Category: Tech

Maker vs. Manager schedule

This essay captures something I struggle with all the time: how to get momentum on a project when your day is dominated by calls & meetings. Short answer, you can’t. You need to do project work in relatively long uninterrupted

Testing Windows Live Writer

Just got Windows 7 running in Parallels on my iMac. This post is being written using the Windows Live Essentials download of goodies from Microsoft. Windows 7 seems pretty good if Aero is running, but for some reason it is

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Exporting subtitles from DVD Studio Pro

For a recent DVD project I needed to create multiple language subtitles. Basically this involves getting a transcript of the audio track in English, laying it in as subtitles, then exporting the English subtitle track out to a timecode formatted

Keyboard shortcut to paste unformatted text into Word 2008 for the Mac

First paste the following into the Script Editor and save it to the Word Scripts folder in your Office 2008 identity: tell application “/Applications/Microsoft Office 2008/Microsoft” tell selection try set theClip to Unicode text of (the clipboard as record)


Here’s the ultimate simple, free labeling software for lightscribe. Lightscribe takes forever to burn labels, but that is more than made up for by not fiddling with adhesive labels or finicky inkjet disc printers. Get a Lightscribe drive, chuck the

Goodbye Roxio Toast, Hello Burn!

Free, and does what you want with way less crap than Roxio Toast. To save DVDs to ISO images (which you can then use as virtual masters for duplicating) choose the Save As CD/DVD Image option. It will produce a

iPhone Buzzing on nearby speakers – low tech solution

My 3G iPhone works great, but causes an inductive buzz on pretty much anything with speakers within a 5′ radius. After some googling about, I came on the approach of using an anti-static bag (sometimes called ESD packaging). If the

Turning on screen sharing (VNC) via a terminal connection

For some reason my Mac Mini running OS X Leopard tends to drop its VNC server. Here’s how to turn it back on via the terminal: sudo sh -c “/bin/echo -n enabled > /Library/Preferences/” I think this will also work

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Unprotecting Word documents

If you are using office XP or 2003, you can change the view to HTML-Code using Microsoft Script-Editor by pressing the [Alt]+[Shift]+[F11] key combination. Search for “Password” and you will find somethimg like this: ReadOnly 19E8E61E To remove the protection:

Ejecting stubborn discs

Try drutil from the terminal: drutil list drutil tray eject 1 Or try enabling the eject menu found in System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras (just double click it and it will be in your menubar)