Apple, Macs & OS X
Merlin Mann | Aug 27 2007
Ever since I saw this in that Mac OS X Hints article, I've used it as my default equalizer in iTunes -- it seems to give a nice pop to MP3 tracks in particular.
HOWTO and specific settings from the original article:
Merlin Mann | Aug 20 2007
You may share my Address Book pollution problem — having too many orphaned names that got scribbled on a PDA or were manually added but never fleshed out (like: 10 years ago!).
Here’s a really stupidly useful Smart Group for Address Book that helps identify entries without any real information attached to them.
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Merlin Mann | Aug 16 2007
For some time now, I've encouraged people to consider abandoning the byzantine folder structure that most of us used to employ to "organize" our email. In fact, this kind of functional simplicity is something I've started to think of as a pillar of Inbox Zero.
In addition to helping explode the myth that most email messages have any life once their actions have been liberated, it's a healthy habit to actively remove any unnecessary systematic fiddling that doesn't handsomely pay back the effort that habitually goes into it.
And, as ever: yes, some of you -- because of the incredibly unique nature of your work in an office -- will need to have 500 taxonomic mailboxes, a monthly archives by project, a person-by-person collection going back to 1983, and a multiply-copied CC'd team archives, coded by color and identified with helpful icons you found on Gopher in 1992. Sure, why not. If that's working for you, by all means, keep fiddling and filing.
But, if you're ready to admit you might be turning a crank that's potentially not hooked-up to anything, here's my four favorite ways to leverage the intelligence of Mail.app for drop-dead simple archiving.read more »
Merlin Mann | Aug 10 2007
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Merlin Mann | Aug 3 2007
Jesse Grosjean from Hog Bay Software has just begun sharing the first releases of a new task-tracking app which adopts a refreshingly stripped-down approach to managing action on a Mac. TaskPaper starts with the simplicity of text files then adds just a bit of Mac magic to make it both smarter and prettier, but without giving up portability and ease of use. Jesse says:
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Merlin Mann | Aug 2 2007
Although my short demo only covers bookmarking a set of tabs, Saft does way more. To quote the lovely and talented Jon Hicks:
Saft for Tiger is $12.00 and can be ordered online.
Merlin Mann | Jul 31 2007
When you're testing a new version of an application (or just being a little paranoid), it can be a pain to deal with protecting your "real" data from being corrupted or overwritten. While something like SuperDuper is priceless for backing up a drive to a disk image, you want something that's not only lighter in weight, but that is smart enough to deal just with the settings associated with a single program. That's where roobaSoft's rooSwitch comes in.
rooSwitch's smarts come in being able to recognize which Preferences, Application Support folders, and related files belong to an app's settings (but, not -- it should be noted -- its documents), so that you can then backup, switch, and restore a group of settings whenever you need to. This can be quite a lifesaver.read more »
Merlin Mann | Jul 24 2007
Default Folder, for example, is a PreferencePane that I've used and loved since Christ was a corporal:
Merlin Mann | Jul 23 2007
Mark Fisher shares terrific tips on how to use Quicksilver Proxies for faster printing:
Use this method when you want to print files that are on the Desktop or are all in the same folder.
Also check out how to use the "comma trick" to print multiple files. Great stuff.
After the jump is the video for the episode of The Merlin Show where I talked about using proxies to access application menus.read more »
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