January 17, 2019

Ranking Connector Types

๐ŸšจTech Controversy Corner๐Ÿšจ

This is a weird one that almost no one cares about, but itโ€™s been on my mind lately for some reason. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Ranking Cable Connectors! Strictly on the physical connector itself, not its speed or capabilities.

Disclaimer: 100% opinion and nowhere near a complete list

Data Connectors (speed not a factor)

  1. Lightning
  2. USB-C
  3. USB Type Aโ€Š/โ€ŠUSB 3.0 Type A
  4. Firewire 400
  5. USB Mini A
  6. Serial
  7. Parallel
  8. USB 3.0 Type B
  9. USB Micro A
  10. USB Type B
  11. eSata
  12. Firewire 800
  13. Thunderbolt
  14. USB 3.0 Micro B

Video Connector (video quality not a factor)

  1. USB-C
  2. HDMI
  3. DisplayPort
  4. DVI
  5. BNC
  6. VGA
  7. Apple Display Connector
  8. Component
  9. Composite
  10. Mini DisplayPort
  11. Mini VGA
  12. Micro DVI
  13. Mini DVI
  14. S-Video

The interesting thing is that we are finally at a place in time where a single cable can do everything! USB-C is great and I am trying like hell to get everything I own converted over to this connector.

Connectors Computers Video Cables
January 15, 2019

Keytron K1 Mechanical Keyboard - Mac

I ordered a Keytron K1 87 Mac Mechanical Keyboard from a Kickstarter and it just showed up this past week!
*They changed their name to Keychron at some point.

Features โœ”๏ธ
Tactile feel
Wireless or wired
Mac and Windows layouts available
19 RGB led effects
87 and 104 Key versions available
One key activate Siri
Can be connected to 3 devices with ability to switch between them with keyboard shortcut

Tactile Feel ๐Ÿ–
The mechanical keys feel nice. They are a good level of โ€œclickynessโ€. It is taking me a little bit to get used to them as I have been using the iPad Pro Smart Folio case mostly lately.

Build Quality ๐Ÿ”จ
The visual and physical quality is very good on this keyboard. I would have expected this to cost a lot more than it did.

RGB Lighting ๐Ÿ’ก
Some people like lights, some donโ€™t. I had the option to get no lights, only white lights, or RGB lights (at different price points). I went full RGB because I am in the camp that likes lights! The lighting effects are really cool. Each key seems to have an LED under it, rather than zones, which is great. The only time this isnโ€™t good is when a key has two rows of text on it (example: Page Down). In these cases, only the top row is fully illuminated.

Media Keys โŒจ๏ธ
The top row is dedicated to F keys and Media keys. It also has a dedicated key for: Screenshots, Dictation, and Siri.

I am sure I will have more to say about this thing as the weeks go on, but itโ€™s looking good so far. Also, it works well with both my MacBook Pro as well as my iPad Pro. ๐Ÿ‘

Order One For Yourself

The Lighting Effects

Additional Photos

Mac Keyboard Keytron
December 27, 2018

2018 Hardware

Some of my favorite hardware in 2018

HomeKit Diffuser
iPad Pro 12.9 - 2018
Apple Pencil 2
iPad Pro Smart Keyboard
Juice Up 04 Pen
Pilot Varsity Pen
GoRuck GR1 Backpack
Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks
SanDisk USB Drive
Logitech MX Ergo Mouse
Hydro Flask
iPhone X
iPhone 8
MacBook Pro - 2018
Apple Watch Series 4
Nintendo Switch
Purple Seat Cushion
Braun Series 9 Shaver
Parker Ingenuity 5th Technology Pen
eero Pro Wifi System
Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Vacuum
Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle
Apple HomePod
Saberlight Extended Arc Lighter
Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart

2018 Hardware
December 22, 2018

2018 Software

Some of my favorite apps in 2018 ๐Ÿ’ป ๐Ÿ“ฑ

Adobe Premiere Rush
Carbon Copy Cloner
Linea Sketch
NetNewsWire 5.0
TripIt Pro
Working Copy
World Clock Pro

2018 Software
December 16, 2018

2018 Games

Some of my favorite games in 2018 ๐ŸŽฎ

Hole Down
Donut County
Pokรฉmon: Letโ€™s Go
Golf Story
Octopath Traveler
Dungeons 2
Cat Quest

2018 Games macOS iOS Nintendo Switch
December 12, 2018

Using ALL The Note Apps

I have an odd situation concerning my notes. I have been using Apple Notes for all my notes, but I have to find something else for work notes because of some constraints.

