While listening to the Mac Power Users episode on TextExpander I wanted to add a shortcut to quickly launch the TextExpander window.
But apparently I've already used up all my easy spacebar-combo's:
- ^ space : Fantastical
- ⌥ space : OmniFocus
- ⌘ space : Spotlight (1)
Too bad Apple doesn't allow us to assign different apps to the left and right Command and Option keys.
(1) It used to be Alfred but I'm currently running the Yosemite beta
And no, that's no Z-95 Headhunter. This one has two blasters on each side instead of one and the wings split in half to create an X. So it's more like an X-Wing 2.0 #geekingout.
You gotta admit, I love the way Abrams is using charity to show off details of Episode VII. Everyone will look at the rumors anyhow, so better raise awareness for a good cause at the same time no?
A month ago my girlfriend and I, together with two friends and their little daughter, decided to go on holiday to Normandy. We ended up booking a cottage in France through AirBnB. I heard a lot about this 'new' service online, but never really paid any attention to it. That is, until traditional websites for holiday houses didn't really offer any good options and we started thinking out of the box and opened the AirBnB website.
The entire experience, from browsing the options, booking and arriving was a fluid experience without any real hiccups.
Although the house didn't really live up to its promise. It was moist, the three bedrooms ended up being a long room with two double beds on either end and a small space as a third bedroom on the ground floor. And since the owner had 'forgotten' to pay her internet bills we had wifi, but without internet.
Since we were in France whilst they celebrated July 14th, their national holiday, and her provider needed 72h to get the internet back online after she paid the bills, we ended up with a sweet little cottage in rural France without any decent Cellular connection (Edge or GPRS at most), and no internet.
Which meant: no Foursquare check ins, no Twitter, no backup of Photos to Dropbox, no RSS and no Google maps to find the nearest restaurant.
And it's one of the best holidays I had in a while. No internet meant we 'had' to talk at night or read, and no one was passively browsing a glowing screen. When in the same room we either talked, or actively and purposefully chose an activity. Some read, some played games, but mostly we drank some wine or beer and talked.
The last day the internet finally worked again, and it arrived with a symphony of notifications in canon from my iPad and iPhone. Dozens of Twitter notifications, hundreds of mails and thousands of RSS items. Reminders, iMessages, Game Center invites, you name it.
- Apple needs to fix the multiple devices beeping for the same alert - issue.
- It was terrible. I somehow hesitated when I first reached for my iPad. Do I really want to get online again?
In the end, habit won over anxiety and catching up with the world was nice. Most of the news was terrible, but just browsing FeedWrangler, skipping most of it, with a cold Ricard in the sun was enjoyable.
But what I enjoyed more was the silence. Being disconnected from it all. Going to sleep without my iPhone illuminating the room while I'm 'just reading for 5 more minutes before I go to sleep'. Waking up and having breakfast without the notifications waiting for me. Just me, my girlfriend, my friends, and their one year old daughter, who's grabbing most of the attention.
Like god in France. Offline.
But when time permits, and my mind wanders, or my eye tires, or the little kid in me really wants to move his bed and dresser again because maybe, just maybe he could fit some more stuff in here somehow… now I just open the App Store. It’s a wonderful time to be a lover of software, and we often forget just how great things are.- Seth Clifford
My girlfriend and I are moving to a new apartment next month. I hope (for her sake as much as mine) I can keep my furniture moving tendencies in check. That said, I did reorganize my iPhone's homescreen today.
Ugmonk has always been about making products that I wanted to exist. Yes, there are thousands of different bags on the market to choose from, but I wanted to design a bag completely from scratch based around my wants while incorporating the Ugmonk aesthetic. - Ugmonk
I ordered this bag the day it became available and after using it for few months now, I have to say, it's one of the best bags I ever bought.
It's my everyday carry from home to the office and it's large enough to fit all my stuff without being too large to become a burden to carry around. I especially love the broad leather shoulder strap that spreads the weight instead of focussing it on one point like most bags.
Since my job requires me to work either at the office, and also at construction sites or in server rooms, I need a bag that's both strong and durable, but also needs to be clean enough to be a decent thing to carry into the office. The Messenger Bag has been in use for around two months now and although it has seen some heavy use there isn't any noticeable wear and tear visible. Yes it has some scratches and scuffs, but they're more patina than damage.
My gear and my bag are inseparable. My job requires me to go to a lot of different locations to give support or install new hardware. So all of the devices and tools I need on a daily basis live in my bag and never leave that bag. I don't unpack it when I get home, and everything has its place so I can easily find what I need to do my job, and repack it just as fast so I don't forget anything on site.
And somehow this bag has exactly the right pockets to fit my hardware:
- 13" Retina MacBook Pro
- iPad mini
- a couple of Field notes
- a portable hard drive
- a Grid It with a collection of cables and chargers.
- Pens, screwdrivers, business cards,...
The waxed canvas is a surprise. I few days ago I had to walk through some heave rain and I was sure I would need some towels to dry my stuff when I'd get home. But amazingly, nothing got wet or damp, not even my Field Notes. Remarkable. That said I forgot to dry the leather shoulder strap and it's all wrinkled now. It still does its job but it could be a bit sturdier.
There is one downside though. I never use cases around my devices. But the Messenger bag's pockets have metal studs to close them, which means that if I don't put a cover around my iPad or Mac , they'll get scratched.
This bag was a bit of an impulse buy, but one of the best ones in a while!