Auto-Reader for Safari

Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 14.56.03Automatically enter Reader on any page for which Reader is available.

Safaris ‘Reader’ feature is one of the main reasons I use Safari most of the time, on my Mac. I also use Chrome (mainly for it’s syncing features), but I always come back to Safari when doing any serious news trawling.

I built this handy little Safari extension, based on example code from Apple. Download the extension here.

 

Get a fusion drive on your old Mac

“Setup a Fusion drive on any Mac capable of installing a hard drive and SSD together”

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My 2011 iMac has an SSD and a 2TB drive inside. However, they both show up as separate volumes on my Mac. Using this simple guide, I was able to combine both drives to create a faster ‘Fusion’ drive which makes management of photos, movies etc much easier for me.

Source: OS X 10.8.3 Now Offers Fusion Drive Possibilities For Non-Fusion Drive Equipped Macs | Other World Computing Blog.

The end of roaming charges

Consumers will next year be able to use their mobile phones across the European Union for the same price as at home, it is planned, after officials voted to fast-track major reforms of telecoms regulation.It will cost the same to use a smartphone on the Continent as at home under the proposals

via EU to end mobile roaming charges next year – Telegraph.

Some good news from Europe for a change, and some interesting food for thought.

Does this mean that I will now be allowed to pick up a pre-pay sim card in, say, Germany, and use it as my primary sim in Ireland? Can I now shop for the best rates in all of the EU?

SoundCleod

Since SoundCloud quietly discontinued their Mac App Store app, I’ve been looking for alternatives. I found an open source app called SoundCleod. Although it is simply a web view wrapper, it provides a proper dock icon, and you can use all the playback keys on your keyboard, which is essentially all I want from a music app.

Like the sound of it? Go grab SoundCleod for free.

Get tax back on health insurance paid by your employer

Did you know…

If you get health cover in your job, then you are more than likely entitled to tax relief back on the BIK (Benefit In Kind) paid over the past 4 years.  All you need to do is contact your insurance provider, and ask them how much premium was paid by your employer(s) each year, and forward that info on to Revenue.

Employees whose medical insurance premiums are paid on their behalf, by their employer, as a Benefit-in-Kind, will not have been allowed tax relief at source. To claim the relief due it will be necessary to notify your Revenue Office with the relevant details or by completing an annual tax return.

I claimed this myself recently, and it added up to a substantial cheque in the post!

More information can be found on Revenue.ie.