PopClip for Mac Will Save You Tons of Time

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I recently started using a new paid system add-on called Pop Clip which saves me tons of time as I work in every application. A little menu appears whenever you select text and gives you access to your top desired actions to perform on that selected text. You just set it up and off you go.  They have over 100 actions you can install to customize your workflow and needs. You can copy & paste, and access actions like search, spelling, dictionary and even post to-dos to your to-do app or Evernote or updates to social media. I’ve added some of the typographic changes I’m always making plus connections to Todoist and Evernote and that alone has saved me hours. They connect to a lots of other apps and social media services as well. If you spend just a little time configuring it, you will absolutely save a ton of time […]

Faster is Not Better, It’s Just Crappier

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I was reading a post today by a man selling a new book on using your mind and developing super awareness. There’s an irony headed your way. Can you tell? As I read each paragraph, all was well. I was learning about various ways I could improve my mind and increase productivity. I learned that most of us are just mental slobs, barely slogging our way through life, mostly unconscious and missing everything. But I also learned that this is OK. We can change! We have the power to become super aware and this book details it all in detailed detailing with extra detail. Well, I can tell you I was getting a little excited at this point. I was thinking, yeah, bring this book on! I think I’ll buy that. I need super awareness yesterday. I think I’ll get the wallet out. And then… Bang! I hit a sentence that made […]

Boilerplate Instructions, Bane of Modern Software

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  I bought a new theme to install for a client this week. Normally, installing a theme is simple. Select theme, upload, install, done. Unless the theme maker has decided to deviate from the standard protocols that we all know and love and which we have been happily following for years. At that point all bets are off. Basically, the only choice now is to open their documentation and start reading their instructions line by line and following every micro-directive verbatim. That is, assuming they have actually bothered to tell you what each little step is. But no, in this case they just told me in generic terms to do what I had already done; the same thing that had already failed miserably. “Go to the Appearances menu and upload your new theme.” they say. Boilerplate instructions. Fail. Now what? Oh, yeah, figure it out for myself! Talk about lazy and thoughtless. Not a great […]

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How to Add Alternate Dictionaries and Thesauri to OS X

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Here’s a short tutorial (should take 30 seconds at most) to help you add more options to your dictionary. The default is based on where you live in the world, but you can add other languages as well as set your English dialect preference (American English or British English). Also note that I’m using OS X Mavericks and the screenshots below reflect that. I’ve also enabled file extension views so you see my application file names end in .app while your file names will likely not have extensions. Just ignore that and proceed. 🙂 ) Step 1: Launch the dictionary application (it’s in your Applications folder).   Step 2: Select Preferences from the menu and view the pop-up list of additional options.

The Ultimate Writing Tool for Bloggers

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Scrivener Helps You Pull It All Together Ever wondered how in blazes you capture, organize and store all your ideas for blog posts so you always have access to them and can quickly find them and start writing? And secondarily, but perhaps even more importantly, do you pine for a program that works with you instead of fighting you every step of the way as you attempt the sometimes hideously challenging work of writing useful and interesting blog posts? These questions have plagued me for many years. In the beginning, and for a long time thereafter, I struggled to manage my ideas and my written words. I wrote ideas on scraps of paper, tried bookmarking links on Delicious to jog my memory and save reference material for later, created multiple text documents in TextEdit and stored these in folders, emailed myself ideas and partial drafts, and tried many far more arcane and […]

New MacBook Air: As Good As the Hype?

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I recently unboxed and set up Apple’s new MacBook Air and I must say I was prepared to be unimpressed. Why? I had heard others say it was underpowered and it was actually too thin. Ha, figure that. Others had complained that there was no DVD/CD drive and no ethernet port so it’s crippled. So you might be surprised when I tell you I agree entirely and moreso with the Consumer Reports MacBook Air review that gives it high marks and a recommended status. I imagine there’s also a good reason for the average user rating of a solid 5 stars too.