Omnifocus Tutorial Videos

After trying countless to-do apps I have finally settled on the wonderful Omnifocus. Omnifocus is a bit more complex than most to-do apps out there so there is still things I’m learning about it even after using it for months.
 
Stumbled across a set of Omnifocus tutorial videos when I was browsing the Home Screens section over on MacSparky.com site. The videos seem a little less daunting than reading the offical Omnifocus manual, now I can spend more time GTD’in.

Easily Print the Xcode 4 Keyboard Shortcut Poster

Been wanting to find a way to print a readable copy of the Xcode 4 shortcut poster created bt the ever helpful @cocoasamurai. After a bit of searching I found PosteRazor, a Mac/Windows/Linux app capable of quickly choping up a large image so it can be printed on multiple pages. Converted the pdf of the poster to a png file, fed it to PosteRazor and I was ready to print, I’ll post a pic once I get it pieced together.

 

 

 

Apple Clones, Inspired By Intel

When I seen the picture in an article on anandtech.com about Intel making smaller desktops and all I could think is how long until they start a program to help pc companies make desktops like the Mac Mini? They should stop doing this piecemeal and just go for it, start a new program to help pc companies become exact Apple clones.

The new mini desktops need an asinine name as well. Since the laptops are called “Ultrabooksmaybe they will dub the mini desktopsMegatops” or “Supercubes“, inspired by Intel.

Declining Intrest in Draw Something

Was reading an article on Forbes about Zynga possibly regreting the OMGPOP! aquisition as the popularity of Draw Something has dropped off quite a bit since. The line that hit me funny was this, “In mid-March, “Draw Something” looked like an epochal product – a game that might have staying power and cross-over appeal beyond what any mobile app had yet delivered.”.

Though Draw Something was/is very popular I feel there is one thing keeping it from having “appeal beyond what any mobile app” has delivered before: it’s just 2 player Pictionary. Sure, they get rid of all the hassle of playing Pictionary, don’t need paper/pencil, don’t have to be at the same location, can be played at your leisure, but it is still just a game of Pictionary.

While I would love to think that the taint of Zynga was the driving force behind the declining interest, that’s not it, people just get tired of the playing the same board game after a period of time(ymmv).

Why I’m Staying With Dropbox

I’m going to stick with Dropbox for one reason: it’s platform neutral.

As of this moment, I can install Dropbox on nearly any operating system I can think of, all major mobile or desktop OSs(or is OS plural OSi? Maybe OSes), Dropbox has a client for it. They don’t have hardware or an OS to sell you, all they do is storage so it is in their intrest to be in as many places as possible. I’m also hoping for more scavenger hunts in the future.

 

Calling My Shot

Found a neat article today titled 366 or How I Tricked Myself Into Being Awesome and it has motivated me to stop being a lazy wuss and to “call my shot” by stating my goals publicly on the internet.

Question:
Since nobody reads this blog, won’t listing my goals here be about the same as a tree falling in the woods with nobody around to hear it?

No, that would assume I care more about what people think of me than what I think of me. Nobody can make me awesome but myself, time to get going.

Goals:
#1 Post new blog entry, everyday.
#2 Program, everyday.
#3 Attend WWDC in 2013.

No Pushing! Sparrow for iOS

I love Sparrow for Mac but I was a bit apprehensive about getting the iOS version as it has no push. Decided to setup a pros and cons list to see if I should give it a shot:

Cons

  1. No push or fetch options, the app must be open to grab mail.

Pros

  1. Mark all as read button- To me this is a killer feature. I’m don’t open every single email I receive and that adds up pretty quick, now I’m one button press from a clean slate.
  2. Great UI, much better looking than the native iPhone client.
  3. Easy to use swipe navigation is a joy to use.
  4. A bonus side effect of turning off the native email client’s fetch/push feature is that it saves battery life. Much like an RSS reader it now is only downloading new content when Sparrow is opened or refreshed.

After making the list I took the $2.99 plunge and grabbed Sparrow for iOS. Been very happy with it so far, it has even usurped the iPhone’s native email client’s position on my home screen dock. It being front and center on my dock should be enough of a reminder to check my email from time to time.

Two Phases

I have found that when I use my Apple TV there are two distinct phases of use.

Phase 1: Using the Apple TV to watch Movies/TV shows on Netflix or local videos via XBMC

Phase 2: Trying to find the remote to my Apple TV so I can watch another video

Thinking of adopting the system gas stations use to keep track of bathroom keys, by chaining it to a hub cap or piece of wood.

iA Writer and Byword for iOS

Recently downloaded both iA Writer and Byword for iOS after I decided to move my notes away from Evernote to plain text files on Dropbox.

Started with iA Writer and loved it, one annoyance though is that it always seems to default to iCloud even after linking it to Dropbox . It will reopen to whatever Dropbox note I was editing when the app was closed, but backing out of that note sends me to the iCloud folder, not the Dropbox folder. Just a minor bug that I’m sure will be dealt with at some point.

I then downloaded Byword and gave it a shot, been very happy so far as it does not suffer from the one major gripe I have with iA Writer. Verdict: both are clean and easy to use but I think I’ll stick with Byword, it has a few more options than the ultra-minimalist iA Writer, one being the ability to set a default folder.

Mega-Crisis Averted! Apple Makes Slight Adjustment to iBooks Author EULA

On Friday, Apple updated the EULA for its iBooks Author software to clarify that Apple, in fact, does not own the content of your book. What Apple does own is the rights to a cut of the profits if you decide to sell a book that is in Apple’s proprietary format and made on their free software. Authors still have the right to freely distribute a book made with iBooks Author as long as they don’t charge for the book.

I have been a bit dumb-struck by all the outrage on the internet about the original terms for the free iBooks Author software. To the people who are outraged, I have one question: How is the iBooks Author EULA any more evil than any other publishing house currently in existance? If you distribute your book through Penguin, Harper-Collins, or whoever, they own it. If you sign with one of these established publishing houses for a series of books, they can choose to stop publishing your books mid-series and block you, the author, from ever releasing that content to your fans.

So, I assume now that all the angry “writers” out there will be turning their pitchforks from Apple to all the other publishing houses who still engage in this unspeakable evil, right?