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Setapp Beta Invitations

Setapp is a an alternative to Mac App Store, a new way to find and use apps for macOS. In a nutshell, you subscribe for 9.99 USD/month and you can use a bunch of macOS apps freely, including any future updates. It’s like the Netflix of macOS apps.

Setapp is still in beta version until 1st of March 2017, and during this period it’s free to use. I’ve got five invitations, feel free to drop me a message on Twitter or email me if you want one of them.1 But keep in mind that even though it’s free, you still need to provide credit card details for signing up, but of course you can cancel anytime you want.

The list of apps it provides are quite impressive, and since I installed few weeks ago the list has been growing. I know because it shows notifications whenever new apps are added. There are some interesting apps that I haven’t heard before. However, I already own most of the apps I would like to use like Ulysses and Screens,2 so I am not sure whether I am going to keep subscribing after the free period is over.


  1. No, it’s not referral program, I do not get bonus or anything when you sign up.

  2. It won’t cause any conflicts if there are any apps you have installed on your Mac that are also in Setapp, they just show up as two apps on Spotlight.


Peel: Super Thin iPhone Case

Peel is a super thin iPhone case at just 0.35mm thin. There are many cases like this but what sets Peel apart from the other is that it is branding free. The last thing I want to do if I have to cover my beautifully designed phone is to give some ugly branding on the cover. Based on its thinness and sleek branding free design, I am sold.

Can you see how thin this case is?Can you see how thin this case is?

The other thing that impressed me about this case is the precision of its cut-outs. The cut-outs for volume buttons and mute button are just perfect. It actually makes switching the mute button a bit awkward but it’s not really a problem for me since I rarely un-mute my phone.

Details!Details!

The more impressive cut-outs are the ones in the bottom where they’re perfectly aligned with the small holes of the speaker and microphone and also the lightning port.

Perfect!Perfect!

Another nice detail is that it also has “a subtle lip” to protect the protruding camera lens.

The protective "subtle lip."The protective "subtle lip."

This is clever, because unlike other thicker cases that can “protect” the edge of the protruding camera lens with their thickness, Peel is so thin that it barely adds any thickness to the phone.

The cut-out on the camera lens.The cut-out on the camera lens.

The only complain I have is that it was not easy to install and even more difficult to uninstall because it fits the phone perfectly. However, this is minor thing because I like the texture of this case that it felt comfortable to hold so I am not planning to take it off anytime soon.

Nice to hold and beatiful to look at :)Nice to hold and beatiful to look at :)

I haven’t had any experience on dropping or any damaging thing to my phone so I cannot tell how protective this case is. So far I am happy with this case. If you’re in the market for a thin and branding free iPhone case, Peel is the one to try.

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Road Trip: Australia (Part 2)

This is the second part of a two-part post, the first part can be read here.

Gold Coast

We stayed at an apartment at Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast. We were there at around this time last year, and it was “schoolies” time in Australia. From Wikipedia:

Schoolies or schoolies week (also known as leavers' or leavers' week in Queensland Surfers Paradise and Western Australia and coasties in the Australian Capital Territory) refers to the Australian tradition of high-school graduates (also known as "schoolies" or "leavers") having week-long holidays following the end of their final exams in late November and early December.

If you like to party along with the schoolies, then it’s the perfect time to visit Gold Coast. Otherwise it’s not the best time. However, they usually go out at night time for drink and party, so we can still enjoy the beautiful beach during the day.

Surfers Paradise beach minus the schoolies is just heaven, hence the name.Surfers Paradise beach minus the schoolies is just heaven, hence the name.

The next day after we reached Gold Coast, we went to Dreamworld theme park—of course. We were there last year before the tragic accident that claimed four lives few weeks ago.

Dreamworld.Dreamworld.

Brisbane

We visited Brisbane for a few hours. It’s a very nice city with nice weather (I’m looking at you, Melbourne).

Brisbane City Hall.Brisbane City Hall.

Port Macquarie

We headed back to Melbourne after three nights stay in Gold Coast. First stop is Port Macquarie.

Port Macquarie Town Beach.Port Macquarie Town Beach.

Nelson Bay

The next stop is Nelson Bay. Quiet place to relax.

Nelson Bay viewed from a lookout.Nelson Bay viewed from a lookout.

Blue Mountains

The next stop is Blue Mountains. It’s further from the coastal line with breathtaking natural beauty. The most famous place to visit here is the Three Sisters.

The Three Sisters.The Three Sisters.

One of the Three Sisters.One of the Three Sisters.

Canberra

The last stop before we’re back to Melbourne is Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory.

Parliament House in Canberra.Parliament House in Canberra.

Australian War Memorial.Australian War Memorial.

Australia is a really big country and has a lot more to offer, from beautiful beaches to breathtaking rocky mountains. One day, when the time and money allow, we’re going to visit the rest of Australia. One day!


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