Posts Tagged “productivity”

  • MindMeister and Apple Watch

    It's not a secret that I'm a big fan of MeisterLabs, especially their cloud-based mind mapping app, MindMeister. While I could talk at length about the amazing feature set and the benefits of realtime collaborative mind mapping, this post is about a certain MindMeister tool I just recently got around to exploring: Geistesblitz on the Apple Watch.…

  • A new email trick with SaneBox, Spark, and OmniFocus

    I've used SaneBox happily for a couple of years now. It's a tool that automatically sorts your inbox, filtering out things you can read later, newsletters, bulk emails, and more, leaving your inbox with only the emails that actually matter. You can train it by moving emails from your inbox to special folders, and after a couple of weeks it will have your inbox neat and tidy.…

  • TaskPaper 3.0

    A quick search on this blog will reveal I'm a long-time fan of TaskPaper. The plain-text task manager has provided the simplest form of portable project management I could ask for. TaskPaper 3.0 has been officially released, and it's a complete rewrite for a new era.…

  • Workflows for animated GIFs

    I've found animated GIFs to be useful both on my blog and in README files. There are many ways to create them, but most suffer from issues with cropping and resulting file size. I've found some great solutions, though, and I want to share them with people who currently create GIFs and those who might find GIFs useful for their own needs.…

  • A Hyper Key that can still YELL

    My post "A useful Caps Lock key"---based on a method pointed out by Steve Losh---has been one of the most popular pages on this blog over time (up there with nvALT and iTextEditors). It turns your Caps Lock key into a "Hyper" key that emulates holding Control, Option, Shift, and Command all at once, which is handy for expanding your keyboard shortcut collection.…

  • Tips for Screencasting

    I've answered some questions about my own experience with creating screencasts recently. I'm not by any means the most prolific screencaster in the community, but I learned a lot creating 60 Tips with David Sparks for the iBookstore, and creating my own screencasts for Marked 2 and my blog. It seemed like the kind of info that might be of use to the world.…

  • Smarter keyboard shortcuts for Finder

    I frequently mention the capability of OS X to assign keyboard shortcuts to Services and other functions. At its most basic, though, the keyboard shortcut functionality can enhance and customize any application. As an example, Finder can be extended nicely for the keyboard-inclined.…

  • Curio 10 and Curiota

    I consider Curio to be the most expansive brainstorming application on the market. With mind maps, lists, file links, notes, full project organization tools, and much more, it's a complete productivity app. Version 10 just came out, along with a menu bar app for quick entry, and it continues to extend the capabilities of this powerhouse application.…

  • LaunchBar and Trickster

    I first mentioned Trickster---an app that tracks and filters recently-opened files---a couple of years ago, and it's continued to evolve since. Trickster 2.1 added quite a few features for automation, and the latest version (2.3.4) integrates with LaunchBar 6's latest features to take advantage of them, so this is a great combo.…

  • Share all your browser tabs at once

    Update: Version 1.0.1 is now the current download. Fixes Safari functionality and allows the optional use of a dotfile (~/.dropboxid with the 5-digit Dropbox user id in it) instead of modifying the script directly.…

  • ExtraInfo+ for TaskPaper, now with Wiki Links

    I published my version of Pedro Lobo's Extra Info script for TaskPaper a couple of years ago. ExtraInfo+ is a script that reads tags such as @note` and `@map in my TaskPaper tasks, and the tag value creates a link to an external note, mind map, outline, or whatever I need in order to expand on the topic. I trigger it with FastScripts and my brainstorming and extra details for the currently-selected TaskPaper item open instantly.…

  • The Terminology dictionary for Mac

    Agile Tortoise produces my favorite iOS dictionary app, Terminology. It uses WordNet as its lexical reference, and until now I haven't found an elegant equivalent on OS X.…

  • MindNode 2.0 for Mac (with Marked 2 integration)

    MindNode 2.0 for Mac is out today. It's being sold as a new app with an intro price of $19.99 US. That will go up to $29.99 after the intro sale.…

