Jack Baty

Director of Unspecified Services

Friday, November 18, 2022

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I have mixed feelings about all the gatekeeping going on by Mastodon "old-timers". All they want is to maintain the culture that they've worked so hard to cultivate. And yet, culture is determined by the people in the community. There are a lot more (new) people now, so things are going to change, whether you wish them to or not.

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I'm in that mood again where I want to use as few apps as possible to run things around here. One trigger for this is that I really love the Arc Browser. Arc makes me want to use more web apps. For example, I've been running Slack in a browser tab rather than using the Mac app. Also, I'm using Fastmail's web UI instead of Apple Mail. I even flirted with Tana for a minute.

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We’ll begin to see contextually generated images predominately in spaces that are currently blank, like emails, text messages, blogs, books, and social media

Kevin Kelly, Picture Limitless Creativity at Your Fingertips

Please, can we not do that?

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I have thousands of saved PDFs and web pages in my DEVONthink "Library" database and I never look at or use any of them. My other database, "File Cabinet" containing receipts and copies of my writing, software receipts, etc. is much more useful. I may just bail on the Library.