The New App Glut

There's a new app floating around the productivity world. It's marketed as a "note-taking tool for networked thought" that's meant to help you see the relationships among your various disparate notes. It's called Roam Research and when I first saw it, my eyes perked up. It's like mind-mapping software and…

iOS/iPadOS 14 Wishlist

We're a little over a week away from WWDC 2020, so I thought I'd throw in my ideas for what I'd like to see in iOS/iPadOS 14. 1. Auto-Deleting Text MessagesEvery time I have to re-authenticate an app or sign into a service using two-factor authentication, I always end…

iPad for Writers: iPadOS 13 Review

I’ve never reviewed an operating system before. It’s daunting and there’s no way I’d be able to devote months of my life to discussing every little feature inside. Instead, this review was written with a very specific demographic in mind: writers. I’ve broken it down…

An iOS Shortcut to Make Querying Easier

I’d thought about posting this as part of my “iPad for Writers” series, but I felt it spoke to a larger piece about automation I plan on writing eventually, so instead I’m just publishing it as kind of a how-to for anyone interested. The more I use the…

iPad for Writers — Part 3: Keyboards

If you plan on doing any kind of longform writing on the iPad — you know, more than the occasional tweet or email — then it's probably safe to say there's a 100 percent chance you're going to need an external keyboard. Before I got my iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard…

Whither the MacBook?

I never expected this site to turn into a tech blog again, but here we are. One week before WWDC, Apple quietly refreshed its Touch Bar model MacBook Pros with faster processors and improved keyboards. At the time, the question posed by bloggers and podcasters was, "Why not the 13-inch…

iPad for Writers - Part 2: Scrivener and Apple Pages

Before we get started, let me state right away that you can write a book in anything. Google Docs, Word, Drafts--it doesn't matter. However, I'd argue that just because you can write in those programs doesn't mean you should write in those programs. I can't imagine writing a book in…