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Mon, 20 May 2019

I’m amazed at how much faster syncing DEVONthink databases to WebDAV on the Synology is compared to iCloud and Dropbox. It’s ridiculously faster than Dropbox, and even faster than iCloud, especially the initial sync. I’m a little disappointed in myself that I didn’t move sooner only because I thought of moving about 8 months ago and kept putting it off, oh well lesson learned.

In other news, I’m working on two posts, one regarding what I use my Synology for, and the other about how I am moving away from storing data on company servers where I have no control over that data. Hope to have at least one up tomorrow and the other by the end of this week.

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Mon, 20 May 2019

Set up WebDav on my Synology and changed a couple of DEVONthink databases over to the WebDav for syncing. It’s ridiculously fast, and now I’m thinking of moving more of my databases over.

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Sat, 18 May 2019

New Notes Editor in TheBrain 11

This new editor will be a flagship feature in TheBrain 11… It’s internally written code, giving us far greater control and has been designed specifically for use in TheBrain.

I am so excited for this update, I wish they had an ETA.

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Wed, 15 May 2019

The only action I really need in Drafts for Mac ASAP is to export the current file with the Title (first line) as the name of the file and remove it from the text of the file when saved. It would make posting to Blot so much easier.

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Wed, 15 May 2019

Today I was finally able to switch to a Mac at work. The final application I used daily was migrated to a cloud app, everything else was already on a remote server or in the cloud. I’m finally back where I belong, so long Windows! 👋

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Wed, 15 May 2019

Planning out the Adobe migration to Creative Cloud is horrible. With computers ranging in their deployment, we are resorting to Ghost deployment and the support team having to physically touching some of the machines. I hate Named User licensing.

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Tue, 14 May 2019

I’ve switched to storing all software licenses in a DEVONthink database. It’s easier than creating a record in 1Password with all the information. Now I print the emails to PDF then save them in the db, in 1P I add the software and license key, then a link to the DEVONthink item.

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Sun, 12 May 2019

I really want to get into Tinderbox but it’s a steep learning curve and some things in the UI and organizing the notes in the map view are very frustrating. I like symmetry and Tinderbox doesn’t do that well. I’ll keep plugging away to see if I can make this work the way I want, but right now I don’t think I’m going to continue with Tinderbox.

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Sat, 11 May 2019

Started watching The Village. We quite like it, lots of different vibrant characters. Ever since Modern Family I like shows that follow different storylines.

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Wed, 8 May 2019

Beautiful morning today, 57ºF currently. Wish I was out on the water and not at work today.

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Wed, 8 May 2019

⚽ Liverpool played strong yesterday, hopefully able to reproduce the match play in the CL finals.

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Mon, 6 May 2019

Life has been far to hectic the last 2 weeks due to the end of the semester for both my job and my Masters program. Masters finished for the semester on Friday and work semester ends this upcoming Friday, then the summer will be pretty quiet for the first time in 4 years. 🎉

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Thu, 2 May 2019

Thanks to this guide I got Monica CRM up and running within a half hour. I really like the look of it, and it offers an API. Now I need to install the Two-Factor Auth service and I’ll be all set.

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Wed, 1 May 2019

May 2019 Home Screen

January 2019 iPhone Home Screen

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Mon, 29 Apr 2019

Thanks to MacDrifters Moving Text Between Drafts and DEVONthink and DEVONthink Server 3 I can finally sync my blog drafts through DEVONthink and edit them on Windows. 🎉

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Fri, 26 Apr 2019

No idea what it is but I am exhausted today. I want to go home and sleep, hopefully leaving early today as long as no one schedules a meeting between now and 2:20.

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Fri, 26 Apr 2019

Champions League: Enjoy Ajax While You Still Can - WSJ

It is an illusion that we can keep this team together,” Ajax general manager Marc Overmars told reporters. We know that boys will leave in July.”

micro football link

Fri, 26 Apr 2019

After a flirtation with Git as my Blot sync client I went back to Dropbox. It’s much easier to post to Dropbox than to Working Copy from Drafts. With Shortcuts it keeps getting easier as well. We will see how long I stay with Dropbox, I like to change things up and fiddle.

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Fri, 26 Apr 2019

Brave sync completely botch my bookmarks, and due to iCloud on Windows, it destroyed them on all but one Apple device. On my MacBook Pro, I quickly disabled the WiFi then exported the bookmarks from Brave and was able to disable Brave sync everywhere and import the bookmarks. 😅

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Wed, 24 Apr 2019

I really love DEVONthink and I use the web server in Pro Office. I’m having a tough time swallowing the $399 upgrade price tag for two Server seats.” I use three Macs, so I’ll have to spend $500 to get the same experience as I have now. Ouch

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019

I’m removing the Previous and Next posts under the current post on my blog. I’ve never used them on anyone else’s site and I believe they are added cruft with no advantage.

