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Tutorial - Making Nice with Mail.app Rules

Tutorial Introduction I got Mail.app set up to use Gmail's IMAP, and wrote a bit about it in this tutorial. One of the next steps I wanted to take, was to somehow manage all the mail that comes in from subscriptions, or, regular announcements from colleagues regarding common reporting milestones. In Microsoft Entourage, I was using an AppleScript and Rules, so I reckoned I could use a similar approach
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Tutorial - Make a "Reference Times" Lister

In my job as a consultant, I often need to schedule meetings across timezones, and sometimes do not want to struggle with cross-platform incompatibilities between calendar software. There is some excellent software out there for this purpose, namely 1stClock on the Windows platform, or Vela Terra on Mac, but I thought I would roll my own quick solution with Automator channeling some shell script. Here's
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Tip - Making Mail.app Messages Readable

I have a Macbook Pro, and I noticed upon upgrading to OS X Leopard, that the default message size for Mail.app messages was too small to read. Sure, you can add a button to your toolbar to increase font size on a per-message basis, but this gets old after the 1000th time. Some Terminal magic will fix the problem: To increase the minimum font size for HTML messages, do the following: Open Terminal.app.
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Tutorial - Setting up Leopard Mail.app with Google Gmail IMAP - The Basics

Tutorial Introduction I switched from Windows to Mac OS X Tiger on a MacBook Pro about two years ago in early 2006, and have been enjoying the experience immensely; even more so with Leopard. I purchased Entourage with Office 2004 for Mac and had been using it with my corporate Exchange server at my company eSolia, but had grown weary of the monolithic local message store, so in December 2007, I decided
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Apple - MacBook Air

Apple - MacBook Air  - wow! How do they do it?! What an incredibly slim laptop. I like my MacBook Pro because it has the ports I need in it already, but, this is typical Apple pushing (er, forcing?) the envelope by removing the network port and optical drive. Perhaps this will drive WiFi innovation or perhaps Apple has something else up their sleeves?! By the way, TimeMachine now works over wireless
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Failed Reinstall of Adobe Creative Suite CS3 - Disk 2?

I installed some software that overwrote some vital portion of Adobe Acrobat, so when I try starting that app, it complains, asking for a reinstall. So, embarking on the obvious course, reinstalling using the "refresh" function of the install DVD, I find out that half way through, the installer prompts for Disk 2, ExtendScript Toolkit. That would be fine, except there is no disk 2! Much frustration
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Getting Things Done with David Allen himself

Check out this YouTube video of David Allen himself. A good speaker, and self-effacing.
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Convenient "Snippets++" Code Collector Pro

Ed from the RapidWeaver forum tipped me off for CodeCollector Pro. Looks like the perfect little app to collect up snippets of javascripts etc.
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Clarify Colleagues' Knowledge - Consultative Management

In consulting or consultative management, I strongly feel that it's important to make an extra effort to clarify your colleagues' knowledge, to assist them in their job. During a recent Sarbanes Oxley project, my non-technical colleagues were discussing the technical topics of Windows profiles and disk permissions interchangeably. Non-technical folks' eyes usually glaze over when listening to someone
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Very Sexy - Apple Docking Patent Works Perfectly with Ultra-Slim MacBook

Just saw Gizmodo's article on the Apple Docking Patent for a slim notebook that docs inside an iMac. Wow, that's sexy!
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Mail.app 3.x in Leopard - Rule to Tag Mail as "Expiring" Takes Advantage of Address Book Groups

As a New Year's project, besides biking a lot up and down along the Sakai River on my new Centurion, I decided to try switching from Entourage 2004 and its monolithic mail store file, to the Mail.app that comes with OS/X Leopard and use Gmail IMAP. One thing I have set up in Entourage is a rule that runs an AppleScript to search a long list of sender email addresses from which comes mail I want to
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FallingWater

Frank Lloyd Wright-designed FallingWater in Bear Run, PA, USA never ceases to amaze. Here is a shot from a recent trip there, with my parents.
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Meet Your New Favorite Browser - Flock 1.0!

I had been using OmniWeb and Firefox on Mac OS X, but read an interesting review about Flock, a browser based on Firefox but geared more toward the Social Web. Here's what Shawn at Flock had to say about the 1.0 release: It is my sincere pleasure to announce the release of Flock version 1.0. The Social Web Browser is now available to download from www.flock.com. This event marks a significant milestone
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Digital Practice of Law: On the Spot Training

Digital Practice of Law: On the Spot Training makes a good observation that JIT/JE is "the new thing." I have about 10 years of training experience, and coined the term "ConsulTraining" to describe the type of interaction where the trainer is being asked to arrange the training as the recipient wants it, and deliver it one-on-one with a consultative style.When the trainer executes JIT/JE or as I call
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PM Process - Make sure it's done right.

In any project, there are varying levels of these broad-stroke activities, including Initiation, Controlled Implementation, Closure and Maintenance. I have arrived at this definition which we use at my company eSolia, by combining the PMI and Critical Chain methods, and massaging them based on a lot of experiences during projects over the last 14 years. One of the most important points is to do all
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Blinkenlights

Gotta have a little humor in your professional life. Do you know the story of blinkenlights? This was Pseudo-German the computer hackers at Stanford, c. 1959, put up in their computer room. ACHTUNG! ALLES LOOKENSPEEPERS! Das computermachine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei
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Five Basic Consulting Steps - ADFIR

I identified five steps for our consulting practice at eSolia, which include Agreement, Discovery, Feedback, Implementation and Recycling. If the consultant takes care to complete each step diligently, he or she will find that the consulting process goes more smoothly, and overall it is better for business.Agreement: The first step in the consulting process allows us to come to a clear understanding
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Client Wants vs. Practicality

I had a discussion about an Important Concept the other day with my German IT colleagues from a client. During their visit to Japan, we were discussing that for good user support, it should not be "I want application X" but rather "I want software that does function X". There's a big difference, and it's important for various situations, and not merely in the context of user support.Let me give you
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A successful year in 2003

My company eSolia had a very successful year coming off a weak one. I'm thankful for how things went!Thanks to our faithful customers, my incredible executive partners Yuui and Takumi, the dogged perseverance of our very professional staff Hiroki, Ena, Maki, Momo, Scott, Yasu et al, and the saintly patience of our capital partner, we pulled the company back into the black. To those people who thought
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