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Obsidian Templater Fun

vrijdag 6 augustus 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

I’m still having fun and friction with Obsidian. But let’s try something a bit more challenging than deciding on a folder structure for our notes. One of the things I like about modern text editors is that they are incredibly extensible. Most have a…

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Zoom and Prostitution

vrijdag 6 augustus 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

Zoom really made a splash during the pandemic and I think overall it improved people’s lives during a hard time. But, it also proved to be dishonest and pretty gross. Now they are finally paying a tiny amount as a penalty. But this line from Bruce S…

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Obsidian Notes

vrijdag 6 augustus 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

I spent the last few weeks traveling and working out of hotels.1 Much of that work involved text files in Obsidian. I have a few notes on the experience.2 Most of the themes in Obsidian are just not that attractive to me. Some use monospace fonts in…

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Critic Markup for Note Tags

dinsdag 6 juli 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

Readers of this blog may have guessed it, but I don't do a whole lot of copy editing these days. That means I don't have a lot of need for CriticMarkup (CM) in my daily life. But, I do still use one feature of the syntax almost everyday: comments. M…

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Acquisitions

dinsdag 6 juli 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

PDFPen and Gaia GPS have both been acquired. I can’t think of many products that were better after they were acquired. I’m disappointed because I genuinely like Gaia GPS for iPhone. I’ve also been close to purchasing a PDFPen upgrade for a few week…

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Notes on Obsidian

zondag 4 juli 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

I've enjoyed using Craft app for the past few months but I'm not thrilled with the incomplete markdown support and the lack of end to end encryption. Like every other nerd, I've watched Obsidian rise to the top of new age text editors. This article …

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Stones Turned This Week

zondag 4 juli 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

Matt Stoller wrote about the same old new efforts to regulate tech To understand why it’s so hard to get these laws right, it helps to start with the two basic problems with antitrust law. The first is that regulators and enforcers make key policy …

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Stones Turned This Week

zondag 4 juli 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

Matt Stoller wrote about the same old new efforts to regulate tech To understand why it’s so hard to get these laws right, it helps to start with the two basic problems with antitrust law. The first is that regulators and enforcers make key policy …

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Mise-en-Place for Knowledge Workers

donderdag 1 juli 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

I keep re-reading this article by Tiago Forte. It starts with a line that I fundamentally disagree with and gets better and worse from there: Knowledge work is unique among skilled professions in that we lack a culture of systematic improvement. I…

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Eagle Cool

donderdag 1 juli 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

A couple of months back I was looking for an application to manage art assets. I've been creating logos and websites for my business and didn't love the experience of browsing these in the Finder. I eventually just stuck with the Finder because it w…

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Forced Social Engagement

maandag 28 juni 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

Am I the only one that's noticed a rise in app developers pushing customers into mandated relationships through Discord and Slack as "support" channels? It feels like a trend and I am not onboard with this investment in other people's business. Sure…

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Stones Turned This Week

zondag 27 juni 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

I found the idea of a minimum viable self interesting. Illusion or not, we tend to see other people’s lives as works of art. And having seen them this way, we struggle to (make our lives) the same. I was reading a bit about the Rust programming la…

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PDF Annotation and Portability

vrijdag 25 juni 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

I recently mentioned MarginNote as part of a list of Mac apps that I enjoy. It's a very good app with powerful features like mindmap creation and research tools. There's just one big problem. MarginNote does not embed annotations in a format I can u…

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iOS Apps on macOS

vrijdag 25 juni 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

A few days ago I needed to line up some time zones so I could coordinate a phone call. On my iOS devices I'd normally bring up CalZones but on my Mac, I didn't have a simple tool. That's when I remembered that we can now install iPad apps on macOS. …

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Learning to Work with Fewer Pixels

dinsdag 15 juni 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

Well that was a weird year. While 99.9% of the past year was terrible the one thing I did enjoy was working from home in my own office with a desk, chair, and monitor that I like. I made some tweaks to my office setup after the pandemic lockdown and…

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Stones Turned 2021-06-13

zondag 13 juni 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

I learned a bunch this week and feel somewhat happy with how I used my time. I guess Google FLoC achieves its goals The idea that “FLoC IDs are an additional dimension of how you resolve identity is definitely true,” said Desai. He said he expects …

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I Can Haz Gratitude

zaterdag 12 juni 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

date" 2021-06-12 06:57:56 tags: architecture, security Great blog post about the burdens of running a tiny piece of software that became a critical piece of global infrastructure. There was a phase for a few years where malware authors kept writing…

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On Digital Gardening, Blogs, and Knowledge

vrijdag 11 juni 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

I’m seeing a lot less internet chatter about “productivity” and a lot more about information structures.1 I think this represents a natural followup to the task management craze of previous years. The market responded to GTD with a huge variety of a…

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Remember the Shelf

zondag 6 juni 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

I remember iOS 11 like it was just 4 decades ago. There was so much excitement for the new drag and drop features on the iPad that I can feel my adrenaline increase as I write this missive. “Finally”, the iPad was getting real. I took my enthusiasm …

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Fool Me Once… Google and RSS

woensdag 19 mei 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

Apparently Google rediscovered RSS. I look forward to their second failure with it. It does make me wonder what advertising scheme they are planning to shoehorn into their version of RSS that wasn’t possible 8 years ago.

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Link Fest May 2021

zondag 9 mei 2021 inMacdrifter (Column-Blog)

There are some delightful sites out there on the internet. Here’s a few that I’m enjoying. I only had one criteria for this list: the sites must support RSS. Remember RSS? It’s like Twitter without the buttholes. Waxy.org is a weird and wonderful co…

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