Over the past few years I have come to love an experience closer to what Ernie Smith calls “bare metal writing”. I use a program called Ulysses, which offers a simple, clean and logical design, and whose output is nothing but text.
Once you have mastered its version of the simple MarkDown format, you can produce documents that incorporate some light formatting. But my aim with Ulysses is to produce text. How it looks when it gets to you is way above my pay grade.
The program alienated some of its adherents by going to a subscription model last year. For me, the monthly fee for an app that gets out of the way seems a bargain.
Lately I’ve gone further in seeking an uncorrupted writing experience.
Right now I am typing on something called the AlphaSmart Neo2, which is as close to a pure writing machine as I have seen.
Monica allows people to keep track of everything that’s important about their friends and family. Like the activities done with them. When you last called someone. What you talked about. It will help you remember the name and the age of the kids. It can also remind you to call someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
It’s nice to see a new PHP app that (maybe?) still targets shared hosting as a realistic thing.
One of the things people like most about social media I think is the feedback that one gets when people like a post. That doesn’t happen on one’s own blog (or at least, very much less often), and actually I find it massively relaxing. I’m probably talking into a silent void here, and no one’s listening, but at least I’m not worried that people don’t like what I’m writing.
I shouldn’t let it bother me, but articles like this about map vandalism annoy me. It wasn’t a “hack”, it wasn’t unusual (although normally vandalism doesn’t make it so far downstream), and the data originated from OpenStreetMap (who explained it all yesterday).