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How to Get Directions to a Calendar Event on Apple Watch
Our Apple Watches are becoming more and more useful, and one of the great ways they do that is by giving us directions. It’s even possible to get directions to a specific event right on your watch – without invoking Siri!
Review: Tom Bihn Synik
_Disclaimer: Tom Bihn provided this bag free for a review. All opinions below are entirely my own._ You may recall that recently I reviewed my Waterfield Staad backpack which is a lovely backpack that I use a lot of the time. However there are times when I need to carry more than fits in this bag - trips where I'm away overnight or just need to carry a lot of things. When the chance came up to review a new Tom Bihn bag with a dedicated laptop compartment, clamshell opening and luggage pass through it seemed meant to be - and this was confirmed by the random number generator saying I won! I'll start with some background. The Synik is based on another Tom Bihn bag, the Synapse. That one doesn't have a clamshell opening, dedicated laptop compartment, side opening, or luggage pass through - it's a great bag but honestly not one I would buy for myself. It comes in two sizes (19L and 25L), and according to everyone I know who has one it's an amazing bag. There are two sizes of the Synik, 22L and 30L, the idea was that enough space was added to the Synapse to make space for the dedicated laptop compartment and also to allow for full use of the clamshell opening. The straps on the Synik are also different - they're edgeless straps which means there are no seams touching your shoulders. Day to day I've not really noticed a massive benefit, but I'm sure if I loaded the bag up with heavy items that could cause the straps to dig in I would! For those of you who aren't familiar with Tom Bihn bags there's some important facts you might like to know:
- They're made in the USA in Seattle.
- All of their bags have a variety of colour options available, including different internal colours.
- Bags have O-rings, this allows you to clip things to your bag so you can pull them out without losing them or find them without digging around (my keys are on a long strap, my sunglasses are in a pouch which keeps them close to the top, etc.)
- There's a wide array of accessories which you can purchase to go with your bag, including the above mentioned keystrap and sunglasses pouch (a small Ghost Whale for the curious).
- The water bottle pocket is in the center, this means that I won't end up weighed down on one side.
- The front pockets pack inside the bag, instead of bulging outwards.
- The front bottom pocket might look small but it fits my Nintendo Switch easily.
- The clamshell opening means I can also just open the side of my bag and reach in to grab something (assuming I remember where I put it), and I can of course open up the whole bag.
- It's not too large, I got away with it as my personal item flying home - the 30L would have looked large though and I might not have been so lucky.
- The laptop is suspended in the bag, so when you put it down it's not likely to hit the floor.
- There's a system where you can attach a "cache" (Tom Bihn's device sleeve) to the opposite side of the main pocket - I bought one for my 11" iPad Pro and it's wonderful.
- I can put it on the handle of my trolley case when in airport lounges, on airport buses, etc. (Did I mention I fly a lot?)
Automators 29: The Dark Dungeon with Adam Tow
In episode 29 of Automators we got to talk to Adam Tow - creator of awesome automations. I met Adam at the Automators WWDC meet up this year and he demoed some of his wonderful shortcuts for me. I’ve seen them before and even tried them out, but once I saw Adam demoing them David and I knew we had to get him on the show to share how this all works!
Nested Folders Episode 2: No(n) Zero Day
In this latest episode of Nested Folders I introduced Scotty to the idea of the Non Zero Day. I stumbled across this a few years ago on Reddit and thought that it was a great idea, do something towards your goals every day. It might not seem like rocket surgery but saying it out loud and then reviewing your efforts can make a big difference - especially for those larger goals!
Introducing Nested Folders, a Productivity Podcast
Today I’m launching a new podcast called Nested Folders with a friend of mine Scotty Jackson. Scotty and I met when we started testing early versions of OmniFocus 3 together, I believe our first real encounter was me helping him replicate a bug report so he could nail down the steps to email in. (Coincidentally this is also where I met Ryan Dotson who I ended up writing Build Your OmniFocus Workflow with - who would have guessed that people eager to do an early beta test of OmniFocus would also be good people to make productivity related content with?!)
Automators 27: Shortcuts in iOS 13 - Diving into the Deep End!
In Automators 27 David and I did the thing we do best: ignore all the advice, install the betas, suffer for it, but in the end we got you the goods on Shortcuts in iOS 13 and what it’s really like!
Discourse Forums I Visit
There are lots of wonderful communities out there on the internet, and I’m fortunate enough to be a part of some of them! I’ve seen several people recently asking for recommendations of forums to visit and thought I’d put together a list of the ones I visit:
Automators 26: Getting Started With HomeKit
In the latest episode of Automators, David and I dived into our home automation setups and went beyond “I can control it from my phone” to find out what things you can really automate, because that’s the kind of automation nerds we are!
How to Annotate Screenshots and Photos on iOS
iOS 12 added a feature to let you annotate screenshots and photos, here’s how to do so!
How to Set macOS to Automatically Change Your Wallpaper
I love new my wallpaper on my Mac, but I always forget to change it!