  • LaunchBar 6.4 streamlines custom actions

    The latest update to LaunchBar has a cool new feature that helps it catch up in the area that Alfred jumped ahead in: the Action Editor. It's not a drag and drop workflow system like Alfred has, but combined with the expanded API that LaunchBar 6 added, it allows users to easily create custom actions.…

  • TextExpander 5

    Smile has officially released TextExpander 5 for Mac. I've been in on the beta test round and I'm excited about all of the new features. Smile is a long-time supporter of this blog, but my love of TextExpander requires no remuneration this post is straight from my heart.…

  • Beyond Productivity workshop with Mike Vardy

    Mike Vardy, friend, Systematic guest, and productivity strategist (among many other things), is offering an online workshop called Beyond Productivity tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26.…

  • Postbox 4

    Postbox 4 was released last week, and it's good. Yes, I'm way behind on blogging, but that's another post.…

  • MeisterTask for iOS and Apple Watch

    MeisterTask, which I mentioned recently (also a previous sponsor), just launched the iOS version of their new productivity and project management tool.…

  • MeisterTask: intuitive task management and collaboration [sponsor]

    I mentioned the launch of MeisterTask last week, and I'm pleased to have them join me as a sponsor this week. Thanks to MindMeister for their support!…

  • Blink: instant iTunes affiliate links on iOS

    Blink is an app for people who share links to iTunes and Mac App Store apps and use Apple's affiliate linking program. It lets you search across the App Store, the Mac App Store, the iTunes Store and the iBooks store, then generate an affiliate link with the result. You can choose a link format: plain url or one of three Markdown formats.…

  • MeisterTask: visual task management from MindMeister

    MeisterTask was officially announced today. It's a web-based project management app from the team behind my favorite web-based mind mapping app, MindMeister. MindMeister offers a more visual way to think and collaborate, and MeisterTask continues that vision by turning brainstorms into actions.…

  • Winterfest 2014: great apps at 25% off

    There's a sale running right now called "Winterfest 2014" with some first-in-class Mac apps, each at 25% off. No bundles, no hassle, no apps you didn't want. Just full versions of some great artisinal software.…

  • oTask 0.2.3

    I didn't mean to. I was absolutely working on something else. I just somehow ended up bugfixing and updating oTask for an hour. It was a vacation day, I don't care.…

  • How I Mind Map

    I've been working on a mind mapping post for some time now. It started as a Macworld piece, but I took too long...…

  • New Perspective Icons for OmniFocus 2

    I mentioned it on Twitter, but I think it deserves a highlight here. Icons & Coffee have recently released Perspective Icons 2. It's a set of icons designed especially for OmniFocus 2. They make your Perspectives look awesome.…

  • OnTop calendar manager for iPhone, +giveaway!

    OnTop, a new calendar and task manager app, recently came out for iPhone. It offers natural language processing for creating new tasks, iOS Reminders integration with location based reminders, native notifications and alerts, and a clever interface with gesture-based actions.…

  • Save even more time with TextExpander snippet nesting

    One of the features that TextExpander offers is the ability to nest snippets inside of one another. This has a lot of applications, but one of the handiest is the ability to separate commonly-used sections of snippets that are subject to change. Doing so allows you to update a single snippet and have all other snippets that reference that information update automatically.…

  • Review: Dropzone 3

    I'm a bit late in covering this major update to one of my favorite applications. I've been too busy enjoying it, I guess.…

  • How to lose your tags

    First, Happy July 4th! I was going to take today off from everything, but woke up early with a bug to do some more OS X tagging research. I'll go back to bed after this...…

  • The coolest way to present a mind map

    Don't get me wrong, I love mind mapping on my Mac and iPad with native apps. iThoughts, iThoughtsX, MindNode and Curio are all things I get excited about. However, I've been spending a ton of time in MindMeister (a web app) lately.…

  • Speedy note taking with concurrent topics

    In a recent Systematic with Brian Alvey, he shared with me that he takes all his notes during interviews (and podcasts) with pen and paper. I decided to try it out, and found that there were solid benefits to the method. First, it was quiet. Second, it allowed for freeform organization of notes without having to mouse or keyboard around. The latter was a compelling benefit to me.…

  • Win a copy of Curio 9!

