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Category Archives: Computers

That means no iTunes movie purchases for me.

Ever. Sheerly out of principle. This is from a Macbook Pro “late 2008” connected to a Samsung HDTV over VGA because all of my HDMI ports are taken.

December 24, 2009 | Computers | 1 comment

One Virus Too Many

So while my dad is reinstalling Windows after being wiped out by a virus that got by both IE 8 and McAfee I’m installing Fedora on an old HP I have lying around. My dad is gonna give Linux a try for a while. He’s fed up. I figure its worth a shot. He wants […]

October 20, 2009 | Computers | Comments Off on One Virus Too Many

Flickr Image URLs to BBCode in OS X 10.6 and Automator

I guess its just kinda worked out that the forums that I participate in all deal with BBCode and their text formatting. S’okay – I’ve been doing one thing or another in BBCode since, well, BBCode came out. At one point I even wrote my own expanded parser. But the time involved in posting flickr […]

September 12, 2009 | Computers | Comments Off on Flickr Image URLs to BBCode in OS X 10.6 and Automator

Type Casting in MySQL, One Possible Application

Long story short: If you have a closed system and have to store signed integers in a MySQL varchar field you can still get the benefits of the signed integer by type casting the field during the query.

August 10, 2009 | Computers | 1 comment

Taming iTunes lack of auto-window resizing

So, I’m constantly switching between using an external monitor and the built in display on my MacBook Pro. The only application that doesn’t seem to like this is iTunes. Whenever I unplug the monitor iTunes most of the time won’t adjust. The little green “resize window” button is of no use in iTunes because it […]

August 9, 2009 | Computers | Comments Off on Taming iTunes lack of auto-window resizing

Simple, but handy .htaccess tricks

These two have always been questions in my mind but until recently I’ve never had the need to actually put time in to satisfying my curiosity and as I look around I haven’t (easily) found any real world examples of these out there. So, we all know how to set up basic HTTP authentication, right? […]

July 10, 2009 | Code, Computers | 8 comments

Quickly validate PHP files

Ever needed to quickly scan a directory full of PHP files for syntax errors? You can do this quickly on a *nix command line with: find . -type f -name \*.php -exec php -l {} \;

June 26, 2009 | Computers, PHP Scripting | 3 comments

Storage Beast

Unibody MacBook Pro + MCE OptiBay + Seagate Momentus 500GB drive = 768 GB of useable hard drive space. I bit the bullet and purchased the MCE OptiBay and a big fat hard drive for my MacBook Pro. I needed more space to allow my penchant for virtual machines to grow as well as keep […]

June 24, 2009 | Computers | 4 comments

Announcing the WordPress TextMate Bundle

As the name implies this is a TextMate bundle to assist with WordPress development. Where I work we’re on WordPress almost every day doing this or that and it gets pretty tedious to not only remember the schizophrenia that is PHP syntax, but the schizophrenia that is my own code as well as the schizophrenia […]

April 29, 2009 | Code, Computers, Plugins | 1 comment

Client side pre- and post-svn hooks with Unix Aliases

Its probably nothing new but I came up with a way to do client side post- or pre-svn actions. Its nothing revolutionary but has already come in handy. The script is *nix only (though I don’t see why the same process wouldn’t work on Windows if it supports command line aliases like *nix does). I […]

April 23, 2009 | Code, Computers | 1 comment

Mac OS X, Subversion, and Keychain

I just learned this morning that Subversion since version 1.4 will cache passwords on OS X using the OS X Keychain. Lack up support for multiple passwords with Subversion has been a frustration for me for quite a while, but lo and behold its been under my nose the whole time.

March 30, 2009 | Computers | 3 comments

Holy Spam, Batman!

Sheesh! I think the spam world noticed that I switched to WordPress. Plenty of Spam in just a few hours. Looks like I’ll need to port my old spam reduction strategy over to WordPress. Might make for a decent plugin too, who knows.

