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Todo.txt versus Taskpaper

02.01.2017 01:00

```text I’m not a huge fan of productivity mastrubation, but I can’t help it. There are more “getting crap done” apps and services available out there than any sane person should every try out; even though I personally have tested out way too many of them (and made too many myself). You have everything from team based to personal based; to very simple to very complicated. I am of the conviction that you have a lot to earn by figuring out if and what could fit into a either paper or plain text task management system. What I learn’t the first time I did it was to move parts of my tasks into more aporopriate containers. For example: all “reminders” and recouring tasks are in due, everything related to habit forming are in Productive and everything with a hard due dates are in my calendar. ```

```text Everything looks like a nail when you have a hammer. My biggest problem with the more sofisticated task management system is that it is too easy to set reminders and due dates and all of the fancy crap. Something should be easy, if you want people to do it all the time, but the oposite if you don’t want them to do it all the time. Setting reminders on too many tasks are a problem because you start ignoring them if you get them all the time. And then they are as worthless as not having them at all. ```

```text My first introduction to plain text task management as a formal system was with an Mac an iOS app called TaskPaper, and later I also discovered Todo.txt. There are probly others as well. But these are the only ones I have used enough to feel confident talking about them in detail. ```

```text Both systems are great, and you don’t really need any tools to deal with either one. You will get the hang of either one very fast if you know how to write either html or markdown. But there is one philosophical difference between the two: todo.txt is more like a database record where all the data assosiated with one entry is on one line, while taskpaper is more like an outline or tree structure of projects, tasks and notes(and tags). ```

```text My personal favourite is Taskpaper, both because there are a lot more tools available and because I think it is easier to work with, but it is a little bit harder to write code that parses it. Todo.txt is on the other side not as blessed on the tool side, but it has a format that is very easy to get a grasp on, something that should be very interesting to beginning hackers and programmers. I also think that Todo.txt could be a interesting basis for a database standard for “GTD” apps. Todo.txt is also a little bit more like a proper system; you have the file with your tasks and you have the file with your archived tasks. This isn’t really a thing with taskpaper, you just have documents, and it is up to you to figure out how to use them. ```

```text Which one you pick is up to you, I would give both a shot, just to figure out which syntax and system that fits your way of thinking the best. I personally have gone back to taskpaper because the Mac app is fantastic and I think it is much easier to parse a outlined structure than a bunch of almost identical lines. Still I think Todo.txt could be used in some very interesting ways, especially if someone made a really good Mac app that used it as its database. ```

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Less is more

21.12.2016 01:00

```text There are three features that the current line of Apple laptops are lacking, their previous counterparts had. The Magsafe, the battery indicator lights and the charging indicator. I miss all of them. ```

```text I’m not going to talk much more about the Magsafe, but I’m going to say that it was like having insurance, nice to have, just in case your dog stumbles in your charger. ```

```text The next thing on my list have been gone for a while. I think they first started to go away with the wedge shaped MacBook Air in 2011, and disappeared from all modern Apple laptop with the introduction of the Retina MacBook Pro. The indicators were on the bottom of the battery, and they showed you your battery status. A fantastic feature for when you just want to know if you need to charge your laptop or not. ```

```text The last thing on my list went away with the USB-C Chargers. It might should like a stupid feature for many people, but I strongly disagree. It is great when your laptop is on your desk, and you just want to know if it is fully charged. I would also love to have the same kind of indicator on my iPhone and Apple Watch charger. I just want to know with a simple glance if it is charged or is charging. ```

```text Remove these three very useful features is not a huge problem, but it makes everything a little bit less “nice” and convenient. I can see the status by logging on, and I can also see if it is charging or not by doing the same thing but it is much easier to click at a button on the bottom of the battery or looking at a indicator. ```

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Three cameras, and the one I don’t use.

17.12.2016 01:00

```text This might sound strange to some people, but I own three cameras, plus my iPhone. The iPhone camera is fantastic, but I realised at some point that it is not for me. Some people love to take pictures with their phone, including my girl friend. But I can never get into it. I also have the same feeling every time I use a mirrorless camera without some kind of view finder. ```

```text I own three cameras. They are quite different, and I own them for three different reasons. ```

