Wow. Talk about being through the ringer the last few weeks.
First off, for all the benefits of gas heat, the main detraction is that it dries the air out in a house completely. Which, in combination with the anti-climate of Northern Virginia, led me to contract a nasty sinus cold. And being obstinate, I refused to go to the ENT for something that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Three weeks in, and I’m almost getting over it. Of course, we’ve started spring, where weather goes dry and cold to 70Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â° and wet almost overnight.
Secondly, the physical smack down equates a mental burn out that usually pushes me towards the couch. Of course, when client work needs to be done, this doesn’t work so well. So things take twice as long, and I’m at least twice as dissatisfied with them after they are complete.
Third, the band has moved from 1 practice a week to two practices and one meeting. On top of that, I’ve been jamming with some friends about one night a week for fun and then trying to remix some stuff for Boboroshi and Kynz. Speaking of, the new mixes are done for Arpelago and As Good As You. Enjoy that.
And there’s always the stuff that you see and say “Oh, I should make a note of that,” but then you forget to do so because a client calls, or all hell breaks loose on a server, or one of those typical “I’m-a-geek-running-a-company” kind of things happens.
So, here’s some cool toys I’ve discovered thanks to friends or in surfing recently:
I have some apps I have that startup and run all the time, sometimes with space in the menu bar. But they show up in the dock as well. I don’t want them in the dock. This little tool is a great solution.
Dockless is a little app that does what some people have always wanted – remove certain applications from their dock. Dock real estate can become precious, and some apps don’t make a whole lot of sense sitting there. That’s where Dockless comes in. With Dockless, any OS X application can be made to show in the Dock or not.
Slim Battery Monitor
.sara sent me this cool little utility that lets you take back some menu bar space from the battery menu.
SlimBatteryMonitor is a replacement power gauge for Mac OS X that monitors both laptop batteries and many UPS batteries. Multiple-battery systems (e.g. older powerbooks) are supported as well. A graphical icon shows the power remaining, and can be accompanied by a text description (battery charge in percent, or time remaining). Colours can indicate whether the system is fully charged, charging or on battery.
Dismantling your Laserwriter Select 360
And then finally, I found this great site while trying to figure out why my ten year old Apple Laserwriter Select 360 was fading out on the right hand side with a brand new toner cartridge. Turns out the optics are dirty. Of course, the optics are BURIED in the machine. So after blowing more dust that I’ve seen in a long time, and getting pretty close, I decided I had better things to do with my Friday than completely dismantle the printer. I called up a local <http://www.studio405.com/">mac tech firm for designers to see what they might suggest. If it’s cheaper than me spending my weekend looking for the screw I dropped on the floor, then I’ll have to pass on my surgery. Otherwise, it’s project time.