Write Plain Text Files →

NO DEPENDENCIES

If you rely on Word, Evernote or Notion, for example, then you can’t work unless you have Word, Evernote, or Notion. You are helpless without them. You are dependent.

But if you only use plain text, you can use any program on any device, forever. It gives great flexibility and peace of mind.

I just converted my blog to blot.im for this very reason.

via Derek Sivers

3/2/2022 Tech

Changing Platforms

I have been writing this blog on and off since 2007. It has been through many iterations and voices as I try to figure out what mine truly is. When I first began writing, it was on Blogger, as I am sure many other people started as well. After a year, I moved to TypePad. I was there for a very long time and was super happy. When it began to feel like the feature set was not growing fast enough, I moved to Squarespace. I had heard all the podcast ads for Squarespace and again jumped in with both feet. There was an awkward upgrade process from version 5 to 7, but the service was rock solid. I think I have built 30-40 other websites on Squarespace for friends and customers.

A few years ago, my company decided to use WordPress for the corporate blog, which made perfect sense. I moved my site to WordPress for my learning since the maintenance fell under my responsibility. I loved the ease of writing posts in Markdown. WordPress continues to evolve with blocks and patterns. These are great, but I often fought with the toolset or was distracted by the next bell or whistle. I also realized there was so much more overhead for the number of posts I write. Hosting costs have also increased drastically. Most providers offer you a good first year, and then the prices rise drastically, perhaps because they know the pain of moving a site from one platform to another.

I was interested in a relatively simple static site generator. I looked at Hugo and Jekyll, and I am sure I could have figured them out. But then I remember reading Nicolas Magand site and loving how simple, clean, and fast his site was.

One of his recent posts mentions using Blot.im. I remember seeing Blot some time ago, maybe shortly after it launched in 2014, and decided to see where it has progressed. Blot.im is based on Markdown files stored in Dropbox, Git, or GoogleDrive and then synced to Blot servers. There are several templates you can use, or you can build one from scratch.

I signed up for a month to try it out and see if there were any features I would be missing. It is great! It’s fast, easy, has plenty of features for what I want, and really by its nature, asks you to concentrate on your writing, which I hope to do more of in the coming weeks.

2/27/2022 Tech

iPad Growing Use List →

I love when I am out and about (now that it is a little easier) and seeing the iPad’s being expanded in everyday uses. I remember the commercial where a repair technician was using an iPad on top of a wind turbine to check the systems. I thought cool use case but most of us will never do that.

iPads as POS devices have grown tremendously, reducing the costs of renting the traditional and expensive cash register systems. There is a good chance you may have seen similar setups in coffee shops. Recently, I saw a new system at a gift store. I inquired with the owner about how it is working out. She told me that the system not only rings the sale, sends information breakdowns to their accounting software, but also manages their inventory of what is available in stock. She could not have been happier.

A few weeks ago, I went to my dermatologist for an annual skin checkup. They use iPads for the patient intake as well as storing my medical records for the Dr. to review. After the Dr. reviewed my last visit and my checkup, he asked the assistant to take a picture of a mole he wanted to remove. This might be the most novel use of iPad Photography”. He had a picture of the spot before it was removed for him to review in future visits.

This may seem like a shortlist, but it continues to grow, and that excites me for the iPad platform.

7/3/2021 Apple

We Should Have Workshopped That More

Tesla showed off the new Cybertruck boasting bulletproof glass - strong enough to stop a 9mm bullet. The window shattered when a weighted ball was tossed at the first window. To make even more of a spectacle they did it again - same result.

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Musk It didn’t go through”

I am sure that is providing a lot of confidence for future buyers.

11/22/2019 Misc

TextSoap - Halloween Egg

I use TextSoap a lot to clean up and reformat various pieces of text for documents and in particular for the web. I love the Markdown functions a lot. Yesterday when I was cleaning up some text, I noticed that the dock icon had updates to show a Jack-0-Lantern for the day. Nice touch.

TextSoap

11/1/2019 Software