The Bat-Wall in the kids’ room got a new, very appropriate addition.

Matthew Cassinelli has a great article on his blog on How to create a deep link to file in iCloud Drive so you can directly access it later. I did not know that this is possible. This is solving a problem for me and Once this works in Shortcuts, it might adding the links to Things even easier.

Just realized that Tiamat’s Wrath, book 8 in the Expanse series is going to be released this month. Using the opportunity to dive back into the series with two more tie-in novellas that I still had in my cue. Starting with The Vital Abyss now.📚

Now that I am back on iOS full time I am happy to work again with Things. I have been setting up some Shortcuts and actions based on URL-schemes. The article Things on iOS: The Completely Guidle to Automations and Workflows and Cultured Code’s own Link Builder have been very helpful.

At the moment I have set up my most frequent actions with 3D-Touch in Launch Center Pro, which is a rather nice experience. For my needs I still found good old-timey actions with URL-schemes still faster than running a shortcut. But then again, I’m not that familiar with that one so far.

Currently I’m trying to figure out how I can integrate Things, Bear and some other apps with shortcuts. Luckily there is already quite a few actions and shortcuts floating around.

It’s fun to tinker with these things.

I read about Dropbox’s newly introduced three device limit for free accounts about 5 minutes before it hit me. I haven’t come around (then) to set up Dropbox on my new phone, and bam! there it was! No go!

To get my Dropbox on the phone to run, I had to get rid of 13 devices, which to be honest was no lost. Almost all of my registered devices were old phones or long dead laptop.

On one hand for getting rid of those was rather good, but on the other this leaves a bit of a shallow taste. While I can totally understand the business decision for this limitation, it is a bit discouraging. I am not opposed to paying for the service, but at this point, the pricing structure is what I don’t like. I neither need or want a TB storage. I would be perfectly fine with a similar pricing structure as on iCloud or Drive. Say subscribing to 50GB or such but paying and owning for another TB is more than useless for me.

Still, I’m fine with three devices. I don’t even use more and at the moment my only use for Dropbox is this blog and (occasionally) sharing files. Everything else, is elsewhere.

Finshed reading The Lady in the Lake the 4th book in Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe series last night. It’s as enjoyable as the previous ones even though the solution of this case seemed rather obvious. 📚