OmniFocus and Siri on iOS 11

For a long time, OmniFocus on iOS had this weird (but useful) ability to suck in tasks from the iOS Reminders app and import them into OmniFocus. With the release of iOS 11, you can directly import things into OmniFocus using Siri. For example, “Add a task called ‘bananas’ in OmniFocus”, will dump a task called “bananas” in the inbox. You can use dates to add due dates, and it’s aware of context and projects, but you have to use Reminders’ word “list” when talking about projects and contexts are...

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TextExpander AppleScript for Expanding Snippets

Not sure how useful this’ll be in the grand scheme of things, but the latest update to TextExpander added a new command in its AppleScript dictionary. You can now use expand string, expand snippet or expand abbreviation to well…expand things. If you have a huge library of snippets—as I do—you may find this useful. Unfortunately, anything you use this for will not be portable, but for personal-use scripts, it could be helpful.

Here’s an example in full:

I have a TextExpander snippet for ;tom

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OmniPlate: ERB Templating for OmniFocus

I’ve been wanting the same kind of templating that the iOS versions of OmniFocus had on macOS for a while. I finally got that a few months back. This post touches on a project I actually completed quite a while ago. I just never got around to writing about it—even though the code for it is up in the OmniFocus repo. The project is called OmniPlate. It takes Taskpaper-formatted OmniFocus templates, runs them through the ERB preprocessor and then imports it into OmniFocus. Simple as that. It’s useful...

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ldgr

I published a gem called ldgr recently. It’s actually a Ruby script that I wrote well over a year ago, but I made it a little more generalized so that others could use it. It lets you add transactions to a file for use with Ledger. It can also sort transactions in that file, tag transactions with accounts payable and clear any uncleared transactions whose dates have come.

It’s a useful tool that I’ve used successfully for a long time. Feel free to give it a whirl.

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The Best of Tom Bihn

I consider myself somewhat of an expert on Tom Bihn gear. So, here’s my list of choice items to pick up in a few different categories.

Backpacks

If you’re in the market for a “do anything and everything” backpack, I think your best bet is the Synapse 25. It’s the most standard backpack that Tom Bihn sells. It’s roomy, has lots of pockets and it’s comfortable. If you want an ultralight backpack that’s cheap yet durable, the Daylight Backpack is pretty great. Be forewarned, it doesn’t have any...

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