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This is the archive for all my posts. Since I just migrated to Kirby and I still consider this work in progress, I don't have the search ready yet. So if you want to find anything here, give ⌘F a try. ;-)

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Writing in Markdown

Today, Matt Gemmell released a new ebook on Five Simple Steps. It covers all the basic steps to get you started with Markdown as well as some advanced stuff like tables. As you might have guessed from the choice of my blog software, Jekyll, and my interest in Markdown apps like Whiskey, Markdown is…

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Whiskey.app

Today I listened to the first episode of the newest podcast in my list, Design Details. The guest, Sam Soffes, builds an app called Whiskey. Whiskey is a Markdown editor, but a remarkable one. Its main feature for me is probably the very minimal UI that doesn’t get in the way. I like this a lot. I…

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Podcast Backup Script

Now that John Chidgey announced that he is terminating his fabulous Pragmatic podcast and that the site will disappear eventually I thought it might be a good idea to make a backup copy of the episodes outside of my ordinary podcast clients. A quick Google search for this did not bring up a…

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How Your Camera Works

Daniel Eggert, objc.io issue #21: Let’s say you’re outside and looking around you. The sun, 150 million kilometers away, is emitting photons. These travel from the sun to our cozy planet in about eight minutes. Some of these photons hit the things around you and get reflected and hit the retina ins…

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FastMail Configuration Follow-Up

Just a quick update on my FastMail Configuration post: After I wrote that post I ran into some sync issues. Mail.app on OS X had massive problems listing the contents of my folders (and even listing those folders themselves), especially with folders located directly within INBOX. I had a lengthy…

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Combining Matt Gemmell's Staging Script and Jekyll-Post-Link

Last week, Matt Gemmell released a pretty handy staging script for Jekyll.1 This temporarily removes all your posts from your site and copies a draft into _posts. This way, building your Jekyll site with your new draft post is way faster than your regular builds with all your content.…

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Two New Jekyll Scripts

Every now and then I try to make the process of writing posts in Jekyll a bit more pleasant. Last time, I shared a script that was supposed to make the post creation process a bit easier. It turned out, though, that I almost never really use this script because of its complexity. There are just too…

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FastMail Configuration

Yesterday I wrote about my move to FastMail and how smooth that went. I mentioned, that the only caveat was the fact that I had to manually configure the clients to work with FastMail's IMAP and SMTP servers. This is not as simple as for Google Mail or Yahoo and required me some fine-tuning. So I…

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Why the iPad Became My Main Computer

Federico Viticci: Think about the iPad this way: would a college student who needs to download a file from a school's web server and write an essay in Pages while looking up two PDFs really enjoy an iPad? I don't think so. Would a chef who wants to compare orders for her kitchen open 5 windows in…

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Leaving Gmail

I've been meaning to do this as part of my Personal Security Audit project for quite a while now. It's not that I don't like Google at all but the power they gathered over the last couple of years with all their services made me feel quite uncomfortable. The same concerns apply to other services…

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