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Macworld 2011: Merlin Mann endorses Brett Terpstra of TUAW/Brettterpstra.com

Productivity Guru and co-host of two of the best podcast on the Web, You Look Nice Today and Back to Work, Merlin Mann pimps out the full endorsement of my friend Brett Terpstra , a prominent coder and blogger for TUAW aka The Unofficial Apple Weblog during an OmniFocus Demo at Macworld 2011.

Brett has created some of the worlds coolest and time-saving pieces of code ever crafted if you are a blogger, web designer or code monkey. You can see an ever increasing list on Brett’s blog. There are a lot really; however, I’ll just give you some of my favorites.

  • NVALT, A Notational Velocity fork with widescreen, collapsible notes panel, MultiMarkdown/Markdown/Textile rendering and preview, as well as rendered source preview for MultiMarkdown.
  • Markdown Quicktags for WP a plugin for WordPress which replaces the HTML editor with a Markdown–enabled set of buttons and features. I’m actually using it to write this post.
  • Blogsmith a TextMate Bundle for blogging on sites without XMLRPC support with handy tools and markdown support

I spent the last few days hanging out with Brett and I have to agree with Merlin he is a freak of nature when it come to writing great code that will save you a metric-crap-ton of time and headache. Defiantly one of the smartest people I know. You should follow Brett on Twitter and remember to visit his site here.

In case you are not aware of who exactly Merlin is… I suggest you check out his projects page on his site and if nothing else at least watch his epic “Inbox Zero” video and read his productivity articles on 43 Folders. Since I have adopted the methodologies taught by Merlin and coded by Brett I have seriously increased my productivity with out doing nearly as much busy work.

Drop me a line or leave a comment If you’ve found this to be useful to you as well. Mahalo

Macworld 2011: Testing Algoriddim’s djay for iPad with Steve Sande

While cruising the floor of Macworld 2011 say stopped by the Algoriddim Booth to check out their “djay” product lineup. I have used the “djay” desktop app before an thought is was livable but not something i would used on a daily basis in my real-world djay gigs. I recently got wind of their new “djay” iPad application and was more than a bit curious.

The Ambush

While standing in line at the Algoriddim booth to get a crack at playing with the app and maybe do an interview with Fredric Seifert the demo guy from Algoriddim is got hoodwinked into testing this live on camera for TUAW by my now ex-friend TUAW Blogger and host of TUAW TV Live, Steve Sande. The iPad version of “djay” was impressive. I’m not going to replace a Serato setup with it any time soon; however, it is a load of fun and shows the promise of DJ applications on the touch interface of iOS devices.

The Future of DJing

Nice tag line for the applications but I have to say it is not quite ready for primetime but it is getting very close. Probably closer than many DJ’s will want it to. If you have an event and need a jock to keep the mood of the event flowing but have a limited budget the “djay by Algoriddim” products can save you some money of hiring a live DJ. Try the demo of the Mac application and see what you think

djay transforms your iPad into a full-fledged DJ system, allowing you to mix your iPod music library on a hyper-realistic turntable interface. Perform live, record mixes on-the-go, or enable Automix mode and let djay mix your favorite playlist automatically. With unprecedented ease-of-use and innovative multi-touch mixing features, djay for iPad takes DJing to the next level and offers a unique experience for beginners and professionals alike. –Algoriddim.com

Travel Lodging on the Cheap With Airbnb

I got all set and ready to plan my trip for MacWorld 2011 in San Francisco when I started looking at various hotels only to find out that everything was booked or more expensive than a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills diamond encrusted puppy collar. So being lost for what to do next, I sent out a tweet to the Twitterverse asking for some advice from my fellow MacWorld goers on decent, inexpensive, boutique-style hotels in San Francisco. My buddy, Mike Rose of TUAW, told me about this wonderful site, Airbnb.com.

So I decided to give it a shot. What I found at Airbnb.com was that the website is absolutely amazing. In a nut shell Airbnb.com allows homeowners or condo dwellers the opportunity to rent out their extra room or otherwise unoccupied living space like a hotel to people traveling in their area. This works great for a place like San Francisco because a lot of San Francisco people are bi-coastal or frequent flying corporate employees.

There was some great deals on the site ranging from apartments to share with the owner to apartments to take over; with pricing from about $30/night and up. I was luck enough to score a room in Soma, (South of market to the non-San Franciscans) for $65/night. Naturally at first, I thought to myself “So, what’s the catch?” And much to my amazement, there is nothing outside of a $30 booking fee that basically goes to keeping Airbnb in business. To make booking easier, Airbnb.com has a clever IOS application which I promptly installed on my iPhone and through their iPhone application I was even able to check out deals of the day in various locations, too bad I wasn’t on my way to Paris. I found the app easy to use, easy to search, and signing up to actually communicate directly with the temporary landlord was pretty painless as I was able to get updates via email, Text or from Airbnb.com.com.

Before I made my reservation, I decided to view the profile of my host (Joe G) and lucky me, he is one of the designers for Airbnb.com which made me feel a little less like I was signing up be roomies with an Axe Murder. Once I was able to talk to Joe, he sent me a text to let me know I was able to book my space so I did the booking and got my confirmation within minutes. Painless!!!

The next time you’re traveling and you want to save some money, I strongly suggest you check out Airbnb. This San Francisco company has spaces in over 8,000 cities in 160 countries and has nearly 184 million user miles traveled. Click on the link below if you want to see what they have to offer. Safe travels!

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