Old Notes, New Notes.

31.12.2014 01:00

Comparing old and new FieldNotes is always cool.


Photive 50 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger

31.12.2014 01:00

Lets face it, we’ve all got a lot of devices that charge with USB. In my house we have: 2 iPhones, 3 iPads, 2 Kindles, a pair of bluetooth headphones, and a portable bluetooth speaker. When you visit our “charging station”, you see a surge protector with a mixture of iPad chargers and AmazonBasics USB chargers . The Photive 50 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger is aiming to simplify that setup.

With 6 USB ports, it’s got plenty of space to make all those separate chargers disappear. It’s more than just a dumb charger, though. The USB ports will recognize what is plugged up and provide the fastest possible charging speed. This is really handy when you need a quick charge to your iPad. You can charge your devices at full speed with 50 watts and 10A total output. This would also be a great device for your travel bag.

I’m going to get one of these as soon as I can afford it. Finally a good solution to a common problem.


Reading back through 30 years of daily journaling

31.12.2014 01:00

Got it via [The Cramped][0]

Sometimes I randomly grab a journal and read a few pages. I often have no recollection of the events I wrote about. I just pulled out 1995 and was surprised to see that a neighbor brought three studs and a mare over on Dec. 18. I noted it was a big struggle to geld those horses as they had never been touched. I kept two of them here and started breaking them to ride on Dec. 20. I must have been hard up for money as there are no indoor arenas on this place and it is seldom fun to break colts wearing overshoes.

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Resolutions don’t happen in a vacuum…

31.12.2014 01:00

This is especially true if you are in a relationship. At the very least most require support from those around us. And, at most, they require their active participation. To wit, the resolutions of others become your resolutions as well (and vice versa) if they require you to participate in order to be successful.

A great post about new years resolutions.


Uses for Notebooks

31.12.2014 01:00

Got it via The Cramped

I love notebooks, but I often have to justify getting so many while filling up so few. So, I’m keeping this ever-updating list of uses for notebooks to return to whenever I feel the need to put these works of office art to good use:

A cool list. You should check it out.


We’re excited for 2015

31.12.2014 01:00

2014 was a big year for apps.

WWDC was basically a list of things many thought Apple would never do. As a result, we now have iOS apps that have extensions, widgets and more.

This has let developers write an entire new generation of apps more powerful and smarter than ever before. Old favorites are better to use, and some new tools have become instant favorites.

Of course, as with most new features, the App Store has taken a little while to catch up. There have been some high-profile rejections of apps like Drafts and PCalc for pushing the boundaries, but hopefully that’s behind us.

On the Mac, OS X Yosemite brought a new look and feel, coupled with deeper integration with iOS. Handoff makes it quick and easy to move from one device to another seamlessly. Apple’s ecosystem is tighter knit than ever, and in a world where we’re on the go more and more, it’s a welcome evolution.

Working from an iPhone or iPad has never been easier, and transferring that work to the Mac has never been better.

As for 2015, color me excited. There’s still a lot of unexplored territory in iOS 8’s feature set, and developers will hopefully become more comfortable with adopting new technology in their apps.

The Apple Watch is an unknown quantity, but I’m guessing it’s going to be a big deal. The Watch should bring an entirely new class of apps to the Store, and while they won’t be as powerful as the apps we’ve gotten used to on your phones and tablets, they promise to bring a new level of personalization and ease-of-use to our devices.

Going into next year, everything’s on the table. The upheaval we saw in the App Store after iOS 7 and 8 will continue, and there are going to be more and more apps to review and enjoy.

Here’s to 2015.

— Stephen Hackett, Editor-in-Chief

2015 will be a cool year. I can’t wait to see what iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 brings.


What’s So Special About the AeroPress

31.12.2014 01:00

In more ways than one, I grew up in a fussy coffee home. My parents didn’t want me drinking coffee until I was 16 because they were concerned the caffeine would stunt my growth. Who knows.

My home was also fussy about coffee because my dad only ever brewed with a french press. I grew up thinking that brewing and drinking coffee was a special thing. I still think that.

I’m now 33, and have more than made up for the cups of coffee I missed out on the first half of my life. In my kitchen we have a cupboard dedicated entirely to coffee contraptions: a Mokapot; a stovetop espresso maker; an Espro brand french press, a classic Bodum french press, and a single-serving french press; a vacuum siphon coffee maker; two different styles of V60; the Clever Dripper; a Kalita Wave; an Able Kone system; and, of course, the AeroPress.


But the AeroPress is by far and away my favorite. And I know I’m not alone here.

I love my AeroPress, I have two of them. They are cheap, easy to use and make very good coffee. They are also very easy to clean. The funny thing about this simple plastic device is that it often make better coffee than expensive espresso machines I have tried. My advice to people that want to get into coffee is always to get a AeroPress, a good grinder and Chemex. Some people want to make espresso, while others want something closer to pour over. Both of them make excellent coffee.


Jekyll 3 — The Road Ahead

29.12.2014 01:00

With Jekyll 3.0, I want to take Jekyll back to its roots: simplicity, extensibility, and speed.

I love Jekyll. And I think some of the new stuff that comes in Jekyll 3 is cool. For example, generating new posts with a simple command.

But the thing I love the most about Jekyll, is how simple it is to work with it. It is one of the few systems where I can do real work without internet. That makes it ideal for when you work with a spotty, or without a connection.

A file based system like Jekyll is great for generating web sites. Like I said, you can work with it, without a internet connection. You don’t even need a complicated setup for development or production. It also means you don’t need a big VPS to host it; any web server can serve static web pages.

The speed of the site is one thing. But the thing I like even better is that I don’t need to fiddle with a web-interface or app. I can just write in Sublime Text, and use git to update my site.

Let’s get back to 3.0; they are fixing a lot of issues in the upcoming 3.0 release. They are making it easier to create new blog posts, and that is good. Jekyll is not for everyone, but I think it will be something for even more people in the new release.


Something old, something new, from the archives.

29.12.2014 01:00

I recently made some changes to my jekyll setup to have real DF-style linking. And I have digged through all my favorites in Feedwrangler and Instapaper. These have been links I planned to post. Some are new, some are older, and some are old. All of them are posts that I enjoyed then, and all of them are posts that I still enjoy.

One of my goals for 2015 is to publish more links to interesting things I read on the net.


36 years in this skin

28.12.2014 01:00

This is my all time favorite article from Brett Terpstra, and one of the best things I have read in a long time.