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BBEdit, by Bare Bones Software, is an excellent text editor.
Anyone who uses it knows that pure text files do not normally have syntax coloring. But for those users who want to use BBEdit to edit HTML files, here's how to trick a .txt file into displaying HTML syntax coloring.
Estimates for sales of a product that hasn't shipped yet are tricky business. It requires some serious work with the right kind of candidate customer surveys and some shrewd mathematical analysis. Then, uncertainties must be calculated and presented. John Martellaro isn't seeing any of that.
It's not hard to set up some personal and work calendars on your Mac and iPhone. But there's a whole lot more you can do with calendar subscriptions. John Martellaro shows you how to get your calendar in the holiday mood.
olloclip's new 4-in-1 Photo Lens kit for the iPhone 6 uses a new design that fits over both the FaceTime (front) and iSight (rear) cameras at the same time. A small adjustment is required for the iPhone 6 Plus. The system includes wide-angle, fisheye, 10x and 15x macro lenses. Here's John Martellaro's review that includes a discussion of the mechanical challenges in this new design.
When a revolutionary new service arrives, especially from Apple, the long term consequences are seldom appreciated at first. The tendency is to compare it to the known competition rather than explore the synergistic effects. Even now, those effects are kicking in, very early in the life of Apple Pay.
It's easy to use Apple Pay with the cashier at, say, Walgreens or Panera Bread. But what about full service restaurants where you normally pay the server at your table? John Martellaro wondered how this could work, and it turns out that OpenTable has an answer.
AppleCare+ for iPads and iPhones has turned into a game of Russian Roulette with all kinds of options and service charges for accidental damage. John Martellaro has built a handy table to help you decide if AppleCare+ for an iPhone or iPad is right for you.
Mozilla's Firefox browser has been on a very explicit crusade for user privacy for a long time. On November 10th, Mozilla punctuated that commitment by releasing Firefox 33.1 with, notably, a privacy tour and a Forget Button. John Martellaro, a big fan of Firefox, explains how he feels about it.
John Martellaro and his wife share an original iPad mini. Recently, it fell off a small stand and did a 20 cm. face plant onto the kitchen table. Even though there was a thick table cloth, the display cracked, and cracked ugly. John Martellaro explains what his options were and how he saved the mini from an untimely demise.
There is a fundamental tension between writing great software and picking your fights. Recently, that tension has bubbled to the surface with the release of iTunes 12. When times change and customer trends become noticeable, Apple software has to change as well. But throwing in the towel on the monolithic iTunes app isn't the way to do it.