Best of both worlds: Alfred and Spotlight

I wrote a while ago about ditching spotlight in favor of Alfred. However, when listening the other day to Brett Terpstra’s new podcast (Systematic) he mentioned he used both spotlight and Launchbar (which is pretty similar to Alfred) in sort of different ways.

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Envisioning the future your child will live in

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photo by flickingerbrad

The title of this entry is anything but simple. Trying to teach your child skills that will be useful, not necessarily today, but in the world he’ll have to live in the future sounds great. However, this is probably the holy grail of education plans and curricula, and is for certain no easy feat. Continue reading

The Mac App Store’s future of irrelevance – Marco.org

Marco Arment on the future of the Mac App store:

The Mac App Store is in significant danger of becoming an irrelevant, low-traffic flea market where buyers rarely venture for serious purchases. And I bet that’s not what Apple had in mind at all.

via The Mac App Store’s future of irrelevance – Marco.org.

I personally never have had much confidence on the Mac App store. When an app was available both in and out of the Mac App Store, I’ve always bought it directly from the developer’s site.

On motivation, procrastination and project logs

In this digital era we live in it’s quite easy to get distracted with the incredible amount of things we have at our disposal. And the worse part is that a whole day can go by, while you’re thinking that you’re doing some work (like writing emails[1]), and yet you end up feeling like having done no progress at all on your projects. At this point I might be starting to sound a bit like all the GTD (Getting Things Done) evangelists out there, if you keep reading you might see that I am not, and neither am I interested in writing about GTD nor the ever-increasing number of apps related to it. Continue reading

Safely quit apps

Today I felt like procrastinating, so I wrote this script for safely quitting apps. The reason for writing this script is the fact that Dropbox (or the other cloud solution I also use SurgarSync) is currently not supporting a merging functionality. If you have the application open in two devices at the same time this could lead to data inconsistency while switching.

In my particular case this translates to the fact that I sometimes forget to close several apps in my Mac at work, so when I get home on occasion I’d like to continue to work or access some files. In the past I’ve had issues with this, and I’d loose some data. For instance, once I was working on a latex document I wrote some new lines and when I went to my other computer, assuming the new lines had been incorporated I found that some were but others weren’t. The worse part was that I tried to restore previous versions of the file via Dropbox but the new lines were nowhere to be found. Continue reading

The iPad as a handheld camera

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I was recently in Rome for holidays and I couldn’t help but noticing how in every place we went there were people using the iPad as a handheld camera. I know the new iPad has quite a good camera, but really, is it just me or does anyone else think some (or most?) people are prone to careless behavior while traveling and sightseeing. It’s really no wonder why tourists get robbed so easily in many places.

My camera (an Olympus pen) cost me probably as much as an iPad does, and I try to be very careful with it, especially when traveling. I’ll always put the neck strap around my neck when using it near a balcony or a similar place. However, seeing a guy take an iPad with his bear hands in a gallery of the colosseum packed up with tourists, with no means to safely grab it is something else entirely, and it gives me the shivers. If it were only for that, but he also has to manipulate the iPad with one hand, while it rests on the other, in order to take the picture. This is just my impression, but I feel that they’ll be plenty of people using the new Apple Care+ for iPad for being so obsessed with their gadget, resulting in the tremendous incautious attitude. A final thought, I really don’t think the iPad is really that comfortable to carry around as a regular camera. Well have to wait and see if this is a new trend.