Wednesday, April 22

📱 Backlit keyboard and more joys of using the Magic Keyboard - an accessory that makes the iPad Pro true to itself

When I bought my first Mac - it was the first generation MacBook Air, it had a backlit keyboard. I wrote about it back in the day (December 2008). I loved it. Even though I touch-type and don’t really look at it much, it was just so a nice to have it there. Now it’s back with the Magic Keyboard and it's glorious. Plus there are other cool things about this new accessory which I didn't mention in my video review and today I'll try to dive deeper into all of them:

Backlit keyboard and more joys of using the Magic Keyboard - an accessory that makes the iPad Pro true to itself

Monday, April 20

🎬 Magic Keyboard has arrived and it rocks and I made a video review of it!

Just today, ahead of schedule, I received the new Magic Keyboard for my beloved iPad Pro 11” and decided to record a short video about it. All edited with LumaFusion on, you guessed it, the same iPad Pro:

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Hope you like it, it's been a blast recording and editing this video. Adding b-roll and just playing with it. I'll have more thoughts on this keyboard once I've typed some more on it, but so far I like it a lot! What do you think?

Wednesday, April 8

📱 The #iPadOnly book is an oldie but a goodie... and is free for you to read online!

10 years ago the iPad went on sale and exactly 8 years ago to date I started my quest to use the iPad as my main computing device - I started being #iPadOnly. And a year later I co-wrote a book about this with my friend Augusto Pinaud and today this book is free and open-sourced for you to read online. Here is how it all came to be:

The #iPadOnly book is an oldie but a goodie... and is free for you to read online!

Thursday, March 19

📱 How to correctly use a computer - the new iPad Pro with the new keyboard

Just saw the launch of the new iPad Pro and I love it. I’m not sure I’m getting the iPad itself, as it’s just slightly better than what I’ve got now, but the keyboard is great - the trackpad support, the multi-angle support, the elevated view.... the whole thing is amazing (and expensive) and compatible with my current iPad. And the new ad is slick:

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What do you think? Are you getting the new Pro? Or just the keyboard?

Thursday, January 23

🏠 What's on my desk? Here's my re-designed stand up desk for 2020.

I'm slowly finishing off my Home office renovation which I mentioned in my previous post. I just upgraded my good trusty IKEA stand-up desk (model: Bekant) by getting a new bamboo table top (model: Hilver) - it’s wider and shallower than my previous one so there’s more space for my iPad Pro. Now that it's set up, let me show you what I've got there so hopefully it serves as an inspiration to you:

What's on my desk? Here's my re-designed stand up desk for 2020.

Wednesday, January 8

🏝 A child to a remotely-working dad: you're just writing random stuff!

This happened today. My eldest daughter, Milena (11), is sick with chickenpox and she obviously had to stay at home. She's downstairs as I'm working upstairs in my home office. Around 1 pm she gets bored and comes up to visit me and says this:

A child to a remotely-working dad: you're just writing random stuff!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

📱 My good old iPad 3 retina - the 2012 tablet that made me go #iPadOnly - is now on my wall and it works great!

Recently I’ve been remodeling my home office and one of the design ideas was to make use of my old hardware - and I found a special place for my good old trusty iPad 3 retina which started my iPadOnly journey (back in April of 2012 - so almost 8 years ago!) and it not only hangs there - it still works amazingly - here’s how:

My good old iPad 3 retina - the 2012 tablet that made me go #iPadOnly - is now on my wall and it works great!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

📱 MKBHD goes iPadOnly and I really like his way of using the iPad!

Today by accident I saw a video of MKBHD using only iPad as his only “portable computer” and I was really impressed how he was doing it. Here are my takeaways:

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  • He doesn't use any cover, not even keyboard folio which is strange for me as after I got my first iPad Pro I always had the keyboard on it. However after watching his video I'm tempted to use the iPad more like this and only use the keyboard folio when I'm really writing a longer piece - like this blog post or my No Office Book
  • He's been using the iPadOS beta and I have installed it only on my testing device because of the iCloud Drive problems the beta has. Now that beta 6 is out which solved most of these issues I'm tempted to get it, too! Especially the new "small" keyboard with "swiping" is cool on the new iOS.
  • iPad is just more fun to use! that's what he says in the video and that's what I've been preaching all along!
  • photo editing on the iPad works! for him and it seems the pro workflows are coming to the iPad.
  • There's a solid learning curve to the iPadOS Shortcuts so I need to study these, too!
  • iPad is not a computer replacement but a computer alternative and I think this best encapsulates this video!

