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Disable Google+ for Non-Persons

Posted on 21 August 2013

It turns out that if you create a Google+ profile for a non-person, i.e. for your company email account, and Google find out about it – which they will – then they will disable the account. Not just the Google+ side, but the entire account including email. It seems that Google+ is only for people. For businesses you have to use Google+ Business. So, in order to avoid bounced emails and red faces, then you need to disable Google+ for your ...

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Accounting in the Clouds

Posted on 7 April 2013

So the biggest part of each day is dealing with clients, but the biggest hassle of each month is dealing with the admin side of my work and turning my work into invoices. I need a better system to: Manage my time — tracking time on my calendar and sorting into projects so I can get paid Estimates and Quotes — pitching for work Invoicing and Expenses — asking to be paid and reimbursed Reconciling Banking — checking my bank accounts ...

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Mac OS X Lion Disable Reopen Windows When Logging Back In

Posted on 5 March 2012

There's a new 'feature' in Mac OS X Lion which automatically reopens your windows when you log back into your computer. Now, I'd be fine with this 'feature' if there was a way to switch it off. Not just un-tick to disable it for this logout, but for the tick to be remembered until I tick it back again. Alas, Apple, in their infinite wisdom, haven't given us a way to switch it off. Joy. So here's a simple way to switch of this irritating new ...

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Create Keyboard Shortcut to insert Today’s Date

I work on new little projects almost everyday for my clients. I like to organise the projects in a folder by date so I can easily find them later, so I created a Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcut to insert Today's Date. 1. Launch the Mac OS X Automator application. 2. Create a new Service document. 3. Add a Run Applescript action to the document. 4. Paste in the following script to insert today's date in the format YYYY-MM-DD: on run set ...

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Time Machine Delete Individual Backups

Posted on 16 January 2011
Time Machine

Ok, so in terms of backup systems, Apple's Time Machine really is just about the best thing since sliced bread. It's very simple to use, and just plain works, providing incremental backups as you work each day. Now, the only hitch is that sometimes it backs up too much too often. For instance, I was digitising a bunch of old video earlier today. I banged the VHS tapes into the machine, hit record, and then got on with other things while my ...

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