March 1, 2022

Russia Pulls Out of European Spaceport

Eric Berger arstechnica.com:

Russia has decided to suspend cooperation with European launch officials, and says it will withdraw its personnel from Europe’s main spaceport.

In context with the human suffering happening in Ukraine, this is almost comical. But for science satellites it’s a reminder of the few tickets that exist out of planet earth.

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February 25, 2022

Get Chrome OS Flex for PC or Mac

From chromeenterprise.google:

Install Chrome OS Flex on your PCs and Macs so they are secure, boot fast, don’t slow down over time, update automatically in the background, and can be managed from the cloud.

Seriously considered Neverware CloudReady a few years ago for our computer clients in the operations area. It worked really well, but you had to be sure your whole stack was web-based.

Although our applications were, we had some scanner hardware that didn’t seem to work perfectly.

Still think it’s a great option for old PCs.

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February 19, 2022

Google Workspace for Businesses Without Google

From workspace.google.com:

Create a Google Workspace account with your current work email address and start using the tools you know and love today. Stay connected with secure video meetings and chat, and collaborate on Docs, Sheets, and Slides using 15 GB of Drive storage for hundreds of file formats including Microsoft Office files.

Not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, I really miss Google Docs and Sheets. On the other, not sure the file organization mess of having stuff in Office 365 and Google Drive is worth the trouble.

And if you are going to tell me that Excel isn’t that bad — get off my feed.

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February 19, 2022

Akamai to Acquire Linode

Kyle Alspach on venturebeat.com:

Akamai Technologies announced today it has reached an agreement to acquire infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform provider Linode for approximately $900 million, in a move to help enable Akamai to become the world’s most distributed compute platform.”

Always concerning when a big corporation takes over a cool relatable company. Usually it doesn’t get worse, it just stops getting better. But sometimes, planets plus culture aligns and the addition resources makes something really cool.

I just hope my mini shared-host price stays at $5 a month.

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February 14, 2022

AI Narration on Audiobooks

Shannon Maughan, on publishersweekly.com:

Proponents of AI audiobook narration tout its much lower production costs (compared to a traditional recording of a human narrator) as a way to improve profitability of audiobooks as well as allowing publishers to publish more audiobooks that have limited audiences. But according to actor and narrator Emily Lawrence, cofounder of PANA and president of its board of directors, It’s very easy to reduce this issue to dollars and cents, but it’s very complicated and nuanced.”

I recognize the concerns of technology decimating your sector, but this reminds me of The Candlemakers’ Petition. Mind you, my favorite audiobooks are those read by the author, so I buy into the complicated and nuanced argument. But with the narration improvements in apps like Matter, I see the use-case where you switch to AI audio in the middle of reading.

It seems like an uphill batter to fight AI narration as-a-feature. However, they have succeeded in the past.

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February 14, 2022

The Tool Trap

Lorenzo Gravina, on trms.me:

That said, tools won’t change you. We buy shinier tools thinking they’ll help us change who we are. And this is the tool trap. They don’t. Better tools make your craft better, but they won’t make you better.

Really connected with this post, and now I remember why:

Don’t change tools to fix a problem. Change tools because you need to reset your workflow, or you want to optimize some process — but never bet that changing the tool will fix what’s wrong. In most cases, problems have nothing to do with the tool.

Yours truly, about a year ago.

Same itch, but scratched differently. And I enjoyed how Lorenzo draws a line in the sand between the tools and the craft. Worth a read.

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February 14, 2022

DuckDuckGo Browser

Gabriel Weinberg, DuckDuckGo CEO on spreadprivacy.com:

Instead of forking Chromium or anything else, we’re building our desktop app around the OS-provided rendering engines (like on mobile), allowing us to strip away a lot of the unnecessary cruft and clutter that’s accumulated over the years in major browsers.

Old news, but on the subject of Browsers, I’m excited about this approach. Haven’t heard anything else about it, but will be sure to try it.

