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An iPad buying guide for 2021

One of the most important questions that arises for paperless studies is that of note-taking. Tablets are generally a good solution for this. This article takes a specific look at Apple’s offering. An iPad buying guide for 2021. I first wrote this article in May 2018. And then again pretty much exactly a year ago. In both previous versions (the most recent of which is included linked here), I tried to be as comprehensive as possible in mapping out the various options, and in particular to include the Microsoft Surface line. This time I’ve decided differently. I will only write …

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DuckDuckGo – the better search engine?

If you search for something on the Internet, you do it through Google. But aren’t there perhaps privacy-friendly alternatives? Yes! DuckDuckGo. If you’re looking for something on the Internet, you do it – of course – through Google. But aren’t there perhaps alternatives that don’t create a complete profile of my life and still deliver useful results? I think so: DuckDuckGo. For the past few weeks, I’ve been seeing them everywhere: billboards advertising DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo is a search engine, and now you might directly ask yourself why you still have to write articles about search engines in 2021? Google has …

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Organize notes in Obsidian – my workflow

Organizing notes in Obsidian is certainly possible thanks to folders and hashtags. However, I wanted to take a different approach and rely on a mixture of tables of contents (or maps of content), tag pages, and very classic folders. A detailed overview of my file structure in Obsidian For about a year now, I can’t imagine my daily work without Obsidian. In the beginning, I was just looking for a home for my Zettelkasten, but in the meantime I write everything from quick notes to diary entries to scientific papers in Obsidian. And sometime last year I realized that it …

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Readwise – My new Information Hub?

Digital texts can be floating around in all kinds of apps. Getting interesting passages out of there to write notes with them, for example, can be quite annoying and fragmented. Readwise wants to be the missing piece in the middle here, bundling highlights from Kindle or Apple books, PDF, articles on websites or even podcasts in one place. I took a look at it. The problem with digital texts I read digital texts in many different ways. One is RSS feeds, which I use instead of social media to read exciting articles. Often, though, I don’t have time to read …

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Apple’s M1 MacBook – THE laptop for university?

The new MacBook powered by Apple’s own ARM-based chip were met with an enthusiastic or at least interested professional community at the end of 2020. The many advantages were praised in blogs, on YouTube and on news sites; thus, the new laptops appeared to be miracle cures or saviors. Sebastian Kunze has such a device and, as a humanities and cultural studies scholar, put it through its paces. Here is his report. 

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