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  • Doug Belshaw 6:56 am on December 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Notational Velocity, notes, nvALT, nvpy, Simplenote   

    I haven’t used a Mac since leaving Mozilla in 2015. Since then, I’ve been using Linux and, for a brief period, Chrome OS. One thing I miss from my Mac, for which which I’m yet to find a replacement, is Notational Velocity. I actually used nvALT which was a continuation of the former, which halted development in 2011.

    The reason nvALT is so great is that it just gets out of your way. I don’t think I can do a better job than the website to explain the functionality on offer:

    Notational Velocity is a way to take notes quickly and effortlessly using just your keyboard. You press a shortcut to bring up the window and just start typing. It will begin searching existing notes, filtering them as you type. You can use ⌘-J and ⌘-K to move through the list. Enter selects and begins editing. If you’re creating a new note, you just type a unique title and press enter to move the cursor into a blank edit area. Check out the descriptions at notational.net for a more eloquent synopsis.

    The only thing I can find for Linux which in any way resembles this functionality is nvpy which, not to put too fine a point on it, is fugly. In addition, you have to do some annoying configuration to get it to install in a way whereby you can run it as a regular app, and I’ve experienced random crashes due to incompatibility with Unicode characters.

    So, for now, I’m using Simplenote, which is Open Source and now developed by Automattic, the same people who make WordPress. it’s not quite Notational Velocity, but the search is fast and full-text (i.e. not just the titles of notes).

    • Mayel 7:39 am on December 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I recommend Joplin. Not sure if it matches the functionality you want, but I appreciate its end to end encrypted note storage and sync.

      • Doug Belshaw 8:13 am on December 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Mayel, I did try Joplin a while ago, perhaps it’s time to give it another whirl! πŸ™‚

    • Adam Procter 11:27 am on January 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I got a feeling nodenogg.in could even help in this regard πŸ˜€

  • Doug Belshaw 7:54 am on December 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    This week I’ve installed Pop!_OS on the four Linux-powered devices in our home β€” namely, my laptop, desktop, my son’s laptop, and the family PC. Pop!_OS is a derivative of Ubuntu made by System76 and, so far, I’ve found it to be excellent. Previously I was using elementaryOS which seems to have lost its way a little bit recently.

    • Jorge 2:25 pm on December 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, Doug. Just curious: What made you switch away from elementaryOS? I’ve been keeping it on my radar but not really using it lately.

      • Doug Belshaw 2:29 pm on December 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Three reasons I guess:

        1. I try out new Linux distros on a reasonably regular basis.

        2. I’d heard good things about Pop!_OS from people I respect.

        3. There are some annoying things about elementaryOS related to stuff like fractional scaling on HiDPI screens and connecting USB devices in the standard file manager.

  • Doug Belshaw 7:28 am on December 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    This is obviously the US, and migraineurs in the UK may have to wait a while, but it’s nevertheless promising that the FDA have approved a new drug for the treatment of migraine:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Ubrelvy (ubrogepant) tablets for the acute (immediate) treatment of migraine with or without aura (a sensory phenomenon or visual disturbance) in adults. Ubrelvy is not indicated for the preventive treatment of migraine. It is the first drug in the class of oral calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor antagonists approved for the acute treatment of migraine.

    I’m currently using Rizatriptan to relieve migraines, which produces the desired result (i.e. gets rid of aura), but comes with side effects.

  • Doug Belshaw 8:48 am on February 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    I’ve switched this site from Known to WordPress, hence it looking slightly different. Bizarrely, [Known](https://withknown.com) had a way to *export* data, but then you couldn’t import it into a new installation! I’ve managed to get all the posts into a new installation of WordPress, but the images (and some of the formatting) is a different matter…

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