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file naming

File naming has always been a bit of an obsession for me. Recently, after seeing the proliferation of too many duplicate filenames in my photography folder, I decided to solve this problem once and for all.

Something to bear in mind: using programs like iPhoto or Lightroom or Aperture (also known as DAM1) you should not be worried about …

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blog update

It’s been more than a year since I moved to a Jekyll blog hosted on github. I think I have never been so productive in this period of time, despite having a much busier life both at work and off-work (Valentina is here and she’s here to stay! We have now trespassed the 15 months mark, if she …

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It’s been years since I started using Google Calendar to keep track my sports activities. I guess there are countless apps to do this but all I needed is something basic that I can access from anywhere. Since I already have synced my iPhone with Google Calendar, I can basically enter data from wherever I am, even if there …

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app for passwords update

I have been using iAccounts, a simple iPhone app to keep track of my passwords and other sensitive information, since 2011 (I also wrote a short note about it).

Recently David Pogue published an enthusiastic review of Dashlane; I tried it, got quickly pissed off because of the way it’s priced (sync between devices for a $30 annual fee …

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the little ipad

I wrote something about this little iPad a while ago, and on reading again that piece I find that it still represent my thoughts today. Yesterday Apple held the official announcement and among other cool things1 there was the iPad mini.

I’m disappointed by two things; first is the lack of the retina display, but I now understand …

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ipad mini needs

Rumors of an upcoming iPad Mini are abundant.

As usual, all the tech bloggers are very concerned with things such as pricing, market position, technical feasibility, etc. What a bunch of boring guys.

Now, bear with me for just a few moments, because all I want to do is tell you why I’d like an iPad Mini:

  1. to read …
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open mtb maps

A short recap on how to build and install open mtb maps under OS X.

Essentially, a shorter version of the detailed instructions given on mtb-forum.it, written for my own convenience — but I thought somebody could find it useful especially to see the result of using different ‘styles’.

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hackintosh in a coma

I was very happy about my hackintosh, everything going smooth and easy… until it all broke down and I was left with no computer for almost a month.

And what was even stranger was that also Filippo’s hackintosh, built at the same time as mine, went down only a few days after mine. If computers were organic, I would …

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my new mac is a hack

And so I have waited a long time for a new macmini to replace my old one1. Apple did have something for me in the store, which was the 2011 server version with Intel Core i7, but it was definitely too expensive (€1000 with 4Gb of ram and not even an SSD or a GPU?).

The reason why I …

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iphone black and whites

I’m a believer now: with an iPhone (4S) and a nice cool application such as Snapseed, you can really get good shots. I hesitate to call them ‘artistic’ even if other people may do so. That’s not art to replicate the look of a heavily pushed Kodak Tri-X, but they are cool nonetheless.

I should write something more …

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running errands

I was out running errands today, walking through the city. I remembered, a mile away from home, that a screw had fallen out of my wife’s favorite eyeglasses over the weekend, and that she was waiting for me to fix them. Walking down a city street, I said, “Remind me to fix Amy’s glasses when I get home …

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excuse me sir

Excuse me, sir, would you mind taking our photo?”

http://blog.pluckytree.org/2011/10/last-time-i-saw-steve-jobs.html

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beatiful apps

Date Tags apple

I honestly don’t know what the fuck is with these “beatiful” apps for iOS.

Here’s another one that’s getting raving reviews: it’s a simple task management app that focuses on cloud syncing, changing background pictures, being free etc.

But what’s the point in having all these things that makes an app “beatiful” if it’s …

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nnapulitano

Date Tags apple

Mac OS X Lion, System Preferences/Language, click su “Edit List” e cosa trovi:

Nnapulitano ???

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an app to store my passwords

What I was looking for: an app to store my passwords

I stuck with Lockbox Lite for a long time on my iPhone. Then I got fed up about not being able to have the same data available also on my two Macs (not to mention the stupid ads). So I started looking for something that had these features:

  • quick …
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1 hour and 19 minutes

Using everytrail for iphone: the app shows for this particular trip 33km in 1 hour and 19 minutes with a resulting average speed of 25km/h.

The same trip displayed on everytrail.com is 1 hour and 46 minutes long, however, which makes for an average speed of 18.6 km/h.

I have paused the tracking after having arrived …

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ipad and photography

I am wondering about the next iPad. What is available now is certainly enticing and must be a joy for light computing / intense internet reading. I do have limited budget, however, and think that probably the iPhone 4 is a better way to spend my money. But I look at the iPad and keep thinking that it could be a …

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ipad and crufty interfaces

Date Tags apple

iPad and crufty interfaces

Why the iPad is a potentially groundbreaking platform, despite the accusations of being ‘only a large iPhone’.

Just read this old piece written in 2003 by a (very smart) tech blogger; it’s about user interface defects as heritage of early computer hardware limitations, such as the presence of save and quit commands.

Step back to …

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espansione ram macmini

Date Tags apple

Metti che vuoi potenziare il tuo macmini che hai comprato con quattro soldi (G4 1.25ghz con 512Mb di ram).

La cosa migliore ? Aumentare la ram. Al massimo possibile, cioe’ 1Gb.
Pero’ ti hanno detto che aprire il macmini non e’ cosa proprio facilissima, insomma non serve semplicemente smollare 4 viti come con quei vecchi pc con cui giocavi.

Allora …

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no more safari

Date Tags apple

Ho appena scaricato flock, il nuovo “social browser” sviluppato sulla base di Firefox/Mozilla, e sono davvero senza parole: integrazione totale tra web browsing, blogging e photoblogging !

No more Safari or Firefox ?

Sembrerebbe il destino di Flock… peccato che tutti i browser basati su Mozilla siano un po’ troppo pesanti per il mio vecchio iBook G3 (che continuo a usare …

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