Give Your Gear Personality

A sign that you’re a true geek – you don’t name your car, but you name your computers. Someone shared a cartoon on Google+ recently of a guy naming his gear. I can no longer find that cartoon, but it did inspire me to name my computers and some other gear this weekend. On a Mac, this is in the Sharing section of System Preferences. On your iDevices, it is in the About section of the Settings app,

Somehow, gear seems to have more personality when you name it. My gear is named it after ski runs at Big Sky, Montana. My workhouse MacBook is no longer the bland “Evan’s MacBook,” but is now the hardworking “Iron Horse.” My old iMac is no longer the boring “Evan’s iMac,” but is the reliable and most senior “Papa Bear.” My media server is “Hollywood,” and so on.
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FileThis – Automate Your Bill Downloads

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I typically don’t gush here about a service that I’ve just tried out for the first time, but I’ll make an exception for FileThis. I just read about it over on Lifehacker, and thought I’d give it a try. FileThis is a service that collects your bills in one place, so that you don’t have to sign into multiple online accounts. I just gave it a try, and this could be one of the biggest timesavers I’ve seen in years.

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Keynote From an iPad to a Mac

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I just finished a several hour mediation (I’m a lawyer by day), during which I used Keynote as a presentation tool. The mediation happened in another lawyer’s office, so I had to take any technology with me that I planned to use. This was my first time to take presentation technology into a completely new environment, and I was very pleased with how things went.

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Paste Settings From One Clip to Several in Final Cut Pro X

I’m not only an amateur with respect to video and video editing, but I’m still cutting my teeth on Final Cut Pro X. As a result, I’m not exactly the most efficient editor out there. In particular, until recently I was very inefficient when applying color correction and audio qualities to multiple clips. I would go through each clip, one by one, and apply those settings, even if the settings were identical from clip to clip. Last night, I stumbled upon a better way, which is how you seasoned editors have probably been doing it all along.

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The Top 7 Features From WWDC

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Apple gave its annual keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday, announcing a bevy of new features for both iOS and Mac OS X. I was actually most excited about the Mac stuff, but iOS received some much-needed love as well. The number of websites covering WWDC is overwhelming, but that won’t stop me from listing the features that got me the most excited.

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The Major News From Apple’s Last 10 WWDC Keynotes

If you’re getting excited for new hardware announcements at Apple’s  World Wide Developer Conference, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Harry McCracken takes a look back at the last decade, and reminds us of the nature of the conference, and also highlights the major announcements at each conference.

Sure, consumers are watching, and Apple hopes that they’re dazzled. But WWDC keynotes are usually the least gadget-centric events which Apple holds, and even though people who covet new Apple products pay close attention, they’re not the primary audience.

 

While that might not be surprising news to some, the article is still an interesting read for its look back at each conference, and the major announcements at each one (and the reaction to each from the press, and investors). While you’re there, take some time to check out the relaunch of Technologizer as an independent blog, after 2+ years under TIME.com’s umbrella.

∞ A Decade’s Worth of WWDC Keynotes | Technologizer

Toggle Keyboard and Mouse Between Macs

I’ve been using Target Display Mode often over the past couple of months, using my iMac screen as a display for my MacBook. This solved the problem of shuttling video and other files between the two devices – now I do almost everything on my MacBook, while I still have the iMac there when I need it. Since Target Display Mode doesn’t let you share a keyboard and mouse/trackpad, and since you can’t control your iMac to turn off Blutooth once you initiate Target Display Mode, I went off in a search of a solution.

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Bypass Truncated RSS Feeds With Mr. Reader

I understand why some sites need to truncate their RSS feeds. If you’re not visiting the full site, you’re not experiencing the site as the site owner intended, and the site may be losing out on revenue from display ads. Regardless of the reasons, truncated feeds are inefficient for the reader. With Mr. Reader, an iPad RSS Reader, there is a workaround of sorts.

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