Jun 17

I’ve been doing this for years, but I’ve never written an article about it. I have an easily accessible folder, available from anywhere, where I throw anything that is temporary. I can easily find what I need, but it doesn’t clutter other places up. Read on… it’s better than it sounds.

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Jun 07

Google Keep is Google’s equivalent of Apple Notes, but a bit better. It’s a place to keep snippets and other stuff. Now that our family has moved to Android phones we need a simple way that we can synchronise notes across Android and Apple devices. Google Keep seems to be the best solution. There is a Google Keep app for Android and a Google Keep app for iOS. The last piece of the puzzle is getting Google Keep on your Apple desktop computer. Here’s how.

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Sep 12

For my particular workflow and management I’ve settled on using Google calendar. My tip for super fast calendar access in OS X is to dedicate a browser to your Google calendar and use that browser for nothing else. You may choose Chrome or Safari or Firefox, I chose Microsoft edge and here’s why.

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Apr 01

When Wunderlist closed down we’ve been left without a good task manager that easily syncs across Google and MacOS. AnyDo doesn’t have a MacOS app. I can’t get my Google assistant to add a new todo into to ‘Todoist’. Google Tasks isn’t great but it does have the advantage that it is built right in to gMail. So it’s what I’m running with at the moment. Google tasks is available on MacOS but the App is called ‘Tasksboard’. Here’s the convoluted way to get it up and running!

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Sep 26

From Mojave onwards it’s no longer possible to get the 1 Password app to automatically entering your passwords into a webpage. Previously there was a keypress that would automatically fill a web form and enter your password and then press the submit button.

According to the one password forum this was disabled by Apple:

This is a limitation that’s being imposed by Apple in Mojave — though to be clear, it’s one we don’t disagree with. Auto-submit was always a sort of tacked-on feature. Auto-FILL should still work as it always has (in fact, it should be better than ever), but in order to accomplish auto-submit in previous versions, we had to use a small script that simulated the actual pressing of the Enter key. Apple – quite rightly, in my view – pointed out that this is the identical mechanism used by some malware to install itself — it can’t actually press return on your computer for you, so it simulates that action with a small script.

Strangely, even though 1Password is not allowed to press the ‘Return’ Key, Keyboard Maestro is still allowed to. A workaround I have found is to use a keyboard maestro script to execute 1Password and then press the Return key for you. I have written a script that calls up 1 Password and then simulates pressing the key for you. I have mapped this to a function key so now I can have a one press solution to bring back the old functionality of 1 Password prior to Mojave.

Here’s what the script looks like in Keyboard Maestro.

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Sep 26

I’ve recently discovered some great new Church management software called Fluro. It’s the most creative software I’ve used for ages. I’m spending so much time learning how to use it I haven’t had time for a proper article about but I’ve decided to so some short podcast episodes talking about some of the features.

You can listen to the podcast here. There’s a facebook group here. Fluro’s official page is fluro.io

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Aug 21

This is a somewhat technical post about how to remap keys in OSX using Karabiner Elements.

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Mar 26

Notational Velocity is my favourite note taking app for little bits of information you’d like to save anywhere then be able to recall later.

Notational Velocity sync broke in October 2018 when the sync engine they relied on (Simplenote) changed the domain of their notes server. Over at GitHub there’s been a fix, but it hasn’t been distributed yet.

In the meantime, if you love Notational Velocity and can’t live without it, you can use NVAlt which is basically the same program but it’s been updated so not as to have the problem. It even uses exactly the same database.

You can download NVAlt from here: https://brettterpstra.com/projects/nvalt/

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