Has any other product ever become the number 1 seller on Amazon after it was discontinued?

My Use Cases #1: Reset Launchpad with Keyboard Maestro

Inspired by Philip Baeten’s awesome post on how he uses Keyboard Maestro from last week, I’m planning to start a new series of posts here at, simply, and aptly called: My Use Cases. The plan is to cover use cases for great productivity app’s like Alfred, BetterTouchTool, Keyboard Maestro, Hazel, MercuryMover and hopefully many more, one use case at a time. Because, knowing from personal experience, it’s pretty tough to actually get to grips with some of these great app’s until you find some (hopefully) interesting things to do with them.

So thats going to be my job during this series. And to get the ball rolling I want to talk about one macro i’ve set up in Keyboard Maestro myself. Some of the best uses for Keyboard Maestro are when you find yourself going through the same process over and over, and really don’t want to go through that anymore, and it’s stuff like that i’m going to try and highlight during this small series.

Since the swich to Mac OS X Lion one of the new features I was expecting to hate but actually rather enjoy now is Launchpad, the only problem i’ve found is that it doesn’t play particularry nice with non-App Store applications - meaning that if you uninstall an app that wasn’t downloaded from the Mac App Store, Launchpad won’t register the change and you’ll end up with an ugly mess like this one where the icons stick around but aren’t linked to anything.

Launchpad gets messy Fourtanately it was found pretty quickly that you can reset Launchpad by deleting a database file found in ~/Library/Application Support/Dock/ and then running the Terminal command killall Dock, both of which can actually be condensed into one Terminal command rm ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db; killall Dock to delete the file and kill the Dock forceing Launchpad to reset. And although thats all well and good i’d rather not have to open the Terminal every time I want to reset the Launchpad, so, naturally, I threw together this really short and simple Keyboard Maestro macro where it’s triggered by the hot key ⌥⌘L to execture a shell script containing the aforementioned Terminal command:

rm ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db; killall Dock

And that just deletes the file and forces Launchpad to create a new database with your current list of applications, it’s also worth noting that it’s best to set Keyboard Maestro to “ignore results” from the shell script to completely annoy the Terminal.

Reset Launchpad with Keyboard Maestro

If you thought this webOS fire sale weekend couldn’t get any crazier, think again. Best Buy has made an about-face and is now selling the TouchPad, limited to one per customer. Meanwhile, reports on Twitter and our tipline suggest that some of HP’s servers are starting to buckle under the load of new TouchPad activations.

I’d love to see the sales charts for the TouchPad since HP dropped the price like a stone. They seem to be flying off the shelves everywhere, which suggests they’ve flooded the market with upto 245,000 new tablets.

Of course, here in the UK, the best price you can get the 16GB Wi-fi model for right now is £349 - “Save £50.00” - what do they take us for?

My MessagePad keeps me portable and on target the way no modern computer can. I can’t browse the internet with my MessagePad, I can’t use Twitter, IM, or iTunes. There are no preferences to get in the way of my writing. With my MessagePad I don’t need to be sitting at a desk to be productive.

I’m going to go wild.

The popping noise this thing makes is no doubt the most satisfying thing in stationery. Or maybe a close second to lining out a task in a notebook.

A really nice little tweaklet which allows you to hide certain applications and folders from appearing in Launchpad. I personally won’t be using it, if i’m going to use Launchpad I wan’t to use it as intended, that and i’m running a pretty tight ship in terms of applications so it isn’t much of a problem.

(via MacStories)

Snow Leopard was the end of an era of OS X and Lion is the beginning of a new chapter.
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Episode 4: Fear

Episode 4: Fear

This week on the Scatterbrain podcast, I talk about fear and doing, talking about productivity, I consider when it’s time to set aside the to-do list and just take the leap.

I also briefly discuss my workflow for writing, and making this podcast, both of which definitely aren’t ideal but work for me.

I also give a mention to my new pet project over at Take An Ad’ Break where in the coming weeks and months you’ll be able to find commentary from me on some of the most awesome and most appalling adverts on television plus coverage of advertising in other mediums.

Samovar Stories Tea with Dean Karnazes: Moorish Mint, Wuyi Oolong
The post I wrote in the rain
Take An Ad’ Break


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That title is not garbled. Fujitsu did not announce the release of its Windows Phone 7 handset today, but instead its Windows 7 phone. All of a sudden Microsoft’s naming system is a bit of a mouthful, isn’t it? The phone will be released on July 23rd.

The handset, named the F-07C Mobile Phone, runs a full, complete build of Windows 7, and can be, according to the Fujitsu copy, used “as a PC.”

It’s really painful to watch these huge companies flailing, trying to stay relevant by breaking into the mobile space, and doing it entirely wrong. Stick with the enterprise guys.

Who said Tweetbot doesn’t add real value to Twitter?

Episode 3: Plus

Episode 3: Plus

This week on the Scatterbrain podcast, I talk about my first impressions of Google+ and how it compares to Facebook and Twitter, I consider what I like about it and where I think they need to make changes discussing the design, privacy and integration with other services. I also talk about how I foresee it fitting into my social graph.

Why Google+ Looks Good: Original Macintosh Team Member Andy Hertzfeld
This Week In Google 101: Inside Google+
This Week In Google 102: Relatively Awesome
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Mark Striebeck, Google’s Engineering Manager for Gmail, left a public note in Google+ yesterday letting everyone know that Google is already working on integrating Google+ into Gmail. Specifically, he cites “several Gmail / Google+ integrations” in the works. At the same time, he wants to use Google+’s new Hangouts group chat feature to get ideas and feedback on how the integration should work. Tomorrow on Google+, Striebeck’s team will hold a brainstorming session.

Awesome. But why are the Reader team not doing this? It seems like a natural fit with Google+. Maybe Sparks is their supplement for the time being.

So Richard pointed out this excellent post about using HTACCESS files on a server to redirect to your Google+ account. In his post, he lamented the inability to do is with his domain as it’s hosted on Tumblr, just like this blog is.

However, with Tumblr you can actually hook this up so that it works. Give a go. Here’s how to set this up with Tumblr:

1. Head to the Tumblr Customize page for your blog.
2. Choose the ‘Pages’ menu item on the Customize page.
3. Create a new page, configure it as below and hit save.

Very nice idea by Nik, i’ve just set it up (you can hit me up on Google+ now, at, but it simply acts the same way as, just with a better looking URL address. It still doesn’t solve the problem that my Google+ ‘username’ out of the box is 107419002725667151057.