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April 13, 2018

I need a travel wine glass

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April 13, 2018

I don’t understand this huge ongoing “future of micro blog” conversation that started in response to the wavelength.

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April 13, 2018

I’m very happy with my custom emacs config this far.

The subscription software rant.

April 13, 2018

Here is the thing. I don’t mind paying for subscriptions, I prefer not to, but I don’t mind it. Because they are way less annoying than having buy a new one over X years. For example, having a subscription to Overcast is way better than having to buy a new version of it every year. Paying something like $20 USD every year instead of a new $3 app every third year also means that a developer could make more or less the same amount of money on 1/7th of the users.

But I don’t think subscriptions is the solution for everyone and for everything. There are many apps I have stopped using because of their subscription model. This does not mean that they are bad or anything like that, it just means that it is not for everyone.

If I am going to pay a subscription for your app it will always be because it is something I use enough for it to be worth it. And you either have to do it much better or solve a bunch of other problems for me. I did for example use TextExpander up until they went for a subscription model. I did not use it a lot, but I used it some, and I decided to move over to Alfred’s snippets feature instead because I did not use any of the advanced Text Expander features.

An excellent example of a subscription that saves me money is my Lightroom CC subscription. The cost of paying monthly compared to buying a new Lightroom license with every release(when I started my subscription) was more or less the same. Then it became a little bit more expensive when the new Lightroom came out last year. Most of the increase in price for me was because I wanted more storage. But because all of my photos now are in the cloud, I have been able to get rid of my Dropbox subscription ($100 a year) and decreased my AWS Glacier bill by around $100 a year. Because I used to have backups in Dropbox(and still had some old ones), and I was backing my raw files up to AWS using Arq.

I don’t need more than one cloud backup, but I have multiple local copies of them though.

I don’t have a lot of software or service subscriptions left. One of them are 1Password. And I might get rid of it, because Pass might solve most of what I used 1Password for. Here is the thing: I might go for something “worse”, if it still does what I need. Many apps have a lot of features, and they are give you greater value the more of them you use.

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April 12, 2018

I’m considering writing my own Emacs.d

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April 12, 2018

Twitter Archive Downloaded. Tweets being deleted.

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April 12, 2018

Is GitHub a social network?

How I draft blog posts.

April 12, 2018

I draft more or less every single blog post on paper. Usually using a pencil or a fountain pen. Then I write it into MarsEdit and publish them. Or usually schedule them for publishing later.

I’m not a careful editor. But I often do a full re-write when I’m not happy with it. The process of first writing it on paper and then re-writing them is a exercise I enjoy, because then I can use the paper draft to figure out what I want to say, before I re-write it into something much shorter and more concise.

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April 11, 2018

What if Apple had 12, 13 and 15 inch MacBook models plus 13 and 15 inch MacBook Pro models? More or less the same except that the pro machines used the more powerful but more battery draining CPU’s.