GoTime For iPhone & Free Tickets To Seattle International Beerfest 2009

GoTime

I’ve been using GoTime’s iPhone App “Happy Hours” for the last month and a half or so and so far I’m liking it. Basically Happy Hours uses the GPS location of your iPhone to tell you where the nearest happy hours at the nearest restaurants & bars are happening. So how well does it work?

So far pretty good. I’ve been able to find good places to eat & drink around downtown Seattle &  Bellevue so far. I never would have thought about checking out the Lucky Strike in Bellevue, but Gotime said they had half-price pizza & beer for happy hour so I had to check it out. Let me tell you it is really good pizza, and so far all their bartenders have known how to pour a mean pint of Guiness.

On the negative, sometimes their info on the exact happy hour specials can be lacking occasionally. But this can only improve.

(Note: So far GoTime is only deployed in the Seattle and Portland,OR regions, so if you aren’t in either areas it’ll probably be of limited value to you in the near future. Though I have heard that they are getting ready to expand into more regions on the west coast)

So besides having a pretty awesome iPhone app, GoTime is also holding a contest to win free tickets to the Seattle International Beerfestival. Who doesn’t like free beer? Full details can be found on their blog here. Basically entry requirements are that you have to pimp them on twitter and your blog (Cough, Sellout, Cough). But like I said uptop, their iPhone app has helped me find some good places to eat a couple times which gives them some brownie points in my book.

Mac Tip: Change Screen Capture Format With Terminal

Remember how easy it is to screen capture on a Mac?

Cmd + Shift + 3

to take a picture of your Entire active screen.

While

cmd + Shift + 4

gives you some crosshairs that allow you to select what you want to copy.

Only problem is, the files are always saved as .png files. This is annoying if you want them in another format like .jpg. Normally you’d have to open your image editor of choice and then re-save it.

Turns out there is an easier way though!

All you have to do is run this Terminal Command

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg

then restart your computer. Now every time you take a screenshot it will be in .jpg format.

If you want your screenshots in other formats like gif, png, or even pdf just change it in the terminal.

Via TUAW

iPhone 2.1 Feature: Partially Completed Podcasts

Just updated to the 2.1 iPhone firmware.

Features mentioned by Apple include

  • Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls
  • Significantly better battery life for most users
  • Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
  • Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
  • Faster installation of 3rd party applications
  • Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications
  • Improved performance in text messaging
  • Faster loading and searching of contacts
  • Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
  • Repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
  • Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
  • Genius playlist creation
But here is one feature that didn’t get a mention.
See that half circle by the Diggnation Video? I started watching it but haven’t finished.
Now they just need to add this to iTunes…

New iPhone Ads

Apple just put out some new iPhone ads.

Thats all well and good but the cool thing is the song thats playing, “You, Me, & the Bourgeoisie By The Submaries“, which I’ve been listening to for the last month and its really good.

Personally though I don’t think the song was used very well in the ad. Comparatively to the MacBook Air ad, with Yael Naïm, anyway.

Via TUAW

Mac Tip: Add The Date To The OSX Menu Bar Without Installing Additional Software

I was surfing around and finally found out how to add the date to the OSX menu bar without installing additional software!

The tip says you need to use the medium category, but only the Long category for Times worked for me. This may be due to a difference between 10.5 and 10.4.

The following tip

Want to see the date in the menubar? Start by opening the International Preferences panel, and clicking the Formats tab.

In the Dates section, click Customize. Click the Show pop-up and select your choice of Short, Medium, etc. Now place the elements you want in the small “work area,” by dragging and dropping them from the Date Elements section. Once placed, you can click on some elements to see other options (Wednesday or Wed, for instance). Once you’ve built the date string you want, click once in the work area, and hit Command-A then Command-C to select the string and copy it. Now click Cancel to close the window without making any changes.

In the Times section, click Customize, and set the Show pop-up to Medium. In the small work area below the pop-up, place the curser where you want the date elements to start, and click to position the cursor. Now hit Command-V to paste the elements you just copied. You can further add characters and spaces to customize the look. If you want to remove an element (i.e. the year), click on it and use the Delete key. Click OK, and you’ll see the results in the menubar.

MacOSXHints

Since a picture is worth a thousand words here is how I have Time Long set

Mac Tip: Change The Login Screen In Mac OSX

Am I the only one that’s getting tired of Leopards fireworks loginscreen? It turns out you can replace that image with anything of your choice. Heres how.

Go to

Hard Drive > System > Library > CoreServices > DefaultDesktop.jpg

replace that jpg with your new backdrop

Type in your admin password when prompted and you’re done!

Just remember to backup the original DefaultDesktop.jpg incase you decide to switch back to the default at a later date.

Via Lifehacker Comment

Interview With The Director Of Photography At The New York Times

I recently read this interview with New York Times Assistant Editor of Photography, Michelle McNally.

Turns out that the NYT photo department is run on Apple hardware, among other interesting facts.

Overall an interesting read.

New York Times Interview

Update: Forgot about the stupid registration login at the New York Times site. You can get around that by using a fake login provided by bugmenot.com

Update 2: Feb 17 2007: Finally fixed the link