```text My main, and oldest camera is my Canon EOS 650D, I think they are called Rebel or something in the US. I own a 40mm 2.8 prime and a 24mm – 70 mm 2.8 zoom lense, plus a good flash. This is the big camera. I use it every time “taking pictures” is a large portion of what I am going to do. I know how to wrangle it to get good results almost no matter where, and the battery lasts forever. ```

```text My newest digital camera is a Fujifilm X100t. It is the perfect “bringing it everywhere” camera for me. It is a combination between a mirrorless APC camera and a phone camera. You have the flexibility and ease of use of a mirrorless system camera (coming from the photographer side) combined with the crappy battery life and small size of a phone. I decided to get this camera when I finally realised that I would never get into phone photography and this is the thing I use I I decide to take some pictures out and about or the camera I bring if I might take pictures. ```

```text I also own a film SLR(A Nikon FM). My mother gave it to me the last time I was home. It belonged to my grand father, and I don’t think either of them used it much. There Is something to using a camera without anything else to help you than the meeter. It takes forever to take pictures, but I enjoy it a lot. I love taking a lot of pictures when I bring my Canon or Fuji, and to get a few very good shots from the hundreds I shoot, mostly shooting in either Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority. But I also enjoy to spend maybe a minute or two to set up a single shot, when I decide to take one and then wait for weeks to get the pictures back. ```

```text The digital Leica Cameras is only interesting to those of us who enjoy the process of shooting with analog SLR’s. Vinyl records and shooting analoge is two similar things. They are technical inferior to their digital counterparts. This does not mean that you can’t enjoy the one more than the other. Vinyl sound cool, but it is not better. The same goes for digital photography over analogue. :0 ```

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The Apple Silicone Case vs The Apple Leather Case.

16.12.2016 01:00

```text Most of the iPhone cases I see are so ugly that I think we need a word, because just calling them “ugly” should be considered a compliment. My personal opinion about cases until the iPhone 6/6 Plus design was unnecessary unless you wanted extra protection or features; like for example more battery power or to have a combined Phone-wallet. ```

```text I’m not a huge fan of the current iPhone design, because of how slippery it is. It is not a new trend, but the problem became much bigger because of the rounded edges and the increased size. This means that most people do want some kind of case to avoid breaking their screen once a month. ```

```text My experience to cases prior to the Apple’s own cases were bad for the most part. The only exception is TwelveSouth; their cases are awesome. Most cases are ugly. If you for some strange reason find one that does not look like shit, then it is very likely that it either don’t provide much protection at all, or in a way where it is very hard to get your phone in and out of your pocket. ```

```text The thing I really like about both of the Apple cases is that you get a lot of protection, without much extra bulk, in a very attractive package. They look good, and they look like they belong on the iPhone(something you can not say about most cases). ```

```text I used a Silicone Case on my iPhone during the first 12 months I had it, and now I changed to the leather case because it started to wear down after a year of drops and in and out of my pocket (I have no idea how many times a day). ```

```text The only difference between the two (except for the $10 price difference) is a slight colour difference and the amount of grip. Both of them provide more grip, something I think is a much to avoid having the feeling you are going to drop it every single time you pick it up. But the silicone version provides much more grip than the leather. This is both good and bad. I absolutely love the feeling of holding and using my phone with the silicone case. It feels safe, and it would be very hard to drop it. But I prefer the leather case because it is smooth enough to make it easy to take it in and out of my pocket. ```

```text This is my only problem with the silicone case. It can be a pain to take it in and out of your pockets. ```

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Review B&O Beoplay H7.

13.12.2016 01:00

```text My go to headphones from I was 13 until I got my Bose QC25 in 2010 was the Bose Porta Pro. I think they were fantastic, but my impression is that the cables became gradually worse. They used to last at least a year, with more or less the same daily use as today. But then suddenly somewhere between 2005 and 2010 I suddenly had to get new ones twice, then three and then four times a year. ```

```text Then I got a pair of Bose QC25 in 2010. They lasted me six years, until the electronics started dying. The only thing you I had to do with them was to change the batteries, buy new cables when they broke(around twice a year) and replace the cushions(I think I did it two times). ```

```text My main expense with them was batteries and cables, so I decided to take a good and long took at the various good bluetooth alternatives available when I had to replace them. And landed on the H7. They have re-chargeable batteries, and I don’t need to buy new cables. ```

