Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Had a great time at the Visual Resources Association conference in Toronto, Canada.
I took a red-eye there and arrived in the aealy morning. I had several hours to kill before I could check into my hotel room so I decided to take a bus to Niagara Falls, which was amazing. The Waterfall Garden in the middle of the Sheraton Centre was lovely, but in no way compared to the awesome nature of Niagara Falls...
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I recently came across a system preference that allows you to mute your Mac's startup sound, or set the volume lower if you prefer.
Works like a charm, is free and can be found here:
StartupSound.prefPane is the software which controls the volume of the startup sound of your Macintosh computer. StartupSound.prefPane mute the startup sound without changing the output volume setting. And StartupSound.prefPane limits the startup volume so that it may not become loud even if you make the output volume louder. To set up the startup volume, you select the "Startup Sound" pane added to the "System Preferences."
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
For years I've had my e-mail inbox check for new mail and notify me of any every 15 minutes. If there was new e-mail it would chime in and let me know and I, like one of Pavlov's dogs, would race over to the computer to check and see if it were important. In the years of doing this I think at most two messages were time sensitive. Yesterday I changed the frequency of checking from every 15 minutes to every hour. I can only assume I'll be saving time and mental energy, and if all goes well I may set it to check every two hours, or perhaps four. I can always force it to check by refreshing my inbox (if I'm waiting to open a message within the same minute that it arrives - but I'm not sure when that would be the case). If you've taken any baby steps toward less distraction let us know!