Bear to DEVONthink 3

I spent a lot of time looking over DEVONthink 3 beta version yesterday after talking to a friend about it during a discussion we were having about replacements for Evernote.

I used DT 2 to store all of my paperless storage stuff for years and moved it out at one point when I felt like I needed access from everywhere. It lived in iCloud for a bit, Google Drive, OneDrive (currently). Easy access, easy sync, and easily searchable either via Spotlight on the Mac or the web interfaces for those systems. However it never felt right with my stuff just in the file system. So last night I moved some of the more sensitive documents back into DT3. I’ll move other stuff a bit at a time (sensitive stuff first) from OneDrive. It feels like coming home again after years of being away.

Also planning on giving it a shot with my Planning documentation that currently resides in Bear. Actually planning on giving it a shot with all of my documentation in Bear. I can create different databases for everything. For the stuff I need to be able to access from work (work notes and planning documentation) I’m hoping I can take advantage of the WebDAV storage I have with FastMail. Pretty sure I can get to that right now from work. Unfortunately iCloud is off limits from the corporate network.

They’ve added a lot of power in the new version of DEVONthink and updated the UI. It looks like it can do a lot more and they’ve fixed some of the gripes I’ve had with it over the years so looking forward to trying this out. Bear will always be there to go back to for my notes. OneDrive and the file system are still there for my paperless storage needs. What fun would life be without changing note storage apps once in awhile?

Do Not Use CloudMounter with Backblaze B2!

I use Backblaze B2 as one of my offsite backup destinations. I have my photo collection there as well as a bunch of other archival stuff. As part of my Setapp subscription I found CloudMounter as one of the apps included. In short CloudMounter will take your OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. accounts and make them look like drives in Windows Explorer/Mac Finder. This is useful for many reasons but I use similar software (ExpanDrive) for the same thing.

Unfortunately CloudMounter doesn’t take into account that B2 charges not only for storage but calls to their API. Those calls are split into billing tiers. So today I noticed (via Little Snitch) that CloudMounter was constantly sending and receiving from the B2 bucket I had set up. I have caps set up on the API calls and eventually I got an email today that my caps had been reached. Thanks CloudMounter! Needless to say that software is no longer on my Mac.

VS Code and git, problems with ssh keys

I kept running into a problem after completely wiping my Mac and reinstalling software: I could not get Visual Studio Code to push or pull to repositories in my GitLab account. It turned out the solution was pretty easy.

Visual Studio Code uses the system git. In my case that git client was installed via Homebrew1. After installing git I neglected to generate an ssh key. More importantly, I neglected to generate the default ssh public/private keypair (files are called id_rsa.pub/id_rsa). Without any other setup this is the public/private keypair that git will use for ssh operations against a remote server.

So the key was generated with:

ssh-keygen -o -t rsa

using the defaults when prompted and not assigning a password.

I then added this key to GitLab by first doing:

pbcopy < ./id_rsa.pub

at the command line (which copies the text in the file to the system clipboard) then pasting it into the proper spot on GitLab.

Problem solved!