Loving Macfusion for Quick Web Updates

Macfusion is an app for OS X (obviously) that allows you to mount FTP and SSH connections as though they were drives on your Mac. Though not a heavy use tool, Macfusion is quite nice for making quick and dirty updates to websites. When “mounted” all the files on your web server act as though they are on your computer, which means you can directly edit them. Just make sure you download a backup first, because that is a very quick way to screw up a website.

Did I mention it’s free?

I hear there are some problems with Lion, but if you follow the trail on the Macfusion Github page it will work just fine. They recommend downloading and installing the only dependency, MacFUSE from this site, rather than the copy from Google.

As a side note, FTP seemed quite sluggish for me, to the point where it was nearly unusable, but when connected with SSH it’s quite speedy,

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Fantastic Artwork by Tony Riff

I was perusing Abduzeedu when I stumbled on the fantastic artwork of Tony Riff. The video is really well done too.

Tony Riff from itdrewitself on Vimeo.

Check out Tony’s Flickr photostream for more of his great works.

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Two Great TED Talks About Careers

I wasn’t even looking talks on career advise, but upon hitting the play button on Charlie Hoehn’s TEDx presentation I was hooked. YouTube was kind enough to offer the second gem from Jenny Blake after I finishing the first. If you want great career advise, don’t take it from me, but these two folks seem to have figured something out.

Charlie Hoehn — The New Way to Work

Jenny Blake — The Career in the Age of the App

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960 Grid System 12 column Cheat Sheet

I decided it was time to learn the 960 Grid System for coding web sites. And what better way to learn than to make my own cheat sheet. Let me know if you find this useful and maybe I’ll make a 16 column cheat sheet as well.

960 Grid System – 12 Column Quick Reference

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Apple CAD Drawings For Inspiration

I saw this article on Core77 yesterday, thanks to TUAW. Core77 did a great job of turning some Apple CAD drawings into a work of art. And I was inspired to do the same. Here’s my take on it.

I turned it into some wallpapers and have them included after the break.

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Safari 5 Evernote Clipping

I was playing around with a few of the features from the latest version of Safari and stumbled across some great functionality. In today’s article you’ll find a new way to clip notes into Evernote using a brand new feature from Apple’s browser. Continue reading

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iPad Designer PDF’s

I was working on some ideas for an iPad app, and thought it might be useful to actually draw on one. Well, kinda. Anyway, I made these PDF’s so that I can easily print out an iPad whenever I need one. While I was at it I thought I’d let you all use them too. I can’t promise that the sizes are perfect, they are very close to the real thing (may very depending on your printer and settings). Feel free to download and print as many as you want, just send your friends here if they ask where you got it. Enjoy!

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Evernote

As anyone who is reading this knows without a doubt, I am a self professed geek and am on my computer a lot. Certain pieces of software are the reason why; Evernote is one of them. Evernote is what I would classify as memory organization software. It started for me as a place to horde all of the random articles and ideas that I had, and has morphed into where I store all of my notes, documents, stories, sketches and important photos. Where there used to be folders within folders and Word documents within those, there is now Evernote. It has single handedly replaced 90% of the file structure that I once maintained.

One of the best features of Evernote is it’s ubiquitous approach. It can be used on as many platforms and operating systems as you can think of. And once you have added a note to the Evernote system, it can be synced to all of your devices. So where I once had no access to my documents while on the road, now all I have to do is grab my iPhone and tap the Evernote button. As of this writing it is available for Mac OSX, Windows, iPhone / iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Palm, Windows Mobile, and just about any web browser.

Of course there is on other feature that definitely needs to be mentioned before I’m done here. It’s free! That’s right, as in it costs nothing. Their business model is simple, they give away their software in hopes that a few people will pay the $45 / year for some extra features, but without the professional account, the software is still fully capable.

All of these things make Evernote an essential piece of software in which I would not want to live without. My recommendation, download it now.

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Nebula

To celebrate the launch of the new site, I’ve made a new wallpaper for your pleasure. I’ve formatted it to fit most screens, and have included a version for computers as well as iPhones and iPads. Feel free to use this at your own discretion but if you send it to a friend, please tell them where you got it. Enjoy!

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New Website

I’ve been playing around with some new ideas and new technologies over the past couple of weeks and have officially decided to scrap the old website. A little spring cleaning of sorts. I’m not sure that this design will be permanent although something like it probably will be.

The new design is using a lot of HTML 5 and CSS 3, if you don’t know what that means, that’s ok I’ll keep it simple. In order to display the site completely, you will need to use a new version of a browser such as Firefox 3.6+Safari 4+ or Chrome 4+. Anything short of that and there will be some elements that won’t quite look as planned. Rest assured that you won’t miss out on any content, it just won’t look as pretty. Sorry Internet Explorer users, until version 9 comes out, you will not be able to see most of the fancy stuff. There are some ways around that which I may deploy at a later date, but I’m not sure that I want to put that much effort into it.

Anyway, enough rambling from me. Please enjoy the new site and thank you for visiting.

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