I apologize in advance for what I expect to be a somewhat rambling post.
The state of Vermont has confirmed what I’ve long expected: I am not essential. So I am working at home. The theme of this post is how that has changed what software I am relying upon.
Usually I have the dual personality of a Windows user during weekdays at the office, and a Mac user the rest of the time. That has caused me to use applications that are available on both operating systems, such as Notebooks, developed for Apple devices but with a working Windows version, or apps that are cloud-based and accessible through a browser.
But now that I don’t have to think about Windows — at least for the time being — has my software usage changed?
Yes. At least somewhat.
For one thing, I had a lot of my work notes in OneNote, which I didn’t use on the Mac. But since I might need some of that information working from home, I have sync’d several notebooks to my Mac and my iPad. This has been quite convenient, even though I am not entirely comfortable with Microsoft’s cloud service, OneDrive.
Second, I have switched my journaling from Notebooks to Diarly. This might prove to be a silly whim. Notebooks works great for keeping daily notes, but I really like Diarly — available for MacOS and iOS, but not for Windows. So I am using it for now. When it is time to go back to the office — if that day ever arrives! — I will most likely switch back to Notebooks.
In addition to staying at home, I’ve also had my hours cut to a minimum, since there isn’t a lot I can do of my real job at home. So I’ve got time on my hands. I’ve already begun writing more (including this article about the 1776 small pox epidemic on Lake Champlain). Consequently, I decided to subscribe to Ulysses, that — despite my most fervent wishes — really is the best short-form writing app out there.
I’ve also subscribed to Notion, thinking it would be a good way to organize some other personal projects I want to work on. So far I haven’t made a lot of progress on these, but I suspect there is still a lot of time ahead.
But I am still using Dynalist extensively. On the surface, Dynalist is a dull and uninspiring app, but use it an it will quickly become essential. At least that’s my experience.
Speaking of dull and uninspiring, I think it is time to end this post. I hope to be back with more interesting posts.
Be safe and stay well.