Last week when I was guest-posting a bit on Lifehacker, I found the motivation to write a bunch of how-tos I’ve been meaning to do for my own site. Basically it boiled down to spending a couple hours each night writing, editing, and putting photos and links together for each one. It was a bit of a grind, but helped me pass the time between late night feedings when I was on baby duty. So here they are:
Reducing intake of sugary drinks – I really love Honest Tea, and it’s helped me get down to drinking cola once a week or so.
Sharing dual-platform desktops with a single keyboard/mouse – I’ve written about Synergy, VNC, and my dual platform setup before, but with the recent release of a Synergy GUI app, it’s now easier than ever to share multiple systems as one giant desktop.
Learning to love Audiobooks – I find that I love audiobooks more than printed books for a lot of titles, and I seem to have more time for audiobooks than reading. I ran down all the things that make a good audiobook experience and a few of my favorites. There are many more I forgot to mention (like Bill Bryson’s great stuff), including bad audiobooks (Jared Diamond – great speaker, great writer, but the publisher pays a drone to read his text).
Using firewire networking – Upgrading to tiger seems to have improved firewire networking in my setup. I now get very fast transfer rates between my mac and PC.
How iPod mounts work – I’ve come to the conclusion that my $65 iPod holder is an expensive, but necessary accessory, for the sake of safety.
How to setup a drip system in your garden – I can’t tell you how much I love not having to water the plants by hand and how easy this stuff is to set up. This little system eliminates the one thing about gardening I disliked most — being a slave to the watering can.
Uptime server monitor review – I’ve been happily using uptime for years. It just plain works.