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Vintage Handspring Visor and Sony Cliรฉ models.

State of App and Services Subscriptions 2023

I use a variety of different apps and services on iOS and macOS. Most of them are based on subscription models, and even though I try to make sure that each program doesn’t cost more than 5 โ‚ฌ / month, a not insignificant monthly amount1 quickly adds up.

Here is a table of all the apps and services I’m currently subscribed to:2

App or Service Cost / Month Type State
1Password 5.50 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
Anybox 1.21 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
Arq 3.22 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
Chronicling 0.83 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
DayOne 2.21 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
Drafts 1.71 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
Epic Weather Ride 0.71 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
FDDB 2.00 โ‚ฌ 1/2y ๐Ÿ”ด
HealthFit 0.50 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
iConnectHue 1.67 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸก
ifttt 1.39 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸก
Ivory 2.50 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
Kagi 4.63 โ‚ฌ m ๐ŸŸก
Mastodon 1.79 โ‚ฌ m ๐ŸŸข
Mercury Weather 1.67 โ‚ฌ y ๐Ÿ”ด
Micro.blog 4.63 โ‚ฌ m ๐ŸŸข
Mindnode 1.83 โ‚ฌ y ๐Ÿ”ด
MS Office 365 8.25 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸก
Neptunes 0.17 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
NordVPN 3.80 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
Obsidian Sync 4.45 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
Overcast Premium 0.83 โ‚ฌ y ๐Ÿ”ด
Personal Best 0.50 โ‚ฌ y ๐Ÿ”ด
Play 1.92 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸก
Photomator 2.92 โ‚ฌ y ๐Ÿ”ด
Readwise 3.71 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸก
Setapp 5.50 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
Sรถka 0.83 โ‚ฌ y ๐Ÿ”ด
Timery 0.87 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸก
trakt.tv 2.32 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸก
Training Today 1.50 โ‚ฌ y ๐Ÿ”ด
TV Forecast 0.83 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
Up Ahead 1.00 โ‚ฌ y ๐Ÿ”ด
Waterllama 0.58 โ‚ฌ
YNAB 8.19 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
Zenitizer 1.83 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸก
Apple One Premium 31.95 โ‚ฌ m ๐ŸŸข
Disney+ 7.50 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸข
Nintendo Switch Online 2.92 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸก
PlayStationPlus 5.00 โ‚ฌ y ๐ŸŸก
Wahoo Systm 13.75 โ‚ฌ m ๐ŸŸข
Total: 141.64 โ‚ฌ

In total, they cost well over 140 โ‚ฌ a month, which is 1700 โ‚ฌ3 a year! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Time to go through all the apps one by one and consider whether I really need them and whether they are still worth their money to me.4

