Disable iPhone Calls Ringing in Mac OS X Yosemite

After upgrading one of the three computers in my office from Mac OS X 10.9 to Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) I thought to myself – wow – I like the option to answer my phone using my MacBook Pro. A few days later – when I had the other computers upgraded as well – any time I got a phone call – my office sounded like a call center (2 bluetooth cordless phones, 3 computers, and the actual iPhone itself were all ringing at the same time.

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Thankfully – you can easily turn off this feature in the FaceTime app by simply unchecking one thing in the FaceTime preferences (see screenshot). So if you are like me – and do not need this or prefer to not use it – the fix is easy!

Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) and Gmail Fix?

After upgrading to Mac OS X Mavericks – I have had nothing but problems with Mail.app handling my Gmail accounts. I read that it might be addressed by making sure the “All Mail label is not hidden” – but that did not do anything for me. My message count is off, my message #s are not coming in correctly, my filters are not working, and I am pretty unhappy with what I am seeing.

Until we get a fix from Apple (hopefully soon!) – I have decided to fix my problems by just using good ol’ gmail (web). Let’s hope we get a Mac OS X 10.9 update soon!

Hosting – It Matters

Screen Shot 2013-02-04 at 1.18.37 PM I work with web hosts all day long – five days a week. When someone asks me where they should host their files – I always rattle off 2-3 different options – depending on their needs. I never make a recommendation for a hosting package under $15.00 a month – and there is a good reason – you get what you pay for. I have been over this a thousand times – but if you pay $1.99 a month for hosting – expect your developer’s bill to be more than you will pay all year with a “minor” change.

Example: a client came to me with a mod_rewrite issue on their host. I took a look and could not make sense of it at all. Rules that worked on my own developer server as well as other servers would not work at all. I decided instead of wasting more time trying to decipher this issue (on a host that is known for major .htaccess/mod_rewrite issues) – I would simply move WordPress out of root directory and into it’s own directory. This is a very simple process that I have done several times before. An hour later – I am still dealing with this. Word to the wise – while $1.99 a month may sound like a deal- no backups, no support, and the need to pay hundreds/thousands to a developer to deal with it – makes a host that actually has good support worth every penny.

PS – did you see the screenshot? I was appalled.

Merry Christmas to Me

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This is something I wanted since the late 1980s. I was super psyched to get this off of eBay and look forward to adding it to my collection of fun things.

Without a Smart Phone – Week 2

I have spent the last two weeks without my iPhone – something I have carried around with me for over 5 years. I have to say it is has been interesting and sometimes frustrating, but overall – not nearly as bad as I thought.

Here are some of my thoughts about not having a smart phone with me at all times:

The actual phone: I do miss having this. I am often calling people while doing passive activities (walking, etc) to get caught up with people. I just need to plan better to take a break and use the home phone. As for people trying to call me… “can you pick up…where are you…how long until…” I realized that you can live without everyone knowing the exacts. Just relax – life will happen.

Mobile web/email: Did I really need to have it? Just relax and enjoy some time away.

Texting: I was never a huge fan. Live in the moment and when I am with you – talk to me, not message someone else. Focus! I have enjoyed not worrying about it. If I need to actually contact someone – I like more active conversation anyways (vs passive).

Camera: I do miss taking photos.

Games: Who are we kidding. With a first generation iPhone games were never really in the picture.

Meeting with people: It just takes planning.

Driving directions: They are possible to get without a phone. It just takes planning.

Overall – do not be fooled, I am excited for the iPhone 5 and will be purchasing it. In the end though – there are some definite trade-offs. Instead of relying on your phone – you CAN rely on yourself (directions, planning, etc). We all did it 5 years ago, and while it is fun looking up places, people, events – it also takes you away from some of the unknown which can be much more relaxing/rewarding. Put down the phone and look out the window – there is so much to experience right here, right now, with the people right next to you.

First Craigslist Purchase

I finally made my first purchase via craigslist.org over the weekend. Last week our treadmill (and my 90+ Fuelband streak) broke. After sulking for a day – I found a promising treadmill (NordicTrack C2500 ) and went to check it out. I ended up buying it and had an enjoyable run this morning.

Unlike our very vanilla last treadmill – this has an iPod hookup, pre-set programs, iFit and a lot of other really cool bells and whistles. I am very happy with the purchase and will definitely look more on craigslist.org from now on. I am very excited about the purchase and the purchase experience.

My iPhone – Five Years Later

Five years ago – something came out that I had literally been waiting for for years. Now five years later – I am still using the original iPhone. My friends laugh at me, give me all kinds of slack, but at the end of the day – I use it still because it is such an amazing piece of technology that really was a game changer. Touch screen, swiping, scrolling…this was all new and exciting with the release. While I am still forced to run iOS 3.2 and cannot download and play Angry Birds – I am still able to use it for most things (even it if is a little slow) as well as attract all sorts of comments about it’s age.

While, I get a lot of grief for still using this iPhone – it will soon be a part of my great Apple collection and I will always look at it with the amazement I did when I first bought it. Happy Birthday iPhone!

PS – I will get purchasing the next iPhone when it likely comes out this fall.

New MacBook Pro (Retina Display)

I decided to buy a new MacBook Pro last night and ended up with the Retina Display model. I really did not care too much about the display – I was more interested in the flash storage. In the end – I found myself really surprised and impressed with the Retina screen. Going from that to my first ten iPad was like taking my contacts out – the picture much less crisp.

With each computer I buy (since the mid nineties) I name it after it’s Apple given codename. Between the speed of this computer and Time Machine – it took me longer to find the codename than to get it completely set up. So far, so good…and no water in sight.

Overall – I am glad I went for the Retina display and look forward to having it on all my devices.

Show Disk Space Usage (Sorted)

Every once and awhile I find myself needed to what is the space hog on my computer/server. While the command du – h in the command line works for a general overview – I really want to see the results in descending order (by space used). This command will list out everything in descending order so you can quickly see where the most space is used:


du -k -s * | sort -k1 -g -r