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February 28th, 2014 @ 5:09 am
Friday Five: Web Development Resources
  1. validator.w3.org – the W3C markup validation service
  2. jshint.com – a tool to detect errors and potential problems in JavaScript
  3. fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome – the iconic font designed for Bootstrap
  4. stackoverflow.com – the best place to get technology questions answered
  5. scriptsrc.net – the quickest and easiest way to make sure your project always has the latest scripts included

450, 32, 1, 0: Four Numbers That Explain Why Facebook Acquired WhatsApp for $16,000,000,000.00

Mac Pro-tip: Pressing and + will make the font larger in just about every program you use. (And and - will decrease the font size.)

It’s a silly little tip that almost everyone knows. But if you don’t know it, it’s a godsend. (It’s a little depressing to admit that your eyes are getting older, but …)

January 2nd, 2014 @ 7:17 am
Dealing with My iPhoto Library

I have about 40,000 photos, which makes iPhoto impossible to use. I don’t mean, “It’s difficult for me to use.” I mean, “I can’t use it at all.” It crashes on me constantly; And on the rare occasions I am able to even open the application, its performance is too unbearably slow and unresponsive to […]

December 31st, 2013 @ 7:26 am
iTunes Tuesday: My Beatles Smart Playlist

If you include solo albums by John, Paul, and George, and things like Wings and the Plastic Ono Band, I’ve got over five hundred tracks in my iTunes library that I consider the work of The Beatles. I love The White Album indescribably, but even I don’t want to hear Rocky Raccoon ten times in […]

December 24th, 2013 @ 7:06 am
iTunes Tuesday: Building a Smart Christmas Playlist

The only really annoying thing about the holidays is that most radio stations play the same ten or so songs over and over and over again. No matter how much you love the song, nobody wants to hear Baby, It’s Cold Outside five times in the same day. You’ve got plenty of Christmas music in […]

December 17th, 2013 @ 6:18 am
iTunes Tuesday: Giant Files

If your hard drive is low on space, a good place to look for things to jettison is your iTunes library. Lots of music files are large because the songs they contain are very long — Alice’s Restaurant Massacree clocks in at over eighteen minutes! — or because they’re encoded using AAC or the Apple […]

December 10th, 2013 @ 8:21 am
iTunes Tuesday: Listen to This

Depending upon the size of your iTunes library and how you have your playlists configured, you could have a bunch of awesome songs that you are either hearing over and over and over again, or that you’ve not heard in ages. Those are both terrible situations, of course. You want to have a happy medium. […]

Evidence Based Scheduling

How to Work with Software Engineers

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Pneumatic Tubes Give The Tooth Fairy A Boost

September 13th, 2013 @ 6:12 am
Friday Five: Awesome iPhone Apps

TweetbotThese are the iPhone apps which I use most frequently:

* I’m excluding games and Facebook.

July 26th, 2013 @ 6:56 am
Friday Five: Desktop Apps

MacBook AirHere are the five apps I use most frequently on my MacBook Air:

May 10th, 2013 @ 7:16 am
Friday Five: Indispensable Technology

MacBook AirFive things I would feel compelled to replace immediately if they stopped working:

  • iPhone (Apple)
  • electric toothbrush (Braun)
  • bedroom DVR (DirecTV)
  • MacBook Air (Apple)
  • bedroom television (LG)
January 13th, 2013 @ 6:08 am
MacBook Air Wake-Up Fix

The MacBook Air is the best laptop ever made. There’s really no arguing this point. But when I upgraded from Lion to Mountain Lion, suddenly it started to take for-freaking-ever to wake up when it went to sleep. Before the upgrade I could reliably open the machine and immediately type my password to start working. […]

January 12th, 2013 @ 5:44 am
Official White House Response

One of the (many) cool things Obama has done since he became POTUS is allow anyone to submit a petition to the White House. If you manage to get 25,000 people to sign your petition, you are guaranteed a formal response from the Obama Administration. There are petitions from nutjobs in Texas who want to […]

August 29th, 2012 @ 10:33 am
My Contacts

For over a year now I’ve had a problem with my contacts on my iPhone. It’s a very strange bug. I get a phone call and if I save the contact to my address book, it appears in my phone correctly under the “recent calls” list, but not in the Contacts app. And it never […]

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April 19th, 2012 @ 8:50 am
iTunes + Twitter

It seems to me that it would be a no-brainer for Apple to update iTunes so that I could easily post a song to my Twitter account. The app could automatically insert a link to purchase the track in the iTunes store (or not, if it’s a song that doesn’t exist there).