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Mon, 22 Apr 2019

Had to tape up another Field Notes binding. It’s how you know your getting heavy use out of it.

Field Notes Held together by Electrical Tape

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Mon, 22 Apr 2019

I’ve created a new Blot.im site for my photos: photos.joshsullivan.io. I’ve decided it would be better to separate them out to a separate blog than try to maintain them in a single blog.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2019

We ordered from a new Chinese take away last night. It was great, so much better than our old place. The new one has been open for about a year, and I can’t believe we never tried it before, missed out on so many better meals.

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Thu, 18 Apr 2019

Not happy looking at the forecast for the next week. Rain every day. 😒

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Thu, 18 Apr 2019

I’m starting to pare down the software I use. I’m trying to simplify my choices to 1-2 options per OS per task. For example, notes will be done in Drafts and Sublime Text on macOS, Drafts and Textastic on iOS, NotePad++ and Sublime Text on Windows. I’ll be writing this up soon.

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Wed, 17 Apr 2019

I love writing my posts in Drafts on iOS and macOS. Unfortunately Monday-Friday 7:45-15:45 I’m stuck on Windows and therefore when I go to work on a post I have to transfer it from Drafts to iCloud Drive and it’s so annoying because nothing comes close to Drafts on Windows.

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Mon, 15 Apr 2019

If iOS 13 only new feature was a new volume HUD I would be truly pleased.

Full dark mode would be a great extra.

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Sun, 14 Apr 2019

I realized I’ve missed a few notifications for Micro.blog posts recently because I didn’t get the iOS notification. I guess it’s time to set a reminder to check the mentions tab every day.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2019

Spent the last couple hours making some blog changes. Biggest change for me was changing status post tag to micro which fits better for what the posts are for. I also added a photos view, and fixed the On This Day feature wasn’t working. Productive morning so far.

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Thu, 11 Apr 2019

Got Isso Comments working for my blog. Glad to have an option for people who aren’t on Micro.blog or want to comment directly on the page.

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Tue, 9 Apr 2019

Is Stratechery worth the cost? I’m debating whether to purchase a year subscription, but wanted to see if anyone has an opinion on whether it’s worth it.

Thanks!

micro question

Sun, 7 Apr 2019

I wish more online developers and retailers took Apple Pay, it makes it so easy to confirm on the Apple Watch and pay, all information sent from your Apple contact card means no need to enter details manually.

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Sat, 6 Apr 2019

✅ Taxes

Now testing out Fork macOS Git client thanks to @dgold for telling me about it.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2019

With my move iCloud Drive, I was hoping Ulysses would have iCloud Drive support. Unfortunately, the Ulysses library does not show its folder. I guess they are out, I liked iA Writer, but the developer is so rigid with their idea of the app there is no room for compromise. Hmm 🤔

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Fri, 5 Apr 2019

BBEdit on the Mac App store along with Transmit is finally making me believe that Apple is serious about the Mac App Store. Also I am really looking forward to Marzipan apps coming to the MAS, currently my biggest hope is for Working Copy.

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Thu, 4 Apr 2019

Officially moved over to Git client for my Blot.im blog. I like it better than Dropbox because I can add the new post to the correct folder then wait until I am ready to commit it. I think this may be the last year I am using Dropbox, I don’t use it’s recovery features because of Arq and I never share files through Dropbox for work or personal. Definitely time to drop it.

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Wed, 3 Apr 2019

I think tomorrow I’ll be moving Blot from Dropbox client to Git client. Between Drafts, Working Copy, and Sublime Text plugins I have a workflow that is now almost as seamless as the Dropbox workflow I’ve been using.

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Wed, 3 Apr 2019

I’m thinking about moving to Git on my server for storing my Blot.im files instead of Dropbox. Dropbox’s big draw for me was when I needed cross platform syncing and now iCloud Drive has become good enough on Windows where I can rely on it.

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Sat, 30 Mar 2019

Dinner tonight was ground turkey in red sauce over spaghetti squash. It was so good, definitely going to be in our rotation of easy dinners to cook. Total time was 45 minutes for prep and cook.

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Sat, 30 Mar 2019

Now that AirPower is dead, I’m going to have to purchase the Nomad Base Station for charging AirPods, Apple Watch, and iPhone. Shipping delayed until 4/30 currently.

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Sat, 30 Mar 2019

As the weather gets warmer, I spend more time outside getting ready for warm weather. Gaff hook is cleaned and ready, poles are strung with new line, and went on a shopping spree on defenders.com this weekend for all kinds of stuff I don’t need. Ready for the boat to be in water.

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Mon, 25 Mar 2019

I was not expecting to sign up for the Apple Card before the event today, but learning about it has changed my mind. I will now be signing up immediately once it is out, I use Apple Pay all day long, so it only makes sense to get 2% back.

