January 21, 2019

Living with only Emacs and a browser

I was thinking earlier about trying to get by with only Emacs and a browser.

How much of my general daily computer work1 could be done primarily with those two apps? Not enough, but it’s a fun thought experiment that may turn into a real experiment.

After a quick pass through my Applications folder, here are the apps I (currently) consider must haves…

  • Emacs
  • Firefox
  • Messages (Apple)
  • 1Password (but 1Password X might not count as a separate app)
  • Preview (I’m constantly dealing with PDFs and haven’t gotten comfortable doing that with Emacs yet)
  • TextExpander (I could go without it, but I don’t want to)
  • iTerm (because command-line apps don’t count as Apps” so I cheat with this)
  • Finder (I’m not sure this counts as an App, though)
  • Keybase

So what does this long list-that-contains-way-more-than-just-emacs-and-a-browser mean I leave behind?

  • DEVONthink
  • Tinderbox
  • TheBrain
  • Bear
  • Apple Notes
  • MarsEdit
  • BBEdit
  • iA Writer
  • Calendar
  • Day One
  • MacVim
  • MailMate

I may try it for a few days and see what happens.


  1. I’m not including photo or video editing

emacs
January 20, 2019

Struggling with Lightroom CC

I’ve been trying to use Lightroom CC exclusively for managing and editing photos. The intention was to go all-in for a while and determine if I could live there.

I don’t think I can.

This is me just thinking out loud after a few weeks of giving Lightroom a fair shake.

Overall, Lightroom CC is fine. It’s missing some power user” features from things like Lightroom Classic or Capture One Pro, but it’s easy to use, fairly powerful, and nice”. I love being able to view and edit photos on any device at any time. That alone is what lead me to try this experiment. I like that it’s pared down and simple. I like that it now has Faces and Sensei” for searches. The cloud has some magic features, certainly.

But the magic of the cloud is also the dealbreaker. I just can’t get past the thought of having all my photos managed and hosted by Adobe…basically forever. I don’t like that I can’t even look at my photos without using Lightroom. I don’t like that I can’t manage file names. I don’t like that there’s still no trash” and if I were to fumble-finger a deletion I could lose photos permanently.

It feels unsafe for me to trust my library to Adobe’s cloud. I’ve got nothing against Adobe, and their software subscription plans are fair and a good value. Storage plans, on the other hand, could get steep, and that’s only going to get worse as my library grows.

I’m learning (or possibly confirming) that I’m lost without a Reveal in Finder” option. I don’t like not having control over the underlying files.

This experiment may be drawing to a close. I may have to crawl back and beg Capture One Pro to take me back.

Wiki note

photography
December 27, 2018

Displaying Webmentions on a blot.im blog - Amit Gawande

Amit Gawande has posted some nice instructions on how to include Webmentions on your Blot.im-based blog.

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November 8, 2018

Blot and/or Hugo and Micro.blog

I’ve noticed recently that WordPress is becoming more like Squarespace and that Micro.blog has become a darn nice tool for blogging. For this reason, I’ve stopped posting short posts to my WordPress blog at jack.baty.net and instead post to my Micro.blog at micro.baty.net.

I should just go all-in Micro.blog, since it easily handles both short and long posts, but I want to keep short Tweet-like posts separate from my main” blog, so for now I’ll need two blogs.

Micro.blog is perfect for, well, micro” posts. Hugo, which I use for baty.net, is also great, but recently it just quit working one day and I couldn’t publish my site. That got me thinking about Blot.im again.

Blot is the easiest thing I’ve found for publishing a static site using Markdown files. Edit a local Markdown file in my favorite text editor, hit Save”, and it’s published. There’s no pushing or rsyncing or anything fancy.

I’m going to dip my toes back into Blot using my existing Blot site at baty.blog and see how it goes.

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August 4, 2018

Posting to Blot using Blotpub

This is a test of Amit Gawande’s Blotpub, a Micropub service for Blot.im blogs. If this works, thanks Amit!

blot blogging
July 28, 2018

Fixing cross-posted images between Blot and Micro.blog

Images can get lost between Blot and Micro.blog. The fix I’m trying is to disable the CDN and use full URLs in my image links. This is a test image.

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