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Replacing Dropbox With iCloud Drive


I’ve been using Dropbox for several years, and I can’t remember ever having a serious problem with it. It’s just where my files go. Lately, however, I’ve started wondering if it’s something I need to keep paying for or have installed on my Mac. The main reason is that I’m already paying for another cloud file syncing thing — iCloud Drive. It may not have all the features of Dropbox, but I feel as though […]

Spreadsheets Are Cool

Productivity / Tools

I’m not accountant, I don’t financially analyzing anything besides my personal budget, and I have almost no occasion in my work to ever use one, but I get excited about pretty much any time I can think of a use for a spreadsheet. There’s a lot of times where a spreadsheet can replace an app made to do the same thing. A lot of the time the spreadsheet will be even better, because it’ll be […]

Auto-Incrementing Build Number Script


I got this from somewhere I can’t remember. I’ve been using it a while and it works very well. I have it setup so that it will happen whenever I archive a new build for beta or release. You’ll want to change those configuration names to whatever your configuration names are in your project. if [ "${CONFIGURATION}" = "Release" ] || [ "${CONFIGURATION}" = "Ad Hoc" ]; then buildNumber=$(/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Print CFBundleVersion" "${PROJECT_DIR}/${INFOPLIST_FILE}") buildNumber=$(($buildNumber + […]

What’s new in OS X El Capitan


I was asking on Twitter if there was anywhere to get an overview of what’s new in El Capitan that isn’t book length. My friend Andrew graciously pointed out that in fact there is… and it’s Apple’s own marketing page for the release. Duh.

Acorn 5

Apps / Tools

It’s a couple of days back now, but Flying Meat has released a new version of their fantastic image editor: Acorn. I’ve used Acorn for my work and personal projects since version 1.0 in 2008, and it’s incredible to see how far it’s come while still keeping the simplicity that made it so appealing in that first version. Gus is a friend — so don’t tell him I said this — but to me he’s […]

How the CEO of Evernote Organizes


I never feel like I have a great answer on how to organize anything, so this response on Quora by Phil Libin is really interesting to me. The main points are that he: Changes it up pretty often. Has about forty-five total notebooks. Has one primary notebook that most things go into. Most of his other (at least thirty) notebooks are shared. Doesn’t use very many tags. Uses one notebook for each “major” conference he […]

The New DuckDuckGo


I hadn’t been using DuckDuckGo as my main search engine recently, but the big revision they just did has made it amazingly slick and fast. If you install their extension you can use it as your main search engine in Safari.

The Kindle Is Flawed But Worth It


A couple of weeks ago I bought a Kindle Paperwhite. I like it a lot. The backlight isn’t so intense I can’t read in bed without keeping myself up all night, it doesn’t get uncomfortable to hold, and it doesn’t give me the option to get distracted and open Twitter. The typography does indeed suck. None of the typefaces look all great at the size I want to read them at. I keep flipping between […]