Monthly Archives: October 2013

Solved: Editing a CSV with UTF-8 encoding on a Mac

Much to my surprise, Mac’s are horribly deficient at editing a CSV file that has UTF-8 characters in it. Someone sent me a CSV file, and I needed to make some edits to one of the columns that included adding … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 20 Comments

Shortcut: convert pre-paid credit cards to Amazon gift certificates for easy spending

Pre-paid credit cards sound good, but they are really quite a hassle. These are often given as a gift or a reward that comes in the form of a one-use credit card. It has already been loaded with a specific … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Why one NPR show wins my support but the other loses out

I’m a sucker for NPR shows that offer t-shirts in exchange for a donation. I like supporting the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis, and when one of them offers a t-shirt, I immediately pull out my wallet. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

An easy workaround for getting Gmail Push Notifications while using iPhone’s Mail app

I finally received my iPhone 5S after a three week wait. While I am excited to have my new phone, it has meant giving up on using ActiveSync to get email pushed directly to my phone from my gmail account. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Apple’s own podcast app beats Instacast and Downcast at their own game

After nearly two years of being a loyal Instacast user for managing my podcasts, I just deleted the app. Instacast has “upgraded” itself again and in the process eliminated its most useful features.  And Apple’s once inferior Podcasts app has finally … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments