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Hi friends! you welcome in Installer No. 33, your guide to the best and edge-The most wonderful things in the world. (If you're new here, welcome, you found us very enthusiastic, and you can also read all the old issues at Installer Homepage.)

This week, I was writing about End of Google Podcast And The emergence of artificial intelligence toolsto watch Girls5eva And re-watch Middleditch and Schwartzreading about AllTrails is everywhere And Danny McBride Comedy ComplexListen to Ezra Klein Podcasts on Amnesty International, See if 5K runner Finally, it can make me love running and playing too much Retro goal.

I also have a lot of smart people's ideas about AI, a bunch of new AI tools in web browsers, a fun new newsletter about good stuff on the internet, a big talk about hookup apps, and much more. Let's go.

Oh wait before we do! I will be too At the Chicago Humanities Festival Next weekend, we'll be talking onstage about creativity and AI with the founders of Wonder Dynamics: Nikola Todorovic and Tye Sheridan. (You may know Tye best as an actor, including as Wade Watts One ready player. I have questions about that too.) Come along next Saturday if you're around! OK now Let's get into it.

(As always, the best part of… Installer These are your thoughts and advice. What are you excited about right now? What are you watching, reading or playing that everyone should be into too? Tell me everything: [email protected]. And if you know someone else who might enjoy it InstallerSend it to them and ask them to subscribe here.)


  • Local AI for Opera. I know, I know, every browser is doing AI stuff, and I keep bringing it up. But Opera does something new and clever: it lets you download many open source AI models to your computer, so you can do AI stuff in the browser but also completely locally. I dig it.
  • I made a graph for Wikipedia…and this is what I found“. This video blew my mind in the best way possible. It's just a narrator and a lot of graphs, but it shows how Wikipedia really works — the most relevant articles, the platform's central themes, and the funny dead ends. Wikipedia just keeps getting more awesome.
  • Brave Leo. Browser latest thing AI! Leo, a chatbot based on Mixtral, attempts to use AI in a privacy-preserving way, and I'm always here for that. Leo Now on iOS, two months after arriving on Android, which means you can use Leo anywhere you use Brave. It is integrated into the browser in a very close and useful way as well.
  • Jon Stewart talks about the false promises of artificial intelligence“. As succinct an argument against AI as you'll ever hear. And it's not even against AI, it's against the hype cycle and the way it's talked about versus how it's used. also, Stewart's interview with Lena Khan The topic of antitrust and artificial intelligence is fascinating and full of good flowing drama.
  • Last Week Tonight on food delivery apps. I recommend both John Stewart and John Oliver: A Novel, Don't You? Really breaking new ground here. But this is too good not to share, and not just because it features prominently the edge. Hookup apps don't really work for anyone involved, and Oliver solves the problem perfectly. And with anger.
  • Retro. I'm skeptical of this and all the other people who might become “Instagram but they're your real friends again!” program. but me Do Like Retro's newest feature, Journals, which brings a collaborative album-making system to the app. I kind of do this in Google Photos, but it's a smart addition to any app like this.
  • Gotham City Lego set. Four thousand two hundred and ten pieces. I'm obsessed with this thing and honestly a little intimidated by it. Its $300 price tag puts it in the serious luxury range, but this has become the first and only thing on my birthday list this year.
  • we are here. I don't recommend the other newsletters enough here, and I'm going to change that, starting with this one from Hank and John Green, two of the best people on the Internet, which, at least so far, is just… A compendium of the internet's weird and delightful things. Insta Subscribe.
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Screen share

As part of writing this newsletter, I have a big folder full of cool home screens I find on the web. (I should share a bunch of those here, now that I think about it — we'll come back to that.) But there are very few things in this volume that make me make the noise I did when I first saw Home screen by daniyal ansari.

It turns out that Daniel actually is Builds and sells these home screen designsin addition to icons, tools and Other things – and I found myself scrolling through them all, looking for tips on how to make my phone look sleek and simple amazing As did Daniel. But I thought the best move was to go to the source, so I asked him to share some tips.

