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Entries from October 2007

Oct 30, 2007

Leopard Fix: Solidify your translucent menubar

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m finding Leopard’s new menubar more irritating than Fox News after a natural disaster. The mix of translucent bar with solid text and icons makes it an illigible mess. Fortunately, there’s OpaqueMenuBar. Just launch the app and your menubar returns to its full solid glory. Leopard’s menubar should have been […]

Oct 29, 2007

Thank you

Thank you everyone for your thoughts, condolences, and prayers regarding the recent death of my father. Your words and kindness have truly given me comfort during this difficult time. Posts will return this week. Thank you again for your understanding and patience. Warmly, Chanpory

Oct 23, 2007

A sad personal note

Last night, my father, Yath Rith, passed away. He was 78 years old and was sick for a long time. I was able to see him just a few minutes before he died. My father was a Cambodian refugee of war, a man who liked his shoes polished, and a meticulous barber who preferred vintage […]

Oct 19, 2007

Whatever’s Clever: Money, brains, and vacuums

Is Mint Ready for Your Money? A great in-depth review of brand new money-management tool. Complete with extensive screenshots. The Right Brain vs Left Brain test “Do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise? If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.” Stare at the shadow […]

Oct 18, 2007

Can’t Miss: Typophile Film Fest 4 (SF)

If you’re in San Francisco on October 25th, you can’t miss Punchcut’s Typophile Film Fest 4. It’s the perfect time to mingle with connoisseurs and dabblers of typography. Here’s the dealyo: Punchcut’s screening of the Typophile Film Festival 4 is best described as a three-hour party centered around a rare and unequaled selection of short […]

Oct 16, 2007

How to divorce your laptop

I’ve recently had two posts published on Merlin Mann’s 43 Folders. The first is a confession and plea about my own laptop addiction. The second is a follow-up post and presents my five favorite tips for divorcing your laptop. Check them out: **Laptops: A blessing or a curse?** “When I got my first laptop, I […]

Oct 15, 2007

How to save the world by sleeping

It’s Blog Action Day and today’s post is about the environment. What’s a super-easy way to reduce energy consumption, lower your energy bill, and feel good all-over? Put your computer to sleep. For some of you, its already second nature to tuck your computers in at night. The rest of us, however, are still seduced […]

Oct 10, 2007

A coffee mug for Helvetica lovers

Helvetica, the typeface everyone loves to hate–and hates to love–now has its very own coffee cup. Austere but oh so cute and clever. You can get it for $18 bucks at Veer. Also, don’t forget to check out the Helvetica film. Too bad, I don’t drink coffee. :-(

Oct 9, 2007

Where to get the latest and greatest design books

Giant megabookstores like Borders and Barnes & Nobles are great for getting coffee table design books that everyone and their momma has. But if you want to snag ultra-cool limited-edition books, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Here’s my favorite places to discover new books before everyone else. Most are in Europe because that’s just where […]

Oct 5, 2007

Whatever's Clever: ShoutingMat.ch, menubars, dumb blogs, and why more is less

ShoutingMat.ch “The ninja editors at shoutingmat.ch have compiled a definitive list of the blogs that everyone’s reading. A separate elite division of parsing ninjas scours these blogs regularly to find out what all the blogging heads are linking to. Using our top-secret army of (robot”and, again, ninja) monkeys, we then determine what links are hot […]

Oct 4, 2007

How to Unschedule your work and enjoy guilt-free play

I’m a very very bad person. Why? Because I procrastinate. I put things off, leave them to the last minute, or simply never finish them. To beat these lazy habits, I’m reluctantly reading Neil Fiore’s The Now Habit. I still haven’t finished it after three months, but I have hope. (I have 40 pages left.) […]

Oct 2, 2007

Scrabulous is fabulous on Facebook

I have a confession. The reason why you’ve heard barely a peep from me isn’t because I’ve been Tasered by zealous cops or abducted by aliens. Truth is, I’ve been fiendishly playing Scrabble Scrabulous on Facebook. I swear, It’s like a Krispy Kreme donut with sprinkles of crack on top. How did I become so […]