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The Brooks Review

July 03, 2015

I think it will be harder and harder as we move forward to pick the iPad or the MacBook. Apple have on one side made a laptop that is very similar to the iPad, and on the other side they are making iOS 9 more powerful, which makes it more like OS X.

The big questions in the future will be about what you prefer; keyboards and operating systems.

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Seth’s Blog

July 03, 2015

Seth Godin:

Consider this: In the 2016 election, the candidates for President will together spend more money on advertising than any single US brand. That’s never been true before—and it’s because marketers today know something that impatient, self-centered politicians don’t. Money isn’t enough.

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The Loop

July 01, 2015

Jim Dalrymple:

I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect much from Apple Music. I was not only pleasantly surprised when I started using it, I’m downright impressed.

Many of the problems I had before with iTunes Radio are completely gone. Selecting genres of music or even something like ”70s Rock Hits” or ”80s Metal” gives you exactly what you want---great music.

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The Brooks Review

July 01, 2015

Ben Brooks:

I hadn’t touched my contexts inside of OmniFocus in, well, years. There was a ton of cruft in there stemming from various different techniques and ideas that I have tried over the years. Device based context, person based context, time based contexts, and location based contexts. For the better part of a year, all of my new tasks in OmniFocus simply went under the Mac context and --- well --- that’s not really using the tool very well.

But I struggled, because dicking around with my contexts is not productive, is tedious, and frankly it is quite annoying. More than any of that: I didn’t have a single idea of what to change it to.

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The Pen Addict

July 01, 2015

That’s a lot of pens, I own six pens, but I never carry more than 3 or

  1. And only 4 of the pens I own is in use.

  2. Lamy 2000. This is my go to pen, I always use it, if the paper I am writing on is good enough. Everything from Field Notes to lecture notes, blog post drafts and journaling.

  3. Retro 51. This or the G2 below is the pen I use when I can’t use a fountain pen. Both of them are very good.

  4. Pilot G2 0.7.

  5. Pilot Super Grip Medium Ball Point. This is the most acceptable pen I have found for something very specific. I need a ball point pen for when I’m working (fundraising) or when I take exams. Because I need something where I am forced to write hard enough for carbon paper to do its job. It isn’t fantastic, but it is better than the other ball points I have tried. And it lasts forever.

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The Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen — Tools and Toys

July 01, 2015

Tools and Toys are reviewing my favourite pen — the Lamy 2000. I got the pen around seven months ago, and I love it. I have considered to buy another good fountain pen, but I never pull the trigger, because I’m so happy with it.

  • It looks fantastic. It has the unique look that I always love in products, everyone that have seen a Lamy 2000 once, can reconize it.

  • The writing preformance is amazing. I have never used a pen with better writing experience, and I use it when I can, everything from in Field Notes to lecture notes, blog drafts and in my journal.

  • Piston filler. The pen uses a piston filler, instead of cartridges, which sounds more messy than it is. It is pretty clean. The good thing about it is that it is way cheaper than buying a bottle of ink than cartridges long term, and filling the Lamy 2000 is less messy than filling a converter.

Check out the review!

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Apple Music FAQ

June 29, 2015

Great FAQ. Like the titles says: everything you need to know.

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Daring Fireball

June 29, 2015

John Gruber:

I was going to crack a joke about Jindal being more of a clown candidate for president than Donald Trump, but the more I think about it, the less funny this seems. It’s just outright pandering to bigotry and, especially, ignorance --- from the sitting governor of one of our states.

It’s one thing to disagree with a Supreme Court decision. That’s part of politics and civic discourse. It’s another to argue that an entire branch of government lacks legitimacy. Keep in mind, too, that Republican nominees have held a majority on the Supreme Court for four decades. For fun, imagine the reaction from these Republicans if Justice Kennedy had been appointed to the Court by a Democratic president, instead of by Ronald Reagan.

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Lenovo

June 29, 2015

Great post. I have always loved ThinkPad. Both in terms of hardware and design. I have owned two of them, and both of them were fantastic computers.

Remember, Steve Jobs used a ThinkPad running NeXTSTEP when he came back to Apple. I personally used Gentoo Linux on mine.

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On Moleskine

June 29, 2015

I have been thinking about doing this post for a very long time. But episode #159 of The Pen Addict got me to start writing it.

Moleskine is a brand that does many different things, and they have a huge collection of different notebooks. Some of them are better than others. But there are three things they are good at in general:

  1. Marketing. Most people that either care or don’t care about notebooks have heard about Moleskine.

  2. Available. You can find a basic collection of their products in most stationary and book stores.

  3. Consistent. You know what you get.

Many pen and paper geeks are critical, and aren’t that fund of Moleskine, including myself, even though many, if not most of us started out or notebook addiction with a Moleskine of some sort.

I get why people get annoyed, when someone could get the same product, without the Moleskine brand for less money. Or get something way better for the same amount. People pay for the brand.

Moleskine is more or less the same as other global brands, like: Heineken, Burger King, Starbucks or PizzaHut. You know that the product is the same mediocre thing no matter where in world you buy it. It is true for Burger King, Heineken and Moleskine.

I order close to all of my pocked sized notebooks from Field Notes, and I usually spend some time in local stores to find a pile of new A4/Letter sized notebooks when I’m about to run out.

But there are times when I buy Moleskine, even though I know that I could get something cheaper, or something better. The situations when I go for a Moleskine notebook of some sort, either pocked sized or a large notebook is quite simple. It is either when I’m in a hurry, and need it for something, or when I’m somewhere I don’t know where to look for a store that stocks good notebooks. And sometimes it is a combination of the two.

The reason I go for Moleskine in those situations are just as simple:

  • I know what I get. I have pens that I know works good enough with the paper quality.

  • I know I can get it. There are not many books stores I have been to in a long time where I could not find Moleskine products.

I don’t recommend Moleskine products, except for the Sketchbooks, but it is the kind of thing I buy when I forget my notebook, didn’t expect to need one or run out. You can find them more or less anywhere, no matter if it is in your home town, or more or less everywhere else in the world. And that is worth a lot in certain situations.

There are a place for brands like Field Notes, Rhodia or Leuchtturm1917, because they really care about the quality aspect, like that really good burger place in your town. But there is also a place for the “good enough” brands like Moleskine, which is more like Burger King or McDonalds. It works.

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