  • ๐ŸŸข 1Password: Until last week, my standard password manager. I am currently considering whether it could potentially be replaced by Apple’s Keychain; however, I am not fully there yet.
  • ๐ŸŸข Anybox: My current bookmark manager of choice; I could possibly live with the free version of Raindrop.io; but even though the developer probably no longer lives in Russia, the proximity is somehow still too uncomfortable for me.
  • ๐ŸŸข Arq: I use Arq since 2016 together with the countless TB of free OneDrive storage space available to me as part of the MS Office subscription; I couldn’t sleep peacefully without offsite backup.
  • ๐ŸŸข Chronicling: I use it a lot lately, especially to fill my Daily Journal in Obsidian via Shortcuts.app; I really don’t want to miss it.
  • ๐ŸŸก DayOne: Since I moved my Daily Journal to Obsidian in the middle of the year, I don’t really use it anymore. But I still let it be filled (automatically). My first entries go back to the year 2008, although I can’t figure out when it was actually published. Would feel strange without it.
  • ๐ŸŸข Drafts: I used the app extensively in the past, then didn’t understand it for a long time, and currently, I can’t imagine life without it again.
  • ๐ŸŸข Epic Weather Ride: An indispensable weather tool for planning bike tours.
  • ๐Ÿ”ด FDDB: I regularly fail to track my calories consistently and thus control my weight. Most of the year an unused app because it is too exhausting to constantly weigh your food. I should cancel and only resubscribe when I really (for a month or two) want to use it.
  • ๐ŸŸข HealthFit: One of the few ways to get .fit files from the Hammerhead Karoo 2 into Apple Health and much more. Subscription is even voluntary and IMHO extremely well invested.
  • ๐ŸŸก iConnectHue: An alternative way to program and control Philips Hue lamps. In the past, the things I wanted to implement could only be set up properly through it. However, I should take a look during the brighter time of the year to see if most of it can now also be done via the native app.
  • ๐ŸŸก ifttt: Oh, I actually only use it to import various things into Day One automatically. I don’t really need it but I love automating things ๐Ÿค”.
  • ๐ŸŸข Ivory: There are a number of alternative Mastodon clients like Mona etc. that do not rely on a subscription; also, the development speed is not very high at the moment. On the other hand, I’ve gotten very used to these very polished apps for iOS and macOS.
  • ๐ŸŸก Kagi: A really good Google alternative. But ultimately “only” for the conscience. It’s not that I achieve anything with Kagi that wouldn’t be possible with google.com or duckduckgo.
  • ๐Ÿ”ด Up Ahead: Incredible nice-looking app, but I feel like it hasn’t been updated for almost a year now. (How nice it would be if you could simply add entries from the calendar.) It’s hard, but
  • ๐ŸŸข Mastodon: Completely voluntary and actually too small an amount.
  • ๐Ÿ”ด Mercury Weather: I really like it, it has even won big at the MacStories Selects, but since I rarely travel to other places/countries and the Weather app is also getting better…
  • ๐ŸŸข Micro.blog : What can I say …
  • ๐Ÿ”ด Mindnode: Used to be one of my most used apps; it is now also available via Setapp and I only have the subscription because of the iOS version; however, I use the latter very rarely ATM.
  • ๐ŸŸก MS Office 365: In the meantime, my sons through school as well as my wife and I through work theoretically have free access to Office at home, however, I paid for several years in advance a long time ago and now the subscription just runs. I use the storage space intensively with Arq (see above); I should check at some point whether it can be realized more cheaply.
  • ๐ŸŸข Neptunes: Costs almost nothing and I use it daily on the Mac.
  • ๐ŸŸข NordVPN: Everyone should have a VPN service, right?
  • ๐ŸŸข Obsidian Sync: Without Obsidian, my computer life would be meaningless right now. There would be alternatives to synchronize the content between platforms, but the Sync subscription is a good way to support Obsidian in its entirety.
  • ๐Ÿ”ด Overcast Premium: I never understood the UI concept of Overcast. However, it has Shortcuts support and I have automated a few things with it. Are they really necessary? No.
  • ๐Ÿ”ด Personal Best: Nice, but the UI is still a bit too confusing for me and the actual benefit may be too small.
  • ๐ŸŸก Play: I’ll take a look at it again in a year. Right now, I really enjoy the channels feature introduced in 2.0.
  • ๐Ÿ”ด Photomator: Great app, but I don’t use it often enough.
  • ๐ŸŸก Reader Readwise: The price is at the upper limit of pain for me but only thanks to an educational discount. I use the app very extensively; if it were more expensive, I would switch to Omnivore.
  • ๐ŸŸข Setapp: Worth the money thanks to the Edu discount.
  • ๐Ÿ”ด Sรถka: I like it. I travel too little to really take advantage of it. Maybe I’ll subscribe for a month or so before the next vacation?
  • ๐ŸŸก Timery: I use it professionally, but I pay for it privately because it helps me keep a little better track.
  • ๐ŸŸก trakt.tv: Actually, I watch too few series to justify a VIP account. But in this way, things can be automated very nicely and transferred to Day One via IFTT, etc. Oh …
  • ๐Ÿ”ด Training Today: After the app once attested to me the best fitness despite fever and malaise, I believe it is just an (expensive) random number generator.
  • ๐ŸŸข TV Forecast: I love this app.
  • Waterllama: I have now bought a Live Time license.
  • ๐ŸŸข YNAB: Without YNAB, we would be heavily in debt, I would have even more pointless stuff, and my wife would have left me with the kids and dog.
  • ๐ŸŸก Zenitizer: The subscription reminds me that I damn well need to work on overcoming my inner laziness more regularly.
  • ๐ŸŸข Apple One Premium: As a family, we need a large iCloud storage tier just for the photos. In addition, we use Apple Music and Apple TV+. In total, still more expensive than Premium. It’s a pity, really.
  • ๐ŸŸข Disney+: Marvel, Star Wars, etc. - we can’t do without it.
  • ๐ŸŸก Nintendo Switch Online: Necessary just for my son’s ZELDA backup, although ๐Ÿ˜ˆ …
  • ๐ŸŸก PlayStationPlus: If I could understand what exactly happens to my 300 previously “acquired” games through it if I were to cancel it, it might even be conceivable to do so ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ.
  • ๐ŸŸข wahoo X: The Zwift UI has too negative an impact on my blood pressure; I have therefore been looking for a long time for an alternative to indoor cycling that just works reliably. The Sufferfest / wahoo SYSTM does this. My way of exercising in the winter months.

