Post-It wars!

Post-It wars!
Post-It wars!

Poping up faster than mushrooms in this rainy summer we have here in France are Post-It pixel art icons on office windows all over the place!

Above are the Post-It windows I originally saw from my office window a couple of days ago. Below is my space invader response ;) – Obviously I’m not equipped with enough Post-It colors to go ballistic like these guys, but it crossed my mind to order some :p

This whole thing started as a friendly “war” between two opposite companies in the East of Paris. Now it’s everywhere! Some companies are even doing multilevel installations on bigger office buildings!

I wonder how long it will take for this to start in other countries!?

More pics below …

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How to quickly resize pictures on Mac OS X

How to quickly resize pictures on Mac OS X

Oftentimes you want to email some pictures or upload them to a website but your image files are actually too large. Sometimes waaaay too large with those modern 10 megapixel cameras!

I have put together a small Automator App that makes it as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Drag & Drop your original pictures onto the “Resize” icon
  2. Choose a destination size
  3. Collect resized pictures on your Desktop

Here’s a quick feature list:

  • Resize a picture just by dropping it onto the “Resize” icon
  • Resize multiple pictures at a time
  • Choose the pixel size you want for resized pictures (percentage also available)
  • Drag & Drop directly out of iPhoto if needed
  • Collect resized pictures directly on your Desktop (Originals are left untouched)

Just download the file below, unzip it and put the “Resize Pictures FP” icon on your desktop, your Applications folder, your Dock or wherever is convenient for you.

Then, whenever you want to resize pictures, just select them and drag & drop them onto that icon. The script will ask you for a pixel size to resize to (the default is 1024 pixels) and it will save the resized files on your desktop.

You can even drag, drop and resize multiple photos at a time!

Simple & effective ;)

Upgrading all Macs to SSD

Upgrading all Macs to SSD

I recently ordered an SSD drive from OWC and proceeded to replace the stock drive on my good old MacBook Pro (one of the first unibody series).

The process was actually easier than I originally thought: just connect the new drive using an universal drive adapter and clone the internal drive using SuperDuper!. Then open the back cover and swap out the drives. Done! (Btw: OWC are doing a great job with their instruction videos that show you that, yes, you can actually do it yourself in no time! ;))

Reboot: the mac feels like it’s at least 3 or 4 times faster. Especially from Login to Desktop where it’s possible to start working instantaneously, compared to the painful wait in front of a half frozen screen I had before.

It’s like a new mac for a fraction of the price of an actual new one! And I now actually like using that laptop again ;)

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Mac Mini 2011 Hard Drive Speed

Mac Mini 2011 Hard Drive Speed

As a followup to my Mac Mini 2010 Hard Drive Speed rant, I went to the Apple Store today to check what’s up with the Mac Mini 2011…

Apparently, the Nvidia chipset has been replaced with an Intel chipset that is now capable of 6 Gigabit/second link speeds… and the entry level drive is now capable of 3 Gbps link speeds…

That is definitely not an improvement over last year’s model.

However, why still not a 6 Gbps drive? Because the drives are not fast enough to saturate a 3 Gbps link? My bet is that 6 Gbps would definitely make sense with SSD.

The Apple Store had no 7200 rpm or SSD Mac Mini on display. So, I enquired by the Apple Store employees… who had to ask their tech guru… who said that the 7200 rm drives are 3 Gbps also and that the SSD drives are 3 Gbps also. Since the iMac with a 7200 rpm drive is at 3 Gbps and that the Mac Mini with SSD is also at 3 Gbps, I will take their word for it: Apple just won’t give you drives that can communicate any faster than 3 Gbps! :/ (and they won’t sell them to you either…)

So… if you’d actually want top performance, you’d have to go for aftermarket solutions…

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3 displays on a mac mini

3 displays on a mac mini

While many are happy with 2 displays attached on their computer, I actually don’t quite like having to look either to the left or to the right when I’m working on something… I want a display right in front of me and I want additional displays on the sides for less important stuff.

According to Macworld, the latest Mac Mini 2011 (the version with the Radeon graphics chip) can actually drive 3 displays: 2 through Thunderbolt and 1 though HDMI…

If you’re feeling especially adventurous, the Radeon HD graphics processor in the $799 mini can drive two Thunderbolt displays, daisy-chained, while still handling a third display on the HDMI port, although you shouldn’t expect amazing performance.

If this actually works, I’d be happy to swap out that bulky Mac Pro for a tiny little mac mini…

Now… gotta find 3 identical displays that accept either HDMI or Thunderbolt… And that won’t be easy… for some reason there are not a lot of Thunderbolt devices out there… it seems that only Apple has offerings so far… and Apple displays… well… they are just way too glossy for me :p

Anyways, has anyone done this already??