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5 surprising facts about my OS Lion install

5 surprising facts about my OS Lion install

Last night I finally installed OS X Lion. What makes this surprising: I waited three whole weeks from the time of release! A new record of personal restraint in holding off from the pain and suffering of early adoption. The tipping point for me to finally make time...
Diary of a yak shave: Or, How to get an Excel file into Scrivener

Diary of a yak shave: Or, How to get an Excel file into Scrivener

I need to write a draft document that borrows from my previous blog posts. A sane (non-techie) person might just write the freaking document, already. But that is not the Geek Way. So I’m now in the middle of an epic yak shave: Installed a WordPress plugin that...

Mac users, meet your menu bar

Can you recognize the signs of SMBB?┬áSelective Menu Bar Blindness affects millions of Mac users, but has yet to be widely recognized as a chronic and debilitating condition. Patient X — let’s call her “Shmalexandra” — was treated for a...
Using Syncplicity and Dropbox to put Google Docs on your desktop

Using Syncplicity and Dropbox to put Google Docs on your desktop

One of the biggest contributors to e-mail clutter are those messages you hang onto not because you need to read them (again) but because they are acting as de facto task reminders. Indeed, many of these implicit tasks don’t need to hit your inbox in the first...
9 essential tools for getting tasks out of your inbox

9 essential tools for getting tasks out of your inbox

If you want to try out my system for moving Google Docs notifications or other “task” e-mails out of your inbox and into a better context — perhaps your task management system — you may want to start by downloading or signing up for some or all...
Ingredients for a Mac home media center (or two)

Ingredients for a Mac home media center (or two)

As part of my 2010 Home Media Center Overhaul and Documentation Festival, I’ll begin by summarizing the current components of our all-you-can-watch emporium. I’m actually documenting two media centers here: the main living room setup, and then a similar...
Should you buy an iPad?

Should you buy an iPad?

Last weekend we made the great pilgrimage across the border so that we could get iPads on the day of their release. The iPad won’t be available in Canada until the end of the month, and it seemed unfathomable to wait 20 days for a product that actually describes...
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