Digital Delusion Summertime Bliss Thu, 01 Feb 2007 21:57:53 +0000 en Sweet Workflow Action Thu, 01 Feb 2007 18:15:05 +0000 JournalAppleApplicationsAutomatorMacMac OS XQuestionWorkflow Workflow Menu

After having to subscribe to the Wall Street Journal for one of my college courses, I was determined to find easier ways to get the content to my desktop. I discovered that they provide a PDF version for the front page of every section, with the date being the only differentiation in the filename.

By using the Replace Date Placeholders automator action, I can now automatically download a PDF for the Wall Street Journal every morning. It simply replaces the date portion of the filename with the current date. I have done the same to fetch the latest Penny-Arcade comic.

With that said, I have a few questions for you:

  • Do you have any Automator Workflows that are pretty handy?
  • What would you use the Replace Date Placeholders action for?
  • Are there any other online publications that provide PDF versions?
Mint 2.0 Tue, 30 Jan 2007 16:19:56 +0000 JournalApplicationsDevelopmentMintNotificationPepper Mint 2.0

Shaun Inman, mastermind behind Mint, has released the much anticipated 2.0 updated for the popular stats program. In the update, Shaun gave the program a complete visual overhaul, as well as many improvements to increase the performance of the application. Here is a list of the major improvements taken from the feature highlights page:

  • staggered loading of Pepper data to improve page load time within Mint
  • numerous interface and hierarchy refinements including support for custom styles
  • improved pane tiling to reclaim wasted screen real estate
  • better management of additional database tables created by third-party Pepper
  • simple graphs (with an updated API to share this functionality with third-party Pepper developers)
  • full support for Internet Explorer 6+ including installation and administration
  • most Repeat, Popular and Common tabs can all be filtered by timespan
  • support for the official Bird Feeder Pepper for tracking your feeds with Mint
  • new Domains tab added to the Referrers pane groups referrers by domain and sorts by the number of referrers from each domain
  • Watched tab of the Pages pane has been expanded to display referrers of Watched pages
  • new Readers tab in the User Agent pane when the new Bird Feeder Pepper is installed shows the feed reader application and version
  • new Secret Crushes Pepper uses common blog and CMS cookies to automatically assign names to your visitors within Mint
  • new Real Estate Pepper tracks the width and height of the browser window
  • searches are now separated out into web and image
  • no longer tracks identifiable information by default (eg. ip addresses) to prevent conflicts with existing privacy policies
  • single column mode (perfect for uni-taskers and those with Wiis!)

With the update, all previous pepper plugins work without losing any functionality. Head over to the Peppermill and check out all the third-party peppers that add unlimited potential to Mint beyond the factory capabilities. Also, don’t for get my pepper, Notification.

Overall, $30 for a new license, or $19 for an upgrade is money well spent if you’re interested in tracking your website traffic.

Happy New Year Mon, 01 Jan 2007 21:23:39 +0000 Journal Happy New Year

Five Things About Me Thu, 28 Dec 2006 06:57:48 +0000 Journal Ronald tagged me in a little blogging activity were you reveal 5 things that most people don’t know about you.

Five things about me:

  • I’ve been bitten in the face by two dogs. The first time I was 5 years old, a Husky attacked me after I stepped on it’s tail. I have a scar on my upper lip and my right eye brow. The second time a Dalmatian just went crazy and attacked the left side of my face. Yeah, I have a small fear of large dogs.
  • I raced BMX for 2 years. When I was 16, I was ranked #1 in the state for my class.
  • When I was 6, I got mad at my mom for something stupid, went into my bedroom and proceeded to climb into my clothes hamper. My dad had to be called home from work to cut me out with a saw.
  • I used to hate Macs. Now I refuse to use anything else.
  • I feed my cat beef jerky as a treat.
Verizon Has No Sense Sun, 10 Dec 2006 20:38:00 +0000 Journal I never have liked Verizon all that much, and I’m not sure why. I think it may be their ‘network’ commercials. Does it really take that many people to get one customer’s phone working? Alright, advertising aside, it seems they lack major math skills in the customer service area.

