Saturday, August 27, 2005
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Google's IM in Adium/iChat
Google is apparently really, really releasing an IM client. Unfortunately it's only a PC client. But using the instructions above you too can experience Google Talk.
Here's the original scoop on the client:
Google Talk review
Yes, I did it, and that's yours truly chatting with none other than the infamous C.K. Sample.
Woot! As they say.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
An even easier way to change screencap format...
SCIT 1.0 does just what I wanted as a little app, and I don't have to log out or reboot. Awesome. I am constantly amazed by those lone developers out there...
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
How To Tuesday: Change the default screen capture filetype
In previous versions of OS X the captured screenshot was saved as a PDF, onto the desktop, in a doc titled "Picture 1" (and then Picture 2, etc.).
In Tiger the default screencap file format mysteriously changed to PNG. Maybe because that's what Widgets use? I dunno.
However, for my blogging over at Download Squad I have to use JPEGs. So I used to take a screenshot, pull it into Photoshop, do my thang, and save it for the web as a JPEG. Ack. Photoshop don't run too good on my dinky iBook...
So what if I could save out the screencap as a JPEG? You can, in fact, switch the default screencap format to whatever you like (within reason). PNG, PDF, JPG, and more... How?
Go into terminal, and type this:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg
This will write a little change into a config file, changing the format from PNG to JPG (see that on the end?)...
Pretty snazzy. Except you'll have to log out and back in (or reboot) for the changes to stick.
Works for me!
Saturday, August 13, 2005
99% less whining, 100% more usefulness
Also, I'm starting to post again on my creativity blog, DaVinci Notebooks. It used to support a podcast, but I haven't the time for podcasting anymore, and even if I did, I'd probably only do it for Download Squad. That's where my overall daily blogging has gone to...
Yet another blog is superpixel subscripts where I ruminate on the tech world. Not only that, but my freshest ideas will probably bubble up over there. When I'm in a good mood I can come up with some pretty neat stuff. My latest idea: geeks vs. gawks. Go there and check it out.
So what's to become of Solution Spheres? It will rise again!
Actually, I plan to keep blogging away on tips, tricks, and stuff exclusively for the Macintosh platform. In particular, how you can use Macs in a small business (preferrably SOHO), or at home to do really cool stuff.
Does saving money and time sound good? Great, you're at the right blog. I'm researching stuff like GTD, Mac-friendly web services and offline services, Mac business resources, etc. The ultimate goal is to create a series of extensible and configurable "Solution Spheres" for biz and home. I might have said this before, but it's not as easy as it sounds. There are a TON of resources on the 'net, and making sense of them for a switcher or even a Mac expert can be daunting. So I'm working on Mac-based ecosystems...
I like that so I'll repeat it again: Mac-based ecosystems. That's what Solution Spheres are all about.