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Nirvana Task Manager Review

Having used Things 3 for years, I finally decided to give another task manager a go – using my phone to manage all my tasks was getting pretty clunky, and I wanted something that I could access on my laptop and desktop too.

The most important thing for me in a task manager is the ability to not only set due dates, but to schedule those tasks. For example, I want to be able to have a task such as ‘write essay’, and have it in my today list without losing the due date. This ruled out Todoist for me – I really like the app but it does not have this essential feature.

I found Nirvana – an app fairly similar to Things, and it had everything I needed – cross platform support so I could use it on all my devices, the ability to schedule and have a due date, and sorting features. In this review, I’ll go through Nirvana’s main features, as well as things I like and dislike about the app.

Brainwavz XL Earpads Review

After 7 years of heavy usage, the earpads on my DT 770 Pros finally reached the end of their life. I really liked the sound signature they had, however they were constantly falling off and in dire need of replacement.

To replace them, I settled on the Brainwavz XL earpads – these were popular earpads that were comfortable and easy to fit. They are also made out of sheepskin, so are easy to clean.

Colimata Concorde FXP for X-Plane 11 – Review

I’ve always had an interest in aviation, and over the past few months I’ve found the time to start playing X-Plane, a flight simulator. The Colimata Concorde is an aircraft that can be purchased, and offers a simulation that lets you experience some of what Concorde would have been like to fly.

In this review, I’ll go over the externals, systems, and other features that the Colimata Concorde has.

Jailbreak Your iPhone with unc0ver

For years jailbreaking has been a tricky thing to do with iPhones – often it would run with a significant risk of bricking your device, and would require knowledge of the iOS filesystem. In general, it wasn’t something your everyday iOS user would be able to do.

However, unc0ver changes that – compatible with all devices between iOS 11.0 – 13.5, unc0ver is a fast and simple way to jailbreak your iPhone with no risk of bricking your device. In this post, I’ll go through how to use unc0ver, as well as some good tweaks that I would recommend.

Automate VLC Scrobbling to Trakt with Trakt Scrobbler

I last wrote about Trakt Scrobbler halfway through 2019, and it has undergone significant changes since then. This post is an updated version of the previous version, with new information and a new guide on installation.

If you use Trakt, you’ll likely know about scrobbling – where your media player checks you into what you are watching automatically, so it gets marked as finished automatically. Not only does this let you automatically show in the ‘now watching’ section of the show and show your progress on your profile, but it lets you keep Trakt up to date without having to go on the site.

Don’t know what Trakt is? Check out my in-depth review on it.

I use VLC to watch my videos – the official plugin doesn’t work, so I went around looking around for an alternative. I found Trakt Scrobbler – a small Github repository with less than 20 stars. However, I was blown away by how great it is – allowing me to easily scrobble from VLC. It also supports various other players, such as MPV, MPC, and MPC-HE.

Using Trakt Scrobbler with VLC allows shows to easily and automatically scrobbled.

Using Zotero to Manage Citations

If you do any academic writing, you’ll come into contact with citations a lot. For some reason, many people overcomplicate using citations – manually entering them, and creating spreadsheets to tracks sources they have used. Zotero is a brilliant, free, citation manager, that will make adding citations to your work as simple as a few clicks.

Pushover: Simple Notifications – Review

I’ve been using Pushover as my custom notifications app for a few months now, and have been very impressed by the large amount of features that the app offers, as well as the integrations it has. It is also incredibly affordable, with a one time cost plan after a generous trial period.

In this review, I’ll go over the various features that makes Pushover so great, as well as the pricing and some unique features.

6 Years with the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro Headphones

After writing a lot of reviews about audio devices on this site, I’ve never shown which headphones I use on a daily basis. I use the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro headphones, with the 80 OHM version. I really like these headphones – they are comfortable, extremely tough, and sound really good. I’ve been using them for hours, each day, for six years, and they are still in extremely good shape.

In this post, I’ll go over both the pros and cons of the headphones, as well as how they have been holding up for over 6 years of daily use.

Creating a Media Server With a Raspberry Pi

A Raspberry Pi is a great computer to set up a simple Samba sharing media server. It’s affordable, coming in at only £34 for the base model of the latest Pi (4 at the time of writing). Coupled with a large hard drive, often you’ll be able to easily put together a ~£100 media server. In this guide, I’ll go over setting up the Pi headlessly and connecting to it on Windows, MacOS and Linux, as well as setting up a Samba share that will allow you to connect to your media whilst you are on your local network.

Must Have Apps of 2019

iOS 13 brought along large improvements to both the iPhone and the iPad. The iPad became more useful than ever, with the ability for side by side apps, a better home screen layout, split screening, and much more. In this post, I’ll go over most of the apps I have used extensively throughout 2019.