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Mon, 25 Mar 2019

It’s always nice when 43°F feels like warm spring weather after a harsh cold winter.

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Sun, 24 Mar 2019

🍿 Watched: The Widow

The Widow is an excellent show with a satisfying beginning, middle, and ending within one season. Lots of twists make for a gripping watch all the way through, definitely recommend watching this show.

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Sun, 24 Mar 2019

Everyone else is getting notifications that their AirPods have shipped for delivery by Tuesday and I’m still stuck at Preparing to Ship” with delivery still at Mar 27 - Mar 29. 😔

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Sun, 24 Mar 2019

Pinboard is now searching full text again, and I finally feel comfortable in moving the articles saved in DEVONthink to Pinboard, but will continue collecting them in both places for the next few months to confirm continued development and maintenance.

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Sat, 23 Mar 2019

Thinking of purchasing the Space Gray Magic Keyboard, does anyone have any experience with one? Any opinions one way or the other?

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Fri, 22 Mar 2019

Thanks to a mixture of Transmit and Hazel on macOS and FileBrowser for Business on iOS I now have a workflow for adding images to blog posts easily on iOS. If Shortcuts would add S3 compatibility, I’d only need Shortcuts. Hopefully, iOS 13 or a .x Shortcuts update brings it.

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Wed, 20 Mar 2019

Thanks to @canion introducing me to the Cooling-Off Period. I have 4 purchases that I want to make but am going to wait until April to start thinking about them again.

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Wed, 20 Mar 2019

Purchased the new AirPods immediately. Delivery between 3/27 and 3/29, last time they came a day early so hopefully the same this time.

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Tue, 19 Mar 2019

Since Maciej started working on Pinboard full time again, it’s received great improvements. My favorite improvement has been the ~1 minute archiving. Usually I save a couple links via a browser extension, when I’ve checked them ~1 minute later they have a cached version saved. 👍

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Sun, 17 Mar 2019

Recently I’ve only visited Micro.blog in the mornings. It’s helped me read more and gives me time to plan out thoughtful responses. Nothing against Micro.blog, I still love it dearly. I merely realized I don’t need to check it as I did with Twitter continually.

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Thu, 14 Mar 2019

Recently I’ve found myself more willing to ask people questions online or via email. I believe this change can be attributed to my active presence online on Micro.blog and my wiki. The more I interact, the less shy I become, which has led to some genuinely great interactions. I’m so glad to have met all these great people here on Micro.blog.

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Tue, 12 Mar 2019

I was happy to see DEVONtechnologies move their forum to a discourse instance. Easier to keep track of threads and categories.

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Mon, 11 Mar 2019

@jack @canion I’m thinking about getting a camera and I saw Andrew has a Nikon, I found a Nikon D7500 on Amazon with a 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G lens, do you think this is good camera to start with? TIA

micro question

Sun, 10 Mar 2019

I’ve been watching Mock the Week all day on this snowy/rainy day. I love British TV it’s so much better than US TV.

micro watching

Sat, 9 Mar 2019

Glad to see @manton added yearly billing for Micro.blog hosting. I still have my Micro.blog hosting and switched to yearly billing immediately. Worth it to make sure Micro.blog has support and continues to be improved.

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Thu, 7 Mar 2019

I removed the Status posts from my blog’s entries page and created a new page to display them. I’m also considering changing the tag from Status to Micro but haven’t committed to it yet. I’m still thinking about what to call them. 🤔

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Mon, 4 Mar 2019

Between TextExpander and Drafts, I have a great workflow for posting to Blot on iOS. On the Mac, I’m writing the posts in Drafts, then going to iOS and running the action there. I just realized Drafts on Mac export uses the first line as the file name so I can stop going to iOS.

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Mon, 4 Mar 2019

UPS units are a great tool to have at home. Lost power for ~30 seconds this morning while I was working on my Mac and other than disrupting the internet connection for ~1 minute I was able to continue work, if it weren’t for the lights turning off I wouldn’t have noticed.

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Thu, 28 Feb 2019

A project I’ve been working on for the last 3 months is going live Monday! 🎉

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Thu, 28 Feb 2019

Wttr.in is out of queries, I guess I won’t be added the weather to my journal yet. 😔

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Tue, 26 Feb 2019

I don’t think I would classify NCIS as Retro TV Netflix:

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Tue, 26 Feb 2019

Waiting for the boat in the 30°F with wind chill 16°F. Not a great way to end the day.

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Tue, 26 Feb 2019

I want to move to iA Writer everywhere, but the lack of TextExpander support on iOS is killing me. I thought I could get away without it on iOS, but I’ve come to realize how much I depend on it. I’ve emailed to request TE integration. Hopefully, they can add it quickly.

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Tue, 26 Feb 2019

Switched over to a JSON feed after seeing some issues with posting to Micro.blog. Now all posts are coming through.

