What’s a Zettelkasten, Anyway?

I talk about Zettelkasten a lot in my blog, but always indirectly. “Here’s the best tool for it,” or “Here’s how you can maintain one in the long term.”

But what’s a Zettelkasten, anyway? In this video, I answer exactly that question, and briefly tell you how you can have one too.

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First of all, thank you for the warm response to the video I published a couple of days ago on Obsidian. Trying a new format is “scary” but seeing the feedback made it all worth it. The links!

AltTab for macOS. I could never get used to the way ⌘-Tab works on the Mac, since it switches between applications instead of windows. AltTab brings Windows-style Alt-Tab to the platform. I’ve been using it myself for a couple of months now and I vouch for it.

free-programming-books. I tinkered for a while with the idea of making a post with a list of free resources to learn programming, then I stumbled upon this project. Worth bookmarking.

AudioMass is a waveform editor completely on the browser, so you upload an audio file and you can edit it to your heart’s content. Think Audacity “lite” and “on the go.”

Very Legit Link. You know how link shorteners take a link and… make it shorter? This does the opposite, and turns your links into long, phishy-looking URLs. For example, the link in the header brings you to the trms.me homepage!

OpenEmu. Let’s face it: gaming on the Mac is subpar. This doesn’t have to be the case for older games though. OpenEmu is a multi-emulator for the Mac, well integrated, constantly updated, good-looking, and open source. Go get it!

First Look at Obsidian – A Promising Zettelkasten App

You know it’s a good day when new Zettelkasten software comes out. And today is a tremendous day, since Obsidian just came out of the blue with a spectacular app to manage our Zettels.

This time I thought I’d try something a little different: here’s a first impressions video from me instead of the usual wall of text.

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Before getting to the links, I wanted to apologize. This website was down yesterday, and it’s all because I couldn’t figure out how to properly set up SSL certificates once they expire. I now know how to do that. To the links!


  • Taskwarrior. This is an interesting take on the to-do app, as it’s completely terminal-based. Not for me, as Things is already well established in my workflow, but if you spend a lot of time in the Terminal, this might be for you. It’s actively maintained, free, and open source.
  • SSL For Free. If you own a domain and need free SSL certificates, look no further. I am currently using one such certificate on this website. Life saver.
  • DarkReader. It’s a browser extension that turns dark mode on for websites. It’s incredibly smart, possibly the smartest of its kind I’ve seen. Free on Chrome and Firefox, 7$ on Safari.

Mixed Bag

  • Random Poorly Drawn Lines Comic. I am a huge fan of Reza Farazmand’s comic Poorly Drawn Lines. It’s an instant mood booster. This link shows you a random comic of his every time you click it. It’s first in my bookmarks bar, no joke.
  • Colnect. I’ve been getting into coin collecting lately, and I’ve been using Colnect a lot for the purpose of organizing such collection. It’s a huge catalog for your collections, be it coins, paper money, stamps, sugar packets, tea bags… Interesting website.
  • NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. Who doesn’t like space? Here’s a new picture of said space, every day, straight from NASA. Most make for good wallpapers.

State of the Apps – 2020

December. A great time to take stock of what one’s been doing during the past year. And as I’ve come to do here for a while now, also a good time to reflect on the software one’s been using, to see what worked, what changed, and what should be changed. Here we go.

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