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GenieGo Volume Adjustment

The GenieGo application for Mac OS X is reasonably good, but adjusting its volume adjusts your system volume… which makes working while you're trying to watch a show quietly in the background rather annoying, since ALL of your system sounds are now quieter. 😛

TypeIt4Me vs. TextExpander – Round 22

When I last blogged about this, back in 2006 (!!), we were only on round 12.

TextExpander was only at version 1.3 (!!).

Today I got an email announcing TextExpander 4.2.1, so I checked it out. I'm trying it, and thus far, I'm liking it. It expands every time so far, and the only missing feature that I used a few times in TypeIt4Me is the ability to simulate other keyboard presses (like the backspace key) when expanding.

Why am I trying TextExpander - and actually going so far as to buy the upgrade ($15) and commit to using it for awhile? Because TypeIt4Me doesn't seem to be getting attention. The last update is approaching a year old, and none of the instructions were even updated for Mavericks and the new Accessibility controls or System Prefs.

TextExpander, on the other hand, continues to get attention.

Your Verse

The site: Apple - iPad - What will your verse be

The video ad:

Google+ Settings

Settings - Google+ - Holy heck did I just turn off a LOT of stuff that was on without my knowledge.

Netflix Streams Decreasing

Netflix's dumbed-down algorithms

Netflix's big problem, it seems to me, is that it can't afford the content that its subscribers most want to watch. It could try to buy streaming rights to every major Hollywood blockbuster in history — but doing so would cost hundreds of billions of dollars, and could never be recouped with $7.99 monthly fees. What's more, the studios can watch the Netflix share price as easily as anybody else, and when they see it ending 2013 at $360 a share, valuing the company at well over $20 billion, that's their sign to start raising rates sharply during the next round of negotiations. Which in turn helps explain why Netflix is losing so many great movies.

John Gruber also links to Can I Stream.It?

Laptop and Electronics Seizures

How is this legal? How can they seize my laptop or cell phone for any reason?

A federal judge today upheld a President Barack Obama administration policy allowing authorities along the U.S. border to seize and search laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices for any reason.

Alarmingly, the government contends the Fourth-Amendment-Free Zone stretches 100 miles inland from the nation's actual border.

A Speck in the Sea

A Speck in the Sea - Worth reading. And how big of a jerk would Jimmy Buffett have beef he had said "no, let's keep fishing?"

Kickstarter Project for iPhone Owner Golfers (Or Other Activities)

Back this Project on Kickstarter, please. I'd like to see it get funded. 🙂

Hugh Laurie… Singing

That was unexpected. I can't sing for crap.

The Builder’s High

I'm picking up what he's putting down.

Siracusa Grades Apple’s Year (2013)

John Siracusa graded Apple's year based on his list from February 2.

You'll have to click through to read his thoughts, but his grades and any short comments I have are below:


Every now and then I feel like I "miss" MacsBug, but really I am just remembering an earlier OS. In no way do I actually miss MacsBug.

China’s Elite Pigeon Racing

Who knew?

Safe Driving in the Snow

What not to do:

Snowy Car

Where’s the Best Place for Sports Team Patches

I'd like to buy two sew-on patches each of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers. Ideally they'd be about 4" x 4".

What's the best place to buy them?