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.
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.
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! 👋
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.
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.
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.
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. 🎉
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.
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. 😅
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🤔
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 👍
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.
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.
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.
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. 🤔
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
❄️ 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 🤦♂️
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 😄
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.
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. 🤦♂️
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 🤷♂️
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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. 🤔
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.