Dieting Meets Spreadsheets – Diet Day 25

One of the important aspects of the Take Shape For Life diet is the small meal replacements that you eat throughout the day. A typical day consists of five of these meal replacements and something called a “Lean & Green” meal, which is a protein and fresh vegetables that are portion controlled. The meal replacements are ordered through the program and they recommend getting a month’s worth to have food on hand and to save on shipping.

So far I have placed two orders each consisting of a month’s worth of food and I have only been on the diet for three weeks. Why do I have two month’s of food you ask? Well mostly because I was clueless when it came to what the food tasted like and which items would be convenient for me to eat daily.

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Apple Tablet on Verge of Introduction

When Apple Computer booked the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for a media event, the media and customers went into overdrive concocting rumors of what new products or software will be unveiled.

The most popular rumor is the release of the highly anticipated Apple Tablet which has been expected for over a year. As is always the case, Apple closely manages the information that is “leaked” prior to an announcement.

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PDF Browser Plugin

I am not sure when it happened but I suddenly realized that the entire world seems to have standardized on PDF files as the de-facto standard for delivering documents electronically. It seems like every time I turn around I am receiving another PDF file through email or as a link to a web site.

It first started out as a simple file but recently I have noticed that the PDF files are getting much more advanced and complex. Rather than just flipping through page by page the files I am now receiving have table of contents, password protection, and other features.

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JCal Pro

Last winter I took on the task to redesign the Foothills Harley Owners Group web site. The previous iteration of the web site had outlived its purpose and a new site was needed to allow the group to find the information they needed quickly while allowing the group’s officers to manage the content easier.

I used Joomla as the content management system to give the site it’s form and structure. The content was categorized and laid out in a way that would make it easy for the Webmaster to manage and maintain.

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MacHeist nanoBundle

Shortly after purchasing my MacBook Pro last spring I came across MacHeist. Once a year the gang at MacHeist puts together a killer bundle of Macintosh software that they offer to users for an insanely great price.

This is an opportunity for Mac users to be exposed to some great products that they may not otherwise consider. I purchased the MacHeist bundle and quickly learned how great this software really is.

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JAlbum

It’s interesting how the migration of photography from film to digital has changed the way we take and share pictures. During the film era I was very judicious of what I took pictures of. After all, I only had 24 or 36 shots per roll so I had to be careful in deciding what would be captured. It was always hit or miss as to whether the shot I just took would turn out the way I wanted or if it would be yet another failed attempt to capture what was in my mind’s eye.

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Learn Objective-C on the Mac: A Book Review

Recently I wrote about making recommendations for Mac development books. In that post I gave a recommendation for Learn C on the Mac (Learn Series) by Dave Mark as a beginning book to build foundation for learning programming.

Once a framework has been established, the reader is now ready for a more Macintosh specific book to help them learn application development. A follow-up book to Learn C on the Mac is Learn Objective–C on the Mac (Learn Series) by Mark Dalrymple and Scott Knaster.

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Happy Windows 7 Release Day

For whatever reason I always seem intent on being on the bleeding edge of technology. Perhaps it is an inherent desire to be an adventurer, maybe it is curiosity but I always seem to be upgrading or updating to new stuff well before I probably should.

These upgrades never quite work out the way I envisioned them. Oh sure there are some like Windows 3.0 that were so astronomically superior to the previous version that I never looked back but for every one of those experiences I have ten like the day I upgraded to Microsoft Vista on release day.

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AutoTweet Joomla Plug-In

As I have mentioned previously on this blog, I am a big fan of the Joomla content management system. I love it’s open source coding and the active community that is developing for this system. It provides a powerful framework for creating a web presence.

I have also become a big fan of Twitter as a communication tool. Within its 140-character limit you are able to share all kinds of information and reach people you may not otherwise be in contact with.

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