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Spotlight and Minimalist Organization

I’ve been experimenting over the last few months with an extremely scaled back way of organizing my files and I’ve found that, strictly speaking, all I need to manage them is “Spotlight,” an app included by Apple for free on…

Evernote: Using Markdown

There are many benefits to using plain text, but why would you use plain text in an app like Evernote, which has a rich text editor? Maybe you want to avoid odd quirks that you occasionally encounter in the app.…

Dissertation Advice: Take Notes

Previously, I’ve written in this blog recommending that graduate students give some thought to the importance of reading, writing, and attending defenses. For all of these activities, you will need to take notes. If there is one thing I wish…

Plain Text Notes with Images

What’s Azog from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug doing here? Besides reminding us that another Tolkien movie is coming out soon, he is here to demonstrate that writing in plain text doesn’t mean you have to give up images.…

Textifying Your PDFs

There are several reasons why you might want to textify your PDFs. For example, if you textify everything (including your emails), you can have all of your data available at a tiny fraction of the original size. The process of…