To keep your coworkers from making negative, and probably inaccurate, judgments about your job performance, spend five to ten minutes each day cleaning and straightening your workspace before heading home.
Broomstick is the easiest way to hide menubar icons that you don’t like. While most apps that create a menubar icon allow you to hide it, some apps don’t provide this option. Broomstick lets you take back control of your menubar!
Works as expected though, for obvious reasons, it has to “know” about the app. There is a way to submit apps so that they can be added to the hiding functionality in a future update. I do like the spirit of this though.
Also, app developer is 14 years old. Nice to see such smart your people these days.
I’m have to admit being a bit baffled by how nobody else seems to have done what Apple did with the Macbook Air – even several years after the first release, the other notebook vendors continue to push those ugly and *clunky* things. Yes, there are vendors that have tried to emulate it, but usually pretty badly. I don’t think I’m unusual in preferring my laptop to be thin and light.
Really fascinating interview with the father of Linux. He discusses all manner of things including his project management style, the future of “disposable” computers, and how he works from home and gets things done. But, he spends the first couple of questions talking about his love of the MacBook Air and his general disdain for just about every other laptop being made (i.e. Specifically, anything that is not the MacBook Air).
I’d like to thanks Streamified for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed. It’s a great way to take a whole bunch of feeds and gather them into one place for easy reading, bookmarking, and sharing on your iDevice. Check it out.
Traveling internationally with an iPhone can be extremely expensive. Even if you arrange for an international plan with your provider, it’s possible to find a staggering bill at the end of the month. Your best bet is to disable cellular data and restrict Internet access to Wi-Fi, but how can you be sure you’ve set your iPhone up properly? It’s easy with Airplane Mode and the Wi-Fi settings. Here’s how.
Audium was designed from the ground up to encourage the user to appreciate albums in their entirety, the way the artist had orignally intended. Common distractions such as track lists and custom playlists are removed, thereby putting the album front and centre. No nonsense, just music. Beautiful.
Audium is a really lovely little music app who’s purpose driven features and overall intent appeal to what we believe in. It even caused me to rethink the music I keep on my iPhone a bit — swapping out playlists of a bunch of songs I kind of love for full albums I really love.
Last week I traveled to Orlando, Florida from Boston, Ma. I managed every aspect of the trip, from packing to sending a thank-you card, with my iPhone. I rarely touched paper and never felt unprepared or wanting.
Interesting and comprehensive. If you do any traveling at all this is well worth your time to read and may cause you to leave the laptop at home.
Rather than trying to accommodate what we’ve got, we should work the other way. Find the threshold that makes sense for you, that you’ve got the time to maintain, that you can afford and that creates an acceptable amount of work and complication for you.
A wonderful way to think about the concept of enough and applying it to the data we care about. Read the whole thing because he comes at it from an angle that appeals to me. That being, how easy it is to back up and “spread around”.
Add separate streams for your social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Goog Reader, blogs (and many more), then watch them come together chronologically in the “All Streams” view. More than just a reader, Streamified allows you to update your status, capture photos, share links, “like” posts, retweet, reblog and more from your favorite social networks.
Streamified is an app for iOS that is designed to take all of those various feeds you need to pay attention to — from Facebook to Twitter to Tumblr to various blogs — and gather them together into one place.
For instance, I’m not a big Facebook fan but I am involved in a number of upcoming events that are using it for organizing and issuing updates. I also have a few news-type sites that I like to check out but don’t need to see immediately. Streamified has been wonderful in allowing me to check all of those things out in one app, on my schedule, and on my terms. I can bookmark them as I scroll through then choose what to do with that stuff from there (including Instapaper support which, for me, is essential). Plus, it’s a really great group of folks who care about user feedback and have a commitment to make the best tool possible. They are sponsoring this week’s RSS feed and I urge you to check them out.
Today, I’m officially announcing the formation of Minimal Tools. Minimal Tools is a development team and consultancy focused on delivering purpose driven apps and products. Our philosophy: Feature number one should always be as few features as needed to perform the primary purpose.
Pop for iOS is the first app released by Minimal Tools. We will be bringing you even more useful tools in the future.
Bartending is a collection of true tales from Apple Retail as told by Stephen Hackett, former Apple Genius, and current rock star behind 512 Pixels. I just finished reading it and it’s entertaining, enlightening, and very funny in many spots. He gives a real sense of what hard work and commitment one must have to work as a Genius day in and day out dealing with all manner of situations. Following each essay, as soon as I finished laughing, I wanted to bring my local geniuses some homemade cookies and thank them for all that they do.
Highly recommended read. It’s available in ePub and Kindle for only $4.99.
What is Readable RSS? It is an extension for Safari. It enhances Safari’s RSS feature. Beyond making RSS feeds easier to read, you get a fresh, uncluttered experience. Enjoy it in full-screen mode. Indulge with bigger text. Everything works beautifully.
I’m a big fan of using the built in features if at all possible. Safari’s built in support for RSS has thus far been far from useable. This extension makes it much more friendly experience.
