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Better menubar icons for Remoteless Helper app

The current facts: I’m giving Spotify a go To control Spotify on my Mac from my iPhone, I’m trying Remoteless Remoteless needs a helper app running on the Mac The helper app lives in your menubar The menubar icon/s look crap I whipped up some new, less crap replacement icons You can download them right here (zip file, 1.9kb) Here’s a pic showing you where you replace the previous menubar icons on your Mac And here’s the path: Applications RemotelessHelper.app

OSX Lion’s best feature (so far)

Today I installed OSX Lion on our Mac Mini. The Mac Mini lives next to our TV and runs all our music, movies, and tv shows. Back in Oz, it also took care of our free-to-air TV via an EyeTV doodad. Basically, it’s a media centre. For years and years, we’ve had the iTunes Artwork screensaver running on the Mac Mini. What this does is show you a continually changing grid of album covers from your iTunes library. This is pretty cool ‘cos you see albums you haven’t listened to in literally years.

What’s on the menu?

The dust from the discussions @foxmwoods and I were having about the MacBook Air have settled. The initial excitement has faded (well, not for some) and we’ve become silent while we tweak the Airs to be everything we ever wanted, but no more. In the spirit of sharing nerdy information, here’s what I have going on in my menu bar (on both my Mac Pro and my Air). Tweetie — my desktop Twitter app of choice. It’s small, quick, and easy.

Nerding out — 18 GB per second!

So, I’ve had a few days to play with my overhauled Mac, and I can report that real-world speed in Photoshop has improved significantly, and backup times have improved very significantly! Photoshop performance A file that used to take Photoshop around 20–30 seconds to save (as a PSD) now takes about 3–4 seconds! That’s around a 650–750% reduction in save times! Save times are important to me, because I have a twitchy Command-S (save) finger. I save often. And this reduction in time keeps my flow going when I’m working.

Nerding out — ten lessons learned

Having emerged from my two-and-a-half day nerding out, I have a few things to report. Firstly, by and large, it went smoothly and according to plan. I followed my own instructions meticulously, and let me tell you, it was time consuming. So much so that I had to leave stuff running (copying or backing up) overnight on both nights. Fortunately anything running overnight was fine in the morning, and I jumped right back into things the next day. Secondly, the experience did take its toll on my mind and possibly my motor skills.

Nerding out

It’s been a long time between computer clean outs for me. My main computer (Mac Pro first version) has been doing little funny things for a while, maybe 12 months or so, and I’ve been meaning to clean it up a bit. By little things I mean here and there an application would crash occasionally, Path Finder runs slow sometimes and become unusable, SuperDuper! runs slowly (but still runs thank god). Y’know, the little annoying things. Not to mention all the dust that’s accumulated on the inside of the machine over the last few years.