Unfortunate Constraints

  1. Canโ€™t use Mac App Store on all devices
  2. Canโ€™t use iCloud Drive on all devices

Devices To Be Used

  1. MacBook Pro (No access to iCloud or Mac App Store)
  2. iPhone 8 (No access to iCloud)
  3. iPhone X (No restrictions)
  4. iPad Pro (No restrictions)

Things I Want To Capture

  • Text
  • Images
  • PDF Documents
  • Audio Notes (Rarely. This can be done in Voice Memos.)
  • Apple Pencil Sketches (This could be done elsewhere)

Note apps I have been trying to make work:

Apple Notes
This would be my first choice but uses iCloud on macOS to sync. โ˜น๏ธ

Uses iCloud to sync. โ˜น๏ธ

Standard Notes
Overall a pretty good app, but electron on the Mac is annoying ( and ugly). Overall itโ€™s very fiddly with all the plugins you need to use.

Good app, but only supports plain text.

ZOHO Notebook
Great looking app. Very flexible in input types. This is currently in first place.

This is one of the worst apps I have ever used.

Outlook Notes (syncs to Apple Notes)
Formatting is terrible. Very limited.

Anything I am missing?? Thanks in advance!

Jan mentioned Evernote and it looks like they were absolutely correct! Given all the constraints, itโ€™s the one that works the best!

Notes Apple Notes Bear Standard Notes Simplenote ZOHO Notebook OneNote Outlook
December 9, 2018

Noise Cancelling Headphones

I have been using the Bose QC35 (series 1) noise cancelling headphones for travel for the last couple years. Recently both Valerie and I were going to be traveling internationally at the same time and I wanted her to have the joy of noise cancelling while on her flight. Because I know the Bose are great, I gave her mine since she was going to be leaving on her trip before I did. I then set out to see what else was out there..

So what did I look at?

Bose QC35 (Series 1) Headphones ๐ŸŽง
Purchased: July 2016

  • Great sound quality. ๐Ÿ‘
  • Very comfortable for long listening sessions. ๐Ÿ‘
  • Charges with micro USB. ๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • So-so battery life. ๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Wired connection is a 2.5mm jack. ๐Ÿ‘Ž

Sony WH1000XM3 Headphones ๐ŸŽง
Purchased: November 2018

  • Touch controls are annoying to activate consistently. ๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Great battery life: 30 hours. ๐Ÿ‘
  • Switching between devices sucks. I have had to remove and add the headphones to various devices a lot just to get them connected when I switch. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Charges with USB-C. ๐Ÿ‘
  • Wired connection is a 3.5mm jack. ๐Ÿ‘
  • Very comfortable. ๐Ÿ‘

Microsoft Surface Headphones ๐ŸŽง
Purchased: December 2018

  • The cups make my ears hot. ๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Top band not comfortable. ๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Squeezes my head to much. ๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Charges with USB-C. ๐Ÿ‘
  • Tells you the battery level (in hours) and what device it is connected to when you turn them on. ๐Ÿ‘
  • Tap controls on both sides so it doesnโ€™t matter which side you tap. ๐Ÿ‘
  • Turning rings on each side. Volume on right, NC on left. ๐Ÿ‘
  • You need to tap lightly or the noise is irritating in the ear cup. ๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Long pressing the controls will activate voice assistant (Siri for me). ๐Ÿ‘
  • Pretty good battery life: 15 hours. ๐Ÿ‘
  • Wired connection is a 3.5mm jack. ๐Ÿ‘
  • Automatically pauses playback when you take off headphones. ๐Ÿ‘

So whatโ€™s the verdict? Well, I ended up returning both the Sony and Microsoft headphones. Overall, after weighing the the pros and cons, neither were good enough for me to justify the $350 they each cost.

The Bose QC35 (series 1) arenโ€™t perfect, but I will hold on to them a little bit longer until something else comes along that is worth the upgrade.

Headphones Travel Audio Bose Sony Microsoft
December 4, 2018

How-To: Migrating Content From Bear To Apple Notes

If you are looking to move note content from Bear to Apple Notes, this looks to be the best way to do it.

Q. What format should I export to?
A. Exporting to RTF seems to be the best for preserving content formatting, and it has the bonus of embedding photos and PDFs if you have them inline by using the .RTFD file format.

Q. What about my folder structure?
A. When you export from Bear you can select an option to preserve your structure on export. This way you can import into Apple Notes and have it keep your structure.

Q. What if I use Markdown?
A. Unfortunately Apple Notes does not support rendering of Markdown (yet)? If you exported your notes as .RTFD however, it will convert the Markdown on export giving you clean notes in Apple Notes rather than unrendered Markdown. You could export as plain text if you wish to keep the Markdown formatting, but you will not get the embedded media as easily.

Overall, itโ€™s a quick and painless transition! I have nothing against Bear, quite the opposite actually. I would love to continue using it, but due to a work policy that prevents iCloud Drive on my work iPhoneโ€Š/โ€ŠMacBook, I opted for notes because it syncs without iCloud Drive somehow (I thought it did?). ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Update 2018-12-09
It looks like it absolutely requires iCloud Drive on the macOS side. No iCloud Drive = No Notes.

Apple Notes Bear Migration Notes
Jason Burk | 1999-2018
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