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October 25th, 2014 @ 7:17 am
Rise – The Sunrise / Sunset Calendar

I prefer to run first thing in the morning.* I like being up and at ‘em before the rest of the world and I know that if I wait until the end of the day I’ll find some excuse to be lazy instead. Right now I’m living in an area without adequate street lighting, and […]

September 26th, 2014 @ 6:07 am
Friday Five: Favorite iPhone Games

Words With Friends

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

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:

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 […]

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).

April 4th, 2012 @ 10:32 am
Just One More Game …

There’s a really good article in this week’s New York Times Magazine on the hyperaddictive, time-sucking, relationship-busting, mind-crushing power and allure of silly digital games. (hat tip to @sprokolopolis)

April 3rd, 2012 @ 11:38 pm
f.lux

I can’t say enough good things about f.lux. It’s a small and free little app that automatically changes the intensity of your laptop’s screen based on the time of day. If you frequently find yourself using the computer long after you should be asleep, you need this app.

March 20th, 2012 @ 9:26 pm
MacBook Air Fan Noise Issue

Have you noticed your MacBook Air fan has suddenly started running continuously, and loudly? You may need an SMC reset. See also: Intel-based Macs: Resetting the System Management Controller (SMC)

March 9th, 2012 @ 1:37 pm
Favs App

The new Mac app Favs looks pretty nifty (hat tip to Shawn Blanc), but I don’t see why I’d use it instead of Stellar.io. Stellar is free, handles all the services I use, and works beautifully on my iPhone 4S. I have an extra invite to Stellar available right now. Tweet me if you want […]

October 13th, 2011 @ 8:14 am
How to Convert a Concert DVD to iTunes

A few years ago my buddy Bob gave me the fantastic Peter Bogdanovich documentary Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream It’s pretty awesome and I highly recommend it, even if you’re not a die-hard Petty fan. The four hour documentary, which spans two DVDs, comes with a bonus CD and a bonus […]