Ellane W

I’m a 7-day veteran of the Series 7; it’s been a (mostly) wonderful week

Diagonally placed Silver Apple Watch with Silver Milanese Bank on a flat, black charging pad, with the current time and charge level visible.
Oh, you beautiful steel wrist adornment, you! Not just a pretty face. Image: Author.

Ah, the Apple Watch! The device I never thought I’d own because I didn’t want to be connected all the time, and because I was worried about EMFs. Or thought I should be. But I’m now wearing one, so apparently I’m not really concerned about them at all. Let’s hope…

Hate against the notes app is real, but I think it’ll be short-lived

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Photo by Kayla Speid on Unsplash

Notability has just announced they’re moving to a subscription model, the brave souls.

They initially offered 1 year of full access to all features for current app users, after which they’d revert to the free plan, which doesn’t include syncing between devices or handwriting recognition. …

It might be overkill, but 18 apps and that scrumptious screen leave me little choice

Side perspective view of a MacBook Pro sitting on a shiny dark reddish brown piano
One of the desks in my work-from-home setup. Image: author. Picture on laptop: Image by phamphuonglinh from Pixabay

No one was more surprised than me to discover that, even with a 27 inch iMac at my disposal, I’d rather use a laptop full-time. Yes, even an intel laptop with sucky battery-life.

All that iMac screen real estate couldn’t compete with the glorious freedom of being able to work…

It can’t replace my laptop, but it does make it insanely more productive

Blank ink illustration of a gardener standing on green grass, watering a tree constructed of iPad app icons
Oh, what a lovely productivitree! Image created by Author from Apple App Store icons, gardener image by biggerthanpluto from Pixabay, and grass image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

I love my MacBook Pro and my iPad Pro 12.9" and use them daily for creating and consuming. They’re both powerful, capable and a pleasure to use, but only one could comfortably be my primary machine.

Sorry, iPad darling. You have many, many strong points, but you just weren’t cut…

I’ve regained control of my data and my life with a new, more efficient way to capture and find the text that matters

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash. Text overlays: author.

Last month I wrote about how to open channels of communication between Drafts and Obsidian, the two darlings of my digital workflow. While my solution worked, it required some fiddling about and a $40 piece of software to get it up and running. …

Curse words, swearing and profanity are entirely unnecessary

Close up of hairy spider with cartoon eyes, surrounded by a border labelled “Arachnophobe safe zone → click here”, and “It’s just a picture”, repeated
Massimiliano Saccone on Scopio, additional text: author

The day my arachnophobic brain saw a dinner-plate sized huntsman spider millimetres from the spot I’d blindly put my hand minutes before, I was speechless—literally. If ever an involuntary curse was going to leave my mouth, it would have been then.

But there were no words. Not one!

And my…

Smart lists alone boosted the productivity of my digital workflow by 50%

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Photo by Patrick on Unsplash

If Obsidian was a movie character, it’d be a cross between MacGyver and the Genie from Aladdin. Stays out the way until you need it, doesn’t ask for a wage, and can do magical things with ordinary stuff.

Aside from my digital calendar and Reminders, Obsidian is the only productivity…

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Photo by Angus Gray on Unsplash

For as long as I can remember, I’ve seen life in terms of varying levels of light.

As time goes on, I’m becoming more aware of the light emitted by things, situations, and people. The brighter the glow, the more I’m drawn to it. My aim in life is to increase the light in myself and to help others do the same.

I’m a subscription minimalist, but…

Ellane W

Graphic designer and educational publisher for more than 30 years. Part-time teacher, full-time light seeker.

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