Is it time to deprecate phone numbers?

rotary_phoneWhy do we still use phone numbers?  I mean, we barely do anymore anyway, right?  It’s more a process of remembering someone’s last name at this point, than it is of recalling all 7 or 10 digits (and […]

Mac tip: UN-minimize a window from the App Switcher

Yet another new one to me!  And such a useful little nugget too…  If you already have command-tab hardwired into your muscle memory then you may just love this tip for pulling minimized windows out of the Dock.  Directly from the Application Switcher (cmd + tab heads-up display).  Using only the keyboard.

Snippets make TextExpander amazing

TE_logoIf you re not familiar with TextExpander, it’s a utility which runs in the background on your computer all the time and does nothing, until you type out a predefined string of characters.  It then leaps into action, replacing those characters with a preset block of […]

Why not do something useful with caps lock?

typewriterI mean really.  We already suffer through the agony of QWERTY on a daily basis, and everyone knows that QWERTY was developed specifically for typewriters, so that the hammers wouldn’t jam so often.  Right?  Hammer-jam is […]

iPhone: New iTunes Store Rating Feature?

IMG_0523Funny thing happened to me today while i was deleting an iPhone app.  I held down on the icon till they all started jiggling like ripe cherries then tapped the X to remove.  Then i see this…..

Never noticed […]

Delete Search Recommendations

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So y’know how everything you type in a search field gets stored and suggested back to you for ever and ever?  […]

iTunes Tip: those arrows

iTunes_arrows_ACKThose arrows, those pesky arrows. You know the ones that appear next to every track in your library and the iTunes store?  And only serve the purpose of directing you to purchase things.  When they first appeared in iTunes you were left with the option to […]

The Bar Code Turns 35 Today

upc_barcodeAn historic event?  And now 35 years later the bar code is being reinvented as the DataBar, or GS1.  For the better?  The new DataBar standard seems rather half-assed to me.  If we are going to require the […]

Mac OS X Basic Training Session coming up – 6/29

beachballUse a Mac for work or play? Want to learn how to use it better?

Who:

New / Beginner Mac users
Recent “switchers” (just gave up your WIndows PC for a Mac)
Long time Apple users looking to pick up […]

UPDATE: Mac users take note: Disable Java in your browsers

If you were sufficiently spooked by the earlier post on OS Xs 18-wheeler-sized security hole then  you can unchlench your cheeks now and go download the latest Java for Mac OS X 10.5 (or 10.4) update 4 through Software Update (easily accessed through the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen).

By: joel brock | Category: tech | Comments are closed

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