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Setup MAMP and Parallels to test Windows browsers on Mac

Had to figure this out earlier today and figured others might be looking for an answer too. I am assuming that:

  1. You are using MAMP with the default ports (80 for Apache)
  2. You are using Parallels with Windows 7 (although these steps should work for older versions too)

Step 1: Setup your local environment with MAMP

This step is pretty straightforward. If you put your website in <Document Root>/sitename should be able to load it at http://localhost/sitename/.

Here’s a helpful tutorial. Don’t forget to set your Apache and MySQL ports to the default 80 and 3306.

Step 2: Figure out your Mac’s IP address on the network

Go into your Mac’s Network Preferences. You’ll see 2 or more connections on the left and the active one will say Connected. Click on it and you’ll see the IP address on the right side of the pane.

To make sure your Mac’s IP address doesn’t change, click on Advanced → TCP/IP. The options sheet below appears.

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Change the IPV4 option to Using DHCP with manual address and type in an unused IP address. In the example above I used 192.168.1.100. Read More »

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Craig Hockenberry blogged about this excellent piece of internet lore the other day about the origin of the word “tweet” from way back in 2006

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Fever + Sunstroke = A great RSS reading experience

Google Reader is “retiring” next week. Like many I have been looking for a replacement. Feedly is a service I have been using and quite like. However I also took the opportunity to experiment with a feed reader that I’ve heard about for years called Fever.

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Developed by Shaun Inman, Fever is a web app, not a desktop app. I like it so much that its made me enjoy RSS again and relegated Feedly to my backup RSS reader.

Why Fever is awesome

Hot Links

Traditional RSS readers get crowded and overwhelming when you subscribe to a lot of feeds. With Fever, it actually reads your feeds and compiles the most frequently talked about links into a Hot Links page. So the more links you follow, the better Fever gets.

My RSS feeds in Fever

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I wondered how well this would work. I’m glad to say it works great. Fever constantly shows me the top Apple and WordPress news: exactly the news I want to see. Read More »

Why I love Apple

I’ve got this relationship with Apple that is unique among all the other brands that I use.

I love Apple. At least 10x more than any other brand.

I honestly believe that they make products with the singular goal of enhancing its users lives. Apple can and usually does things in their own way. But their decisions are based on making my day more productive, my experiences more immersive and my tools more delightful. That’s why they obsess over details.

Details like how and when to show you new email in iPhone Mail. Details like formatting dates so they remain visible in varying column widths. Details like making a MacBook out of a single piece of aluminum. Details like variances measured in microns.

Apple recently unveiled their Designed by Apple campaign at WWDC 2013. In the video above that explains their reason for being, they say:

We spend a lot of time
On a few great things.
Until every idea we touch
Enhances each life it touches.

Cynics will say that it’s just marketing or hippy bullshit.

I say it’s proof that Apple makes its products for people, not “markets”. Real people like my mom, not numbers who make up sales figures. It’s proof that Apple cares.

That’s why I love Apple.

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Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT time-lapse

I saw this beautiful time-lapse of Kuala Lumpur by Rob Whitworth when he first premiered it but I never blogged it. I stumbled across it in my Google+ feed again today and wanted to share and remember this on my blog.

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Pants_are_Overrated_– Hobbes_and_Bacon

Hobbes and Bacon is a Calvin and Hobbes tribute that takes place 26 years later when Calvin is all grown up and married (!). Calvin’s daughter, Bacon, now inherits daddy’s old toy and childhood pal, Hobbes. And it looks like Calvin married Susie Derkins! What a wonderful tribute to my favorite comic strip of all time…

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Brian Clark on Marketing Land:

But the true allure of content marketing is in building an audience. Rather than the constant rat race of conventional online lead generation, an audience puts your business into an entirely different space within your industry. Instead of buying access to an audience from the media, your company becomes the media. In the process, you build an owned media asset (your content-rich website) that gets more powerful and valuable each month and each year that you continue producing content.

I’ll add a final point to Brian’s excellent article: It takes hard work

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Epic troll of SMS spammer

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I absolutely *detest* spammers so I got a kick out of how this guy turned the tables on his spammer. Originally shared on Facebook by Relax, it’s just Godzilla.