Interact | Agile Tortoise

I am always looking for a better way to manage my contacts. The Mac and iOS Contacts App leave much to be desired. I just came across Interact, a contact manager from Greg Pierce, the guy behind Drafts.

This one might be worth taking a spin.

Do more with your contacts! Interact helps you create, organize, and communicate with your contacts in ways that just haven’t been possible before. It’s built to help you do more in less time and flex for the way you work.

Source: Interact | Agile Tortoise

How do I turn off the volume sound on my Mac?

sound preferences paneI just came across a really neat tip that solves a problem that kind of drives me crazy. When you adjust the volume of your Mac using the keyboard it makes a little doink sound as the volume goes up or down. I’ve rarely found this useful although I guess is you weren’t sure if your sound was working it’s nice to get a little confirmation. Basically though, I think it’s kind of annoying.

You can silence the sound two ways.

Your first option is to hold down the Shift key while adjusting the volume with the keyboard. The second option is through the System Preferences Sound Preference Pane. Launch the Preference Pane and click Sound Effects. Then, de-select “Play feedback when volume is changed.” Doink is now gone.

Once you’ve turned off the sound effects in the Preference pane holding shift while adjusting the volume will play the sound.

Make your Desktop less transparent in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Yosemite intoduced a new visual style that for some takes a bit of getting used to. One of the things you might not like is the high level of transparency in the Dock. Luckily it’s easy to reduce the transparency in the Dock through your System Preferences.

To reduce the transparency, open System Preferences and clicks the Accessbility Preference Pane.

Yosemite Acessibility Preferences Reduce Transparency

Select Display from the options on the left. Then, click the Reduce transparency check box. The effects are immediate.


Holiday iPhone App Shopping

Games for saleOne thing that I’ve noticed over the holiday’s is that game developers like to put their stuff on sale. I made it through Thanksgiving at my relatives this year because EA was running sales on some of their games.

Well, Christmas time is here and as expected, more games are on sale. This time however, EA and other are blowing out some of their titles at up to 90% off. If you’ve been waiting to pickup some games that are in the $4.99 price range now is the time to pick them up.

In the last 24 hours I’ve purchased the following apps, all on sale.

  • The Secret of Monkey Island
  • Scrabble
  • Monkey Island 2
  • Phantasy Star

I’m really tempted to also pickup Final Fantasy, the price has dropped from $8.99 to $3.99

Also, if you are in a downloading mood you should pickup AppShopper, a free app that tracks when applications drop in price.

Happy Holidays!