Technologist

Office tech is my primary offline business, but I'm interested in anything high tech.

Daylite and Keyboard Maestro

Daylite and Keyboard Maestro
Keyboard Maestro allows you trigger a sequence of actions with just a keystroke. Use these macros to make yourself more productive with Daylite.[1] Macros marked Global should be available in all applications, while those marked Daylite should be made available only in Daylite.

New Object

An Ad-free Twitter

Shawn Blanc, on Twitter providing an ad-free, paid tier:

But I am sure that option will never manifest. Because if Twitter offered an option to upgrade to an ad-free timeline it would hinder the sales of ads. The sheer virtue of the fact that a portion of Twitter’s user base was paying to not see ads would stand as proof that promoted tweets are not a part the ideal “Twitter experience”.

iOS Wallet Replacements

iOS Wallet Replacements
Some years ago I stopped wearing a watch, since my cell phone was (nearly) always with me for the purpose of telling time. With apps on my phone, I can also use it as an alarm clock, stop watch and timer.

Daylite 4 Not Ready for Market

Since the first of the year I’ve been managing my business in Daylite by Marketcircle. Even though I’ve owned the software for a number of years, I’ve found it much easier to continue using the home-grown solution I created using 4th Dimension. Unfortunately I’ve also found that I don’t have the time to program that solution with the new features I want or need—like mobile access to my business data.

Crash Plan

I nearly freaked out today when—among the plethora of icons already in my menu bar—a new menu extra appeared. After all, I hadn't restarted my machine and (I thought) I hadn't installed any new software.

Fortunately, the icon was familiar and—after checking to be sure—I found that CrashPlan had updated itself overnight and a new feature was this menu item for controlling and monitoring backups.

The Unclickable Flash Settings Dialog

Much as I despise Flash for its crushing memory requirements and its tendency to crash any system I have, I do need to have Flash Player installed to view videos at various times. Usually that’s not a problem, since I also use ClickToPlugin to manage when and if Flash is loaded.

Link Checkers

While preparing a quote for a client to convert their static web site to Drupal, I wanted to make sure that I knew how many pages the site spanned. Normally that's an easy task, but their previous webmaster did little in the way of organization, leaving dozens of old files littering the hosting account.

Backordering Domains

I was going through some old email messages yesterday when I came across a conversation from two-and-a-half years ago:

Me: "Is [domain] for sale? I have a client who may be interested in purchasing the domain at the right price."

(I was attempting to purchase the domain for my own use.)

Other person: "Not really. Had some ideas to develop the domain. I am always willing to consider a good offer though."

Me: "Thanks, ____. My client has authorized me to offer $300. Let me know."

Transferring Domains

Domain Name Registration

I'm finally getting around to transferring domains away from my long-time registrar, Dotster. I'm not exactly sure when I started using them to register my domains (April 2000?), but I believe they were my second-ever registrar, after Network Solutions.

They Were There

Fascinating look at IBM's contribution to our world:

IBM Centennial Film: They Were There - People who changed the way the world works