This little tip came up on the Mac Power Users podcast thanks to Katie Floyd. She pointed out that you can set up IFTTT to get podcast show notes to you via IFTTT. This could be with IFTTT sending you an email with those show notes, or saving them to Evernote.
This second option intrigued me more as I had recently started backing up my blog to Evernote via IFTTT and saving other records or data. This has made it useful for finding bits of information or links which I quickly forget about. I can see how saving the podcast shownotes could be very useful for find a link to an app or article that I remember being mentioned one time but can’t quite remember when. So, I thought I’d set it up.
How to Set up an IFTTT action to save podcast show notes to Evernote
Step one: make sure you have an account
Obviously you need to have an Evernote account and IFTTT account to get going. You can download the apps below or click these links to set up an account
Go into “my applets” and click the plus at the top right hand corner to create a new applet.
Step Three: Set up your trigger
Now click on this and select RSS feed, you can search to find it. From the options, select “new feed item” and enter the podcast feed you want to follow. For example, to get the show notes from a slab of glass, enter http://aslabofglass.com/feed/
Step four: Set up your action
Now we have our trigger set up, so we need our action. Click on “that” and choose Evernote and then create a new note in Evernote.
Now we get into some fine details and this is where you may want to vary some elements. The default set up will have the feed item (so the podcast episode title) to be the title of note, and the content of the feed item (so the show notes) to fill in the note content (with some IFTTT additions). This is probably what you want, but when it comes to notebooks and tags, I suggest that you use a tag for podcast and the title of the podcast, as well as the topics of the podcast and perhaps a notebook for podcast show notes. Of course, this will vary depending on how you use Evernote, you may use a “reference” notebook or something similar for it.
Give it a go with your favourite podcast
If you are like me and for some reason have an Evernote premium account (stupid work windows PCs) then you may find that you don’t use anywhere near your Evernote usage…So why not try saving your favourite, never miss podcast show notes so you can easily find that thing someone referenced one episode.
If you’ve had AirPods for anything more than a month or two, you’ll know the pain of how they collect dirt, dust and fluff inside the case. Sometimes it can feel like a pain to get them clean, so how can you clean them quickly and efficiently.
Offical Apple advice
The offical apple advice page in the Knowledge Base advices the following
Clean your AirPods with charging case regularly with a soft, lint-free cloth. Don’t get moisture in any openings, and don’t use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives.
In my mind, this seems to suggest a microfiber cloth that you might use for removing finger prints on an iPhone screen.
An important item to note is the things not to use. Aerosol, solvents, or abrasives.
Although the “ping” of a notification and the buzz from your iPhone are useful ways to be alerted to a new message or important prompt from an App, you might still miss them. If you are hard of hearing, have your phone across the room (and on a soft surface which absorbs the noise from your phone’s speakers or vibrations) then you might want a more visual form of notification.
The good news is that you can turn on LED flash notifications where your iPhone will flash to let you know that you have a notification. That’s right, you might have assumed that your iPhones LED flash was only useful for taking photos, making videos and finding your way in the dark. However, you can also use this LED light to signal notifications in a similar way you would on an Android Phone (okay, you can’t change what colour the LED is or the fine tune settings like you can on Android but what’s new there). It’s really simple to do so lets take a look.
How to turn on LED notifications on your iPhone
First go into your settings by pressing on the settings icon. Now enter into your general settings and then accessibility.
Next scroll down to the hearing section and tap on LED Flash for alerts.
This will take you into the LED Flash for alerts options which you can then edit as you like with either your iPhone’s flash going off with every notification or only when your ringer is on silent.
Now when you get a message or alert on your iPhone, your LED light on the back of your iPhone will flash and alert you to the notification you received.