    I mentioned yesterday that Curio 9 is out, and I'm really excited about the plethora of new features and enhancements. I talked with developer George Browning and he was happy to provide two copies of Curio 9 to give away on brettterpstra.com.…

  • Curio 9 adds all kinds of awesome

    One of my favorite brainstorming applications, Curio, has just released version 9. It includes an complete revamp of the interface for Mavericks and Yosemite, along with dozens of new features and improvements.…

  • Web Excursions for May 05, 2014
  • Folderize - Sync nvALT notes to nested folders

    This script is designed for people who want to sync a flat folder of notes (a la nvALT) to a more organized system of nested folders. It serves as a system for creating a structure that's easier to navigate in iOS note apps, or for separating notes that might be compiled into different books or projects.…

  • Bitlyize link shortening OS X Service

    I know that most major social services automatically shorten URLs for you now, but there are still times I personally need to create a short url, often for the purpose of preserving query strings when submitting to various services. This is the OS X System Service I use to quickly create short urls.…

  • Thinking in the shell

    My doing` project has been a great tool for me, and it's evolved into a fairly complete time tracking system of sorts. Using the `done`, `finish`, and `meanwhile` commands, you can include time intervals for your entries and see them with `--totals` in most `view` and `show variations. I'll need to do a whole post on that to explain it properly, but I wanted to mention something different today.…

  • OTask OmniFocus CLI is back (for now)

    I usually use TaskPaper when working on coding projects, and I have an array of tools for working with it from the command line. Every once in a while I do need to add a task to OmniFocus (where I keep my non-coding todo lists) too, though. I used to use my script "OTask" for that, but it's been neglected since Mavericks came out and wasn't working for me anymore.…

  • doing 0.2.5

    Version 0.2.5 is a big update to my doing` project. It's so huge that I'm overwhelmed at the prospect of explaining it all. The project page is updated with all of the new commands and features, and you can run `doing help` or `doing help command] to get more information on flags, switches and arguments. You can also see a summary of all the new features in the [changelog.…

  • Logging Git commits with doing

    If you don't use git and you're not interested in command line logging, move along, nothing to see here. I promise this won't go on forever, unlike my PopClip obsession.…

  • doing gone wild

    I started my doing project late last week and it's turned into my "productive procrastination" project. It's a simple CLI that helps you keep track of what you're doing and provides a record of what you've done.…

  • Quick Tip: manual autocorrect on OS X

    This tip from Macworld is a fun one for writers. It's about how you can manually trigger the autocorrect popup in Cocoa text fields by hitting space after a misspelled word and then moving the caret backward to the edge of the word. After a very short delay, the suggestion popover (only in the most recent versions of OS X) will appear and you can use arrow keys and enter to choose one. Dismiss it with escape. It avoids the entire process of right clicking and choosing a correction from the…

  • A couple of followups to "doing"

    The doing` CLI that I announced yesterday has been more warmly received than I expected. I'll share expansions and updates to it as they happen. If you've already installed `doing` with `gem install doing`, you can update with the latest features using `gem update doing. Fresh installs will get them by default.…

  • Scatterbrains 3: a new tool for doing

    I made something that I worked really hard on, despite knowing few people besides myself would ever find a use for it. However, if you:…

  • Brainstorm collaboratively with Stormboard

    Stormboard is a new web app for collaborative brainstorming. It's based on sticky notes and multi-section boards. While not my ideal brainstorming format, it's very effective for quickly getting ideas out, organizing them and developing them. It's ideal for remote teams who are used to using whiteboards, and comes with SSL-encrypted connections even at the free subscription level.…

  • Markdown at work: Marked site licenses

    Yes, this is a somewhat cheesy sales pitch, but I think it's important to get the word out... forgive me.…