Well, there are a few programs / services that I have now canceled as a result. I still have to think about the other ๐ŸŸก apps. It would probably be wise to cancel them as well and after the subscription expires, see if I can bear their loss and if not, just resubscribe.

But basically, nice things cost money and all these services and apps make my day easier or enrich my life. At least now I know where I stand at the moment. ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S. I totally forgot to include omg.lol, my e-mail provider, and Hemispheric Views' One Prime Plus, but those are all no-brainers for me. ๐Ÿ˜…

P.P.S: This list only covers tech related stuff. Charity and other related expenses are not listed here.


Update 2023-12-14: If you’re interested in other people’s subscriptions, you can have a look here: Robb, Canion, Kev, and Numeric Citizen.

Update 2023-12-17: And here is a post by pratik.

Update 2023-12-18: Posts from Otรกvio, Maique, and Zachary.


  1. All subscriptions have been converted to Euros and annual subscriptions divided by 12. Some are family subscriptions, some are subscriptions with an education discount. ↩︎

  2. Sorry Canion, not in $ / week this time ๐Ÿ˜‡. m: monthly; y: yearly; ๐ŸŸข: keep subscription; ๐ŸŸก: think about subscription; ๐Ÿ”ด: cancel subscription ↩︎

  3. $ 1.834 ↩︎

  4. If anyone reading here happens to have anything to do with any of the apps mentioned, please don’t misunderstand: They are all awesome apps, otherwise I would never have subscribed to them before! ๐Ÿ˜„ ↩︎

What caught my attention in week fourty-nine, 2023

In continuation of week 48, here are a few thoughts and things that caught my attention in week 49, 2023:

  • ๐Ÿฆ  Yes, I had already feared it, and unfortunately, it happened: My wife’s Covid-19 infection did not pass me by. Therefore, my weeknote is regrettably appearing a little too late “this week.”

  • ๐Ÿ”ซ You may not necessarily like the content, but technically, the trailer for GTA VI definitely blew me away.

  • โœ๏ธ Another PDF editor that I will look at in my long search for an alternative to Preview1 is PDFgear - PDF Tasks Made Easy.2

  • ๐ŸชŸ Gruber released An AppleScript for Safari to move all tabs in the frontmost window, from the current tab to the rightmost (last) tab, to a new window: Split Tabs to New Window.scpt. But even better is the tip from Jack Wellborn, that you can easily drag and drop multiple tabs into a new window.