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February 14, 2022

Tidbits for 2022 Week 7

  • DevToys: An offline Windows app that helps developers in daily tasks
  • Little Faker: free Latin text and other fake data generator for macOS.
  • Nautomate: Notion actions in Shortcuts, makes it easy to add & read values in a Notion database. In beta.
  • FluTooth: utility that turns off Bluetooth when you close your MacBook, and turns it back on when you open it again.
  • CloudpilotEmu: web-based emulator for PalmOS. Works great on iOS and my flashbacks are too many.
  • Ochi: block apps & websites on on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. I’m using Freedom, but this seems like an alternative.
  • Play: bookmark YouTube videos to watch later on iPhone, iPad and Mac. Testing out this week.
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February 13, 2022

A Review of the Orion macOS Browser

Riccardo Mori, on morrick.me:

Orion’s approach is utilitarian. It doesn’t want to win users with a fancy UI or quirky æsthetics to appear different’. Its user interface is not that different from Safari. Its design philosophy has to do with how the browser works, not how it looks. And today a browser should be fast (in a Web that’s getting progressively bloated and dragged down by intrusive, resource-consuming scripts), privacy conscious, and adhering to the web’s standards. And that’s what Orion is and does.

The current private beta is very impressive. It’s crazy fast, and the extensions support mean almost no compromise. The only reason I’m still on Brave is that the BI tool/data lake we use at work seems very optimized for Chrome. It’s also useful to experience the tool the same way 90% of my users do.

I also suspect the other reason for not switching is the boring UI — I agree this is a feature for most people and makes sense for the product. But some coolness would probably drive me to reach for it more often.

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February 12, 2022

Discord Is a Black Hole for Information

From knockout.chat:

The problem with this is that 99% of the conversations that take place in Discord are missed. So many solutions to so many problems are just swept away in a never ending cascade of chat messages which remain undocumented elsewhere.

I don’t enjoy discord communities. I understand the appeal to have a similar hive-mind more in things different than work, but I don’t have time for them. I much prefer to participate in forums like Obsidian’s, the asynchronous nature of it works for me.

Maybe I’m just getting internet-old. I experienced compuserve boards, loved Newton mailing lists, spent hours on PalmOS forums, joined IRC chats for Apple Events, and I’m not into whatever’s next.

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February 11, 2022

There’s no KPI in Habit

Careful with adding benchmarks when defining new habits. At the beginning of any habit, its compliance is the most important measurement. It’s binary: either you do it or not.

Once the new habit starts to become more natural, then optimization has a place.

I just feel into this trap recently, and only by reminding myself of non-zero days, was I able get started again on working the habits.

February 7, 2022

Tidbits for 2022 Week 6

  • Voiceliner: free voice transcript outliners for iOS and Android.
  • Zavala: Extremely clean free outliner for macOS/iOS.
  • Centro 365: browser extension to quickly get to Microsoft 365 administration pages.
  • Minimal 5.0: my preferred theme for Obsidian got a great update with new colors schemes.
  • Docflipper: macOS Cmd + Tab utility that ads a bottom row of bookmarks (Folders, URLs, URLs Schemes). Subscribed and added to my login apps.

  • Start11: Didn’t know Stardock was still around. People seem to be enjoying this Start menu enhancement on Windows 11.

  • QSpace: A very powerful look macOS Finder enhancement.
  • Replacicon: Great utililty to easily replace icons on macOS. Is it worth $5 for something I’ve done manually over years. Yes
  • PanWriter: Free markdown two pane app for Mac/Windows/Linux. Good to have around.
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February 5, 2022

Mermaid Diagrams Coming to Github Markdown

From github.com:

Support for displaying Mermaid diagrams has appeared on GitHub’s top list of feature requests since 2015. In its absence, many developers simply added screenshots to their Markdown. Today, we’re excited to add native support for Mermaid wherever Markdown is supported (e.g., issues, repositories, discussions, gists).

Great news. Currently that way I deal with mermaid diagrams in GitHub issues is either: a screenshot — which is static and a pair — or an external image to the mermaid live — a potential security issue.

This change will make me push mermaid diagrams a lot more with the team.

