Buying a standing desk is only one of the changes I’ve been trying to make.

Criteria

Before I tell you why I love the desk I bought, I thought I’d tell you how I went about evaluating the options.

  • Price - One of the biggest considerations here is price. It’s understood that something like this is an investment, but you still want something in a reasonable range.
  • Quality build - I had a cheap desk. Most of the time, you get what you pay for. I wanted a more stable desk, with well-made hardware that’ll last.
  • Easy to assemble - I’m not handy. I don’t know how to pre-drill holes. I wanted something easy to put together with little to no help.

With that criteria in mind, I bought the Human Solution Uplift with a bamboo top. Let me tell you a little about why I’ve liked it.

The Human Solution Uplift in my office.

Quality

The Uplift is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. The bamboo top is gorgeous, heavy, and sturdy. The hardware is well made, and the all black hardware looks great. It’s all heavy duty metal and well secured to the table top.

My previous IKEA desk would shake a lot. This desk does not shake. I mean, if you bump it hard, it’ll shake, but not if you’re simply doing some writing with a pen. A shaky desk, is an annoying desk, and thankfully this problem is now solved.

Ease of Use

I’ll break down ease of use into two categories: daily use, and putting it all together. Let’s tackle putting it together first.

Assembling the Desk

They deliver the desk via freight delivery, so someone will need to be home to sign for it. The Human Solution offers an option to carry everything into your home or office, but I decided against that. When I ordered the desk, that option was $199 extra, and I was already spending upwards of $700. They deliver a palette with the table top and hardware. I’m a big guy, but not a very strong one, and I was able to carry everything in by myself. But it’s heavy stuff, so call a friend if you need to.

Once you have everything inside, it’s time to assemble the desk. I’m not handy; assembling IKEA furniture is about my limit. Putting this desk together was about that easy. All the hardware comes with it, and you won’t need more than a screwdriver (or a drill if you have one). Assembly took me about an hour and a half, but I did need help to flip the desk over once the legs were attached. My wife Kelly, helped me with that.

Daily Use

Daily use is easy. I chose the controller with defined presets. I’m the only one using it, so I have one preset for sitting, and one for standing. The Uplift is very quiet; changing from one position to the other doesn’t make much noise. However, it’s still noticeable, so I mute when I do it on a conference call. It’s also very smooth; there’s no jaggedness or vibrating that’ll make you feel like your devices aren’t safe when raising or lowering.

Configuring new presets is simple. You adjust it to the height you want, and you press and hold on the number you’d like to assign that height to. That’s it. I’m telling you, they’ve made it very simple.

The uplift controller makes it very simple to add new presets. Keep in mind that this controller is the upgrade to the standard one that comes with the desk.

Price

Price is the biggest hiccup when considering a standing desk. Here’s the thing: a standing desk is an investment. It’s an investment in your long-term health and well-being. Be prepared to spend at least $500.

When you think about it, you don’t want a standing desk to be cheap. If the price is too low, shortcuts were taken in the quality of hardware. These hydraulics are holding up thousands of dollars of equipment, you don’t want them to go out.

With that being said, there are alternatives to a true standing desk. I have some coworkers that have an apparatus that sits on top of your desk, and raises and lowers. I haven’t tried any of these, so I can’t really say much about them.

Conclusion

I love this desk. It helps me stand more and sit less. It allows me to enjoy one-man dance parties when I’m in the mood. More importantly though, its price felt right to me, the quality is impressive, and it’s easy to use. If you work from home, and you plan to continue doing so for the foreseeable future, you need a great desk. This might be just the one for you. I wholeheartedly recommend the Human Solution Uplift.

Update on 04/29/2016 at 10:23 AM CT: Price for the Room of Choice delivery option was updated to $199 instead of $99 after hearing from The Human Solution.


  1. This is another great investment I recommend. You sit a lot. Even if you’re trying to sit less, you need a good chair. This particular chair has been with me now for three years, and is as comfortable as it was on day one. 

What Is the Apple Watch Good For? |The Syndicate

Richard Turton on The Syndicate:

The Apple Watch is almost a year old now. Thousands of apps have been developed for it. What have we learnt so far? What makes a good user experience for a watch app? What works, and what doesn’t? Which apps should you be building for the watch?

Here’s the thing: the Apple Watch isn’t for everyone, and not every app should be on the watch. This piece does an excellent job of explaining what works on the device and what doesn’t. Those who thought they’d be replacing a phone (or I don’t even know what the expectation was), were bound to be disappointed. Sure there may be a day when our rectangle devices are just a glimpse of the past, but that day is not today.

