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2012 Blog Jetpack Report

Just thought I’d share with you all the jetpack-generated report on the blog for the last year.  It’s pretty nifty; I thought the world map and the fireworks (representing posts) were especially interesting.

Special thanks to Isaac and pugubuz for being my top commenters for this year!

Click here to view the report.

NOTE: the animations work best in Chrome or Safari.  If you insist on using Firefox or IE, then you might want to hit the pause button in the upper-lefthand corner to turn the animations off.

 

How to create a signature in Outlook 2010

This is something that should be fairly simple, right?  I’m personally surprised at how long it took  me to figure this out, and the fact that there’s so many misleading “how to”s for this.  Lots of people use Outlook on Windows, and despite my resentment towards Microsoft in many departments, it’s really not bad software.  Here’s the walkthrough on how to create a signature in Outlook 2010:

  1. Compose a new email message
  2. In the toolbar, there are several tabs on the top.  Make sure the ‘Message’ tab is selected.
  3. In the ‘Message’ tab, there are several sections, divided by vertical lines.  Look at the ‘Include’ one (normally third from the right).
  4. Click the ‘Signature’ button, and when the drop-down appears below it, select ‘Signatures…’
  5. Here you go.  Under ‘Select signatures to edit’ is a list of current signatures.  Hit the ‘New’ button underneath it to create a new one, and give it a name for the signature (think “business”, “casual”, etc.).
  6. If you create multiple signatures, make sure you choose which one you want to be default on the right (it’s the dropdown that says ‘New messages:’).
  7. Don’t forget to hit the ‘OK’ button when you’re finished.  :-)
Note that you can also edit/add your “stationery” in the Signatures window as well (it’s the second tab over).  It allows you to adjust fonts, background, and list style, basically.  Little-known fact.

 

 

 

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Ham pineapple cheese

Today when I came home, there were several disparate things in my fridge, so I got creative, and this is what I made.  It is layers of ham and pineapple, with sharp cheese melted on top.  Weird, yes, but man, it was good.

It’s amazing what interesting things humans will come up with because of what they had to work with at the time.  I call this the Pineapple Cantata, because nothing about it makes sense anyways.

This has been cooking with Levi.

OS X Lion Not In App Store

OS X Lion Not In App Store

OS X Lion Not In App Store:

As you might have noticed, when Apple released Mountain Lion, they took Lion off App Store on the same day.  Well, you think to yourself, fortunately, it’s in apple.com’s list of old software downloads?  No, actually, it’s not; in fact, you can’t find any download link from apple.com for OS X 10.7.  Even if you had happened to save the link to the download page specific to Lion in the App Store, that link doesn’t work any more.  I spent some time looking around before I found the solution.

Why This Is a Problem:

For most people this doesn’t matter, but for some – such as myself – this could be a problem.  If you have a Macbook that was made in early 2008 or a similarly old Mac (see Step 1 on the bottom of this page for the official list), you can’t upgrade to Mountain Lion, so if you haven’t yet upgraded to Lion it looks like you’re out of luck.

Solution:

But fortunately, there is a legitimate way to get Lion.  If you call 1-800-MYAPPLE (1.800.692.7753) you can buy it from a sales rep in person.  Yes, a little clunky; I know it’s disconcerting to see OS X Lion not in App Store.  But if I can do it, you can do it.

1. Call 1-800-MYAPPLE

2. Tell the automated system you’re trying to buy Lion; it should connect you to sales

3. Tell the “Apple Expert” that you need to purchase Lion, not Mountain Lion.

Most of them should be well-acquainted with the fact that it’s now impossible to purchase it on their website or from the App Store. I spoke with a very understanding AE Derek, who had the same difficulty with one of his older Macs and was able to take my $20 and send me a confirmation email within just a couple minutes.  There you go!

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