Category Archives: software

What is design? (voicemail fail edition)

I was talking to a client on the phone earlier today who told me that the last time they called (and I hadn’t been able to answer), my provider played a recorded message to the effect that “the number they’d called was not in service” or that my number “does not exist in the system” (I’m paraphrasing).
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Google Analytics has been removed

I’ve been considering doing this for a while. The controversy surrounding Apple’s decision to enable third-party ad blockers in iOS 9 made me think more about the underlying tracking that (to me) represents one of the most objectionable elements of online advertising. As a result, I have removed Google Analytics from this site. …keep reading Google Analytics has been removed >

Knowing the future

I’ve been watching James Burke’s 1978 BBC series Connections, which is amazingly well-written and holds up extremely well even after 35 years (fashions notwithstanding).

Particularly insightful — not to mention timely — was a brief segment on computers which, in true James Burke style, was the natural follow-up to a discussion of looms and weaving. …keep reading Knowing the future >

Hazel rule for deleting OmniFocus backups (without deleting them all)

David Sparks (@macsparky) and Katie Floyd (@katiefloyd) over at Mac Power Users covered a lot of great Hazel tips for those looking to automate the more mundane (yet important) aspects of electronic file management in episode 79 of the Mac Power Users podcast. Check it out. Subscribe.

The problem

As the owner of a MacBook Air, I was looking to keep a lid on the size of OmniFocus’ backups directory. As an example of how this can get out-of-hand, on my iMac this directory had nearly 900 files (dating back more than 3 years), and had swelled to over 70 GB. This was choking my Time Machine drive to death, and clearly wouldn’t make the tiny, SSD on my MacBook Air very happy. …keep reading Hazel rule for deleting OmniFocus backups (without deleting them all) >