A Raspberry Pi is a great computer to set up a simple Samba sharing media server. It’s affordable, coming in at only £34 for the base model of the latest Pi (4 at the time of writing). Coupled with a large hard drive, often you’ll be able to easily put together a ~£100 media server. In this guide, I’ll go over setting up the Pi headlessly and connecting to it on Windows, MacOS and Linux, as well as setting up a Samba share that will allow you to connect to your media whilst you are on your local network.
I’ve been using Shortcuts ever since it was Workflow – it’s helped me streamline a lot of things that I do on a daily basis, including tagging and sorting my notes and framing screenshots.
Toolbox Pro extends Shortcuts by providing 50 more advanced functions for the app to use, such as advanced reminders integration, natural language and much more. Toolbox Pro plugs into Shortcuts to extend upon what it already offers.
ProWritingAid is a grammar and style editor that will help you improve your writing. It checks for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and also offers suggestions on how to improve your writing.
I’ve been using ProWritingAid on a few of my essays and have
Recently I’ve been dealing with a lot more tabs and windows in Chrome, my web browser of choice. Cluster is a Chrome extension that allows you to sort your windows and tabs, as well as quickly see an overview of various windows you have open. Sorting options are available, as well as the ability to quickly sort tabs, and multiple other features.
My iPad is my on-the-go computer, and it’s what I take to lectures. I’ve been surprised by how useful multiwindow, the iPadOS feature that allows you to split the same app into multiple windows, has been. In particular, I’ve been using Things 3, my favourite task manager app, a lot with it.
The FX-Audio DAC-X6 is a headphone AMP and a 24 bit DAC. With an AMP, you can power high impedance headphones, and a DAC converts digital sound into analog – essentially smoothing out the stepped digital signal. You can learn much more about this in the brilliant article that can be read here.
In this review, I’ll be taking a look at the DAC-X6 and seeing how it performs with relatively low power headphones, being Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pros at 80 Ohms, which are enough to warrant the use of an amp. I won’t be including detailed diagrams and graphs, which you can find here, but will be reviewing based on my opinion of sound quality, build, aesthetics and various other factors.
Ambient noise is a very popular method of environment control, that can help people concentrate and relax. Dark Noise is an app that offers various noises, from water to urban noises. It has an easy to use interface, with close attention paid to animations in the app. In addition to this, Dark Noise takes advantage of many iOS technologies, including Siri shortcuts, widgets, alternative app icons, and much more.