September 6, 2020

I’m kind of done with Apple. In the sense of being loyal to the ecosystem. I’ve always had a slight reluctance to go all in with their native apps anyway. What if I want to move to a different system at a later date? Migrating information out of Apple always looks less than ideal. Hence, for example, I like to use a plain text file system for notes, stored in Dropbox, rather than the native Notes app. Read more

July 26, 2020

After nearly deleting Omnifocus, I paid for a month’s subscription and have been giving some more time to it. But I have also been using Things 3. I bought this for my iPad quite a while ago and enjoyed using it other than it being very date focussed, which doesn’t really suit my style. In addition it doesn’t have an equivalent of perspectives in Omnifocus. However, since I last used Things, a comprehensive URL scheme has been implemented and this is a game changer, enabling the creation of Shortcuts in IOS that emulate perspectives pretty well. Read more

July 3, 2020

I have been messing around with OmniFocus. Again. I tried it maybe a couple of years ago, but couldn’t quite justify committing to it. I think I might be heading the same way again. I love the perspectives. And the organisation of projects. But the lack of quick entry of tasks, a la Fantastical or Todoist is probably a deal breaker. And then I discovered that deferred tasks no longer show up in the Forecast view if the start date passes. Read more

May 31, 2020

Flexibits have removed the annoying pop-up prompts to sign up for the premium version of Fantastical on iOS. It is now much more pleasant to use again. The natural language input is just brilliant and being able to use actions in Drafts for setting up events makes for a really useful workflow. I am still yet to be convinced that the premium version is worth it, much as I would like to have access to Fantastical on the Mac. Read more

May 27, 2020

Facebook Says Very Little on Privacy of Messenger Rooms No surprises there, then. The leopard never changes its spots…

Stephen James

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