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February 4, 2022

The Long Way Back to the Same Place

The possibility of connecting Shortcuts to Obsidian sent me down a rabbit hole of moving this blog’s content creation from Drafts to Obsidian. Of course, I redid all bookmarklets and Shortcuts which grab links and quotes for them to open in Obsidian now.

All worked great, until… mobile. While Obsidian on the Desktop is a joy to use, on iOS it’s workable. Since I use iCloud as the sync engine — not sure if the same thing happens on their own sync — any time I could start on the app, you can be sure that it will take a few seconds to sync existing files. This is a pain for appends, because it usually means the new content can be lost.

And now I’m at the point in which the grass was greener on my original side of the fence. Will give it another week before I break everything again. Setting up separate configs for Desktop and Mobile in Obsidian seem like a good next step. I’m going to break that next.

February 2, 2022

A Man With a Plan

I had a plan. Ironically I even wrote a drafts post about the morning page and how it’s becoming too much like a morning task list. And then… life happened.

Slowly at first, then faster than expected, broken datasets on the day everyone has their January reports due threw my day into a debugging frenzy.

Lunch skipped — which worked out fine because I wanted to do a 24hr fast this week — by end of day the biggest fires were out. But there’s still smoke in the ticket system.

This is the paragraph that should have closed my ramblings about the morning page not being as productive as I hoped:

I must remember that the point of the exercise is the exercise. Enjoy the doing, not the before or after.

It might make little sense on this post, but that’s the insight: the morning page cannot be judged by its influence on the rest of the day, that’s too big of a burden to put on a harmless practice.

February 2, 2022

Jon Porter on theverge.com:

[…] the new service includes a larger high performance antenna and advertises speeds of between 150 and 500Mbps (20 to 40ms latency), up from the 50 to 250Mbps (20 to 40ms latency) promised by its regular service. Premium also claims roughly double the upload speeds at 20 to 40Mbps, compared to 10 to 20Mbps for the standard tier.

It’s $2,500 for the antenna, and $500 a month, so clearly for the enterprise. Expensive, but if you’re in a place without good wired internet, not a crazy ammount.

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February 1, 2022

Ok Blogger

I usually tell myself that I blog to leave a window into my thoughts for my kids. A snapshot of my mindset in a moment in time.

As I struggle to contain my 6yo access to YouTube and TikTok, I wonder if I’m not barking at the wrong tree. Is a written journal — outside all platforms and with a domain that’s only cool to me — even going to register in their radar? Is this blog the 50 years remove equivalent of a weekly editorial from a ham operator?

The truth is that I write because I want to be recognized. I have thoughts, ideas, hacks that I believe are valuable. So then, I want to be an influencer? Seems to me that written content influencer are few and far between. Never mind having millions of followers, the coolest writers I follow fall flat when I try to share them, even with my wife.

So what’s the point? The truth is: kicking off the script in Obsidian that results in these words being published on my website is one of the most sure-fire ways to bring a smile to my face.

It’s solved then, I blog for me.

February 1, 2022

Framework Raises Series A

Nirav Patel on frame.work:

We’re using this $18M to fund development of upcoming product categories and the long roadmap of new modules and geographic expansion for the Framework Laptop. Much like our products are built around longevity, we’re building this company for the long haul.

People seem to love their Framework Laptops, and in a world where MacBooks aren’t an option, it would be on my top list using Pop!_OS. Happy to hear they have runway for new product categories.

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January 31, 2022

Let the Error Happen

I’ve fallen into the bad habit of optimizing before having an MVP. This leads to a higher rate of abandoned initiatives than usual.

Iterations are a way to help with this, but sometimes you just want to create, deliver and be done with it. Cut once.

Maybe documenting how it should work, and then delivering the unfinished initiative is the shortcut.

January 30, 2022

Social Networking Plans for 2022

Inspired by others, I’ve taken some action on my social networking for this year.

