Remember that secret project of mine I kept talking about? While I have announced it on my social medias (Instagram, Twitter, I haven't yet talked about it here in detail.
So, what is it all about? I will start live-streaming on Twitch regularly. I'll be playing a variety of video-games, but mainly focusing on games that are replayable, i.e. rogue-likes, Hearthstone. From time to time, I also plan to play story-focused games like the next Assassin's Creed or Cyberpunk 2077. And if I can find people who are willing to be live on a stream, I'd add multiplayer games to the mix.
The plan is to stream on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and sometimes on Fridays and/or Saturdays.
Since folding Apfeltech, I haven't been working on a project of this size for a long while. So, I am not only going live on Twitch and calling it a day. This is a whole endeavour I'm taking on. Besides Twitch, I set up a YouTube-channel on which I will add additional content related to what I play and my stream. Think first impressions, game-guides and stream-setups. Also, VODs because, then again, I'm lazy and VODs are low-hanging fruits.
My goal with the whole thing? Have fun again working on a big project. I am not planning (as of yet, if it happens, I'd be more than happy of course) to make this into a job. But working and breathing something of my own daily is a feeling I miss a lot. So yeah, let's hope my Twitch-thing can satisfy this craving.
My first stream will be tomorrow, Thursday, August 6th, at 8 pm CEST. I will be streaming for 4 hours typically.
For all you out there in the world, here is the date in your timezone:
PDT: 11 am
EDT: 2 pm
BST: 7 pm
JST: 3 am on Friday (sorry Japan!)
If you want to follow me and see what I'm up to, I'd be happy if you give me a follow over at Twitch.
It has been a long time since I last posted my setup on this blog. The original page doesn’t even exist anymore. But recently I decided that, for my part of my super-secret project, I had to rearrange and redo my setup. This is the result.
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.
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.
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.