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Tue, 26 Feb 2019

Glad to see Apple Music hopefully coming to Google Home. I understood keeping it within the Apple platform to force purchase of Apple devices, but it wasn’t working. At least this way if people like the services they might buy an Apple device.

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019

Rebellion series 2 is out today. I know what I’ll be watching this weekend.

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Mon, 18 Feb 2019

I love the look of Carbonize shared code snippets and want to start using them. I also don’t want to force people to have to rewrite the code, so I’m thinking of creating Github gists of the shared snippets so there is an easy way to copy. Thoughts?

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Mon, 18 Feb 2019

❄️ I didn’t check the weather forecast for today and woke up to ~3 inches of snow with drifts close to 3 feet due to the wind. Thankfully I have nowhere to go (President’s Day - US Holiday), so I can take my time getting out to clear the car and shovel.

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Sun, 17 Feb 2019

For anyone who has a single file journal for the day and time stamps entries:

Do you time stamp in chronological or reverse order? I’m trying to set up a daily journal, unfortunately I lean towards reverse due to websites, but I think it would be better chronologically. Thoughts?

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Sat, 16 Feb 2019

I wish TiddlyWiki was using something other than Google Groups for their user forum. I’d prefer a Discourse instance or almost anything else. GG still has a weird issue when opening a search result it displays blank so you need to get the post ID and paste into a working URL.

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Sat, 16 Feb 2019

TiddlyWiki now up at joshisms.io. It has most of the same content, the Changelog is different and the journal is new with it being easier to manage posts in TW than in DokuWiki. So far I’m leaning towards TW, it was a little harder to setup but once done it’s easier to manage.

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Wed, 6 Feb 2019

🍿 Watched: Rebellion

Rebellion is a five part serial drama about the birth of modern Ireland. The story is told from the perspectives of a group of fictional characters who live through the political events of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Part 2 is coming to Netflix on February 22, 2019.

micro watching

Tue, 5 Feb 2019

The amount of people who are in Boston for the Patriots parade who are already drunk is ridiculous. It is 8:30 A.M. and I’ve seen about 20 people clearly drunk. Have some decency. 😒

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Fri, 1 Feb 2019

Dropshare’s iOS app was updated to allow for shortening links on iOS. I think this is the year I stop using CloudApp. It’s overpriced for what it gives you, and the web and iOS versions are a mess.

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Thu, 31 Jan 2019

On the one hand, I love how easy VDI environments are to manage. On the other, VMware is a cesspool of terribleness that should be burned to the ground for its inability to make quick and simple fixes on the fly.

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Wed, 30 Jan 2019

The new customization options on Micro.blog hosted blogs look nice. Glad to see more options for greater customization along with categories.

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Mon, 28 Jan 2019

I’m considering subscribing to The Economist. Does anyone on Micro.blog read it or previously subscribed? Do you have an opinion one way or another?

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Mon, 28 Jan 2019

🍿 Watched: Polar

micro watching

Mon, 28 Jan 2019

📖 Currently Reading: Atomic Habits by James Clear

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Wed, 23 Jan 2019

Purchased AirPods Wings and AirPods Waterproof Case. I’ll see how it goes, but I need something for the AirPods to keep them in my ear during heavy movement activities.

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Wed, 23 Jan 2019

Micro.blog adding dark mode on the macOS app has moved my Micro.blog usage on the Mac completely to the app. Thanks @manton!

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Tue, 22 Jan 2019

With Apple Pay coming to Target, I’m down to Cumberland Farms as the only place I go regularly that still doesn’t accept Apple Pay. Hopefully it changes soon.

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Sat, 19 Jan 2019

I usually go grocery shopping Saturday or Sunday morning, decided the previous weekend by which day I have breakfast with my grandmother. Last week we decided Sunday, there is a snow storm coming tonight, therefore people living in Massachusetts for their entire lives will fall apart, freak out, and need to buy everything in the store due to some snow. Meaning my usually peaceful morning grocery trip will be chaotic, packed, and probably leave me without a number of items I have on my list. 🤦‍♂️

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019

I’m trying to find a writing app for Windows for blogging. Currently, I am using Notepad++, which I use for script/file editing. I sometimes use Grammarly because they have character counts, which is a must. Suggestions would be appreciated.

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Sun, 13 Jan 2019

Weekly grocery shop done before 8:30 with about 15 other shoppers in the store. I call that a successful trip. ✅

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Sat, 12 Jan 2019

🍿 Watching: BirdBox

micro watching

Fri, 11 Jan 2019

Purchased a Mechanical Bluetooth Keyboard on a recommendation. I’ll also be buying a Pocket Tripod once the black version is in stock. Together they’ll make my simple mobile writing solution for grad school while commuting.

micro writing

Fri, 11 Jan 2019

Since mid-December, we’ve been unable to migrate accounts to Office 365 and been back and forth with Microsoft regarding the issue. Finally today we gave up and removed updates from November and December and what do you know, accounts migrate immediately. Contact MS, and they say it isn’t recommended, oh well when they release an update that doesn’t break our migrations we’ll gladly update, but for now, we won’t be updating.