  • Mastodon1 Dedos De Frente Instance: an effort to push our geeky Spanglish slack group to twitter-like group — with dreams of it being a community later. I’ll write about Posts vs Chats later, but right now it’s meeting a lot of resistance.
  • RSS: used to be this was a given, but recent posts of people celebrating RSS makes it less clear. I’ve been using RSS for 15+ years for my river of news and don’t plan to stop anytime soon. Lots of blogs and geek website, using Feed Wangler with the Reeder app.
  • Tweetdue: a shortcut that forces me to write 42 characters into my microblog before opening Tweetbot. This works best with my usual setup of removing Tweetbot from Siri & Search on iOS and adding it to Spotlight»Privacy on the Mac.
  • Deleting old tweets: being doing this since last year using TweetDelete, it deletes tweets older than 3 months. This gives them a more ephemeral feeling.
  • Web Instagram and YouTube: I’ve deleted both apps and only visit them on the web version. With YouTube, this has the added benefit when done with the Vinegar Safari extension of not seeing ads.

In addition to hiding Twitter apps, I also block it (alongside Instagram and Youtube) in the early morning and at the end of the weekdays with Freedom — and during the morning on weekends. This has really helped in cutting the impulse to go there when I’m running away of another task.

I’m missing a photo sharing part in all of this, although Glass looks great, my needs are more toward family photo sharing. So for now posting into my microblog and mastodon will do.

Looking ahead, the group mastodon instance is the only iffy part of the plan. If it doesn’t catch on, I’ll likely go back to Micro.blog. But I’ll cross that river later.


  1. Actually using Hometown fork, hosted at Spacebear, because of its local only posting feature.↩︎

January 26, 2022

Free Plugin to Trigger Shortcuts from Obsidian

Federico Viticci, on macstories.net:

With Obsidian Shortcut Launcher (or OSL), you’ll be able to trigger any shortcut you want from Obsidian, passing along values such as the text of the document you’re working on, its name, text selection, and more. Obsidian Shortcut Launcher is free to use and works on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.

Whoa. This sounds very powerful and useful. Thinking I could go crazy with the options — however, it’s nothing I couldn’t already do with Drafts. Don’t get me wrong, the plug-in is really exciting. It’s more of a note-to-self before heading down a rabbit hole with it.

Too late. Already thinking of ways to migrate existing Shortcuts to this.

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January 24, 2022

Fred Wilson on Covid

Fred Wilson, avc.com:

It is time to stop obsessing about Covid. It is time to stop politicizing Covid. It is time to stop tweeting about Covid. It is time to stop reading about Covid. It is time to start healing and it is time to start moving on.

Food for thought. I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet, but I completely agree that we need to move on from COVID news as entertainment.

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December 6, 2021

Tidbits for 2021 Week 49

  • Magnet Links: Safari extension that sends links to Put.io.
  • File Picker: Access your local files and folders on the web.
  • Speediness: Mac speed test app based on thenetworkQuality command-line tool.
  • Otto Tabs: extension to group/stack tabs and removed duplicates. Works great in Vivaldi.
  • tldraw: A tiny little drawing app with collaboration.
  • Writer: web plain text editor. Drag and drop files to open them.
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December 1, 2021

The Correct Usage of Peruse

merriam-webster.com:

The effect this had was to split the broad read” meaning of peruse into two narrower meanings: one that referred to carefully examining or reading something, and the other that referred to casually looking at or reading something. These two meanings aren’t contradictory; rather, they are just two sides of the same coin.

Well, learned something new. I always thought it was used in a skimming context.

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November 19, 2021

Against All Odds

My brother in law is fighting an uphill battle. A political contest in an unfair electoral system. With backstabbing former alliances and very limited funds. All in a community where he has been working for at least 10 years.

It’s a just cause. And very likely a lost cause. But he’s there. Vocation, craziness or weird career choice. All three would be my guess.

I’m not into sports, yet Ted Lasso’s it’s the hope that kills you vs do you believe in miracles? plot line connected with my electoral history. A very long losing streak with a pendulum of both these extremes.

I believe in hope. I believe in putting in the work. I believe in Chola. This won’t likely be the year — but he’s building something important that will make a big difference someday. He’s also learning a ton.

