Maybe shopping in person actually does save time?

  • September 19th, 2007

Yesterday I was hoping to have some free time to visit the grocery store to pick-up a few necessities. Unfortunately, I realized all too late that hopping in a car for a trip to the grocery store was out of the question. Having heard a thing or two about the “convenience” of shopping online for […]

Web professionals; sign & track contracts with EchoSign

  • May 9th, 2007

Last year Drew introduced me to web based service which expedited the process of sending, receiving, signing, and returning legal documents – contracts. Without the help of EchoSign, we would have lost a few days waiting for FedEx to deliver and return the signed documents. Why put up with the waiting time to send & […]

Basecamp, activeCollab, and Goplan compared

  • March 17th, 2007

UPDATE 11/18: activeCollab is no longer offered as a free project management collaboration download. From the design, development, and product strategy company Webreakstuff comes a new contender in online project management and collaboration known as Goplan. In its newly released form, how does it stack-up against Basecamp & ActiveCollab? Basic project packages compared Service Price […]

OS X Tip: Keep Desktop items on your desktop

  • January 27th, 2007

Contrary to what so many others would believe is proper ‘desktop’ organization which implies the the use of Quicksilver and lack of icon “clutter”, I often find it essential to maintain a small collection of frequently accessed folders (aliases) on my desktop. Unfortunately, due to hastiness when selecting temporary items for mass deletion (CMD+Delete followed […]

Practice safe computing, use a clone

  • September 16th, 2006

Backup, backup, backup! The three most commonly uttered words from any experienced computer user to more care-free users. After moving to OS X as my sole computing solution, I mistakingly adopted the mantra that Apple products were rock solid, unwavering, trouble-free dream machines. For the most part – during the better part of my Apple […]

Blogging with TextMate

  • September 14th, 2006

An exhaustive day of coding deserves a little down time reading through feeds, visiting favorite blogs, and taking a few minutes to address certain items on the virtual to-do list. One such task – which I have now crossed off the list – is acquainting myself with the integrated blogging bundle packaged into TextMate. So […]

Keep in touch without being in touch

  • August 13th, 2006

From the work-at-home freelancer, to the privacy-minded individual hesitant to share an actual mobile phone number with contacts, the internet provides an incredible number of solutions to keep in touch with others. Forget your personal number the next time you have to hand out actual digits. Make use of the – often free – resources […]

Andy Budd grid overlay bookmarklet

  • July 25th, 2006

Andy Budd, author of CSS Mastery & Blog Design Solutions, whipped up a pair of indispensable browser bookmarklets. Anyone who has created a website probably uses some form of a pixel grid to double check DIV element positioning and spacing during the initial structuring of a web page. Andy’s bookmarklets allow users to overlay their […]

Tick – Web 2.0 time & budget tracking

  • July 21st, 2006

Time & money. Both valuable commodities concerning personal & client project management. Over the past few weeks I have spent a great deal of time experimenting with services and applications designed to improve overall management and productivity. From the open source Basecamp alternative known as activeCollab, web based services such as Blinksale, and desktop solutions […]

On The Job – Track billable hours on OS X

  • July 18th, 2006

Contrary to popular belief, freelance work can be quite stressful. Don’t get me wrong, “work your own hours” definitely has its upsides. Unfortunately, when it comes to billing clients, the laid-back casualness soon dissolves and that pile of sticky notes with chicken scratch hand writing soon takes on a very menacing attribute. The secret is […]