The best iPhone case I've ever owned

Thank you, Jerry

The Sheath, the case is a svelte .90mm thick, full coverage case. Caudabe calls the material ShockLite, a soft gel-like flexible polymer with shock protection.

The Caudabe Sheath, on my iPhone 7+, is the best case I've ever used.

I need a case. I drop my phone on a weekly basis and I'm nitpicky. Apple's silicon grips my pocket too much. The leather feels weird when I sweat running. Bumpers are too wide. Other 3rd party cases don't stay on as well

This case nails it all: It feels great in my hand and pocket, its super thin, and so far has survived drop "tests"

Check out Jerry's full review here

Adding Smart Speed to any audio file with Audacity

The Overcast podcast app by Marco Arment has a killer feature called Smart Speed and it has ruined all audio listening for me outside of the app. Smart Speed dynamically shortens silences in talk shows; it saves you time, and makes them feel tighter and more produced. I wish I had it everywhere.

Tekside is a podcast network I'm part of, and while some of our shows are heavily edited, many are not. While doing some audio work for something else, my wife noticed that Audacity (cross platform) has a crud version of this type of audio processing. Here's how to set it up.

Setup

  1. Download Audacity & install it. But don't run it yet. (If it opened as part of install, close it)
  2. If you are working with audio files already, head to "Making it work". If you are pulling in .mov files from Skype Call Recorder see step 3
  3. Install FFMPEG: If you are on a Mac, download and install this Otherwise, see these instructions

Making it work

  1. Open Audacity
  2. Click File -> Import Audio
  3. Choose your audio recording
  4. Optional: If Audacity prompts you to "Select Stream(s) to import", select all of them and hit OK
  5. Select one of the audio streams and hit CMD+A to highlight all of the audio
  6. Click Effect -> Truncate Silence
  7. I currently have duration set to 0.9 and truncate to set to 0.5. What this does is find any silence longer that 0.9 seconds and shorten it to 0.5 seconds
  8. Hit ok & let it run
  9. File -> Export (As a WAV. You may have to hit OK a few times)
  10. Done!

I'm still figuring out which duration will work best for which shows. It depends how fast the people on it already naturally talk and flow which each other. For Show and Tell, our movie podcast, the above settings strip a 55 min recording to 48 mins and it sounds a lot tighter.

Remembering All Those Helpful Stackoverflow Posts

How often has this happened to you?

2 years ago

  • You are spelunking on Google and StackOverflow (SO).
  • You find what you need.
  • You graciously upvote and/or leave a comment.
  • You update your code and leave a comment.
  • You move on

Now

  • You come across the same problem. You remember finding it before. But it's a different job or project. Spelunking begins!
  • You look through your bookmarks
  • You try to remember how you Googled for it the last time
  • You eventually find it after an hour
  • You move on
  • This possibly happens again in the future

Now in the perfect world, we're keeping a programming notebook or remembering to bookmark/tag/organize what we find. If you do, awesome, I wish I was you. For the rest of us mere mortals, read on.

I wanted something that would let me search my collection of SO things so I could find it later. Here's where I ended up: Every SO post I star being automatically bookmarked with full-text search

The Flow

  1. Use an instance of stack2rss to get an RSS feed of SO posts I've starred.
  2. Run a Zap that pulls these in and sends them to my bookmarks (tagged as 'stackoverflow')
  3. Search using Pinboard Premium which downloads the questions and archives them. (this is optional)

This has been working for me and I've already be able to re-find things that helped me before.

Setup

  1. Spin up an instance of stack2rss. There is a demo available, but I've found it tends to go down. I've submitted a PR so you can 1 click install to Heroku. Click this Deploy
  2. Get the url for your starred feeds: https://[YOUR-HEROKU-APP].herokuapp.com/2.2/users/[YOUR-SO-ID]/favorites?order=desc&sort=activity&site=stackoverflow
  3. Login or Register with Zapier
  4. Create a 2 step zap with the trigger being RSS by Zapier and Pinboard's create bookmark action
  5. Set each up as follows

This has already saved me a lot of time. If you'd like help setting up, leave me a comment below

Laravel 5.4 – Higher Order Messaging For Collections

Two words: HELL, YES

The best way of showcasing this new feature is through code samples. Pretend you have a collection and you want to perform an operation on each of the items:

$invoices->each(function($invoice) {
  $invoice->pay();
});

With this new feature you will be able to simplify this into:

$invoices->each->pay();

via Laravel News