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Permanently Show Library Folder in OS X Lion

Update:The tip below still works, but there's a quicker option that I now use: Open a Finder window, then open the Go menu. While it's open hold down the option key and the Library folder will appear. This is a quick tip for viewing the hidden (by default) User Library folder in OS X Lion. This information can be found in tons of places on the web - I'm...

Stay Organized with a Note Taking App

I've never been much of a Post-It note type, but I have gone through many Moleskine notebooks to jot down notes and ideas. And while I still enjoy pencil and paper for quick brainstorming or design concepting, they aren't great for staying organized. Paging through a notebook to find some bit of information is a real pain. Dedicated note taking applications are the answer to this. There are quite...

Apple Keyboards – Wired vs Wireless

While most of the world is going wireless, I've recently switched back to my wired-up, fully extended keyboard. Here's a rundown of the pros, cons, and why I did it. Apple Wireless Keyboard The wireless version is the default choice when purchasing a new desktop Mac. While I could have opted for the wired version, I kept the wireless expecting to reap all the benefits of joining the wireless...

Microsoft: Stop Using IE6

[caption id="attachment_3549" align="alignnone" width="594" caption="Microsoft: 'Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6'"][/caption] Designers and developers have been saying it for years, and now even Microsoft are throwing their own stones: We recommend that Internet Explorer 6 users upgrade to a newer version of Internet Explorer for a safer browsing experience.Microsoft Of course they're recommending that the upgrade be to Internet Explorer 9 – but there other options that...

Use a CRM to Get More Business

[caption id="attachment_2836" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Stop the leaks with a CRM"][/caption] As a client-based small business it's very important to keep track of clients and prospective clients and the communication between them. Emails, phone calls, in-person meetings, tasks, follow ups, introductions, handshakes, and games of charades - losing track can mean losing business. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) apps are designed to help wrangle all this information in easy to update...

iChat: Multiple Accounts, One Contact List

Nov 2011 OSX Lion Update: Chax does not currently work in Lion. The main reason I used Chax was to consolidate contact lists across IM services, which is now included in the new version of iChat. The other thing I really liked about Chax was Growl notifications. iChat should support Growl, but it currently doesn't. Fortunately @piquan has that covered with an easy to install AppleScript. [caption align="alignleft" width="128"...

WordPress 2.8 Upgrade Error

This morning I was pleased to find that a new version of WordPress (2.8) was out and it was time to upgrade. One of the nice things about WP is the automatic upgrade option, which basically means you backup your site, click upgrade, and you're done. Well it didn't go quite that smooth this time, and I received an error that WP couldn't copy the wp-comments-post.php file. I could...

Getting 1Password to work in Safari 4

I'm sure the guys at Agile Web Solutions will have a fix for this soon, but in the meantime, here's how to get 1Password to work with the version of Safari that Apple released today: Right click on 1Password in your applications folder, choose 'Show Package Contents' Browse to Contents > Resources > SupportedBrowsers.plist Double click to open in Property List Editor Drill down to Safari and find MaxBundleVersion Change...

2009 MacHeist bundle review

While there are quite a few people out there who detest the MacHeist event, I for one, love it. If you started from the beginning at The Giving Tree and subsequently participated in all the heists and mini-heists – and purchased the bundle – a total of 50 apps (at my count here) were available, for $32 (with the heist discounts). That is a ridiculous number of apps for...

Font Explorer X Pro vs FontCase

[caption id="attachment_832" align="alignright" width="266" caption="FontCase vs Font Explorer X Pro"][/caption] Font management has thankfully been something I haven't had to think much about in the last few years, ever since Linotype came out with Font Explorer X for both the Mac and PC. FEX was free, and it worked - while others on the scene at the time such as Extensis Suitcase were wracked with problems, and you had...

DRM Free iTunes

I've never been much of a fan of purchasing music off of iTunes because of, and only because of, the DRM issue. Thankfully the DRM dark ages are over, and I've just upgraded my entire library. It cost me all of $15....

What’s wrong with RSS

What's right with RSS Maybe I should start out by mentioning what's right about RSS. After all, for those who have adopted the technology, there really isn't much wrong with it. It keeps us updated on the latest content coming from the weblogs and sites we care about the most. It's beautifully simple and flexible, so why haven't the masses adopted it? (more…)...

Rethinking Flickr and MobileMe

Cause I still haven't found what I'm looking for It's been an on-again off-again search for me, but Dan Benjamin's article Is Flickr Still "The Place" For Online Photos? got me thinking about finding the perfect online photo gallery solution again... the one that has thus far eluded me. (more…)...

Harvest feature updates before end of ’08

The holiday season was not just for egg nog quaffing and loitering under the mistletoe for the folks over at Iridesco. They managed to push out a new set of minor features to their Harvest time tracking app. Here's the rundown: Estimate by people hours. Duplicate invoice. Quarterly recurring invoice. Optional project notes. Department for people. I don't personally use the invoice feature, and my organization is too small...

Giving MarsEdit a test drive

I find that the WordPress Admin window for adding a new post is much too small. Yes, I know you can make it bigger by dragging the form window open, but it messes with the layout of the site and feels more like a band-aid solution than a robust answer. Add the fact that I like the comforts of my own desktop, I find myself writing new posts in...

An open letter to Iridesco

Dear Iridesco, Let me start by saying that I love Harvest. It has saved me a ton of time in billing for projects and tracking how much time each aspect of a project takes. I agree completely when you say it's the 'worlds best time tracking application.' It's worth every cent of the subscription costs. (more…)...

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