Tom Klaver

This is MY place on the web!

Apple Feature Requests

i just added a page where i track features i want in Apple’s platforms:

☑️ List of My Apple Platform Feature Requests

I doodled this once during a meeting. It’s my first experiment with lighting.

I doodled this once during a meeting. It’s my first experiment with lighting.

I'm not writing for me

I blogged a few things over the past weeks. A few weekly bookmarks and one other thing I can't remember. I stopped caring about the weekly bookmarks because I wasn't doing it for me but to share my favorite links with others. With almost no response, it felt like I was just posting into a black hole.

People like Cory are posting links on their Mastodon profile to articles about writing for yourself, not for others. I'm trying to write for myself and make my thoughts make sense for myself but I can't find the right words to write.

I'm Dutch and I used to be able to write my words in English pretty well. My thoughts go in Dutch but I also think my thoughts are worth being seen by more people than "just" the Dutch public.

I'm also still recovering from burnout and my brains haven't caught up to my full potential yet.

These are a lot of words to just say: I'm trying.

Week 13 2024 Bookmarks

📠 Apps

📼 Watched

The 5,000 Photo Rule

How many photos do you need in your photo library?

I know I don't need to take 55,000 photos (and growing) with me for the rest of my life.

At one point that's how many photos I had in my iCloud Photo Library. My spouse and I have been sorting our library with GetSorted, and in that activity I had to think of two methods we found when uncluttering our home.

The first method is the question of "If this broke down, would I buy it again?". If not, maybe you can dispose of it.

The second method is the question of "when I die, would I be happy to lay the burden of sorting out my stuff on my loved ones?". That's also known as Swedish Death Cleaning.

I'm not saying both of these apply to sorting out your photo library. However, when you die, your photo library will continue to exist. And your loved ones will want to have access to it. And then, do you want to offer them a "Best Of" selection of your life, or a general database of any photo you've ever taken?

Another method, which is the point of this thing, is to work towards an arbitrary number. That's harder with physical objects so that didn't come to mind when we uncluttered our home.

Maybe you only want to have a maximum of 5,000 photos. Or you only want to keep 500 photos for each year of your life.

I want to stress though that you be careful throwing out pictures that elicit warm thoughts and memories. So even though you might not meet the number you set, it's likely more important you keep stuff that is important to you. Not because you can to meet an arbitrary number.

Week 12 2024 Bookmarks

👤 Life

📠 Apps

🌎 Cool sites

🗞️ Read

📼 Watched

Week 11 2024 Bookmarks

📠 Apps

🌎 Cool sites

🗞️ Read

📼 Watched

I can’t commit because there’s always a better book around

Most of my books are at a 2–4% finish rate.

I grab my Kobo to read, but instead I will explore the Kobo Books shop, download previews, and read those for a page or two. It is so hard to commit to a book when there are so many other books just two taps away.

It makes me sad because I know that books have had an impact on how I am as a parent, and I know books have changed how I look at the world (a little bit).

I’ve tried setting limits on the device, but they are too easy to revert.

There a are a few things I will do to solve the problem:

  1. Block WiFi connections on the router from my Kobo between 9 PM and 12 PM.
  2. Keep 2 or so books around on the Kobo.
  3. Move other books back to my Mac’s Calibre library so they are out of scope.

Deleted all of my history on Gmail

Just deleted 18 years worth of emails from my Gmail account. Apart from YouTube, I want them to have as little data of me as possible. I don't see why I would need so much history of me lying around.

Granted, I've used my Gmail account actively for about 6-7 years, so that's the weight of my actual history there.

I’m blogging from my Notes app

I wrote a Shortcut that lets me export a note from the Notes app to my blog. I’ve called it “Blogger”.

I still need a better way to use links and perhaps images, but we’ll see if I want to put in the effort to solve those. I can always just use markdown for links.

For now it works pretty well and I’m happy to have a low effort way to shoot a new post to my blog!

Screenshot of a shortcut workflow in the Shortcuts app on iPadOS.