Category: Linklog

Where you can find commentary and thoughts about things across the web from yours truly.

  • From 9to5Google:

    Over the past day, some users could not get certain big websites to load when VPN by Google (on the Pixel 7-8a) or the soon-to-be-deprecated VPN by Google One was enabled. In the latter case, the issue applied to all form factors (Android, iOS, Mac, and PC). 

    Apparently, disabling the VPN fixes the issue. I wasn’t able to replicate this issue on the Google One VPN, nor the Pixel VPN as my Pixel 6 does not support the new “app” for some probably stupid reason.

  • The WWDC 2024 Keynote is today!

    I’m incredibly excited! I’ll be watching with one of my best friends, Adam, later. Really interested in how Apple approachs this new AI world we’re living in…

    If you’re curious about what I’m hoping for, or want to see all of my WWDC24 coverage, here are links:

  • I Love My New Window Manager on My Mac

    The other day, I was pointed towards Loop, a fantastic open-source window manager for macOS. And oh my God, y’all, it’s amazing. If you have a Mac, you’ve got to try this. It has entirely replaced Tiles for me.

    It’s so much faster, and it has an incredibly beautiful design. Check it out! (Not sponsored or anything, genuinely love it!)

  • Google has announced that Manifest v2 will be phased out, and Manifest v3 will be phased in, beginning 3rd June (next week). The company notes in their blog post what will happen for those still running v2 extensions:

    Starting on June 3 on the Chrome Beta, Dev and Canary channels, if users still have Manifest V2 extensions installed, some will start to see a warning banner when visiting their extension management page – chrome://extensions – informing them that some (Manifest V2) extensions they have installed will soon no longer be supported. At the same time, extensions with the Featured badge that are still using Manifest V2 will lose their badge.

    This will be followed gradually in the coming months by the disabling of those extensions. Users will be directed to the Chrome Web Store, where they will be recommended Manifest V3 alternatives for their disabled extension. For a short time after the extensions are disabled, users will still be able to turn their Manifest V2 extensions back on, but over time, this toggle will go away as well.

    As The Verge noted in a previous article, this move has been deeply unpopular due to its hits to privacy. Additionally, Mozilla Firefox will be adopting most of the Manifest v3 spec, but will still support the features that v3 removes.

    My suggestion is to just switch to Firefox or WebKit-based browser like GNOME Web, and stop using Chromium based browsers, honestly. Google makes dumb decisions with their browser engine.

  • From 9to5Google:

    “While VPN by Google One is going away next month, the company will continue to offer a virtual private network for Pixel owners. Ahead of that, the service is now called ‘Pixel VPN by Google.’ […]

    That new version shown in those screenshots is not yet available, so Pixel 8+ owners should also expect an update. Meanwhile, VPN by Google One is installed on a 7 Pro running Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2, but there’s an account error when attempting to enable it.

    We’re presumably waiting for that app or stable system update.”

    Check out the article to see the screenshots of the app listing on the Play Store.

    Listen, I personally believe they should enable this feature on Pixel 6 and later, and even Pixel Tablet. It’s possible for them to do, and frankly, they should. Especially with how they’re marketing the service to users.

    That’s just my take, though.

  • “Have you actually seen how they water test phones for IP ratings?” No, never! But holy cow, this is cool. Check out the Thread on Twitter (linked above!) There’s even a chat with Apple’s John Ternus in there too.

  • Apple Confirms WWDC24 Details

    From Apple Newsroom:

    Apple Keynote

    June 10, 10 a.m. PDT
    WWDC24 kicks off with a first look at groundbreaking updates coming to Apple platforms later this year. The Keynote address will be available to stream on, the Apple Developer app, the Apple TV app, and the Apple YouTube channel. On-demand playback will be available after the conclusion of the stream.

    Platforms State of the Union

    June 10, 1 p.m. PDT
    Following the Keynote, the Platforms State of the Union will take a deeper dive into the latest advances across iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, visionOS, and watchOS, and new tools that will further empower Apple developers. The Platforms State of the Union will be available to stream on the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website. A playback will be available after the conclusion of the stream on the Apple Developer app, website, and YouTube channel.”

    I’ll be watching with a friend of mine, and we’re both very excited to see what gets announced. I’m personally interested in iOS and macOS this time round. iOS is apparently getting a redesign, so we’ll see what happens…

  • Oliver (they/them) is a friend of mine from all the way back in high school, and recently, they started raising funds to continue their film education journey. Just wanted to boost this for them! Please share and/or donate if you’re able and willing! <3

    If you’d like to learn more about my friend, they have a website at


  • News / Splatfest: SpringFest is taking place on the 20th of April!

    The has been officially confirmed now for April 20th!

    From April 20th at 1am BST to April 22nd at 1am BST, splat it out for one of these teams:

    Baby Chicks, Li’l Bunnies or Bear Cubs.

    Also, be sure to be on your lookout for SpringFest gear via the News app on your Switch. Nintendo has started distributing gear for it in Japan, not sure about other regions yet.

    @[email protected]

    — Splatoon Unofficial :inkling: 🍉 (@[email protected]) 2024-04-05T10:47:58.195Z

    Splatoon 3’s latest Splatfest will see Baby Chicks, Li’l Bunnies, and Bear Cubs facing off to see which one’s the (cutest) fan favourite. Japan will be participating this time round, so the Splatfest will be taking place globally once more.

  • Last night, Oman (Repflez) and I got together to answer the rverse community’s questions on our recent rebranding, the service’s future, and more. You can watch the two hour (I’m so sorry) Q&A on YouTube!