  • Realmac's Clear goes free, round 1

    As I mentioned previously, Realmac is making an effort to "clear" up confusion surrounding multiple versions of their app Clear. They plan to make the new, consolidated version of Clear available for free for two 24-hour periods, and the first one just started.…

  • Day One as project log

    I've spent a lot of time automating my Day One journal. Slogger and various other scripts keep it populated with my social and work logs. I recently decided to start logging my time better in general, so I've started using Day One "properly," at least part of the time.…

  • Quick Tip: Automating your Mac's wifi power

    This is a quick one, and many of you probably know it, but you can quickly toggle wifi on your Mac with the networksetup command. To turn your wifi on:…

  • Systematic 83 with Dave Seah

    I had a great chat with Dave Seah this week. He's the inventor of the Printable CEO and a bunch of other great stuff. He's a creative guy working to make it on his own by turning his ideas into marketable products. It was an excellent conversation and I'm really glad I got to meet him.…

  • Web Excursions for February 07, 2014
  • Cheaters 2.0: more and faster

    Cheaters 2.0 is up, and it's a huge step forward. I've been inspired by Dash to make it faster, easier and more keyboard-centric.…

  • nvremind update with IFTTT fun

    I've updated nvremind to 1.0.6. It started as some bugfixes for international users, but I added a simple feature that I think makes it worth writing a quick post about. If you're not familiar with nvremind, you'll want to peek at the project page first.…

  • A few of my favorite Mac apps in 2013

    It's been a good year for software. I've had the pleasure of using and exploring a ton of new apps. I took inventory of the apps installed on my main Mac, ran it through SearchLink and put together this post to share the ones I use the most often.…

  • Automatic filing with Hazel and Mavericks tags

    I've finished a tag-based filing system I started working on before Mavericks. I personally think it's flexible enough to be shared, but others may balk at the apparent complexity. It does take some planning and setup, but it's an effective way for me to manage files.…

  • Giveaway! Five Copies of "Cognitive Productivity"

    If you're interested in putting more of your brain into your productivity pursuits, Luc P. Beaudoin's book Cognitive Productivity is one you'll want to read.…

  • MailMate and OmniFocus, productive hacking

    > TL DR: Enable OmniFocus support in MailMate by turning on Experimental Features in General Preferences. Add Omnifocus.mmBundle to "~/Library/Application Support/MailMate/Bundles/" and edit the "Commands/Add With Summary.mmCommand" plist to change the hotkey.…

  • Begin 1.5 released

    Begin 1.5 for iPhone has been released on the iTunes App Store. Begin is an iPhone app that lets you quickly gather todos and check them off or move them to "tomorrow" with simple gestures. I first mentioned Begin when it was released, and it's progressed nicely with this version bump, which boasts quite a few refinements and new features:…

  • Winners of the Begin for iPhone giveaway

    If you didn't win but still need a solid, elegant to-do list app for your iPhone, be sure to check out Begin in the App Store.…

  • Side note: Curio 8 is on sale

    I haven't gotten my Curio brainstorming article together yet, but I did want to mention that there's a sale on it right now until August 31st. You can use the code BACKTOSCHOOL at their online store and get 20% off of Curio 8 (usually $99).…

  • Scripting TaskPaper, mind maps, outliners and other fun

    I did some hacking on the excellent "Extra Info" script from Pedro Lobo. I wouldn't say I greatly improved it, but I did make a fine mess of the code. My goal was achieved, though: special tags create new files from templates with things like subject, source link, date, etc. all ready to go. Trigger it with FastScripts and you can add extended notes to any task using MindNode, Mindjet MindManager, OmniOutliner, iThoughtsX and nvALT.…

  • Brainstorming the brainstorm: workflows and ideas

    This post expounds a bit on my various brainstorming workflows. None of them will be a perfect fit for anyone else, but the bits and pieces can be organized into a workflow that suits just about every need.…

