I think I’ll make a habit out of these Blogroll dives. Here are the highlights from today’s dive:
Michael reminisces about things from Another World. Brian gets a big deal on a little Mac. Jon talks about his hot night with Paris Hilton. Craig devours human heads. Orson tells us why making choices is so hard. Sarah talks about performing under pressure. And, Tom talks about using your Mac for enterprise database development.
It may not be necessary to regularly backup your Mac, but it sure is nice to have a current backup lying around. Remember, a good backup will only take an hour (avg.) to restore, but a computer without a backup will take anywhere from a day to a week to restore from scratch. Don’t assume that you’ll never need to restore your computer. Matthew Phillips’ tutorial, Backup Your Mac With rsync, is a detailed tutorial on how to quickly and easily backup your Mac using only Disk Utility and the free utility, RsyncX. Enjoy!
Thanks go to Tom for originally discovering the tutorial.
Most of you know that I use Bloglines as my preferred feed reader (or “feed reading service”). I like Bloglines because it’s easy to use and 99% hassle-free. Most of all, I like Bloglines because it’s web-based. That means that I can read my Blogroll from any computer at any time, and that I can keep my read/unread status in sync between home and work. But, sometimes Bloglines just doesn’t cut it, and I find myself in need of an actual feed reader (Podz, I’m looking at you. ^_- ). When I find myself in that situation, I use RSSOwl. Why? Because it’s free, open-source, and cross-platform. More to the point, I use RSSOwl because it works. Was this entire post just a plug for RSSOwl? That’s for me to know, and you to find out.
The Web Developer Extension adds a menu and a toolbar to the browser with various web developer tools. It is designed for Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla, and will run on any platform that these browsers support including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The extension is highly configurable and contains many powerful features including CSS manipulation, multiple validation options and tools to display information about the current page.
Pros: The Web Developer Extension is easy to install and has tons of useful web developer tools, such as live CSS editing. The Web Developer Extension is a cross-platform Firefox extension for Mac, Windows, and Linux.
Cons: None significant.
AppleJack has been updated to v1.3.1. This update finally adds a decent installer, improves logging, and includes a few other enhancements. The release notes are available here. If you have a Mac, this is a must-have emergency utility. Read AppleJack’s short spotlight here.