And where his tireless intensity drives me crazy sometimes, it’s also a big part of his future triumph.

November 17, 2021

Apple Announces Self Service Repair

From apple.com:

Apple today announced Self Service Repair, which will allow customers who are comfortable with completing their own repairs access to Apple genuine parts and tools. Available first for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups, and soon to be followed by Mac computers featuring M1 chips […]

Regardless of this being a reaction to the right to repair legislation, or out of the goodness of their hearts, this is great news.

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November 15, 2021

Tidbits for 2021 Week 46

  • beorg: iOS org-mode plain text files takes manager with iCloud, Dropbox, WebDAV sync services.
  • Tabs Switcher: Safari and Chrome switching between tabs & windows on macOS.
  • micro: modern terminal-based text editor Sublime-style multiple cursors.
  • BetterDummy: dummy display for Apple Silicon/Intel Macs to have custom HiDPI Resolutions. Works great.
  • Canvify: iOS app to preview how a photo would look like on the wall.
  • TopNotch: hide the notch on new MacBook Pro’s.
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November 9, 2021

So Fast, So Numb

Productivity is suffering. I need to gain altitude, perspective. Differentiate the tasks from the projects, the important from the urgent, the long term from the… screaming headline.

Lower quotas and intermediate packets are the short term plan. Long term? Be a manager that can both teach and make.

October 23, 2021

A Brief History of Space Missions Lost to Human Errors

Jatan Mehta, on blog.jatan.space:

Here’s a brief history of some major missions lost because of very avoidable human errors, and which aren’t programmatic failures like the Space Shuttle.

Some of these I’ve heard but I had the details wrong. Others, I had no idea. Good read.

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October 23, 2021

PineNote eInk Tablet Announced

Lukasz Erecinski, on pine64.org:

  • Announcing the PineNote, one of the most powerful devices of its kind on the market
  • Quartz64 based; specs include — fast refresh e-ink panel with multiple frontlight settings, RK3566, 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB eMMC flash storage
  • Wacom panel compatible with many EMR pens: we will offer our own
  • Available this year for $399; early adopters batch includes EMR pen + magnetic cover (later sold separately)

Similar as the android e-ink devices, this platform is far from user ready. Yet I’m still extremely happy that this category exists and continues to grow.

And of course, I dream of the day someone ports NewtonOSis to it.

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October 23, 2021

The Internet as Physical Places

Jatan Mehta, on personal.jatan.space:

If we think of what you put out on the internet in terms of physical places, this is what they are like.

  • Social platforms like Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube → Hotel rooms

  • Free Blog or Website → Rented house

  • Website/Blog + Domain → Home

This framework resonated with me.

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October 23, 2021

Six Colors Boox Nova Air Review

Jason Snell, on sixcolors.com:

The Boox Nova Air is an impressive piece of hardware that’s let down by its software. Despite Onyx’s attempts to add software to make the experience better, it’s still pretty far short of a good reading experience. The freedom to do anything I could think of on an E Ink screen only revealed to me why other devices with E Ink displays are completely locked down, with specific functionality tuned to specific hardware.

Just ordered my iPad mini 6, but for sometime I was strongly considering this device. Sadly one of its main features — Android app support — doesn’t sound too great. However, for some specific uses the Boox Nova Air seems like a good option.

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October 19, 2021

Apple Unveils New Macbook Pro

apple.com:

Game-changing MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max delivers extraordinary performance and battery life, and features the world’s best notebook display.

Of course Apple’s newsroom is going to be full of adjetives, but this time they all appear true.

Some notes:

  • These MacBook Pro’s come from another timeline, where the 2015 versions were continually improved and the terrible butterfly switch keyboards models never existed.
  • We need to wait for the benchmark, but I’m confident these notebooks will live up to the extraordinary performance marketing.
  • The battery life of the plain M1 processor is amazing, and these new models seem to be even more so.
  • Seems a waste to run the beautiful screens in clamshell mode as I do half the time.
  • The design is functional. I really like it. Makes sense because I went 5 years without upgrading by work 13in MacBook Pro — and only upgraded to a MacBook Air when repairs forced me to.
  • The screen has a notch. Looks weird, but I rather have those pixels than a wider top border.
  • Touch Bar is gone. Did I mention I went 5 years without upgrading? Touch Bar was also part of it.
  • Pricing starts at $1999 and goes up to the heavens. But I think both 14in and 16in base models are the strongest Apple has shipped in forever.

