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My Github projects:

  • WhereAmI: command line utility for getting a Mac's location data.
  • RemoveCookie: CLI for removing Safari cookies for specific domains.
  • rogersusage: Python script to grab usage data from my ISP (Rogers).

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comment Connecting a Retina MacBook Pro to a VGA Display?
@levininja the interface technology shouldn't really have any impact on input lag on a display. The dominant factors there are within the display itself (scaler/input chips, and the panel technology). It is possible that on a given display one input might be more or less laggy than another (say if VGA needs to be converted to digital), but that will vary for each display. I'd suggest using the most advanced one you can (probably DisplayPort). If input lag really matters a lot, read some review sites that focus on it.
Jul
22
comment Automator sequential renaming for one file at a time
It would be helpful to get more detail on what exactly your end goal is, and what your script currently does.
Jul
9
comment Using `rsync` as more advanced `cp`
@MaxRied true. It would be more accurate to say that extended attributes are a more general concept, of which resource forks are a Mac/HFS+ specific implementation thereof. But for Mac purposes they can be more or less interchangeable.
Nov
11
comment Where is the 'Where from' meta data stored when downloaded via Chrome?
Close, but not exactly. It's more akin to metadata. The same way a file has contents that are the actual data, but also a name, creation date, and so forth, it can have extended attributes attached.
Nov
6
comment Daisy chain Thunderbolt display to regular, fullsize DisplayPort monitor?
You're welcome. There's no difference between mini-Displayport and Displayport in terms of compatibility, it's simply a different sized plug.
Oct
29
comment Safari 7.0 Very Slow since move to Mavericks?
Are you using any extensions? A good first step would be to turn them off and see if that impacts the performance at all. My experience (and pretty much all others I've read) has been that Safari 7 is a big performance improvement, so it's odd that you're finding the opposite.
Oct
24
comment Time Machine Full, But Only One Backup (or, what are .RecoverySets and why do they take up so much space?)
Having done a little more research, I was only able to find one other case (on the Apple Support forums) where the same thing was happening. Unfortunately there's no indication on that thread of any cause or solution.
Oct
8
comment Can I create a service in Automator that will run without having a file selected?
It’s possible that it got saved as a workflow rather than a service (the title bar should indicate either workflow or service), or that the file isn’t in the services folder. To check that, hold down command (⌘) and click the icon in the title bar to show you where it’s saved. It should be ~/Library/Services. Finally, double check that it’s not in a section of the Keyboard Shortcuts prefs that you missed. The services are grouped by category, and since there’s no input, yours should appear in the general category.
Oct
7
comment Can I create a service in Automator that will run without having a file selected?
There are a few ways. You can try the Get Selected Finder Items, but that will only work if you use the list or column view in Finder and the folder is selected (if you just have a Finder window at the root of the folder, it doesn’t count as selected). You can also use the Ask for Finder Items action, which brings up a file/folder selection dialog. Finally, you could use an Applescript action to get the folder of the frontmost Finder window.
Oct
7
comment iTunes 11 - View Selected Songs' Playtime
@SabreWolfy I just double checked, and I still have the Show Status Bar option and key shortcut available, on iTunes 11.1.1, on Mountain Lion (10.8). Are you running Windows perhaps? It might be a different menu in that case.
Sep
11
comment Automate Duplicating and Renaming Images
@MxmastaMills just added a new version that does what you’re looking for.
Sep
11
comment Automate Duplicating and Renaming Images
@MxmastaMills most Unix-y things (including the bash shell running the script) expect a blank line at the end of a file, so if your file didn’t have one, that’s likely the reason. Further details if you want: stackoverflow.com/questions/14544636/…
Sep
6
comment 3 (2 monitors + Ethernet adapter) devices to 2 Thunderbolt ports on a Retina MacBook Pro?
@Maverik yes, that’s correct.
Sep
3
comment Sync iPad & Dumbphone Contacts via Bluetooth?
@Simon opposite of “smartphone”, a.k.a. “feature phone”. Think traditional phone with a number pad, no apps, etc.
Aug
29
comment Is there a way to access a Mac's geolocation from terminal?
@booyaa thanks for the prompting. Link broke a while ago when GitHub killed downloads and I messed up my account. It’s back now.
Aug
27
comment How to interpret outcome of Apple Hardware Test on Malfunctioning Macbook-Pro/Snow Leopard
@sharronSussman you’re welcome! If this answered your question, please click the checkmark to accept the answer.
Jul
31
comment is there anything like ditto for Mac
If you look at the link, you’ll see that Jumpcut is indeed free.
Jul
30
comment is there anything like ditto for Mac
@EladBenda Jumpcut is a separate program from Alfred, which has its own built-in clipboard history. I don’t use Alfred, but check out this page from the Alfred site that explains how to use the clipboard history.
Jul
28
comment How can I export text substitutions from Lion for import into Mountain Lion
@ProBackup I suspect the error is due to the command expansion ($(ls ~/Documents/OS\ X/common-typos.plist)). You should just have a direct path to the plist file, i.e. /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Merge '~/Documents/OS\ X/common-typos.plist' NSUserReplacementItems" ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist.
Jul
25
comment Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb on iPhone 4
I provided an explanation of Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb in my answer below, but if it doesn’t answer your question, you may want to rewrite it a bit to clarify what exactly you’re trying to achieve.