June 2009

Introducing Quicksilver

by Kelle June 24, 2009

There are some apps that I simply can’t imagine living without and Quicksilver Quicksilver is at the top of that list (link updated 21 Apr 2011). And it’s not just me, here’s what Adam Pash of Lifehacker said: Quicksilver is bar-none the best productivity application on the market today. Whether we’re talking Mac, Windows, or […]


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Stylish Laptop Stand

by Kelle June 16, 2009

Apple Blog has a nice review of the Rain Design mStand, the laptop stand designed for Macs and to look pretty next to a Cinema Display. I own two of these, one for work and one for home. My favorite feature is the cord management hole in back and the ability to store the keyboard […]


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Connecting: Video, Voice, and Text ChatiC

by Jessica Lu June 11, 2009

There are now many different options for “meeting” with people remotely. This includes discussions over text , voice, video, or even screen sharing. I typically use iChat and have been very impressed with the screen sharing features in particular. However, there are other options for connecting that may work better behind finicky firewalls, connecting with […]


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Taking Control of Your Queues

by Kelle June 8, 2009

Leo Babauta over at Zen Habits is always putting up great posts about productivity and happiness. One of the most recent ones is 8 Liberating Strategies for Clearing the Queues in Your Life. Some common queues that are constantly battling for our attention include: work email, personal email, work voicemail, personal voicemail, instant messages, text […]


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Presentations are a privilege

by Jane June 3, 2009

Blogger Seth Godin reminds us that presentations are a precious opportunity to change minds. To translate his advice to a scientific context, I’d make the following two substitutions: “emotional pictures”  —> “screen-filling, well-explained, compelling plots” “to change minds”   —> “to educate”. Godin partially echoes Edward Tufte’s argument that slideware is a terrible way to share […]


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Introducing New Contributors and an Updated Look

by Kelle June 3, 2009

A couple announcements: Geek Girls Rock: We’ve got two new contributors! Jessica Lu is a postdoc at Caltech and has made major contributions to the Astronomers Wiki at Mac Singularity. Jessica is an all around computing goddess and Python guru. I’m sure she’ll have lots of useful things to share with us—I certainly bug her […]


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