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C’mon Dropbox!

May 14, 2014

The importance of core business. Dropbox was a great service, they solved a big problem, syncing more or less flawlessly for a long time. But I have noticed that the OS X client have become more and more unreliable the last 12-18 months.

First of all, it’s slower. The speed wasn’t a problem in the old days, and it isn’t really a problem now; but I notice that the speed is worse.

The frustrating problem is that the client started to crash every now and then sometime the last year. And now it’s not my machine, this is just one of three Mac’s that I have experienced crashes.

The big problem is that the whole idea of dropbox isn’t running on my mac isn’t there. I have internet, and my Macbook Air are running — of course dropbox is syncing.

And then it goes a few weeks, and you realise it wasn’t running; and you need to fix 300 conflicted files in your nvALT folder.

My issue isn’t that Dropbox is slower, or that the client is buggier. My problem is that this are happening at the same moment that they are introducing a whole lot of new crap. That I don’t need or want. At the expense of the core service that made Dropbox famous.

We have the “Skype”-problem all over again.

Nothing annoys me more than to se a great service going to shit because of a lot of fancy crap their loyal and core audience don’t want.

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App

May 13, 2014

I bought Command-C yesterday. And now I realise that I should have bought it months ago.

Command-C is a pair of iOS and OS X apps that let’s you “copy” or send stuff over to your iOS device. It’s not something I use every day, but I use it a lot. It might be some URL you want to browse on your Mac instead of your iPhone, or if it’s a podcast you want to add to Instacast on your phone.

It’s great.

This is something that should be a part of the operating system.

Anyways, it’s great app. and you should go and get it. The OS X app is free and the iOS app costs $3.99. Go and get it!

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Goodbye Rdio; hello Spotify

May 13, 2014

Goodbye Rdio. So, I have moved back to Spotify.

I was a Spotify user from 2009 until sometime in 2012. And then I moved to Rdio.

There was two reasons for leaving Spotify back in 2012. The lack of saving albums, without playlists and how ugly and buggy their apps was.

Saving albums, is something Spotify are supporting now. Which is great. I still think that the way Rdio are doing this on their iOS apps are superior to Spotify.

But. The current design of the Spotify apps are way superior to Rdio. My impression is that Spotify is a company that moves all the time, while Rdio is more or less stuck. I haven’t seen many changes in design of functionality since I started using Rdio; or even since I first tried Rdio a year before that.

The thing I love the most about Spotify is how fast their sync is. You can’t even compare the two

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Sunlit 1.2 & App.net

May 08, 2014

Maton Reece just announced that Sunlit 1.2 is available in the App Store.

I haven’t commented on the App.net happenings yet. Not because I didn’t have anything to say, but mainly because a lot of other people said more or less what I was thinking.

But there is one thing I would like to say. I don’t think I’ll spend much time on App.net as a social network. But I would pay for App.net if there was more apps like Sunlit out there.

Let me explain. I would pay $3 a month(or whatever what it is) if there was more apps(that I’m interested in) that used it as their sync platform.

I hope that App.net survives. And I might even renew my subscription if I end up using Sunlit more than I do today.

Sunlit is basically like DayOne for sharing photos with your friends and family. In other words a combination of a journal and a photo gallery.

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The Cramped

May 08, 2014

My favourite internet person, Patrick Rhone launched a new website. The Cramped a few days ago.

The Cramped is site site about analog writing. Pens, paper, notebooks, and even typewriters. It’s without doubt the site I have been spending the most time on since it launched.

I think it’s great. Interesting links and good articles.

Check it out!

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Posting to Statamic from iOS

May 06, 2014

I completed the move to Statamic last night. It feels great to complete a project I started to think about In the end of last year. I chose to go with wordpress for a while, until I figured out what I wanted to use long term. And I ended up on Statamic. It’s not a pure static engine, and I might move to that at some point. But it has a lot of the cool stuff from systems like Octopress. No database, only static files.

There are a few reasons for spending $99 compared to the free alternatives. First of all: I don’t need a corn job to generate the site when something changes. But the most important reason was that it was so. UVB easier to get started with Statamic compared to Pelikan, Octopress etc.

But that’s not what I was supposed to write about here. The first things I wanted to figure out after completing the change was: how do I post from iOS?

The short answer is FTP. The slightly longer answer: Editorial and Diet Coda on the iPad. I don’t know what I’m going to do about the iPhone. I could use Textastic, but I think I’ll just wait for the iPhone version of editorial.

I found a great editorial workflow for uploading over rss at MacDrifter.

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1Password Watchtower

May 02, 2014

Version 4.4 of everyones favourite password management app introduces an integration with 1Password Watchtower.

I’m so excited about this.

Watchtower is a service maintained by the 1Password team. It’s a service that let you identify all the passwords linked to a website that have had a security breach since you changed the it.

Everything you need to do to get started is to update the app, enable it in the preferences. And then a new folder will appear under “Security Audit”.

I know that there are a lot of cheaper apps that makes it possible to manage passwords. But the reason I stick with 1Password is that it’s more like a whole suite. It gives you the tools to get secure, and stay secure. You can store passwords, banking info, credit cards, software keys and secure notes. But the most important part is that version 4 of the mac came with built in Audit searches. They makes it even easier to identify and change the password that you need to change. Like old passwords, weak passwords, duplicates and now Watchtower.

This is without doubt something everyone should enable after the Heartbleed bug.

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Unread

April 29, 2014

Unread is a great RSS reader for iPhone. I have been putting it off for a while, due to my impression that it was only for people that didn’t use Instapaper. Oh man was I wrong.

Ben Brooks put out a great article about it today.

What I found in Unread was not only a beautiful app, but a highly functional app --- even when asked to do something it does not feel it is explicitly designed to do.

This is spot on. It’s not as easy to send stuff to Instapaper, as it would be with for example Reeder. But I still think it is more or less the perfect RSS reader for iPhone. It makes it easier to read the shorter articles right there. While I still have the opportunity to send the longer articles to Instapaper, even though it takes another click.

At the end of the day, Unread has won me over, as it is just too pretty to not use. Watch your back Reeder.

It’s a beautiful app, with a fresh aproach. I just deleted Reeder from my phone.

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A Visual History of OmniFocus for Mac

April 20, 2014

Shawn Blanc wrote a great post about visual history of OmniFocus; from kGTD to OmniFocus. The interesting part here is how similar the kGTD, and the 1.0 version is to the current version of OmniFocus.

I think OF version 2 will be great. It will be the first major re-design of the app, since before it existed1.

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  • kGTD was a set of AppleScripts for Omnioutliner, that let you use it as a GTD system. And most people look at it as the predecessor to OmniFocus. ↩

    MacStories redesign

    April 20, 2014

    MacStories just lauched their “4.0”, with a major and much needed redesign. And I love it.

    MacStories is one of the few “high” volume blogs out there that I follow closely, and read most of their content. The new design is much simpler, and makes sure the content is in focus. My favourite part of the new design is that it’s finally responsive.

    Great work!

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