I use all the tools that Panic Software produces and each and every one is well work the money. Even more so now they have a 3 day 50% sale on get over to www.panic.com now for the following
CandyBar – Ultimate Mac Icon manaagement application.
Transit – The defacto Mac FTP application.
Coda – One window web development (this is a MUST if you do web work)
Unison – News reading and posting software.
I use them all, love them all and recommend them all.
Tweak OS-X a little using some simple command line instructions.
- Transparent dock icons for running applications
- Tame the help window
- Change the dock between 2D & 3D
- Turn off dashboard and stop that annoying Time Machine drive dialog box every time you connect.
Find them here.
The Things application by Cultured Code for the Mac and iPhone/iPod Touch has reached 1.0RC (release candidate) status. Personally I’m more than happy with my OmniFocus set-up but I would recommend it to anyone interested in GTD software for the Mac or on the move to try it out.
Find more information and download here.
Finally a solution has appeared that so far has worked well for me and at least one other, I point you to this comment on one of my posts by Eric detailing the way to solve the problem that Epson could not be bothered to help us with.
Huge thanks to Eric for posting the solution!
I still will not buy an Epson next time after the way they handled this problem for me and many others. Epson, get ya act together or loose market share, you’re choice.
Here is a tip for something that took me a while to figure out and then feel real stupid about. If you use Dreamweaver on a Mac and the application says there is a server error and you cannot remove a folder from the server…
Check for hidden .DS_Store files on the server, remove them and everything will be fine after that. Stupid, simple, and yet very annoying. I had to use my Media Temple control panel to clear the files out.
You might also want to set a rule to hide those file types in the site configuration so it doesn’t happen again.
I have come across an application called MarcoPolo for OS-X (thanks to Mac Geek Gab podcast) that allows your machine to reconfigure various settings based on certain context rules you set up. This gets me a step closer to my dream of context computing that I wrote about in this post.
You can create actions that are triggered based on the rules below
* Current Audio Output device (headphones/internal speakers)
* Discoverable Bluetooth devices
* Advertised Bonjour (Zeroconf) services
* Attached FireWire devices
* Assigned IP addresses
* Ambient Light level
* Attached Monitors
* Active Network Links
* Power source (power adapter/battery)
* Running Applications
* Current Time Of Day
* Attached USB devices
* Visible WiFi networks
And work with the following to create the setup you want.
* Setting your default printer
* Changing your desktop background
* Enable or disable particular firewall rules
* Setting iChat status message
* Setting the default IMAP or SMTP server for Mail.app
* Mounting network shares (smb://, afp://, etc.)
* Muting or Unmuting system audio
* Changing OS X network location
* Opening a file (an application, a document, etc.)
* Quit an application
* Enabling or disabling screen saver password
* Start/stop screen saver
* Changing screen saver idle timeout
* Running a shell script (or any other kind of script, via Platypus)
* Turning on or off Bluetooth
* Turning on or off WiFi (AirPort)
* Establish or disconnect VPN
I will be playing with this application and see how it works out for me.
I ordered a couple of days ago the following for my MacBook Pro from RadTech.
A Sleevz cover.
A set of Pawz feet to add some breathing space below the laptop.
And they arrived today, firstly the speed of delivery was super fast. The quality is superb, the sleeve fits tightly over the laptop giving it protection and the feet raise the machine enough to give room without making the machine appear to high on a surface to be comfortable.
What also impressed me was the sleeve was inside a tube to give it protection during the postal system and keeping it clean and free from creases and wrinkles.
I cannot recommend the company strong enough, I am super impressed with them after using them for the first time. If you need the products they offer do not hesitate, they can be relied on to provide service and quality at a great price.
The only two things I found interesting in today’s Apple announcements were the fact that the laptops now have glass over the screens and the new 24 inch display. I still say the new laptop designs look very Dell and not in keeping with the look that everyone expects from a MacBook Pro. In fact at a glance you would be hard pushed to tell the difference between the MacBook and the Pro line…some fan boys will cry at that . I think the new designs are actually a step backwards by Apple with the excuse of saying the new build method means it’s a big step forward.
The dual GPU chips are an interesting way to deliver power and at the sametime retain decent battery longevity.
Glass covered screens
I actually think this is great, ever since I got the first look at my wife’s NEC LCD display that has glass over the front I’ve wanted one. If for no other reason because it’s super easy to clean and extremely hard to damage.
24 inch Display
The most interesting thing about the display announcement is the fact it now allows you to power your laptop from it, this is a big deal for any of us that have more things to plug in the wall than we do sockets. It also means that using the new cable you essentially have a dock without a dock. I am one of those people that hates to see cables, I may finally consider replacing my Samsung SyncMaster 213T display with one of these, currently I use it with my 20 inch iMac as a dual display, but my MacBook Pro has been wanting an external display for a long time, and the price point is exactly right.