My favorite way to post to my blog on my iPad just got better. The Blogsy app now supports Markdown syntax.
I’ve been writing in Markdown for almost a year now, and I’ve been using Blogsy to post, it just required me to use the text editing app to first convert the Markdown into HTML. Now you can copy in the raw markdown and Blogsy will convert it for you. This should be cleaner.
As part of this update Blogsy is also supporting URL schemes. I haven’t dung into this yet, but I’m looking forward to trying out what it can do.
Well this is mildly exciting!
70 Decibels moving to 5by5
Over a year ago I somehow heard about the Talk Show podcast on 5by5 with John Gruber. From there I started listening to a few other podcasts on the 5by5 network. They quickly became the programs I most looked forward to each week. Of those 4 podcasts only one of them is still going today. Back To Work was my favorite of the bunch so I’m glad it is still around. I don’t know what I’d do if that one closed up shop.
I am a reader of penaddict.com and last year Brad Dowdy started a podcast on the 70 Decibels network with Myke Hurley. This was the first time I’d heard of 70 Decibels, and I discovered a whole new set up tech related podcasts they I really enjoy listening too.
Over the last several months 70 Decibels has eclipsed 5by5 in my mind. The newer shows that 5by5 started up were not good. Listening to one week of The Frequency almost made me give up the entire network all together.
I was surprised to hear last week that 5by5 is taking over 70 Decibels. I’m not worried by this, as I’m sure it will stay business-as-usual for the 70db podcasts I listen to. If anything I am excited to see what they will do together.
I think this will be a helpful rejuvenation for 5by5 that in my mind had started to flounder over the last few months. They were in need of more quality programming, and I think now they have it.
I realize the post I’m linking to is from 2004… but even now it is a good idea.
I’ve been experimenting with a ton of different iPhone and web apps to take random notes throughout the day. I wanted something that was quick and easy to use, then easy to organize when I got the time to sit down and make sense of my scrawling. Nothing worked. Drafts came close, but the review process wasn’t as clean as I’d like.
With any phone app there is a slight bit of friction that seems to make all the difference. I have to get the phone out of my pocket, unlock it, launch the app, then thumb-type in the note. Doesn’t sound like much, but it is a barrier that blocked me from taking a quick note, especially when I was talking face to face with someone.
I have decided to try the hipster PDA. I got my stack of note cards in my pocket, along with my pens. I used it today for the first time, and it worked well. I wrote down a lot of stuff that would have been passed over before. Maybe it was because I’m trying out something new, only time will tell. It is a cheap way to capture quick random notes and it is easy to go though at the end of the day. There is something to be said for physically being able to flip through the cards.
I had to post a link to the original blog post from Mailbox. Extra bonus points for the gif. I’ve used Mailbox for a few weeks now and there have been a few hiccups as they scaled up and brought on all the new users. This should definitely solve their scaling issues.