Vimium is a Google Chrome extension which provides keyboard shortcuts for navigation and control in the spirit of the Vim editor. Watch this video to get a feel for how it works:
For anyone that still visits this site from time to time, I thought I’d give a brief explanation of why there’s been almost two years of in-activity and why nothing looks the same. Almost two years ago, I decided to take a digital sabbatical. I suspended my Facebook account, stopped posting to and modifying my website, all but ignored Twitter and my RSS feeds, and started greatly reducing the amount of time that I spent in email. I began having designated times throughout the day where I would check email, rather than beaconing to every notification.
After a few months of this sabbatical, I was refreshed and motivated to make changes to my digital experience. I permanently deleted my Facebook account, continued my new email work patterns, and resumed Twitter about once a week. I removed many RSS sources and limited reading RSS feeds to once every day or two. This new workflow has been a very healthy change for me. It’s helped me to slow down. I didn’t realize, until I forced myself to stop, just how responsive I was to notifications… and I had all my apps notifying me. Every post, every email, every news article, all the time… all day long on all of my computers and devices. Looking back, it’s hard for me to imagine that I did that. But it was a slow and gradual process of trying to stay on top of things. It was never a goal of mine to be a slave to my applications.
While I was at it, I decided to examine just how much time I was spending on my digital experience. For many years I hosted a website. It was a huge benefit in learning web development, and I also enjoyed my personal site, warlion.com. I had intentions to expand with another site (markkrieg.com) and differentiate between tech-talk and personal blog posts. But after evaluating how much time and money I was spending to host all of this, and the amount of time invested that was no longer yielding anything of great benefit, I decided to cancel my web-host and just keep the domains with the associated email accounts. I moved my web pointers to a free Tumblr account that I had experimented with some years ago, and now that’s all I have. Both domain names point to this site.
I plan on posting interesting things on this site from time to time, but it will be nothing like my former effort. So, to whom it may concern… if anyone… that’s the scoop.
Desk Envy from Yuvi Zalkow on Vimeo.
Project page: NOTATIONAL VELOCITY ALT 1.0 RELEASE - Brett Terpstra:
Notational Velocity ALT adds:
- Widescreen (horizontal) layout option
- Shortcut (⌘-⌥-N) to collapse the notes panel
- Markdown, Textile and MultiMarkdown support with Preview window
- HTML source code tab in the Preview window for fast copy/paste to blogs, etc.
- Unique interface design changes
- Fixes for a couple of bugs/annoyances
- Customizable HTML and CSS files for the Preview window
Beautify your Google Reader!
I’m a big fan of the iPhone app, Reeder and seldom use Google Reader for anything other than managing my RSS subscriptions. But since I discovered Helvetireader, I actually like spending time in Google Reader!
PlainText update brings stunning Word Count implementation.
This shows what a good UI design with a great underlying OS and API can do. Fantastic!
(via Beautiful Pixels)
It is quite lovely. Tapping the Word Count gives you even more information including number of paragraphs and characters. Also, now you can see why I have such a geek crush on Jesse at Hog Bay Software. His thoughtfulness and attention to detail are impeccable.
Readability™ is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you’re reading. Follow the steps below to install Readability™ in your Web browser.
Your Bookmarklets, On Steroids
Quix is an extensible bookmarklet, that allows you to easily access all your bookmarks and bookmarklets, across all your browsers, while maintaining them in only one spot. All you have to do is remember the shortcut for the bookmarklet, so, basically, it’s like a command line for your browser!
Quix comes with an enormous amount of powerful commands built in: check out the video below, or the first steps guide, after that, check out how to integrate it with your browser, and all the commands that are available by default.
Scrivener v2.0 is out… WOW!!!
DEVONthink To Go is Available! -
Finally! I’ve been so waiting for this! DEVONthink on my iPhone. It’s a dream come true!
TextEdit has a very simple outlining mode, perfect for jotting down quick notes with a bit of structure. To activate it, hit ⌥ + ⇥ while editing an RTF document.
Yet another reminder of the oft forgotten power of TextEdit. Want to know even more TextEdit magic you are likely unaware of? Well, your in luck as I have written about it before (including the outlining feature).
Update: One more thing I forgot to mention. All of this stuff works in anything that uses your Mac’s built in text editing engine. So, for instance, making a note in Yojimbo? Works there. MacJournal? Yep, works there too.
Vintage Leather Journal
What a work of art! Wish I could afford one of these. This artist has many beautiful creations. Check them out! Teo Studio
iThoughts is probably one of the best examples of interface design with the iPhone that I’ve ever seen. It REALLY works well. I’m able to slap down ideas (thoughts), and organize them on the fly. But it doesn’t stop there… this puppy reads and writes to Dropbox! So, that opens seamless connectivity with my Mac! But not just to other MindMap software, rather OPML exporting (i.e. Scrivener, outliners, etc.) as well as PDF. iThoughts sports a variety of file export formats, and it memorizes which ones (yes, simultaneous export of multiple file formats) you want to use for each document you create! So, when I save to Dropbox, it automatically exports all of the formats that I configured with that particular iThought document! A superb productivity tool. (Also available for the iPad)