Lint Your CSS with stylelint | CSS-Tricks

David Clark on CSS-Tricks:

You write CSS. Probably a lot of CSS. And you make mistakes. Probably a lot of mistakes. Somebody needs to stop you from making mistakes in your CSS.

You try to control yourself. Your colleagues pitch in, too, correcting you when you stray. But both you and your colleagues are mistake-makers, so will naturally, inevitably fail, at least in part. And later on you or some other sorry sap will face the consequences of those mistakes that slipped into your CSS.

I’m testing stylelint at work, trying to figure out if it’ll work for us. I can attest to the fact that it’s extendable, and completely flexible; adapting to the style you want. Another benefit clearly being that it isn’t Sass-specific which scss-lint is. So if you’re using regular ole CSS (Why? Just kidding, no judgement here), this is definitely for you. Of course, stylelint supports other syntaxes, and easily integrates into your project as an NPM package.

My Brief Review of the iPhone 6s Plus

The iPhone 6s Plus is my favorite iPhone. I was hesitant, but I’m glad I decided to try it.

My iPhone 6s Plus in all its glory.

The bigger size is definitely noticeable in my hand. Using buttons in the upper part of the screen is a little difficult at first, but the awkwardness of the bigger size went away in a couple weeks. Keep in mind that I’m 6’2” with large hands, but I have friends with smaller hands that still love this phone. It’s whether you’re comfortable using it with two hands or not.

Interestingly the size isn’t noticeable in my pocket. It doesn’t feel huge when I sit down, and it fits nicely in the breast pocket of my suit. I had some shorts with a “mobile phone pocket” and unfortunately, it doesn’t fit in there anymore, but it’s not a deal breaker.

I love the bigger screen size. My iPad is still my preferred reading device, but I don’t find myself immediately moving to it for lighter reading like I used to. I didn’t do any reading on my old iPhone. Videos look great on the screen, and are much more enjoyable.

Apple has done an excellent job with this phone. If you’ve been on the fence, I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Nylas Pro | The Nylas Blog

Michael Grinich on the Nylas Blog:

Today we’re announcing a premium version of N1 that is both affordable for our users and will cover server costs. It follows an old idea: you pay us money every month, and we run the servers for you. We will also continue to improve N1, scale the Nylas Cloud, and develop exciting new features and products.

I’ve been using Nylas N1 for about a month or so and love it! The extendibility, custom themes, and its range of account support make it a winner for me. I can add features I want and remove ones I never use. I will gladly be paying for Nylas Pro.

With Version 1.1 and an iPad App, I’m Switching to Airmail | MacStories

Federico Viticci on MacStories:

I’ve switched to Airmail as my full-time email app on the iPhone and iPad. While Airmail doesn’t necessarily reinvent email as we know it, Bloop has built a solid email client for users who are looking for serious email management functionalities on iOS. If you didn’t pay attention to Airmail when it launched on the iPhone, now’s a good time to have another look.

Airmail keeps getting better, but I just can’t seem to stick with it. These days I’m using Nylas N1 on the Mac and Outlook for iOS (😱). Still, a great read, and Airmail might be the solution for you.

The iPad Pro Out Paces My Usage of Any Past Mac | The Brooks Review

Ben Brooks:

What has actually happened is that my iPad has not only grown in usage, but it has dominated my overall computer usage. So instead of my Mac and iPad flipping places, my iPad has taken a large slice of the pie. My device usage patterns now look more like: 70% iPad, 20% iPhone, and 10% Mac. Thus not only has my usage of the Mac dropped, but so too has my usage of my iPhone.

Fascinating. I don’t think any designer or developer is anywhere near this point; the tools aren’t there yet. But the iPad is becoming more and more powerful, and the average person doesn’t need much more.

Prince Performs ‘Purple Rain’ During Super Bowl Halftime Show

The performance that bore a new fan.

Like many others, I’ve been searching the vast internet for any interviews or concerts from Prince. There aren’t many. The man was very good at erasing himself from the internet. Some might call it going overboard.

After watching the ones I could find, I keep coming back to this performance. It was my introduction to Prince. Before this, he was only a person I’d heard of once or twice. This performance changed everything. I went from barely knowing who he was, to reading about him, buying songs, and learning the lyrics.

His musical genius wasn’t only apparent in his songs, but in the many artists he’s influenced. You can tell when a musician is a fan of Prince. You’ll find a very unique funk in the music they create. His style was unlike any other, and his stage presence was unmatched. I will miss Prince.