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Fri, 11 Jan 2019

Debating to separate my short posts for Micro.blog out into a secondary Blot blog with a separate domain, then keep my regular domain/Blot site for longer Titled posts. 🤔

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Thu, 10 Jan 2019

The Bose QC 35II were the best purchase I’ve made in a while. They are amazing for noise canceling and sound quality is great.

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Thu, 10 Jan 2019

Finally getting around to archiving about 8GBs of email (~7 years) from my old Gmail account to DEVONthink. Takes a while for it to grab all of the data, but the import is fast. Once done my plan is to never log into Gmail again, which should be attainable with it all archived.

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Thu, 10 Jan 2019

The last friction I had using Blot is gone. Yesterday the summary metadata was fixed to show the first line when the title field was blank, if specified. Now, I don’t have to edit posts after posting with Micropubs because they will now show on my Archives page correctly. 😄

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Mon, 7 Jan 2019

I didn’t realize you could set up the Micro.blog iOS app to post to a Micropub. Thanks to @mattfinlayson for pointing that out.

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Mon, 7 Jan 2019

Two losses in a row for Liverpool (one regular season loss) is going to be tough on moral. Hopefully they can get it together and keep first. ⚽️

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Mon, 7 Jan 2019

Recent posts from @manton regarding theme changes are exciting me. I’m looking forward to what the changes will be and hoping that tags are introduced 🤞. I might use my Blot blog for long form posts and Micro.blog hosted for status updates.

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Fri, 4 Jan 2019

The one thing I enjoy about the government shutdowns is how the post office has to explain they are separate from the government and the shutdown has no affect on their day to day business. Every shutdown they have to make this announcement and people are still confused. 🤦‍♂️

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Thu, 3 Jan 2019

Just found out on Windows 10, the man shrugging emoji is actually coded as the female shrugging with the male gender symbol.

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Wed, 2 Jan 2019

My favorite coffee shop stopped selling Nitro Cold Brew. I’ve been going here for two years and getting Nitro every weekday. Unfortunately, it’s time to find a new coffee shop because I can’t give up Nitro.

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Wed, 2 Jan 2019

Back to work today after a week and half off. I’m already calling this week due to it starting on Wednesday. It will consist of catch up on email and clearing out the backlog of low energy tasks I’ve been putting off.

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Tue, 1 Jan 2019

I realized the error in my original set up of my Blot post structures in Dropbox. Which was add all of the post files to the Post folder without breaking them down to year or month, thankfully Blot.im doesn’t care about folders, so it was incredibly easy to create the folders, drag the posts in (well, Hazel did the hard lifting), and nothing changed, which was the expected and wished for outcome with Blot. Blot continues to impress me in its ease of use and ability to handle seemingly simple tasks as simple tasks. Other platforms would have crumbled on that task.

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Mon, 31 Dec 2018

Late Christmas present to myself. Just in time for a fairly busy travel season.

Unopened Box of Bose QC35 II

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Sun, 30 Dec 2018

Cooking a couple of Kansas City Steaks I got for Christmas. Hope they are as delicious as they look.

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Sat, 29 Dec 2018

Liverpool really thrashed Arsenal today, with Tottenham falling to the Wolves that puts us 9 points clear on the board. Manchester City on Thursday. YNWA ⚽️

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Sat, 29 Dec 2018

The only item on my wishlist for DEVONthink To Go is for the clipper to be expanded so that I don’t have to scroll to see the tags entry area. On a iPhone XS Max it looks silly to have such a small portion of the screen used and have to scroll.

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Fri, 28 Dec 2018

Just changed my Apple ID password and it was far less of a hassle than last time. One sign in then confirm on other devices, most confirmations were iMessage. Last time it was multiple confirmations on every device. I expected it to take 30 minutes, like last time, only took 5. 🤷‍♂️

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Fri, 28 Dec 2018

I’m really liking the new Launch Center Pro. I’ve already moved a few apps off my home screen and am using 3D Touch to launch them with LCP instead, also very handy for running shortcuts. Definitely worth the $10 a year subscription for me.

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Thu, 27 Dec 2018

Letterkenny seasons 3-6 are now on Hulu, so I know what I’ll be watching for a while.

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Thu, 27 Dec 2018

Had some time yesterday and today to get a couple of items on my Blot wishlist done. Both web mentions and comments are now up and running, big thanks to @amit, you can find his Github repo of his Blot theme here it’s where I got the HTML and CSS changes. Finally, I set up IndieWebRing as well.