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Of MacBook Pros and Hard Drive swapping

I don’t think Apple really thought this one through. The new MacBooks and MacBook Pros have easily replaceable hard drives. This is one of the things that really made me want to get one as I wanted to have a dedicated Linux hard drive to play around on and not bork my main work drive […]

March 5, 2009 | Computers | 6 comments

3 year old bug, really?

<valleygirl>Seriously?</valleygirl> I was being diligent, not upgrading Apache through MacPorts ’cause I didn’t want to deal with the 3 year old bug that causes and Apache upgrade to overwrite your vhosts file, but MacPorts decided that since I was upgrading PHP that Apache should be upgraded as well. So it blew away my vhosts file. […]

November 18, 2008 | Computers | 1 comment

Stop moving my iPhone icons!

Hey, Apple: I know of all the things that are wrong with the iPhone (what, you mean its not perfect?) is that my icons move with every application update… bah! Is it a stupid thing to be complaining about? I don’t think so. Part of being a designer means having a propensity to be anal-rententive […]

August 20, 2008 | Computers | Comments Off on Stop moving my iPhone icons!

SU from within VIM

I can’t even count how many times I’ve edited a read only file in VIM, not even noticing the warning that pops up telling me so. Its a royal pain to type in thing twice, especially config changes. After a little looking around I found a way around it. Its not perfect and its not […]

July 28, 2008 | Computers | Comments Off on SU from within VIM

SSH Connect Script, Hax, Whatever…

I work with many different servers at work. Most tedious part is that I need to ssh in to them on a regular basis. Not all of them can I, nor do I feel should I, be adding SSH keys on to. So I finally got around to writing a little script to hold onto […]

June 26, 2008 | Computers | Comments Off on SSH Connect Script, Hax, Whatever…

Apple’s MobileMe drops support for IE6

For PC: Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (SP2) or later; Internet Explorer 7, Safari 3, Firefox 2, or later. Microsoft Outlook 2003 or later recommended. So, Apple’s pushing the dependency wagon to IE7. Love it. The faster IE6 is out of here the better.

June 9, 2008 | Computers | Comments Off on Apple’s MobileMe drops support for IE6

“su” to root on OS X without enabling the root user

I guess this is an old unix trick, but I didn’t know it: sudo su – You must have sudo rights (ie: be an administrator). Thanks, Jeremy!

June 4, 2008 | Computers | Comments Off on “su” to root on OS X without enabling the root user

It is Alive!

After a probably much non-missed stint of downtime this piece of shit blog is finally back up and running. The upgrade process took a bit more than expected. Read on for the whole boring story.

February 25, 2008 | Computers | 3 comments

tmbundle update

I’ve been making incremental updates to my TextMate bundle updater for a while now and can finally publish the updated script. It now properly handles updating installed bundles and adds the ability to update only a single bundle and to list installed bundles. Read on for the nitty gritty.

January 17, 2008 | Computers | Comments Off on tmbundle update

MacHeist – not this year

I was one of the people last year that jumped on the MacHeist bundle with glee because it had some interesting applications like Disco and Delicious Library, but I did it mainly for TextMate. To this day I use TextMate almost every day. The others, not so much. Disco once in a while and I’m […]

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It seems I have a mail problem…

Huh. I’ve got comments here I never got notification emails for. There’s no mail error logs on the server. I have no mail notifications in my mailbox, and no records of those emails in my spam filter. It would seem they just vanished into thin air…

December 12, 2007 | Computers | 4 comments

MDS (Spotlight) and Parallels

I was having an annoyance on my MBP for a while where MDS (Spotlight) would start indexing and try to hijack the machine… it was working hard and at random intervals. Then it hit me… Parallels was typically active at the same time (despite Windows being "idle" inside the VM), usually jumping to about 25-25% […]

October 12, 2007 | Computers | 1 comment

Apple Software Update on Windows XP – What a Crock!

I love Apple to death, but sometimes they do things that really, really bug the hell out of me. The latest being the software update application for Windows. I made it a point that since my Windows XP installation is in Parallels that I didn’t need to install iTunes. Well, with Safari 3 came the […]

June 14, 2007 | Computers | Comments Off on Apple Software Update on Windows XP – What a Crock!