```text I landed on the H7 because I think they sound better than the Bose QC35, and because being comfortable to wear for many hours at a time is very important to me. There are other options that might fit you better if you want something more compact. ```

```text This might be the time where I spend less per year, while it being more or less the same, with an improved experience when I had the QC25. ```

```text I think the H7’s are fantastic. The build quality is great, the sound is fantastic and they are comfortable to use. Bluetooth isn’t as bad as I expected, and the only times where I really hate is when I either forget to charge them or when I have to use them with my Mac. The un-pairing, pairing, use for 10 minutes, un-pair and pair again is a pain in the neck. ```

```text Other than that: pretty great. ```

```text I expect and hope that Apple’s W1 Chip will improve the Bluetooth stuff a lot. I will never buy anything made my Beats, mostly because they look like shit and sound even worse. But I really hope that they force the rest of the industry with them and make it a little bit better every year. Because, if the un-pair and pair process or support for multiple devices was a reality bluetooth would be good. ```

```text Also, not having that damn cable have made my life a million times more enjoyable. It might sound stupid. But it makes everything much easier. I can put my phone in my bag if I don’t have space in any of my pockets. Or I can walk around in my apartment while my phone is charging and still listen to music. ```

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My new Tom Bhin bag

09.12.2016 01:00

```text I just posted an review of my new bag oer at my other site. ```

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Tom Bihn Pilot

09.12.2016 01:00

```text Like everything else in my life, to get a new bag is always a long running process up until the point where I make up my mind; then it goes really fast. My old Osprey Flap Jack Pack have been in slow decline for at least six months. The plastic parts started to break off, and the fabric look really worn down; especially on the back. I don’t expect more than five years of daily use out of a good backpack. ```

```text But what I need from a my daily carry bag have changed a lot since then. I carry less and less stuff. ```

```text What I wanted this time was something small, and compact that had room for just what I need, without too much else. I also wanted a configuration of different compartments where they weren’t too big or too small. Too small means that they aren’t that useful, because you can’t fit anything into them and too big have the opposite problem where you can’t find anything. ```

```text I carry my laptop, a few pens, a few notebooks, some cables, my laptop and charger and my camera. But not much else. I also carry my headphones, but they don’t need to fit in the bag because I usually use them all the time. ```

```text The way I went around it this time was to to look at all the various bags I had collected links to during the last 12 months or so, and to round it down to at 2-3 different makers. Before I looked at what they had to offer. I’m not going into who I didn’t chose. But the reason I went for Tom Bihn was partly their reputation which is hard to challenge or rival and partly because their Pilot look like an exact match for what I need. ```

```text I have used it a few weeks now. And I got to say: it is fantastic. The build quality is beyond anything I have experienced. And I can find anything without any hassle(except for my bag of cables, but that isn’t the bags fault). ```

```text Everything from the process of ordering the bag to the packing to the fast delivery and the content of the box and the bag itself was delightful. ```

```text Ordering anything from Tom Bihn is what I want it to be, not unlike Apple. You pick a product and then you are presented with only the options that are available to that product. In other words, you can’t order a strap that won’t fit your bag. ```

```text The delivery all the way from Seattle to Bergen, Norway was very fast. They shipped it the same day I put the order in. And I received it 8 days later. I ordered another package from an European company the same day and a new laptop. Tom Bihn beat all the others by 2-3 days. ```

```text The packaging was the way I wish all packing was. They proudly told me that it was carbon neutral, something they didn’t have to, but though was the right thing; both being carbon neutral and informing me about it. What I was presented with when I opened the package was the fact that this box didn’t have a spear inch. They obviously make cusstom boxes for all their products. And a delightful piece of paper on top of the bag. Telling me everything I need to know, including how to return a faulty or “not for me” product. ```

```text My next bag will without doubt be from Tom Bihn. ```