Update 9:53 AM EST: @amit wrote up documentation today on how to implement web mentions and comments: Displaying Webmentions with Posts · Amit Gawande

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Wed, 26 Dec 2018

We just finished watching Derry Girls on Netflix. It was pretty funny, while laying subtle references to the social climate around them throughout the season. If you don’t know a lot about the Troubles, you might not get some references, but so far a good series.

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Wed, 26 Dec 2018

Liverpool is now 6 points up on the board. Arsenal on Saturday, should be a good match to watch. ⚽️

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Tue, 25 Dec 2018

Today will be filled with British comedy show Christmas specials after a French toast breakfast, looking like it’s going to be a great Christmas!

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Tue, 25 Dec 2018

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it! 🎅🎁

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Mon, 24 Dec 2018

My last minute Christmas shopping is out of the way. As I was leaving, the grocery store was getting packed. Bought the last gift I needed, so I am officially ready for our family Christmas party tonight!

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Sun, 23 Dec 2018

After the migration to Blot, I realize that there are double entries for the posts I moved over to my new blog on Micro.blog. My rationalization for keeping the posts in both places is due to conversations that are on Micro.blog that started with the specific URL of the hosted blog. It is only an issue due to when I moved over I decided against moving my joshsullivan.blog address over to the new blog and instead opted for blog.joshsullivan.io. I wanted a URL I can build off of, and joshsullivan.io is the one I chose because blog.joshsullivan.blog looks odd to me.

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Sat, 22 Dec 2018

Hello from Blot.im! I’m officially moved over and ready to start posting. Thank you to @amit and @Blot for their help and patience, they were both instrumental in getting set up and moved over as quickly as possible.

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Fri, 21 Dec 2018

Looking forward to a relaxing break filled with downtime that will hopefully include reading a couple of books from a list I’ve been keeping for eight years. It currently has 76 books, and for every three books I read, I seem to add five. 2019 is my year to read more books!

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Thu, 20 Dec 2018

Trying to figure out the best solution for Micro.blog and Blot. I’m going back and forth between going all in on Blot or keeping Micro.blog, but posting long form items to Blot. Definitely going to have to do some thinking and weigh the options. 🤔

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Wed, 19 Dec 2018

TheBrain has been instrumental in keeping track of changes to make to Blot and keeping track of links with helpful CSS changes, JavaScript, and reference documents.

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Tue, 18 Dec 2018

Just started a @blot site for a test to see if I should move over from a Micro.blog hosted account and my goodness is it fast to propogate. I’m amazed at how quickily it updates, over the next week I’ll be doing some tests and might end up moving over.

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Mon, 17 Dec 2018

Recently I’ve been taking the commuter rail instead of the boat for the late trains. People watching at South Station in Boston, MA at night has been quite the adventure. I’ve enjoyed the experience but I’m looking forward to returning to the commuter boat Wednesday.

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Sat, 15 Dec 2018

I’ve been using Apple Music on my Echo all day, and I couldn’t be more pleased with it. It’s much easier than connecting an iPhone via Bluetooth, definitely glad Apple decided to do this.

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018

Still haven’t had a response from Pinboard about the archiving issue, it’s been 3 weeks of no archiving or accessing archived pages. I’m down to 76% of my bookmarks are archived, usually at 99%. I’m starting to get worried now, 2 weeks since I contacted support and no response. 樂

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018

Reached Intermediate in Todoist. When I first started using Todoist, I turned off Karma, but I’ve since turned it back on and am liking that it makes you want to complete your task goal every day. I’ve had to up the target so I don’t feel like I’m cheating with a small goal set.

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Mon, 10 Dec 2018

I think about switching to Blot or another self hosted blog but find that I like the ease of using Micro.blog for hosting and not having to worry about anything other than getting the words or photos on the screen.

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Sun, 9 Dec 2018

I’m back to using a Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac w/Blue switches. I had been using the Apple bluetooth keyboard for a little while so that I had the same experience on both my MacBook Pro and MacPro, but it wasn’t worth it, I’m much faster on the mechanical keyboard.

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Sun, 9 Dec 2018

Somehow I missed Liverpool taking first place yesterday and Man. City losing to Chelsea. Let’s hope we can keep it. YNWA!

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Fri, 7 Dec 2018

Only because I haven’t received a response from Maciej by emailing Pinboard.in’s Support, I am wondering if anyone else is having an issue using the Full-text search if you pay for archiving? I haven’t been able to search since at least Monday.

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Thu, 6 Dec 2018

For as much as I have an issue with Symantec Ghost, the ability to capture an image of a machine then immediately put it back has saved me more than once. Last night I decided I needed to upgrade to Windows 10 1809 on my laptop for testing, came in this morning and the laptop was bricked, luckily before I upgraded I grabbed an image of the laptop with Ghost. So this morning when I came in an saw it was bricked, I just pushed the image down to the device. Total recovery time ~30 minutes, thank goodness for imaging tools.

