Archive for the ‘Software’ category

Readmill closing; Team joins Dropbox

June 23rd, 2014

According to the closing announcement:

Our team will be joining Dropbox, where our expertise in reading, collaboration and syncing across devices finds a fitting home. Millions of people use Dropbox to store and share their digital lives, and we believe it’s a strong foundation on which to build the future of reading. We’re delighted to work alongside this talented team and imagine new ways to read together.

Interesting times ahead for Dropbox. I’m curious to see how they incorporate the lessons learned by Readmill in their platform.

Merging folders on a Mac

August 2nd, 2013

Tried to find a nice GUI way to merge folders on my Mac. After searching, I discovered that I wasn’t missing something – the Finder doesn’t support merging folder contents. I didn’t want to buy one of the many available Finder extensions (since I’m naturally cheap). And I didn’t want to go through setting up Unison (which I have used for more heavy-lifting, including remote backups/copies — it does work well) for a potentially one-off solution. So I found a few command-line options described (with examples) at

I also found a US$2 GUI for ditto by iLike, which I bought. (If I weren’t really lazy, I would code it up in Mac to try out what I’ve learned reading through MacRuby in Action by Manning, but…)

Catch is dying… Long live Catch!

July 31st, 2013

One of my favorite note-taking and general information management apps, , is closing, according to an announcement on its website. I’ve found Catch to be incredibly simple but both powerful and useful, a rare combination.


Catch, you will be missed.


TechCrunch has an article available about Catch closing, but (as of 7/31 at 6:30pm ET) no more details.

Now, after exporting my Catch notes, I guess I’ll have to move to Evernote