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, it’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 iPhone / MacBook, I opted for notes because it syncs without iCloud Drive somehow (I thought it did?). 🤷‍♂️

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
December 1, 2018

Tokyo 2018

I didn’t expect to be back in Japan this soon, but here we are! Our last trip was in 2015, and it was the best trip, so I am thrilled to be back again! It was a shorter trip this time around due to circumstances, but enough time to see and do a bunch.

🇺🇸 🛫 11 Hours [+1 day] (5,141 miles) 🛬 🇯🇵

We did a ton! Here are some of the highlights! 😀


  • Landed and went to hotel. 🛬
  • Walked around the area to de-airplane myself. 🚶🏼
  • Got a delicious taiyaki (fish-shaped dessert filled with sweet bean paste).
    7.04 miles walked


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Pokémon Center Tokyo DX.
  • Had banana flavored water. Way too sweet! 🍌
  • Dipping ramen Lunch at a random ramen place. 🍜
  • Akihabara - Yodibashi Store. One of my absolute favorite stores!
    7.78 miles walked




  • Valerie was at work this day
  • Went to Akihabara to explore.
  • Took a bit of a break today.
  • Sushi Dinner.  🍣
    10.82 miles walked


  • Valerie was at work this day
  • Fujifilm Square photo gallery. 📸
  • Relaxation day.
  • Went for a run. 🏃
    6.25 miles walked


  • Breakfast at Tokyo Station.
  • Lunch at Pokémon Cafe.
  • Sushi at Uobei. So much fun! 🍣
    9.46 miles walked


  • Breakfast at Eggcellent. 🍳
  • Visited Shiba Park & the temple of Zōjō-ji. 🌳
  • Went to the airport to head home.

🇯🇵 🛫 9 Hours (5,141 miles) 🛬 🇺🇸

Great trip, and as always, can’t wait to go back!

✏️ 2015 Blog Post: A Japanese Sushi Experience

📷 Photos From The 2015 Trip

✏️ 2018 Blog Post: I Love Suica

📷 Photos From The 2018 Trip

Travel Japan Tokyo
November 30, 2018

I Love Suica

It’s not new to say how great the subway system is throughout Tokyo. If you have used the system you are well aware. One specific thing makes traveling around as easy as it can possibly be, the Suica card. The Suica card is a contactless payment system that can be used in place of individual paper tickets at station entrance and exit gates. I didn’t get one during our last trip to Tokyo, but this time I did, and it has been a game changer. Not only did I get the card, I added the card to my iPhone so I can just tap my phone and off I go.

You can get a My Suica” card at any of the JR line stations. Look for a ticket kiosk that has a black header sign above it. After you enter a few pieces of information and then add money to the card, out pops a fresh new Suica card with your name on it!

Once you have the card, you can now tap it at all stations when traveling throughout the subway system. You can even use the card to pay for items at many vendors and shops that accept the card for payments.

You can just use the card as is and you are good to go. You can also go one step further and add the card to your iPhone Wallet so you can simply tap your phone for payment. I highly recommend this as it means one less thing to carry around, and it’s just neat!

Adding the card to your iPhone is easy, here is a quick overview of how to get it all setup.
Note: adding your card to your phone renders the plastic card inoperable

  1. Change your phone region to Japan”. This only needs to be done to get the card initially added, afterwards you can change it back. Side Note: changing the region does not change the language of your phone. Settings > General > Language and Region.
  2. Now you can go to your Apple Wallet and add the Suica transit card. It walks you through the setup.
  3. Go check out your Apple Wallet and you now have a Suica Card in there!

  4. Tapping on the card, and then the blue circle with the 3 dots will show you all the information about the card, and this is also where you can reload your card with Apple Pay. There is also a setting in here that allows you to set a notification for low balance which is a nice thing to have.

  5. There is one more setting that I highly recommend turning on. This setting is called Express Transit Card. When you set this to be your Suica card it allows you to tap your phone on the gates without the need for Face ID / Touch ID. You don’t even have to have the screen on. It makes the whole process truly feel like magic. This can be setup in Settings > Wallet and Apple Pay > Transit Cards.
  6. When you enter the subway by tapping your phone, you get a lock screen notification showing your balance and your status of En Route”.

  7. Then when you leave the subway by tapping your phone again, you get another lock screen notification that shows you the trip cost, the starting and ending stops, and your updated balance.

There you have it! Even though the system has been around for quite a while, coming from the transit systems in the US, this feels so right!

Travel Japan Tokyo Suica Contactless Payment iPhone
November 29, 2018

Ten Of My Favorite Computers From The Last 25 Years

⬇️ 1995
    Compaq Presario 47841

⬇️ 1999
    Motorola TalkAbout T900
    Apple iBook G3 - Tangerine

⬇️ 2003
    Apple 12” PowerBook

⬇️ 2004
    Blackberry 8700
    Palm Treo 650

⬇️ 2007
    Apple iPhone

⬇️ 2011
    Apple 11” MacBook Air

⬇️ 2017
    Apple iPhone X

⬇️ 2018
    Apple iPad Pro 12.9
✴️ BONUS: Apple Watch Series 4

(to be on this list they must have been my personal use devices)

1: Why on earth is this on your list?!
This was the first computer that was 100% my own!

Computers History iPhone Mac Blackberry Compaq Apple Motorola Palm
November 19, 2018

I Got A New Backpack - GORUCK GR1

I have been buying backpacks for years as I searched for the right one.” Every bag is flawed in some way or missing some key feature. Versatility, comfort, and quality are the things I want most from a bag, and the GR1 delivers all three. I wish I had one of these bags during my enlistment!

