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Pretty sure I just hypnotized myself

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Dozer – Hide menu bar icons on macOS

Over the weekend I desperately needed to hide some of the icons in my menu bar. Things have gotten out of control. The icons I really want to use keep getting pushed off the screen. But like so many things in the Mac world, there is an app for that.

A quick search revealed just the tool for the job – Dozer for Mac.

It has one job, hide the icons you aren’t using so you can get to the ones you are. It takes just a moment to configure and the results are glorious. My menu bar now has 8 icons rather than 30+.

Even better? It’s free.

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It’s ok to be a Quitter

Quitter is an app I discovered several months ago and it has proven to be extremely useful. Quitter is an app that hides or quits app you are no longer using. During a typical day I have dozens of applications open like Katalon, SQL Pro, CodeRunner, the App Store, SnagIt, FreeDownloadManger and plenty of others.

Truth is though, I don’t need them open all the time. That is both distracting and a waste of resources. Sure, I have plenty of memory, but why keep programs open when I’m not actually using them?

That’s where Quitter comes in. After an app sat idle for a configured amount of time, it gets closed. This frees up the Dock, releases memory, and keeps things tidy. It’s a very handy app and it’s main goal is to keep you focused on the apps you’re really using and closing out the other distractions.

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DevonAgent for Deep Dive Internet searches

Many years ago there was a great search tool called Copernic Agent. With it, you could search multiple search engines at the same time, and then collect and save the results. It was a fantastic tool when you wanted to deep dive into a subject.

That tool has long since passed, but DevonAgent is all that and so much more. Since DevonThink is information storage, DevonAgent is information collection, and then some.

DevonAgent is the tool you use when you need to get as much information as you possibly can about a subject and the first 2 pages of Google simply don’t cut it. Let’s say you are researching thing related to the Macintosh or even more exciting, Grace Hopper. You want more than a Wikipedia entry and you don’t want the same articles over and over again. Further, you want to cut through the nonsense and not get tangled up in all the spam results that usually come with a search.

You can put in your search criteria and let DevonAgent scan and filter the results. It will filter out duplicates, sites that don’t load anymore, sites that aren’t really relevant, or sites that are very similar to ones it’s already looked at.

Further you can add powerful search terms like AND, OR, NEAR, NOT and other query language constructs to find information that is relevant not just on the page. This way you could search for (Robert OR Bob OR Bobbie OR Bobby) as well as (Jean !jeans). In the last case you will get the name, not articles related to “jeans” the clothing.

Again, this is for deep dive research. But with DevonAgent, I have been able to find books, articles, software, code fragments and sift through mountains of information in a fraction of the time.

For several searches I have done, DevonAgent has filtered through more than 3000 links, discarding 90% because the information is either too similar, or not relevant enough to meet the criteria. This saves me hours of time and focuses on the most relevant results.

If you are doing research or have the need/desire to dig deep into a topic, DevonAgent is a must have Internet search tool. And if you have DevonThink, you can store and index your results for future reference.

DevonAgent – Search the Web Better

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Some early morning fun with Inspirit

A screen shot of Inspirit as it sets the mood for the day.

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