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Hiking Around Boston

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15 great hikes in New England, from Boston.com. The gallery button is a little hidden at the bottom. Screenshot:

Here’s a Yelp search for hiking trails with waterfalls.

The popular Middlesex Fells hiking trails.

And the Ipswitch River Wildlife Sanctuary.

Animate a UILabel or UIButton From One Number to Another

Easily animate the text of a label or button from one number to another.

https://github.com/pchensoftware/PCSNumberIncrementer/

Use Spotlight from Mac OS Command Line

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Cool. Use mdfind from the command line for Spotlight queries.

http://0xfe.blogspot.com/2006/03/using-spotlight-from-os-x-commandline.html

Famous Tech Acquisitions, Cost Per User

"Facebook acquired WhatsApp for 16 billion dollars, the largest startup acquisition to date. Cost per user was comparable to Google’s YouTube acquisition"

https://public.brightside.io/v1/chart/ece4947eb29375535376ca212578cf78

The Quickest Color Picker in Mac OS X

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Quickly get RGB values on your screen using the built-in Mac DigitalColor Meter app in your Utilities directory.

hidoodle:

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We all know that life can become hectic as we increase our responsibilities. As we grow our careers, we have more meetings scheduled, tasks to complete, projects to coordinate, and people to work with. Once you purchase a home, you have to manage renovations and repairs, schedules with…

How to Make Promotional Stickers

If you’re looking to purchase promotional stickers for your company, then here’s the quick summary.

You can get stickers with standard sizes like circle, oval, rectangle. You can also get stickers that are die cut, which means both the sticker and the backing is cut around the edges of your design. The final option is stickers that kiss cut, which means the sticker is cut around the edges, but the backing isn’t. More details here:

http://blog.standoutstickers.com/kiss-cut-vs-die-cut-stickers/diecut-kisscut-both-what-does-it-all-mean/

Out of all the websites that let you create a custom sticker, StickerYou seemed like the site with the best and simplest UI, with warnings about image sizes and decent drag-and-drop functionality.

http://www.stickeryou.com/2/home/selecteditor

Other sticker sites:

Mac Apps to Create Animated GIFs
How to Minimize Disk Usage in Mac Mail

Do you use Mac Mail to check your Gmail? Do you always archive your emails? Do you have a huge 5 GB All Mails folder in Gmail that is now downloaded to your All Mails folder in Mac Mail?

First, see how much disk space your All Mails folder is taking up by going to ~/Library/Mail/V2/Your-Email-AccountName/[Gmail].mbox/ and looking at the folder info.

Now, if you don’t need access to Gmail’s All Mails folder in Mac Mail, then follow these steps to remove it from Mac Mail, but still keep it in Gmail web:

  1. Go to Gmail web
  2. Click the top-right gear icon to open the settings menu
  3. Click Settings
  4. Click the Labels tab
  5. Deselect Show in IMAP in the All Mail line

Close Mac Mail and reopen it. You should now see the All Mails folder in the left-side navigation gone.

Go to the ~/Library/Mail/V2/Your-Email-AccountName/[Gmail].mbox/ folder to see the All Mail.mbox directory gone and its disk space restored.

A train set…at the train station