Force Quitting All Your “Running” iOS Apps To Save Battery Life Is Total Bunk

I had to go to the Apple Store earlier this evening to get my trackpad fixed (and they totally cranked out a fix in 10 minutes – thanks, guys!), and I overheard a Genius telling a couple complaining about the woman’s phone’s battery life that they could save battery life by force-quitting all their “running” ...

The New Shiny And Its WordPress Friends

As you can see, I’ve updated DesignatedNerd.com to a brand spankin’ new site – I’ve cleared out a lot of the crud and moved everything over to a WordPress backend so that I could more easily take advantage of the awesome templating system available with it. In addition, I also updated EllenShapiro.com, my personal site. ...

Code Freebie: BrowserChooser for iOS

I’ve published my first iOS open-source project, BrowserChooser. It demonstrates the use of a category I wrote to allow users to open a link in Mobile Safari or Google Chrome for iOS. The code is ARC-compliant and published under the MIT license, meaning it’s free to reuse in any type of application. Submit a pull ...

Quasi-Related: Make Your Own Moving Labels

I originally typed this info up as a response to a post over at Lifehacker. While this falls outside of most of my technical help suggestions, since it involves using technology to make your move easier, I decided to put it up over here. The last time I moved, I found something that helped me ...

This Damn Thing Is Stuck On My Screen, and I Can’t Type

This is a slightly more advanced problem than most of the ones I’ve covered so far, but this saved me so much time and aggravation, I wanted to share how I dealt with this problem in detail. On OS X, Spaces and text expansion software don’t really play nicely. If you switch back and forth ...

Dude, Where’s My Safari Address Bar?

There are two possibilities, depending on what you’re seeing. This is how the top of your Safari window should look, with the address bar: If it looks like this instead: Then you have accidentally hidden the address bar.

Help! My Mac’s Screen is Showing Negative Colors! 2

Let’s say your Mac should display a screen like this: But instead it looks a bit more like this: Somehow, the “show negative colors” preference has become activated. 

Special Super-Secret Bonus Link!

In 2010, I helped move a friend’s comments from Haloscan to Blogger’s native commenting system. It was ridiculously, hilariously complicated, and if you’re looking for something a little more in-depth and perhaps headache-inducing, please check out the post on my personal blog, So You Want To Move Your Comments From Haloscan To Blogger….