Technology Archives

  1. iPad, Kindle Fire as Standalone Device

    While the iPad *can* live as a stand-alone machine with iCloud, I still plug mine in every so often to load up photos, etc. As a contrast, the Kindle Fire didn’t even come with a connection cable (just a charger). I guess Amazon is backing up/hosting media in the cloud for me, no idea about…

  2. Open in PathFinder from the Terminal

    If you’re a PathFinder user, this small bash function may be useful to you: pf () { open -a “Path Finder.app” $1; } It’s the equivalent to the open command that will open a Finder window to the current location in the terminal, but this will open that location in PathFinder instead. Enjoy.

  3. iMessages + FaceTime vs. iChat

    Apple’s culture is one of making choices before products get to consumers. You get X or Y, not a choice between X and Y. That’s what makes the existence of iChat (text and video chat) at the same time as iMessages (text chat) and FaceTime (video chat) so… odd. When Apple launched iChat, it was…

  4. iMessages on the Desktop

    One of the things I love about Google Voice is the way I can receive and send text messages from my phone, iPad and laptop. To borrow from “the best camera is the one that’s with you”, the best device for messaging is the one you’re currently using. It’s blindingly obvious that this sort of…

  5. How to Use a ShaggyMac Properly

    Step 1

    I’ve been using ShaggyMac screen protectors on my laptops for about 5 years now, and I’m a fan. The “keyboard marks” you see on your laptop screen are not scratches, they are the oils from your hands transferred to the keys, then transferred to the screen. The ShaggyMac prevents this, keeping your screen in nice,…

  6. How to Reset Sync Data after Migrating to iCloud

    After migrating from MobileMe to iCloud, I ran into a nasty situation where iSync/MobileMe sync thought I had data conflicts but I couldn’t resolve them. The way the Conflict Resolver dialog appears and acts is a nightmare. When it appears, it hangs for a good 30 seconds, spiking the CPU and not allowing itself to…

  7. iPhone Tethering on Verizon is now a Plan Change

    One of the things I’ve liked about Verizon with my Droid and iPhone is the ability to flip on the HotSpot feature via the My Verizon app. I click on Plan Features and turn it on/off. Easy. Last month I made some account changes and added some family members to my plan. I discovered that…

  8. Subscribing to a Feed in Google Reader

    For some reason Google Reader / Reeder can be pretty difficult to subscribe to feeds with. You click the “Add a Subscription” button, enter in the feed URL, and it kicks back a “feed not found” error. Hello, I didn’t want to search, I gave you the URL of the stupid feed. It seems that…

  9. OAuth Needs Partial Authorization

    Partial OAuth

    I’m not conceptually opposed to OAuth, or for a site using another site’s identity system for their authentication. The problem is these sites ask for too much access. I am happy to log in and let them leverage my current networks to try to connect me with folks in the new service, but I want…

  10. Wanted: Multiple Incognito Sessions

    Steve laments the lack of easy “Incognito” windows in Firefox. I tried Safari as my primary browser for a few weeks when I upgraded to Lion and I really missed this as well. Once it becomes part of your workflow, it’s really hard to go back. I actually want it to go a step further.…

  11. Recondition Your iPhone Battery

    After returning from a week in London where I had no cell coverage but was constantly charging my iPhone 4 (just to be safe), I noticed that my daily iPhone usage was dropping my battery down to the 50-60% mark instead of the 65-75% mark where is had typically been. Last weekend I let the…

  12. Keyboard Command to Sleep in Lion

    If you used to choose the Sleep option with TAB key after hitting the POWER button on your Mac, Lion may have your muscle memory befuddled. Never fear, there is a better way: just hit the “s” key after the POWER button, and that Sleep button will get selected without the TAB key two-step. Additional…