Download Jigsaw for macOS

Jigsaw is one of those ridiculously fun (dumb?) ideas that come along and smack you upside the head one day and you can’t help but take an afternoon to build.

Apple already lets you sync the contents of your Desktop using iCloud. But, if you’re a visual person like me who often arranges their Desktop icons in meaningful ways, not having the positions of your files on screen also stay in sync is frustrating as I move between my laptop and desktop throughout the day.

Jigsaw solves that by syncing the positions of your Desktop icons over iCloud. Move a folder on your iMac, and a few seconds later it mirrors itself on your laptop.

Jigsaw is free to download.

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Visually Syncing Your Mac's Desktop

For me, my Mac’s Desktop is my staging ground, my active workspace, the digital representation of my mental RAM. I’ll typically have all of the files related to the task I’m currently working on stored on my Desktop. Once it’s complete, I’ll either file them away or delete them and move on to the next thing.

Having the Desktop on my iMac at home stay in-sync with my work laptop eases the transition and context switching as I move between locations. Dropbox has been doing this for years, but actually getting into the correct folder in Dropbox always has just enough friction to keep me from using it with active files the way I do my Desktop. When Apple added the option to sync your Documents and Desktop folders into iCloud Drive a number of years ago, it was a perfect fit for me...

...almost.

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Do You Hear That?

Shortly into quarantine at the beginning of March, I realized I had a problem. My iMac has too many audio devices, and managing them was becoming a pain in the ass. And it was all because working full-time at home again, in this new age of frequent work video meetings, Slack and Discord calls, and dealing with two young, screaming kids with no school to attend, created a perfect storm of audio requirements.

So I did what I always end up doing, and wrote the app I wanted for myself.

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JavaScript - A Bedtime Story

It all started with a nightlight that looked like a snowman and ended up taking 89 lines of JavaScript to make my kids go to sleep.

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Quick Access to My Favorite Folders with Keyboard Maestro

So, I did what I almost always do when I face a situation of deep despair on my Mac. I reached for the greatest Swiss Army knife of them all – Keyboard Maestro – and came up with an incredibly lo-fi solution that isn’t as feature rich as what those other apps offer or as convenient as Dock folders (when they don’t disappear), but it works for me!

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Running commands remotely on a Mac that you don't have access to using Hazel and Dropbox

...I'm just glad I'm to the point in my nerd existence where I can be happy applying a fix and not caring about the real underlying issues that don't concern me.

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Making Siri Shortcuts run automatically - even when iOS doesn’t want you to

Let’s talk about something fun and related to my new obsession with Siri Shortcuts and CarPlay. Namely, how to trick iOS into running Shortcut automations that the OS doesn’t typically allow you to do.

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Triage Your Email in the Car with Siri

With this script, Siri will speak a summary of your unread emails and then allow you to take action on each individual message. You can listen to the full email body. Or, you can archive, delete, mark as spam, mark as read or unread, and send a reply.

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Automatically backup up the full contents of your Pinboard (and Pocket) bookmarks in DEVONthink

This is a followup to my post last week about archiving your existing Pinboard bookmarks into DEVONthink. I wanted to clarify two points and also explain the new workflow I've setup to automatically archive any new websites I bookmark - whether in Pinboard or Pocket. First, in my last post, I...

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How to Import Your Pinboard Bookmarks Into DEVONthink and Convert Them to Searchable Web Archives

Pinboard is a web-based bookmarking service that can optionally crawl the websites you save and store a complete copy of how they appeared at that time. Because Pinboard is a good web citizen, they allow you to request an archive of all of your bookmarks and their saved contents as a...

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Connecting Amazon Alexa's Todo's with OmniFocus

Last week Amazon Alexa and IFTTT hooked up in a big way. They now have triggers that allow you to do things whenever you add an item to your Alexa to-do or shopping lists. This is awesome because now those items don't have to live within Amazon's ecosystem. With a...

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PebbleCam

My Pebble arrived last week and I've been geeking out over it ever since. I've been thinking a lot about wearable tech the last few years and signed up immediately when Pebble was first announced last year. (I can't wait to see what Apple can do in this space.) So with...

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Hacks Open Source

Search Mac and iOS Documentation From Chrome's Omnibox

Earlier this week, the Chromium Blog announced an official extension API for Chrome's omnibox (search bar). I've always loved keyboard driven interfaces — the command line, [Quicksilver](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quicksilver_(software)), Alfred, etc — so, I immediately started thinking about what I could build with it. My first idea was a documentation browser for Apple's...

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Sosumi for Mac - Find Your iPhone From Your Deskop

Every holiday, between the food and family, I always seem to find time for a quick project. Last year I built the first version of Nottingham over the Thanksgiving break. This year was no exception, and I found myself putting the final touches on Sosumi for Mac after an...

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Sosumi - A MobileMe Scraper

Sosumi is a PHP script that scrapes MobileMe and exposes Apple's Find My iPhone functionality to the command line or your own web application. This lets you pull your phone's current location and push messages and alarms to the device. Like my previous blog post that dealt with AT&T's Family Map...

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Hacks PHP Open Source

Persistant Location Updates From iPhone to Fire Eagle

Location Based Services are hot. They add an extra layer of usefulness on top of the web sites and products we're already using. The trick is keeping your location updated in the cloud as frequently, comfortably, and securely as possible. Fire Eagle fulfills the security requirement — brokering your whereabouts only...

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Hacks PHP

Google Voice Dialer

Last year I posted...

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Hacks PHP Open Source

Forward Your Growl Notifications to Twitter

I've got three Macs that I regularly use. One at work, a laptop for personal use, and a Mac Mini connected to our living room TV. I use Growl on all three — it's so ingrained in my workflow (IM notifications, new emails, background tasks) that I often forget it's...

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Hacks macOS

How to Stream Your iTunes Music Over the Internet

Update: Want to stream your iTunes music over the internet? Try Highwire! It streams your iTunes library and a whole lot more :-) I keep all of my iTunes music stored on a Drobo attached to an Airport at home. This frees up valuable space on my laptop and lets me...

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Hacks macOS

Dial a Phone Number Using Grand Central and PHP

If you're lucky enough to have a Grand Central account, here's a quick PHP class that will login to your account and dial a phone number. This is probably one of the more random bits of code I've ever written, but I think it's useful. <?PHP $gc =...

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Scraping IMDB With PHP

For an upcoming project, I need to pull in metadata about movies and TV shows — genres, plot summaries, actors, etc. The de-facto source is, of course, IMDB. Unfortunately, they're behind the times and don't offer an API to access their data. (At least not one that I've ever found.) So,...

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Hacks PHP

Bank of America RSS Feeds

Bank of America has a great online banking system. It's why I switched to them three years ago. I've often wanted them to provide an RSS feed of recent transactions on my account — I've emailed them multiple times, but no such luck. So, today I finally got around to doing what I always...

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Hacks PHP

Managing Exchange Invites in Apple's iCal

For better or worse, most of my coworkers live and die by their Exchange calendars. Unfortunately, as a developer working on a Mac 24/7, there aren't many options for dealing with the barrage of Outlook invites I receive each day. I can either use Entourage which only kinda-sorta-works, or I...

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Hacks macOS AppleScript

Navigate Yahoo! Search Results Using Only Your Keyboard

Google has an experimental search page where you can test drive new search result layouts. My favorite is the Keyboard Shortcuts option. This lets you navigate and view search results using only the keyboard - no mouse required! It's a huge benefit for Quicksilver fans. Now that Yahoo! is my default search engine, I desperately...

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Hacks Yahoo!