Link List Special – October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014

Link List – October 15, 2014 → by via @_patrickwelker

There are some browser extensions which occupy valuable space in my text file where I collect link list items. Since I’m a Chrome user on the Mac (not on iOS anymore) and I have my reasons why Google Chrome is my favorite browser, I decided to do a link list special.

Chrome Web Store

Dropbox, The Muppets And Attention To Detail

October 10, 2014

Dropbox, The Muppets And Attention To Detail → via @_patrickwelker

Dropbox is the home for your most important stuff—now we’re bringing it to life with a growing family of products. As we scale our global brand, there’s plenty of space for you to grow alongside us and simplify life for millions of people around the world.

There’s something about Dropbox that just clicked with me years ago. While this has been the case for many other tech brands, only a few were capable of keeping it that way. I still feel literally connected to Dropbox. Sync.

Despite slowly offering more than just sync, I still put the company in the category ‘one thing well’. With Google deemed evil some years ago and Apple focusing more and more each year on how to perfect their marketing, Dropbox has been “a constant” in my life.

In my mind I still see the 2007 version of Dropbox, 12 nerdy people hacking away to deliver the perfect sync every other major company chases after. The sync which the one company I own a lot of devices from just can’t deliver yet.

Anyhow, the truth is that Dropbox has become a huge company with over 300 million customers. This has it’s benefits like solid improvments, add-ons (Photo galleries, the PDF view, an iOS app, …) and it’s downsides. For me the latter mostly consists of (waiting longer for) nerdier things like an ignore file à la GitHub, Markdown support and generally more customization options.

I can live with that. Their core product is just so different from other big companies I like because they don’t have a vast range of products to offer. I thinks it’s this dedication, this belief in their product1 and the subliminal nerdiness at their foundation why I still feel good vibrations when I see that blue logo with a blue box.

That’s that. I just felt like getting this out. But the main reason why I started this post is, that the Muppets explaining for over a week now on YouTube what it’s like working at Dropbox. I just wanted to let you know.

One of the reasons why they produced this cool video is… they are constantly hiring. And if you feel up for the task, I’d give it a try. It might can’t beat working at Panic, because Panic is Panic, but it’s the next best thing.

On another note, Dropbox has recently published some beautiful manuals for users and admins. They sure to nice things and the manuals are definitely worth a look. Your design-spoiled eyes will enjoy the view.

PS: I envy those puppets for the Dropbox T-Shirt they own.

  1. Remember that they also didn’t like the idea of an acquisition and selling out?

Hacker's Guide to Setting up Your Mac


LINK – Hacker's Guide to Setting up Your Mac → via @_patrickwelker

This is as nerdy as it gets. A brilliant article by Matthew Mueller for the aspiring hacker as well as developer teams.

By setting up automation, you can get up and running on a new Mac faster, you will stay up to date with the latest security fixes and you can minimize inconsistencies among your teammate’s computers.

Don’t forget to take a look at the comment section. And, most important: keep your fingers positioned over your ‘send to’ shortcut.

Trello Markdown Export

October 07, 2014

Trello Markdown Export → via @_patrickwelker

More Macros! Yesterday I posted »Trello this with Keyboard Maestro« and I submitted a ticket on Brett’s GitHub site asking if it was possible to add a proper multi-line description.

Turns out this already ought to work. Brett fixed it and now it works.

This is brillant since now we can generate Markdown reports from Trello. The possibilities are endless. One can create reports of just one list, of selected lists across different boards, a whole board or your complete Trello account in a flat folder structure with Markdown files.

A next step could be to automatically email these reports to team members or your boss at the end of the week.

However, to get you started I have setup a simple one which creates a Markdown formatted report and saves the file on your Desktop as “name-of-your-list.txt” with the following syntax:


## 1st Card Title

Description text here


## 2nd Card Title

Description text here

Optionally opens the report in (enable the corresponding action in the bottom).

This is the macro in action:


In addition, yesterdays macro which generates a numbered list from all card titles in a specific list is now updated to work with Version 0.2.0 of Brett’s Ruby Gem.

UPDATE: I wasn’t exactly crystal clear and some of you guys seem to run into trouble. Here’s the thing. The two macro’s here are “extensions” which depend on the macro’s from the last post. I updated the download package below – everything you need is in there, but make sure to read the instructions from the last post to set it up properly, c.f. without running 00) Trello: Setup Trello API key one time these won’t work. Here’s the new link:


If you need help with any of this or your own Keyboard Maestro workflow just leave a comment or contact me via email.