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Most people involved with tech have an insatiable thirst for bigger, faster, better. Yet, maybe we might be in just a little too much of a rush to throw away our devices and replace them with the next thing that comes along.

A Computer of a Certain Age — VintageZen

Wherein Linus Edwards sees just how much one can get done with a 1994 model Macintosh Performa 630CD today.

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merlin:

Video: OmniFocus 2 Debut - Blog - The Omni Group

Featuring Ken Case (Omni Group CEO), Liz Marley (OmniFocus Project Lead), David Sparks (that David Sparks), and yours truly.

Can’t wait til you guys get to play with this new version. It’s a dinger.

OT: I’d totally buy a stuffed animal of Ken Case. I mean, how cute is he?

empiricalmagic:

iOS Support Matrix v2.1

Version 2.1: Minor updates, bumped maximum version to 6.1, fixed 2001 typo.

Version 2.0: Increased data-density; device memory, Geekbench scores and processor family.

empiricalmagic:

iOS Support Matrix v2.1

Version 2.1: Minor updates, bumped maximum version to 6.1, fixed 2001 typo.

Version 2.0: Increased data-density; device memory, Geekbench scores and processor family.

unpossiblelabs:

Dungeon World arrived today. I contributed $45 to the Kickstarter, and received the books pictured plus what is perhaps the spiffiest RPG-related t-shirt I’ve ever seen. The rulebook is hefty, solidly bound, and in all respects professional. I’ve already played the game, but now that I have it in book form with the additional material, I’m excited to introduce it to friends who’ve not yet played.
I think Kickstarter works so well for tabletop RPGs is that while the old saw about every gamer wanting to create their own game is true, the vast majority of us don’t have the time or the skills to pull it off. Participating in a Kickstarter makes every backer part of the process of creating and distributing a new game. As a backer, you get to review early drafts. You hear from the designers how things are progressing. You get to see images used in the book before everyone else. It’s like you’re leaning over the shoulders of the folks making the game.
The Dungeon World team wanted to raise $4,000. They raised $82,879. They used that money well, and I’m quite happy to have been a supporter. 

unpossiblelabs:

Dungeon World arrived today. I contributed $45 to the Kickstarter, and received the books pictured plus what is perhaps the spiffiest RPG-related t-shirt I’ve ever seen. The rulebook is hefty, solidly bound, and in all respects professional. I’ve already played the game, but now that I have it in book form with the additional material, I’m excited to introduce it to friends who’ve not yet played.

I think Kickstarter works so well for tabletop RPGs is that while the old saw about every gamer wanting to create their own game is true, the vast majority of us don’t have the time or the skills to pull it off. Participating in a Kickstarter makes every backer part of the process of creating and distributing a new game. As a backer, you get to review early drafts. You hear from the designers how things are progressing. You get to see images used in the book before everyone else. It’s like you’re leaning over the shoulders of the folks making the game.

The Dungeon World team wanted to raise $4,000. They raised $82,879. They used that money well, and I’m quite happy to have been a supporter. 

luken7:

Affordable new FLIR MD-series thermal imaging camera

Oh how I want, I want…
Affordable new FLIR MD-series thermal imaging camera
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luken7:

Affordable new FLIR MD-series thermal imaging camera

Oh how I want, I want…

Affordable new FLIR MD-series thermal imaging camera

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Now you can get tax tips, videos, podcasts and more from the Internal Revenue Service on Tumblr - welcome, IRS!

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Now you can get tax tips, videos, podcasts and more from the Internal Revenue Service on Tumblr - welcome, IRS!

emptystates:

Payday main screen with no data
Credit: @toccame

emptystates:

Payday main screen with no data

Credit: @toccame

Mac, a wonderful genius distribution of Linux

bootstrapfabrica:

Three months ago I had my first experience with OS X. Looking at it from the Ubuntu refugee point of view all the broken things are fixed, all the working ideas done better. You can think of a Mac as wonderful genius in every sense of the way distribution of Linux.

I’ve been taking notes, gaining knowledge. I’d like to share some of what I learned. Fact is, to be pragmatic I will focus on solutions to common use cases.

iTunes comes in handy for consuming and organising media, I like it. As for downloaded content I stand with VLC.

Use Kitabu and Kindle for ebook reading.

Torrent is Transmission.

For web I use Safari w/ AdBlock and LastPass. Remove the adblock extension icon from the Toolbar, do it for minimalism concerns.

Flash was installed with a bit of vomiting involved. If you don’t use ClickToFlash you are insane.

Communication is done with Facebook built in integration, Twitter has an app and Colloquy is for IRC.

Tools for creativity, a.k.a thinking tools I find myself using iA Writer and Evernote, for quick notes use Apple’s Notes and Skitch.

For games, I’ve installed Steam. The Mac version sucks, but I hope it will improve over time.

Backup is done with arq to Glacier, Time Machine to external HD. Soon to be nailed down by third layer in the form of Carbon Copy Cloner to external HD as well.

The Unarchiver does zip extraction. UnRarX complements with rar handling.

Terminal is iTerm2. Brilliant application.

Eclipse and Oracle JDK 7 for java development. Remember that when you configure JDK path you should be pointing at /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines

Xcode for iOS stuff also install Xcode command line tools.

Back of the envelope calculations are done with Soulver, heavier stuff are done with Microsoft Excel. Having Excel run native is a true blessing.

Dev text editor of choice is Sublime Text. Don’t forget to symlink subl from local/bin

For merge kaleidoscope is excellent but pricey. Instead I use a combination of p4merge and meld. Take note that meld does require some work to install (homebrew, XQuartz and PYTHONPATH)

EC2 management is done with ElasticFox stand alone, and my super tuned ssh settings file. S3 is accessed with s3cmd (homebrew).

Graphical interface for remote file operations stuff is Cyberduck.

rsync, file, git, ssh, nc, vim, sed, awk, diff, patch, grep, du, df, ps, lsof, wc, top, zsh, dig, ant and mvn are well installed, Thanks Apple. Interesting new ones are: lsm, lam, asr.

Had to tune Mail.app to use no archive IMAP with Gmail, otherwise It’s insane and causes too much waste. For discovering what is taking up all you disk space look at Disk Sweeper

For secure storage I discovered Disk Utility. Just create an encrypted, password protected, sparse storage hard disk and unmount it when your done.

System information is being obtained with Activity Monitor, and to make it look cooler install MiStat from the App Store.

Remote access via ssh or graphical is provided by Apple’s Sharing feature.

Sometimes VirtualBox is required, I wrap it with Vagrant. Be careful not to pollute your Mac with junk. Invest energy in keeping your setup minimalistic and fat free. Stuff like mysql and mongo, as well as developer libraries let alone bug reproduction environments should go into a VM of ubuntu or what not.

Overall I’m very pleased with my Mac, the system is much more stable, user experience is awesome. Best of all the laptop disappears, it allows you to forget it’s there and focus on being productive. Smartest life improvement decision of 2012.