Ridwan's Repository

I read, journal and speak with a stammer. I'm curious to know things. Interests in History, Travel, Food and Society-at-Large.

Standard Notes is my Notes app

It is that time of the year where I'm looking for an alternative to Evernote.

My Evernote Premium (now Personal) subscription is up for renewal in October. I still think Evernote is a great service but my usage has drastically reduced. I find the mobile apps clunky and take ages to load up. For those reasons, I've been searching for a stable notes app that I can use on the web, Apple devices and Windows laptops.

I have started to explore Notion and am really impressed with its service and UX. A big but, I'm concerned that they do not have end-to-end encryption. If I'm going to upload a ton of data to their servers then I need to be certain that Notion has invested in an airtight security protocol. Unfortunately, they do not seem to have that in place at the moment. YouTuber harshibar explains the reason why we need to start focusing on privacy and data security really well. I highly recommend watching her video below.

My search continued for about a month or so. I stumbled upon this blog post on Rooted Productivity where the author of Noisy Deadlines blog uses Standard Notes. I have been trialling the app for nearly a month. I really like the app's simplicity and focus on "quick capture" of notes. I have subscribed to the 5-year Extended Plan which has a 30 days money-back guarantee. I understand this is a huge commitment but I'm trying to streamline the number of (app) subscriptions in 2021. And, the first thing to go is Evernote. So, welcome to Standard Notes and I'm looking to make this my Notes Hub.

Has Cal Newport become a sleazy hype-man for "woke" products?

I have been a follower of Cal Newport's work for several years. He's a great guy. There's no question about it.

I have listened to every episode of his Deep Questions podcast since day one. However, I have now started to resent new episode releases.

Cal has become a hype-man for products I have no interest in or add any value to my life. I understand that Cal needs the money for the podcast hosting and other expenses. But, at some point, when more than 10% of the episode length is filled with stupid ads and unauthentic hype for products, I doubt Cal will use if these were not sponsored, it is now annoying AF. This podcast started with good intentions. Now, it has become a sales pitch for stupid products disguised as a productivity advice show.

All is not bad from Cal. I do highly recommend his blog. That's one thing he hasn't polluted with these nonsense ads. And, I hope he keeps it that way.

Welcome to my Journal

Welcome to my journal on the Listed blogging platform.

I'm not new to the blogging community. But, I always wanted a fresh start. So, why not here?

In this blog, I will be sharing my thoughts and learnings.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts here and encourage everyone to share yours.

Think, Share, Change!