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Wing it: give your Macbook Air finally its wings! (Read: a new SSD by OWC)

The Problem: Macbook Air (late 2010) with only 64GB When I bought my Macbook Air in late 2010, I thought I would use it as a portable typewriter, hence would not need a big hard drive (or rather, solid state drive). I went for the 64gb model, and with Dropbox and its select sync function […]
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Crunch Time – and how to survive it.

So I had this paper due. Well, let’s be honest: overdue. For the third time overdue. Hence, this time it really HAD to get done. Since I spent the weekend in Freiburg on Family business (with no work getting done), it was down to Monday and Tuesday, and I was scared. More precisely: panicked. But […]
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How to get your iPhone unlocked – and make your own micro sim

So I am one of the many tortured AT&T customers. Generally I am on the phone with them once a month, either because they overbill, or say one thing and do another, or just generally mess things up. As you will see, sometimes that works to your advantage. First tip: the reduced rate suspension. This […]
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And – Action! (or what you can use olive oil for, as well)

So after describing to you guys how my beautiful new coffee machine is oh so great, I have to admit, I needed advice. Hence, what follows will be the conversations I am currently having with the guys at, who seem to be more into the machines than their makers…. the people at, the makers […]
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The Olympic Coffee Games – or: welcome to coffee geek world

My father had bought a Swiss espresso machine back in the eighties, when hipsters had no clue what a lever machine is or how important the grinding and tampering is for crema (or, for that matter, what crema is). He paid something like 800,- DM for it, which was quite outrageous, but just as he […]
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archivePad – the good, the bad and the ugly

  Honestly – I bought the iPad 3 this year mostly because it is the apple product I didn’t own yet. But I wanted to use it for reading PDFs and marking them up with a pen (or stylus as they like to call it) as I go. With my set up between good reader, […]
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My first blogsy post

So this will be interesting. This is a very short blog post, mainly designed to test blogsy, the app for the iPad for remote blog publishing. Rated highly, the app promises easy drag and drop editing, and publishing from anywhere you and your iPad are having a good time. I will try to add an […]
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workflow – for the mac. some hints for pc.

[UPDATE: I have added and changed a few things here after working with the apps for a while now. Mostly I would say I cannot image life anymore without Dropbox, and Devonthink is an amazing power tool for anything relating to research, especially since I imported all my archival material and OCR’d it. Evernote still […]
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my favorite iPad apps

As I said, I am a recent iPad convert (iPad 3, preordered on launch day…. greedy. I know. bought the WiFi 32GB model.) So here is a list of my (so far) favorite iPad apps. First of all: get dropbox. Dropbox is a lifesaver, and I am not exaggerating. Install dropbox app on ipad (free). […]
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I just discovered omnifocus. I know, it’s been around for a long time, but I am just getting into the iPad mania, and have developed an interest in all things workflow – now centered around writing (yes, the days or 3D renderings are over. for now). I have to say, omnifocus is genius. And yes, […]
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