→ Connected #1: Mindset of 2001

I just listened to the first episode of Connected, the new Apple-based tech podcast from Relay FM and the continuation of tech talk goodness from Myke Hurley, Stephen Hackett, and Federico Viticci. This particular episode is all about the history of the iPod; what an amazing history it’s been.

What really stood out to me is how I, myself, have progressed. My first generation iPod was my most treasure possession in college; now, after experiencing the comprehensive model of the iPhone, I can’t imagine carrying any sort of dedicated music/media player.

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Link Mash (August 21, 2014)

The weekly Link Mash is a curated selection of tools, stories, and other links that I found during my travels on the web. All of my links can be found on my Pinboard; you can also find the Link Mash archives here.

  • limetext/lime. From the developer: “There was a period of about 6 months after the Sublime Text 2 ‘stable’ version was released where pretty much nothing at all was communicated to the users about what to expect in the future, nor was there much support offered in the forums. People including myself were wondering if the product was dead and I personally wondered what would happen to all the bugs, crashes and annoyances that still existed in ST2. This lack of communication is a dealbreaker to me and I decided that I will not spend any more money on that product because of it. As none of the other text editors I’ve tried come close to the love I had for Sublime Text, I decided I had to create my own.”
  • LuminosoInsight/python-ftfy. Great Python library that reconstructs broken and messy Unicode text.
  • Humin. I’ve long hunted for a better dialer/contact manager on iOS. Time will tell, but Humin – with it’s amazing ability to add context to contacts – might fit the bill.
  • A Fresh Take on Contexts. A sensational, fresh take on GTD contexts. My boring, old-world contexts – computer, car, etc. – need an overhaul and this is the place to start. Note that although it centers on OmniFocus, it applies to any GTD practice.

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True Fenced Events in Fantastical

A few months ago, I noticed a rather repetitive action that kept occurring: every time I scheduled certain events on my calendar (haircuts, chiropractic adjustments, dentist appointments, etc.), I would have to manually schedule “unavailable time” before and after the event (so that my calendar was blocked off during periods of travel).

Forgetting to do this was bad; too many times, I’ve forgotten to do it and had someone book my calendar immediately before or after such an appointment.

Manual repetition, as always, spells the need for some automation. So, I set about building my ideal workflow.

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→ The Issue Of Compliance

Today on the MailDeck blog, I wrote about the dichotomy of giving your data to large services and trusting them to be trustworthy with it.

As I was writing this, I expected my primary emotion to be one of indignation. It happened, but not in the way I expected; rather than being angry at Facebook about its questionable data collection practices, I became frustrated with society (including myself) for giving Facebook so much personal data to play with.

Living online is based on implicit trust, but it is by no means contractual.

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Link Mash (August 14, 2014)

The weekly Link Mash is a curated selection of tools, stories, and other links that I found during my travels on the web. All of my links can be found on my Pinboard; you can also find the Link Mash archives here.

  • shellista – advanced shell for Pythonista. A Python-based reimplementation of a bash shell for Pythonista and Editorial. It, too, is crucial to my current project.
  • pipista – pip module (for installing other modules) for Pythonista. An ingenious little script for getting additional libraries into Pythonista and Editorial. It’s a crucial component for something I’m currently cooking up…
  • PaintCode. When I learned that Marco Arment had done all of Overcast’s design “in code” for speed, I was fascinated by the idea. This app helps simplify the process: simply design and let the app generate the code for you.
  • josephyzhou/github-trending. Great GitHub repo that automatically tracks trending repos across every major language.

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