  • ๐Ÿ“ I have been doing most of my (transformative) text work with BBEdit for decades. I really wouldnโ€™t know what to do with my life without Multi-File Search and Regex, but sometimes I also like to use TextBuddy or Text Workflow. Another nice app that does something similar is by Chris Hannah and now apparently even free for iOS and macOS: Text Case.

  • ๐Ÿ“ While I’m on the topic of text editors. CotEditor now also has a Quick Action Bar - if only the programs could agree on a uniform shortcut!

  • ๐Ÿ•น For the 30th anniversary of Doom, I bought it again and immediately installed it on my MacBook and Miyoo mini plus. In keeping with this, John Romero released SIGIL II. Speaking of Miyoo mini plus - there is now a native pico-8 wrapper, too ๐Ÿฅณ.

  • ๐Ÿ‘พ I started playing Super Mario Advance (GBA) on my Analogue Pocket. I noticed that I definitely never played Super Mario Bros. 2 before. (I could have sworn that I had at least tried all the major releases.) You can tell that the second part is a reskin and somehow it doesn’t really fit into the series. I also find it absurdly difficult already in the third / fourth world. Let’s see how far I will get in the game.

  • ๐ŸŽฎ I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or due to the recently released firmware updates, but lately my Playstation Portal has been running absolutely smoothly ๐Ÿฅฐ

  • ๐Ÿงต Unfortunately, I now have to crawl out of my European library again, because soon the fun begins here too! (However, I will continue to ignore Threads, just like Facebook and Instagram, for the time being.)

  • โ†”๏ธ In terms of features, it’s not yet an alternative to Kaleidoscope, but it’s affordable: Text Differ - Meet Text Differ, a native macOS app that shows beautiful differences between 2 texts.

  • ๐ŸŽ™ Lately, I was a little annoyed by the ever-same content in my overflowing podcast subscription list. I think I will actually export all my subscribed podcasts, delete Overcast, and in Apple Podcasts, subscribe to Ruminate and Hemispheric Views, and then consider whether and which other two of the usual suspects I choose. Also, I followed Robb’s advice and turned off Smart Speed and reset the playback speed to 1.0.

  • ๐Ÿ›‘ I have now forbidden 1Password on all my devices from wanting to fill anything anywhere and only use it as a (backup) vault. I have exported all my passwords from 1PW into the Apple Keychain3, and my life has become significantly less annoying. I’m going to look at this for a few weeks now and then consider whether I completely get rid of 1PW or keep it running alongside.

  • ๐Ÿ–Š๏ธ iOS 17.2 was released, and with it the Journal.app. I can’t do anything with the app itself, but DayOne is allowed to use the same API and can suggest the same things. That’s cool!4

  • โŒš watchOS 10.2 has brought back the ability to change Watch Faces by simple swiping. Thank you, Apple! I had to search for quite a while until I finally understood that this setting can only be made on the watch itself: Settings > Clock > Swipe to Switch Watch Face


  1. In the past, I have suffered significant data loss after annotating PDFs with Preview.app, and since then, I no longer trust the application. Thank you, Apple. ↩︎

  2. However, I have not yet really understood their monetization concept. ↩︎

  3. Of course, Safari crashed immediately during import; whoever is responsible for software quality at Apple, in my opinion, should be fired. ↩︎

  4. At the moment, I primarily keep my Daily Journal in Obsidian but transfer a copy of it to Day One via Shortcuts.app; I need to rethink my use of Day One separately. ↩︎

What caught my attention in week fourty-eight, 2023

In continuation to week 47, here are a few thoughts and things that caught my attention in week 48, 2023:

  • ๐Ÿฆ  My wife was plagued at the beginning of the week with severe headaches and especially nausea. The Corona test was negative. However, on Friday it turned out that she did have Corona, for the first time (proven) since the beginning of the pandemic. She is now slowly getting better, but it has really knocked her down. Let’s hope the children remain spared, who have already had it several times, though. Now I am the last one in the house on whom the virus has not yet shown up on a rapid test. Let’s see how much longer.

  • ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ Somehow I can’t decide right now whether I should publish my weeknotes in full length on weblog.lol or micro.blog. So far, I have done it on weblog.lol and only created the shorter posts on micro.blog1. But there are so many nice tools like Micro Publish, MarsEdit, and iA Writer to publish directly on mb. I’ll just put the post on both platforms for now and think about how I will handle this in the future by next week.

  • โœ๏ธ Speaking of iA Writer, a really great editor that I use far too infrequently, was just released in Version 7. It has a very interesting approach regarding “citing”2 in Markdown files3. There is also a call to implement the syntax extension in Obsidian.

  • ๐ŸŽ™ And speaking of omg.lol. The last episode of Hemispheric Views was not as absurdly funny as the App Defaults episode, but Adam was a guest. I always find it very interesting to hear what he has to say and am looking forward to his 25 days of omg.lol.

  • ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ This week at Indie App Santa, MacWhisper, probably the best-known Whisper client, was available for free. With Hello Transcribe, there seems to be an alternative that I have not yet tried myself.

  • ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Also using LLM, but not for transcription, rather for translation, is Easydict: Easydict is a concise and easy-to-use translation dictionary macOS App that allows you to easily and elegantly look up words or translate text. It supports a bunch of different services.

  • ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป I started evaluating MediaMate: Fresh visuals for Volume, Brightness, and Now Playing. It has a nice Notch UI for now playing. Have not tested how it plays together with Notchmeister, though.

  • ๐Ÿ•น Started playing Stray. It is a welcome, quite peaceful change after the 100+ hours fighting as Aloy.

  • ๐Ÿ•น This week, I actually finished my first Mario game: Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (GBC). I played the cartridge on my Analogue Pocket and thanks to Save States, I have finally managed to see the end credit scene. With every other Mario, I gave up along the way at some point, even though I probably started them all.

  • ๐Ÿ•น There are not only seemingly 23,342 different retro handhelds, but at least 42 new ones are added every week. I had not heard of the Evercade EXP until now. You cannot play copies of your own ROMs or original cartridges here, but classics are reissued as cartridges for this system. Interesting concept, and there’s even Duke Nukem!

  • ๐Ÿ‘ฐ I found it interesting to read how much fuss was made about this one bride photo. But probably because we no longer know or can assess what is real at all. I always wonder how my children are supposed to learn which statements in the form of a photo, a video, or an audio recording they can still trust. But that might also be the reason why many people only dive into their own filter bubble and generally dismiss everything as fake news that is too complicated for them or contradicts their own ideas and blindly believe what they want to believe. This is probably actually the biggest challenge we as a society are facing right now, alongside the climate crisis of course.

  • ๐Ÿ‘ฑ Speaking of audio recordings, I couldn’t resist having my iPhone create my own voice. I dutifully read aloud 150 sentences in English. At the beginning, I thought it would never end, but it went quickly towards the end. My iPhone then calculated a lot overnight and the next day I was allowed to try it out. The voice definitely sounds like me. But for my taste, it is significantly too slow. I don’t know if this is generally the case or because I tried to speak as clearly as possible in a foreign language. How do people find it whose mother tongue is English? (I generally find it strange to hear my own voice, which of course makes the whole thing even more absurd.)

  • ๐Ÿ”‘ I really need to reconsider my password strategy. 1Password and Apple’s Keychain just don’t cooperate well anymore on my systems, especially when Passkeys are involved. Autofill with 1Password is frequently broken, and you can’t have both enabled. Perhaps I should designate my 1Password vault as the master (or as a backup?) and save duplicates in Keychain to use for autofill. I’m really unsure. I feels strange to have all my passwords in two separate “clouds”.

