No fancy software for you!

There is a "problem" when the tech circles you hang out with are very much, primarily, Apple-centric. Everything you see, read and listen about, revolves around iOS/iPadOS/MacOS only, mostly.

Let us take, for example, one of the most popular tasks managers out there these days, Things 3 by Cultured Code. Besides a few annoyances, it is probably the best-designed, most beautiful piece of software I have ever used, no doubt about that. The Problem? iOS, iPadOS. and MacOS only, which I own on every single platform. My problem, I spend 99% of my time on a Windows computer for work.

Now, text editor and note taking, I mean, I mascarade as a blogger of sorts so this is an important piece of software for me. The most popular out there, I think, is Ulysses, another piece of software that I love to use. The problem? Well, again, is iOS, iPadOS, and MacOS only. If you would have asked me a few months ago, it was no biggie, I would do most of my writing on my mackintosh mobile device. Well, a lot of my writing happens on my Windows computer these days. What do I rely on for that? I open a Chrome tab and use either Grammarly's webapp, Quill editor, or Weblog's editor.

That's two major examples, I could probably mention more but I am already getting tired of typing.

The alternatives,

For task managment, TickTick or Todoist.

The two obvious choices, work across both platforms. The problem well, TickTick's design, doesn't click for me for whatever reason. Todoist does click with me and is the one I am currently using, but it's ultimately a web app and at a time, it halfway works on my work computer because the work's network blocks many things.

For text editing, notes, etc,

Well, as I mentioned before, in web browsers mostly, there are also a few cross-platform apps, like Obsidian, logSeq, and ROAM. I have been using Obsidian and it is nice but I can't quite wrap my head around how these systems, like Obsidian, ROAM, and logSeq work exactly. It is like they are too much for me, I do not need that kind of power, I guess. Sometimes I just fall back on using Simplenote, it's simple, reliable, and syncing it's so ridiculously fast.

Part of me wishes I had a Mac for work, I really do, this way I could use, what I think, are my favorite pieces of software. However, I have to be honest with myself, I barely use my Macbook or even know my way around it as most people in the tech circles I hang with do, so why obsess?

Maybe fancy software is not for me, or maybe my definition of fancy software, it's wrong.