After nearly deleting Omnifocus, I paid for a month’s subscription and have been giving some more time to it. But I have also been using Things 3. I bought this for my iPad quite a while ago and enjoyed using it other than it being very date focussed, which doesn’t really suit my style. In addition it doesn’t have an equivalent of perspectives in Omnifocus.

However, since I last used Things, a comprehensive URL scheme has been implemented and this is a game changer, enabling the creation of Shortcuts in IOS that emulate perspectives pretty well.

I have been messing around with OmniFocus. Again.

I tried it maybe a couple of years ago, but couldn’t quite justify committing to it. I think I might be heading the same way again.

I love the perspectives. And the organisation of projects.

But the lack of quick entry of tasks, a la Fantastical or Todoist is probably a deal breaker. And then I discovered that deferred tasks no longer show up in the Forecast view if the start date passes. Hmmmm.

I have the sneaking suspicion that I would end up doing a lot of tinkering, which is good fun and all, but maybe not the point.

Oh, and I like to have tasks become due on a day without having a notification for a specific hour. I like to be able to look at what needs to be done on the day and get on with it without necessarily scheduling in every task.

So that’s talked myself out of it again then, I guess?

Damn…

Liked Bye Facebook, Reprise by Ton Zijlstra

So, like two years ago I deleted my FB account again today, and in 30 days it will be gone. FB is betting I will try to log in within that time. I know I won’t. Because unlike two years ago I have no hold-out reason left to go back into the toxic swamp.

Flexibits have removed the annoying pop-up prompts to sign up for the premium version of Fantastical on iOS. It is now much more pleasant to use again. The natural language input is just brilliant and being able to use actions in Drafts for setting up events makes for a really useful workflow.

I am still yet to be convinced that the premium version is worth it, much as I would like to have access to Fantastical on the Mac. Scheduling is something I have to spend time doing quite a lot of, so maybe it would be worth it…

Facebook Says Very Little on Privacy of Messenger Rooms

Those policies, and the few specifics Facebook has given publicly about Messenger Rooms, leave unanswered important questions about how the company handles the metadata around video calls…

No surprises there, then.

The Facebook “data policy,” which the company spokesperson repeatedly pointed me to as the firm’s canonical document for questions of information collection, is mostly built from vastly generalized statements (“We collect information about how you use our Products”) punctuated by slightly narrowed examples (“such as the types of content you view or engage with”). The word “include” or “includes” appears 10 times in the data policy, “for example” 19 times, and “such as” 30 times.

The leopard never changes its spots…

Changed our business email hosting provider over the weekend. A fairly straightforward process other than changing the MX records. Used the live chat support to find out what they need to be changed to. It took nearly an hour for them to do it.

Maybe there was a genuine reason for why it took so long but anyway. Got it sorted eventually. And the new system is a lot easier to manage.

Been getting into using Drafts a lot more of late. Scripting is beyond me at the moment but I am making a lot of basic actions to automate stuff I do.

Like drafting a post for this blog. One action emails the draft to WordPress, saves a copy to Dropbox and opens Safari on my WordPress login so that I can open the post and do any final edits before publishing.

Think this will be one subscription app that really earns its keep.

Naomi Klein, writing about how big tech plans to profit from the pandemic, acknowledges that:

technology is most certainly a key part of how we must protect public health in the coming months and years.

However, she goes on to ask these vital questions about our relationship with tech:

..will that technology be subject to the disciplines of democracy and public oversight, or will it be rolled out in state-of-exception frenzy, without asking critical questions that will shape our lives for decades to come? Questions such as these, for instance: if we are indeed seeing how critical digital connectivity is in times of crisis, should these networks, and our data, really be in the hands of private players such as Google, Amazon and Apple? If public funds are paying for so much of it, should the public also own and control it? If the internet is essential for so much in our lives, as it clearly is, should it be treated as a nonprofit public utility?