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Font Nerd

Everyone has a favorite typeface and font designer, right? Well, I guess it is pretty rare that any of us other than designers even care about typography. Take it from me, type can be discipline of beautiful proportions – no pun intended… Without getting into too much geekery, let me just say “the web looks better in PT Sans”. And if you want to elevate your game and make web browsing beautiful you can get it here:

Font Squirrel presents: PT Sans

If you want to go for the gold then I would recommend also getting Ti92Pluspc for your mono spaced typeface needs. This is a great font for terminal and coding duties. Both fonts will really improve readability in any browser, just make sure that you force the browser to always use your fonts instead of implementing its own.

Windows users, you know where to put these files. Mac people, might I suggest your /library/fonts directory.


SIMulated

Ever wonder about the funny relationships of Aperture, Shutter speed and the size of your lens? There may never be any solution other than taking matters into your own hands and just practice taking pictures. There have always been two main aspects to photography; framing technique and exposure formulas. One can be learned, the other should be mastered. Thankfully, this art form is subjective but this tool may help you out in understanding that the camera is less complicated than it seems.

The SLR Simulator

and if this doesn’t work, well there’s always Instagram, right..?


Enqueue’d

I’ve never been a fan of iTunes. There are various reasons behind this, but I think that it’s mostly due to the DRM controls that Apple has had to put in place to appease the music industry. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still a fan of the original product; SoundJam. SoundJam was a lightweight, full featured and extensible music player. Cassidy & Greene’s version of Winamp for the Mac was awesome, but therein lies the problem. It was so good that Apple decided to buy it than to try and compete with it. Of the two products that I loved back then, SoundJam and Audion, SoundJam was picked to become the world’s most recognizable music player of all time.

After the product was bought and development began by some of the original SoundJam developers and Apple’s own development team I had hopes. As it turned out the loyal fans of SoundJam realized that iTunes was a mere shadow of it’s original self and a complete disappointment for those of us who enjoyed the tweaking aspect of the previous version. Ever since, in my opinion, it has gotten worse… bigger, more feature laden, slower and harder to manage your music library. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can’t argue against its success and I can understand its mass market appeal, as well as some of the design choices that Apple made. After all, iTunes is so much more than just a mere mp3 player, but that’s the reason I ultimately abandoned the product and what it it looks like today.

If iTunes were a fighter, it would be overweight and out of shape and that’s sad. So many limitations and not enough time to talk about all of them… Needless to say I’ve been looking for a worthwhile replacement for a LONG time and… behold, I have finally found one. Enter Enqueue.

Now, before you start getting all rebuttals going, I’ll be the first to admit that Enqueue is not for everyone, and that’s okay. I was looking for some specific things and though Enqueue doesn’t have all the features I think it should have, it makes up for it in simplicity and power. The best part about Enqueue is that I can add multiple folders for it to “watch” and it supports most of the music file formats out there, including FLAC, which is the most important. You can create playlists and you can edit tags just like in iTunes, but this app is all about keeping all of your libraries under one roof and playing them without a hiccup.

No more worrying about adding things to iTunes and then removing them when I’m done. No more having to convert files from one format to another and compromising sound quality. I can work and rework my library at the Finder level and Enqueue continues to roll with the punches. This feature alone made a compelling argument due to the heavy rotation of music I trudge through on a weekly basis. I love this product so much that I actually paid for the app… yes, you heard me, ”paid” for it – and that’s a rare thing indeed.

I highly recommend Enqueue for those of you who are just looking for a great music player; not genius, not streaming audio, not the app store or managing an electronic device… Maybe you don’t even realize that you’re putting up with a lot just to hear some great music, so why not find out and see if that’s the case…

And for those of you who are obsessed with the best audio… give Audirvana Free a shot. This player is definitely the ugly step child of MP3 players but the best part about it is that it uses Apple’s Core Audio Engine and for the purest quality of sound, nothing beats Audirvana cranking out your favorite album (FLAC version of course) over a good pair of earphones. Believe me, it’s a difference you can hear and it will definitely put a smile on your face.


iBox

I’m in love…

iBox by Thodio


Vintage is the new relevance

Karen and I are always fascinated with weekend projects that involve our favorite hobbies and getting our hands dirty. This project involves a discipline that is near to Karen’s heart… This is the kind of thing that gives us goosebumps in equal measure to our trepidation.

We already have a great collection of cameras from the past but this is something that we could use in the here and now. If you’re willing to cannibalize a vintage camera and work a little magic with some basic tools, this will prove to be quite fulfilling. I give to you, the Ikonette DSLR Lens Project.

Have fun…


Blogger FTP -> WordPress (The easy way)

Here’s a brief synopsis of how I managed to get past the hurdle of converting my FTP based Blogger blog to WordPress. Your mileage will vary of course… I say this because I didn’t use comments and all my pictures were stored locally. I’ve read that these tend to be problematic when you move your content over but I also had small issues of my own, which included embedded videos and image links to other sites. Once I saw these problems after the conversion I just went back and edited the posts to make the embedded content work again. I only went back and fixed the past 2 years. I figure anything older than that can take the hit.

So, without any further commentary here’s the 411.

Login to your Blogger account. Click on the Settings Tab. Click on the Basic menu option. Click on the Export Blog link. Doing this will generate an .xml file that you will download to your local computer. Save it somewhere you can locate easily.

Now, take your Browser to the Blogger2WordPress Conversion Utility. Click on the Browse button and locate the .xml file you’ve just saved from Blogger. Once this is loaded, click on the Convert button. Doing this will generate another .xml file that you will be prompted to save. Save this file somewhere you can locate easily.

Once you’ve completed the above steps you’re ready to import it into WordPress. Login to your Admin Panel in WordPress. In the bottom left hand corner click on the Tools Menu. Then Click on the Import and on the page with all the platforms, click on Blogger. Browse to the .xml file export that you saved and wait for it to import all your posts. Once this is done everything should be all ready.

At this point, spend some time going through the posts and doing whatever minor clean up is left…