Posts tagged ‘mac’

Chock amok

During this calm before the upcoming Apple storm, we should all take time to read and contemplate the 30+ years of command line wisdom summarized in this recent post by Craig Hockenberry. I started using some of his tips right away; others will have to marinate for a while until I’m ready to chew on…


Losing contact

Today, a coworker and I were asked by a client to recommend an electrical engineer. We decided to give the client a few names so she could interview them herself and choose the best fit. We both knew a guy in Colorado that we had worked with several years ago, but neither of us could…


Back to LaunchBar

I gave Alfred a fair shot, I think. A two- to three-week trial in which I used it exclusively on both of my Macs. I even created some workflows to run scripts that I used to run through LaunchBar. And I really wanted Alfred to “stick,” because it uses far less memory than LaunchBar. But…


Automatic shortened URLs via Google

Back in the old days (that is, maybe three years ago), everyone on Twitter used some specialized URL shortening service, like bit.ly or tr.im, to keep their tweets under 140 characters.1 That became counterproductive when Twitter started its own shortening service and built an infrastructure around it. Nowadays, it’s much better for your readers if…


Alfred

I’m giving Alfred a try. I’ve been using LaunchBar for 6½ years (ever since Alcor warned us that Quicksilver wouldn’t be stabilizing any time soon) and have ignored the many Alfred recommendations I’ve seen. LaunchBar was fast and reliable, and my fingers were trained to its rhythms. I even gave up on Jumpcut a couple…


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…


withTitle

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…