Posts tagged ‘mac’

Path Finder trial

I’ve tried out Path Finder a half-dozen times over the years, but I’ve always gone back to the Finder, mainly because Cocoatech never seemed to be able to prevent the Finder from worming its way back onto my screen. I started another Path Finder trial at the beginning of this week, and I’m surprised to…


Sherlocked and unSherlocked

In the current episode of The Prompt, the boys delve into the history of Sherlocking, both real Sherlocking, as with Sherlock/Watson and Dashboard/Konfabulator, and imagined or predicted Sherlocking, as with Reading List/Instapaper and Camera/Camera+. It’s a fun episode, but it’s missing two things: A photo in the show notes of Myke in a deerstalker. A…


A simple Numbers workflow

Here’s a simple AppleScript I should’ve written a while ago. It saves me a few steps when creating and filling out a new expense report. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a simple two-table Numbers template for my expense reports. The table in the top right has just two cells for the date of the…


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The day after the WWDC keynote, after I’d skimmed the Swift documentation, I learned from this post by Clark Goble and this tweet by Allen MacKenzie that Yosemite was going to have a new scripting language. Or maybe an old scripting language resurrected. Either way, JavaScript is going to take a spot alongside AppleScript as…


How it works

I watched the WWDC keynote on Monday, and I’ve been reading and listening to the reactions to it since then. I’ve noticed that most of the commentary hasn’t used the word design very much. This is a big contrast to last year, when iOS 7 had everyone talking about design. But I’d say there were…


A slightly better SuperDuper! summary

Time flies. Just over seven (!) years ago, I posted a Perl script that pulls out certain information from a SuperDuper! log file and prints it to standard output. I’ve been using that script ever since as way for GeekTool to display the results of the previous night’s backup on my Desktop. It’s certainly important…


A little sips

Pinboard Popular is currently featuring a listicle written by Mitchell Cohen entitled “Eight Terminal Utilities Every OS X Command Line User Should Know.” It’s a decent enough list, but it’s missing one of my favorites, sips. Sips is the “scriptable image processing system,” and I’ve written about it here a few times. I used it…


A unique problem

Last week, I replaced the two external backup drives connected to my office computer. New SuperDuper and Time Machine drives. — Dr. Drang (@drdrang) Apr 29 2014 1:59 PM The previous pair were three years old, and although that isn’t especially old for a hard disk that doesn’t get continual use, they were also only…


Audio file info

You know how the Get Info window for an audio file displays the running time of the file? I want to access that information from the command line, and I’ve found two ways to get at it. First, there’s the afinfo command. There’s not much to it—no options to remember and just a single-line description…


The wrong-sided arrow in 1Password

Because of the OpenSSL bug, I’ve been doing a lot of password changing recently. 1Password has generally been a big help in this, but my continual interaction with it has revealed one annoying aspect of its design. As we all know, 1Password is exceptionally good at recognizing which web site you’re browsing and filling in…