1. Why Note Categories Are a Bad Idea

    March 16, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I’ve been reading a bit about the Zettelkasten system and there are some interesting opinions about meta data and how best to think about information. This old blog post by Christian Tietze about categories is thought provoking.

    Creating categories is a top-down process. You start with the structure and ...

  2. The Archive for Mac

    March 16, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    The Archive is a new plain-text writing and reference application for the Mac.1 It's made by people that are super-nerds about plain text and has a lot that looks familiar and a lot that is new and clever. This is not a review. It's a highlight of ...

  3. Convenience Functions for Life

    March 14, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Let's not call these life hacks. They're just ways to make some parts of my life less annoying or less time consuming. I'm a big believer in creating frameworks that allow me to be lazy or forgetful. When I find myself dealing with the same problem or ...

  4. On URL Schemes

    March 08, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Over the past few years I've enjoyed the benefits of iOS URL schemes. Apple opened a tiny crack and iOS developers built impressive machinery in that space. Entire new applications evolved to do little more than interact with these URL schemes, shuttling data back and forth.

    While I love ...

  5. Things 3 From an OmniFocus and TaskPaper User

    February 25, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I spend a lot of time with my task manager. My day job is a little bit of technical development and a little bit of project management. The project management piece is a capital "P.M." I manage a dozen large projects spread over several years. Each project has between ...

  6. The Difference of Good Ink on the iPad Pro

    February 03, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I use my 10.5" iPad Pro every day for taking notes. I greatly prefer to hand-write my notes using the Apple Pencil. This allows me to capture ideas and questions in the margins as well as detailed drawings and diagrams in the main body. It's fantastic. But, unlike ...

  7. Things I Failed At

    January 28, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    During December I had a lot of time think. That's never a good thing. I ended up with a little project to define my personal values. I want something I can write down and measure myself against. You know, kind of a like a corporate mission statement or values ...

  8. Meeting Templates for GoodNotes

    December 23, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Sometimes I want a blank page. Other times I just need a little mental nudge to keep me on track. That's one of the nice features of GoodNotes for iOS and Mac: It's easy to create new paper templates.

    My use case is pretty simple. I've long ...

  9. The New MindNode 5

    December 17, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I’ll be honest, I hate most mind-mapping apps. A good mapping app does more than just put text on lines. It should make it easy to capture, organize, and then use ideas. MindNode is one of a handful of apps that I can recommend.

    iPad

    The new MindNode is just ...

  10. iThoughts for iOS 11

    September 24, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Not to be outdone this week, iThoughts received a few new iOS 11 features:

    1. Siri integration
    2. Drag and Drop

    Both are nicely demonstrated in the app-maker's video below:

    To use the Siri integration configure your quick capture map.

    Quick Note Setting

    This makes adding new items to an iThoughts inbox very easy ...