/using

I ran into the idea of a /USING page while visiting some personal blogs (as one should) found the idea compelling. So, this is mine, it is nowhere near completion, but I will update as I go.

OS

  • UBUNTU 20.04 LTS
  • Windows 10
  • Big Sur

Apps

My goal is to minimize my setups as much as possible, and therefore use as little apps as possible and if possible use Open-Source software. I have still a way to go, but I’m getting there.

Obsidian

This is new and my latest addition and I’m rather excited about this. I’m trying, successfully so far, to use Emacs for all things related to writing, taking notes and task management but in the end found things a bit too fiddly. At one point Obsidian came to my attention and so far it turns out to be the one app that I have been waiting. A cross-platform, plain-text editor, Wiki like and what not. An app in which I can just throw in everything and build an offline blog thingy.

I have been using it only for a while and am still learning to use it better, but so far I am rather intrigued about the software and its possibilities.

Musescore

I started out with Finale and after years of sticking with it I switched, after a very brief stint to Musecore, over to Sibelius for another couple of years. I liked it, but the app is so bloated, cumbersome to use, in many ways annoying (I have a long list, but spare you the rant) and slow, that I switched back to Musecore at the end of 2019 and haven’t looked back since. Another win for Open Source Software.

Browser

While Firefox is a long time favourite I find myself liking Edge recently, simply because it is well integrated and launches fast, even though I don’t like that it is yet another Chromium browser, and we all could do fine with a bit more diversity.

RSS

Connected to switch to a different OS, and away from Emacs I found in NetNewsWire an app that I had already been using when I started to read RSS. Since I easily find myself checking the feeds at all time, I keep the app only on the desktop with no sync.

Blog

It’s the usual story: I ran the blog on Blot for the last year and eventually planned on switching over to Hugo (already had spent some good time learning it, tweaking the theme and set up Emacs for publishing) and then went back to WordPress.

While the former solutions have, aside their obvious benefits, too many dependencies to look after, and both are a hassle when it comes to dealing with media. Mobile-blogging (I’m writing this on my phone while waiting at the hairdressers) is not that comfortable either, if not impossible.

Since this is the resurrection of my blog, I might as well go down the easy route.

Bullet Journal

Despite, or maybe even because of, all the digital things, I found in the Bullet Journal-System a task-management system that works better for me than the digital systems I used in in the past.

Currently I’m using the Bullet Journal System with a few of my own tweaks (added a Weekly-Log plus a few more notifiers).

Notebook

After frequent back and forth I am at the moment using the Leuchtturm 1917 Bullet Journal V2 and a Travelers Notebook. using the TN-Lightweight paper for journaling. I’m rather happy with the Leuchtturm but would like to get my hands on the Soumkine Universal planner once it is available in A5 again. I found the TN format nice, but at times too cramped and rather stick with the A5 for taskmanagement.

Pens

I have accumulated plenty of pens since I started this in 2019 and currently my most used one is the Kaweco Sport Brass with an EF nib.