elb_cast – Page 15 – Carrying Stones

Possible Dark Linen Kludge on OS X Lion

When I use my MacBook in my home office, I run my display on an external monitor and use Apple’s bluetooth and Magic Trackpad to work. Since updating to OS X Lion, I’ve notice a couple of quirks in regard to the desktop background. Without some fiddling, the background on the external display defaults to […]

A New Printer: Brother HL-5370DW

We upgraded from a color to a black & white printer, replacing an HP Color Laserjet 2600n with a Brother HL–5370DW. Upgrade? Yeah, I think so. I paid about $400 for the color printer years ago and it served me well until I had to replace the toner, which retails for about $400. Ouch. We […]

Going Paleo

My wife Julie and I have united to announce we aren’t happy with our lives. Don’t worry. We are just as in love with each other as ever (actually, we are more in love than ever). We are disappointed with our health and have a strategy to fix it. We have committed to the paleo […]

Happy as a Dog

I could learn a lot from our dog Sam and you could learn from yours. The innate lessons dogs have to teach are not exclusive, but inherent from birth. When I come home from a long stressed-out day at the office, I’m probably tired, likely to be hungry, and usually grumpy. Sam shows me this […]

Coffee

Coffee My “go juice” during the work week is brewed in a drip machine from a prepacked filter pod of standard issue name brand coffee. Those who capture a cup with the last drops dripping from the coffeemaker may get a decent cup, but the odds aren’t good. More likely, java drinkers will find a […]

On Bundles and Packages

I write words, not code, and I’m looking at a migration from TextMate to BBEdit. What drew me (and a lot of other people) to TextMate are its bundles. It’s unbelievable how easy TextMate makes it to write using Markdown. The manual for text editor from Macromates has this to say about bundles: 5.1 Activation […]

So, BBEdit happened

BBEdit is a Mac text editor. It’s the Mac text editor. If you aren’t a nerd, this probably means nothing to you. For those of you with a firm footing in the nerd camp this is terrific news, but it brings some challenges. I learned about the BBEdit 10 release from John Siracusa on Twitter: […]

The Crucible: A Sobering Look At Apple

This should be the standard for online journalism.The Crucible: A Sobering Look At Apple: BYTE strives for authority above all, in keeping with the highest journalistic standards. That standard was not met here.   Because the Internet has a lasting memory, and in the spirit of transparency, we’ve decided to keep this column up, strike […]

Independence Day

Today is July 4, Independence Day here in the United States. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary1: independence |ˌindəˈpendəns| noun the fact or state of being independent : Argentina gained independence from Spain in 1816 | I’ve always valued my independence. ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from independent , partly on the pattern of French […]

Apple TV update failures

I found Apple’s Express Lane while haggling with a new piece of tech over software updates. We got tired of wrestling weirdness with the dying first generation Apple TV in our living room. It’s dying a painful death, so we bought another second generation Apple TV to put in that room. The Apple Store had […]

Family

Julie has been in Missouri for the past five days at a work-related conference. The kids have been in Florida at SuperWow with their friends at church since Monday morning. I have been home by myself–just me and the dogs–since Monday morning. On top of all that, we started working our short weeks at work. […]

Typography Insight – New ways of learning & teaching typefaces

Typography Insight – New ways of learning & teaching typefaces: Typography Insight is an iPad application that introduces new methods for learning and teaching typefaces. The project stemmed from my love for typography and evolving mobile platforms. It was inspired by my own experience in typography classes whilst attending design school. Do you know the […]

Rapture?

No One Knows the Day or Hour 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, […]

iPad: My review one year late

Using an iPad (first generation) for a few weeks now improved the way I work. Taking notes Taking notes helps me stay focused and engaged during a meeting or conversation. If you saw me in a meeting, it was a safe bet a notebook or legal pad (yellow paper please) wasn’t far from my side. […]

Here we go again

<p> Everyone in the room sighed and rolled their eyes skyward. “He’s written about this so many times. Too many times.” </p> <p> I like Macs, but recently added a Windows-based netbook to my lineup of writing tools. Here is an update of the software I use all the time. I’ll be brief. </p> <h2 […]