These are short reviews of the apps that I used the most in 2017. I’ll make note of the apps that have been replaced by another app in the same category, apps that I’m using less, apps that I no longer use, and apps that I’m starting to use more.
This year, and in the coming year, I’m focused on consolidating apps. For example, instead of using 3 note apps like I was previously, I’m only using one now.
Can’t figure out which tag produces an icon in Bear? I was able to dig through the application files and find references to them. I’ve put together this post as a quick cheat sheet or reference guide, which will help us find those elusive bear tag icons.
For a bit of background, the excellent notes app Bear released version 1.4 for iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices. With that update came a new feature, TagCons, that assigns a small icon to represent over 100 tags. Unfortunately, there is no official documentation for what the supported tags are.
From their blog:
Once you get a decent tag collection going, it can get harder to find the right one in your Sidebar. To help you do less scrolling and more finding in Bear 1.4, we added over 100 TagCons — small icons for some of the most popular tags we could find.
With a bit of digging. I was able to find the following:
#android #apple #apple watch# #bear #comics * saitama * one punch man * one-punch man * one punch-man * onepunch-man #chef * cooking #dev * development * it * itc #dog * doggos #doctor who# #ebooks * book * epub(s) * ibook * book * kindle #espresso * coffee #facebook #furry #geek * nerd * nerds * nerdy #TV * TV * hulu * netflix #instagram #ipad * iPad Pro #iPhone * iphone * iphone 7 * iphone 7+ * iphone 8 * iphone 8+ * iphone x * iphone7 * iphone7+ * iphone8 * iphone8+ #linux * debian * suse * ubuntu #lmao * lmao * fun * meme * rotfl #math #mac * macos #mario# * mario kart * mario odissey — misspelled odyssey * mario world * super mario * super mario brothers #password * passwords #sport * mlb * nba * nfl * nhl #nintendo * nes * nintendo 64 * snes * supernes * wii * wiiu #nsfw * porn #playstation * ps1 * ps2 * ps3 * ps4 * ps4 pro #reddit * subreddit * subreddits #shiny frog# * shinyfrog #swag * fashion #switch * nintendo switch #tumblr #ui * design * ux #windows * windows 8 * windows vista * windows xp * windows8 * windowsxp #xbox * xboxone #youtube * youtubers * youtuber #zelda
Be sure and bookmark this as a reference. I’ll be adding more to the post as I find them.
Working on a new project of mine, I wanted to modify CSS in real-time with Codekit. I’ve been using CodeKit since January-ish of ‘012 Beta and have always been a big fan of it.
Below is a helpful video from CodeKit on how to set that up.
Great! Let’s get started coding…oh no.
Self-signing certificates in Google Chrome? Nah. I love using Chrome for its Developer Tools. That would be perfect and helpful for this situation.
Chrome displays this error:
The site can’t provide a secure connection
_______.local doesn’t adhere to security standards
Codekit has TLS Support. One would think the following image would work? Nope.
As a person that has over 900 books on his Amazon wish list, finding time to consume all the books that I want to seems daunting at times. I’m not a fast reader either. With the current list, if I stopped adding to it and read only one book a month, it would take me 75 years to read all of the books. If I read 4 a month, it would only take 18 years. Only. So, with that being said, I do have to prioritize my reading list.
How do I do that? Trello.
Previously, I’ve mentioned how I keep motivation at the forefront of my mind with Trello. I’m really leaning into organizing, doubling down on focus, defining my goals, and establishing a routine to sustain it all. Trello has been the perfect tool to do that with.
I have a few Trello boards set up. One for daily tasks, one for overall goals, and one for a backlog. The backlog gives a place to quickly store ideas, categorize tasks by project, and line them up to be pulled into the task board. Every Monday, I groom ( review and prioritize ) the task board bringing in action items for the week.
Yep, an agile life.
At the moment I’m reading about 2-3 books at a time. Two audiobooks and one Kindle/paper book.
Justin Jackson’s book Jolt: Marketing Tactics for Programmers, Designers, Freelancers, Makers, and Entrepreneurs was a great way to start off the year.
It really does give you a Jolt of inspiration.
This book is a great resource for marketing your new product, software, idea, book, or any project that you want to promote. It teaches you to, “Be different, break out of the mold, and surprise folks”.
Justin provides case studies, examples of websites and services using data that you might not known before.
One of the stories he provides is about being first to the party:
There is a first mover advantage that you get on any new platform. In the early days of Twitter, people who grabbed a foothold there were able to amass a big number of followers, even though they might not have been famous elsewhere.
I joined Twitter in May 2007 and can attest to this. Those of us that were there at the beginning ended up with much more engagement with early adopters, forged friendships, and benefited from the platform. Whale is an upcoming platform that I’m seeing the same pattern emerge as I did then.
He goes on to say:
You can set yourself up to create [luck]. Quantity is what gets you to quality. Start placing little bets; try a bunch of things. One of them might work and become big.
This is great. Validate your ideas. Try to see what works, evaluate the data, and keep iterating on what does work. That’s the key. Look back at what you’ve done, revise, and keep pushing forward.