  • ๐Ÿ“บ Even though the subscription price is personally a little too high for me, because I’m actually trying to reduce subscription costs, I signed up for the Play 2.0 trial. I really like the new channel features and together with Vinegar, it helps me get over paying 24 โ‚ฌ a month for a Youtube Prime Family subscription, which is actually way too expensive for my taste.

  • ๐Ÿ“บ I’m really looking forward to Slow Horses Season 3, but before that, I want to finish The Bear with my wife. Then there’s Loki S2 and the new season of For All Mankind S4 waiting. Advent will definitely not be boring.


  1. Micro.blog is a service for which I have a kind of love-hate relationship (although this is greatly exaggerated). I want to love the service, and Manton seems to be a really nice person; the community and idea are also great. However, I always feel like mb is so fragile that you only have to look at it sideways for it to fall apart. Something is always not working and it seems very oddly cobbled together. It’s supposed to be a simple service but often it ends up being totally complicated and confusing. I never know if I’m just too stupid to tick the right boxes, or if I’ve stumbled upon another bug again. ↩︎

  2. They call it “text from AI tools”, but it’s more ore less citation in the end. ↩︎

  3. I really do like their other Markdown based app iA Presenter. There are a couple of similar apps already, like Deckset and Hyperdeck, but iA’s implementation is awesome as usual. ↩︎

I just realized that I’m slowly getting old and tired. In the past, I knew at least a little bit about every (Apple) thing. Nowadays, I’ve lost track and have no desire to understand whether I can simply integrate Matter devices into my existing Homekit setup or if I need to make some fundamental changes and then everything implodes. I’d rather not touch anything and just let it continue as it is. And what is this RCS? Does it also run on mobile data or does the provider charge a fee for each message, like for an SMS? And if so, why does anyone believe that it could somehow be an alternative to WhatsApp? And these passkeys; is there really no way to copy them from Keychain to 1Password or vice versa? Do I have to think in advance about how and where to save them? Seriously? Then I’d rather stick with conventional passwords. Oh man ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Fun stuff with Obsidian and Dataview II - costs per week

You can do so much fun stuff with Obsidian and Dataview. I added notes for all of my electronic gear and based on properties for purchase date and price an inline dataview calculates the costs per week for each item, every time the note is opened ๐Ÿคฉ

This is the actual inline calculation for cost/week:

=round(number(replace(this.preis,",",".")) / number(durationformat(dur(date(now) - this.kaufdatum),"w")),2)

with

  • preis: price property; as I am located in GER I use a textfield with an entry like “42,99 โ‚ฌ”; therefore the replacement of “,” by “.” and conversion to a number
  • kaufdatum: purchase date property
Obsidian dataview with costs per week based on purchase date and price

Update 2023-12-05

Here is a slightly improved version of the inline field:

=replace(string(round(number(replace(this.preis,",",".")) / number(durationformat(dur(default(this.nutzung_bis, date(now)) - this.kaufdatum),"w")),2)),".",",")

with

  • nutzung_bis: a properties date field that marks the end of usage; the cost is calculated either until this date or if it is missing until today

and it changes the ENG decimal point back to the GER “,”

Fun stuff with Obsidian and Dataview - pico-8 game launcher

You can do so much fun stuff with Obsidian and Dataview. I added notes for all my pico-8 games, containing the cartridge png itself and added some Templater and Properties magic. With the help of Keyboard Maestro I can now click on the little play button in my Dataview table and the game just launches ๐Ÿคฉ

pico-8 games list in Obsidian with built-in launcher

Winter is coming

dog on field covered with snow

What caught my attention in week fourty-seven, 2023

Adam told me to stay on the path, so I’m trying to motivate myself to get back into the habit of writing down what has interested me throughout the week. So, here comes week 47.

