Everythings Amazing & Nobodys Happy

I shot some video on my iPhone and was editing it using the iMovie app, and something was not going right with it.  I became frustrated and said to myself “Why won’t this stupid thing work?!”  It was user error, by the way, not the app’s fault.  But anyway, right after I had that thought, I immediately had a bit of a reality check.  I realized that I was editing HD video on my telephone.  That is incredible!  It reminded me of this video from Conan O’Brien a few years back where comedian Louis CK talked about how everything is so amazing, and nobody is happy.  Kind of puts things into perspective!

Here it is:

So yeah… I guess if I can shoot HD video on my iPhone, edit it on my iphone, and then publish it to a place where the world can see it, I should be content with the awesomeness of that.

How to stop Apple Mail from opening when you click on an email address

Raise your hand if you use Gmail's (or another web-based email service's) web interface for email correspondence.  My hand is up too.  In doing so, one thing is is a little annoying is when you click on an email address on a website somewhere, and Apple Mail opens up.  If you use another stand-alone app (Entouage, for example) to check your email, it's easy to switch the default app, but if you are all web-based, they don't make it quite so easy.

The following will not open up a Gmail window, but at least it will stop Apple Mail from opening.

1.  Download and install RCDefaultApp (direct download link)

2.  Open the app up from your preferences and select what happens with email address links:

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Select "Email" on the left side, then select <disable> as the default application.

Now, when you click an email address, nothing will happen.

Enjoy!

How to make an awesome “Track 1’s” iTunes playlist

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*note: this playlist on my computer has about 900 songs in it, this is all that would fit on one screen!*

If you have a large iTunes library, then you have probably had difficulty at times deciding just what to listen to.  Well, I have created a smart playlist in iTunes that is pretty darn awesome.

A smart playlist is similar to a regular playlist that you create in iTunes, only it is one that is based on certain criteria.  For this one, here was the criteria I used: 

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Notice that first item: Track Number is 1

That is the secret sauce to this playlist.  Most albums have a killer first track since it is the opening to the rest of the album, so I wanted to have the playlist contain only 1st tracks off of all of the cds in my library.  That is the most important part of this playlist.

Regarding the other criteria:

Time is greater than 1:00 / less than 6:00: That just makes sure I don’t get a bunch of 16 minute songs off of my Pink Floyd albums, and it also weeds out most of the “transitional” songs some albums have.

Media Kind is Music: This is so no movies or TV Shows get into the mix

Name does not contain intro: You know how some albums have the opening song that is an intro to the album?  They tend to be short and/or instrumental at times.  I want actual real songs in the playlist.

So there you have it.  This criteria should give you a pretty killer playlist.  Have some changes you would make?  Let me know in the comments!

How to lock the screen on a Mac

If you have used Windows before, you might be aware of a handy feature you can do if you need to step away from your computer.  You can “lock” the computer, which makes it inaccessible without entering the administrator password.  Well, you can do the same thing (essentially) on a Mac, and here is how you do it.

1.  Go into you Utilities folder (inside of your Applications folder) and click on “Keychain Access”


2.  From there, click in the top-right where it says “Keychain Access”, then click on “Preferences”.

3.  Check the box that says “Show Status in Menu Bar”

4.  You will now have a little icon of a Lock in the menu bar.

5.  Clicking it will make your screen go black.  When you move the mouse, you are prompted to enter your password.

There you go!