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Wed, 5 Dec 2018

Trying out Todoist again, the Quick Entry just can’t be beat in speed.

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Tue, 4 Dec 2018

In November I read about @ron using Dropbox Paper to keep track of threads on Micro.blog and borrowed the idea. For a while I was using a file in Notebooks to do this, but switched to TheBrain 10 due to the BrainBox being introduced. I’m loving the ability to keep track of who brought the thread to my attention as well as the original post.

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Thu, 29 Nov 2018

Really starting to dig into CSS on Micro.blog, just today I’ve changed my theme twice and then created entirely different custom CSS based on that theme. It’s finally starting to look like what I want it to, although there is still work to be done.

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Sat, 24 Nov 2018

Just finished watching Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something funny to watch.

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Tue, 20 Nov 2018

Cord Cutting Sets More Records, Yet Many Cable Giants Still Refuse To Compete On Price

Newsflash: it’s not stopping. The latest data from Kagan indicates traditional pay TV providers lost another 1.3 million subscribers last quarter…

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Mon, 5 Nov 2018

Finally started playing around with CSS on Micro.blog and so far I like the changes. Hope to learn more to make it a bit more customized.

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Sat, 3 Nov 2018

Started watching 9-1-1 and am really liking, very good casting thus far.

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Fri, 2 Nov 2018

I’m amazed the volume box on iOS is still around, it’s so obstructive. I think it is time to think about a new UI, I would suggest something like Apollo’s implementation where it is in the upper left outdent on the X series phones.

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Wed, 31 Oct 2018

I love TheBrain, but bookmarklets are not the way to add complex information. I’m tired of companies and developers leaving Safari behind and resorting to bookmarklets as the answer when the other browsers get extensions. Safari deserves attention too.

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Tue, 30 Oct 2018

Tomorrow is both Halloween and the Red Sox World Series Champions Parade. The parade will be going right by my office building, should be an interesting day.

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Tue, 30 Oct 2018

Installing iOS 12.1 on my iPad and iPhone took about 10 minutes for download, install, and restart. Install for macOS 10.14.1 took about 3 minutes to download 3.05GB of 3.33GB, the last .11GB has taken 15 minutes and still says About 30 minutes remaining for .17GB, fantastic.

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Tue, 30 Oct 2018

I was really hoping to not have to buy the new iPad Pro, but unfortunately now I’m ending up with an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and a Smart Keyboard. Face ID just makes so much sense on the iPad where with an external keyboard you might need to be touching the iPad all the time.

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Fri, 26 Oct 2018

Since switching to Fastmail earlier this year I’ve found less reasons to use a client on the Mac. Their advanced search and ability to save searches is much more powerful than macOS Mail and I’ve found no reason to use another local client.

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Thu, 25 Oct 2018

In advance of my ScanSnap ix1500 arriving tomorrow, DEVONtechnologies released DEVONthink 2.10.2, which restores integration after the switch to ScanSnap Home application. Should be a productive rainy weekend.

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018

Getting the new Fujitsu ScanSnap ix1500 Thursday, plus set up the Synology VPN Plus server = productive day. VPN has worked at the same speeds as Encrypt.me which is what kept me from switching. Now that I know it’s the same, time to cancel my subscription to Encrypt.me

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018

I think my favorite part of Adobe is when they change their licensing model without accounting for Education settings, such as classrooms, labs, and VDI environments, should be a fun day.

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Sun, 21 Oct 2018

Drinking coffee and watching @macsparkys excellent OmniFocus Field Guide, Third Edition. Perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday morning.

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018

Every so often I think about canceling my Encrypt.me subscription, but then I end up at the dealership for a service appointment that lasts 2-3 hours and in that time it makes the cost worth it. The ability to auto-enable the VPN based on an unknown network is its best feature.

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Thu, 18 Oct 2018

Today is already headed in a bad direction. Which has led to 2 Large Nitro Cold Brews at Ziggy’s Coffee Bar and so far 2 cups of Café Bustelo. Outlook for the day is not great, but at least I have good coffee.

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Tue, 25 Sep 2018

I’ve had the XS Max for a day now and found that the control center swipe target is a lot bigger than expected. All the reviews and comments online were saying it would be a hassle to use one handed, but with the enlarged target area, it really isn’t an issue.

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Tue, 25 Sep 2018

I think this is the last time I am going to do a clean install of iOS. Previously I enjoyed sitting down and starting anew, but this time I found changing all the settings across ~50 apps was more annoying than anything, plus I really don’t have the time anymore.

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Mon, 24 Sep 2018

The rumors regarding 3D touch going away in the next iPhone (based on the XR) are worrying me; I regularly use 3D touch to move the cursor. Though I rarely use 3D Touch for anything else, to control the cursor position is entirely worth keeping the feature IMHO.