I must say I am very happy that more and more people are taking on the "iPad only challenge" and I'm looking forward to the developments on the iPadOnly front and how his way of working on the iPad influences the way I work...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

✔️ How intermittent journaling and some smart Siri shortcuts help me enjoy more intentional and productive days

I love journaling. I’ve blogged about it in the past and the same rules basically apply today. I’ve also been more conscious about planning my days and I’ve also blogged about my workflows for it in the past. Today I’ll be joining both concepts together, with my up-to-date workflows (Siri shortcuts) and a new concept I’ve been trying lately - intermittent journaling. Here goes:

How intermittent journaling and some smart Siri shortcuts help me enjoy more intentional and productive days

Using Siri Shortcuts and Bear app

Because I’m using iOS devices to get my stuff done - I’m iPadOnly with the new 11” iPad Pro and I use an iPhoneXS - I do all of my planning an journaling on either of these devices using Siri Shortcuts and the Bear note-taking app. I don’t use Bear for anything else - just for planning my days and for journaling.

You’ll find below my Siri shortcuts for both planning the days and journaling:

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

🏝 Why in any company you should be using version control for anything - how we use Github not only for code, but also for writing!

At Nozbe among all the apps we use to run our company, we also take advantage of Github’s implementation of Git - the version control system - because when many people work on code, things can quickly fall through the cracks if you’re not using a version control system.

Why in any company you should be using version control for anything - how we use Github not only for code, but also for writing!

I originally posted this on my NoOffice blog

Git in a software company is nothing new, but recently we started using Git for more things - especially for writing content... and now everyone on our team knows how to do it! And thanks to the Working Copy app I can work like this on my iPad Pro, too. Here’s the setup and the inspiration:

Thursday, November 15, 2018

🎬 Video review - why I’m calling the 11” iPad Pro a “retro iPad”?

This week is all about the new iPad Pro and on IGTV I recorded this video when I’m comparing it to...

Video review - why I’m calling the 11” iPad Pro “retro design”?

Let’s take a look at the difference between the new 11” iPad Pro and the old 10.5” one and the “ancient” original iPad from 2010

The new iPad Pro is stunning and it’s so similar to the original iPad. Especially the silver version is stunning. The sharp edges are so cool. Check it out!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

📱 How my younger self convinced me to go with the smaller 11” iPad Pro

Last week when the new iPad Pro launched I went for a trip to find my perfect future computer. I couldn’t decide, but an unexpected blast from the past finally managed to sway me one way and not the other. Here’s how it went down:

How my younger self convinced me to go with the smaller 11” iPad Pro

Why the smaller iPad Pro 11” is the best for me?

Last week on Wednesday when the new iPad Pro models launched I went to my local Apple Store to check them out. I wanted to really feel both models, the 11” and the 12.9” before placing a final order.

I set them all up on the desk and was working for like 3 hours on all 3 of them (yes, the Apple employees didn’t kick me out!) and couldn’t decide. I thought, I’m sure the big iPad will never fit in my bag, right? - but I was wrong, it barely fit in my iPad bag but it did fit... so what to do? Which iPad to choose?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

📱 Quirks and issues when migrating to a new iOS device (case of iPad Pro 11” & iPhone XS)

Yesterday Christmas came early to me and I was setting up new iPad Pro 11” and a pair of new iPhones for me and my wife. I love the new devices but setting them up takes time... and has some issues. Here’s how I came about it and what I think can be improved in this process:

Quirks and issues when migrating to a new iOS device (case of iPad Pro 11” & iPhone XS)

New iOS setup is still a pain...

If you’re upgrading to a newer iOS device the process is still very cumbersome. Apple is trying to make it “look easy” but it still has room for improvement. You have basically two options:

Thursday, February 1, 2018

✔️ Workflows that build regular habits and help me get stuff done quicker

Keystone habits are critical to a happy and productive life. We’ve been discussing this with my co-host on The Podcast for a while now. To build regular habits and to just reduce some barriers of entry I’m using an iOS app called "Workflow" and have created many workflows that help me get stuff one quicker. These are like recipes for a "digital cake" - my way of doing things quicker. Below I’m sharing a few of these and hope they’ll be useful for you, too. Feel free to copy them and adopt to your needs :-)

Workflows that build regular habits and help me get stuff done quicker

Workflow, Ulysses, Bear and Nozbe - apps for my daily habits

I use Ulysses to write my journal in and Bear to plan and track progress of each day. And Nozbe for my day-to-day task and project management as well as internal communication with my team.

Here are my habits and workflows that I use in combination with these apps:

Monday, September 18, 2017

My iPadOnly podcast recording set – how to travel & record podcasts with great quality and minimum equipment

Recently, I posted the photo below on Instagram and some folks congratulated me on my setup, asking me how I manage to record podcasts while on the road, being iPadOnly, using only my iPhone and iPad. It’s a frequent problem, especially during vacation, when it can be difficult to coordinate travel plans with the podcast schedule, but we still want to record it regularly. In the last two years we hardly ever missed a week (we did miss last two weeks, sorry!) thanks to this setup:

My podcast recording set

Read below for my detailed setup: