I’ve been meaning to write about this, but I’m still formulating the full 2022 plan. Essentially, I’m in search of alternatives for some of the major things I do on the web. I want to better safeguard my privacy, support good companies and contribute more to the open web.
Up first was browsing. I have already been using Brave as my main browser, but I’ve now uninstalled Chrome and am trying out the customizations found within Vivaldi.
Currently installed on my MacBoook:
At the end of the month, I’ll check back in and tee up February’s activity.
I jump around too often as well and one of my new year’s hopes is to streamline my app usage. Of the apps Jason listed, I’m spreading too much between Instapaper, Pinboard, Matter, Raindrop, and GoodLinks. Jason outlines a way to utilize Reeder and Feedbin (which is my syncing engine) as a way to consume your content.
I love Unread on iOS, but use Reeder on the Mac. Maybe I should go back to using all Reeder and ditch Matter as the read-it-later service.
This is essentially macOS’ Spotlight feature but on iPadOS. It does most of the same things too, and if you use a keyboard with your iPad, you can even invoke it with the same shortcut that longtime Mac users know and love — CMD+Space — no matter what you’re doing or what app you’re in.
Thanks to extensions like xSearch, you can now queue up searches to wherever you’d like in the browser directly from Spotlight. This has broadened my use of Spotlight to include how I search various corners of the web on Mac thanks to Alfred.
Now, if only we could somehow get Alfred itself functioning similarly on iOS.
This holiday weekend is Wirecutter’s busiest and most profitable time of the year, and many of us were scheduled to work a combined total of hundreds of hours of overtime. This fund will go towards the lost income we will incur through this strike, which our members rely on to pay their bills, travel home for the holidays, and generally support themselves. We’re asking you, our supporters, to help mitigate these lost wages.
I have a studio pair that sits on my desk for podcasts and YouTube videos during the day, which are usually AirPlayed from my iPad. I wish I could use them as speakers for my Mac, but each time I try, I can’t overcome the lag.
An additional audio input capability would have been amazing.
I may get around to publishing my series of using multiple apps to split how my mind functions — for example, using Reminders.app for personal things and Todoist for work-related tasks. I just don’t like to mix the two.
Same goes with notes. I can’t wrap my head around something like Obsidian housing every little thing. Instead, I use Craft at work, Drafts for actioning personal notes, Ulysses or iA Writer to write, Day One for journaling, and DEVONthink for long-term, archival storage.
It all just works and each app is very good at handling its specific use case in my flow.