  • ๐ŸŽฎ I finished playing Horizon Forbidden West. It was my first computer game in years, and probably the first AAA title in decades that I actually watched the end credits for. Usually, I start playing and then eventually stop. (Why should it be any different with video games than with other areas of my life?) I invested over 100 hours into Forbidden West, and whether or not that was a waste of time is for each person to decide, but I had a lot of fun. Over the past two weeks, I used the Playstation Portal. This accessory for the PS5 is essentially just a (pretty good, but unfortunately not OLED) screen with a built-in, very good controller - nothing more and nothing less. It allows me to play on the couch in the living room while my wife watches one of her shows. (My wife doesn’t like me playing games on the TV in the living room when she’s present.) The Portal suffers from the same weaknesses as Playstation’s Remote Play itself: even with very good Wi-Fi coverage and the PS5 connected to the router with a cable (and properly configured), there are regular artifacts, slow downs, and sometimes even stuttering. I really hope that Sony gives its Remote Play implementation a little bit more attention and love now that they sell a dedicated device for this feature. But ultimately, I’m quite satisfied, and the hardware is really well-made. (The lack of Bluetooth support doesn’t bother me at all; I wouldn’t want to constantly pair BT headphones anyway, and I actually have some very good headphones with a headphone jack that are happy to have found a new use.)

  • ๐Ÿ‘พ Recently, my Powkiddy RGB30 also arrived. The handheld device was highly praised by a bunch of youtubers and the 1:1 screen is really great for GB, GBA, and GBC games. I also really like JELOS. HOWEVER, the hardware quality and customer service of this device and this company are extremely poor. The device arrived defective, with a stuck shoulder button. I had to contact Powkiddy multiple times to get a response. They casually suggested that I could try opening it up. Opening up a device that is only a few days old, still under warranty, with a spatula and screwdriver is not exactly what I had in mind. I actually managed to open the case and free the button without causing major damage to the device. Shortly after, another shoulder button got stuck, and then the first one again. And if that wasn’t enough, the card slot eject mechanism also broke. All within one week. I really don’t feel like having to dismantle the device every two days just to play a game for a few minutes. Powkiddy mentioned that I could send the device back to China at my own expense and then get a refund - yeah, right. Never ever again! ๐Ÿ˜ก

  • ๐Ÿ‘พ Speaking of retro gaming, while setting up the RGB30, I stumbled upon the pico-8 Fantasy Console and was immediately impressed. I wasn’t aware of the extent of this community. There are so many nice games, and almost all of them are free. You can play them on macOS, a variety of other operating systems, and even on retro handhelds. And as if that weren’t enough, there’s also the TIC-80. Oh boy!

  • ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ During the Black Week, or whatever this discount rally is called, I made my way through the impressive list of over 400 apps for macOS and iOS in the Indie App Sales 2023. Fortunately, I already own the ones that interest me most and “only” bought three additional small apps this year:

  • Nevertheless, itโ€™s an impressive list that also includes many Mastodon developer accounts that I didnโ€™t know about before. Definitely worth looking into.

  • ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ I also noticedย the Appsย campaign: 10 applications for you and your Mac. It really only lists great apps. And even though I useย Moom, I’ve bought a single Mac license of Lasso and both play quite nicely together.

  • โŒจ๏ธ Launchbar, the launcher I’ve been using on macOS for almost 10 years, recently had noticeable delays when launching. It was impressive how my muscle memory was trained to expect to be able to perform actions immediately after pressing cmd+space. It was so bad, I took a look at Alfred and Raycast again, but thanks to the nightly build Version 6.18.5 nightly (6247), everything is back to how I’m used to it ๐Ÿ˜…

  • ๐Ÿ˜ Oh, and definitely not to be left unmentioned is this insanely awesome App Defaults movement that Robb unintentionally kicked off and wonderfully shows off.

  • ๐Ÿ‘– Furthermore, I enjoyed “the walkthrough explaining the inner workings of the ship that made the kessel run in less than 12 parsecs”, saved ASCIIFlow in my bookmarks, and pants whose pockets may not be worn out by the phone after a few months.