  • nvremind Reminders.app bollocks

    First, I switched the default behavior to always modify @remind` to `@reminded` after posting a reminder. If you don't want to modify your files (because you're doing it by hand after receiving a reminder or something), use the `-z` option to prevent it. `-r is deprecated but won't break it if it's still in your scheduled script. It just won't do what you think it will do anymore.…

  • nvremind: Automatic reminders for nvALT

    Inspired by Evernote, I whipped up a little script to find "@reminder" tags with date parameters in nvALT notes (or any folder of text files). It can generate notifications or send HTML emails at the specified time. It's just for fun right now, but I thought I'd put it out there to see if anyone had any ideas for it.…

  • A guided tour of my Hyper key shortcuts

    I have been asked a few times, so I'm sharing my current Hyper key mappings on my trusty Apple Wireless Keyboard. These are the ones that have already sunk into my muscle memory. I'll add to them over time, but I like to take the keyboard shortcut thing slow and see what works before I go nuts.…

  • Restore Save as... everywhere

    > Update: It turns out it's not my custom keybinding that made this work. Apparently it was already there and just happened to be bound to the same key I was experimenting with. You don't need to do anything... the tip is really just that Command-Shift-Option-S already is the old Save As behavior. There, saved you some trouble!…

  • Thank you for your time. We'll be in touch.

    Of the hours I've been awake over the last couple of days, I've spent about 15 of them reading resumes and applications for the current Engadget/AOL Tech front end web developer position. I'd like to share some advice regarding applying for jobs.…

  • Quick Tip: Flip between two apps with the Hyper key

    > Update: So many people told me that it didn't work for them that I had to go digging for why I was different. I had forgotten where the whole discovery started: I mapped hyper-Tab to Command-Tab in BetterTouchTool. That's why it functions this way. Get BetterTouchTool and add a keyboard mapping, then this will all make sense.…

  • Services vs Keybindings

    I talk a lot about keyboard and text tools. Many of my projects are System Services, but I've also shared a pretty vast array of KeyBindings. If you're like many of the people who contact me with questions, you've probably wondered what the difference is and why you would want to use both. After all, you can assign keyboard shortcuts to Services, so what's the point of confusing keybindings?…

  • Mass creating TextExpander snippets

    I ran into a situation yesterday where I wanted to create over a thousand TextExpander snippets. I won't go into detail about why, but I thought I'd share my solution. In my case, I was working with a huge CSV file where one field would be the abbreviation and another would be the expansion. The script I'm sharing below only works with CSV files containing two fields (abbreviation, expansion), but it can easily be extrapolated to work with much more complex sources of data.…

  • Planter for LaunchBar

    This is a version of Planter (instant nested folder creation from indented text input) modified for LaunchBar. It has a customized version of the Planter script and CocoaDialog embedded, so you can use it simply by unzipping the download, placing the .scptd` file in `~/Library/Application Support/LaunchBar/Actions and running it directly from LaunchBar. Download at the end of this post.…

  • Next Actions CLI updated, time to meet the parents

    I just updated my trusty na script a little bit. Nothing major: some more colorful output and graceful error handling and cache updating when folders it's recorded go missing. In the process, though, I realized how much I've come to love this little guy.…

  • Mac OS X Screencasts makes Hazel easy for everyone

    Hazel is a great tool for automation on your Mac. It lets you trigger actions based on various filesystem activity, conditions and regularly scheduled events. It can clean up your downloads, upload your files to servers when they show up in a folder and tons more.…

  • External linking for nvALT notes 2: nvWikiLinker

    Continuing yesterday's foray into linking nvALT notes to any application, here's the universal script that makes any text linkable to nvALT without extra urls.…

  • External linking for nvALT notes: Part 1

    I devised a couple of strategies for attaching my notes to other places on my system where url links were ugly or inconvenient. It turned out to be a system that's pretty effective in a lot of applications even ones that provide a linking system to begin with.…

  • Quick Tip: images in nvALT

    You can add images to nvALT notes with standard Markdown syntax (``). If you use images in nvALT, here are three tips to make life easier.…

  • An open response

    George Entenman recently wrote a blog post where he expressed confusion over some of the things I talk about, build, or endorse. I wanted to take a moment to respond as I'm sure he's not alone in this.…

  • Mountain Lion Paparazzi!

