Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple

Benjamin W.

August 24, 2011

I haven’t written anything in a while. Mainly because I didn’t have much to say. And honestly, there isn’t much I’ll be able to say here that hasn’t already been said by others. But shit, this guy changed my life so I wanted to say something.

I have no idea where I would be if I didn’t ask my parents to get me a Mac for Christmas all those years ago. But I can tell you this:

I wouldn’t be a short film maker. I wouldn’t have made this EP with my best friend. I wouldn’t have designed this blog. I wouldn’t know how to code websites from scratch. I wouldn’t be working at the best job I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t be learning to program as I design/develop my own product. And since owning a Mac led to all this, I probably wouldn’t be married to my wife.

So in a sentence: Steve, you changed the world as I knew it and for that, I can’t thank you enough. I truly wish you well in whatever comes next.

You can’t buy apps for people.

Benjamin W.

January 7, 2011

iTunes lets you gift someone an album.

iTunes buy now link

But if you were thinking about buying someone a late Christmas present and that present just might have been an app from the new App Store, let me crush your dreams now and save you the pain of this discovery:

Mac App Store buy now link

It made me realize you can’t gift someone an app from the iPad or iPhone app stores either. This seems like a missed opportunity to me. How many apps would have been gifted over Christmas had this feature been available and highlighted?

OS X Automator – Combine Multiple Text Files into One

Benjamin W.

October 9, 2010

Here is an Automator workflow, service and application to combine several text files into one text file. I searched for hours trying to find something really simple and just decided to build it myself. Note: this only works with .txt files.

To use the it as a droplet, download this file:

  1. Combine Text Files Zip
  2. Unzip it.
  3. Grab “TextComboDroplet”, you can put it anywhere on your system you like.
  4. All you have to do is drag a folder containing text files you’d like to combine onto the TextComboDroplet.
  5. It will output a file called “Combined Text Files.txt” to your Desktop.

To use it as a service, download this file:

  1. Combine Text Files Zip
  2. Unzip it.
  3. Open Automator.
  4. It will ask you if you which type of file you’d like to create. Select “Open Existing Workflow” in the bottom left-hand corner.
  5. Select “Combine Text Files.workflow” from your downloads folder.
  6. Click File > Save As… and hit enter.
  7. Now, all you have to do is select two or more files from the finder and right click. At the bottom should be a “Combine Text Files” option.
  8. Clicking this will output a file called “Combined Text Files.txt” to your Desktop.

To use it as a workflow, download this file:

  1. Combine Text Files Zip
  2. Unzip it.
  3. Open “TextCombo.workflow”. It will launch Automator.
  4. Click “Run” to run it or use it with Hazel or combine it with your own Automator actions.

These files have only been tested on Snow Leopard. These are your to use for free. You can email me if you have any questions or issues: ben@thelettercase.com

The Glif: First Kickstarter Project Contribution.

Benjamin W.

October 4, 2010

I just backed my first Kickstarter project. And I’m really excited about it. Iv’e been following Kickstarter for a while. I love what they’re doing and am so glad to finally back something.

If this is something you’re really excited about, I hope you’ll back them $20.

(via Daring Fireball)

I locked myself in.

Benjamin W.

September 28, 2010

I’m locked in to all kinds of crap. My mac, iPhone, FreshBooks, Backpack, etc. But I’m locked in by choice. I wouldn’t even want to leave if I could. I love these tools. They’re a joy to use and have become indispensable to what I do. This is the best kind of customer loyalty there is.

I can’t believe that in the age of twitter, blogging and yelp, we can’t find some way to overcome the incredibly terrible service we get from Telcos and ISPs.

AT&T should have bought GrandCentral and turned it into a free product like Google Voice. Verizon should have such good customer service that a 2 year contract isn’t even required because you wouldn’t leave if you had the chance.

That’s something people can learn from Apple. They’re a product based company. There’s more competition in the product area. They know they have to respond and so they’re constantly innovating to stay ahead of that competition.

But with Telcos, they know they have you by the balls for two years. Oh, what a beautiful day it will be when I stay with my ISP out of loyalty.

Letter Case

Graphic Design & Web Design

Letter Case was my one-man design shop based in Los Angeles, CA.
I ran it for 2 years until I joined Typekit in January 2011.

In my spare time I've been learning to program by building my first web application.
A simple tool called Talkative to help people publish their talks on the web.

My current project is The Briefcase. A blog and podcast.
It's a place for me to create and publish stuff.

If you have any comments, thoughts or questions,
feel free to contact me at: benthomaswelch [at] gmail.com.

Thanks for checking out my blog. Cheers!

Simplicity is harder than it looks.