Tips for using Dragon for Mac

I'm a huge fan of voice dictation. I first fell in love with Nuance NaturallySpeaking on the Windows platform. After I switched over to the Mac and purchased Dragon for Mac 4, I was sorely disappointed. The dictation quality was not near as good nor was the cursor handling. I quickly backpedaled trying to get... Continue Reading →

5 Tips for a Great Coworking Experience

I had two great days up in Lake Tahoe experiencing very different coworking spaces.  Before that, I’ve been to a couple of different coworking spaces where I’ve stayed over in certain cities and extra day or two.  I find that in coworking spaces I'm much more productive for me than sitting in a hotel room... Continue Reading →

Dragon Dictate in a virtual machine

Ever since voice dictation became within reach to consumer in the late 1990s, I’ve always been intrigued with the technology.  My first experience with Dragon Dictate included a massive amount of floppy disks, a bad microphone, and a very poor experience.  Not being the best typer, I was relegated to keyboarding for another 10 years.... Continue Reading →

Moving from WordPress.org to WordPress.com

I spent a fair amount of time searching but didn't find many articles talking about migrating from wordpress.org to wordpress.com. Here's my story. In all the iterations of my website, I have to say I have truly fallen in love with WordPress. The platform is open, extensible, and approachable.WordPress isn't just for blogs. WordPress truly changed... Continue Reading →

20 years of HTML

Time flies.  It's hard to believe I've had some sort of web presence for 20 years.  Wow I feel old.  How about a trip down memory lane? The middle of my sophomore year in college was a pivotal time for me in life. I had two years of hard sciences under my belt with a... Continue Reading →

5 tips I learned selling on eBay

Up until recently I've been a casual user of eBay. I've purchased random things like ink cartridges for my printer, hard to find items for my motorcycle, and even a few specific apparel items. I've also used eBay as a way to calculate value for items donated to charity. It's a decent way to assess... Continue Reading →

PHP and JIRA’s REST API

At my last job I needed generate release notes for each version of software that we shipped to customers. I created a PHP script to pull the status of issues in JIRA and generate HTML output which contained key fields such as key, summary, priority, and resolution. I could link that output to the release.... Continue Reading →

Copying WordPress Locally

I've been using WordPress for about six years now and think it's a truly great piece of technology. I love using it for my blog and have deployed word press on a number of other sites around the web. One of the things I've struggled with though is copying a WordPress instance down to my... Continue Reading →

Moving Beyond Dual Boot

Starting with dual boot For as long as I can remember I've had a dual boot setup up on my computer. That effectively means there are two different operating systems on the computer. I would run Windows for all of the mainstream applications like Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Dreamweaver (yes I know they got... Continue Reading →

Adobe Creative Cloud?

Many years ago I was very much against the idea of "renting" software.  When you buy a product, it's nice to know that you have "purchased" something so that that item can continually return value for it's useful life.  As software versions have become more and more blurry with the ease of updates, the fundamental... Continue Reading →

First Impressions: Apple Maps

Apple Computer has been getting a lot of bad press lately due to the removal of Google Maps from iOS and it's replacement of Apple's own mapping application. Rumor has it that Apple wanted Google to do turn by turn directions but Google refused and limited that feature to the Android platform. Apple then teamed... Continue Reading →

Automate Everything

I'm preparing a set of images for upload for a future blog post and started to make the edits in Photoshop but quickly became frustrated with the work required.  For each image I had to: Shrink the image from 4000x5000 down to 480x600 Increase the canvas to 640x520 Place a 20 pixel border on the... Continue Reading →

Terrestrial radio

Sometimes I think that I am the only person that listens to over the air radio. Most of my friends have upgraded to satellite radio, listen to their iPod, or enjoy a format that is not available over terrestrial radio. One of the advantages of listening to country music is that there are typically stations... Continue Reading →

Evaluation: Dragon Naturally Speaking

I've been an iPhone user for about 2 1/2 years now and I have to finally say I'm a convert.  One experience however that I don't enjoy on the iPhone is typing.  I don't find that the capacitive keyboard is near as good as the mechanical counterpart.  Nuance came out with the Dragon app that... Continue Reading →

Ignite Boulder 18

Ignite Boulder is a pretty awesome event.  They hold it at the Boulder Theater a few times a year.  Unfortunately, I took the photo after they had changed the sign! The premise is simple: each speaker has 5 minutes to speak. Each presentation must have exactly 20 slides and each slide advances every 15 seconds. ... Continue Reading →

SSH without Passwords

I've been using a Mac now at work for just about all of my activities. We have a fair number of UNIX hosts that I need to work with and I've heard you can log in using SSH without passwords but have never been able to get it to work right.   I've now found a... Continue Reading →

Batch Scanning Photos the Fast Way

Recently I had to take a set of slides exported out of PowerPoint and turn them into slides again. While the process was totally backwards, it generally worked for the purposes of the meeting.  When PowerPoint exports slides, it puts 6 slides on a page in PDF form.  So to get them back into slides, ... Continue Reading →

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