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Delete large amount of OS X files quickly

terminal iconLet's say you want to delete a backup from an external drive you don't need anymore. This backup will be millions of files if it includes all the system files. If you want to delete such large amount of files using the Finder's Empty Trash command it may take you hours.

A simple trick in Terminal will reduce the time by 40% to empty your trash significantly. Carefully enter this command:
sudo rm -r

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Save a directory list to a file

terminal iconIf for whatever reason you need a list of files within a certain directory in text format you can do so using the ls Terminal command.

Just open Terminal, navigate to the required directory and then enter one of these commands to save the information to the directory.txt file:

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What to do if you lost your iPhone?

With the iPhone software 3.0 and a mobile me account you don't have to panic if you lose your device:

  1. You can locate it remotely through your account. Just enable Find My iPhone in MobileMe settings on your phone in advance. Then you can log in to from any computer to access Find My iPhone and display your phone’s approximate location on a map.
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Doodle your Logo like Google!

‘Google Doodle’ is the buzz word these days. Whether it’s Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day or any other important date, Google doesn’t miss out doodling for them. For readers who don’t know what Google Doodle is all about, here is a little piece of information on what it is, how Google started it, what kind of response are they getting from the people all across the world and how you, as a business owner can embellish your logo on different occasions?

We all know the literal meaning of the word ‘Doodle’, which means aimless drawing. Google, the most successful internet giant started doodling in the year 1999. Their first doodle was designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin on ‘Burning Man Festival’, which bagged a lot of popularity. So later on, in 2000, they assigned an intern, Dennis Hwang in their own company to take charge of this department named ‘Google Doodle’. His first doodle was created in 2000 for ‘Bastille Day’ and he’s been designing doodles for Google ever since.

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Supersizing your images part 5: Re-Sizer

We've discussed techniques for enlarging images before using Photoshop commands. Re-sizer is an action pack that uses a series of such commands as an action pre-packed for you to achieve the best possible result.

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Using gradients in logos

For decades designers were told to avoid the use of more than 3 colors in a logo. This trend was broken in the mid eighties by Apple launching their famous rainbow apple logo. Then we were told to avoid gradients. 20 years later Apple was among the first to break the rule again by launching their shiny trendsetting aqua Apple logo.

The reasoning against gradients was strong, but it is not valid anymore. The printing costs for 4 color process was more expensive than just two direct colors. The widespread digital printing which is primarily based on cmyk printing eliminated this problem. High quality full color printing is not expensive anymore even at small quantities (like 50 pieces of business cards).

Online branding has become more important for companies than printed materials. Most company logos on websites are seen by many more people than all their printed material altogether. And full color logos with gradients look great on screen.

We can officially claim that a new era in logo design has arrived. Feel free to design logos with gradients. Naturally a good logo design should translate to a single color for special uses, ex. etching on a marble floor. But we should not limit our designs to logos that fail in black & white. The b&w test remains valid to evaluate the concept of the logo, but should not be a deciding factor.

For inspiration let's see 30 great logos with gradients from large and small companies. Finally, let's make some projections about coming trends in logo design.

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Free yourself up

Time is the most valuable thing in life. Regardless if you're rich or poor, smart or dumb you only have one life. We only have a certain number of days, hours, minutes and seconds to live. We have to make the most of it.

We have to work in order to sustain our livelihood. Part of your work is enjoyable and other parts are repetitive and time wasters. Ideation, sketching, illustration and such tasks are source of joy for me in my work, but certain other tasks like organizing information, technical updates, bugfixing, billing, etc. are boring and I consider them necessary evil.

In order to optimize the day for more fun and play and less slavery one needs to continuously strive to automate and simplify tasks that doesn't bring you joy. This is an overall mindset that brings results over time and makes you eventually much more productive resulting in more free time for yourself.

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Snow Leopard does the right thing

Snow Leopard

If you had to decide between 5 new features in Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) or let's say a 20% speed increase in all of your application compared to Leopard (OS X 10.5), which one would you choose?

Depends of course what those 5 new features would be, but reasonably I can't imagine any feature that would improve my productivity as much as a 20% overall speed increase. I would take the speed boost any time. And, I think Apple is counting on people like me with Snow Leopard.

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Finder trackpad zooming

finder zoomIn Finder you can zoom in and out with your trackpad using the pinching gesture.

This feature in Finder only works with the icon and coverflow views. It's very useful when applied to the Desktop, for example if you need to quickly make space for more icons or you want to see the icons of some documents in larger size.

To switch on this feature go to Finder / Preferences / Advanced and switch on Zoom using trackpad.


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