Category Archives: Resources

I’m Leaving Brave Browser

About 8 months ago I decided to change to Brave as my primary browser.

I had some mixed feelings using Brave. There are things that I did not like with Brave. Primarily the frequent updates (this messes up my work flow as I usually have many windows active with multiple folders in different workspaces on Mac and a browser restart brings most of the windows back into a single workspace), some sites not working as intended (I think this is due to the script blocking on Brave, but I am not certain), and the lack of a stable sync between devices.

These were issues I really didn’t like, but Brave did offer BAT earnings for using their browser in the form of shared ad revenue in return.

When I started using Brave, the BAT were around 20-23 BAT a month for my part. This amount was enough to keep me as a user and to look past the issues mentioned above and other more minor things.

Now the BAT earnings have dropped about 80% ~4-5 BAT a month (less than $1 worth). As it is now I do not see the BAT earnings moving up to the level it used to be at when I started using Brave. This makes the BAT earnings insignificant.

The main thing that kept me from leaving Brave was that the original level of the BAT revenue enabled me to buy a book on Amazon after a couple of moths use. Now that BAT revenue has dropped so much my incentives for using their browser is gone.

The privacy ups that one gets by using Brave I believe one can get from available extensions in overall better browsers. Thus I am leaving Brave and moving back to my old browsers (primarily Safari & Chrome).

Edit 2020-11-27:

I’m moving to Firefox primarily.

Some Useful Shortcuts for Mac Users

There are some useful shortcuts on Mac that can help you speed up things in various ways.

Here are some shortcuts that I think are not that well known but that I find useful:

fn + backspace => delete characters to the right of the cursor

ctrl + k => delete all the characters to the right of the cursor

ctrl + w => delete all the characters to the left of the cursor to the first space

alt + backspace => deletes one whole word

Do you use any lesser known shortcuts on a regular basis? Which ones?

Edit 2020-11-05 in blue

Edit 2021-01-20 in green

I Tried Some Tracking Tools

I have been looking for a simple way to track how much time I spend on different tasks. I tried some different tools for this purpose. Free to use. Easy to use. Very basic. Go to the webpage where you have a timer that you can start, pause and re-start. Displays timer in the tab space (at least on Mac).

Timemator 2.6: Might not be free to use. I have it through my Setapp account. Easy to use (just tested the basic features). Timemator has auto time tracking (ATT). ATT requires some setup that I didn’t bother to test. Timemator looks to have some fairly advanced settings for a time tracker – the most advanced of the ones that I tested. I do not need something this advanced. If I do later on I might go back and try to setup what I need in Timemator. I only tried simple manual time tracking. It is easy and works well for tracking time. Free to use. Easy to use. No long setup time. Fits my current needs the best. Create folders (eg “Philosophy” and “Programming”) and add specific tasks to the folders (eg “Book, ‘Philosophy Who Needs It?’” add to “Philosophy” and time starts. Toggle also provides basic stats on what you spent your time on. There is also an app so that you can track stuff on the go. Toggle is my choice for time tracking at present.

I have no connection to any of these. I’m simply sharing my take on some time tracking tools that I tried out lately.

How I’m Approaching My Reading List

The way that I have decided to approach my reading list is that I start out listening to a book. I mainly use Audible or Voice Dream Reader for this. During this step I usually make some bookmarks and take some notes in some app.

If I chose to put more effort into learning the ideas from one of these books right now I will go on and read the book as well. During this step I will look extra at the bookmarks taken from the first step (listening) and also take new notes as well as quotes from the book.

Later I intend to share some of my understanding of what I have read for criticism here on the site and probably at FI as well.

Access to all of my Idea Trees (complete & incomplete)

I make idea trees to help me think better about issues that interest me. This method was introduced to me by Elliot Temple at and you have a lot of good information on how to make your own idea trees there.

If you want access to all my idea trees you can become a SubscribeStar supporter.
The trees I make and make available are for my own learning, but can aid you in understand the subjects more as well, as I map out my own thinking regarding these issues more clearly.

This gives you access to all of my idea treas.
Includes access to my unfinished trees as well.
Beware: Some trees are just a couple of nodes.

Note that all trees can come to be changed as I learn better ideas.

Currently available idea trees by nikluk (2020-04-08)
Incomplete / unfinished trees:

  • Tree on complexity (keep stuff simple)
  • Theory of Constrains
  • Discussion on “can people change”
  • COVID-19 trees
    • COVID Strategy
    • Masks
    • Risks of not doing a Suppression Strategy (ie “Hammer and Dance”)
    • Is a Suppression Strategy compatible with classical liberalism? 1.0
    • Is a Suppression Strategy compatible with classical liberalism? 2.0

I switched browser to Brave

I don’t do sponsored stuff. I do recommend stuff I like though.

I found a new web browser that looked interesting called Brave Browser a while ago and decided to give it a try (links at bottom).

My main browsers used to be Chrome and Safari. Since about 2-3 weeks back I switched to Brave as my main browser.

The positives
For me these are the main reasons why I chose Brave:
– to get rid of ads (works great)
– earn Basic Attention Tokens aka BAT (you have to opt in)
– block tracking software from sites

Also, if you are a content creator, you can get tipped in BAT by other people who like your content and have BAT. To do this you will need to sign up for Brave Rewards Creators. It’s fairly easy. I did it for this site.
You don’t have to switch to Brave Browser to sign up for Brave Rewards Creators if you do not want to.

It was easy to export bookmarks and the like to Brave from Chrome. Since Brave is built on Chromium most of the extensions for Chrome work in Brave as well.

The negatives
The only negative thing with Brave, for me, is that syncing between devices is not presently an available feature. This is not a big issue for me. It is however a feature that Brave is aware of, and they are working to add it to Brave browser.

Some things that Brave has to say of their browser:

The vast bulk of websites and ads include software that tries to to identify you. They want to track your every move across the web. Brave blocks all this, allowing you to browse freely.

Brave loads major news sites up to six times faster than Chrome, Safari and Firefox on mobile and desktop.

Turn on Brave Rewards to earn frequent flier-like tokens for viewing privacy-respecting ads. You can set the number of ads you see per hour. Currently you can support your favorite web creators with your tokens, but soon you’ll be able to spend tokens on premium content, gift cards, and more.

… you can donate tokens to your favorite websites.

Get Brave here
To get started, you can use my referral link and download Brave from there.
If you do not want to support me by using my referral link you can just go to and download it from there instead.