Battles With Boredom

July 21, 2013

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

Filed under: Apple,Coffee,Internet,Mobile Devices,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 6:53 pm

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.

August 21, 2012

Review: Mac OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide

Filed under: Apple,Books,Techspeak — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Peter Nikolaidis @ 9:00 am

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…)

July 31, 2012

Type Like a Teenager, Communicate Like a Professional

Filed under: Apple,Mobile Devices,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 5:18 pm

(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…)

December 12, 2011

How (Quickly) the Mighty Have Fallen

Filed under: Apple,Mobile Devices — Peter Nikolaidis @ 1:03 pm

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…)

November 5, 2011

Fixing Evernote Internal Database Error on Mac OS X 10.7

Filed under: Apple,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 2:27 pm

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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