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Goodbye Rdio; hello Spotify

13.05.2014 02:00

Goodbye Rdio. So, I have moved back to Spotify.

I was a Spotify user from 2009 until sometime in 2012. And then I moved to Rdio.

There was two reasons for leaving Spotify back in 2012. The lack of saving albums, without playlists and how ugly and buggy their apps was.

Saving albums, is something Spotify are supporting now. Which is great. I still think that the way Rdio are doing this on their iOS apps are superior to Spotify.

But. The current design of the Spotify apps are way superior to Rdio. My impression is that Spotify is a company that moves all the time, while Rdio is more or less stuck. I haven’t seen many changes in design of functionality since I started using Rdio; or even since I first tried Rdio a year before that.

The thing I love the most about Spotify is how fast their sync is. You can’t even compare the two

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Sunlit 1.2 & App.net

08.05.2014 02:00

Maton Reece just announced that Sunlit 1.2 is available in the App Store.

I haven’t commented on the App.net happenings yet. Not because I didn’t have anything to say, but mainly because a lot of other people said more or less what I was thinking.

But there is one thing I would like to say. I don’t think I’ll spend much time on App.net as a social network. But I would pay for App.net if there was more apps like Sunlit out there.

Let me explain. I would pay $3 a month(or whatever what it is) if there was more apps(that I’m interested in) that used it as their sync platform.

I hope that App.net survives. And I might even renew my subscription if I end up using Sunlit more than I do today.

Sunlit is basically like DayOne for sharing photos with your friends and family. In other words a combination of a journal and a photo gallery.

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The Cramped

08.05.2014 02:00

My favourite internet person, Patrick Rhone launched a new website. The Cramped a few days ago.

The Cramped is site site about analog writing. Pens, paper, notebooks, and even typewriters. It’s without doubt the site I have been spending the most time on since it launched.

I think it’s great. Interesting links and good articles.

Check it out!

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Posting to Statamic from iOS

06.05.2014 02:00

I completed the move to Statamic last night. It feels great to complete a project I started to think about In the end of last year. I chose to go with wordpress for a while, until I figured out what I wanted to use long term. And I ended up on Statamic. It’s not a pure static engine, and I might move to that at some point. But it has a lot of the cool stuff from systems like Octopress. No database, only static files.

There are a few reasons for spending $99 compared to the free alternatives. First of all: I don’t need a corn job to generate the site when something changes. But the most important reason was that it was so. UVB easier to get started with Statamic compared to Pelikan, Octopress etc.

But that’s not what I was supposed to write about here. The first things I wanted to figure out after completing the change was: how do I post from iOS?

The short answer is FTP. The slightly longer answer: Editorial and Diet Coda on the iPad. I don’t know what I’m going to do about the iPhone. I could use Textastic, but I think I’ll just wait for the iPhone version of editorial.

I found a great editorial workflow for uploading over rss at MacDrifter.

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1Password Watchtower

02.05.2014 02:00

Version 4.4 of everyones favourite password management app introduces an integration with 1Password Watchtower.

I’m so excited about this.

Watchtower is a service maintained by the 1Password team. It’s a service that let you identify all the passwords linked to a website that have had a security breach since you changed the it.

Everything you need to do to get started is to update the app, enable it in the preferences. And then a new folder will appear under “Security Audit”.

I know that there are a lot of cheaper apps that makes it possible to manage passwords. But the reason I stick with 1Password is that it’s more like a whole suite. It gives you the tools to get secure, and stay secure. You can store passwords, banking info, credit cards, software keys and secure notes. But the most important part is that version 4 of the mac came with built in Audit searches. They makes it even easier to identify and change the password that you need to change. Like old passwords, weak passwords, duplicates and now Watchtower.

This is without doubt something everyone should enable after the Heartbleed bug.

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Unread

29.04.2014 02:00

Unread is a great RSS reader for iPhone. I have been putting it off for a while, due to my impression that it was only for people that didn’t use Instapaper. Oh man was I wrong.

Ben Brooks put out a great article about it today.

What I found in Unread was not only a beautiful app, but a highly functional app — even when asked to do something it does not feel it is explicitly designed to do.

This is spot on. It’s not as easy to send stuff to Instapaper, as it would be with for example Reeder. But I still think it is more or less the perfect RSS reader for iPhone. It makes it easier to read the shorter articles right there. While I still have the opportunity to send the longer articles to Instapaper, even though it takes another click.

At the end of the day, Unread has won me over, as it is just too pretty to not use. Watch your back Reeder.

It’s a beautiful app, with a fresh aproach. I just deleted Reeder from my phone.

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A Visual History of OmniFocus for Mac

20.04.2014 02:00

Shawn Blanc wrote a great post about visual history of OmniFocus; from kGTD to OmniFocus. The interesting part here is how similar the kGTD, and the 1.0 version is to the current version of OmniFocus.

I think OF version 2 will be great. It will be the first major re-design of the app, since before it existed1.

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  • kGTD was a set of AppleScripts for Omnioutliner, that let you use it as a GTD system. And most people look at it as the predecessor to OmniFocus. ↩

    Is it too late, for Reeder for OS X

    20.04.2014 02:00

    I just published an article about Reeder vs ReadKit. First of all, I wrote it a few days ago. But, now I started to think about something.

    There are a lot of examples of apps that used to be the kind “everyone” used. One great example is Firefox. And then Chrome came along, and now most people use Chrome.

    The same thing kind of happen to the RSS reader market when Google Reader went away. Reeder for Mac was a extremely popular one. But it’s also been a long time since we have had a functioning version of it.

    I think most of the old hard core Google Reader users on OS X have moved on to ReadKit + some syncing service. My question is: is it too late? And the follow up question, that my article also touched on: what can reeder give, that is compelling enough to switch back?

    I still use Reeder for iOS, I think it’s the best client there.

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    MacStories redesign

    20.04.2014 02:00

    MacStories just lauched their “4.0”, with a major and much needed redesign. And I love it.

    MacStories is one of the few “high” volume blogs out there that I follow closely, and read most of their content. The new design is much simpler, and makes sure the content is in focus. My favourite part of the new design is that it’s finally responsive.

    Great work!

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    Averages, medians and patterns

    16.04.2014 02:00

    There are two things that always happens when someone discuss when Apple will update “device X”. They go to MacRumours, to check how many days since the last update, and the average number between each update.

    And then I think – is it relevant?

    Let me explain. I think the patterns in how often they update something is way more important than the last time, and the average.

    It doesn’t matter anyway. Apple will realease something new – when they are ready.

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