Mar 13

Add To-dos to Evernote with this Alfred Workflow

If you haven’t heard yet, Alfred 2 is out. The new version introduces workflows to the Powerpack, which I’m quickly finding to be indispensable. I’ve created a workflow for adding a single to-do or a to-do list to Evernote. It works by typing “todo” then the text you want to follow a checkbox. You can also append tags with a “#” (each tag gets one, this allows for tags with spaces). To create a to-do list, type “todos” followed by the list title (optional) then mark off each to-do with a “*”. Tags work here as well.

If you’re not already using checkboxes in Evernote, you’re doing it wrong. They’re searchable, so as you’re taking notes just drop in checkboxes next to your actionable items. Later you can search for unchecked checkboxes to build your to-do list. If you’re big on the GTD approach (as I am) you can include tags for context (i.e. at work, at home, calls, etc.). There will be more from me re: Evernote and GTD, so stay tuned.

Download the Evernote To-dos workflow here.

Feb 13

Yes, You Can Still Run and Debug Your Jailbroken iOS Device With a Developer License

With the recent release of iOS 6.1 and the evasi0n jailbreak, I was tempted to re-jailbreak my ancient iPhone 4. iOS has come a long way since that phone’s debut, so most of my hang-ups have been dealt with. There is one glaring feature missing that ought to be standard: WiFi hotspot. This has been less important to me since my switch from field work to mostly development. Recently, however, I’ve found myself on-site and unable to get to a much needed repo update. So jailbreak it is.

However, I was concerned about my recent investment in the iOS Developer Program and whether I’d still be able to run and debug my code on my iPhone. Two minutes of searching didn’t really reveal what I needed so I went ahead and did the jailbreak anyway. And yes, as I’m sure as you’ve guess from the title of this post, I am able to run and debug my apps to my jailbroken iPhone with no issue. And now you know.