Colin Devroe

Photographer. Podcaster. Blogger. Reverse Engineer.

How to create a bulleted list in Notational Velocity

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Following up on my obvious love for Notational Velocity is this little nugget from Justin Blanton via Twitter. The latest build of Notational Velocity can actually handle bulleted lists in plain text using unicode bullets and some smarts.

Here is how you do it, again, via Blanton;

“Do [space][some bullet-type char (I use “•”)][space][text][return] and you’ll get another bullet.”

That “dot” you see there can be found in about 1,000 variations using your Mac. The easiest one to key, in my opinion, is keyed using OPTION 8. So, simply key Space OPT 8 Space Text Return and you’ll be editing a list.

Thanks Justin.

Notational Velocity mapped to a Github wiki

Now that I have Notational Velocity on the command line perhaps I need to map Notational Velocity to a Github wiki too.

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The iPad apps that I use most

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Since posting about the iPhone apps that I use most I’ve had a few requests to do the same for the iPad. So, here are the iPad apps that I use most.

  • I check, read, and write email on the iPad every single day. I actually prefer using the iPad to my computer for email. It forces me to be succinct and makes email fun again.
  • Reeder. With Reeder on my iPhone, Mac and iPad I am able to keep up-to-date with my Google Reader account whenever I have time to read. In bed, on the go, and at my desk. Out of the three Reeder for iPad is the best.
  • Instapaper. I tend not to use Instapaper on the iPhone all that often but I use it quite a bit on the iPad.
  • Twitter for iPad. The Twitter application for iPad is better than any desktop or mobile application. It is just about every feature you could need or want.
  • Dropbox. I share files between my iPad, iPhone and Mac using Dropbox more than any other way. And, having Notational Velocity SimpleNote storing documents within my Dropbox share makes it easy for all of my devices to be wirelessly synced.
  • SimpleNote. The only way I keep notes on my iPad/iPhone.
  • Numbers and Pages. I use both of these applications fairly often. I bought them thinking that I would only open them occasionally but it turns out that having a real word processor and spreadsheet application is very handy.
  • iThoughtsHD. I give a fair number of speeches and I like to use mind mapping for my speech outlines. On the go I use iThoughtsHD to put these maps together.
  • VLC. Getting video into iTunes into the Videos app on the iPad is an exercise in frustration sometimes. VLC will playback just about any video and adding them to the iPad is a snap.
  • Google Books. I read my books in Google Books so that I don’t have to buy books more than once (iBooks only works on iPad/iPhone).
  • Angry Birds. The only game I keep on the iPad.

These are the applications that I use the most. I’m a fairly “light” applications user in that I spend a lot of time in a small amount of applications – rather than a little amount of time in a lot of applications. I see other people’s iPads and I wonder how they can possibly keep everything straight with so many applications.

There are, however, some applications that I use from time-to-time that deserve honorable mention. Flipboard, NPR, iSilo, iPod. Also, is a great way to watch video on the iPad.

*Update 08/30/2011:* I failed to mention in this post that I use the core iPad applications (the apps that ship with the iPad by default) all the time. Safari, Mail, Maps, Music (iPod), Calendar – I use them all and often.

If you have any suggestions for applications that you think I would enjoy please feel free to send them along. My email address is on the front page of my site.

Going a little command line crazy

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I’m not sure why but I’m on a command line kick lately. Not just the Tron Legacy style for Terminal but I’ve now begun using iTerm2 as my Terminal application of choice. I have it in a second Space on Mac OS X fullscreen with 3 shells running.

The first shell is 50% of the screen split vertically. The other two are each 25% of the right-side of the screen split horizontally. This way I can edit files in the left hand pane via Pico or Vim, use Git in the lower right-hand corner and be SSHed into my server in the top right. Here is a screenshot.

The inspiration for this came from constantly seeing my fellow Viddler team member Todd Troxell rock the command line exclusively. Dude is hardcore and seldom uses any UI save for the Web itself.

Today I’ve used Lifehacker’s guide to using Notational Velocity via the command line since I was already using Notational Velocity app on my Mac, Simplenote on my iPhone and iPad I figured I might as well add the ability to edit these same files via the command line. Thanks to Dropbox all of these files are kept nicely in sync between all of my devices. It is sort of like living in the past and the future at the exact same time.

Now I just need to update my Tron Legacy style for Terminal to work with iTerm2 and I should be pretty well set to be about as geeky as I’ve ever been.