We’ve noticed a slight problem with IMAP mail on the Mail App for Mac: for some reason, outgoing messages we sent hadn’t been saved on the server by default. This obviously resulted in a lot of confusion when looking for attachments we’ve sent, arrangements with clients, etc.
As you may already know, the difference between the two main email protocols, IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) and POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3) is that the IMAP protocol enables you to keep and open emails from the server, while the POP3 connection requires the download of the emails to your computer.
Growl, available on the AppStore, is the perfect application for the avid professional freelancer, who loves to indulge in or monitor instant messaging, emails, and many other notification-intensive applications.
The worst procrastination around is when we’re distracted by numerous notifications occurring on our desktops. Sure, you’ll say, “why not just turn everything off?” You can’t; not when you’re expecting that email from a client, or waiting for your colleague to log on, or just can’t ignore the notification of that call from your mother.
AirDrop was intoduced in OS X Lion and it’s an amazing feature! AirDrop lets you send and receive files between other Mac users easy and fast, even without being connected on the same wireless network! When I upgraded my OS to Lion, this was one of the first features that I wanted to test but wasn’t able to even see the icon on my Finder. Seems that unless you have a quite new computer, you’re not able to use AirDrop because your Wi-Fi card does not support PAN (Personal Area Networking). PAN enables your device to scan for other AirDrop users even if they are on another wireless network or not connected at all.
I have a Mac, an iPhone, and a Moleskine Calendar.
Well actually, the Moleskine calendar was my girlfriend’s idea for me to start organizing myself… and it worked, for a short while.
I’m one of those people that just can’t stick to one way. I’ve read and used tons of material on improving productivity and making the whole experience a little bit more fun, but it just didn’t work out for me in the long run. I would try an App – quit an App in a matter of days, simply because It wouldn’t stick. I couldn’t be consistent with it.
With Fantastical, I have a new experience to share…
My Little Pomodoro is a cute productivity app by Voltage Software for MacOS. Being a freelancer (mostly specializing in procrastination!), I decided to try out its effectiveness and use, and see if it can help us out with our daily activities.
The tiny application is based on The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo. The Pomodoro Technique is based on the idea that short bursts of productivity, or “pomodoros“, without any distractions, (which are a procrastinator’s nightmare!) can be the key to a freelancer’s productive work day.
Glitch is a web-based massively-multiplayer game and, as they perfectly describe it: There are quests to go on, skills to learn, races to run, puzzles to solve and piggies to nibble. You can specialize as a chef, build your own multinational construction company, or just hang out with your friends. The world is your big, colorful, non-smelly oyster.
If you seek the new and improved every day [in any niche], you realize that nothing is set in stone.
I recently reviewed Quicksilver, an application I absolutely adore because it makes my everyday life so much easier. Not because it has a stylish user interface, or because it has flashy features that I can’t live without, but because it does one thing right. I’m not much of a mouse clicker, and getting from point A to point B as fast as possible is what I’m looking for, so when it comes to opening applications and managing tasks that once seemed long and distracting, Quicksilver did it great for me.
And then came Alfred…
The tool is called TotalFinder. It is a band-aid fix on the native Finder that embeds some features that Mac user have always been requesting.
There’s quite a need for a fast free and easy way for image compression. And if you’re a webmaster you can feel my need!
You might say, why go into all that trouble just to compress an image from 200 Kb to 100? Is it really worth it? The simple answer is totally, but let me explain my self.
I own a popular website that uses images extensively. At the beginning I had no problems hosting the images on the same server, but when the traffic started to kick in, we had serious issues. First it was the bandwidth that the images were consuming but the most important issue we had was that when our posts became viral on social networks, our 100 Mbit line wasn’t enough to serve 1600 concurrent users.
The number of people who enjoy a dual-monitor workspace are increasing as the prices of monitors go down, and as the need for more real estate goes up.
People like you and me, who spend most of their online time with more than 15 tabs open on the Internet, reading their RSS Feed, and replying to E-mails and IMs, need the extra space.
With Mac OS X, extending your Monitor is as easy as plugging it in. But there’s a catch. Once you set where you want your Dock and Menu bar to appear, that’s that.