A few Things I Liked

It has been pretty busy recently, but here are again a few of the things that I liked during the last two weeks.

First some apps

I was very excited about DevonThink to Go when it came out, yet it didn’t stick. It’s a fine app, but I found Notebooks, which is rather similar, to suit much better to my needs and it is as close to a Plain-Text-based-Dropbox-only workflow as it gets. The iOS apps are very nice, sync fast and all files stay in its original format. I like that I can link directly to files, say, from a task in OmniFocus or my calendar, which is what I have been looking for, and a big help for my paperless workflows.

I don’t use it for all my notes though, only for a certain subset of them. The rest of my notes is going into Notes.app, which does an excellent job.

Talking about apps, I do like the addition of keyboard shortcuts to the WordPress.app, even though I don’t write in it that much. That is done of course in Ulysses.

And some culture

Obviously the Rogue One trailer was a good one. Even though my excitement is surprisingly limited at the moment, I’m looking forward to the movie.

I continue my Neil Gaiman binge and am currently reading Anansi Boys and am enjoying a lot.

The biggest thing during this week was that we had the chance to see Louis CK live in Helsinki. It was the first time I saw im live and we had a lot of fun. It was a great show and a great birthday gift from my wife.

Instapaper

I’m not quite sure what to make out of this, but it is probably a good idea to look into alternatives. My first idea was to either switch over to Safari’s built-in Reading List or simply using Pinboard.in as a read-it-later service.

I have been using Instapaper since it’s release to the app store many years ago, hence I don’t want to jump ship too early, but I have the feeling that I am better served elsewhere.

The Deep Vault Podcast

The team behind “Achive 81“, another podcast that I enjoyed, teased their new show The Deep Vault and it sounds great.

The Deep Vault is a serialized, seven-episode audio drama set in in the almost-post-apocalyptic United States. The story follows a group of longtime friends as they journey from the uninhabitable surface world into a mysterious underground bunker in search of safety, shelter, and answers to their past.

This show seems to be right up my alley and I’m looking forward to the release.

Things I liked this week

A few apps and podcasts that I enjoyed during the week.

And without further ado.

A few apps

The latest Ulysses is out, and it is hands-down the best and most complete writing solution for me. Both on the desktop and most importantly on iOS. It’s so good, that it easily would justify getting an iPad only to use it.

As Ulysses contains all my writing I have continued to look for an Evernote replacement. I thought I could go with OneNote, but after using it full time it turned out that I was wrong and considered a Dropbox-based approach. The just released 2.0 of DevonThink to Go might just what I have looking for. Even though it is a bit on the pricey edge, the app/suite seems to hit all the right spots for me. But more on that later.

A Podcast

During the last couple of days I have been bingeing the podcast Wolf 359 and enjoy it a lot. It took a few episodes to get into it, but now (currently at episode 19) looking forward how it continues.

WOLF 359 is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows. Set on board the U.S.S. Hephaestus space station, the dysfunctional crew deals with daily life-or-death emergencies, while searching for signs of alien life and discovering there might be more to their mission than they thought.

A Concert

On Friday we played with the Oulu All Stars Big Band on Elojazz. The program was music from Quentin Tarantino movies, arranged and conducted by Vellu Halkusalmi and soloist was Teemu Viinikainen. It was a very nice concert with great playing.

The idea of posting a Things I Like post I have from blogger Seth Clifford. I like the concept, since it is a lot less formal than a week in review and longer than a link post without turning into a fully fletched post.

OMG OF!

And back to OmniFocus. Sometimes I change my opinions faster than my underwear.

… Those were the words my wife used recently about me. She’s probably right.

While I was, still just a few days ago, very enthusiastic about 2Do, I have made a turn and went back to OmniFocus. A new update came out and at the same time David updated his video, so I thought I could give it a spin again.

To make a long story short:

I realized (once more, sigh) how much I enjoy and trust the. After all, it’s the task-manager that I used the longest and the one I apparently always come back to after every visit to another app. The app somehow feels the most solid to me.

Since the last time I used it (not quite sure how long of a break it was, I guess something around a year) a lot has happened and many features have been added both on the Mac and iOS.

A lot of improvements have happend: The background-sync between the apps works flawlessly and is very fast now. On the iPad I figured, that with some clever arrangement of my perspectives in the sidebar, I can open my most used perspectives with a keyboard shortcut. This makes very enjoyable to work with on the iPad. And once I realized how well the Spotlight integration works, that I can open tasks, folders and perspectives from within Spotlight, I was all set.

Now would be a good time to figure out what kind of workflows and automation stuff I have missed since last time.

I’m sure there is a lot.

Hayward Sanitarium Podcast

I was browsing through this comprehensive list of Horror-Podcasts on Reddit and found Hayward Sanitarium and have been listening to it since.

From the about:

Now considered a cult classic, the series broke new ground in audio theater production as one of the first digitally recorded and edited shows. Much of the series was recorded on location with live performances. The fear you hear may be very near.

It appears that the podcast sadly has never been completed, but it is fun nonetheless.