You don’t need a keyboard for an iPad, but if you decide that you want one, the AmazonBasics Bluetooh Keyboard is light, thin and easy to slip into a bag. The power switch keeps if from activating in your bag, but most importantly, it feels good while typing. All of that for about half of what you’d pay for Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard.
Interestingly, Annette said she didn’t miss having a notebook at all (the kind that needs a battery and a startup jingle, not the kind bound with a useless slinky). She can’t wait to get to college and, while she hasn’t settled on a major, she doesn’t see a notebook in her future. “If I end up needing to do a ton more typing in college than I do now,” Annette said, “I might get a wireless keyboard.”
So, the Internet is shaking with the power of ten thousand wagging fingers over Go Daddy’s support of SOPA, the evil legislation that threatens everything we know and hold dear about the ‘verse. It is even so evil that it threatens the things we don’t care about too.
I have never used Ho Daddy (mis-type intended and a bit more honest judging from their commercials). They always came off as unsavory to my discerning tastes. There is an ocean of good hosting and domain registration out there that does not smell nearly as fishy.
As for me, I have been using Dreamhost for what seems like forever. Good hosting, great support, and they have a sense of humor. They are great for the .coms, .nets, and .orgs. Then there is IWantMyName for the fancy stuff. You know, the .me, .in, .wtf. They have a nice clean easy to use interface and can register just about anything that is registrable. I have also heard great things about Hover though I’ve not used them myself.
The point being, if you have a domain parked or hosted with So Daddy please know that they likely don’t care about the Internet you care about and therefore you should consider taking your Internet business elsewhere.
The Mac is not lacking in word processing apps, and many aim to serve a specific niche. Nonetheless, we feel Mac OS X’s TextEdit is your best option thanks to its focused and helpful feature set, good document format support, and free price tag.
Held in cities around the country, MacTech Boot Camp is a one day event for those that support the home user, and small business market. MacTech Boot Camp is a single-track, hotel based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of consultants and techs wanting to serve their base better.
I’m also very proud to announce that I will be one of the session co-chairs for the Minneapolis, MN MacTech Boot Camp. Not sure what this all means yet but I think it means I’m in charge of bringing the awesome and buying the beer.
In all seriousness, my post on becoming a Mac Consultant remains one of my most trafficked posts of all time. If you have even a passing interest in Macintosh Consulting and Support of the sort my company offers for individuals and small businesses, this is a must attend event.
I mention work because that’s were we get to apply this stuff. In fact, that’s the whole reason to meditate (for me, at least): to extend those moments of focus to real life. When you’re at your desk and emails come pouring in or the phone rings off the hook 1, remember the mountain. “Oh, there’s the phone. Oh, there’s email.” In and of themselves, they’re not bad. Or good. They’re just a phone and email.
I love the days when all of my friends post stuff well worthy of linking to here. So, so, good.
I get a minimum of a half-dozen emails each day about new products and applications. I do cover the ones that fit as my time allows but, sometimes, I get way behind. This is one of those times. So, in an attempt to clear these off of my list and, thus, clear a bit of my conscious, I am sharing a quick list of these here with you:
Favomatic – It’s an iPad app that helps to remind you to check in on websites you like to visit but often forget to.
Simple Status for iOS– Update your status. Simply. Simple Status is really straight forward way to update your Twitter or Facebook status, or send a quick email without having to interact with those things directly.
Blends – A simple word browser/dictionary for iPad and iPhone. It’s very nicely designed. One of the things I like is the fact that all the data is within the app itself so it can be used when offline.
Quad Lock Case – The Quad Lock Case is a case based mounting systems so with the one protective case you can securely mount your iPhone in your car, bike, boat, kitchen and office wall with just a simple twist. The Quad Lock will also hold your iPhone in both portrait and landscape position. Currently seeking Kickstarter funding.
Now is the time of year where things can get pretty hectic — and likely already are. Today’s offering in Lifehack’s 12 Days of Giveaways is on that can serve to slow you down when you’re going to need it the most. It’s a great book by Patrick Rhone (Minimal Mac, the Enough podcast) called Keeping It Straight: You, Me & Everything Else, and it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
Really kind words from Mr. Vardy. Much appreciated. Plus, this is your heads up to go over and try to win yourself a copy. There are three up for grabs. All different versions (eBook, Paperback, and Signed Hardcover).
Today’s episode of the Enough Podcast is perhaps one of my favorites yet.
In this episode, Myke and I discuss the fact that, when it comes to any of this stuff about simplicity, minimalism, and “enough”, I struggle with it just like anyone else does. I never, ever, want people to perceive me as some kind of expert. I feel I’m quite the opposite actually. The only difference might be is that I am constantly asking questions and seeking answers. I only hope articulating my search for balance helps others with their search as well.
So as I was listening to Patrick Rhone’s review of the Levenger Punch and I came across an idea. This idea was sparked by his tip to use the punch to create books of your children’s art and give it to them when they are older. Why limit this to just the art they create on paper?… You should create a folder or even an entire account to your children’s artwork. Like Patrick said, subdividing by year or child, and then hold on to that artwork for years to come. Back it up as rigorously (if not more rigorously) as you do your work files, making sure the files are in a universal format like JPEG not some application specific file. Then when they are older create a wonderful physical photo book of there iPad art printed out on some heavy glossy paper to show them how much you really love them.
