I spent too long setting up Personalised Spatial Audio after upgrading to iOS 16 on my iPhone. Apple expects you to scan your ears and follow instructions when you can’t see what’s on the screen…. Tip: use screen mirroring.


I’ve written a rule to move any email with “Black Friday” in the subject field to the bin…..


What’s on My MacBook?

When I bought my M1 MacBook Air earlier this year I said that I wouldn’t install loads of apps, but try to keep to a minimal set. Six months on, and I think I’ve failed!

Here’s a screenshot of the app menu.

mac apps

Menu bar

screengrab of a mac menu bar
  • 1Password
  • Alfred
  • BetterSnapTool
  • Dropbox
  • ToothFairy
  • Typinator
  • Dropbox

Utilities

  • AppCleaner
  • Carbon Copy Cloner
  • Celo VPN
  • Cyberduck
  • Evernote
  • Grammarly
  • MacUpdater
  • Name Mangler
  • Ulysses

Browsers

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Safari

Personal Apps

  • Lightroom Classic
  • Pixelmator
  • ON1 Photo Raw 2022
  • Luminar AI (Too many photo editing apps!)
  • Apple Music
  • Exodus
  • Pine Player
  • Pocket Casts
  • Todoist
  • Sonos
  • Spark / Fastmail email
  • MacFamilyTree 9
  • Micro.blog
  • Moneywiz
  • Tweetdeck
  • XLD

Business Apps

  • Office 365
  • Omnigraffle
  • Microsoft Teams
  • MindNode
  • ownCloud

Installed but never/rarely used

  • iMovie
  • Mail
  • News
  • Notes
  • Parallels Desktop
  • Podcasts
  • Reminders
  • Scrivener
  • Spotify
  • Stickies
  • Stocks
  • Telegram
  • TextEdit
  • Vidyard
  • TV
  • Zoom
  • WhatsApp

Goodbye Evernote, hello Craft. I’ve done what I thought was unthinkable. After using Evernote for over a dozen years, I just cancelled my subscription and started using Craft as my full time note taking application. I tried to stay loyal to Evernote, but feel they are slipping behind and I really like what the team at Craft are doing. All that’s missing are tables (on the way) and a web clipper, also on the development list.

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This is what I was presented with when my 90 year old father said that he’d forgotten his password for his 10 year old Dell laptop. I bought it for him so I’m expected to mend it. I’m a Mac user and haven’t used a PC for a decade. No backups, no disks, help!

dead win xp screen

Moved to Micro.blog

I’ve just completed the signup process for a Micro.blog subscription and will be moving some posts from my old WordPress site across to micro.blog over the coming days.

I’ve decided to use the Arabica theme for the web and have made a couple of small changes to the Archive page, to keep links looking the same across the site — I didn’t like the Nav bar looking and behaving different from the Categories on the Archive page. I just need to work out how to get the Categories to display horizontally now. I tried to use CSS to style them, but whilst I can change colours, etc., “display: inline” doesn’t work as you’ll see below.

Screenshot

Happy to take advice from anyone who has more experience using CSS than I do — which’ll be pretty much everyone.

My next challenge is to style the dates on the Archive page to look like the dates on the rest of the theme.

Still to do:

  1. Decide whether to keep my old domain name and transfer it to Micro.blog

Oh, by the way, this post was written in Ulysses and published direct to the blog.


Working with Ulysses & Micro.blog

Ulysses logo I have recently started to use [Ulysses](https://ulysses.app/ "Ulysses app") for all my long and short-form writing and was intrigued to read that the authors added the ability to publish to micro.blog in the latest release.

I built my website on WordPress using the Extra theme and Divi builder from Elegant Themes. Whilst I’m happy with the features and functionality that Extra & Divi provides, it’s difficult to justify the annual cost of around £85 a year for a hobby blog.

Ulysses posts to WordPress but the formatting doesn’t work with the Extra theme, so wasn’t really a viable option. This limitation, coupled with the cost, were the reasons behind why I was looking for an alternative blogging platform.

Setting up Ulysses to post to micro.blog was simple and took less than a minute. Exporting to micro.blog is also straightforward — you just select “Publishing” as the export option and select the blog to post to, it’s status (draft, publish or schedule when it’s posted) and choose a category.
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