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GSD(or GTD) Like a Boss with Focus Booster App

Recently I found out about a really cool app designed to help you increase your productivity. Focus Booster like many productivity apps out there are based on the “Pomodoro technique“. Pomodoro is a time management technique created in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo. The technique is super simple system to take focused work periods and divide them up into 25 minute intervals and then take scheduled five-minute breaks in between set intervals.

The most important parts of this technique are as follows;

  • decide on the task that is to be done
  • set the Pomodoro timer for 25 minutes
  • focus on that task until the timer rings, of update status of that task in your task management program ( I recommend Tracky.com)
  • take a short break for 5 min. Really get up and stretch this legs and get the circulation flowing
  • and for every 4 Pomodoro cycles take a longer break (15 to 20 minutes)Focus Booster unlike most of the other Pomodoro timer apps out there this one is totally free, works on Mac, PC and Linux. Focus Booster also has an online Web app version at focusboosterapp.com/live.

In this video I give you a quick review on Focus Booster and I hope you find that it works to help you get more things done.

Save Space on your iPhone with Cloud Photos

You need Cloud Photos if you have a low capacity iPhone and often find yourself running out of space. After I dropped my phone in water I switched from a 32GB to a 16GB iPhone because at the time I just needed to hurry up and replace my phone and it was… well… all the money that I had. The worst problem with switching to a smaller phone especially if you are an Instagram freak like myself, is it’s really easy to quickly run out of space especially with a nice eight megapixel camera.

Introduce Cloud Photos , an application that allows you to take photos with the camera on your iPhone and automatically sync them into the cloud via Dropbox. Cloud Photos only leaves you with a thumbnail size photo in your camera roll on you iPhone and pushes the larger image directly to Dropbox using either Wi-Fi or 3G sync.

Here is a video I made to show you how to use this application. I hope you enjoy it. Don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel and leave me any questions comments or feedback that you may have.

 Cloud Photos is $1.99 in the app store and is available today. I’m going to say I highly recommend this app.

“Back It Up!” – Podcast: Nonstop Tech Episode 1

This is the first edition of NonstopHonolulu.com’s Nonstop Tech Podcast. In this episode we are covering Backups, Clean Installs, Chill.com and Browser Security with Ghostery.

In the episode I mention Jamcloud is a Mac app but I got an email from Jason at Jamcloud and he assured me it was both Mac and PC. This app is worth a look.

Please send any question comments or feedback to doc@nonstophonolulu.com

In the show, we keep speaking of the “Show Notes,” and below you’ll find all the relevant links for topics we’ve covered in the show.

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TextExpander: My Favorite Mac App

TextExpander (formerly Textpander) is the best of the best Text Macro Apps. In this post I hope to explain to you why you must get TextExpander.

If you were to ask almost any Mac Power User what they have installed on their computer in the way of must have utilities, a sure answer is TextExpander. What exactly is TextExpander? Well it and automated typist for your computer. Ok let me clarify that a bit, it can take the very tedious task of typing the same bits of text over and over again and make them simple abbreviations. Ok that may not sound that important at first; however, after you install TextExpander you can see how easy and effective it really is.

TextExpander can do a whole lot more once you understand the basics of what it can do. It is very easy to take large blocks of boilerplate text and make them expandable in a few keystrokes, but the real power comes from using TextExpander with the many collections of snippets shared on the Web. Smile Software (formerly Smile on My Mac) has made a great list of “Predefined Snippet Groups” available on their site for you to download, install and maybe be inspired to create more of your own.


HTML: leading character is a comma

Example: ,img expands to:

<img src="%fill:url%" alt="%fill:image description%" width="%fill:width%" height="%fill:height%" border="%fill:border%" align="%fill:alignment%" />

When you trigger this snippet, TextExpander will prompt you to fill in the attribute specs. You can leave any of the specs blank, if not needed.


Fixes words that are spelled with diacritical marks, aka accents. If you are used t typing these words like an American TE will autocorrect them so as you won’t offend anyone, like your third grade French teacher.

Example: creme brulee => crème brûlée.


This list contain 2400+ of the most common misspellings compiled by TidBITS, the newsletter and Web site for Mac users. I find this one very useful as it doesn’t just point out the mistake like spell check, It autocorrects them and makes a ping sound so you know you just misspelled a word.

