After a few weeks, I thought this was a failed attempt to propagate this plant, but I kept watering the vase to keep the dirt from drying out. Now look at this. I am always astonished by how #nature tries to find its way, as if trying to tell us that, given the conditions, life will thrive. Especially during #spring.

A small plant with fresh green leaves is sprouting from a pot, with blurred background elements including another potted plant and an object blurred in the distance.

How Voicenotes supercharged my note-taking workflow.

Until recently, I was using the Supernote to quickly get ideas out of my head, but that has changed. I’m now double-taping the back of my Pixel and recording them on Voicenotes.

I recently published a video explaining how the app works, and you can watch it below. Basically, you record something and the AI will transcribe it. The coolest part, though, is asking anything to Voicenotes and getting answers based on your notes.

Getting contextual answers was already great, but a recently released feature brought things to another level. Now, when you open a note by tapping or clicking its title, you’ll see a list of notes related to that note.

However, that was not available when I started using Voicenotes and was trying to figure out what the app could do. One of the tests I did was record all the ideas that came to mind while I was preparing myself to have a conversation with Jijo Sunny, Voicenotes co-founder.

My original plan was to ask the app to show me a summary of my ideas for the conversation. But, days before the interview recording, when I sat down to work on the script, I decided to use the new ‘Related Notes’ feature. It blew my mind.

Because I was always starting my notes with something similar to “more ideas for my conversation with Jijo” the app easily found all the related notes. Then, it was just a matter of pasting them into Obsidian and refining everything. This process saved me so much time, when compared to how I was writing the scripts before.

The best part was that I didn’t have to go to a specific note or folder in Obsidian to write down the ideas, nor did I need to “translate” them into written sentences. It was much faster because I could just talk about any of my video ideas. The order or where the notes were didn’t matter at all. In the end, the AI did a fantastic job putting them together.

The first attempt was so successful, I decided to try the process with other scripts, and it’s working flawlessly. All I have to do is remember to include the possible title or subject of the video to help the AI group the notes in the future.

I’m still using the Supernote for many other things, but this quick capture and future refinement using Obsidian has been working too well to ignore. You can see it for yourself. One of the final results of this new workflow is shown in the video below. Almost everything I asked Jijo was captured using Voicenotes.

But keep in mind that this workflow is just one possible scenario. I’ve been seeing so many use cases. If you’re already using it, tell us how, and if not, maybe give it a try (there’s a free plan). It might surprise you.

As for the double-tap, I’m not sure if that’s available on all Android phones, but on my Pixel it is under the “Gestures” setting, and it’s called “Quick tap to start action”.

VCP 6 - Voicenotes: The Inspiring Story & Future Plans (with: Jijo Sunny)

In this conversation, we explore the journey of Voicenotes, from its inspiring origins to its exciting future. Jijo Sunny talks about his journey and how Buy Me a Coffee and Voicenotes came about. As well as many other details, such as why he thinks voice is better than note-taking, new features, privacy, user requests, the possibility of Voicenotes venturing into the Fediverse and so much more.


The journey of #Voicenotes, from its inspiring origins to its exciting future.

I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and the post-recording chat, which could have easily been another podcast episode. Jijo Sunny, shares his personal journey history and how Buy Me a Coffee and Voicenotes came to be, as well as many other details. We even elaborated on the possibility of Voicenotes venturing into the Fediverse and so much more.

It’s been less than two months since I decided to use for my short Fediverse posts. It was an interesting experiment, but I’m going back to Mastodon. Just reactivated my account there and will soon import my followers back.

Like before, you don’t have to do anything. And, yes, I’ll write a blog post explaining the reasons 😉.

How to add the current date and time to #Obsidian notes (automatically).

People keep asking me how to create new notes with today’s date on Obsidian. So, I just published a quick how-to. And now I’m thinking about the possibility of creating more brief videos on other subjects. Would you like that?

I had an incredible conversation with Jijo Sunny, co-founder of #Voicenotes.

Early today, I had an incredible conversation with Jijo Sunny, co-founder of Buy Me a Coffee and Voicenotes. He talked about his story and background, how both products came to be, and some ideas and features for the future. And naturally, I had to use the opportunity to try and convince him to make both products compatible with ActivityPub.

The video and the podcast episode will be released in a few days. So, if you enjoy this type of content, please ensure you are subscribed to my YouTube channel or podcast.

Must-Have Feature still MISSING (#Obsidian 1.6)

Obsidian 1.6 has many great new features, but there’s one I’ve been waiting for a while, and it’s not here yet.

I have been brewing this idea for over 10 years!

Everything clicked when I looked at a scrap piece of acrylic board from one of my maker projects.

I want to start by saying that this is not for task management. The goal is to have a clearer view of all of my current and upcoming activities by giving me a bird’s-eye view. Apps like Evernote, Obsidian, and others can handle all the details much better. However, there are still some adjustments I would like to make to the system before I share the specifics of how it works.

A hand is holding a clear grid with sticky notes on it, set against a background of greenery and an outdoor setting.

For now, let’s talk about the form factor.

I used different colored rubber bands just to make the picture more interesting. The real ones are black, as you can see in the picture of the prototype below. In other words, the colors have no special meaning at all. As for the material and size, there is a reason for that.

A hand holds a transparent sheet with yellow sticky notes and black string lines, set against a background of plants and outdoor scenery.

Given that it will be on my desk most of the time, I would like to always be able to see what is underneath it. That’s why it is transparent. It is the same size as an A4 sheet of paper, which gives me plenty of room to run my system and safely transport it without losing sticky notes. It’s as easy as slipping it into any folio available on the market. Or, like I’m currently doing, just repurpose the paper ones companies give us with proposals or contracts inside.

I wanted something that could be hackable by anyone, and that’s why I used standard measurements. Nevertheless, I am confident that the equivalent of a letter paper size would be a more suitable option for users in the United States.

As things progressed, being hackable became a must-have aspect. For example, at first, the dividers were created with masking tape, but later, rubber bands were used to make the board easier to adapt to new situations or different uses. In the end, they also proved to be useful in preventing sticky notes from falling off.

Vertical lines create stages that work almost like a Kanban board. Almost! Regarding the horizontal divider, it creates what one of my clients nicknamed Driving Lane (top) and Parking Lane (bottom).

I’ll tell you more about the system soon, but don’t expect anything advanced or complicated. On the contrary, it is something simple that covers all of my needs.

I think the hardware is what freed my mind because until now, I couldn’t make my system work 100% with available software. Ironically, following the construction and testing of the board, it opened my eyes to the possibility of implementing my system on some apps. But now, I’m not certain if I want to go that route. Anyway, I’ll also share more about that soon.

All note-taking apps should implement this new #Android feature.

Even before the DMA came into effect, Android users could choose and set their preferred browser, SMS app, and more. This can be done by going to Settings > Apps > Default app. Now, Google has announced that note-taking applications will also be included in the list.

There will be a shortcut on the lock screen to open the note-taking app without having to unlock the device. It looks similar to the Apple Notes feature on the iPad. But unlike Apple’s walled garden, users will be able to choose their preferred note-taking app.

There are some adjustments to the app that must be made, which are explained in this I/O 2024 video. What I didn’t get is whether this is an Android feature or just meant for tablets running Android.

Even if it’s only for tablets, I think all companies that make note-taking apps should implement the changes needed to use this new feature. We, the users, will appreciate it.