Up to Speed with Sparrow

​It’s been a fairly busy last few months and one of the projects I’ve been working on durning that stretch has just launched this morning. Up to Speed with Sparrow, a screencast to help you learn to use the wonderful Sparrow Mail app for your Mac.​

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I Don't Think I'm Full of Enough Shit

​I’ve been in Chicago for about four months now (wow, I didn’t realize it had been that long until I wrote it) and I’ve been steadily working on a few things. I’ve been working on my writing by just doing more of it in more places. I’ve been working on getting more connected with the Chicago web development and design community. Combined with that I’ve been constantly working on my web development and design skills​ and found myself feeling the need for some additional instruction and mentorship and ended up at Code Academy. As part of these last two items I’ve been attending some Meetups in Chicago focused on the various skills I’m trying to better myself at and areas in which I’d like to meet some people.

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37signals Invests in The Starter League

​This week brought some interesting news to the Chicago tech community. 37signals made their first investment in another company. Yes, that’s right. Their first. The Starter League, a Chicago web development education start-up that has been in existence for less than a year, reached an agreement to sell a non-voting share of their company to the web app development company, 37signals.

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My Code Editor - A Workflow Realization

​As designers and developers, we use many different applications and tools in our everyday lives. This group is a constantly changing, continuously morphing toolbox that enables us to get to the desired end product of any project as efficiently and easily as possible. The center piece of this group, for this crowd, is undoubtedly the code editor.

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Why Is Instagram Worth $1 Billion?

​The purchase of Instagram by Facebook has been covered extensively by all sorts of media outlets. And for good reason. $1 billion is a lot of money to pay for a small company that isn’t generating any revenue. The conversations have ranged from: “this is completely crazy” to “it’s a justified purchase” and every conceivable tangent in between.

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27 inch Apple Cinema Display - Is It Worth $999?

​In July of this year, Apple announced the 27″ LED Cinema Display and, as most of us would expect, it isn’t a cheap piece of hardware.

Apple has a reputation for producing high quality products – and no one can deny that. There is often a good amount of discussion as to whether they mark their prices up simply because they know the Apple fans will pay for it, or because their products are actually superior to their competitors.

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A Chat With Solo Designer, Jerome Iveson

​The very wide array of project management web apps has been a growing category for the last couple years. There are now many options with each having its own set of pros and cons, depending on your needs and your taste. The category is quite diverse and it’s safe to say there’s no obvious winner. Solo, however, is doing some things that are making some waves in this category. So I sat down with designer Jerome Iveson to discuss his product.

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Lion Really Has Made Me More Productive - Here's How

​Apple released their large overhaul to their Mac operating system with Mac OS X Snow Leopard in June of 2009. This update seemed fairly basic to the naked eye as there weren’t many end-user feature updates, but under the hood the OS took strides in performance, efficiency and memory consumption. It was essentially laying the groundwork for the future. While I think Mac OS X users were happy with this update, I can say from personal experience that there was certainly some anticipation for what was next.

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App Prices Are on the Rise, But Is That a Bad Thing?

​We go through a lot of apps here at Mac.Appstorm. We review a ton of applications and we research and test even more. A fair amount of time is spent on trolling the App Store as well as the web searching for applications worth a review.

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Gut Check 212

At noon on Friday, Aug. 13th, my friend Scott Cunningham and I departed from the Wyoming/South Dakota border and headed east. We were planning to travel 412 miles in the next two days. We’d been planning this trip for months and it was finally time. We were both excited, nervous and a little scared.

Why the fear and apprehension? Well, we were planning to complete this trek by bicycle. 412 miles purely on human power. This is the Gut Check 212. A 48 hour, 412 mile bike race across the state of South Dakota on U.S. Highway 212.

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