Some Heavy Lifting

TextExpander can do some every heavy lifting for hardcore scriveners or code monkeys. I use these tools a lot but rather than messing up the explanation I’ll send you to read Brett Terpstra’s post on TE tools and how he uses them. Thanks to Brett, I’m becoming a Markdown Maven using TextExpander tools to get my writing done light years faster.

Another great plus to TextExpander is the integration with it’s mobil app offspring TextExpander Touch which brings many of the snippets and auto completion features to you handheld devices. I have found this to be a lifesaver when needing to get a fast response out via my iPhone or iPad. This also make the mobile platform perfect to blogging or just free-writing. It does have some limitations on iOS but Smile offers this note as a work around:

Given the current feature set of the iPhone OS, TextExpander touch cannot work in the background (as it does in Mac OS X), expanding text snippets while you work in other apps, except for apps with TextExpander-integration built-in. You must first compose your text in the TextExpander touch Compose screen, and then transfer it to another app.

TextExpander is available in the iTunes AppStore

How to Get TextExpander

TextExpander normally sells for $34.95, Mac Update Promo is running a special for $17.95 for a limited time and then $26.21 for the duration of the sale.

Check out the Tutorials on the Smile Software site for a great quick start to this wonderful application

Getting Fizzy with It

I  finally got myself a brand new iSi Twist n’ Sparkle Beverage Carbonating System. This little baby is the absolute bomb so I made a video review. It totally works as directed and will save me a boatload of money over the next year. I hope my review of the iSi Twist n’ Sparkle Beverage Carbonating System will make you go and buy one right away. Thanks goes out to my co-host of the In My Skine Podcast @Yoon001 and my buddy @ChrisOta for my new iSi Twist ‘n Sparkle.

I wanted one of these when I first saw it in my local Williams and Sonoma (my number one vice besides Moleskine Legendary Notebooks). I was lucky enought to get two of them for Christmas, my people really know me all to well. I had to make a video review of this and share it with the world. The thing that I find most promising about the system is it will not only save me money but it will allow me to give up drinking sodas in the new year. What a better way to fake sodas than to make fizzy fruit juices. I also can wait to make so sparkling alcoholic beverages

At first glance you may think it is expensive at $49.99 for the starter set and $19.99 for 24 cartridges; however it is way cheaper and healthier than my beloved Pellagrino and safer for you than Soda. I hope my review makes you want to go buy one right away.

Update on my Video Review:

I made Twist n’ Sparkle Grape-Apple juice last night and it was incredible. I used 100% fruit juice from Tropicana 10oz each of Grape and Apple then added some cold water to get it to the 950ml line. I places the whole bottle in the freezer for about 20 mins. When I was ready to fizzz it it had a thin layer of ice… It came out perfect. So my advise the colder the better. I think the more sugar content to fizzier but I like pure juices. This is gonna be great for my p90x training.

Thanks iSi.

[Source: In My ‘Skine]

Blogging from MacJournal v5.2 a.k.a Desktop Blogging Redux


Testing One Two Three
I recently received a copy of MacJournal(version 5.2) via a MacHeist Bundle promotion. I had used this software before (version 1) but decided to stick with my tried and true Moleskine Noteboks for journaling as they were much easier at the time. Fast-forward to the days of The Holy Trinity” (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and the ability to blog on the fly. I thought it was a great time to revisit this MacJournal thingie.

The Back Story
My first attempts to use this software was a big FAIL with WordPress based blogging environments and it quickly got Hazeled off my Mac. It just had so many issues with formatting and odd characters ending up in my post. since them WordPress has grown up so when i got this bundle for pretty much free no the less it was a no brainer to try again or waste this copy of MJ.

What They Say
On MacJournal’s Mothership at Mariners Software they posted this little ditty about the updated blogging features of this release of MJ:

MacJournal Supports these and many other blog sites…


The Modern Day Substitute for the Pen and Paper
Take the convenience of documenting a thought or event with pen and paper and add the power of blogging, calendaring, password protection, and high-powered search capabilities and what do you have?

The 2010 version of managing your ideas and daily events.

