Category Archives: Personal Technology

Working remotely: Ugly/Bad/Good

The last thirty days has given us a lot of snow (at least by Virginia standards) and higher-than-usual incidence of colds/flus/sick colleagues.  Between the snow, ice, and sick days we’ve had a lot of remote working days.  The concentration of … Continue reading

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My (nearly) perfect computer

Wow, did I make a good choice. In late August I upgraded from my trusty 15″ MacBook Pro (late 2008) to a 11″ MacBook Air (mid-2011).  I was pretty nervous about the switch.  I’ve been the productive owner of a … Continue reading

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Electronics and airplanes

I fly a bit for work and play.  Of all the regulations that require compliance the worst are the limitations on the use of electronics “during takeoff and landing.”  When you’re flying in and out of large markets the “takeoff … Continue reading

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Large print giveth; the fine print taketh away

As Tom Waits (an American singer, songwriter, composer) once said, “The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away.”  Truer words have not have been spoken. From the You-Have-Got-To-Be-Sh^H^H Kidding Me Department…  As reported on ReadWriteWeb on April 28, … Continue reading

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Pain-free tables in emacs – who knew?

At Zope Corporation we write a LOT of content in reStructuredText. From the reStructuredText site: reStructuredText is an easy-to-read, what-you-see-is-what-you-get plaintext markup syntax and parser system. It is useful for in-line program documentation (such as Python docstrings), for quickly creating … Continue reading

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ExpanDrive

ExpanDrive allows Mac users to mount remote storage as though it was local.  While this alone isn’t rocket science, the variety of supported remote storages and the reliability of the software have made it a nearly indispensable tool. I routinely … Continue reading

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Filing email on your Mac

Every now and again you find a little piece of software that, in hindsight,  you wonder how you lived without.  A while ago I found just such a piece of software, MsgFiler.  The developer recently released an upgrade exclusively through the … Continue reading

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Caffeine for your Mac

Sometimes it’s the small things that make a difference. In this case a friend of mine referred me to a very clever little utility called Caffeine. From the product’s webpage: Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the … Continue reading

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Hard Drive Upgrade

It’s a drag to constantly watch your hard drive space and be in a constant state of housekeeping. Add to this the get-a-bigger-5400-rpm-drive-instead-of-a-smaller-7200-rpm-drive mistake I made a year ago and you have my recipe for a hard drive upgrade. As … Continue reading

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Some bookmark sanity

Since my “clean” installation of Leopard I’ve been making a point to avoid making a mess of my “personal information space.” One area of marked progress has been my bookmarks. A lot of my time is spent demonstrating our products. … Continue reading

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