GRIMT3CH Technology, Geekery, & General Nerdiness


Happy Birthday Macintosh!

Introduced 28 years ago today one of the most influential computers in history and to me. I started out with a 128K when I was six at my parents printing business and never looked back. After witnessing the birth, almost demise, the rebirth, and now the explosion of Apple products it has been interesting. I can't imagine life without the Mac and the changes Apple has brought about in the industry. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY MACINTOSH!!!!!!!!

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Apps: AirDisplay by Avatron

Another must have app for me is AirDisplay. It allows you to use your iOS device as a second monitor. I love having the option to add some screen real estate just by wirelessly connecting my iPad. It has been great for multitasking and allows you to jump back in forth between apps without have to dig up that buried window. Another advantage is when used with spaces it acts just like any other display so you can have any number of vitual deskotps. The only draw back is that active window content on the iPad is a little to much to ask but that's to be expected.

If you can't live without a second display this app is for you. It is FANTASITC!!!! Grab it for $9.99

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2012 Bring on the Thunderbolt Peripherals

With vendors showing off their new gadgets at CES, I am really interested in the Thunderbolt devices coming out. Having the ability to add a second or third display to a MacBook would be fantastic. I've been using a Displaylink adapter for a couple of years now, and its great but not perfect. The toll on the processor is pretty high if you have any active content on the display. I currently have a 15" MacBook Pro but have really been thinking about an Air. Thunderbolt is really tipping the scale, I might just have to pull the trigger.


Apps: Bar-Code By Roberto Sonzogni

I know this might not be the most exciting app out there but if you're looking for a barcode scanning app this is it: Bar-Code . I've tried several others and this is the best one to date.

I love its simplicity and the ability to scan continually.  You can set the delimiter and store the barcode as an image.  When you're done you can send it off as an email.  For me its perfect I use it to scan serial numbers, MAC addresses, tracking numbers, and just about anything with a barcode.

Barcodes are everywhere so having the ability to grab it quickly and search, store, or email is simply indispensable.

It supports a ton of barcode formats:

EAN-8, UPC-E, ISBN-10, UPC-A, EAN-13, ISBN-13, Interleaved 2 of 5, Code 39, QR Code, Code 128, Code 93, Farmacode, GS1 DataBar, GS1 DataBar Expanded, GS1 2-digit add-on, GS1 5-digit add-on, EAN/UPC composite.

I hope you find it as useful as I have!

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If you own an iPad two must have Apps – Reeder and Evernote

If you use Google Reader to follow your feeds Reeder is an absolute must. I cannot say enough good things about this app, especially on the iPad. If you have an iPad you owe it to yourself to get this app. And if you want to keep track of all the cool things you find from the feeds, download Evernote right now!!! You can grab sites, clippings, make audio and video notes, or just about anything and organize it away for later.  Best of all they all sync between your devices; make a note on your iPhone and it's on your Mac, SWEET!!!

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Apple versus Google???

With the iPad just days away, I just read and interesting post over at engadget.  It looks like the Apple/Google break may be closer then we think.  If you haven't been following Apple's mobile platform you might have missed the lack of flash on the iPhone and the upcoming iPad.  I believe in part flash is a pig of a plugin and Apple is in the business of selling content on a closed platform.  Google on the other hand is an open platform selling an experience and a different gateway to the web.  Google has announced that it will build in the Flash platform as a component of its Chrome OS.  There are a lot of similarities between the two companies.  They are both innovators and have built their market share by making the best product.

The conflict that will divide the two will be the overlap into the same sectors of technology.  As Google has branched out into the hardware sector it has begun stepping on Apple's toes.  Apple has been an end-to-end company from its inception, building the hardware and writing the software to run on it.  Google has always been up in the cloud.  Providing a service via software running on off the shelf hardware.  Now that Google has stepped out of the box it will get more interesting as more components of there hardware platform emerge.  Lets hope this won't turn into another Apple/Microsoft implosion.

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Some big tech journalists talk iPad…

I think I am going to hold out until the first or second revision of the device.  I'd like to see where they end up taking the hardware.

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Captain Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) digs the iPhone!!!


iPad, well it’s here now do I need one…

[Via engadget]

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Need to download or convert a YouTube Video, try Tooble…

toobleThere are a lot of ways to download and convert YouTube or for that matter other online videos.  Some are complicated and some are pricey, but Tooble is free and cross platform.  If you've ever needed to add a YouTube video to a presentation or wanted to add one to your iTunes library, give it a try!!!  I think you find it a useful addition to your utility war chest.