Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

Still trying to find  §

a suitable way to blog from an iPad and/or a mobile phone.

The WordPress app is completely unsuited and unsuitable for this purpose; it’s busy and cluttered and just not about writing. It’s about “managing your blog,” which I suppose is appropriate for a blogging app, apart from the fact that the purpose of a blog has much to do with actual, say, content in the first place.

I really thought this would be easier once I got the “Post via Dropbox” plugin installed—just drop a file in a Dropbox folder and it gets posted. Couldn’t be simpler, right?

Except that most apps that sync with Dropbox either (a) aren’t that writer-friendly, (b) don’t actually work properly with a bluetooth keyboard, (c) don’t let you select your own Dropbox folder into which to place files, or (d) struggle with sync when the files get removed.

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Speaking of struggling, why do so many apps have crap syncing?

Working with DevonThink’s sync this afternoon made me pull my hair out. It’s less a feature than a form of torture. I mean, why bother to even create something like that? If it “works with Dropbox,” what’s the matter with getting it to work with Dropbox in a way that actually makes sense, rather than turning it into a series of ongoing file management operations that are obliquely described and documented and that the user needs to continually supervise?

One of the things that made Evernote so successful is that they got sync right. Nobody else seems to be able to duplicate this, even when it comes to simple things like plain text files in a single folder.

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After a few months of very little dissertation work (new gig, family stuff, etc.) I’m trying to ramp up once again. Getting a feel for where I am is part and parcel of this process.

What I’ve learned is both encouraging and daunting. I’m on the right track. I like what I have so far. At the same time, there is much more work to be done. Much more. Basic stuff.

So I am sitting here with a bit of apprehension. There need to be some serious changes in work strategy and there needs to be a serious increase in time commitment and discipline if I am to pull this off this summer, or at least get most of the way there, as is the plan.

It won’t be easy, but it needs to be done. Stay tuned.

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