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Here's a quick way to send a file to a screen-shared desktop

I've been doing a lot of Mac development recently. This means I often need to screen share to my headless OS X Mountain Lion system for testing. This morning, I was updating my folderol app to add features for folder tagging. I had to make sure that those Mavericks-only features wouldn't show up...

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Talking to Siri: You won't believe this story Siri told me

It was a dark and stormy night... No, that's not it! Hat tip, Randall Evans Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's favorite digital assistant....

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Talking to Siri: Loneliness

Siri is always there to listen. Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's favorite digital assistant....

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Talking to Siri: Joking around

I don't know what one iPhone said to the other, but that has a nice ring to it! Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's favorite digital assistant....

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Apple needs to fix this incredibly annoying Siri feature ASAP

Siri's phone integration is top-notch. I use it on a daily basis to place calls. So why after placing my call do I have to look at my screen and tap to place my call into speaker mode? If I'm using hands-free to place the call, you'd think the phone would continue in a hands-free mode after the...

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Talking to Siri: No solicitors please

I'm sorry, Dave. I was hoping for a delivery from UPS. Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's favorite digital assistant....

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Talking to Siri: Fun chicken tricks (aka the politics of poultry peregrinations)

I dream of a day when a bird can cross the road without everyone questioning her motivations. Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's favorite digital assistant....

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Talking to Siri: Who's your daddy?

Everyone keeps asking Siri this. To be fair, Alan Turing is the honorary father of all virtual agents like Siri. Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's favorite digital assistant....

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TextEdit smart links for fun and profit

I regularly create and update documents in TextEdit using both plain and rich text (RTF) formats. One of my favorite features enables me to use built-in data detectors to automatically convert URLs to clickable links in RTF documents. Data detectors work by constantly scanning the material you're...

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These five surprisingly pointless OS X mods may amuse you

I recently went hunting for interesting OS X mods. For every useful item that turned up, I found lots of dead ends. Many items read by the OS X preferences system (through, for example, calls to CFPreferencesCopyAppValue) have little or no application to end-user needs. They're there primarily...

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I tried this one crazy trick for a translucent Mavericks dock and it worked

I love OS customization. Don't you? Ever since OS X Mavericks debuted, I've been complaining about the nearly solid dock. Finally, I stumbled across a system setting that enabled me to restore my dock to its pre-Mavericks more-translucent look. As with many tweaks, the solution depended on a Unix...

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Talking to Siri: the glass half-empty edition

Siri is not Glass. And it's just fine with that. Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's favorite digital assistant....

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Talking to Siri: Poof. You're a sandwich.

A man walks into a pub holding a cheese sandwich. "A pint of beer for me and the cheese sandwich, please," he says. "Sorry," replies the bartender. "We don't serve food here." Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins...

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Forget the standard print dialog: ClarusX2014 is changing orientation one print dialog at a time

Recently, Apple marked a major Mac anniversary. Celebrate the next 30 years of Macintosh by ditching this guy and replace him with a classic Clarus in your print dialog. Roby Sherman's ClarusX2014 offers a full rewrite of ClarusX2005, escorting dogcattle into the age of Mavericks. It provides an...

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Talking to Siri: 'Dammit, Jim -- I'm an intelligent assistant, not a doctor!'

Dammit, I'm an iPhone not a Star Trek compendium Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's favorite digital assistant....

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