```text The reason I went for the Pilot is the configuration of the compartments, and how compact it is. I ordered it with a Tom Bhin Laptop cover; they are amazing; I have never seen anything that makes it as easy to take my laptop in and out while at the same time give me the confidence that it is secure. ```

```text You basically have four compartments, and a small one on the back, which is perfect for putting mail, paper you receive in meetings and so on. The main compartment have a large compartment and two smaller pockets on one side. I currently have my 13” MacBook Pro and two Field Notes Steno notebooks(one in each of the smaller pockets). My plan is to also carry a iPad once I order a new one. ```

```text Then you have the three compartments on the front. Two larger, one of each side and a smaller one in the middle. I use the middle one to carry a laptop charger and a pouch with all the various chargers, dongles and cables. Then I have my camera and pens in the right side pocket and my Travelers Notebook and battery bank in the right side pocket. ```

```text I’m so happy with this bag because it feels like I have more room in it than my previous bag, while at the same time being smaller and it also makes it so much easier to find anything. ```

On the new MacBook Pro Keyboard

05.12.2016 01:00

```text The only big struggle I have with this computer is the new keyboards that Apple are going for. ```

```text I have a really hard time to communicate my feelings about it. It is a big change, and I think it might be for the better. But it will take some time to get used to it for many people. ```

```text My favourite thing about Apple laptops during the last 10 years have been that their keyboards have been so good that I never wanted an external keyboard. The strange thing is that this keyboard are still very close to that, except for the arrow keys and a few other minor details. But the key-travel is the thing many people including me are struggling with. ```

```text I thought it was unusable when I first got it. Seriously: I had to type my password 5 times before I got it the first couple of days. But now I type more or less as many typos as I did with my MacBook Air. ```

```text It does require a few days to a week to get used to it. And my impression is that I write much faster on this keyboard than anything else I have used. ```

Year one

30.11.2016 01:00

```text I think I have three or four drafts of this post in my notebook. My intent was to publish it on the day, but I have simply not had the time to get it done. ```

```text This site, and most other writing have to take the back seat while I try to complete my degree as fast as possible and try to get the startup I’m working at off the ground. ```

```text I feel really bad about not getting this post out in a reasonable fashion or time and I will try to get it done next year. I’m grateful and surprised over the response this site have received. Everything happened much faster than I had anticipated or hoped for. ```

```text What I first and foremost want to do is to say Thank You to everyone who has linked to me since I started. I have no idea how many readers I would have had without it, but it wouldn’t have been many. ```

```text There are also two people I have to mention in person because they gave me the initial push, and because I have been a fan of theirs for such a long time: Brad Dowdy and Ana Reinert. ```

```text The big question is: what am I going to do with the InkSmudge in year two? I’m going to revisit som of the topics I have written about during the first year, and I am also going to look more at ways to integrate stationary and a like into your life and how to be happy with five pens instead of 50. ```

```text And I have a new bag review coming up in a few days. ```

The Apple USB-C Power Plugs.

29.11.2016 01:00

```text Magsafe 1 & 2 have been the gold standard for as long as I have owned Apple laptops. And they became so, a year or two after I started lusting after a 12” PowerBook. I was a huge fan of the original design, less so the version 2, but I still think both of them were and is the best. ```

```text I think more or less everyone agree that having a cable that disconnects when you are close to dragging your computer into the ground is superior to not having it. No matter if you prefer having a USB-C port or not. ```

```text But there are still things about it that I like and don’t like. One thing that drive me nuts about the new Apple chargers is that I need to buy three different things to get what I am used to get when I buy an Apple Charger. I need to buy the brick, the USB-C cable and the extension cable. This is ridiculous. I had a full bag of various Apple boxes, only containing the different charger parts when I bought this computer. (I prefer to have three chargers, one in my computer bag, one at by desk at home and one at my desk at work). ```

```text There are actually some good things about it too. But I just wish Apple could have a box containing all of it. The employee at my local Apple Premium Reseller spent 10 minutes locating the different boxes for a simple charger. ```

```text My experience is that one thing break in every single charger after a couple of years, the plug that go into the computer. I really like how you can just replace that part when it breaks. This is cheaper and good for the environment. ```

```text The general USB-C concept is good. You use the same port for everything. Charging, storage, displays etc. But it will be a painful period until we find out how many ports we need to have on our machines and until accessories are updated to use USB-C ports. Remember the days in the late 90s when we had one USB-A port on most computers? ```