    I'm not sure why, but it warms my heart to see an update to Paparazzi!. This has long been a useful tool and I had assumed that it would eventually die off. The latest version came out yesterday with the usual Mountain Lion goodies.…

  • Spotlight tricks: search by category

    You know those categories the App Stores use to sort applications by their intended use? You can use those in Spotlight on iOS. Did you know you can do that on your Mac, too? I didn't, and I didn't find many references to this on the web, so I'll share the discovery:…

  • Desktop countdown timer with GeekTool and AppleScript

    I just realized today, quite belatedly, that you can control GeekTool on your Mac with AppleScript. I just wanted to play around with it a bit, so I threw together a countdown timer. This could be done much more elegantly, I'm sure I just wanted to see what I could pull off quickly.…

  • 2x4 interview on Lifehack

    Just in case you missed it, a 2x4 interview I did for lifehack.org went live today. Thanks to Michael Schechter for the opportunity to talk about life, creativity and productivity.…

  • App Review: Tree, an outliner I can love

    I don't like outliners. It's not that I see anything wrong with them, they just don't click with the way my brain works when I'm brainstorming or planning. It's why I use mind maps. Nonetheless, I had to try Tree (MAS link) when I saw it. It looked different. It was.…

  • Byword for iOS!

    Markdown lovers rejoice, Byword for iOS is here! I've been beta testing it for a while now and it's my new favorite way to write Markdown on my iPad. There's also full iCloud (and Dropbox) sync with the desktop version, so the writing circle is complete (at least for me). For background, see some of my previous thoughts on Byword.…

  • Cheaters: customizable cheat sheet system

    First and foremost, this is a total ripoff of an idea by Gabe Weatherhead over at Macdrifter. I just expanded on the idea a little bit.…

  • Automating TaskPaper to Day One logs

    This is just a quick post to mention a new idea I had while working on Marked today. I was, as usual, using TaskPaper to organize the project and track my progress. I use a different TaskPaper file in the main folder for each project I have going. The last script I posted is effective enough, and I should probably leave well enough alone, but I had to try one other thing.…

  • Log TaskPaper archives to Day One

    I wrote a while back about some Day One geekery, and shared the git wrapper I set up for bagging some of my larger commit messages to Day One entries automatically. Then Rob went and asked me if I could do something similar with TaskPaper, logging archived tasks to Day One on the fly. Had to try it.…

  • System Service: Clip to Day One

    I'm enjoying logging with Day One right now, and getting geeky with it. To that end, I put this project together during the few breaks I've had over the last couple of days leading up to the new Engadget live blog launch today. The result is a practical proof of concept in the form of a System Service for clipping any text to Day One. I figured that this could actually be really handy for more people than just me, so here it is.…

  • Logging with Day One, geek style

    I have long kept a journal--more precisely, a log--using VoodooPad with the Scratchpad scripts by Ian Beck. It's been a great system, but after years of usage it's started to become a bit cumbersome. VoodooPad can handle the load, but running the custom scripts is inconvenient on a document with thousands of pages. In the interest of trying new things (and fiddling away some time this evening), I decided to try switching the system over to Day One.…

  • Scripting Readability and Markdownify for clipping web pages

    I wanted to share a handy tool that I realized I use daily but rarely talk about. I call it Read2Text, but it's really just a Frankenstein script which combines Python Readability (license) with html2text (license). The combination allows you to grab web pages, process them with a port of Arc90's Readability and convert the HTML to Markdown, ready for pasting or piping to a text file.…

  • na: per-project todos in Terminal

    As I've mentioned before, I keep todo.taskpaper files in my web and code project folders. These allow me to keep track of bugs, ideas, notes, etc., and the archive it creates helps me remember what I did, when I did it and how it worked. I like having them separated per project it's the way my one-track mind works. I like the plain-text format because I can use any variety of methods (including TaskPaper itself) to manipulate and quickly update the files. This gave me the idea to have Terminal…

