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GTD = Great Tools for Developers (or something like that) May 2, 2007

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I’ve been a strong (well, at least well-intentioned) proponent of the “Getting Things Done” methodology for quite some time now. This is the practice described by the wonderful book of the same name, by David Allen (more details on his site), which provides not only for an easy approach for managing an ever-increasing list of tasks to be completed, but also for ensuring you can act on them in a logical, stress-free manner.

There are many MANY Mac-based tools available for implementing this in your daily workflow, some of which are discussed in this great StarryHope article, as well as an older O’Reilly MacDevCenter article.

But my favorite app – by FAR – is currently iGTD – by an independent developer in Poland.

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Chapter markers for ripped DVDs March 27, 2007

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With the addition of an Apple TV to the entertainment center, I’m all-of-a-sudden more interested in having more content available to me – in a form I can really use. I’ve fought the desire to rip all my DVDs to this point, however, due to 1) Quality issues, and 2) Usability concerns. For the former, since the Apple TV can handle full-HD quality media content, that’s a bit lessened (although I’d still have to have a separate file for iPod sync’ing, since these max out at 640×480).

For the latter, it’s always bugged me how much I “lose” by ripping to a single movie file on disk. Not only are the extras (interviews, deleted scenes, etc.) gone – which, arguably, are one of the primary reasons I would buy a physical DVD versus a download – but also you end up with no easy navigation within that huge file. No chapter marks, etc. (more…)

Long live the Newton! March 19, 2007

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Just saw this post on TUAW regarding a new buyer of a MessagePad 120, and what he might be able to do with it.

Whadaya think, folks? Is this platform truly dead, in deference to smartphones, more-capable-yet-ever-tinier devices, etc. Or, is there still some life left in the old dog?

Before you answer, be sure to check out the Newton Video Guides which are available as free podcasts from iTunes. There’s still a lot of support for/interest in this decade-old platform yet, it appears…

Reset Utility – part deux March 15, 2007

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iPod Reset Utility
And I can now come up for air again…

I’ve just completed yet another release of an iPod utility today – this time the “iPod Reset Utility” (no “shuffle” in the name this time), which has now gone live on the AppleCare support site:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305204 (more…)

One project down… October 27, 2006

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iPod shuffle Reset Utility
After transitioning to the iPod Software team here at Apple just a few weeks ago, I’ve now completed my first project – by releasing the new “iPod shuffle Reset Utility” for both Mac and Windows. This has been a HEAVILY-requested update by users of our original iPod shuffles, which is now documented in an Apple KBase article:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303979

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Showtime event review September 15, 2006

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So, Apple recently held a very interesting event, entitled “It’s Showtime” at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. (If you’re interested, a Quicktime stream of the event is available).

Everyone knows about what was announced by now, but I wanted to touch on a few of the “hidden” (or at least, not as evident) features of the new announcements:
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Transitions September 11, 2006

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So… on this day of rememberance, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my life, and the lives of those around me. One aspect which I’ve greatly valued is the ability of keeping up-to-date with others via the web, especially via weblogs such as this.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything to my blog, however, and I have several excuses as to “why”. In all honesty, though, it boils down to: “The desire to maintain this website hasn’t been enough of a priority of mine”. Perhaps not a good reason, per se, but there it is.

However, I’m currently going through several transitions, which have made me re-evaluate many areas of my home life, as well as my work life. The upside is that I’ve made a commitment to myself (as well as several of my friends) to do a much better job in posting about my life going forward.

Watch this space for more … very soon.

Google map of Apple Retail Stores in the US November 8, 2005

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Quite cool, IMHO:

http://www.freemacblog.com/applestores/

A great way of viewing where the Apple retail locations are around the country. We need an equivalent for the International locations, but this is a great start, IMHO.

You can focus on only a given state; zoom in/out to view other levels of detail; or click on an Apple logo to view the name of the store, its address, and a link to the actual store’s page on Apple’s retail site. Again, very cool…

And, be sure to check out http://www.ifoapplestore.com/ for details on upcoming stores, as well.