Archive for October, 2012

Don’t you love being beaten to the punch?

October 16, 2012 Leave a comment

I just found an old document titled ’email instapaper idea’, from 12/13/10 whose body was:

“You get an e-mail address, when you send e-mails to it it parses the body looking for links. That link is then fed into Instapaper and later synced to your mobile device”

Fortunately Instapaper had the same idea I did and implemented it beautifully; I use this feature daily to send myself interesting articles via Twitter. If you haven’t discovered it yourself, go to after registering.

Example #135235 that ideas are cheap. Implementation is what matters.

Upgrading a Leopard machine to Snow Leopard

October 13, 2012 1 comment

I’ve been bad about upgrading the OS of my MacBook, and now it’s hopelessly out of date. A lot of software no longer runs on Leopard, including Chrome autoupdate, TextMate, and GIMP. Lack of Chrome autoupdate means no updated Flash, which means no YouTube. Time for an upgrade.

Unfortunately, you cannot upgrade to Mountain Lion without going through Snow Leopard first, and Snow Leopard is no longer sold in stores or on the site. After calling a local Apple store, I found out that the only way to get the upgrade is to call 1-800-MY-APPLE and ask for an upgrade. They’ll ask you for the serial number of your Mac in order to ensure compatibility, your email address, and standard billing information. The cost of the upgrade disk, without expedited shipping, came out to about $26 in my case.

Hope this helps those of you who procrastinated like me and are searching for information about where to get the Snow Leopard upgrade.

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