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My Rocketbook Matrix Arrived Today

I’m already enjoying this version of the Rocketbook, within minutes I drafted a webpage layout scanned it with the Rocketbook Android app and pushed it to Evernote.

Enter The Matrix*

*Bad movie pun intended.

left to right: Matix Grid, standard dot grid from the Rocketbook Fusion.

What I Enjoy When Using any Rocketbook Notebook

These lightweight rugged notebooks are ideal for tossing into a loaded backpack. I found myself frequently pushing my Leuchtturm a5 journal aside in favor of one of my Rocketbooks. Particularly the Fusion Executive size for it’s comparable dimensions.

Features I can’t live without

  • Everything is somewhat temporary, until I scan it.
  • Evernote as my preferred digital destination integrates seamlessly
  • Possible destinations not supported by Rocketbook often have a email to feature and we can send our scans to any email address.
Rocketbook Matrix, Flip, and Fusion
The Matrix, Flip, and Fusion on my desk

Where Rocketbook Could Improve

This is tricky, a lot of the areas where improvement could be made are not related to Rocketbook itself.

  • Rocketbook’s app could benefit from an optional contrast and brightness slider. Scans are frequently high contrast that colors and fine may become washed out.
  • Frixion 0.7mm pens included with these notebooks draw a hard line. I haven’t yet tried a 0.5mm pen
  • Left handed users like myself might find the ten second drying time of the pen takes some getting used to.
  • I have terrible handwriting and the fiction-less paper makes it a little worse πŸ˜€

I’m enjoying the tighter and darker grid of the Matrix compared to their standard dot grid. I find this suits my writing better than the more relaxed grid of the Rocketbook Flip and Fusion which I also own.

The Scans

The destination icon didn’t automatically share to my designated Evernote notebook as it does for my Fusion and Flip notebooks. Perhaps the Matrix is so new the template wasn’t recognized? πŸ˜›

This Matrix is very new, I expect it a future update to the Rocketbook app may adjust things a bit.

Screenshot from Evernote
Rocketbook Matrix scanned page
Scanned using the Rocketbook app; Delivered to and downloaded from Evernote.

Made in the USA

Made in the USA
Rocketbook makes their notebooks in the in the USA.

While most notebooks these days are printed in Asia Rocketbook makes theirs in the United States and I think that’s worth mentioning as it does reduce the carbon footprint a bit and if you prefer buying American Made products that’s also a benefit. I’m curious why they don’t mention their production location and methods on their website as these are considered one eco-friendly alternative to buying traditional paper notebooks over the Rocketbook’s lifetime.

I noticed that when purchased the Matrix directly from their website it shipped from Massachusetts where they’re located.

If you’re curious visit the Rocketbook website for the Matrix, Flip and Fusion.

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Another Morning Coffee Post

This cup came a little late this morning. I jumped right into work without a drop for nearly two hours.

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My Frugal Work From Home Setup

This week finally answered a question I’ve asked myself for years. Could I work from home with my existing Linux hardware and contribute with a team of Mac and Windows users? Well, the answer was yes.

My desk at home with a LInux kernel poster above
A Linux kernel poster above my desk. You can’t tell from this photo but the artwork is a portion of the kernel printed as art.

My Desk

Clockwise left to right my desk is ready for calm productivity

  • Three stacked trays hold an assortment of paper and pocket notebooks. No apps! I take notes the old fashioned way.
  • An ASUS 27″ 1080p monitor, large enough that I can set back several feet and comfortably type or read.
  • An HD Webcam from ThinkPenguin for Zoom calls
  • Assorted items: Phone (mostly ignored spam calls), a router, Tweek FunCo Pop! and a Cylon Raider, the Tardis, a custom mug for my pencils and a Frixion pen.
  • $20 Creative speakers
  • Rocketbook Fusion reusable notebook.
Ubuntu 19.10
My nine year old Sandy Bridge i5-2500K has no problems with the latest software.

Software & Hardware

Although I’m using Lubuntu 19.10 for my Work desktop I also have stock Ubuntu for my Personal desktop.

Lubuntu Desktop
Lubuntu Desktop

Work / Life Balance

A frequent suggestion I kept seeing while researching working from home was to create “hard lines” between work & personal time. Bloggers love to talk about how they set up a home office they never enter after work hours. Well, that just isn’t practical. My wife is also working from home during this crisis, space is limited.

To that end not all hard lines have to be physical, So I installed Lubuntu 19.10 on a spare 14 year old 5600 rpm hard drive just collecting dust in my desktop… and yes, I back it up daily.

Using an Ubuntu variant I still benefit from the same workflow just in a different look and feel. If I want to access work or personal documents I have to reboot into a completely installation along with a different look and feel. This creates just enough of an inconvenience to keep me focused on one while avoiding the other.

Current Status
  • Listening to: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
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Joseph Dickson is a WordPress Developer in Los Angeles CA.