I’ve been doing far too much “punditry” the past few weeks here. So I wanted to give a few tips. To start let me give a great way to keep infrequently used shell scripts. If you are like me you have some shell commands you run only occasionally. For instance when I am trying to [...]
I was pretty negative about the iPad the other day. I’ve been thinking about it more and I do think it would make an ideal second computer for some people. For instance my wife rarely does anything that demands more than what the iPad offers, and she’d love the form factor. I think thought that [...]
Web apps vs. desktop apps. I fully agree. Native apps are always better. and considerably better if they are scriptable. I really like Salesforce.com but part of me keeps wishing they had a desktop client. I think one difference is with the typical Windows app there isn’t much UI innovation so there isn’t a huge [...]
OK, I know everyone will be talking about the iPad. But most people I know are amazingly underwhelmed. This was like the lower baseline all rumors had in common. It’s basically just the iPhone: larger. First, I was very disappointed that the iPhone wasn’t mentioned at all. Although that may just mean iPhone 4.0 isn’t [...]
How to forward your voicemail to Google Voice.
PDF to Word converter. Works reasonably well surprisingly. It’s an online service. Useful for those times someone wants the data in something other than PDF (for say editing) I wish Pages and Word had this built in.
Tethering app for non-jailbroken iPhones. Unfortunately you need a developer’s account. I use Addition’s iPhone Modem under jailbreak myself. Unlike most of the other tethering apps, this one is free. (I’m skeptical about paying for jailbreak apps given you never know if they’ll continue to work after an OS update)
For reasons I won’t go into I had to get some data imported into a popular Window app. Sadly the app doesn’t have good import abilities. Were I a com hacker I might have been able to do something on Windows. However I’m primarily a Mac guy and all my data was in an Excel [...]
Wither the dongleware? There are a few pieces of hardware for the iPhone. The credit card readers at CES were in particularly interesting. But there’s far, far fewer than I expected. (Where’s the game pad, for instance?)
Often you get a spreadsheet with some data that needs heavily filtered. You could try Applescript but let’s be honest. For text processing Python is so much easier. So here’s a Python script I use a lot with Excel. It’s pretty flexible following my scripting rules. It’s designed to be more a template that I [...]
I just started using Salesforce for CRM. I’ll probably have some posts on automating stuff with SalesForce over the next few weeks.. One thing I already found is an open source Mac sync that looks quite useful. It syncs contacts, events and tasks from Address Book and iCal to Salesforce. What I’m not sure about [...]
There’s some buzz about Apple replacing Google with Bing in the default search for Safari. I’m pretty skeptical about this. But it seemed like a good time to give my thoughts on Bing. I tried switching to Bing full time several times. For casual stuff from popular sites I think it is quite superior to [...]
Win 7 Boot Camp drivers are finally out from Apple.
Exploring the SimpleNote API with Python.keep looking »