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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 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. […]

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)

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 […]

March 27th, 2009 @ 7:25 am
How to Magnify PDFs in Mac OS X

One of the cool features in Mac OS X is the ability to “quick view” a file without actually opening it. If you have an item selected (highlighted) in a Finder window or on your desktop — or even a file embedded in an email message — just hit the spacebar and you’ll get a […]

February 25th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
WordPress Wednesday: How to Display the Age of Your Site

If you scroll to the bottom of this page, you’ll see that in my footer I display how long I’ve been publishing this site. It’s pretty simple to do this; all you really need is the DateDiff plugin and PHP’s default date() function.

February 11th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
WordPress Wednesday: Ping Services

Every time you post an entry, you want the world to know. If you tell it to do so, the WordPress engine will notify several site update services with a ping to let them know that there’s something new on your site. On the “Settings” panel, at the bottom of the “Write” tab, there is […]

February 4th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
WordPress Wednesday: Scheduled Posts

There are dozens of awesome features in the WordPress CMS, but one of my favorites is the ability to schedule a post for future publication. You can write a birthday wish to someone months in advance so you don’t have to worry about forgetting. You can plan to have an anniversary note appear on your […]

January 28th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
WordPress Wednesday: LaunchPad

LaunchPad is a killer WordPress “domain parking” theme. It’s the perfect way to let visitors know that something cool is “coming soon” when you’ve registered a domain name but haven’t yet had a chance to actually build anything. This high-impact, minimalist layout (example) comes pre-configured with two RSS subscription options — via email or feed […]

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 […]

January 18th, 2009 @ 5:42 pm
How to Subscribe to RSS Feeds in Mac OS X

At one point I was doing my best to try to read over 100 different blogs each day. It was, in addition to unbelievably time-consuming, very frustrating when I’d see that some large percentage hadn’t been updated since the last time I’d checked. Enter RSS. RSS stands for “real simple syndication”. What does that mean? […]

January 7th, 2009 @ 12:51 pm
iTunes Arrow Hack

I just found a super cool iTunes trick at the Unofficial Apple Weblog: If you hold the option key while you click on the little arrows next to artists and albums, it will take you to your library’s collection for that item instead of to the iTunes store.

October 1st, 2008 @ 5:09 pm
Parsing PHP in CSS

Pro-Tip: Tell your website to treat CSS files as if they’re PHP files to make life easier. There are only two simple things you need to do to enable this!

August 26th, 2008 @ 12:28 am
Build Better Smart Playlists

There is a secret to creating killer Smart Playlists in iTunes. You have to know what not to play. The best way to do that is with an “ignore list”. And I’m going to show you how to make one. For several years now iTunes has given you the ability to use playlists themselves as […]

August 25th, 2008 @ 11:54 am
Personal Library Hack

Here’s a little trick to help you keep your books from getting lost forever. If you’re like me, you get a ton of snail-mail spam, what we used to call “junk mail”. Lots and lots of companies — especially those concerned with getting your money to save the whales, the environment, the lives of endangered […]

August 22nd, 2008 @ 5:24 pm
Screen Capture on a Mac

Jim just showed me a bitchin’ cool Mac trick: If you press Shift, the Apple (“command”) key, and the 4 key at the same time, it will change your mouse cursor into a targeting device. Then hit the space bar and your cursor will turn into a camera icon. Use the mouse to move the […]

July 30th, 2008 @ 10:58 am
Planet Unicorn MP3

Lifehacker posted an article today about VidToMP3.com, a site which will convert any online video to mp3 format for you for free. How cool is that? Now there’s finally a way to get the soundtracks to Planet Unicorn and Show Me Your Genitals on your iPod. Radical.

December 13th, 2006 @ 9:45 pm
Photoshop Tutorial – Polaroid Images

A few weeks ago I saw an image on Chris Pearson’s Pearsonified that I just loved. He had taken a photo of something — I can’t remember what it was — and made it look like an old-fashioned Polaroid. “What a great idea!” I thought. Surely I can figure out how to do that in […]

June 30th, 2004 @ 12:34 am
iPod and New Computer

If you’re sitting there with a new computer and scratching your head trying to figure out how to get all your music from your iPod and iTunes library on your old computer, scratch no longer! This is how you do it. Another alternative is the Lifehacker article Copy Music from Your iPhone or iPod to […]

April 14th, 2003 @ 5:53 am
Banana Care

File this under “Things I Can’t Remember How I Learned but Have Often Been Handy to Know”: Bananas like the weather At the tropical equator So never ever put one In the refrigerator.