Erik I


Filed under #software and #tooling

I've long been using OneNote as well as recommended it for small businesses and small departments that were dependent on Microsoft Windows anyway but things are changing.

For now small businesses might still be happy to use OneNote. The desktop client seems to still be available and for many businesses the new Windows Store version that only syncs to Microsoft Office Cloud might also work.

I'll stop using it for my personal notes now. I've been waiting long enough to get internal links working on mobile and I am fed up.

Besides Joplin feels better in a number of ways and last but not least it is open source and can sync against my own hosted NextCloud server.

Filed under #advertising and #software

I sometimes do unpaid advertising if I really like a product. If the product is good, doesn't nag me to post reviews or anything and I still like it after some time I will sometimes sit down and write something nice about it.

ManicTime is such a program: It is a program to help you log your billable hours, but unlike others that expects me to remember to stop the timer when I leave the computer or an interruption lasts longer than a few minutes, -ManicTime just logs what program I used at the time, if the computer was locked or not, if there was a long break since last I typed etc. Based on this I can click and drag to select parts of my day and assign it to projects. No forgotten hours, and I also don't have to worry about writing too many hours.

It can also snap screenshots while logging and they show up when you hver over the timelines.

In addition to being featureful it is also easy-to-use and snappy.

The whole thing works locally as far as I am aware (unless you explicitly ask it to log to a server, which can be a local server that you control.)

I often don't use Windows for months, and then I can't use ManicTime, but when I return to Windows, sooner or later I search my mail box to find the license key for the last version I bought.

Let me also mention that the support is amazing AFAIK. I can still download a version that works with my license key, they even took the time to make patched release after my license was expired.

Filed under: #gardening #software and #daftanalogies

No, I'm not talking about SCM branches.

But – growing the software to maximum usefullness can take years – working software however can reward us again and again, and we often start getting results before it is “finished” – it can often live for years and produce results even if it doesn't get much care – like fruit trees, unless it gets pruned it will become messy if kt is allowed to grow naturally year after year – it stops growing when it is dead

I was out in the garden today, pruning our plum tree and our cherry tree. At thst moment it made even more sense as I was cutting away a number of branches that could have had fruit next season.

It hurts somewhat to know that I'm probably reducing my harvest for the bext year but I felt I had to to reduce the risk of aphid invasions and other pests as well as to make sure the tree develops well in the longer run: – I'd rather have slightly less fruit next year but even more in a couple of years.