February 19, 2017

That frustrating feeling from iOS and iPad

I get tired of the fragmented feeling that comes from using iOS. Apps are silos with scaled-back feature sets so each is often of limited use. Frequently, one must have more that one app in a general category to collectively accomplish a purpose. The OS itself has limitations.

An example of this is writing. 1Writer, which I am using now, is a fabulous app. However, it cannot properly expand a TextExpander pop-up snippet with multiple checkbox selections. Editorial does better with expansion but it has poor security lacking even basic passcode protection. Simplenote dropped TextExpander expansion ~3 years ago but has tags that crossover to MacOS tags on the desktop when synced through nvALT. 1Writer has internal tagging with a hashtag. Editorial has no tagging features.

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October 7, 2016



Noteplan looks promising. Markdown + calendar + notes. I’ve been wanting something like this.

August 20, 2016

Taste globalised

Taste is also becoming globalised, as more people around the world share their aesthetic aspirations on the same massive social media platforms, whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Foursquare, with their hundreds of millions or billions of users. As algorithms shape which content we consume on our feeds, we all learn to desire the same things..”

The Guardian

August 13, 2016

For some, iPad-only might be recapturing the uniqueness Apple has lost in general

There are a lot of new iPad features that are getting attention!

An example is the coming side-by-side compose ability in Mail. When I saw this, I couldn’t believe I might be able to do this on a device! I mean, writing an email on the right half of the screen while seeing emails in the inbox on the left? Revolutionary!

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May 31, 2016

Tech friction points

I feel increasing tension in my life from the technology tools that I use. This ranges from the Windows boxes at work to some of the Apple products that I use personally/professionally. I have a fair amount of stress/tension in my life related to my job and I don’t need to have friction in the tools that I use.

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