So Civ V for Mac just dropped last week and I bought it thinking that hey, why don’t I play a little Civ V now and again on my Mac? Sadly, the version made available to the general public apparently does not work a lick and freezes during cinematics. It’s apparently a problem with 10.6.5 and one of the ways to kind of fix it is to hold down command when you start the game to run it in windowed mode. There are also some goofy suggestions to run the PC version under Parallels. But I paid for the Mac version, people. GOSH!

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If you’re having trouble installing the Office 2011 official install over the beta it could be because you can’t kill Sync Services Agent. It restarts itself constantly. This should kill it permanently and allow you to overwrite it.

$ cd /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Office/SyncServicesAgent.app/Contents/MacOS
$ mv SyncServicesAgent SyncServicesAgent.hold
$ killall SyncServicesAgent

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Introducing OmmWriter D?na from herraizsoto&co on Vimeo.

I’ve been hunting for a writing tool that won’t distract me from the task(s) at hand and I think I may have found something that will work. It’s called OmmWriter Dana II and it essentially creates a blank slate to write. There are no distractions – all of the Growl announcements are turned off automatically at start-up and turned on when you’re done – and the app includes a nice, lilting musical score.

The app “costs” $4.11 but you can give them as much as you see fit, which is pretty hippy dippy but fine by me. Give it a try and see if you can keep your “wild monkey” caged as you write.

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I’ve been using Aperture instead of iPhoto mostly for the potential editing functionality I have available and found that when I imported files from the iPhone they wouldn’t delete and I’d be stuck with a load of images I could never get rid of. I looked around and found out that Image Capture, a standard OS X tool, handles most of this stuff behind the scenes and the only way to make things kosher is to add a little automator program to import the photos, delete them off of the iPhone, and then stick them into Aperture. Kind of a PITA, but whatever.

Go over here to see the full instructions but you basically download OpenWithAutomator.zip, unzip it, and place the enclosed file into /System/Library/Image Capture/Automatic Tasks/.

Then you set Image Capture to handle the iPhone import and set “Import to:” to the OpenWithAutomater script.

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