Author: Jim

Better dictionary for Mac and Kindle

Want to have access to one of the best English dictionaries ever made? Learn how to install Webster’s 1913 edition right in your OS X dictionary application: http://jsomers.net/blog/dictionary

Posted in OS X, Tech

Going off the iReservation…

The lure of the bigger screen finally got me to try a non-iPhone. So far, the pros outweigh the cons for my new HTC One, but there are a lot of little tweaks, hidden settings, and obscure apps that I

Posted in Android, iPhone

Allow native writing to NTFS

diskutil info /Volumes/**volume_name** Replace **volume_name** with the name of your NTFS drive. If your drive name is more than one word separated by a space, you’ll want to replace it with a shorter name temporarily. You can return to the

Posted in OS X

Nifty OS X Lion settings

Type any of these lines into Terminal to change how OS X Lion behaves: # Enable full keyboard access for all controls (e.g. enable Tab in modal dialogs) defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleKeyboardUIMode -int 3 # Enable the 2D Dock defaults

Posted in OS X

Information Diet | Notifications are evil

Great perspective on maintaining focus. Get rid of or manage all those pesky notifications! The only non-renewable resource you truly have is your time. Next time you’re asked to “pay” attention to something, remember that’s what you’re doing: you’re paying.

Posted in Learning

Steve Jobs Solved the Innovator’s Dilemma

Great article on how Apple has prospered by focusing on product, rather than profits. This is a great illustration of the power of Daniel Pink’s Alignment, Mastery, and Purpose in getting the very best from people. Steve Jobs Solved the Innovator’s

Posted in Learning

“Knowledge is the enemy of risk”

I said that in a meeting today and thought it was quite pithy. I’m posting it here in case some future historian ever wants to compile a collection of my quotes.

Posted in Learning

Why do they give you two keys for your rental car?

Now I have a big glob of electronic keys, and if I lose it I will be liable for double the cost. Grrr.

Posted in Annoyances

Davis Vantage Pro 2 updated USB to UART software

Did your weather station stop working with OS X Lion? You might need to update this little devil: USB to UART Bridge VCP Driver

Posted in OS X

iTunes won’t copy some photos to iPad or iPhone?

Here’s a fix from user julienfromcugy on Apple’s support site. Worked for me: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1306. So basically what I did to solve the problem is: 1) close iTunes 2) from the finder, right click iphoto library and choose “Show package contens”

Posted in iPhone, OS X