This is Daniel's home screen, plus some information about which apps he uses and why:

the phone: iPhone 13 128gb in starlight.

Wall paper: The wallpapers are solid wallpapers in colors that match the pavement. The HEX code is #F3F3F3 for light mode and #242424 for dark mode. Doing this completely hides the dock, giving my home screen a cleaner look.

Applications: I try to keep my home screen clean. The app I like the most is YouTube Music. It's not very popular, but combining YouTube Premium and YouTube Music makes a lot of sense to me. I keep a notes app handy, and have different folders in it to dump information in a categorized way.

I create custom widgets using an application called Wedgie On the App Store. It's an amazing app that syncs with Apple's built-in apps and presents information like weather, calendar events, reminders, etc., with a variety of customization options, allowing you to create the look you want. I also use two apps called MD blank And Transparent app icons Which lets you create empty spaces on your home screen (since Apple won't let us do that).

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I also asked Daniel to share with me some of the things he's interested in now. Here's what he sent back:


Here's what Installer community this week. I want to know what you're up to now too! e-mail [email protected] Or text +1 (203) 570-8663 with your recommendations for anything and everything, and we'll feature some of our favorites here each week.

“With Artifact becoming a dead Yahoo product, I moved to bulletin For iOS and Mac, which I absolutely enjoy. – Justin

“The way you described Tiny Desk as 'everything delightful about the Internet' is how I would describe it Flavor journey, a YouTube channel and DJ duo from Luxembourg. They broadcast their soft music sets (often accompanied by live guitar) from locations across Europe. During the group, they also prepare a meal. It's less like you're watching a DJ set and more like hanging out with friends. Here are my recent favorites“. -Daniel

“I run my own personal Mastodon instance for a single user, courtesy of You can Read about my experience If you're interested.” — Mike

“If you like loud music, we're in the golden age of it right now. New Wrist counter It is a modern, new classic border It's pretty tough, death metal vets Was thwarted They dropped one of their best albums, newcomers to melodic/techno death Carrion File Dropped a great album like the OG bands Job for cowboys And The worst cases He put out some of their best work ever. It's a great time to enjoy music as everyone outdoes each other at concerts. – John

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Good luck It's a very stubborn, keyboard-based task manager – I think more people should try it. – not shiny

“I love games that take two completely unrelated genres and fuse them together. Biglin Takes Bagel And turns it into a roguelike game. The more pegs you hit, the more damage you deal to enemies. There are different balls with different effects and power-ups that you can collect. I've been playing it on my phone and it's a great way to pass the time on a train journey. —Voltaire

“I would recommend Not. It's a simple list keeping app. I started using it to keep track of books, board games, movies, and TV shows. I used to use the stock Notes app for this, but Listy is easier to use because you can just use your browser's share function to add a new entry. – run out

picotron. It's a bit of a special place, but for a certain type of person, it's gold. It's a “workstation fantasy” from the man who made the Pico-8. These are still very early and buggy days, but it's very exciting this early, almost like going back to the early days of computing. People are already building rudimentary web browsers, calculators, and games for it. —Tom

Gideon IX It's the most fun, wild, crazy, engaging, can't-put-down book I've read in forever. A crazy plot… The eight feudal houses of the Undying Emperor, Necrolord Prime, send their necromancer followers and arrogant primaries across the solar system to undergo challenges with the goal of becoming Lyctors to serve their Emperor. Highly descriptive/visual and perfect for shooting as a movie or miniseries. Highly recommended!” – Tyler

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This is the least surprising thing I'll be writing all week: Me love Videos about people settings. Studio tours, office tours, home screen deep dives, anything. I love it as a way to see how people work and think, and I'm convinced that you can learn a lot about people by seeing how they set up their spaces, both virtual and physical, which is probably why I'm watching now This video is from Adam Savage's “Beautifully Chaotic” studio. About six times. The place is a mess and also carefully thought out and organized. There's a story out there for every little piece of everything. It's all about making things work, not making things pretty. I swear there are about 60 life lessons in this studio alone. And now I also have a deep desire to buy table saws. This is going to be a problem

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