Obsidian for absolute beginners

Do you plan to start using Obsidian? Watch the video above to learn all the first steps to take. Find out about the different prices, what a vault is, how to create and edit notes, and more.

This is an experiment that started in February 2022, when I began to build a system on Obsidian that looked similar to the one I use on Evernote. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please check my article on Medium.

This is extremely embarrassing, I lost the Tile, not my keys.

It somehow fell off my keychain, the App shows me where it is, I know I’m close to it because I can make it chime when I approach the area, but I can’t find it. For the past couple of days, I have been walking around that spot staring at my phone and the ground like a person chasing Pokémon, but I can’t see or hear it.

And of course, there is more. Despite walking the entire perimeter many times, I never receive a signal higher than ‘Moderate.’ It is a gas station I usually go to, I’m in the Bluetooth range, and I even asked if they found it, but they hadn’t. Something’s not right. Maybe it is inside a storm drain. I don’t know. It’s embarrassing.

Anyway, I’m glad I didn’t lose the keys.

What about Revue’s indirect revenue?

Like most of us, I have no official information about Twitter’s current situation, nevertheless I wish to share my thoughts on the recent shut down of Revue, a newsletter service the company acquired in January 2021.

I understand that sometimes discontinuing non-profit services may be the only option, but what about the indirect revenue that these services might be generating? Furthermore, Revue was actually making Twitter some money, since there were paid newsletters hosted there.

Like many people, I moved to Mastodon months ago, but since I was using Revue as my newsletter provider, I knew that I would not be able to completely disconnect from Twitter. In other words, I would still see and eventually click on some ads, and who knows, maybe even become a Blue subscriber. I was already visiting the site less and less, and now one more reason to go there is gone.

Anyway, life moves on and the transition of my monthly newsletter to Substack was unbelievably easy. By the way, in a some of days, I will send the first issue of 2023, and if you are not a subscriber, you are more than welcome to join.

Evernote and other technologies I used when I was in Morocco.

I just got back from Morocco, but the trip almost didn’t happen. When we arrived at the airport, my wife noticed that her phone was missing. So, all communication exchanges with the travel agency were gone.

No worries, Evernote came to the rescue and saved the day. I mean, the whole week. As I have already shown in past videos, I was also saving everything in Evernote. Our boarding passes and all instructions were available in offline notes.

But Evernote was not the only technology I used. I also had a saved Google Map of Marrakech, offline French and Arabic Google Translate dictionaries, a Canon App that would grab the geolocation of the pictures I was taking with my camera, and, of course, I had to have fun with my watch’s GPS.

I used my Garmin Instinct 2 to track all our walks, and at the end of each day I saved statistics and a picture of the watch showing how much battery was left. I also tested the navigation back to the hotel, and it worked like a charm.

The experience with all these tech was so cool that I’m tempted to work on a video about it using a week of data and a journal I now have in my Evernote. And, of course, Morocco itself was an astonishing experience.

Thank you so much for your support in 2022!
I wish you and your family a wonderful year ahead.

I finally upgraded to Pixelmator Pro.

I’ve been using Pixelmator for many years. I love how it is both powerful and simple to use, especially for someone like me who is not a professional image editor. However, I am a basic features user and I never felt compelled to upgrade to the Pro version. 

Last week I decided to buy it because it is 50% off and the non-Pro version won’t be upgraded to Apple’s “M” silicon. It turned out to be one of those things you didn’t know you needed until you got it.

There are many small improvements that are making me more productive. Not only that, it’s not limited to images anymore. It now has some basic video editing features, and it can export to Apple Motion.

Special thanks to Jenn Jager. It was her video demonstrating the new features that inspired me to finally upgrade.

Why not an Apple Watch or Wear OS?

Before the Apple Watch, there was the Pebble (image below). I loved that smartwatch, but the end was inevitable, the company eventually went bankrupt, and was sold to Fitbit. The final nail in the coffin was the watch being discontinued, and the servers turned off.

Without the servers, many features would stop working, and the experience wouldn’t be the same. To save us, a group of enthusiasts created Rebble to bring life back to the Pebble. I appreciate what they did, but it’s not the same. Our watches would inevitably get old and parts would break.

Long story short, I could never find a smartwatch alternative that would check all the boxes: waterproof, buttons instead of touch screen, e-ink display, long-lasting battery, health sensors, and good quality build. I ended-up moving to a G-Shock, that I absolutely love. However, it was not a complete experience. I was constantly missing the health sensors.

It was only recently that I came across an alternative from Garmin. Yes, I completely missed the original Instinct release. But that’s ok. I recently got the Instinct 2, and I’m thrilled. Not only it checks all the boxes, it looks like the G-Sock I was wearing.