I can do this with my word processor, can’t I?
We get this question so much that we had to include it onto the main MacJournal page. In a nutshell, yes, you can. Any word processor or text editor (Mariner Write, TextEdit, that one developed in Redmond, WA) will work as a journaling app.

But that’s not what they were developed for.

Would Lance Armstrong use a bike purchased at WalMart to race in the Tour de France? He could…but would his times be as fast as if he rode on a bike designed for racing?

Probably not.

The same theory applies with MacJournal. We have developed and designed this product with only the journaler in mind. Could a word processing application give you two levels of security, one-click blogging (even to your mobileme account), audio, .mac syncing, and nested, multiple journal capabilities?

Probably not.

The iPhone App
They have an App for that too: With MacJournal for iPhone You Can:

  • Create entries in multiple journals.
  • Sync* with your copy of MacJournal on your Mac. Edit your entry on the fly then sync it up when you get back to your Mac. Data syncing will occur over a shared wireless network.
  • Blog from your journal on your iPhone or iPod Touch to one of a list of popular servers such as Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, or WordPress.
  • Set a passcode to lock your data upon opening MacJournal.
  • Have consistent and familiar look and feel on both iPhone version and Mac OS X version.
  • Search or browse entries by using the search field at the top of each journal screen.
  • Customize the display of journals and entries.
  • Journal in either landscape or portrait mode.

Well Here goes the first test post of MacJournal we will see how well this worked with all of the new fangled stuffes and updates. They claim to be able to do Audio podcasting and Video Post as well we will thes that after we see if this works as directed.


Meeto World Sake Tasting Notes: Shoin Junmai Daiginjo “Lovers Brew” Sak

Shoin Junmai Daiginjo “Lovers Brew” Sake – Presentation Transcript

  1. SHOIN Junmai Daiginjo
  2. Brewery: Yamagata Honten Prefecture: Yamagata Ricetype: Gohyakumangoku Seimaibuai: 60% Alcohol Content: 14.5% Sake Meter Value: +3.0 Acidity: 1.6 Sake Name English: “Lovers Brew”
  3. Tasting Notes This Junmai Ginjo is produced in Yamagataken in the northern region of Honshu and may be the cause of it’s fruity like aroma and taste. This sake has the nose of lilacs and apples and is best served chill. Rich Smooth Fruity and Floral Dry and Little Tartness
  4. Talking Points Yamagata(Mountain Shapes) Prefecture (Tohuko Reigon) is most famous for Yamagata Cherries, Apples, Peaches and Grapes. Yamagata has one of the oldest populations in Japan (over 45% over 65). Recommended Dishes This sake compliments Hirame sashimi and simple but flavorful foods.
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Shu Chiku Bai Nigori Sake at Chibo

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Edit: Adding my Yelp Review Here Too

I loved Chibo!

The food is great and not that expensive once you realize that many of the ingredients have to be imported from Japan and cannot just be substituted for what we have here in country.

There is a huge quality difference in baseline ingredients here vs Japan. You’ll have to trust me or just go visit Japan to see for your self.

I got the Buta Niku (pork) and Mochi Cheese Okonomiyaki, a side of grilled potatoes with bacon and a bottle of Nigorizake about $36 for all of that and it was awesome. As close to Japan food as you may get here in Hawaii.

The chef’s and waiter were friendly and no I wasn’t on vacation nor am I Japanese as one reviewer stated (although I a pretty fluent and I spoke to them in Janglish). Our chef was even flirting with the ladies in our party. If your nice to them I think they open up a bit.

I read several of the reviews and I think there are some very interesting misconceptions of what Teppanyaki is all about

I spent some time in Japan and ate out a lot due to the dorm rooms of my university have a smallish kitchen. There are tons of Teppanyaki-style places to eat in Japan most of them have no show.

The showy performance you get from places like Benihana or Tanaka’s of Tokyo is just not the normal thing. They were adapted for Western Lifestyle. Most Teppanyaki Chefs, Ramen Masters, and the like (not cooks like a Highway Diner) have years of specialized training as you would see in martial arts, many are multigenerational tradesmen that have have Teppanyaki in their family history for thousands of years. They just don’t do onion volcanos and it doesn’t matter they make food and they make it awesome with so much attention to detail and plenty of care put into everything.

You can have you show I’ll take the end results anyday.