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Coworking Spaces in Metro-Detroit

This question comes up occasionally, such as at tonight’s Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup Meetup. The following is a list of coworking spaces in and around Detroit.

Detroit

Royal Oak

The Office Coffee Shop

Livonia

Metro Work Space

Mt Clemens

The CoLABorative

Rochester

ShareSpace

Ann Arbor

Howell

Frontal Lobe

This seems to change frequently, so I can’t vouch for how long this list is valid!

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Full-Color Mail Flags

Jim Whimpey brought up a complaint about flags in OS X Mail:

Why does Mail have these much too subtle flags instead of full colour labels like the rest of the OS!?

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Jim Whimpey via Twitter

I figured I’d tackle the problem because I imagine other users have the same issue. I’ve made some OS X services to assign flags with matching message backgrounds. These services just contain a few lines of AppleScript that change the flag and the background color of the selected messages. If you want to take a look, you can open them in Automator. Here’s how you use it.

  1. Quit Mail if it’s running.
  2. Download Full Color Flags
  3. Extract the contents to ~/Library/Services/
    Services
  4. Optional: Assign keyboard shortcuts to the Services.
    Keyboard

To use these, open Mail, select a message or messages, then go to Mail > Services and choose your desired flag.

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And this is the result:

Inbox

 

This solution works for me. There is no guarantee that it will work for you. I am not liable if it does not work for you or if it damages your computer or data. Proceed at your own risk! You may use this solution free of charge for any purpose.

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AppleScript to Reboot into Windows

If you’re running Boot Camp, it can be a pain to restart your Mac running Windows: you either have to go to Startup Disk preference pane and change your startup disk or you have to remember to hold down the “option” key when you start up your computer and then click on your Windows disk to start from it.

From the Windows side, it’s easy: Apple provides a Boot Camp app that runs in the task bar. All you have to do is right-click it and choose “Restart in OS X” and you’re good to go. Why can’t it be that easy under OS X?

With the AppleScript I came up with, it is!

Be advised that I am not an AppleScript expert. I pieced this together from code snippets I found on the Internet and changed to meet my needs. It works for me. There is no guarantee that it will work for you. I am not liable if it does not work for you or if it damages your computer or data. Proceed at your own risk! You may use this code free of charge for any purpose.

set adminpass to "YOURPASSWORDHERE"
 
tell application "Finder"
	set iconPath to (get name of startup disk) & ":Applications:Utilities:Boot Camp Assistant.app:Contents:Resources:DA.icns" as alias
end tell
 
set askRestart to display dialog "Restart in Windows?" buttons {"Cancel", "Restart"} default button 1 with icon iconPath
set doRestart to button returned of askRestart
 
if doRestart is equal to "Cancel" then
	quit
end if
 
if doRestart is equal to "Restart" then
	do shell script "bless -mount /Volumes/BOOTCAMP/ -legacy -setBoot -nextonly; shutdown -r now" password adminpass with administrator privileges
end if

Open This Code in AppleScript Editor and change the text YOURPASSWORDHERE to your administrator password. If you’ve changed the name of your Boot Camp volume, you’ll need to change BOOTCAMP on line 15 to the name of your Boot Camp Volume.

Once you’ve done this, just save as an Application to somewhere convenient then drag it to your Dock. When you click on it, you’ll get this:

 

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Click the “Restart” button to restart your Mac running Windows or click the “Cancel” button to quit this app.

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Mac Tip: Organize Your Dock With Separators

If you like to keep your Mac OS X Dock organized, here’s how to add separators:

Real separators for the Mac OS X Leopard dock (howto)

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Apple Wireless Keyboard: A Review

On Saturday, I bought the relatively new Apple Wireless Keyboard at Best Buy for $79.99.

(Mini rant: what is with Best Buy always charging more than MSRP? It’s why I rarely go there…)

The box is tiny, the keyboard even smaller (it fits inside the box…) The keyboard¬†comes with three AA batteries, required for operation. There’s a cap on one end that covers the area for the batteries. I put the batteries in and it didn’t work, so I figured I had them in upside down. I switched their orientation and it worked. (Today, I found a diagram on the bottom of the keyboard that shows how the batteries go in. I bet there’s also a diagram in the manual that I didn’t open.) Put the batteries in positive end first.

The pairing process was pretty simple, but I wish there was some sort of feedback when I entered the passkey on the keyboard.

It took me about a day to get used to typing on the thing. It is a laptop style keyboard, so the keys don’t have much travel. It seems a bit smaller than a regular keyboard (I mean the typing area; the whole thing is definitely smaller because it lacks a numeric keypad) and I was hitting a few wrong keys. Now, though, I’m not having any problems.

People often complain about lag with Bluetooth devices, but I haven’t noticed any delay when I type. Even after it’s been sitting for a while, it works right away.

Speaking of the Bluetooth, the range on the keyboard is good enough for me. I haven’t tested the maximum range, but it reaches across my room and that’s all I need.

If you’re looking for a wireless keyboard, or a new keyboard at all, I highly recommend the Apple Wireless Keyboard.