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There is a thing I've been thinking about doing for quite some time now. Now, I finally decided to do it.

iPadOS 14 has a couple of new features meant for Pro-users. One I particularly like is Spotlight. It can run Shortcuts directly in the search-field without opening up any app but instead lets you use the whole shortcut in an overlay.

It allows me to create some sort of "Spotlight extensions" that resemble what I do daily on my Mac with Alfred.

So, for example, I open Spotlight with CMD + Space, type !things and can quickly create tasks with the corresponding due-date and category.

Even with proprietary dongles, Bluetooth devices are much less reliable than wired. For instance, I wrote above that my Logitech MX Master worked fine once I switched to the proprietary dongle, but that's not quite true: it worked fine for a while, then one day it started janking again for no discernible reason.

I've been running into this problem a lot lately. My MX Master starts acting up, and not even turning it off and on again fixes it. Also, I have this stupid problem where the Mac loses the connection to the AirPods Pro and audio first starts to stutter and then completely breaks off. Only fix I have found so far: Restart the Mac, which is not an option a minute before an audio-call.

So, I've been looking at ways to improve my home office, even with the knowledge that I might spend more times working from home than from an office. And cables are part of that. Ethernet all the way.

I'll report back when I found something that works for me.

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From Twitter:

That’s right, Trainers—#PokemonSnapIsBack! #NewPokemonSnap is an all-new adventure inspired by the classic Nintendo 64 game.

Holy! Shit! I loved this game so much as a child. Trying to find all the different hidden Pokémon in the game. Can't wait for this one!

Herein lies the problem, at least in terms of me being a customer of Hey. Hey is a standalone service. Unlike a typical email provider it doesn’t expose an IMAP interface which other apps can use. If it did this, it would probably lose all the pretty add-ons they have built into the system. Furthermore it doesn’t allow the use of a custom domain.

Ignoring the whole drama that is currently going on, and for which I hope Apple gets punished, Hey.com is still an interesting service that kind off works like I use email in general.

But the fact that I can't use custom domains as of right now is the reason I will not switch. And even if they did support them, I have to be sure that I can use aliases. I have around 20 email-addresses that either all forward to one address (but are different for different services) or are sorted into folders automatically. I use Fastmailby the way to achieve all of this, and yes that's a referral link. You get ten per cent off using that.

I still do like what they did though, so that guide by Andrew Canion replicating most of their feature-set is something I have to look into.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be an iOS email-app that doesn't look like shit AND still supports advanced features like Preside.

This special one-week bundle features $1,200 USD worth of games, books, and comics for just $30 USD.

This is one very good bundle with some pretty nice games. And you support a great cause.

You also get some great books and one month off Humble Choice for free.

In any case, I'm sorry to report that it's time to consider getting a new email address. The reason is Hey, a new email service from Basecamp. It's a genuinely original take on messaging that feels like the first interesting thing to happen to email since clever apps like Mailbox and Sparrow repurposed your Gmail account, and it's available in an open beta starting today.

I am on the waiting list to get into the beta. While I'm happy with my email-provider, Fastmail, I am not satisfied with their apps, nor with any of the other third-party clients on the market. They are either not that good or Gmail-only.

Hey.com sounds like the first exciting new email-service in a long while. I'm intrigued to check what it's all about.

But unfortunately, it doesn't seem I can switch, even if I like it. They don't support custom domains as of yet, which means I can't move my email-addresses over.

My sister recently asked me what "subject category "she should pick. But I couldn't give her a straightforward answer. Instead, I sent this nearly thousand words long text message explaining to her what I believe in and think is truly important.

The format is simple, I answer reader questions about the main topics we discuss here: work, technology, and the deep life. I do my best to avoid rants (spoiler alert: I usually fail).

While I'm not as big as a fanboy as some of my friends are, I still enjoy Newport's output a lot. I read most of his book except the college ones, I read his blog and for whatever reason he is a frequent podcast-guest on most of the shows I listen to. And now he got his own.

I start getting bored by all the different timelines and inboxes I have and follow: Twitter, Reddit, Email, RSS. Everything is crying for my attention. But there is seldom anything new. It took me a while to realize, but everyone is continuously repeating themselves. Non-tech-bloggers write what I already read in books, people from Twitter steal each other's tweets, news happens in a cycle, Redditors reposts reposts.

My solution for now? Delete Twitter from my phone, unsubscribe to a lot of newsletters, read even less news than I already do, and clean up Reddit.