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New Machine

The old Macbook Pro finally kicked it, so… on to the new one.  Just thought I’d share my “what to install” list of all-stars that survived the jump from the old machine to the new.  Missing anything?

* FluidApp

* Yammer via Fluid

* Adium (AIM/GMail/Nextpoint Gmail/Yahoo)

* OpenOffice

* OnePassword

* Firefox

… firebug

… live http headers

* Chrome

* Alfred

* iTerm

* Seashore

* Dropbox

* Skitch

* svndiff (

* Skype

* Camino

* StuffIt Expander

* Picasa

* SlimBatteryMonitor

* TextMate

…. svn, resolve with macgreerver

* Cyberduck

* CoRD

* NeoOffice

(and just let me know if you want more detail on any than just the name)

Update: forgot… Menu Meters

Update 2: forgot to disable Flash (in general) and install the YouTube5 Safari extension

Update 3: SlidePad


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iPhone Contact Synch Troubleshooting

I recently undertook a (failed) journey into synching my Gmail contacts with my Address Book. The end result was much annoyance, followed by a day (ok probably 20 minutes) of cleanup to get my list back to normal. FINE. The cleanup got done – I re-synched with my iPhone and viola: contacts restored to normal… or were they?

10 minutes later I received a text from someone not in my contacts list. Upon further inspection, it was a good friend of mine (who I frequently trade messages with) — what the heck? His number isn’t in my address book?

A quick check of my laptop revealed that he was still there but wasn’t properly being synched to my phone. It wasn’t just him – 25ish contacts were mysteriously not showing up properly. Editing individual entries and resynching got the job done but finding these 25 people was really getting annoying – I needed a truer solution.

The winner:
iSynch -> Preferences -> Reset Sync History


That, plus one more “synch” through iTunes – and I was back on track.  Hope that helps if you’re in that same boat!

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99.999% uptime

You may or may not be anti-Joel, but this message from WordPress reminded me of a good post from him recently.


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Setting up the new machine

I’ve been trying to remember just what I need on my machine… it’s a combination of remembering what was on the old one + looking for better tools + removing the cruft.

Here’s what I’ve got (basically) so far.

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