I think this is a great idea and in line with some other thoughts I have been having lately around this subject as of late. Thanks for this suggestion, Tyler. I’ll be instituting a directory in Dropbox for Beatrix’s artwork post haste.
I’d like to thank Dark Heartfelt for sponsoring this week’s Minimal Mac RSS Feed with their excellent writing software, Grandview. If you care about focusing on the beauty and power of words, and care deeply about each one, then this is the app for you.
The more I take a look at them, the more I’m liking these posters. Would look great in a nice frame hanging in the office. Worth kicking in a few bucks for sure. He’s also doing them as decals too if you are into that sort of thing. Even a $1.00 pledge gets you a set of those so everyone gets something for their pledge.
What if a little site you love doesn’t have a business model? Yell at the developers! Explain that you are tired of good projects folding and are willing to pay cash American dollar to prevent that from happening. It doesn’t take prohibitive per-user revenue to put a project in the black. It just requires a number greater than zero.
So, today I recorded a future episode of the podcast about this very theme (before I saw this post). I’m a happy paying user of Pinboard, one that even pays the extra money for the archiving feature. Not only do I believe this idea to be true but, as I announce in that upcoming show, I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is by sending, anonymously, cash to a service I use and love daily that has no outward discernible business model.
Here is my idea:
What if, 1% of the users of a particular free service of 36 million clients and growing, were to decide to drop $10.00 cash every month into an envelope and mail it to said service? What if that envelope had no return address? Perhaps there was an note inside that begged them to create a model to let us pay them to use the service. To make sure the service continued on once the bubble inevitably bursts and the VC’s take their payout and fly to the Grand Caymans.
My guess is that such a service would have to keep the money. Perhaps they would go through a couple of months of having their offices flooded with 300,000+ ten dollar bills. This might get to be a hassle so, perhaps, maybe, they finally get the hint and have a few million dollars of starting cash to launch a way for us to pay directly for this thing we use and love.
Crazy, right? Yep.
So, here is the address I’m sending my unmarked cash with the note in the envelope with no return address.
Tumblr, Inc., 35 East 21st Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY, 10010
I welcome those that care as much as I do to do the same.
Update: Forgot to mention, and I never ask this… Please reblog the shit out of this one.
Update #2: Why anonymous? Well, personally, I don’t want to give them any chance to send the money back. I want to force them to keep it. I don’t care if mine is the only 10 spot they get and David uses it to buy Pizza for Buzz and Peter. At least then I know that I bought that lunch and not some anonymous VC who will make them push some advertising model on us to get his money back.
each morning I awake to the sound of the girl at the end of the hall
the sun is on she tells me though it’s not not this early or this late in the fall
she believes she sees light which is enough for me to rise and respond to her call
what matters more than sleep is these mornings while she is still so very small
in life with a child you have only a handful of suns either real or imagined that is all
It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It is equally true that every great sentence, paragraph, and story begins with a single word.
Grandview is an app for those that believe in the power and sanctity of each word. For, when you use it, each word is all you see. One word at a time on an otherwise blank screen. Thus, your focus is not so much on the work of writing but, instead, on the choice and execution (and dare I say more challenging work) of each word.
Many do not know this but I began my writing life working in poetry. In this area of the craft, one strives for both brevity and impact through the careful choice and placement of words. I wrote the poem above, last night, using Grandview. It was a highly satisfying experience.
For a writer, this is one of those apps whose real meaning does not reveal itself until put to use. I suspect that will be the same for most. In fact, the mostly five star reviews in the app store allude to this. The best review of Grandview I have seen thus far is one from Shadoe Huard of Smarterbits. He writes:
Focus, in this case, isn’t to be mistaken with liberation or a lack of distraction; it is an act of commitment. Grandview won’t eliminate distractions or help you pay attention to what you are doing, no more so than any other software. That is entirely up to you… Rather than creating a distraction free environment, Grandview’s main feature is in actuality a call to engagement.
The Buddha Machine is a fantastically-fun little gadget that plays loops of experimental music. It’s very low-fi, simple, inexpensive ($23!), and still wonderfully entrancing. Of course, there’s also a Buddha Machine iPad app and I’m told that for the next 5 days, it’s free! Buddha Machine - iPad edition
I downloaded it and have been listening ever since. Think of this as your chance to be Brian Eno.
TurboScan is one of those apps that does one thing very, very ,well and that you don’t think you will need until you do. It basically allows one to take photos of documents with their iPhone camera and “scan” them into a PDF (stitching together multiple pages if you like). At that point you can email them to yourself, open in another app that can read PDFs, or even send them to an everything bucket service that supports such actions like Evernote.
Now, while all that sounds pretty straight forward the WOW factor comes when you see the results. Here is a “scan” of a couple of pages of a book that I did as I held the book open between fingers and thumb in one hand and snapped the photos with the other (link is the actual PDF):