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Is it too late, for Reeder for OS X

April 20, 2014

I just published an article about Reeder vs ReadKit. First of all, I wrote it a few days ago. But, now I started to think about something.

There are a lot of examples of apps that used to be the kind “everyone” used. One great example is Firefox. And then Chrome came along, and now most people use Chrome.

The same thing kind of happen to the RSS reader market when Google Reader went away. Reeder for Mac was a extremely popular one. But it’s also been a long time since we have had a functioning version of it.

I think most of the old hard core Google Reader users on OS X have moved on to ReadKit + some syncing service. My question is: is it too late? And the follow up question, that my article also touched on: what can reeder give, that is compelling enough to switch back?

I still use Reeder for iOS, I think it’s the best client there.

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Averages, medians and patterns

April 16, 2014

There are two things that always happens when someone discuss when Apple will update “device X”. They go to MacRumours, to check how many days since the last update, and the average number between each update.

And then I think — is it relevant?

Let me explain. I think the patterns in how often they update something is way more important than the last time, and the average.

It doesn’t matter anyway. Apple will realease something new — when they are ready.

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Editorial

April 16, 2014

Editorial 1.1 information.

This is amazing news. I really look forward to both the iOS7 look and feel updates, and the iPhone version. I love Editorial. But I don’t use it much, and that’s because of the lacking iPhone version. I love the iPad, but my iPad is old. And the iPhone is without doubt the device I carry everywhere. It’s also the devie I use the most.

I would also love to have some kind of Editorial for OS X.

Great news, I can’t wait for it.

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I love full screen apps

April 16, 2014

I have said this before, but I have to say it again. I love full screen apps.

It might be one of my all time favourite features in OS X.

The thing I love about it is that I can just focus on one thing. Like for example right now: I have a few Byword documents in full screen, and I have one Safari window in full screen. And that’s all the apps I have running.

I can focus, on the two things that matters, at any moment. And I can focus on the one app I’m working in. It’s great.

Try it!

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Journaling

April 16, 2014

Patrick Rhone just wrote a great post for this site. Or, I first read it as a part of his paid newsletter.

He writes about one of my all time favourite topics — journaling.

This is not a post about how you should journal. But this is about what I put into my (DayOne) journal, and how I manage to do these things every single day.

I use an app called HabitList. The basic principle is that you add everything you want to become an habit. And then you tell it how often, etc. HabitList is the thing that reminds me to do everything related to journaling — every single day.

Now. So what do I put into my journal. The first thing I do is to take a picture of myself. And the second thing is to write something.

What and how much I write varies. It’s usually what I have done today, what I’m going to do, and how I feel. Journaling can be easy, and it can be hard. It all depends if you make it hard for yourself.

My choice is to make it easy. I just write something every day. But I try to write something that portraits that moment. How am I feeling, what’s on my mind, what have I done, and what I’m going to do.

The best thing about journaling is to read through and to get a picture of how different the different days was for you.

Make it easy for yourself. Go and get both DayOne and HabitList and get started.

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Reeder vs ReadKit

April 16, 2014

The new version of Reeder for OS X just reached public beta. And it’s great. It lacks a few features that I really need. Like Instapaper. But that’s not big deal — for now.

But for me, the big question is — will I buy it? I have been using ReadKit for about a year now. And I love it.

I’ll guess the big question for both me and a lot of other RSS power users are: what will Reeder for OS X give us? I hope for a really hard competition between the two in the coming months. And I hope for some amazing features in both apps.

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The big CMS thing

April 16, 2014

Chose the CMS that is right for you. Pick Squarespace if you want something that “just works”.

There are a few important things I think everyone should consider before picking a cms. Are there any similar CMS they could “just move over to”? And do they have good export options?

This is the reason I don’t like Tumblr. There are nothing like it, and you are kind of fucked if you for some reason need to move over to something else.

I use WordPress. I don’t love it, but it’s the best thing available for me — right now. I can post from Byword both on OS X and iOS. And wordpress plus a few plugins gives me everything I need.

And close to any web host can host a WordPress site.

The only thing I know for certain is that I will go over to a static cms at some point. It might be this summer, it might be later. I just need to find the one that’s right for me. And then solve a few issues I know about. Like blogging from my phone.

I chose WordPress because of the great clients available for it. And that’s kind of the main issue about static blogging engines right now.

Time will show.

Happy Blogging

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A shout out for 1Password

April 14, 2014

This is the situation, Heartbleed is the latest in security issues. It’s a bug in OpenSSL, the library most security related technologies use these days. Everything from sites running over SSL, to VPN and regular file encryption.

I’m not too scared, I’m not.

Here is the reason.

I use 1Password.

I store most of the sites I have visited since 2011, in 1Password. And I can just create a smart folder, and start changing every single password in there when I need to.

It’s not that I’m not scared that people will steal my passwords and break in. The thing is that I know that my passwords are unique, and that it’s not a huge hassle to change them.

So, if you haven’t purchased 1Password yet — do it — today.

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Understanding yourself

April 14, 2014

I don’t know about you, but one of the reasons for me writing is to understand myself.

You have an idea. And then you try to explain it.

What you have is something that is kind of clear in your own head, but won’t make any sense for anyone else.

This is what writing is all about.

Writing is about explaining that idea — telling the story — in a way that someone else would understand.

But, writing is also something different. It is also about understanding yourself, and what you are thinking.

Sometimes I write to tell the world what I am thinking. And other times the process of telling the world, is also my preffered method to figure out what I think and what I mean.

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Happy

April 10, 2014

The idea for this post came from a major annoyance of mine. We all have heard it: “you should just quit your job, and make your hobby your job, and you’ll be happy”.

I don’t agree.

The more I think about what makes me happy, the more I think it is something a bit more complex than just doing what you love.

I have done a lot of changes with my life since August last year, and this text is a reflection on how they have made me happier.

Balance. You need to have a balance between your private and work life that you are happy about. I’m talking about “work life” as in paid work. Some people like to work a stupid amount, while others like to work less. You need to figure out what you like, and live within those boundaries.

Arrangement. Some people like to have one job, while others like to have more than one, or even many. I prefer to have more than one job, you need to figure out what’s the right thing for you.

What. One of the most important things in life is to figure out what you want to work with. I used to think software development was the thing I should work with. I have done it, and still do it. It’s not like I hate it, but I don’t think it is something I will do forever. You need to check if the thing you are doing right now, is the best thing for you.

Develop yourself. I’m self critical of nature. And I’m also a strong believer in the essence in the “Outliers” message. You can learn anything.

I learnt how to do both general software development and web development, during my teens. It was hard work. But I learnt it by talking to other people that was learning, and by doing.

I never card much about or for writing during High School. But I got more interested in it when a few years ago. What I did was to follow the old advice by doing it a lot. I wrote at least 500 words every single day, until I got good at it.

This year, I have done something different. It’s not the exact same process, but similar. I have never been that good at taking the initiative, and talking to people I don’t know. But I took up a job as a street fundraiser this year.

You learn by doing, and by your mistakes. Embrace and learn from them.

Hobbies. I think they are the single most important thing any person are doing. I have a few of them. I love taking pictures, writing on this (and other) sites. I love talking to intelligent people. And I love hiking.

I usually think about my paid gigs as a way for me to do, and develop my hobbies.

What makes someone happy? What makes me happy is to be able to do a lot of different things. I work one day a week for free in a student pub. I use the rest of my time doing fundraising, studying, software development. Or politics, photography and writing.

Find your balance, and don’t be afraid to change the parts of your life that are making your miserable.

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