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Mon, 24 Sep 2018

So far this morning I’ve purchased OmniFocus 3 Upgrade, David Sparks OmniFocus 3 Field Guide, and started watching the Field Guide. Hopefully, this will keep me distracted enough to stop checking for my iPhone XS Max delivery every 2 minutes.

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Fri, 21 Sep 2018

I lasted until today before purchasing the iPhone Xs Max. When a coworkers arrived I realized I’m on the upgrade yearly plan for a reason. So hopefully by Monday it will be in my hands.

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018

I find myself continuously using the Share Sheet for filling 1Password logins instead of using the new Autofill feature. It’s going to take a while to remember to actually use it.

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Sat, 15 Sep 2018

Recently started using TheBrain for notes, it is incredibly powerful. Search is far better than most applications I’ve used, and the iOS app leaves something to be desired, but overall it’s a fantastic application, which does take some time to get used to.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018

Revelation of a Liverpool Soccer Fan

The only religious commitment I have is to the Liverpool Football Club.

Agreed.

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Fri, 10 Aug 2018

Took the plunge yesterday and deleted all my tweets, but ended up not deactivating it. I still find it’s the best way to reach out to some companies for support without having to resort to calling them.

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Mon, 6 Aug 2018

I’ve recently gone all in on Synology NAS and Router solutions. I just enabled the Let’s Encrypt cert on my NAS and found out there is no easy way to do this for the router. I really hope they add the feature soon because it was fairly simple to enable and best part it was free.

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Sun, 5 Aug 2018

Finally went through and trimmed my Fastmail aliases then re-organized them into broader categories. Already easier to know which email address to put in which website or service.

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Tue, 31 Jul 2018

Finally got around to importing a number of my Instagram photos. Import was very easy and I was very happy I could select which ones to import rather than a mass import then selective delete.

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Tue, 31 Jul 2018

Private and Secure File Transfer with Dropshare Just started using Dropshare this weekend when I need to share a bunch of files. Started with a B2 bucket, just finished setting up a DigitalOcean Droplet as well.

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Sat, 28 Jul 2018

Of course Verizon is having a large network issue (in the Greater Boston area) affecting about 50% of the sites I need to use today.

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Fri, 27 Jul 2018

Finally getting around to cleaning out my Pinboard.in bookmarks, between this and the FileMaker excursion, this weekend should be fun.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018

Just canceled my BackBlaze computer backup subscription and switched to Arq + BackBlaze B2 cloud backup. I had a file I lost and didn’t realize it until a couple months later, BackBlaze only keeps the last 30 days. Arq + B2 keeps everything forever based on bucket settings.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018

Trying out a personal Discourse site as a note taking/reference app. It’s been working great so far.

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Sat, 14 Jul 2018

Cleaning up my BackBlaze B2 bucket I am using for backing up my Synology. Finally had the time to split the bucket into multiple buckets for different sections: videos, photos, music, files. Much easier to set the bucket version settings.

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Thu, 28 Jun 2018

So far this has been a highly disappointing World Cup for me personally (due to my bracket), but overall a fascinating one with so many upsets. ⚽️

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Thu, 28 Jun 2018

Really need England and Panama to win today so that I get that Group perfect in my bracket.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018

Really hoping Germany doesn’t fall to the same issues as France, Italy, and Spain: What’s the German Word for Cursed at the World Cup’?

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Wed, 20 Jun 2018

If you have a Wall Street Journal subscription you can get The Times of London for a year for free, didn’t even ask for my credit card during signup: Access The Times of London With a Complimentary 12-Month Subscription

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Mon, 18 Jun 2018

Been using Paperback almost everyday since I heard about it on Micro.blog, it’s allowed me to cut down my unread items by half. I forget who mentioned it on here, but thank you for the recommendation!

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Thu, 31 May 2018

Really hoping to see an iPad Pro with Face ID next week. If Apple doesn’t have it ready I hope they at least announce an estimated date or open preorder.

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Fri, 18 May 2018

I don’t think you are using the word needs” correctly:

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Thu, 17 May 2018

Finding myself turning to Micro.blog instead of Twitter for leisure time, I guess it’s almost time to cut out Twitter completely.

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Tue, 15 May 2018

I think the worst part of PowerShell is finally fixing the tiny syntax error you made then looking back on it realizing if you had typed it correctly you would have been done an hour ago.

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Wed, 2 May 2018

Some days the Office 365 Admin portal allows you to create 5 migration batches in less than 10 minutes. Then other days you’re lucky if you’ve created those 5 batches before lunch time.

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Thu, 26 Apr 2018

Custom perspectives are really clicking for me with OmniFocus 3. Loving the conditions, especially the None of the following and has Defer date. I’m finally able to keep all my one off tasks/checklists in OF that do not have a defer date.

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Sun, 22 Apr 2018

So do we all think that yesterday’s 8 hour maintenance fixed the notification issues in TestFlight?

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