iDeskCal Approved for Mac App Store

iDeskCal has officially been approved for the Mac App Store!

Look for it when the Mac App Store is released on January 6th.

My Mac/iOS Setup at Work

Inspired by a similar post I saw today, I thought I would take a snap of my computer setup at work and share it with all of you.

I have uploaded it to Flickr with notes on what everything is, but I will attach the basics to this post.

Work Setup

This is my setup at work – Moki Networks –
All Displays powered by the iMac.

27″ iMac – 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7. 8GB RAM – Running Xcode
Samsung 27″ Monitor – Running my Mac app ‘iDeskCal’ and Safari viewing
Dell 24″ Monitor – Powered via EVGA UV Plus+ 16 (USB Display Adapter) Running iPhone 4 Simulator and Xcode Console
iPad running as a monitor using the app Air Display. Using for Mac OS Dock, Twitter (Echofon), and IM (Adium)
iPhone 4 running Safari, viewing personal Mac and iOS company HashBang Industries.
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3G (broken screen but working)
iPod Touch – 2nd Generation
iPhone – 1st Generation
Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Canceling Headphones
Dr Pepper!

One Finger Discount

MacHeist is giving away six free apps this week!

If all that software makes you hungry for even more, take advantage of the “OneFingerDiscount” coupon code, and get 20% off (that’s 1/5 free!).

SOME of the participants include:


Check out One Finger Discount for a list of all of the participants and quick note about the type(s) of software each company specializes in.

Try them all, buy what you like! It’s almost a steal!

iDeskCal in the October 09 issue of Macworld magazine

I got an email earlier this month from Macworld, letting me know that iDeskCal had received coverage in the October 2009 issue.

Needless to say it is the first issue I was eagerly awaiting to show up in the mail.
(not that it’s not a good magazine normally, just not as good as with me in it) :-)

When it finally came I was even happier to find that it was mentioned not only once, but twice in the same Months magazine!

The first was what I was expecting, a review of iDeskCal.
(If you have been following this site for a while, you will remember that several months ago Macworld had done an online review of iDeskCal)

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The second mention was smaller, but still nice…
It was in a section they did this month called “Budget Mac”.
The idea was for three Mac users to build their ultimate setup for $300.
iDeskCal showed up in the “Student’s” setup.

I took the liberty to create a little collage of the main items.
For the full text please pick up a copy of the magazine.

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Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) to be released Friday Aug 28, 2009

AppleĀ® announced today that Mac OS X 10.6 (aka Snow Leopard) will be released on Friday August 28, 2009!

I have been using developer preview versions of Snow Leopard and I can say with all honesty that Snow Leopard is a wonderful update to the already amazing 10.5 (Leopard).

The speed and performance updates in 10.6 make this a release that all eligible users should upgrade too, and at only $29 USD for the single computer upgrade and $49 USD for the Family upgrade, you should not need to even give it a second thought.

The main thing to know with 10.6 is that it will only work on Intel machines, so unfortunately you are out of luck if you are still using a Power PC computer.

The second main thing to know about 10.6 is that iDeskCal runs great on Snow Leopard!
I have been running it full time on Snow Leopard without any problems.
If however you do run into any issues with running iDeskCal on Snow Leopard, come Friday, Snow Leopard has special additions behind-the-scenes that make it even easier for us to track down reported bugs.
Unfortunately this is all I can say right now as my NDA with Apple is still in effect.

I have included links to pre-order Snow Leopard today!
Currently (Monday 24th) if you order from Apple, your upgrade DVD will be delivered the day Snow Leopard is released (Friday). I am not sure how long that will be the case, so I recommend you pre-order now!

Apple Online Store 10.6 Upgrade (Single computer & Family versions) 10.6 Upgrade (Single computer version) 10.6 Upgrade (Family version)

iDeskCal puts your events and tasks on your Desktop

macgems hash posted a writeup of iDeskCal in its “Mac Gems” column.

You can read the article at:

iDeskCal Receives 4.5/5 Stars from French Magazine VVMac

iDeskCal was recently reviewed in the French Mac magazine, VVMac and received 4.5 out of 5 stars!

The issue is on news stands for the next two months.


iDeskCal a Apple Featured Download and #8 Top Download

iDeskCal is currently a Featured 3rd Party Download on, as well as in the Productivity section:

Even cooler is the fact that iDeskCal is the #8 Top Download on all of!

It is ranked up there with iTunes, Safari, and above Google Earth and Firefox on Apple’s site.

iDeskCal has been downloaded (as of this posting) 10,617 times since Tuesday May 19th (less than a week).

Now lets hope that all of those downloads purchase after the free trial! :-)

(Click the images for a larger size where you can actually see it)

HashBang Industries announces iDeskCal 2.0 for Mac OS X

[] Mesa, Arizona – HashBang Industries today is delighted to announce iDeskCal 2.0, a complete rebrand of their popular iCal-to-Desktop embedding solution, Desktop Remind. At its basic, iDeskCal embeds the users iCal calendar directly on their Finder Desktop, right above their wallpaper but below desktop items, making it a perfect choice for designers, freelancers or anyone who needs to keep up with their busy agenda.

Users can quickly and effortlessly know exactly what is on their calendar for the current day, and beyond. Among iDeskCal’s most prolific features is its ability to quickly add calendar events using keyboard shortcuts, as well as the ability to add and manage to-do lists quickly and easily. iDeskCal is user configurable, allowing users to place it precisely where they want on the desktop, as well as configure the font and font color to match taste and/or wallpaper. iDeskCal also plays well with multi-monitor setups too.

Feature Highlights:
* Embeds directly into the Desktop
* Configure Font and Font Color
* Add/Manage To-Do Lists quickly
* Keyboard Shortcuts
* Supports Multiple Monitors

“Desktop Remind was acquired from Code Genocide, and I’m very excited about the new version. It has a new name and icon to go along with a major overhaul of application” said Dallas Brown, founder of HashBang Industries. “We’re looking forward to a long and exciting roadmap ahead.”

Language support:
English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Minimum Requirements:
* Mac OS X Version 10.5 Leopard or later
* Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel
* 2.6 MB Hard Drive space

Pricing and Availability:
iDeskCal 2.0 is priced at $12.99 (USD) via their online store, and available as a fully functional 14 day free trial. HashBang Industries is offering free upgrades for customers that purchased Desktop Remind in the last 2 months and is offering upgrade pricing for all other existing customers of Desktop Remind. Existing customers can easily retrieve their upgrade coupon code by entering their email address used to purchase Desktop Remind.

Located in sunny Mesa, Arizona, HashBang Industries is a privately held company founded in 2009 by Dallas Brown. With a focus on the Mac platform, HashBang’s aim is to develop unique Mac and iPhone products, complemented by first-class customer support. Copyright 2009 HashBang Industries. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and iCal are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.