Downtime and outages be upon those services that prevent users from deleting their own accounts.
More quick blogging workflows by Manton Reece
The great thing about blogging is there’s no one correct way to do this stuff.
In his recent post, Manton Reece talks a bit about how some other people have been doing something similar to what I’m doing on this site, which is to publish to my own space first, then share out to Twitter, ADN, Tumblr, SoundCloud, and other services that provide a decent API for IFTTT to connect with.
One of these days I’ll write about why I set up this site, how it works, and how much fun it’s been for me to have this place on the web to call my own. In the meantime, you can click the link below to read about how others are handling their own sites.
TIL Spotlight on my Mac does conversions
No, I won’t tell you which software, but there is a post on this site from earlier that mentions it
Deep breath. I’m about to watch the instructional videos for this crap software. Let’s hope I don’t lose my mind before I’m done.
You know you’re dealing with real professionals when . . .
I have this new writing project I’m working on, and I figured out a way to trick myself into gathering notes more quickly. Each time I have the urge to check ADN or Twitter, I add a new thought to my notes first. I’m collecting notes in an Evernote notebook, so I can easily get the notes down then switch to the social apps, no matter which device I pick up for the task.
Getting the notes down is proving to be more fun than catching up on my timelines. Sometimes I get distracted and skip the social stuff entirely. This all feels so strange.
Version control question from Twitter
Curious: Did you ever implement a writing/editing workflow using Git or Mercurial for version control?
I haven’t done that. For my own writing, version control isn’t very important. Plus, if I do end up creating multiple versions and want to compare them, Kaleidoscope makes beautiful diffs.
Some of my clients like using Draft, which provides sane version control, diffs, and good commenting and collaboration. It’s not my favorite thing in the world, but it provides solid benefits without any heavy lifting.
I only keep one app in my Mac’s dock
Marked is a previewer for Markdown files. Use it with your favorite text editor and it updates every time you save. With robust features for previewing, reviewing and exporting beautiful documents, you can work in plain text while reveling in rich formatting.
via Marked 2 – Smarter tools for smarter writers
I hate clutter on my computer, so I removed every app from my Mac’s dock the day I got it, except one. Marked lives in my dock because I use it every day. Marked allows me to write in Markdown and export beautiful PDFs for all sorts of business documents, no word processor needed.
If you write in Markdown, pick up a copy of Marked for yourself today.
Why does an app that shows which planes are in the sky above you make a difference?
‘Why would anyone need to know what planes are flying above your head?’ I muttered. Gus replied without looking up: ‘So you know who you’re waving at, Mommy.’
via How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri – NYTimes.com
Tying up all the app loose ends
Current status: giving away my app api keys like candy on Halloween.