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Sailing with Giants: TUDOR Heritage Black Bay: Setting sail from the city in search of migratory whales with the aid of the time-tested marine chronometer

Sailing with Giants: TUDOR Heritage Black Bay

Nestled in the shadow of the newly erected One World Trade Center on the shores of the Hudson River, lies the home of the often overlooked community of NYC sailors. The city is home to prime sailing conditions for much of the year and from late……

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Setting Up A Brand New eCommerce Website

Setting up a brand new website for your business is one great way to increase sales and profits. A business is bound to grow more if there’s a way to
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14 pro steps for setting up a student freelance practice

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You don’t need to wait until you graduate to grow your client list. Savvy students can gain valuable experience, cash and contacts by taking on freelance projects well before finishing formal education. It’s a great way to bridge the gap between studying and working. Go about it the right way and you’ll gain new design and business skills, make contacts and add real-world commercial experience to your CV. You’ll earn some money, too.

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Setting Up A Brand New eCommerce Website

Setting up a brand new website for your business is one great way to increase sales and profits. A business is bound to grow more if there’s a way to
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Word of Mouth: Paraty: Cachaça, fresh food and local art provide the rustic setting for this historic Brazilian town

Word of Mouth: Paraty

by Abby Morgan Walking around the maze of streets paved with irregular stones, visitors can feel the Portuguese presence that first landed in Paraty 500 years ago. Situated in a sheltered bay at the edge of the wild Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest), the charming seaside town is a relic of…

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Secure Your Mac By Setting A Firmware Password [Quicktip]

You may be using a password to secure your data on your Mac – and you should, but unless your Mac is encrypted, a tech-savvy thief can still access your data by booting into recovery and resetting the password. They can then swap the drive and use or sell the computer as if it was brand new.

Why give them the satisfaction? Set a Firmware password to prevent the password from being reset, or being bootable from another drive – rendering your computer useless in hands that are not yours.

What Is A Firmware Password?

A firmware password refers to a password that is set within the Mac’s EFI firmware, separate from the OS itself. When configured, it prevents the Mac from booting into anything other than the default drive without using a password. What this means is that your Mac cannot be booted into Recovery Mode, Single User Mode, Target Disk Mode, or an external drive.

This will give you a higher degree of security for your Mac as your OS password cannot be reset easily and your data remains protected. When used with an encrypted drive, this will ensure that your data will be impenetrable. The thief also cannot swap the drive and use the Mac as a brand new computer as the firmware password will disallow any disk except the original boot disk to configure it.

Getting Started

In order to set the Firmware Password, you will need to boot into Recovery Mode. To enter this mode, hold down CMD + R when your Mac is booting. If successful, you will be taken to the Recovery Mode menu.

Once in this mode, go to the menu bar at the top of your desktop and click Utilities > Firmware Password Utility.

Firmware Password Utility

A prompt will appear asking you to Turn On Firmware Password. Click on it and the utility will ask you to create a password. Enter the password of your choosing and verify it.

Note that this particular password is very important to remember. There is no way to reset the password short of going to an Apple technician (though some pre-2012 Macs can be reset using a hardware hack). Once you are satisfied with the password to use, click Set Password.

Set Firmware Password

Your Mac firmware password is now set. To test it, boot into Recovery Mode or any other drive other than your default startup disk. Your Mac will ask for the password before you can proceed.

Firmware Locked

Seeking The Ultimate Goal Setting App

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After the countless weather apps in the App Store, the next most popular apps for start-ups and creatives to tackle are the almost bottomless pits of to do lists and goal setting apps. It makes sense, creative people are always trying to find some secret formula to improve upon the good old fashioned Moleskin to do list scribble. And even they have apps today. But at this rate, does the world need any more productivity apps, ideas, or concepts?

That’s what’s so fun—if you can stand out in this crowded field, what can’t you do? Now, we realize we’re a few months late in doing an article about goal setting apps considering your New Year’s resolutions are probably now long since given up on. But the category of productivity is a virtual graveyard of individuals and companies who have tried to imagine a better mousetrap, in app form. Apparently it’s hard to do. So let’s take a look at some of the apps people are raving about:

Lift & Everest

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These two are the gold standard of goal setting and habit forming apps—the modern equivalent of a self-help book in app form. Both feature slick design and countless features all packaged up in a nifty pocket guide to being a better person.

Lift is more than just a goal setting app. It bills itself as a tool to help you succeed at everything. No pressure there with that lofty goal. It is built on a data driven community of coaches who can help you achieve your goals, but only if you share them with the world. Given it’s from some of the same brain trust as Twitter, this public goal setting and sharing makes complete sense. Everest on the other hand wants to help you climb your “Everest” and claims to unlock your human potential. If Lift is a leaner meaner, and simpler task based app, Everest is its more complicated, dream-chasing brother from a different mother. Again, both are nicely designed, but can they really replace the old pen and paper?


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Unlike Lift and Everest, Strides is born out of those apps riding the wave of the quantified self-movement. Think, Nike+ Fuelband for your goals—much more of a dashboard for your life than a mere productivity tool.  Strides lets you track anything in a pretty simple, yet highly visualized, way.

For those who love data and charts, this app might do the trick, but is a life really just a series of graphs and data? From a creative person’s perspective, this might be hard to swallow, as might the $ 3.99 app price tag. Unless you’re former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, who spends $ 1000 on apps per week, then this one might be for you.


