Safari Reading List

With such an overwhelming amount of content to consume on the internet, we are now in a position where we must have some means of hanging on to some stuff to look at later, rather than reviewing everything as we come across it. This could be due to timing, or simply the total volume of items we come across. As the internet evolves, so do the content types that we are saving for later. We started with text articles that we wanted to give our full attention to at a later time, so with that we saw the rise of “read it later” solutions such as Instapaper, and Read It Later (later renamed Pocket). These services are great for putting text into a very clean and legible format for text consumption. Over time, the types of content I am saving for later viewing are becoming more complex, as are the webpages that they are hosted on. Videos, images, and audio files, are becoming a major percentage of what I save for later. This makes the idea of transforming the webpage into a clean text layout somewhat irrelevant, and often times, makes the actual content inaccessible. When the content is no longer viewable due to this processing, you then must switch the application into a “standard web view”. I have noticed a pattern over the last few months where I was switching to “web view” way more often than not. Because of this, it was actually becoming more work to save it to a third party service, since it was translating it from web view to reader view, and then I would have to translate it back to web view to see what I had saved. This obviously doesn’t take *that much* time, but over the course of hundreds of articles, it adds up. If I was viewing the content in the browser anyway, why not just save it in the browser? So I started doing just that. Safari has a feature called “Reading List” that allows you to save links to a list (system wide) for later viewing. This list syncs across all devices, and simply gives me access to stuff I want to look at later. I thought at first that this didn’t give me all the features of some of the other services, but it actually does. Safari has a “Reader” mode that gives you a clean, text only look for articles, also all manners of sharing are built into the OS. Safari Reading List is not the most advertised feature of Safari, but for a lot of people, I think it’s exactly what they need. It’s pretty great to have it in the Safari 3D Touch menu in iOS as well.

OS X Dock. 2D or 3D? Dock23d.app

Every time I get a new mac (which seems to be often), there are always the setup tasks and procedures i go though to get everything looking and working right. Setting up a new computer is always pretty time consuming, so I am always looking for ways to cut down on the setup time. One thing that I always do on all my macs is change the dock from being the “3D” glass look to the 2D style. This is a simple enough task to perform from the terminal, but remembering the longish command is the trick. Because if this, I decided I would write a little utility that would make switching between 2D and 3D trivial. Without further delay, here is the download of the standalone application. Download Dock23d.app

Update 12/19/12: If you use Alfred (which you should) and have the powerpack (which you also should), here is an extension you can use with Alfred to do the same thing even faster!

I have also made the source available on github. Download Source of Doc23d.app

Hope you find it useful! 🙂

Comment below with what you think of it, if it needs something, or if you decided to fork it on github!

Mac Resource Inspector – Apple Store

I went to the Apple store the other day with Valerie to get her MacBook battery looked at. In years past, the technician at the Genius Bar usually would just run some diagnostics or maybe even use a couple tools from a bootable CD.They have quite a cool setup nowadays though. They now take your computer, and plug in an ethernet cable and netboot the machine. I am unsure at this point if the netboot server is local to each Apple Store or perhaps it is calling to the mother ship. I am going to research this further and see what I can find out.

Once booting, it asks “Do you have the customer’s permission to run this?” and you hit yes, a few OS 9 looking progress bars go by, and it automatically runs through a complete systems diagnostics and gives you a summary read out of all the system’s components.

Here is a quick photo I took of the laptop after it finished running the diagnostic

You can see that the summary is saying the battery is indeed bad. It also has a warning on the hard drive, this is due to the hard drive not being the stock hard drive but an upgrade.

I would love to have this tool at work running on a server for troubleshooting systems. Hell, I would love to have this at home for troubleshooting!

Going to do more research on this for sure. If you know anything about this setup, please comment below!