While I could make a case for one of these machines, I’m going to hold on for the next MacBook Air. As I said before, this M1 wonder has been the best notebook I’ve had, and slowdowns are something I rarely experience in my Obsidian, Excel, Microsoft Edge, Outlook Web1 workflows. What I really need want is an external 5K monitor. And sadly Apple is not taking my money yet on it.

However, if you’re in the market for a Pro machine, and have $3k to spare, you can’t go wrong with this lineup.


  1. More on this Microsoft centric shadow on my colophon soon.↩︎

October 18, 2021

Tidbits for 2021 Week 42

  • komorebi: free tiling Window Management for Windows.
  • Keypoints: upcoming Mac note-taking and PDF highlighting app which stores notes in Markdown format.
  • Keyb: type with one hand on macOS. Hold down the spacebar, and the left and right half of your keyboard swap places.
  • Sloth: native Mac app that shows all open files, directories, sockets, pipes, and devices in use.
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October 9, 2021

The Tao of Mac on Windows 11

Rui Carmo, on taoofmac.com:

I’m a bit weirded out by this, but, overall, the multitasking UX on Windows is actually better than on the Mac for me right now.

In all the review videos, this is what makes me both curious and envious. Mac window management is stuck on the Snow Leopard era. With smaller screens and less powerful multitasking than we have now.

Just like with other Windows windowing features, I hope 3rd party apps implement them soon.

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October 8, 2021

Markdown Footnotes now supported in GitHub

github.blog:

You can now use footnote syntax in any Markdown field!Footnotes are displayed as superscript links. Click them to jump to their referenced information, displayed in a new section at the bottom of the document

My blogging workflow is mostly based on Drafts and Shortcuts - but for a while I used Github Issues with labels and Integromat. It worked really well, but the lack of footnotes was the main blocker.

Already used it in a couple of work issues.

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October 5, 2021

Tidbits for 2021 Week 40

  • ActiveTab: makes it easier to spot the active tab in Safari 15 on Mac by drawing a line below it. How far have we fallen.
  • Texty: native macOS app for Google Messages. Looks clean and fast — dreaming of a day I can use this for GoogleFi.
  • WhichSpace: menubar item that shows which space is currently active on macOS.
  • tape it: iOS App for songwriting & audio recording. Looks simple and powerful. Looking for way to use it.

  • BrowserParrot: local browsing history search engine for Chrome, Brave, Firefox, and Safari. Currently on macOS only.

  • Barrier: software that mimics the functionality of a KVM switch for Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD.
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October 4, 2021

Stephen Hackett on the New iPad mini

Stephen Hackett, on 512pixels.net:

Its small size — and lack of a first-party keyboard case — means that I don’t feel any tension about not using it for work. Its form factor has freed me up to use the iPad how I want, without feeling like I’ve relegated an amazing tablet to something below its station in life.

I’m flipping my 2018 iPad Pro 11in for the new mini. It seems to be the digital moleskine / new Newton™ I’m always looking for.

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September 28, 2021

Weekly Work Review

Every Friday at 4pm, I have a 42min meeting with a link to an Obsidian file. The file contains the following template:

  • Emails Sorted
  • Review Folder 1 Projects
  • Next Week Calendar
  • Things Work Tasks
  • Sort Download Files Folder Tidy.app

Each has a link that makes it actionable on the Mac1. The intent of each:

  • Email Sorted: my passive aggressive version of InboxZero. It allows me to reach a clean inbox, but allows a lot of email snoozing.
  • Review Folder 1 Projects: opens the folder, and I try to have no more than 5 folders there. Inactive’s or done projects are moved to 4 Archive.
  • Next Week Calendar: opens Fantastical. I try to move around meetings from a high-level view, and make block some focus time.
  • Things Work Tasks: although most of my tasks are in Obsidian, there’s still items that will fall in my Things work area.
  • Sort Download Files: Use Folder Tidy to sort the Download folder. Afterwards I’ll usually rescue some files to either add to a project above or group into a folder and send to 4 Archive or to a 2 Areas sub-folder.