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Recently released, Zippy is much more on the task management side of things—and it is pretty gorgeous. Taking the best of making tasks simple and easy to do, and marrying them with some simple infographics strikes when you complete them. It’s a nice balance between what we’ll call our “The Mullet Theory of goal setting apps”—business in the front, data party in the back. That seems to be the winning combination of goal setting app functionality.

The goal from the outset was simplicity,” creator Amit Wadhawan told The Next Web. “Most apps you see out there have you create a task first, then edit it with swipes and taps to add in reminder times, tags, etc. With Zippy, that’s all part of creating the task that just flows and makes the whole process effortless and quick. The idea was to not spend time creating and organizing a task, but focusing on knowing what needs to get done.

Wiselist & Thinglist

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Wiselist looks like it could be born from the same goal setting app nebula as Zippy. Colorful, flat, simple, the app focuses more on organization and your To Do’s, than it does goal setting per se. Created by Albert Pereta, co-founder of Icebergs, Wiselist is one of the most creatively driven versions on the list, allowing users to customize categories, colors, and add files.

Meanwhile Thinglist promises not to be just a to do list, but a want-to-do list. It’s really just a cool looking notepad kicked up several notches. That figures since its origin story is that of artist collective becoming tech start-up. Again, what’s interesting is that Thinglist offers no social feed or way to socially share, which is comforting for those of us who prefer to do our planning and thinking between the leather covers of a Moleskin.

What’s your favorite to do or goal setting app? Let us know on Twitter.

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A Look Into: Setting Up Local Server with AMPPS

MAMP is the most popular application in OSX to run local server; for Windows users, WAMP or XAMPP is likely the most widely used options. These 3 applications are sufficient for the job. But if there is another tool that can make a developer’s job faster and more efficient, we’d jump on that tool at every chance.

Recently, we came across an application called AMPPS. It is packed with loads of feature, and it does more than just run a local server. If you are currently looking for an alternative app, let’s check out what AMPPS has to offer, and see how to deploy a website in a local computer with it.

Getting Started

Similar to the 3 applications mentioned above, AMPPS is packed with Apache, MySQL, and phpMyAdmin which let us run and develop PHP-based web locally in the computer. In addition, AMPPS also includes MongoDB, Python, and RockMongo to cater to wider tech needs and preferences.

Furthermore, AMPPS comes with Softaculous that allows us to install web applications in the shortest way possible with the auto-installer. At the time of this writing, there are more than 280 web apps that can be installed through Softaculous which includes WordPress, Drupal, Mangento, and even the new blogging platform Ghost.

With it, we can also create domain names for the websites that we created, instead of using the default name localhost.

Installing AMPPS

AMPPS is a free application, and available for both Windows and OSX. Download it here, and follow the installation instruction as per your OS. Run it, then open the AMPPS Admin. Ensure that the Apache and MySQL have been started.

Then, open your Browser and go to localhost/ampps. This is the page where things like installing apps, setting up password for AMPPS, creating database as well as managing domain names are done.


On the left hand side, as shown in the above screenshot, you can see that there are several categories of Apps ranging from Blogging, CMS, E-Commerce to Educational apps.

As an example, we will install Magento. It is an e-commerce platform that is very well-suited for big-sized and complex online stores. Before proceeding, we need to create a domain name for it.

Creating a Domain Name

Click the Add Domain icon. In this case, let’s name it, you can, of course, freely name the domain. Note, if you are currently having Pow running in your system, you have to uninstall it. Otherwise, the domain will not be accessible, and will just return a Not Found error.

Select the "Add an entry to Host File ?" to register then domain name into the hosts file.

Upon clicking the Add Domain, you will be prompted with your Administrator credential username and password, as it attempts to write the hosts file.

At this point, we are done adding the domain name. You can try it in the browser to make sure that it is accessible. If it is not, it’s likely that you have another application that occupies the virtualhosting as well, such as Pow. If you have that installed, uninstall it.

Installing Magento

Get an app installed and running with AMPPS is so easy with the one-click auto-installer tool. And as mentioned, we are going to install Magento. So, let’s head over to Ecommerce > Magento and click the Install button.

Fill the required setups, and (again) click the Install button at the very bottom of the page.

The process may take a while, and if this is the first time you install Magento or any other apps, AMPPS will have to download the package source. When the process is complete, the website should be accessible, as follows.


We are done.

It took me less than a minute to install Magento. Compared to the traditional way, which could take around 10 to 15 min, this is really a time-saver. It also eliminates most of the hassle (setting up Magento can be distressing; been there).


As you can see above, AMPPS comes with a Domain Manager, and an auto-installer tool for hundreds of web apps. In addition, there are literally a bunch of free features that we haven’t explored yet. By comparison, I think AMPPS could really be a better alternative to MAMP, WAMP, and XAMPP.

Tips for Setting Up a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Crowdfunding is an online money-raising process that encourages users to donate small amounts toward a bigger goal. Once you reach your goal and receive enough donors, you have the cash you need to…

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Flat UI Pro Tutorial: Setting and Compiling Using LESS

Flat UI Pro Tutorial: Setting and Compiling Using LESS

David East takes you step-by-step through the process of using LESS settings using Designmodo’s Flat UI Pro in this new video tutorial. In this video tutorial, you use components from Flat UI Pro to create a complete simple mail app using LESS. He takes you through the steps to set up LESS files and stylesheets […]

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