Indie App Sales 2023

It feels like every day for weeks now is a special day and everything is and will be discounted. Oh, wouldn’t life be nice if things were just generally cheaper and my inbox was spared the flood of advertising? Anyway …

There’s another Indie App Sale this year and there are now over 400 (!) programs listed for macOS and iOS. Fortunately, I already own the ones that interest me most and bought three additional apps this year:

Nevertheless, it’s an impressive list that also includes many Mastodon developer accounts that I didn’t know about before. Definitely worth looking into.

I also noticed the Apps campaign: 10 applications for you and your Mac. It really only lists great apps. And even though I use Moom, I’ve been dancing around Lasso for a long time, maybe I’ll buy it this time?

App Defaults

Shamelessly stolen from Robb ย and inspired by Hemispheric Views 097 - Duel of the Defaults!ย here are all the apps I use in the various categories as written by Andrew:

  • Mail Client: Mail.app
  • Mail Server: iCloud with custom domain and posteo.net
  • Notes: Obsidian and some stuff left in Notes
  • To-Do: Reminders (and Things at work)
  • iPhone Photo Shooting: iOS Camera
  • Photo Management: Photos
  • Calendar: Calendar
  • Cloud file storage: iCloud Drive
  • RSS: Reeder
  • Contacts: Contacts
  • Browser: Safari
  • Chat: iMessage, Threema, WhatsApp
  • Bookmarks:ย Anybox
  • Read It Later: Readwise Reader
  • Word Processing: Pages (MS Word at work)
  • Spreadsheets: Numbers (MS Excel at work)
  • Presentations: Keynote
  • Shopping Lists: Pons
  • Meal Planning: Mela
  • Budgeting & Personal Finance: YNAB
  • News: Mastodon, tagesschau.de
  • Music: Apple Music
  • Podcasts: Overcast
  • Password Management: 1Password

MS Office Reset

TIL that you can easily uninstall your entire MS Office package under #macOS with Office Reset (https://office-reset.com/), then download only the app(s) you need from the Mac Appstore and use your existing Office 365 subscription. I always thought you had to purchase a new one somehow via Apple IAP. Cool, now I’m rid of all that garbage MS AutoUpdater.

Here are a few things that caught my attention in week 37.

Teaser: and not much again ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

#weeknotes

Road with car driving towards sunset with bike lane next to it.

Here are a few things that caught my attention in week 36: week.esamecar.net/36

Teaser: not so much ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

#weeknotes

Hot air balloon that just landed on a field.

Here are a few things that caught my attention in week 35: week.esamecar.net/35

Teaser: iOS and macOS stuff

#weeknotes

[Old gas station in Bonn, Germany, no longer operated as such.

Here are a few things that caught my attention in week 32 - 34: week.esamecar.net/34

Teaser: Family vacation, lots of RetroGaming, a little Obsidian, iOS and macOS stuff, one movie and a little TV.

#weeknotes

A very, very nice old road bike in front of a brick wall.

How to use kagi search within Launchbar

There is a kagi help document for Alfred and another one for Search Templates in Launchbar I used as a reference. It’s really easy to set up:

  1. In your Browser
    1. go to kagi.com / Settings / Account
    2. copy your Session Link
  2. Invoke Launchbar
    1. select Menu bar / Index / Show Index
    2. in Launchbar index go to Web / My Search Templates 1 -> add a new one
    3. paste your Session Link into the Template URL field
    4. append &q=%s
  3. done

  1. on my system it’s in German, but you’ll figure it out ↩︎

Okay, until just now I thought my 3D printer was just such a useless thing. But far from it - look what you can do with it! ๐Ÿชฟ๐Ÿ˜

3d printed goose - reminiscent of Untitled Goose Game from Panic
A camera lies on a table in the restaurant with a half-drunk wheat beer glass next to it.

Let’s have some fun ๐Ÿ˜…

Free Fall Tower in Hansa Park, Germany