I’m experiencing some technical difficulties with the site. I’ve been working with WordPress support for nearly 2 hours on it (while I’m on vacation nonetheless!) and we’re making progress, but I will not have deals up until much later today (and not in time for the email that will go out). If all goes well, I’ll be able to post them later today, in which case you will get a longer email tomorrow but not miss out on any deals.
I love how my Mac enables me to get so much done from anywhere in the world, but I’ll be the first to admit that I can get so absorbed on my work that I do unhealthy things, straining my eyes with long hours staring at the same angle at same distance at a screen or staying seated for hours at a time. The long-term health consequences of those activities are increasingly known, but few of us know how to manage the risks inherent to our device. That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about this week’s sponsor, Dejal Time Out, an app that helps you build healthy habits by managing your breaks so you don’t have to. Read on to learn more, download it for free, and enter a drawing to unlock it for free!
Designed to help you take regular breaks, Dejal Time Out is a simple utility that gently nudges to take breaks on a regular basis. You can customize all the settings, but it is set up to remind you to take two kinds of breaks. First is a “Micro” break of 15 seconds every 15 minutes, reminding you to look away briefly from your screen, breath deeply, or stretch before heading back to work. The second kind of break is a “Normal” break of 10 minutes for every 50 minutes of work, giving you a time to stand up, walk a bit, or get a drink of water. The lengths and durations are entirely customizable, but are set up to keep you healthy and rested while you’re working.
What I enjoy most about Dejal Time Out is how it strikes a great balance between nudging you to take a break and yet not intruding in your work. When it offers a reminder, for example, your screen gently fades and a customizable break reminder appears, but it also gives you the option to postpone the break or skip it altogether. That’s a really nice touch for when you can’t take a break (or are about to!)
Dejal Time Out adds some great features for power users too, as it can optionally track breaks and app usage or perform actions before, during, or after a break–like pausing your music, playing relaxing sounds, running an Automator Script, or resuming music when it ends. And for non power-users, you can download pre-made actions and get the benefit of both worlds.
FYI, there’ll be a slight delay in deals today as my wife is having surgery. I’ll get them up ASAP but they likely won’t make the email that goes out today (they’ll be in tomorrow’s email regardless). Thanks everyone for following!
I think we’ve all been in the situation I was in just yesterday–needing to rename enough files that it was tedious and annoying to do it manually: secondary clicking, selecting rename, typing the new name, and going on to the next one. In my case, it was especially insulting because the filenames were just sequential numbers (01, 02, 03, etc.) and there is no reason a person needed to do that job rather than a computer…which is why I am excited to share with you this week’s sponsor, A Better Finder Rename, an app that solved my problem in a matter of seconds, saving me immense frustration with an otherwise tedious task. Read on to learn more about it and enter to win a free copy!
A Better Finder Rename, like most great software, does one thing and one thing well–rename files–but the simplicity of that statement betrays the immense power and flexibility of the application. Want to use your music’s metadata to rename your songs correctly? Need to rename hundreds of photos from meaningless names like IMG_00273 to something intelligible like Taylor Swift concert 09? Have downloaded files with random names that you need to organize? A Better Finder Rename has you covered with 15 different categories of renaming options that can name files by text, parent folder, metadata, tags, date, number, and more (including RegEx for us nerds). The power here is quite impressive, allowing text to be replaced, converted, and truncated, even in multi-step operations–and yet A Better Finder Rename is quite simple to use and generates a preview of the name so you can confirm it is correct before you run the operation.