Urakata: 1.1

After three solid days of bump-and-grinding my way through the stasis spell, I had my Hero. To seal the deal, I fed him a story about saving the world from demons and then slid back along his lifeline. I could feel his recent death through our newly-forged connection, so I went back to the night before, fucked him silly to convince him he was the white knight to my dream girl, and then snuck back home to there to steal every bit of hero gear I could get my hands on.

I still don’t know how I missed. I’d never missed before. I could nail a fifty-year-old has-been in a truck-stop men’s room, jump to a sixteenth birthday he’d never forget, and be back in his limo to congratulate him on his amazing string of business successes before he had time to zip up. Sliding up and down a man’s lifeline was as easy for me as, well, you know.

Apparently I was off by three weeks. Even the most satisfied man can figure out that something’s wrong if you give him three weeks to think about it. Worse, when I slid back to our mutual present to pick him up, I couldn’t get through the door.

I was the best in the business, a tough, seasoned pro with hundreds of years of successful “inspirations” under my belt, so I did not hide in a corner and cry my heart out over the unfairness of a universe that kicked me to the curb, held out one last tasty-looking carrot, and then slammed the fucking door in my face.

I dried my eyes and got to work. I needed a Hero, and a mountee always got her man.

Trying out Joplin…

TL/DR: it’s functional, and has solid encrypted sync.

I spent an hour or so trying to get Nextcloud working as a sync destination, using both the official and the linuxserver.io Docker containers on my Synology NAS. This was a complete waste of my time. The official container had… interesting permission issues running on the NAS, and the other one enforced SSL with a self-signed cert and force-redirected external connections to port 443, rather than letting me put it behind a perfectly-sensible reverse proxy on a non-conflicting port. Dumbasses. I also tried WebDAV and Owncloud as sync destinations, and I’m not going to say any more about that experience.

The app itself is better in some ways than StandardNotes, but at the same time it’s filled with really stupid decisions, like rendering your notes in tinyfonts on iOS, with the only workaround being to wrap each and every note in a DIV tag that sets a custom font size. This is also the only way to adjust it on the desktop client, but at least there you can change the markdown-editor font size (like StandardNotes, the desktop client has a mostly-useless “zoom entire window” button).

Major improvement over StandardNotes? It has an explicit “Sync Now” button on all clients, with feedback on its status. I am sad that this is a competitive feature.

I ended up configuring the encrypted sync to use my OneDrive account, because the other options were just too annoying. They’re encrypted at rest, so there are no security risks there, and it looks like it uses the official API to authorize itself, so it’s not running around logging in as you.

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