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  • Peter Nikolaidis 6:53 pm on July 21, 2013 Permalink  

    Is Anyone Doing This yet? Pre-order My Favorite Drink On Arrival 

    Starbucks: Love 'em or hate 'em, you have to admit, they are doing something right.

    Since moving to the Boston area, I’ve had the pleasure of actually using cool technologies a lot sooner than I used to in rural Vermont. For instance, Starbucks’ mobile app, allowing me to order and pay for my drinks with my iPhone, or Stop & Shop’s “Scan It!” app that lets you itemize what you’re buying as you go through the store, saving time at checkout because you’ve already accounted for everything and don’t need to itemize them all again. Granted, I’ve never gotten it to work completely for me, so I question how much time Scan It! has saved me, if any, but I digress.

    I’ve mentioned an idea in the past on the Pocket Sized Podcast, with respect to Starbucks and their mobile app for iOS, but I don’t know if I went into details. The Starbucks app allows me to save my favorite drink, in Starbucks lingo, so instead of trying to order a “small latte with caramel syrup, the sugar free kind, two shots,” and getting confused as to whether I meant espresso shots or syrup shots, etc., I can whip out the app, refer to my favorites list, and say “Short 2-pump Sugar Free Caramel Nonfat Caffe Latte, please.” Theoretically this will save time.

    But… why can’t I, upon entering the shop and connecting to Starbucks’ (arguably the slowest) free wifi (network on the planet), tap on my favorite drink, and go straight to the pickup line? You already know who I am. You already have my credit card on file. Now you know what drink I want. Granted, I might miss some thrilling conversation with the person at the counter, but that’s not usually so noteworthy as to be missed.

    It doesn’t have to be Starbucks! Someone, please, make this happen. If it’s already being done, please drop me a line and let me know where.

  • Peter Nikolaidis 9:00 am on August 21, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , Mac, Macintosh, O'Reilly, OS X, Pocket Guide, Quick Reference, Reference,   

    Review: Mac OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide 

    OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide
    The Ultimate Quick Guide to OS X
    Author: Chris Seibold
    Publisher: O’Reilly Media
    Released: July 2012OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide
    Pages: 272
    Price: $14.99 US

    I recently had the opportunity to review a copy of the OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide from O’Reilly media. (More …)

    • Gyowanny 7:08 am on August 22, 2012 Permalink

      Hi Peter,

      I have upgraded my macbook pro from snow leopard to mountain lion and I’m very satisfied.
      The only issue I’m experiencing now is that after the migration the google chrome is extremely slow and sometimes it’s freezing the entire machine which requires a reboot to get it back.
      Any suggestions?
      PS: I have already reinstalled Google Chrome with no success.

      Good post, by the way.

      Thank you

    • peter 8:27 am on August 22, 2012 Permalink

      Hey Gyowanny!

      Did you also trash all of Chrome’s preferences? That might help. Try deleting: ~Library/Application Support/Google and ~Library/Caches/Google/Chrome and see if that helps.



  • Peter Nikolaidis 5:18 pm on July 31, 2012 Permalink  

    Type Like a Teenager, Communicate Like a Professional 

    (Originally posted on the Paradigm Consulting blog.)

    Whether it’s fair, or not, people judge you by the words you use, spoken and written. This applies to electronic communication as well and, while the accepted norms for grammar are being relaxed more and more every day, f u typ lik ths n a prof ltr, ul look like a ful. (More …)

  • Peter Nikolaidis 1:03 pm on December 12, 2011 Permalink  

    How (Quickly) the Mighty Have Fallen 

    I am rapidly losing faith in Apple products. I mean, seriously. Over the last few months, here’s a sample of the ridiculous issues I have been facing. (More …)

  • Peter Nikolaidis 2:27 pm on November 5, 2011 Permalink  

    Fixing Evernote Internal Database Error on Mac OS X 10.7 

    Yesterday, Evernote started crashing within seconds of launching on my MacBook Air. Here’s how I fixed it.

    First, I searched Google and Evernote’s forum for help. I found this article, which didn’t help. The simplest thing, I figured, was to trash the custom settings for Evernote (in class Mac OS style). These are usually stored in the under my home directory called Library, and then in a folder called Preferences.

    My first stumbling block was the lack of my Library folder! A quick search revealed that the Library folder is still there, but in OS 10.7, is now hidden by default. Rather than fiddling with that, I dropped to a Terminal to do the dirty work.

    First, I found all of the Evernote data in Preferences,with the following commands. These could be shortened to a single line if you just want the “quick fix,” but these are the steps I took.

    cd ~/Library # Go into the Library folder
    cd Preferences # Go the next step into Preferences
    find . | grep -i evernote # Find all Evernote files.
    find . | grep -i evernote | xargs rm # Delete all Evernote files.

    No dice. Evernote still crashed. On to the “Application Support” folder.

    cd ~/Library/Application\ Support # Go to the Application Support folder
    ls    # Look around, observe the presence of an "Evernote" folder.
    rm -rf Evernote # nuke it.

    After that, I re-launched Evernote and waited as it re-synced my notebooks with the online version, and has been working happily ever since.

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