MacDevTips Widget: Version 1.0

by john on May 30, 2008

For several months I’ve been meaning to build a Dashboard widget. There are several reasons for this endeavor – First, learning new tools and languages is a hoot. Second, widgets are your friend and won’t be going away anytime soon (…)

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Comparing Directories

by john on May 29, 2008

The typical use of diff from within a terminal (using the default Bash shell) is to compare files. However, with a little slight of hand, known a process substitution, we can use diff to compare the contents of two directories. (…)

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TextMate: HTML Tag Completion

by john on May 28, 2008

The HTML bundle in Textmate offers a wide selection of features for formatting, working with tags and previewing within a browser. One of the options that offers great mileage is Insert Open/Close tag with Current Word. If you have been (…)

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Chm Viewer – Chmox

by john on May 22, 2008

Chmox is a chm viewer for Mac OS X.


by john on May 21, 2008

I recently bumped into a clever tool for soliciting debugging help. Pastebin is a web-app where you upload a snippet of code for others to review. Viewers can makes changes and suggestions to the code in a separate window. There (…)

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Reading Email as Plain Text

by john on May 13, 2008

Well, I haven’t given up on the mission to determine how to capture a screenshot of the login screen in Mac OS X. Read more here. In fact, I’ve been able to create a popup login window with a user (…)

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Working as Root

by john on May 9, 2008

Working with the root account on Mac OS X.

Dashcode 2, Beta

by john on May 7, 2008

If you are interested in working with the next beta of Dashcode, although there is no public announcement of the beta, it is available, read on for the details… If you are not familiar with Dashcode, it’s a development tool (…)

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Converting Images Types

by john on May 6, 2008

I continue to find the Preview application to be a handy little tool. It’s not that Preview supports an enormous feature set for working with images, as much as each time over the last few months that I’ve look to (…)

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Google App Engine, Free Preview

by john on May 5, 2008

Google App Engine provides an opportunity to leverage Google’s infrastructure for server side web applications. The platform is built on a Python runtime, includes persistent storage as well as the capability to integrate with existing Google applications (think Google Maps, (…)

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Changing an Application Icon

by john on May 2, 2008

Screencast on how to change an application icon on Mac OS. X

Toggle Finder Hidden File Status

by john on May 1, 2008

AppleScript code to toggle whether or not Finder on Mac OS X shows hidden files.