I have noticed when I get stumped on a development issue I get frustrated and then tend to get up from my desk, flip over and do some web surfing, read my RSS feeds or the worst… Facebook. It usually only takes a couple of minutes but it is a distraction.
Lately I have been dealing with a the back-log of bugs in our system so I am getting up more often… Realizing this I started looking for a way of timing the amount of breaks I can take, or timing the amount of time that I am working. The idea is that I have to work for the allotted time and not break until the timer is up.
First place to look GTD (getting things done) tips is 43Folder.com because Merlin Mann is the king of GTD. On Mann’s recommendation I using a timer called Minuteur and I getting A LOT more done!
I am now setting the timer for for about 2 hours ( any longer and I am out of water and my back hurts ) and not doing anything but straight work for that entire time.
I classify straight work as not switching out to do anything else. Even work related email. Straight work is doing one task the entire time.
Couple of good links here…
Web Development Toolbox: 120+ Web Development Resources: “
As rewarding as web development is, it can also be a pain sometimes, especially if you spend half your time looking for the right tools and resources. Well, we’ve done the work for you with this one, and have compiled a list of over 120 web development resources to make your life easier. (more…)
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Pimp My Safari: Quick Tip: Extend Safari’s History : ” I set mine to one month and a limit of 2000. Lets see what happens to my 2GB of memory now!”
(Via Pimp My Safari.)
Man, I remember HyperCard I ran it in Grade 8 and it was the reason I feel in love with Apple and Computers. It was soo easy to build something that then people could drive. I have always argued the it was the really the first website ever.
Hypercard’s history: “SiliconUser takes a short look at ye olde Hypercard technology, Apple’s precursor to the concepts that eventually became HTML and the World Wide Web. The project was originally created in 1985 as an easier way to create programs on the Macintosh– it consisted of a ‘cards and stacks’ metaphor, as in you created one card that linked to another card in the stack, and so on. Early Hypercard stacks just worked as organized information databases, but eventually Hypercard ended up doing more and more– cards could work as applications in themselves, and the links between them served as a precursor to hyperlinks and what we know as the Internet today. Personally, I only used Hypercard very minimally, and it’s hard for me to imagine as much functionality coming out of Hypercard as we’ve got with CSS, HTML, and PHP today. But Hypercard faithful (of which the numbers seem to be not quite known), held onto the application for a long time.
Hypercard’s downfall came arguably not because it failed to stand up to new concepts, but because Apple, in a blunder, passed the program away to Claris, who tried to sell it rather than include it free in Macs. By the time Apple took it back, in 1993, the momentum was lost, and after a short period with Apple’s Quicktime division, Hypercard was discontinued in 2004. Previous to that, Hypercard 3.0 was shown at WWDC 1996 (including the ability to display Hypercard stacks in a web browser, which might have been the key to keeping Hypercard alive), but that release never came. There are a few traces of Hypercard left on Apple’s site, but as a technology it EOL.”
(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)
Faster printing through Quicksilver or a simple drag and drop: “
Filed under: Software, Productivity, Tips and tricks
At TUAW HQ we absolutely love Quicksilver, the powerful, incredibly extensible and indispensable productivity tool, as it’s capable of speeding up just about any conceivable operation on your Mac. Still, with everything Quicksilver is capable of, I honestly never thought it could be used to help you print documents faster. Sure enough, I have been taught my lesson to never doubt Quicksilver’s reach by Mark Fisher, author of this Faster Printing with Quicksilver. In summary, Fisher’s how-to walks you through adding your printer to Quicksilver’s catalog so it can be used as a target for sending files to print. Combined with the Quicksilver comma trick, you can send multiple files to your printer at once, all from the streamlined efficiency of Quicksilver’s search interface.
One downside to Fisher’s tip, however, is that it requires a bit of digging around in Quicksilver, not to mention a decent workout training oneself through the app’s arguably steep learning curve. If all this tinkering simply isn’t your bag, there’s a much easier trick I wrote about last year for creating a drag-and-drop desktop printer. This is much easier for virtually anyone to set up for themselves, and as a commenter on that post mentioned, you can drag that desktop printer to the right side of your Dock and delete the Desktop icon altogether, saving precious space for… well, probably all those documents you need to print off to begin with.
Ultimately, either of these tips are a great way print your documents more efficiently, as they remove the need to open each individual app and print the documents manually, one by one.
[via 43 Folders]
(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)
Warning: Bible Spoiler (PIC): “I downloaded this from a bittorrent.”
SpeedMail: Slick Envelope Rebuilding app for Mail: “
Matteo Discardi has produced a nice little app to perform the ‘rebuild your database and speed up Mail.app’’ trick.
It’s been a while since I rebuilt my own Envelope Index, so Matteo’s app shaved a handsome 1.2 MB off mine. Snappy. Snappy.
If you have somehow missed the way this trick puts a boost back into the performance of Mail, you can read about it in an older Hawk Wings post, which outlines how to do this via the Terminal.
It doesn’t offer the options to automate the clean out that you can find in VacuumMail, another app that does the same thing, but it is a nice, polished alternative. It’s polite too:
Matteo is offering it for free but is not refusing donations from satisfied users. You can get the latest version from his web site where he warns you that it is a beta. Back up your Envelope Index file first, unless you crave the excitement of living on the bleeding edge.
(Via Hawk Wings.)
Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems: “
In a recent patent application, Microsoft describes a multi-faceted, robust ad-delivery framework that would root around your computer in an attempt to deliver targeted ads.
(Via Ars Technica.)