This poor customer was quoted a different amount for data usage than he was charged. Not one, not two, but three service representatives, including a manager, fails to recognize the difference between $0.002 and 0.002¢. You will have to read the customer’s blog, and listen to the phone call to understand how stupid these service reps are.

I hope someone at Verizon’s corporate office sees what is going on and fixes this guys bill.

MacHeist Invites Mon, 06 Nov 2006 14:25:21 +0000 JournalAppleApplicationsMacMacHeist I know, I haven’t posted anything in 2 months. I’ve been pretty busy with school as well as a new job. But I have had time to browse around and stay up to date with the Mac scene. I came across MacHeist. MacHeist is a fun way to get nice deals on Mac shareware programs.

I don’t want to ruin the surprise but I’ve gotten over $20 worth of software for free already. I’ve got 3 invites to anyone that is interested. Just leave a comment.

By the way, check out 1Passwd!

Notifications For All Thu, 24 Aug 2006 14:43:49 +0000 JournalDownloadMintNotificationPepper Introducing Notification, a pane-less Mint pepper that sends the site owner an email when a specified criteria is met. The user can select between total or unique visits for either the hour, day, week, month, or overall time period. This could be used to find out when your site reaches a specific milestone, or to find out when previous months hits have been passed.

I would like to thank Ronald from for his help with this project. This probably would have never been released if it wasn’t for his help.

What are you waiting for? Head over to the the Notification project page, to download now.

Google Calendars: A Question Sun, 20 Aug 2006 04:47:40 +0000 JournalCalendarGoogleiCalQuestion CalendarsI use iCal to organize all of my events, but I want to have a mirror of those events for Wendy and I to access on the go via Google Calendar. I worked on this for a bit tonight. I know that I can export each calendar and then import it into Google Calendar, but I want a much easier approach. So far this is the only solution I have found: I have my iCal auto-publish 4 calendars to my iCal Exchange account. From there, I paste the URL of the ICS format into Google’s “Other Calendar” option. That solution works great for viewing within the Google Calendar website, but I want to be able to recieve event alerts and Google Calendar doesn’t seem to do that with “Other Calendars.”

So my question is this. Is there a simple, auto-updating way to publish an iCal calendar to Google Calendar without having it as a “Other” calendar?

Did that make any sense to anyone?

Congratulations Josh Blue Thu, 10 Aug 2006 15:04:11 +0000 JournalFunnyHumorJosh BlueLast Comic StandingVideo Josh Blue won season 4 of The Last Comic Standing, which was no surprise. This guy is hilarious. I normally don’t like to embed videos on my site, but you have to check this out!

Thoughts On Leopard Thu, 10 Aug 2006 03:05:26 +0000 JournalAppleLeopardMac OS XWWDC Leopard

After watching the WWDC keynote I have to say, Vista is going to suck compared to Leopard. It was a good idea by Steve and his staff to limit the preview of Leopard to only a few features. You can see a these features on Apple’s Leopard preview page. Here are my thoughts on what was previewed Monday.

Spotlight: They said it will be improved greatly, but with the amount of plugins and customizability that Quicksilver has, Spotlight has a lot of catching up to do.

iChat: Wow! This is going to freaking rock. The ability to share pictures, movies, presentations, and even your desktop with your buddies has become so simple and fun. My only complaint about the update is the positioning of tabs. The tabs need to be more Safari-like.

Spaces: Virtual desktops have been around for a long time. I’m surprised it took Apple this long to implement it into the OS. On a laptop, screen real estate is important and spaces fixes that problem and will help me stay more organized.

Mail: The addition of notes and to-do items is great, but it probably won’t get much use out of me.

Time Machine: Holy crap! Being able to go back at any point in time and retrieve a file is amazing. My only question is how much local disk space will the application use? I don’t want to have to go out and buy an external drive specifically for backups that I rarely need.