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August 25th, 2015 @ 6:58 pm
Lost Your iTunes Music? You Can Get It Back.

I have heard countless tales of woe from hither and yon regarding lost songs and playlists after “upgrading” to the latest version of iTunes and / or activating the awful Apple Music service. I’ve read people crying on Facebook and complaining on Twitter and have received my fair share of frantic emails from family members […]

November 12th, 2014 @ 8:26 am
Two Months with an iPhone 6

In which I detail all the problems I’ve had with the iPhone 6

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 […]

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:

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 3rd, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

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 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 […]

April 7th, 2010 @ 11:26 am
Opening New Firefox Tabs

If you’ve upgraded your copy of Firefox recently you might have noticed that suddenly new tabs open right next to the page you’re viewing. In previous versions of Firefox new tabs opened at the end of the list. My good buddy Damien found a way to make Firefox behave the way it did before the […]

January 11th, 2010 @ 8:00 am
Dangerous Mistakes

I was blessed — or cursed, I suppose, depending on your point of view — to have my first “real” programming job in the medical field. I wrote software which managed the processing of human tissue (knees, fascia lata, femurs, etc.) for implantation into human patients. I was very young and very stupid at the […]

August 7th, 2009 @ 11:25 am
The Google Segway

Remember the Segway? It was supposed to revolutionize human transportation. Remember the hype? It was everywhere. It was amazing. And now years later it’s nowhere. The day we all finally got to see a Segway I felt just about exactly the same way I felt when I finally got to see Google Wave: It’s nifty, […]

August 4th, 2009 @ 5:50 am
iTunes Tuesday: Simple Tutorials

If you’re just getting started with iTunes, the hands-down best place to learn how it all works is the Apple website. The “Find Out How” section offers dozens of video and text tutorials which will get you up and running quickly. You can learn how to import music from your CD collection, edit your music […]

July 28th, 2009 @ 4:37 am
iTunes Tuesday: iPhone Music Streaming

No matter how hard you try to keep your music library organized, compressed, and free of ABBA, eventually you’re going to have more tunes than you can fit on your iPhone (or iPod, or any other mp3 device). The most recent iPod Classic has a capacity of 120GB, which can certainly hold a lot of […]

February 13th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
Friday Five: Mac Software

The software programs I use most frequently on my Apple MacBook Pro:

  1. Firefox
  2. Adium
  3. Photoshop
  4. Coda
  5. iTunes
January 27th, 2009 @ 9:54 am
What Have You Tried?

Over at mattgemmell.com I just found an excellent article about software development and a must-read for any programmer, at any level: If you’re a developer and you’re about to ask another developer a technical question (on a forum, via email, on a chat channel, or in person), you’d better be ready to answer the question […]