[Agenda](https://www.agenda.com) works well on iOS and MacOS alongside [Things](https://culturedcode.com/things/), allowing a larger canvas for more detailed planning and journaling. Looking forward to deeper integration and addition of the share sheet on iOS.

Note-taking with the iPad Pro


Photo by Lauren Mancke

I’m a huge fan of Bear on iOS and macOS for my notes and draft thoughts (I’m not the only one), but there is still a place for written (hand or digital) notes, particularly at work.

Pondering Seth Clifford’s post on note-taking, as a lawyer it’s very easy to drown in notes, Post-Its, marked-up documents and scribbles throughout the working day…let alone slide decks, printed legal documents, articles to read etc.

Reminders go into Fantastical (which syncs with iOS Reminders), next steps for a project go into Trello, thoughts and responses on articles and legal documents are included on the original and scanned/archived. I’ve never been a Moleskin or ‘formal notebook’ person and my handwriting can often be slow, so an Apple Pencil and GoodNotes, combined with the apps above for shorter notes, has removed a huge amount of paper detritus from my workspace whilst also providing me with searchable, exportable PDFs of my notes.

For pure sketching (I’m no artist, so by this I mean charts & diagrams) I’ve been dipping into Paper but am yet to figure out a decent workflow; I often end up using LucidChart for anything more than a few lines.

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iOS Update Bricking Some 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Devices (via daringfireball)

Daring Fireball : MacRumors : ‘iOS 9.3.2 Bricking Some 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Devices With “Error 56” Message’

While not all 9.7-inch iPad Pro users have reported problems, there have been a number of reports on the MacRumors forums and on social networks, suggesting the problem is widespread. Attempting to restore through iTunes doesn’t appear to resolve the issue.

I have the 256Gb cellular iPad Pro 9.7 and I’ve had this issue; OTA update fails at the “updating firmware” stage and no amount of iTunes recovery attempts work, whether to 9.3.2 or to 9.3.1 downloaded from ipsw.me. Calls to Apple Support have led me to a Genius Bar appointment where I think they’ll likely swap out the iPad for a new one, which matches with the experiences read about online. Poor QA from Apple on a brand new device.

UPDATE: After I managed to squeeze into a Genius Bar appointment at Covent Garden, I relayed my conversation with Apple Support, they ran their own attempt to install 9.3.2 (with the same Error 56 message) and then simply swapped it out for a new one. Their feedback was there was a firmware issue on a batch, which meant when 9.3.2 was installed it tripped something in the firmware which then produced the hardware error message. Despite this, am going to hold off on trying the update again until there’s a new release. Macworld have also picked up on this.

Interestingly, 3 staff said this was only the 2nd iPad Pro 9.7″ they’d seen, with the first having just a cracked a screen.

The Power of Vulnerability by @BreneBrown

Brene Brown’s RSA talk (she also presented at TED) on her studies into vulnerability & empathy are incredible; she speaks well, the research is fascinating and the advice she gives is potentially life-changing. To get started, try this lovely animated short using extracts from Brene’s RSA talk:


What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.