I use this bag as my everyday bag, but also as a travel bag. It holds a ton and with optional accessories can be configured for just about any type of travel. It even has a super secure laptop area that I can use for a 15″ MacBook Pro or an iPad Pro.

With the way it looks (strong military vibe) you may think that comfort is not a top priority, but the support is top notch with this bag. This is one of the few bags that does not put an awkward strain on my back. Everything is weighted and anchored correctly to my body.

Every part of this bag screams quality. The price of the bag is not inexpensive, but the build and attention to detail make it more than worth it. I have seen a lot of bags with lifetime guarantees,” but I actually believe this bag could outlive me!

If you are in the market for a new backpack, give them a look. These bags are really awesome!

I got the GR1

Backpack GORUCK
November 13, 2018

From Accessory To Device

The Watch has been on my wrist for three years now, and it has been a valuable asset since the beginning. That value has increased over the years as the software has gotten better, and the hardware has steadily improved, culminating in the significant hardware update in Series 4.

When I think of my MacBook, iPad, or even iPhone, I consider them devices” that I actively accomplish tasks with. So far, the Watch has been more of an accessory to my iPhone than a standalone device. This began to change with the introduction of cellular connectivity in Series 3 and took a huge leap forward with the introduction of the series 4 watch and watchOS 5. This refreshed combination has pushed the Watch from simple Accessory to great Device.

I have found myself accomplishing more tasks with my Watch alone lately. There is, of course, a fundamental difference between performing something on the watch vs. something like the iPhone, so you have to understand that going in.

To get the maximum amount of utilization from the watch, I have split tasks into three interaction types.

  1. Glanceable Items - Complications that require only a glance.
  2. Short Interaction - Complications that are tappable for quick daily data input.
  3. Medium Interaction - Applications that live in the dock for quick data entry that occurs every few days or weekly.
    *Anything that would be considered a more extensive interaction that this should be done on another device.

So what do I have in these categories?

Category 1

  • Calendar
  • Weather
  • Sunset / Sunset
  • Activity

Category 2

  • WaterMinder
  • OmniFocus

Category 3

  • Workout
  • Timer
  • Music
  • Now Playing
  • Overcast
  • Messages
  • Walkie Talkie

I truly believe in the Watch platform and genuinely can’t wait to see what it does for us in the coming years. ⌚️

Apple Watch watchOS
October 26, 2018

The Randomizer.

Today was another lucky day for me. I got another chance to go through our lovely travel experience we have in the United States. Today included the usual nonsensical logic’ and fumbling, except for one new system’ that was in place that I think sums up the entire system quite nicely.

Normal scenario; you go through the first line where, at the end, you are greeted by a person with a pen and a little purple flashlight. They look over your ID, flash the light at it a few times, then scribble a bunch of shapes on your boarding pass (unless you use a smart phone boarding pass, which I love!). Fortunately they do not have to touch your phone. Directly after this part of the game is where the new part of the system awaits you!

Try to visualize this. Facing you is a line of 4 agents lined up, shoulder to shoulder. One of the individuals in the middle has an iPad on a pretty beefy stand in front of them. The iPad also faces you. Now, the person at the wooden kiosk who flashes the purple light and scribbles, directs you to the person standing behind the iPad. When you get to the iPad controller, you see an app running with the title TSA Randomizer” across the top of the horizontal iPad and just blank space below that. My first thought is confusion as I approach. TSA needed to add a tablet to the process somehow, after all tablets are cool, and it’s good for their hip image. Now, what could happen next. The person greets you, looks down at the iPad, and taps the center of the screen, at which point a giant white arrow pops up and points to the left!

Let this sink in..

There are 4 people standing in a line in order to tap the screen of a tablet so it can produce a large white arrow in some sort of random fashion (which I am sure was coded incorrectly and probably isn’t even close to random. Also some contractor probably got paid a ton of money to build” and code” the application).

And there you have it. Something for you to look forward to on your next US flight.

Airline blog Open For Discussion Travel TSA
October 17, 2018

Building The PiDP8/I

A couple of years ago (2016) I purchased this neat kit called the PiDP8” from Obsolescence Guaranteed | PiDP-8.

What is this thing?

The PiDP-8/I is a modern replica of the 1968 PDP-8/I computer.

After ordering, I got a box with a bunch of components in it. It was then up to me to get them assembled and get it working!

1x Wood enclosure
26× Toggle switches
12× 390 Ohm resistors
27× 4148 Diodes
89× LEDs (5mm, High Brightness)
1K Ohm Resistors
2*20 pin header for mounting the Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi (Plus to 3B or Zero/Zero W) needs 40 pin GPIO connector (I used a 3B+)

I began the build in 2016 and for any number of reasons the project sat dormant until 2018. I finally picked it back up in September of 2018, so I could finish it and get it running!

Back in 2016 I completed the following

  • Setting up the switches
  • Soldering the Raspberry Pi header
  • Soldering ~1/3 of the LEDs

Completed remaining tasks in 2018

  • Finish soldering all components to PCB
  • Attach Raspberry Pi
  • Configure software on Raspberry Pi
  • Configure remote access so I can access the Raspberry Pi without disassembling the unit.
  • Assemble components into the enclosure
  • Turn it on and hope it works! 🤞

On October 8th it was finally ready to boot up and see if it all worked…

…and it did! 😃 🎉

This project was a lot of fun to put together, and in some way, I am glad I didn’t finish it back in 2015.

Here are some photos as the building and testing progressed.

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PiDP8 Project Electronics Making
Jason Burk | 1999-2018!

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