OFF-TOPIC: Create a Reminder From Mac OS X Mail.app Emails


I have been looking for a solution/workaround to get this functionality on my Mac’s Mail.app. The issue is that Apple’s Mail.app do not have the simple yet handy feature of creating a reminder out of an email, like how Outlook does.

But I did not want to get out of Apple’s ecosystem, that comprises of Mail, Reminders and iCal. This is basically a great combination.

Searching for a solution, I stumbled upon this article by Michael Kummer; How to create a Reminder from an E-Mail.

I am not that good at Apple Script. But this one is brilliant and does what I need precisely. Till apple adds this functionality out-of-box, this script will do.

As a side-note, check out his blog for more informative and interesting posts. His bio: Michael Kummer.

Thanks Michael for this detailed post.

VAIDY

OFF-TOPIC: Change Power Button Behaviour in OS X Mavericks


Whenever I accidentally press the power button on my MacBook, it switches off the display. This behaviour change happened from OS X Mavericks (10.9).

Earlier it used to let us choose with following options:

Power Button Options

OSXDaily.com has got a workaround for this trouble. It does not straightaway enable these options the moment you press the power button, but it prevents OS X Mavericks from switching the display off, which is far more relieving.

To invoke the above power button options: press power button continuously for a second or two.

Thanks OSXDaily.com.

VAIDY

OFF-TOPIC: Motivating Employees a Choice of Promotion or Prevention – TLNT via @OfficeVibe


This post is so very different, even if it’s an off-topic one, from what I usually post on my blog. But considering the fact that I have been witnessing some of the worst things that directly relates to this topic, I think it’s quite timely.

I read this post, Motivating Employees Can Simply Be a Choice of Promotion or Prevention, posted on TLNT – The Business of HR, about how employees get motivated; either a promotion or a prevention. Thanks to @OfficeVibe to share this post.

To just brief you on this, an employee can get motivated in a typical corporate environment to perform well: to get promoted and climb up the corporate ladder OR to play it safe and prevent undesired. Both have it’s own pros and cons.

In my opinion, at times, promotion oriented motivation could easily lead one to become power-hungry and become selfish in achieving his/her goals that are totally self-centred. It easily poisons one’s attitude to put his/her organisation’s goals down. If this person is at middle level in an organisation hierarchy to whom people report, it could get worser than you might imagine. He/she becomes the biggest threat to an organisation than even the organisation’s competitors. I have witnessed this big time in the very recent past. So that makes this topic so relevant to me personally.

In a stark contrast, prevention oriented motivation could easily lead one to become completely oblivious unless his/her contribution is duly noticed by management and reward him/her without wasting any time. This person becomes oblivious when management fails to notice and recognise. Also, this approach may quite easily make the management to believe that such person would work and contribute irrespective of whether he/she is recognised and rewarded or not.

While promotion oriented approach may backfire at an organisation’s health, prevention oriented approach may backfire at the individual’s career and growth.

Big question hanging in front of me: How To Strike A Balance Between Both?

Do not hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments section.

VAIDY

OFF-TOPIC: Batch Print Multiple Files in Mac OS X Without Opening Them – Jesse Chapman @jessechapman


One of my users use Mac OS X Mavericks and his major concern was to batch print files in a folder without opening each one of them. He somehow (?!?!?!) trusted my expertise in Mac OS to find a solution.

My best friend, Google, came to my rescue again. I got this gem of a post by Jesse Chapman (sorry Jesse, I tried getting a profile page of yours, but could only get your twitter page) on his blog wait, really? that saved my day.

Read it here: How to batch print multiple files in Mac OS X without opening them.

Though the post is for Mac OS Snow Leopard, it still works charmingly on Mavericks. Thanks a bunch, Jesse.

Upside; I am now considered an expert in Mac OS by at least one Mac user in this world :-DDownside; I may get more support requests with Mac OS :-P.

But hey, I am not even complaining.

VAIDY

OFF-TOPIC: Show Hidden Files & Folders in Mac OS X Mavericks


I had been struggling with this for sometime. I wanted to create a USB installer for Mavericks and was not able to get thru’ a step where I had to show hidden files and folders.

In Windows OS, it’s a simple step which is available graphically to either show or hide hidden files and folders. But in Mac OS X, for some reason, this has to be achieved by typing a command on Terminal. Following is the command that is required to enable showing hidden files and folders:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

So, those who struggle to get it done, above is your key to unlock this.

VAIDY

RIP Google Reader: 10/21/2005 – 06/30/2013


You will forever remain my most favourite RSS reader.

I am searching for words to express my sadness after I read the news of Google retiring (i.e. killing) Google Reader. Let me just borrow the most important statements from that post and publish here:

We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.
Then what about that *devoted following*? Is it just a foolish bunch who had immense faith in Google Reader than even Google’s own management and team?
Google; you have rights to develop or kill your products. But trust me, you have lost that immensely devoted followers of your product. Soon enough, you would be pressing your own self-destruction button and get lost.
I’m deeply sad, to understate my mindset.
VAIDY

OFF-TOPIC: Increase Productivity By Adding Shortcuts To “Send To”


I often copy my chunk file on to GP application folder as part of my development work, so I must keep two explorer windows open always. Copy from my development folder and paste it on to GP application folder. Difficult and frustrating (at times) to shuttle between two folders every time.

Not anymore; I just created new shortcuts to Send To menu as shown below:

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Just select my chunk file from my development folder, invoke Send To menu and send it straight to GP application folder. Awesome, isn’t it? It is, indeed. It saves almost 15-30 minutes a day depending how many times you perform copy paste with same source and destination folders.

Follow the steps explained in this blog post: How to add SkyDrive shortcut into your ‘Send To’ Menu.

The post discusses on how to add a shortcut for Skydrive, but it’s the same steps that you have to follow for any shortcut (internally on your computer or an external location).

I assure you that this trick alone would save you tremendous amount of time and effort in a day.

VAIDY