• Productivity

    Tips for dealing with companies phone menus

    Suppose you frequently call services with automated phone menus (phone trees or Interactive Voice Response, IVR) and would like to skip these prompts to reach your desired service or person more quickly. In that case, you may add a certain pause or wait for characters in the phone number stored on your device. This will allow your phone to automatically dial extensions or menu options after connecting to the main number. 

    Here's how you can do it on both Android and iOS:

    **For Android:**

    1. Open the Phone app and go to the Contacts tab.

    2. Tap on the + button to add a new contact.

    3. Type the main number in the phone number field.

    4. Tap on the menu button (three vertical dots) at the top-right corner.

    5. Select "Add pause" or "Add wait" from the menu that appears.

       - A "Pause" inserts a 2-second delay before dialing the next digits. A comma usually represents this (,).

       - A "Wait" inserts a delay until you press a key to proceed. A semicolon usually represents this (;).

    6. Type the extension or menu numbers you want to be dialed automatically.

    7. Finish adding the contact information and save the new contact.


    **For iOS:**

    1. Open the Phone app and tap Contacts.

    2. Tap + to create a new contact.

    3. In the phone number field, input the main number.

    4. On the bottom-left of the keyboard, tap "+*#”.

    5. Here, you can add a "Pause" or “Wait”.

       - A "Pause" will add a comma (,) which is roughly a 2-second delay.

       - A "Wait" will add a semicolon (;) which will pause dialing until you tap Dial.

    6. After the pause or wait character, Input the extension or menu numbers.

    7. Fill in the rest of the contact's details and tap Done.


    **Example:** If you often call a customer service line at 123-456-7890 and need to press 2 for English and then 5 for customer service, you would save the number as follows:

    - On Android with pauses: 1234567890,,2,,5

    - On iOS with pauses: 1234567890,2,5

    The number of commas or pauses can be adjusted based on the phone tree's timing. Some systems might require longer pauses.

    Please note that effectiveness can vary depending on the specific phone system you are calling. Some systems may not respond correctly to quickly dialed numbers or might have random lengths of introductory messages.

    Friday June 16, 2023
  • Productivity

    Evernote Gets Acquired and Increases Prices 200%

    Well, Evernote, this might be the year we part ways. 

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    The new prices are effective starting May 1 for new subscribers and starting end of May for existing subscribers. We’re notifying all customers who are impacted 28 days before their renewal date.

    You used to cost me $5.83 / month for about the last 5 years. 

    Now Evernote will cost $10.83 / month.  That is a 186% increase in price. 

    My renewal is up in September. What-A-Hassle. 

    Found a blog post on Evernote's Pricing strategy from 2018, and they concluded that people are likely to pay as much as $10.72 per month. Seems Evernote’s new owners read this and saw a business opportunity. 👻

    Thursday June 1, 2023
  • Productivity

    The Aiko app is pretty neat.

    You can record audio and transcribe it locally using Open Whisper from OpenAI.

    It's easy to use too.

    Here's a link to the Aiko app from Sindre Sorhus. 


    Monday April 17, 2023
  • Productivity

    Is there a way to quickly switch default browsers on Mac OS? - I decided on the opensource Browserosaurus - github.com/will-ston…

    Sunday April 16, 2023