This check list is linked at the end of my weekly notes with the name Weekly Review 2021w38.md for historical reasons.


  1. Mostly with the help of Hook.↩︎

September 27, 2021

Debugging as a Project Stage

In a typical meeting where the team has neglected QA and is flying head-first into a release wall, I would throw the cliche at them:

Measure twice and cut once.

Far from being true, this is a last ditch attempt to soften the (crash)landing. In reality — if involved earlier — I would have found a way to transmit the opposite:

Guesstimate quickly, then measure and cut multiple times.

Rarest is the case when there’s enough information on a new project or implementation where you can accurately estimate what you don’t know. There’s all sorts of tricks in which you multiply what you expect based on other experiences.

For best results I’ve found that you must incorporate debug time after the design as part of the overall process. In the majority of cases, the debug part will take considerably longer — regardless of how long to design takes.

Thinking your design is proven because of the time it took, will take you down a dark path. Design and debugging are independent. If you do have a hard date, take time off the design and give it to debugging. It will not be pretty, but it will deliver.

September 27, 2021

Tidbits for 2021 Week 39

  • OK JSON: Format and View JSON on macOS. Careful with what you paste online.
  • bonsai: interesting Web Browser for research”. Some new usable new paradigms here.
  • Mirror Magnet: Floating Camera Viewer for macOS. Useful for presenting.
  • Peek v2: Advanced Quick Look for 324+ filetypes.
  • Overbrowsered: open links in the most recently used browser, instead of a default one. Still using Choosy, but I like this model also.
  • Booby Track: keep track of breastfeeds, on iPhone and Apple Watch. TMI, but this would have been useful 4 years ago.
  • WebCrate: web based link organizer. Very interesting.
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September 26, 2021

Mindset Snapshot at Forty

Turned 40 today. Here’s a snapshot of the mantras and tenets of my personal OS. I have picked up these from friends & family, reading and remixed my own1. Some I’ve had for a long time, other’s have become important more recently.

  • Mind the Joy: be mindful of the moment — even stuck in traffic with screaming kids, you’re together, safe, loved and heading to a home. Very few moments in our life are one’s we rather not-exist than be in them.

  • Think Positive: this is a better take than Marcus Aurelius’ not being afraid of tomorrow. Things have an amazing way of working out. Of course there’s a lot of biases and human adaptability behind this, but who cares? Use it to your advantage.

  • Be Proactive: a recent reframing of be a good person from Marcus Aurelius’– at least much more actionable.

  • Writing Helps Thinking: doesn’t matter if it’s on a napkin you throw away or a text file, all thoughts are ephemeral until you attempt to externalize them. Writing is the simplest, cheapest, fastest and best lifehack you have.

  • Never Keep Score in Relationships: specially in marriage. If you are thinking in terms of net-positive or negative, you’re doing it wrong and somehow it always shows. We’ve been part of tribes for millennia, we all have a sixth sense about it.

  • Find the Fun: it takes less effort than being mad. It’s like polarized sunglasses for reality — doesn’t change it, but it gives you more detail with less strain.

  • Remove Negatives Before Adding Positives: helps a lot in buying gadgets, but applies to everything.

  • Put on Your Mask Before Helping Others: works in flight emergencies and in life. Notice that you still help others, but careful with continuously placing others needs ahead of yours. The burden on you will be multiple times more than the benefits of the other. Or if flipped: a slight delay on taking care of the other might not be noticeable for them, but provide a much needed breather for you.

Hope you notice the lack of productivity in the above. I’ll revisit this soon, but it’s not an accident.


  1. Which means they’re likely stolen.↩︎