  • Mac App Giveaway: PDFpen

    This is the last of this run of Thanksgiving giveaways. There will be more soon, I promise, but Smile was generous enough to donate--in addition to the TextExpander licenses I gave away yesterday--three codes for PDFpen as well. I don't usually run giveaways on apps I haven't specifically reviewed, so I'll try to roll both together here.…

  • Scatterbrains 2: The geekening

    If you read A solution for scatterbrains yesterday, but were left feeling like the solution just wasn't geeky enough... here's a Saturday morning post to help you out. You do actually need to read that for this to make any sense. Here, I'll link it again for you.…

  • A solution for scatterbrains

    As I've mentioned here before (see QuickQuestion), I'm a total mess when it comes to remembering what I was tinkering with late at night or early in the morning. By the time my lunch break rolls around and I want to hack a little more, I have to search through git logs and Spotlight's Recent Files just to figure out what I was working with and where I was at with it. Two days later, not a chance. Sometimes it even happens when I'm intent on completing a todo item and let something distract me…

  • App Review: Quiet

    I found Quiet today. I've used plenty of these "distraction-free" apps that cover your desktop and other windows before, but mostly just for screencasting. Command-option clicking the icon of the app that I wanted to focus on has generally been enough for me, but Quiet takes it a few very useful steps further.…

  • QuickQuestion 1.1 update

    I've made a small update to QuickQuestion. It adds the ability to specify part of the answer to be copied to the clipboard when one of the scripts (Alfred, Launchbar, CLI) runs. You format it with @copy(part to copy) and use it inline. The @copy syntax is stripped out when the answer is displayed, just like @(metadata). So if the answer to your question is a command, url or anything else you're probably going to copy and paste anyway, just add something like this:…

  • When plain text is wrong

    If you've read any of my writing or looked at any of my projects, you're probably fully aware of the nerd wood I get for plain text. You know, the stuff that's been around since the dawn of the computer and will still be around when there's not an application left that can open a DOCX file. I have to admit, though, that there are some things I can't--and don't want--to do in plain text.…

  • Forget about it. Or not.

    I forget a lot of things. I forget how I did something, or where I found an answer, or where I put my glasses. I use technology to help with that to some extent, and Notational Velocity/nvALT are excellent at helping me find previous notes, assuming I bothered to take them.…

  • Totally TaskPaper

    I've been switching back and forth between The Hit List and OmniFocus for a while now. I like the simplicity of The Hit List combined with it's tagging/filtering capabilities, but the overall power and scriptability of OmniFocus keeps drawing me back. Plus, the forecast and review modes in OmniFocus for iPad are amazing. You can criticize me for fiddling if you like I mess with my systems in my free time, but always make sure they're stable before Monday morning comes...…

  • On sorting, tagging and other nerdery

    Since posting my latest desktop, I've received a few questions about how I keep my Mac's Desktop icons under control. I thought I'd answer that question before I got around to posting my whole GeekTool setup. Beyond hiding disk icons and making the icons smaller in Finder's Desktop view settings, I have a "system." My filing system is simple to use, but a little complicated to explain (and set up), so it gets a whole post to itself. I doubt many will follow directly in my footsteps, but you…

  • Sanity and singletasking

    I saw a man driving down a busy street the other day, with a cigarette in one hand and a cell phone in the other. I was driving toward him, and in the brief period between his coming into my field of view and his passing by, I observed him attempting to juggle the aforementioned accessories as he tried to downshift. I didn't get to see the final outcome of the procedure, but his panic was clear as I watched him pass. I laughed, but then the gravity of the situation hit me. This man's inability…

  • Quick Link: historio.us

    I found a great new service via Smashing Magazine today: historio.us. It's a bookmarking service with some seriously impressive twists.…

  • Things tasks from the command line

    If you're a Things.app user (and a Terminal user), I've got a quick function for your .bash_profile that will allow you to quickly add todo items to your inbox with notes and natural-language date parsing.…