DAMN RIGHT I’M GOING HERE AGAIN. Why? Backups have saved my bacon yet again. I have something new in the system. You got new stuff for Christmas, and now is the time to start backing it up so you can quit worrying about it. A pretty young woman and I had a conversation about this… Continue reading How I Backup My Macs: December 2013
Your filesystem’s job is to know where the data is on your disk. Just as it is important to back up your data, it’s also important to know that your computer knows where it is, for two reasons: 1) you need to be able to access the data and 2) you need to be able to back up that data. If your filesystem stops doing its job flawlessly, you are on the road to being screwed.
I was on that road, cruising at highway speed. Backups kept me from crashing and burning.
Five years ago, I wrote about my iTunes Smart Playlists set. Since then, more than a few changes have happened to iTunes, including Genius playlists and the renaming of Party Shuffle to iTunes DJ. Amazingly, I’m still largely using the setup I had five years ago. Here’s what I have feeding everything: I found the… Continue reading My iTunes Smart Playlists, c. 2011
So the other day, Chris and I were having one of our typically nerdy email conversations. The subject of feed reader workflows came up, and I said: I think decluttering [feeds] is a task worth doing about once a month. I keep a Probation folder for new feeds and only move them out after I… Continue reading Putting Things on Probation
Okay, so here’s a rant that I’ve had boil up in my head for the better part of a year or two, and finally, well, I’m here. If I made a band’s Web site, I would have, at a minimum: Lyrics to the songs. This is so unbelievably important, and it’s so unfuckinglybelieveably frustrating that… Continue reading Elements of a Good Band Website
I’m going to take a brief respite from rattling off my 2006 New Year’s Resolutions to kick off my Best Practices category with an entry about the iTunes Smart Playlists I use while seeding Last.FM with data. This is based largely on the playlists that Dougal Campbell shared long ago when I discussed iTunes re-rating… Continue reading My iTunes Smart Playlists