When you look at your iPhone, or iPad, or Mac, do you see your reflection? That is to say, are the apps, background picture, menu items, and yes, even data, a reflection of who you are and what you do now? Especially those on the Homescreen or in your Dock. Should it? I believe it should.
Does it, instead, reflect the person you aspire to be or what you want to do? For instance, do you have a task manager or writing app in the hopes that they will make you better organized or more creative? Well, they can’t. Tools can’t make you any different than who you are. Decide first who you are and what you want to do then choose the tools that best reflect that.
Or, does it reflect who you used to be or what you used to do or no longer are? Then why keep those things? Why have anything you no longer use? Do you think you might need it one day? Find a place you can archive it elsewhere.
The tools we use, the things we keep, should be an active and dynamic reflection of who we are. Like a mirror. Right now. Today.
Drafts is the quick easy way to capture and share ideas on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Drafts reduces the friction between you and that next great tweet, email, poem or whatever else strikes your fancy. Drafts opens with a new ready to edit draft – enter your text, tap the Twitter account action and you’re done. Decide you weren’t done? That’s fine, Drafts will keep your unfinished drafts for you to come back and polish later.
Interesting new app from Agile Tortoise. Think of it as a much more feature rich cross between my little baby, Pop and the seemingly defunct Birdhouse. Beyond tweets, one can use it for drafting in Markdown formatting and sending rich text emails.
Overall, the interface is clean and interaction is fast. It could use a better icon but who am I to judge? It’s only $0.99 on the App Store so worth taking for a spin.
Baby Yummy records breastfeeding duration and/or bottle feeding quantities, with a simple tap or swipe, no typing required. It also tracks your baby’s weight and height, and displays a set of minimal curves (sparklines) to let you check in a second that your baby is growing up normally. We have designed this app so that it gets completely out of your way, and lets you focus on the task at hand.
Yep. A minimal, straight forward, good looking, breast feeding app. Plus, a reasoned and important commitment to privacy. There is lots to love here. Seems many of my Internet friends who are new parents will find this useful.
Nice update to Brett’s wonderful Markdown previewer. Now includes Scrivener support which will come in handy for me. I must admit, I have not yet unlocked all of the potential of this app but, as Mr. Terpstra does not live that far away, I might have to hunt him down and hold him hostage until he gives me a full tutorial.
Lot’s of quotes from me in this piece from Canada’s Globe and Mail including my lightning three minute solution…
Organizing your computer will take three minutes, Mr. Rhone says. Take everything on your computer and put it all in a file called “My stuff.” Everything else follows from that. “The goal is to get things to a state where you can set yourself up to organize as you go,” Mr. Rhone says. “When you need to work with something, take it out, work with it, but then put it away where it belongs.”
So when considering creating something new, don’t think about it as what it literally does. Think about what it will accomplish for people. Make this your project’s defining thesis, its reason for existing. And once you’ve settled on what that purpose is, design ruthlessly for it. Don’t compromise it.
I have something exciting to tell you about today. It’s called Pop for iOS. It works on iPhone and iPad. We think you are going to love it.
Why the “We”? Well, because I am also announcing that I am part of the team that developed it.
Pop is a convenient place for writing things down as quickly as possible — that “piece of paper” you grab to write when you have an idea. It doesn’t help you do anything smarter or more organized.
The design was driven by a core philosophy: Feature number one should always be as few features as needed to perform the primary purpose. In this case, it is to get to writing as quickly as possible. Nothing more.
‘Copy All’ and ‘Read’ are the only other features, to make it easy to get your ideas out or read uninterrupted. The little extra effort of having to Copy All and Paste your way out encourages quality and focus. If the words aren’t worth a copy and paste, clear the page.
Now I want to be very clear about what Pop is not:
This is not a notebook app.
This is not a distraction free writing app.
This is not a Dropbox or iCloud enabled app.
This is not a place to organize your ideas into lists and folders.
This is not a place to email, tweet, Facebook, or otherwise broadcast your ideas to the world.
What Pop is:
A place to capture and idea as quickly as possible and worry about what to do with it later.
Why limit Airplane Mode to just airplanes? We all know we should not be engaging with our phones and mobile devices, incoming or outgoing, when operating any vehicle. Why don’t we all agree to use it when we get behind the wheel?
“Text lasts. It’s not platform-dependant, you don’t just get it from one source, read it in one place, understand it in one way. It is not dependent on technology: it is what we make technology out of.”—
Just a note to mention that there are still sponsorship slots available for this month. If you make a product, app, space-age polymer, that you feel would be a good fit for my astute and well heeled readers, get in touch. But, be warned…
My sponsorship slots have to pass the “Would I buy this?” test. When you see sponsorship slots available it is often not due to lack of demand. It is because the people who inquired had offerings that were not the right fit. I would rather sell none of these slots than to break my reader’s trust by posting something that does not pass this simple test. When I tell them something is worth their hard earned cash I mean it.