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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Backblaze Saves the Day

Back in June I wrote a detailed post describing how I backup my data. One of the key components of my backup strategy was using Backblaze for continuous, offsite recovery in the event of a disaster. Well, disaster struck. Last week, the hard drive in my father's MacBook died. In the past,...

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Backups

Automatically Compressing Your Amazon S3 Images Using Yahoo!'s Smush.it Service

I'm totally obsessed with web site performance. It's one of those nerd niches that really appeal to me. I've blogged a few times previously on the topic. Two years ago, (has it really been that long?) I talked about my experiences rebuilding this site following the best practices of YSlow....

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How I Use OmniFocus to Organize My Life

I've noticed a resurgence on the web of people talking about OmniFocus and how they use the app to manage their task lists. Despite being a user for nearly three years — since the first public beta — for some reason I've never gotten around to writing about why I...

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Productivity OmniFocus

Generating Strong, User Friendly Passwords in PHP

For an upcoming project, I needed a quick PHP function that would generate strong passwords. It's an easy problem on the surface, but it has some quirky nuances that appear if you spend any length of time thinking about it. For example, it's not enough to merely pick characters at random...

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PHP

How I Backup my Mac

Four years ago, on another blog, I wrote about my file backup strategy — everything I use to keep my data safe. A lot has changed since then. CD's and DVD's have fallen by the wayside, raw hard disk space has gotten insanely cheap, and online storage has finally taken...

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Backups macOS

Open Source Updates

On this lazy Sunday afternoon I thought I'd take the opportunity to mention a few open source projects I've recently updated. GitHub makes sharing code so ridiculously easy, it's a shame not to call attention to it occasionally in case other people might find something useful. Sosumi 2.0 First up is Sosumi...

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PHP Open Source

OpenFeedback Part Deux

A year and a half ago I wrote about OpenFeedback, an open source Cocoa framework for gathering feedback from your users. Initially, it was a sister project to Appcaster, my indie dashboard web app. Since then, Appcaster has grown up and morphed into Shine, but OpenFeedback remained unchanged. Tonight, though,...

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Switching From PayPal to FastSpring

I've been wanting to switch my online store away from PayPal for quite a while now. Although there are a bunch of PayPal horror stories floating around the web (here's a recent one), my main reason is to make my life simpler. As much as I like rolling my own...

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Indie Business

Shine - An Indie Mac Dashboard

Two years ago, shortly after I released VirtualHostX 1.0, I wrote about Appcaster - a web dashboard for Mac developers I built that manages my application updates, payment processing, etc. With the release of VHX 2.0 and Incoming!, I decided it was time to rewrite Appcaster as the original code...

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