21 April 2014

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By Patrick Lenz of Patrick Lenz 4 months ago.
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With the holidays quickly behind us, you'll likely start leaving your house again. Now, while some don't like Sonos products for some reason, yours truly likes them tremendously, as voiced numerous times on this very blog.

If you're anything like me, the first thing you do after you open your eyes is to throw a playlist or two onto your Sonos system, even before you start your morning routine. My playlists have a tendency of running long, though, and more often …

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By Patrick Lenz of Patrick Lenz 4 months ago.
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Originally spurred by Christopher Mims' essay for Quartz , John Gruber reviewed 2013 in the context of Apple and Technology at Large :

Was 2013 a seminal or particularly extraordinary year for technology? No, I'd say not. But it certainly wasn't a "lost year", by any measure.

He walks us through the rather incremental evolution in technology that came to market in 2013 that, when compared to the original products they incrementally improved …

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By Patrick Lenz of Patrick Lenz 4 months ago.
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After my 16-months-old son had managed to shatter my new iPad Air within a mere couple of days of it shipping to my doorstep, I had to up the ante to protect the replacement from suffering the same fate.

I looked at several offerings, ranging from the official Apple iPad Smart Case , over a variety of sleeves, all the way through the (usually fabuluous) DODOcase options . In the end, I was drawn to Logitech's newest folio-style case with a built-in keyboard: …

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By Patrick Lenz of Patrick Lenz 11 months ago.
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As you may or may have noticed, some things have shifted around a tiny bit on these very pages: A while back, I quietly relaunched the site without much fanfare.

The visible changes are subtle, to say the least. The link colour is slightly different, the menu changes a little differently on smaller displays (or with a resized browser), code tags are highlighted a little differently, and that's largely it. Oh, and the usual RSS Feed hiccups of course.

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By Patrick Lenz of Patrick Lenz 1 year ago.
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I'm struggling finding a satisfying taxonomy for tagging my posts here. There was even a time when I would enter them but hide from from display because of how unhappy I was with their ability to tie posts together or increasing discoverability for search engines.

That said, I was pretty intrigued when Brett recently blogged about his use of Zemanta to auto-tag posts on his Jekyll-based blog.

Since I'm not using Jekyll, however, I had to be a little more creative …

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By Patrick Lenz of Patrick Lenz 1 year ago.
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One of my businesses uses Highrise as its CRM tool to document all of its sales activities.

As Highrise is a hosted application, I want to make sure that we have access to regular backups of our data. Luckily, Highrise offers a handy export feature for this purpose. Unfortunately, those exports do take a sweet while to generate.

I generate weekly backups using this method and usually trigger their creation when I leave the office on Fridays. When the export is done, Highrise…

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By Patrick Lenz of Patrick Lenz 1 year ago.
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For a change, this post isn't about my beloved standing desk. It's about the DODOcase BOOKback , which I ordered for my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini late last year and have been using ever since.

TL;DR Summary: If you're typically a "no case" user but are occasionally worried about the back of your devices getting messed up, the BOOKback is definitely for you.

The BOOKback is a very simple product. It consists of a thin layer of Moroccan leather that is …

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By Patrick Lenz of Patrick Lenz 1 year ago.
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For a change, this post isn't about my beloved standing desk. It's about the DODOcase BOOKback , which I ordered for my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini late last year and have been using ever since.

TL;DR Summary: If you're typically a "no case" user but are occasionally worried about the back of your devices getting messed up, the BOOKback is definitely for you.

My iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, each with a BOOKback attached

The entity_59 …

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By Patrick Lenz of Patrick Lenz 1 year ago.
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Manton Reese's newest venture is SearchPath , a hosted blog search engine.

Now, most blogging software, like the elephant in the room , already comes with a built-in search engine or at least has one readily available as a plugin.

If you, however, follow a recent trend of going with the a static site generator 1 , your only options would be a custom Google (or Duckduckgo) search or writing enough nerdy material to be invited to participate in NerdQuery …

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By Patrick Lenz of Patrick Lenz 1 year ago.
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Manton Reese's newest venture is SearchPath , a hosted blog search engine.

Now, most blogging software, like the elephant in the room , already comes with a built-in search engine or at least has one readily available as a plugin.

If you, however, follow a recent trend of going with the a static site generator, your only options would be a custom Google (or Duckduckgo) search or writing enough nerdy material to be invited to participate in NerdQuery , …

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