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Super-Fast Journaling With Drafts And DayOne

I have an incredibly geeky need to log information about my life–for my own uses, mind you–and a big part of how I address that need is in journaling with DayOne, an app with variants on both OS X and iOS. It syncs flawlessly across devices and (Apple’s) platforms, and has a well-designed interface which makes it a joy to use. The act of writing stuff in DayOne is great for me, which is why I have to find some problem with it.

Sometimes I just want to dash off a thought really quickly–without launching DayOne, waiting for it to open, entering my passcode, tapping to begin a new entry, and so on and so on. I decided I’d find a quicker way to add entries to my journal[1]. Luckily, the developer of DayOne has implemented a pretty handy (if basic) command-line interface, which means that it’s easy to script and automate the app. What I ended up with is this: I type my markdown-formatted entry in Drafts, fire a Dropbox action, and…that’s it. It doesn’t open another app. It just adds the entry to my journal in the background. It takes a little bit of work to set it up, but it’ll save you a lot of time over the long haul. It’s awesome.

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OK, Hit Every Key At Once

Here, from the wikipedia article on typographic dashes, is a pretty priceless demonstration of just how much more pleasant a Mac is to use when compared with a Windows PC:

Rendering dashes on computers

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  • In Mac OS X […] an en dash can be obtained by typing ⌥+-, while an em dash can be typed with ⌥+⇧+-.
  • In Microsoft Windows running on a computer whose keyboard has a numeric keypad, an en or em dash may be typed into most text areas by using their respective Alt code by holding down the Alt key and pressing either 0150 or 0151. The numbers must be typed on the numeric keypad with Num Lock enabled. In addition, the Character Map utility included with MS Windows can be used to copy and paste en and em dash characters into most applications—along with accented letters and other non-English language characters.
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Tweet Like A Nerd

Are you a nerd? Want to tweet from the command line? Try Luka Pušić’s bash script. Works on Linux and OS X.

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OS X System Service – Converts Markdown Files To HTML Files

I needed a way to batch-convert a bunch of Markdown files to corresponding HTML files, so I wrote this simple OS X system service which does just that. I thought it might be helpful to others, so here you go. Happy nerding.

Note: This service presupposes that you have Fletcher Penney’s Multimarkdown installed in usr/local/bin. Edit the path in Automator if necessary.

Download:

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It’s Actually a Full-Size, Professional Violin

Don’t get me wrong–I like John Gruber. I think his opinions are pretty spot-on almost all of the time. I’m not sure that’s the case, however, with his takedown of iFixit’s complaints about the non-upgradability of the new Macbook Pro with Retina Display:

Do you hear it? That’s the world’s tiniest violin, playing a sad song for the third-party repair and upgrade industry. And that violin was made by Apple and can’t be disassembled.

His point about this being Apple’s prerogative is taken; I agree with him there. But this isn’t just about third-party repairs. Lots of us want to be able to futz with our own hardware. A nerd like me ought to be able to add RAM to his “pro” computer, at the very least. A fixed, non-upgradable computer makes sense for a consumer-targeted product, but I’m not sure it makes quite as much sense for a “pro” model. I really don’t think this is a particularly whiny complaint.

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