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Posted on January 30 2014

Almost a year past since my last activity period. Many things happened in my private live (finishing studies, moving to another town, starting a daily job), so my time for my beloved hobby (iOS an OS X) was quite limited. It still is, but I see a light in the near future :-)

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Posted on February 28 2013

A few weeks ago Patrick Welker posted an article on how to sync Keyboard Maestro between two Macs using Keyboard Maestro and Hazel. I liked his idea and adapted it for syncing Keyboard Maestro between my MacBook Air and my iMac. Further I wanted to extend it to sync my Moom settings.

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Posted on February 19 2013

The very kind Daniel Andrews from the UK send me in European/UK rules. They and the European/German rules are basically the same, with the difference, that the month-names are English now. I'm distributing the UK rules with his awareness :-)

Click here to get to the rules and original article.

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Posted on February 16 2013

I finished the European/German rules. I was faster then I planned I would be, because the rules I had from earlier were not as bad as I thought.

Click here to get to the rules and original article.

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Posted on February 08 2013

I have always liked the Hazel app. I thought of it as a nice little tool, which does nice little things. Since I have it (maybe since two years now), I made some rules, which should help me a bit with my daily computer life.

I hadn't taken the time so study Hazel, so my rules were quite simple, like:

  • Move Screen Shots from the desktop to a screen shot folder,
  • Set a color label to an old file,
  • Import photos from a specific folder into Aperture,

and similar.

Meanwhile I've gotten older. And the older I get, the more (paper) mails I get. This are letters from companies, from insurances, from my employer, from my school and so on. In addition, I am used to collect receipts from everywhere. Who knows? Maybe I'll need them some day? ;-P

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Posted on February 04 2013

I have just moved my website to squarespace. The old page --can be reached-- cannot be reached anymore. Sadly, I couldn't move the old comments to the new site.

Let me know if You'll find a dead link or so.

And sorry for the (maybe) reappearing RSS articles. That is a side effect when moving old content to a new place :-)

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Posted on January 16 2013

Here is a simple Keyboard Maestro macro, which opens the actual webpage in Chrome, and another one, which closes Chrome and switches back to Safari. This is e.g. handy, if you want to check a Flash-based webpage and Safari is your main browser, but you don’t want to install Flash.

Just that you know, I have modified my Caps Lock Key to a Hyper Key, like Brett Terpstra did. So pressing Caps Lock + C starts my macros (but be aware: when you want to make a “Hyper Key” shortcut with Keyboard Maestro, you still need to press the SHIFT + CTRL + ALT + CMD + SOMETHING-Key to define the trigger).

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Posted on December 14 2012

[IdeasOnCanvas](http://mindnode.com/), the people behind MindNode Pro, made [my mind map](/2012/12/11/iphone-settings-mind-map/) part of their *MindNode Online Service Beta*, which is a planned, free addition to MindNode. Thank You for that :-) You can now view/browse the mind map here, or just click 'iPhone Settings Mind Map'’in the menu bar. You can search within the mind map for a word by pressing CMD+F (or CTRL+F on Windows Machines). It is still a *beta*, but it seems to work nicely.

To download the searchable PDF, click here. To download a JPG file, click here.

Attention: Viewing the PDF with Adobe PDF Reader on Windows is a bit buggy. Try to adjust the Pixel/Inch settings to see the map. Click here to read a bit more on that topic.

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Posted on December 12 2012

This article is about automatically backing up a Contacts app archive. The whole workflow is very similar to Automatically Backup Calendar to Dropbox with Keyboard Maestro, so I won’t go into details.

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Posted on December 12 2012

Everybody heard (e.g. here of syncing errors, data loss, doubled entries with Calendar and iCloud. But even if iCloud gets more reliable one day, it is nice to have an additional, up-to-date backup of Your Calendar data.

Of cause Time Machine does the job, too. But I like having an off-side in-the-cloud backup and I like Dropbox (referral link). Maybe there are other ways to automatically do the backup, but on a quick web research I didn’t find anything for my needs. So I created a time triggered Keyboard Maestro workflow, which does the job.

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Posted on December 11 2012

I was always frustrated about the way in which iOS and OS X handle iCloud tabs. If I want to open all (maximum) eight tabs from Safari on the iPhone on my Mac, it takes 24 taps. That is very uncomfortable and takes some time.

So - luck me - just when my frustration got very high, macstories.net released an interesting article about automation on iOS, which inspired for my solution.

And so, with the help of Pythonista (and it's creator in the forums), and Hazel on the Mac, I can push tabs from Safari on the iPhone to Safari on my Mac.

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Posted on December 11 2012

I made an outline which contains all iPhone 5 iOS 6.0.1 settings from the iPhone itself and from the preinstalled apps. I did this with the iPhone setup with English as the OS language and German for time formats and so on. I tried to write everything down, but I couldn't write down some things, like Japanese characters and such. The mind map should be complete for about 98% or more.

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Posted on October 20 2012

Inspired by some launch center apps I thought of how some (often used) actions could get speed up on an iPhone/iPad. By pressing the home button twice, you would see the lock screen with some slide to launch action sliders.

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Posted on July 12 2012

Not being an analyst I still want to predict, that, sooner or later, there will be a possibility to use Your iGadget with multiple users. Actually this is possible to, but all users have to share the same apps and worse, the apps’ settings. So the actual version of iOS, which is iOS 5, and it seems the next version of iOS (iOS 6 then) will have no true multi-user support like on desktop computers.

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