If you often find yourself flitting between projects/jobs for different clients but are finding it difficult to keep track of what time you are spending on each one, then you may want to check out the latest edition to my Mac Toolbox.
Activity Audit from DssW has recently hit the MacApp store & uses a novel way of logging time spent on tasks. Each time you set Activity Audit running, you get the option to select it’s logging destination, this can be any calendar currently configured in your iCal which gives you the perfect tool for logging business and pleasure works in different calendars if required.
Once you have selected your calendar, you can then carry on using your applications as usual. Each time you switch between applications Activity Audit will log the application’s title and time spent in your selected iCal! Once you close the application down it will close off the calendar event and prepare for the next app to start/take focus.
One other cool feature is the ability to set up exclusions for applications/windows, etc, thus ensuring you’re off topic app usage will not get logged in your calendar!
If you’re a mobile user who works both in and out of the office, then you may find yourself having to constantly ‘tweak’ your IE proxy settings all the time, and although it’s only a few mouse clicks, a few is always too many in my eyes.
The VBScript below will check for any currently open instances of Internet Explorer, prompt to kill them and then set the proxy settings for you.
All the proxy settings are contained in the Windows registry so are quite straight forward to maintain.
Well here’s something I never thought I would see…An actual Microsoft released app specifically for connecting your Windows Phone 7 device to, not only your Mac, but iTunes as well!
The Windows Phone 7 Connector is designed to be a simple and easy to use app to allow direct syncing with Windows Phone 7 devices. The connector ties in seamlessly with your other OS X apps and it’s surroundings and adds some pretty neat features, such as the ability to launch on connection of a compatible device, much like what iTunes does with native Apple devices.
As an Apple iPhone user I don’t have any Ms Devices to test this with, but would be interested to hear how other people are finding it!
BiteSMS brings so much more to the table than your average SMS app, including things like contact photo’s on the notification window, quick reply functionality, scheduled texts and much much more.
Version 5.2 expands the features list even further by adding support for:
- TextFreak which claims to route SMS messages completely free of charge using your iPhones data connection,
- The ability to remember your routing preferences per contact,
- Better ringtone support for iOS 4.2.1,
- Reduced volume for built in ringtones (when using headphones),
- Privacy mode enhancements ([Open] and [Call] buttons should display as active/inactive as expected),
- Small bug fix for scheduled messages.
You can download ‘BiteSMS’ from the ‘Cydia’ store and purchase your licence over at the BiteSMS site
I have been using BiteSMS ever since I started frequenting the Cydia store’s and I love it. I highly recommend you grab yourself a copy!
Well here’s some good news for all you O2 customers with data enabled phones…O2 have today announced that they are releasing new tariffs (and renewing the 12 month contracts) which will include a range of tethering plans in the price.
Since the ‘introduction’ of tethering into the mobile world, the mobile phone operators where quick to charge silly money to enable such packages on your contract, with the only alternative being the frowned upon Jail Break, most people paid the fees. Until now anyway…
As you can see from Tony Smith’s post over at The Register, O2 have finally started to bundle this into their ordinary contracts. This means on average you’ll save £7.65! Hopefully this will spread to all the other networks who currently still charge for tethering!
Who knows, maybe the MiFi device days are numbered!?