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August 16, 2018

Dash

August 16, 2018

One of my favourite apps on my Mac and on my iOS device. It is just a simple offline app for viewing documentation.

You select the libraries and programming languages that you use, and it downloads them. And then, you can browse the documentation in the app as you need it.

I code a lot on the train, when Iæm on my way to or from work, and Dash is a lifesaver there, because I can just look it up there instead of having to wait until the train get to somewhere with reception.

Iæm not sure how much of a use case this is for everyone. But if you do want a way to access developer documentation in a easy to use way, without pulling your hair out or without having a internet connection I would check out Dash.

This is one of those things that many users donæt get. Yes, I can post to WordPress with the web interface, but MarsEdit is much more convenient. Same goes for Dash. Yes you can use a browser, but this is much BETTER.

Little Snitch

August 15, 2018

Little snitch is one of those annoying apps that I wish did not have to run on my mac. The elevator pitch is that it is an app that keeps track of all the programs on your mac that use the internet. Mine is set up to block anything that is not signed using Apple developer certs.

You can either set it up to block everything until you approve it, or to let most of it go through(if it is signed) and then deal with it later.

Their app makes it really easy to manage it all, and deal with stuff that should be approved. If you like me are a little bit worried about all the crap that might be using your internet connection, it might be worth the investment.

I have used apps like this in the past, but this is the least anonying one I have found. Most of them drive me nuts, but this one are designed in a way that makes it as little annoying as possible.

Review of the AlphaSmart Neo2

August 14, 2018

The AlphaSmart Neo2 is a electronic typewriter. I finally got around to ordering one a couple of months ago. And it is awesome.

It is a computer made to do one thing: let you type text into it. The keyboard is a great, it is light and you use regular AA batteries.

The way it works is that it has eight “files” that you can store text in. In total it can store somewhere between 100 and 150 pages of text. And each file has a maximum of 24.5 pages of text. You start it, pick a file and start typing. And you just turn it off when you’re done.

Then, when you want to transfer it to your computer, you just open the app and file you want it in, connect it by USB, select the file on your AlphaSmart and click send. This will transfer character by character like a USB keyboard would. It is slow, but it means that you do not need a driver. It would probably be faster, haven’t it been for the very slow CPU in the AlphaSmart.

Remember to change the keyboard layout on your computer to US English before clicking send.

This is the perfect computer for writing, if you want something small, light without any distractions. I personally love using it for transcribing blog post drafts from my notebooks to it.