4 ways to fix an unresponsive iPhone home button

RT @CNET: 4 ways to fix an unresponsive iPhone home button flpbd.it/yscJk
Option 1 and 2 work for me.

Automating Day One


RSS and Twitter to Day One. Just what I wanted.

This will make one weekly task easier, and may provide a faster way to push some content through.

It is not a click and go app, but roll your sleeves up a little and delve in.

iOS Omnifocus quick entry





A useful quick entry shortcut for Omnifocus on iOS devices.

Copy the code below and put it in the safari address bar on your iDevice. After the page loads then click share button and Add to Homescreen. If all goes well you will have an icon that works even without wifi.

The original thread can be found on the Omnifocus forums, here.

data:text/html;charset=UTF-8,%3Chtml%3E%3Chead%3E%3Cmeta%20name=%22viewport%22%20content=%22width=device-width,%20initial-scale=1.0,%20maximum-scale=1.0,%20user-scalable=no%22%20/%3E%3Cmeta%20name=%22apple-mobile-web-app-capable%22%20content=%22yes%22%20/%3E%3Ctitle%3EQuick Entry%3C/title%3E%3Cscript%20type=%22text/javascript%22%3Eif%20(!window.navigator.standalone)%20%7Bdocument.write(%22%3Clink%20rel='apple-touch-icon-precomposed'%20href='http://lightstormstudios.com/temp/omnifocus.png'%20/%3E%22);%7D%3C/script%3E%3C/head%3E%3Cbody%20style='margin:0px;%20background-color:%23aeaeae;'%3E%3Ca%20id=%22shortcut%22%20href=%22omnifocus:///add?note%22%3E%3C/a%3E%3Cscript%20type=%22text/javascript%22%3Eif%20(window.navigator.standalone)%20%7B%20var%20e=%20document.getElementById(%22shortcut%22);var%20ev=%20document.createEvent(%22MouseEvents%22);ev.initEvent(%22click%22,true,true);%20e.dispatchEvent(ev);%7Delse%7Bdocument.write('%3Cdiv%20id=%22icon%22%3E%3Ca%20id=%22shortcut%22%20href=%22omnifocus:///add?note%22%3E%3Cimg%20src=%22http://lightstormstudios.com/temp/omnifocus.png%22%20width=%22114%22%20height=%22114%22%3E%3C/a%3E%3Cspan%20id=%22icon_text%22%3EQuick Entry%3C/span%3E%3C/div%3E%3Cdiv%20id=%22addToHomeScreen%22%20class=%22iphone%22%3ECreate%20a%20shortcut%20to%20%3Cstrong%3EOmnifocus Quick Entry%3C/strong%3E:%20tap%20%3Cspan%20class=%22share%22%3Eshare%3C/span%3E%20and%20then%20%3Cstrong%3EAdd%20to%20Home%20Screen%3C/strong%3E.%20Please%20wait%20until%20icon%20image%20is%20fully%20loaded%20in%20next%20view.%3Cspan%20class=%22arrow%22%3E%3C/span%3E%3C/div%3E');%7D%3C/script%3E%3C/body%3E%3C/html%3E


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We switched to Google apps at work, and I was looking forwards to being able to use gTasks within the whole Google Apps framework. Sadly it is not really worth the effort, repeating tasks were promised during 2011, and three months into 2012 there is no word about when they will become available.

Much of the rest of the suite is pretty usable, within an expanded intranet framework, but I’m very disappointed that the Google machine can’t produce a working task application. For the time being I’m sticking with Toodledo, though I am attempting to see if gTasks HD works out on the iPhone.

This is a little work around to bring the Toodledo interface into Google.

This is for anyone who is debating on which to use – I myself had wanted to use GTasks just so I could have tasks and events all inside my calendar screen… Once I got it through 2.0 I really hated GTasks versus Toodledo and all its features. GTasks is limited in what it will let you set online, no context, folder use is clunky at best, tags non existent so i switched back to toodledo.

Then poking around Toodledo I found that using Google Apps, they have a lab feature that let’s toodledo replace GTasks in the Google Calendar window so Toodledo will show up right in your Google Calendar window where GTasks would normally go. A perfect solution to GTasks with all the Toodledo features.

Just thought I’d add this in case someone else was experiencing the same thing…

Can find it inside Toodledo here http://www.toodledo.com/tools/index.php

Java removal on OSX.

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I’d only just installed it on one machine in a failed attempt at a backup idea, right before the Flashback thing broke. Can’t get rid of it on my main machine as it is required by a couple of apps that are very important, and possibly best of breed. For that I patched to the 5/4/12 release, and verified Flashback was not present.

Flashback check:

How to remove the Flashback malware from OS X


I followed the instructions followed in this blog and they worked for me.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Check for Java Installation: sudo /usr/libexec/java_home -xml (an output with two JVM dictionaries confirms that Java is installed)
  2. Run uninstaller: sudo /usr/libexec/java_home –uninstall
  3. Remove JVM installation location: sudo rm -rf /System/Library/Java
  4. Run command from step 1 again (an output starting with “Unable to find any JVMs matching version” confirms that Java is no longer installed


Unfortunately, this process doesn’t appear to work after the 2012-04-05 update. There is no -uninstallargument to the java_home binary. – Sean 2 days ago

Note that these instructions do not work if you have patched Java to block the Flashback exploit.

Quick entry for Omnifocus

Cool quick enter method for Omnifocus. Working offline too, so suitable for iPad/iPod and not just the iPhone. http://t.co/68ojizYN

Day One services menu

http://t.co/WOvkknjg Clever services menu workflow for desktop Day One users. If you use Dropbox, remember to edit the script.

Two tips followed..

The first produced a bootable drive for Time Machine, my install dvd is only a few clicks away, or more importantly a few key presses during bootup, and the second to produce an archive that can be stored on my NAS server when the USB drive reaches capacity. A neat little solution to some of the shortcomings of Time Machine.
I may make a workflow to reduce the ‘manual’ element of backing up the backup!
Thanks to MacOSXhints.com

Cool Stacks hint

macosxhints.com – 10.5: Add a ‘recent things’ stack to the Dock

Wow. I love this from Mac OS hints.. Ran it right away.

You can add a Recent Applications stack to the Dock. To do so, open Terminal and type this command:
defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add ‘{ “tile-data” = { “list-type” = 1; }; “tile-type” = “recents-tile”; }’

After that, type
killall Dock
to restart the Dock and see your new folder. The only thing is that I haven’t found a way to have it show as a fan, it only shows in tile view. But it is already a nice trick.
Once the stack is created, control-click on it to reveal a contextual menu that lets you pick between recent applications, documents, servers, volumes, and items. Note that I’ve edited this hint to reflect the method shown by 
 to the 


Automator logo
Web receipts, or Apple’s really handy ‘print to web receipts folder’ option under the print dialogue has always been a useful, and often used, feature of MacOSX, but I’ve long known that it is shipped in a broken format and does overwrite the files you ‘print’ to this folder. My standard workaround has been to manually move the files into another folder as an archive, but it’s annoyed me for a while so today I delved into automator to fix the problem, and it is only after I fixed it on my own did I find this little link which gave me the simple ‘how-to’ answer. Want the resulting file for yourself? Here it is. Save to Receipts zip, unzip it to Library/PDF services, but for your own customisation it would be better to follow the instructions in the link. Well done Apple for supplying something so useful, but so broken to begin with.

Still this cute little buddy is a really useful best friend at times, and I guess I should spend more time getting to know him and how he can help sort out some of my little computing problems.

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