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App and other defaults

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Various icons for applications like e-mail, notes, task-lists, calendar, browser, messaging foto realistic

I follow’s blog and found this great idea of “app defaults”. The idea is to list your main tools for several categories like Cloud storage, Mail client, Podcatcher etc. It’s apparently based on the podcast Hemispheric Views 097 - Duel of the Defaults!.

So I started listening to it and pretty quick the trio was setting the rule, that this whole idea means “defaults for apple-based systems”. That stopped me for a second, my main work horse is a windows machine, but you know what? I don’t care 😁 I like this idea so much, that I’m printing my defaults here anyway. I’m also adding a few others that came to mind.

Category Desktop Mobile
📨 Mail Server 1
📨 Mail Client Mozilla Thunderbird Apple Mail
📝 Notes Notepad++ Apple Notes with iCloud
✅ To-Do - Apple Reminders with iCloud2
📷 Photo Shooting Fujifilm X-T3 😁 Apple Camera
📷 Photo Management Windows Photos with iCloud Apple Photos with iCloud
📆 Calendar client - Tiny Calendar
📆 Calendar server - Apple iCloud
☁ī¸ Cloud file storage Nextcloud Nextcloud (& iCloud 🤔)
📰 RSS Nextcloud News Nextnews
📇 Contacts - Apple Contacts with iCloud
🌐 Browser Mozilla Firefox Apple Safari
đŸ’Ŧ Chat Discord Discord
đŸ’Ŧ Messaging Signal Signal
🔖 Bookmarks Nextcloud Bookmarks Floccus
📖 Read It Later Nextcloud Bookmarks Floccus
📝 Word Processing Notepad++ Apple Notes with iCloud
📝 Spreadsheets LibreOffice Calc -
📝 Presentations - -
🛒 Shopping Lists - Apple Reminders with iCloud
🍜 Meal Planning – -
💸 Budgeting & Personal Finance Online Banking3 Online Banking App
📰 News Nextcloud News Nextnews & Mastodon
đŸŽļ Music Spotify4 Spotify
🎤 Podcasts - Pocket Casts
🔐 Password Management 1Password5 1Password
🔎 Search engine DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo
👾 Code Editor VSCodium -
đŸ’ģ Terminal MobaXterm -
🕹ī¸ Gaming library Steam -

  1. It even comes with a “bring-your-own-domain” service ↩︎

  2. I’m currently trying a physical bullet journal parallel, but I don’t know if I can keep this up in the long run. The mobile phone is so damn convenient. ↩︎

  3. I used Firefly III in the past, but my bank introduced budgeting and categories, therefore I don’t need a third-party tool anymore. ↩︎

  4. I’m in the process of cancelling the service and switching back to the good old CDs. Once digitized I’m probably going to use Apple iTunes / Apple Music to sync the files to my iPhone. (Blog post already in the works.) ↩︎

  5. I’m also migrating away from 1Password to Vaultwarden, a fork of Bitwarden↩︎

Something-ops during the day, nowadays mostly asleep during the night.