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The DEVONthink Field Guide

David Sparks has a new Field Guide out and it might be the biggest one yet. This guide covers pretty much all of the DEVONthink functionality and even includes a sample database to work with. David covers every detail of the app, from the settings to integration with third party apps. These are focused lessons that get to the point, unlike the random...

Obsidian Templater Fun

I’m still having fun and friction with Obsidian. But let’s try something a bit more challenging than deciding on a folder structure for our notes. One of the things I like about modern text editors is that they are incredibly extensible. Most have a plugin architecture and also support some sort of scripting language. Obsidian has both and they are...

Zoom and Prostitution

Zoom really made a splash during the pandemic and I think overall it improved people’s lives during a hard time. But, it also proved to be dishonest and pretty gross. Now they are finally paying a tiny amount as a penalty. But this line from Bruce Schneier really caught my attention: …for lying to users about end-to-end encryption, and for giving...

Obsidian Notes

I spent the last few weeks traveling and working out of hotels.1 Much of that work involved text files in Obsidian. I have a few notes on the experience.2 Most of the themes in Obsidian are just not that attractive to me. Some use monospace fonts in the body text. Some use wacky colors for every attribute, which I find very distracting. I’m not a huge...

A Couple New Python Tricks

It’s a slow week around here while I attend to some new projects. But these two python links are just too good to not share. First up is the announcement of a new O’Reily book about Excel automation with open source python. I don’t buy many O’Reily books these days but since I can get a PDF version I’m all in on this one. So much data is stored and...

Jupyter on the Web

JupyterLab has announced JupyterLite: The goal of the project is to provide a lightweight computing environment accessible in a matter of seconds with a single click, in a web browser, and without having to install anything on the end-user device.

The Engadget Escape Room

I confess that my RSS subscriptions include the likes of crappy tech blogs like Engadget. It’s a throwback to the days when I loved Fever Reader and its ability to filter out repetitive web articles. I occasionally find something new but more often I find articles like this Engadget gem. I call these articles “Escape Rooms” because they challenge the...

COVID Links in Raindrop.io

I switched my bookmarking to Raindrop.io awhile back and I’m still pretty happy with it. Sadly, I’ve also been using it to collect bookmarks about COVID. That collection is now publicly available without needing to sign-up for Raindrop.

Obsidian Onboarding

Obsidian is a nice application with an uncomfortable on-boarding for new users. It was a struggle for me to remain committed to using the application because the settings are poorly documented and the defaults limit its usefulness. Many of the features I would normally consider “standard” for a Markdown writing tool are actually plugins. The following...

Critic Markup for Note Tags

Readers of this blog may have guessed it, but I don’t do a whole lot of copy editing these days. That means I don’t have a lot of need for CriticMarkup (CM) in my daily life. But, I do still use one feature of the syntax almost everyday: comments. My meeting notes often have annotations like this: 1{>>Q<<} Does this guarantee FIFO ordering...

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