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Curation is key.

30.07.2014 02:00

I guess a lot of people would call me a photo snob. And it’s fair.

I complain about people taking pictures with iPads, and it makes me sad when people use their tablet or phone for all of their vacation pictures. And most important I carry a DSLR, sometimes with a huge lens.

The only reason for doing this is to get people to have a good camera, either compact or something fancy, for special events, or trips.

Some people care, while others don’t.

There is nothing I love more than a picture I took, that reminds me of something I loved. Like a good party or a trip; or even something random and cool, you saw.

My favorite pictures are divided into two camps, the pictures that are great from a technical standpoint: the stunning picture. And the blurry iPhone pictures I have taken, because that’s all I had.

Both of them are great. For a lot of the same reasons. And also for the opposite reasons.

People take picture for a lot of different reasons. I do it to save memories. While others do it to tell a story, or something.

My end goal is to have a part of my photo collection in something like DayOne. Only the shots I love the most.

I don’t know how many pictures I have. Probably too many. And I don’t keep many of the pictures I take.

Don’t keep everything. But keep the good ones, and the ones you love, even though they aren’t that great. And put the most important ones in a place where you see them.

Curation is key.

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Charge more, and more often!

29.07.2014 02:00

Jared Sinclair wrote something, that I didn’t expect.

He basically published the sales numbers for both versions of his app Unread.

What I see isn’t too uplifting. There are a lot of issues. And it’s hard to be a indie developer.

But, there are a few things I would love to see. Sustainable pricing on good apps.

I don’t have a lot of money, but I do have a app budget. And I don’t have a problem paying real money for great apps.

Would I pay a lot more for my favorite apps? Yes. Look at what The OmniGroup are charging.

And I wouldn’t have a problem if the developers released a new major version, as a new app, once a year. Some people don’t like it, but I don’t care. Good apps being maintained are more important to me.

There are however one idea that I would love to see more places. And that is the tip jar. Like you see in David Smiths Pedometer++.

Byword, DayOne and Drafts are apps that I have used every single day for a very long time – without spying them anything in a long time. I would love to be able to give them a few bucks every few months with a simple iAP.

In other words, higher prices, release major updates as new apps / paid upgrades and tips / donations. These are the thing I think we need to make sure our favorite indie developer make a decent loving, and continue to deliver updates to the apps we love. And to continue to create awesome apps.

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Email sucks.

28.07.2014 02:00

I was just listening to the latest Mac power users, and they were talking about vacations; and in particular email in that context.

So, I though it was about time to write about email again.

I used to be one of those tools, hovering over my inbox all day long. Notifications on all of my devices. Updating the inbox every minute. We have all been there.

And then I read inbox zero.

I’ll start with what I have done, before I continue to some advice.

What I started doing was to care less and less about email. I don’t have email on all of my devices. It’s configured on my MacBook Air, and my iPhone. But not my iPad.

I check it now, and them. And I process everything, right there.

But, I don’t act on the different messages all the time. I answer what’s urgent, when I see it. And then I try to do a larger push, when I have the time. Or feel like it.

Everyone in my life, know that email isn’t the way to deal with urgent matters in my life. And I don’t have anyone in my work life that can demand my attention. They expect it to some degree, but not within hours, or sometimes, days.

I’m a full time student. With a few part time jobs.

Everyone knows that texts are better ways to get in contact with me.

You could say that I have been doing a worse and worse job, with dealing with email, on purpose. Because I can.

I don’t care about, or for email.

Let’s move on to some usable advice.

Figure out what you actually need to do, to deal with what your job requires. Then figure out what expectations are in practice.

Then start working out how to align the two. Some people actually need to look in their email all day long. Like support or sales people.

There have gone many years since I read the inbox zero posts, or watched the talks. But I do know one thing, email isn’t something I want to do.

I have to deal with it, but not all the time.

Like I said. Look at your job description and contract, see what kind of expectations there are. And then look at what you do and what others expect from you.

You can’t align the two in a day, it might take a long time. Start with something simple, and build on it.

This is what I have said every time it have gotten push back from not reading email all day long: do you want email or my job to be my main focus? And the same time, when people have complained about me not reading email when I’m off work: do you want to spy for over time, when I read email on my spare time?

Reasonable people, good colleges and good managers get it. They always wanted me to focus more on software development than on looking at my inbox all day. And they didn’t want to pay a fortune for me checking email every hour or so.

People that need your attention in a short amount of time, should have other tools to do it, than email. That’s the reason for going into your office, texting, calling and IM.

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Field Notes

26.07.2014 02:00

My latest Field Notes order finally showed up today. The one thing I don’t like about them is the same as always, and that is how long it takes to ship them all he way to Norway.

And the fact that they use Paypal.

I ordered my usual order of three packs of the usual small ones. This fits right under the price limit without having to pay taxes on them. But I also placed a second order, three packs of the new Arts and sciences edition.

This is probably the most exciting announcement about Field notes since I discovered them. I didn’t know what to expect. But I’m delighted.

The new size is small enough to fit the the pocket of my leather iPad mini sleeve, together with my favorite pen.

The small field notes are great for writing down ideas, tasks and notes when you are out. And this new and larger version will be great for the same things, but in a different context.

I think it will become my go to notebook, when I’m in meetings, in lectures and sitting in front of a desk. Either coding, writing or editing pictures.

After trying countless notebooks, I have come the a conclusion when it comes to notebook sizes. The small ones are great, when you need something portable. The large ones though, are inefficient. I can never make use of all the space. While the mid sized once, like the new field notes, are the perfect match for me. You have more room, but not so much that you waste paper.

