My experiment with using DEVONthink to store my personal journal came to an end today. I exported all my Markdown files out and back into an iCloud Documents folder, and will be using iA Writer (plus a little help from Hazel on the Mac for archiving) in future.

Unfortunately, using DEVONthink (and DEVONthink To Go on the iPad) was introducing too much friction into the journalling process. With iA Writer, I can start a new journal page on whatever device I have to hand, and continue throughout the day.

It hasn’t been a totally wasted effort, however — I’ve learnt a lot more about how to use DEVONthink as a result of this experiment.

I may end up using DEVONthink indirectly, by having it index my journal archive, in order to see what it can tell me about my writing.

Basic Apple Guy:

A few weeks ago, I accidentally turned on Do Not Disturb, not for an hour, not until the evening, not until I left my current location, but in perpetuity. I haven’t turned it off, nor have I wanted to, and honestly, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time.

It is a very tempting option, albeit the nuclear one.

The sad fact is that the current system for notifications on our mobile devices makes All or Nothing the default options, and doesn’t give the user much control over how many, what kind, when, etc.

Yes, it’s possible to go into Settings and fine-tune them, but the user has to a) find the relevant setting, b) work out which changes will give them what they want.

It doesn’t help that some apps and services are more than happy to abuse this system, regarding the mere downloading and opening of the app as all the permission they require, and the permission dialog as a formality.

Speaking personally, I’ve turned off most notifications and pushed the remainder to the Notification Centre so I only see them when I want to. But that was with a comparatively small number of installed apps — I would imagine that the average mobile device user would have a lot more work to do.