1. Apple’s 2018 Progress Report

    January 29, 2019 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Every year Jason Snell asks a bunch of bloggers and podcasters what they think about Apple products. I always enjoy the conclusions and quote pulls and this year doesn't disappoint. I also enjoyed Jason's grades for the graders on the Upgrade podcast. There are few people that have ...

  2. Back to the Backpack

    January 07, 2019 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I used a large shoulder bag for many years. You can find my first review of this bag way back in 2013. That bag is still in terrific condition1, but my daily activities changed. 18 months ago I bought a Tom Bihn Brain Bag and have thoroughly enjoyed it ...

  3. Morning Starts and Reviews

    January 02, 2019 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Here's one of the small changes I've made to my days in the past two months: more intentional planning each morning and each week.

    For home I review weekly. I’ve incorporated reviews of my systems as much as my task list. I find that I have too ...

  4. Little Stones for 2019

    December 31, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I haven't made a New Year resolution in over 20 years. As a young idealist I rebelled against the arbitrary Roman calendar. As an old-ish man I understand the convenience of the New Year resolution. For many of us it concludes what might be a long period of down-time ...

  5. Another iPad Pro Review

    December 29, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I've used the 2018 iPad Pro for 7 weeks and it's time for a retrospective on my time with this new hardware. Here are 3600 words no one was waiting for.


    It's the best iPad yet. I'm using it more than I used my ...

  6. Open Recent Drafts Document

    December 21, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    One of the best features of Drafts for iOS is how it almost always opens to a blank document ready from me to type. This is a double edged sword though. Sometimes I come back from doing a web search and the document I was working on has been replaced ...

  7. Home Screen Shortcuts for Productivity

    December 18, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I'm fully on the bandwagon of using home screen shortcuts on iOS. The Automators podcast had a nice discussion about the pros and cons. Coincidentally I've been using a folder on my dock for iPad to get to my most commonly used OmniFocus, DEVONthink, Day One, and Fantastical ...

  8. DEVONthink To Go Gets Push Syncing

    December 17, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    DEVONthink sync continues to improve, with last week's update rolling out push-sync between devices. In my experimentation this is a very nice improvement for anyone running DEVONthink across iOS and macOS devices. This is how it works for me.

    After a new DEVONthink sync is triggered on one device ...

  9. Portable Dictionaries in Shortcuts

    December 17, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Many of my Shortcuts rely on dictionaries as a sort of switch statement. For example, I choose from a dictionary list which then modifies a DEVONthink To Go URL scheme and routes new documents based on my selection.

    Dictionary Select

    It works marvelously but since Shortcuts doesn't make it very easy ...

  10. Goodbye Katie

    December 15, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    "Change is the essential process of all existence." — Spock1

    I've listened to podcasts since before people knew what to call them. It was way back in the days when we loaded MP3's on chunky iPods so we could listen to other geeks talk about weird computer tricks ...