Reminders as shopping list

Mountain Lion has made Reminders so useful. Thanks to iCloud, I can now create reminders and lists on my Mac and presto! They appear on my iPhone.

Now that I’m using Reminders regularly, I’m thinking up other uses. Today, I created a shopping list. It was so easy and useful, I’ve saved the “Stop & Shop” list. Try it. Reminders is great as a list app in the cloud.

Use Alfred to remap “iCal” and “Address Book” (or, Stephen Hackett is a genius)

Stehpen Hackett explains how to use Alfred to make a change in Mac OS X less annoying.

Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion re-names Address Book to Contacts and iCal to Calendar. That’s fine, but I keep typing “iCal” and “Address Book” into my beloved Alfred. [1. Seriously, I love Alfred. Here’s how I use it every day. Federico Viticci uses it to create logs in Day One. Finally, here’s my TUAW review of version 1.0. It’s only gotten better since. This is not an ad, I just love the app. Go get it.] It’s not the end of the world, but annoying. Fortunately, Stephen has a fix.

He points out that you can use Alfred’s custom keyword mapping to forgive your forgetfulness. Well done.

Update: Thomas Borowski points out that Mountain Lion’s Spotlight does that for you (below).

WWDC 2012 keynote: the summary slides

I love watching Apple make major product announcements. They’re just fun. A big part of the fun is finding little tidbits that are mentioned in passing or breezed over entirely. Apple’s presenters typically end their segments with an overview slide. Those slides often contain the very tidbits I’m talking about: fun and compelling. Here’s a look at what was on the slides during today’s keynote presentation at WWDC 2012.

Here’s the slide that wrapped up the Mountain Lion presentation. On it you’ll find:

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Jesus Diaz’s Mountain Lion review (Update)

Update: Yes, the first sentence reads “Lion” not “Mountain Lion.” I’d swear it said “Mountain Lion” when I first read it. Anyway, post adjusted. Apologies to Diaz.

Jesus Diaz has published his thoughts on Mountain Lion to Gizmodo. It starts:

“Mac OS X Lion seems unpolished and, worse, not innovative.”

Complaining that an early pre-release meant for developers is unfinished. I stopped reading right there.

Still, the theme of Diaz’s post is unchanged:

“For all of Mountain Lion’s good new features—and there are a few—the new OS raises a terrifying brace of thoughts: that Apple has run out of ideas…It just feels like Apple isn’t trying to make things better.”

Again I say, it’s way, way too early to pass judgement on OS X Mountain Lion.