Fediverse meta-thought: Muting people for 3 days or 7 days is an underrated Mastodon feature (some bird site clients let you do this too). Somebody into something you’re not? Mute them for a couple days and then they’ll be back and you never had to stop following them. Feel free to mute me! Everybody should mute everybody from time to time.
Anybody out there actually used one of these for real writing? Is it worth tracking one down?
Ive been working with and around computers for 35+ years and the promise of the system that will help you as a ‘second brain’ or ‘augment your human intellect’ is sadly a fantasy. I would dearly love it for me to finally stumble across such a system but unfortunately I have some grave misgivings about the effects of external computation devices on the brain.
buying one of these thing solves none of my problems and I probably wouldn't use it for long before my ADHD took me on to something else, but that may not be enough to stop me
I mean, forget cyberdecks. Who wants anything else to be "cyber"? This little guy even has a bin for disk storage. (from https://youtube.com/watch?v=eRLy4VqKGiM)
These things are the apotheosis of a certain "computer as a tool for a task" mindset, and that's what I think makes them so interesting.
Kinda want an old word processor. They just seem so friendly.
These are the kinds of thing I think about when I imagine my ideal computing environment. Programs that are basically blank paper for organizing thought. Even Excel is this, in some really cool and useful ways. A new Excel workbook is just an empty grid. We need more “blank paper” tools.
These are the kinds of tools I wish there were more of. I always felt like the old Mac world was full of slightly undercooked but cool apps for organizing information, and no other platform that I know of has really come close to that kind of exploratory spirit.
Workflowy (https://workflowy.com) is the most interesting outliner-type app I’ve come across in a while. I wish it weren’t a web app, and wonder if it could be “reinterpreted” as an Emacs mode or something. But it’s really good, and really interesting. I also like they way they’ve integrated kanban boards—great way to manage projects in a really lightweight way.