Productivity: Tiny Alarm

December 3, 2006

I use Merlin Mann’s uncluttered desktop philosophy to keep myself focused. The method of removing all the desktop decorations and gui furniture works really well if you’re prone to distraction – I highly recommend it, and my productivity has gone way up since implementing it.

The only shortcoming is that I’ve become very used to glancing up to the right hand corner of my screen to check the time so I know when it’s time to stop whatever I’m doing and move on to the next task. Now that the menu bar is gone I forget to check the time until it’s too late!

Solution: Tiny Alarm. This application sits on the menu bar so it takes up very little desktop real estate. Instead of remembering to check the clock I only have to remember to set Tiny Alarm to go off at the time of my chosing. Then I can go back to working in complete obliviousness of time. Tiny Alarm will use whatever alert sound I want to notify me that time is up.

So simple, but so helpful.


Links: DragThing 5.7 Public Beta

November 25, 2006

The newest DragThing is in public beta and represents a major update to an essential desktop tool. The latest version ads theme support and has several excellent built in themes.

Normally I wouldn’t write about new software releases here but I got a chance to play with the new version in pre-pre-release and I’m pretty excited about it.

What I Did: Pzizz Replacement Icon

November 25, 2006

I love my pzizz. I love it’s simple, dead easy interface. I love looking down at my iPod before I close my eyes and seeing the blue or orange album art which reassures me of the kind of nap I’m about to enjoy. And I even love it’s ultra-minimal application icon.

There is not an ounce of criticism or “I can do better” in what I’ve done. In fact it’s pure respect for a great product with a honorable purpose that has inspired me to make a pzziz replacement icon. Thanks pzizz, for reminding how great a nap can be.

The pzizz replacement icon is not currently available at, only from this blog. Cheers!

Download (Macintosh): PP-Pzizz.dmg

Superstition Icons

November 18, 2006

My newest set of icons is available today. “Superstition” contains 7 illustrations depicting themes of luck, chance and foreboding.

Download (Macintosh Only): PP-Superstition.dmg

What I Did: Fez Avatar

November 9, 2006

I joined MacThemes Forums today and made myself an avatar: a fez! The fez is incorrectly regarded as an occult symbol by some in North America but in Turkey it’s worn by every upstanding businessman, and in some parts of the world it’s standard military head dress.

What I Did: Speed Limit Icons

November 9, 2006

My website is hosted on Mac.Com.

For the last few months I’ve been treading dangerously close to the maximum amount of bandwidth Apple allows me each month – which is 25GB, or half of that before the 15th of the month. The last time I got within 1000MB of my limit I threw up a temporary splash page so visitors would see *something* when they go to besides Apple’s bandwidth-exceeded notice.

In preparation for the unfortunate likelihood that I’ll exceed my bandwidth again I made some cute little icon collages I can use. The radar gun metaphor isn’t the simplest I could have chosen but I really enjoyed drawing it and I think the sinister red glow of the LED display is very click-able (always a good thing for an icon).

Let’s hope we don’t see these on the ‘press’s index.html page anytime soon.

Pirates on Apple.Com

November 8, 2006

My “Pirates” icon collection is Apple’s Icons, Screensavers, etc. featured download right now. That’s high praise indeed!

View: Screenshot