The new field notes is kind of like the iPad mini; the perfect thing between the iPhone and laptop. Only that it’s the perfect size between the smaller notebooks and the whiteboard.

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What hurts

25.07.2014 02:00

Ernest Hemningway once wrote:

Write hard and clear about what hurts.

I just read the latest post on Randy Murray’s site. It’s called: Write about your pain.

And that made think about that old Hemningway quote, at the top.

The thing I always do, when I’m depressed and low, is that I open DayOne or a paper notebook, and I start to write about the things that really scares me. Things about your past. Things you can’t bring up – ever. In other words: what hurts. Write them down.

Learn to write without filters; it’s good to get it out. That’s what a journal is for.

And Subscribe to Who writes for you.

You should also read some Hemningway and Bukowski.

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Pen & paper

24.07.2014 02:00

The Retro 51. This is my all time favorite pen. But, I lost the one I had sometime this winter.

But I ordered a new one a few weeks ago, and it finally showed up last week.

There are a few things I think everyone that are into pens and paper should check out. They aren’t that expensive. But they are great.

The retro is the best pen you can get. It looks good, and have the best writing experience available.

Everyone needs a few cheap and disposable pens. And my favorite is the Pilot G2. It’s not as great as the retro, but still pretty good. And the best thing is that you can buy them almost everywhere.

Let’s move on to paper.

FiledNotes are my favorites. They look cool, are durable, portable and the paper quality is awesome.

Moleskine aren’t the best paper quality available. But I use them. And the reasons similar to the G2. They are available everywhere. I can walk into almost any shop that sell notebooks and get one.

The last item on my list is a recent addition. Get a case from Nock. They look cool, and the one I got can fit at least two FieldNotes and three pens.

It makes it so much easier to find my pens and notebooks.

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Initial syncs on iOS.

23.07.2014 02:00

I think the initial sync is my main annoyance with iOS these days. It’s the fact that’s it’s such a hassle to do it. I’m not talking about the apps with a small data set, like for example 1Password; but apps like Spotify and Evernote.

I know there are a lot of both battery, performance and other issues with having something like this. And I don’t think it’s a huge issue. It’s just a pain to do both initial and larger syncs.

The whole process of turning off auto sleep, plugging in, opening for example Evernote and letting it stand there for a few hours while syncing. It’s not elegant. And even worse, it’s impossible to explain to non technical people.

You can do better Apple.

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Retina iPad mini

22.07.2014 02:00

I finally upgraded my old, iPad 2, yesterday. This is something I should have done a long time ago.

Let’s begin at the start.

I tested the first iPad for a few days, when it came out. But I thought it was too slow and heavy to be worth it.

But, I got the top of the line iPad, with 3G, when the second version came out. And I loved it. That device was my go to, and main computer for almost everything except for work and photography for that year.

The iPad, combined with a keyboard was much lighter and flexible than my MacBook Pro. And iOS made it so easy to focus. I wrote a lot on that thing.

Then I got a MacBook Air. And then I got an iPhone. And I haven’t used my iPad much since then. Except for a few times a month, and a couple of experiments.

I was sold immediately when the first iPad mini was launched. But I didn’t upgrade. I was waiting. The first mini was more or less the same iPad I had, with a small screen. And the speed of that iPad wasn’t great.

Why now? The reason is simple enough. I had the money, and my Kindle Paperwhite died a few weeks ago.

Why the mini? My main problem with the big iPad is that it’s too close to MacBook Air. While it was too big for reading and writing on the couch. Caught in the middle; between my phone and laptop.

I have been playing around with this thing for about 24 hours now. And I love it. This is the most comfortable writing experience on a non-keyboard device I have tried.

It’s not hot like the MacBook; it’s not cramped like the iphone; and it’s not heavy like the iPad 2.

The thing I love the most about this device, compared to the full sized one, is that I don’t feel the need for a keyboard. It’s weird. I never found any other comfortable way to write for more than two minutes on the full sized one. The keyboard case, was a must.

I think this is the perfect mix. The best from both camps; the best from the iPhone and the iPad.

You get the powerful iPad apps, on a device that feels as light and convenient as the iPhone.

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Camera lenses

19.07.2014 02:00

I’ve had my DSLR for over a year now. It’s one of the best thing I have ever bought.

I have been thinking about writing about lenses for a while now.

When I bought it right before easter last year, I got the standard pack with the usual canon kit-lens. To be honest, I have never liked it. And I have used in under ten times. It’s big, not that good and I don’t like it. But the camera was cheaper with it, than without it.

But, I also got the brilliant Canon 40mm pancake lens. And I used it exclusively for a long time. It’s awesome!

I also have a Sigma 24-75mm lens. It’s a great lens. It’s the one I always bring when I’m traveling.

Let’s get back to the small and compact pancake lenses.

My personal opinion is that everyone with a camera where you can switch the lens should have a small and compact lens. No matter if you have a huge full format camera, a smaller DSLR, and MFT or a Fujifilm-X. A small prime makes your camera portable.

There are more too it than just having something small, light and portable. But you also learn a lot more about composing pictures with the limits a prime lens have.

You don’t zoom. You move.

Get a pancake lens, if you want to shoot more. It have made the possible for me to bring my camera out every day.

I used to have a habit, where I shot 50 pictures every time I walked to or from work or everywhere else I brought a backpack. It made me a better photographer. It made it possible to work on the craft when it was possible.

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Picture

19.07.2014 02:00

I have been meaning to share more of the pictures I shoot for a while now. This is the best picture I shot last week, and maybe the best picture I have taken.

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