Schengen: 90/180

| June 24th, 2015

The Schengen zone consists of 26 countries in the EU with a border agreement allowing those exempt from social visit visa requirements to enter for a maximum of 90 days in any 180 day period. This specifically applies to US/CA/AU citizens and is somewhat troublesome to calculate. In trying to figure this out, I came across these utilities which might help: The official EU one, a less cluttered Visa Calculator, and an iOS app, 90 – Schengen.

You’re using mail on your iPhone writing a new message, but find you need to refer to something in your inbox or one of your folders. You scowl and close the message, save as a draft, lookup when you need, open the draft again, and finish writing. Apparently you don’t have to do that anymore in iOS 8. Minimize the new message, look up your stuff, and continue. Just hold and swipe the new message down and then back up. (If you did need to go to a draft, you can also press and hold on the drafts icon on the bottom right).

Source: How to Minimize (& Maximize) Emails in Mail App on iPhone

Click Finder Renaming

| January 2nd, 2015

I was going over updating various statements and photos for the new year. Many of the files had an unhelpful naming convention which did not sort logically in list view. Additionally, while filenames such as IMG_002342 sort well enough, they don’t convey much to jog your memory of any event. To fix this, I was going to go for a shell script or the Better Finder Rename application. Before going that route, I idly highlighted the files and right clicked, to get quite a shock.

There is now a context menu option to Rename X Items. This is not just a simple find and replace operation, either; You can prefix or suffix names, and even conform them to an incremental or dated format. This will allow you to have more meaningful names than IMG_002342. Try replacing IMG_ with Christmas2014_ and you’ll immediately see how clarifying and convenient this is.

For more complex situations, Better Finder Rename is a professional powerhouse, but for occasional quick renaming needs, this Yosemite (Mac OS X 10.10) capability is a fantastic time saver.