Remove duplicate files on a Mac

Several solutions see to do the job.

These are:

  • Singular
  • dupeGuru
  • MrClean
  • FileBuddy9

Review:

I created a 2.7 GB directory of various duplicated files and ran them against each other.

Fastest: Singular, closely followed by dupeGuru. MrClean and FileBuddy trailed a long way behind.

Easiest to use: Singular starts off with a window asking you to drag your files into it. Super-simple. dupeGuru has more options on the initial screen which can be cumbersome. For example, you have to select which directories you wish to scan. However, the additional options allow you to add two different directories and also sort by size – very useful. MrClean and FileBuddy again have a rather complex initial setup.

Cons: FileBuddy obviously suffers from being an all-in-one application.

In conclusion, for a single directory, Singular is by far the easiest. However, if you wish to sort by size and/or check for duplicates on multiple directories then with dupeGuru wins out. One other consideration is that Singular has occasionally crashed with big directories whereas dupeGuru completed a 62GB directory scan comfortably.

Sync iCal tasks and Blackberry Tasks

PocketMac SyncManager [PM SM] does the trick.Just one slight tweak required – in PM SM Preferences make sure you uncheck the iCalTasks Advanced Preferences option that says “Ignore tasks older than x days” (OR set it to zero days) otherwise this error message can be an issue:”No Gregorian Date” http://blackberryforums.pinstack.com/9295-finally_got_tasks_to_sync_properly_with_ical.html  

Living with Microsoft Word

Very interesting piece on how to deal with the bugs and problems inherent in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a beast [1].  Word is an evolved creation, the bastard offspring of marketing, some original thoughts on how to create a word processor, and generations of Ziff-Davis (PC Magazine) induced rapid mutation to fit someone’s distorted checklist. It is to software as the Irish Elk was to mammals. It is an inherently incurable mass of contradictory impulses, which are fully evident in Word’s formatting model. It is the single most miserable piece of software that I absolutely must use.

This web page contains my personal notes on attempting to live with the beast.

This document borrows extensive from the material listed in Links. Over time it will be all my own writing, but at this point some is cut and pasted from the real experts who are acknowledged in the Links section. It began with this usenet article.

I must add that despite my personal dislike of Microsoft Word I am grateful to the experts who’ve responded to my questions on microsoft.public.word.formatting.longdocs. They fight a noble war with the Beast. Lastly, I’m interested in suggestions on alternative word processors.

http://www.faughnan.com/msword.html 

Save Windows and Tabs When Restarting Firefox

Some great tips on how to save your tabs when you restarting Firefox:

  1. Use the Restart Firefox extension.
  2. Set Firefox to save all windows and tabs, every time.
  3. Set Tab Mix Plus to save all windows and tabs (if you are using the Tab Mix Plus sessions instead of the native Firefox one.)

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/internet/firefox/quick-tip-save-windows-and-tabs-when-restarting-firefox/

Save Windows and Tabs When Restarting Firefox

Some great tips on how to save your tabs when you restarting Firefox:

  1. Use the Restart Firefox extension.
  2. Set Firefox to save all windows and tabs, every time.
  3. Set Tab Mix Plus to save all windows and tabs (if you are using the Tab Mix Plus sessions instead of the native Firefox one.)

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/internet/firefox/quick-tip-save-windows-and-tabs-when-restarting-firefox/

Build advanced Gmail filters and persistent searches

 If you know how to construct the right query in Gmail, you can slice and dice your messages any way you see fit. Plug those queries into filters and Gmail will automatically process your mail for you as it arrives. Gmail’s advanced search, filters and labels make it a god amongst insects in the world of web-based email, but it takes a little know-how to get it working for you.

http://lifehacker.com/software/hack-attack/build-advanced-gmail-filters-and-persistent-searches-276499.php