We had a nice big set of pages in a PDF which we wanted to convert into a KeyNote presentation. Thankfully, this process is really easy due to Melissa O’Neill’s PDF to Keynote application. Simply load it up, give it the PDF, tell it where to save the KeyNote file – and you’re done! Thanks Melissa for a great little utility!
I’ve come across a problem – my main computer (a MacBook Pro) has all my music on it, and is hooked up to my iPhone. But I’ve just got a nice big flat screen TV and its connected to my stereo. So I want to be able to play music/movies I buy on iTunes through my stereo and on my shiny new TV.
Unfortunately my laptop is used for work and isn’t always at home, so I can’t just share my library and play music etc over the air (this doesn’t work for movies anyway). So I’ve come up with a solution that works really well, and is completely automated.
In Mac Mail, I like to file all emails out of inbox when processed. But I have a huge folder tree to traverse to find where to move a messg to. I liked the right-click Move To menu, but its not fast enough.
My newly discovered solution:
1. Select message(s) to move
2. Click on the Help menu in menubar
3. In Search (which is selected already) just type some letters of the folder I want to move it to
4. Because of super-cool menu-search built into help, it it finds my folders matching, and down-arrow+enter does the move
Its fast. And faster if you use Help’s shortcut key (shift+command+?).
(Thanks to John C for this tip!)
moint is a fantastic utility that can be installed on Linux or Mac OS X and provides the ability to monitor services running on your server. These could be apache, mysql, bind or any other service you need to be up and running. After installing monit, you create a config file containing information about the services you want to monitor. Monit with then dutifully monitor the service, and email you if they go down. You can even configure it to restart the service if it fails.
Running on top of monit is m/monit, which is a web based service which pools information from all your servers running monit and provides information in a easily accessable format on a web page. You can use this as your monitoring station for your website for instance, as it also includes information such as load average, disk usage and uptime – in addition to the services you are monitoring.
We use CVSDude.org to host all our subversion repositories. They have recently upgraded to subversion 1.5.0 which is not compatible with 1.4.x clients. Unfortunately the command line utility that is built into Mac OS X is only at version 1.4.4 on my MacBook Pro – so I needed a way to upgrade to version 1.5.
I’ve found two ways to do this:
Either of these methods allow you to access SVN 1.5.0 repositories.
I wanted a tool to create animated logos for Mac OS X. After a little looking around on Google and various message boards, I settled on GIFFun. Its a simple tool that allows you to plonk a whole heap of images into its window, and turn them into an animated GIF.
You can control the delay between slides, background color and transition. It’s not incredibly functional, but it does enough – and its free!
Cyberduck (the excellent SFTP/FTP client for Mac OSX) has just released the first beta of Version 3 of the most excellent SFTP/FTP client. Version 3 adds support for:
Version 3 is looking like it will be particularly cool, especially the Quicklook and WebDav support. Help out the testing process and grab your copy!
You can connect two Mac’s together via a firewire cable to maximise transfer speed between them. Say you have a really large file on Mac 1 (source) and you want to copy it to Mac 2 (destination). Do the following:
Safari 3.1 was released today, and I (along with many others) have noticed problems with GMail. When typing a message, if you press either the “Shift” key or the “Command” key on the Mac, focus jumps to the subject or the addresses of the message. I haven’t confirmed this behavior on Windows yet, however it’s very annoying!
Hopefully Apple will resolve this shortly, however it does beg the question, “Does anyone at Apple use Gmail?”
This question is being asked by users the Apple support forum. C’mon Apple, release a patch?!
Update 24th March 2008: Okay, after hearing from lots of people about this problem, it appears you can resolve the issue by changing your language to English (US) and the problems go away. I’m not sure why this is, but at least I can use Gmail in Safari again!
Change your language by doing the following:
Update 27th March 2008: My Gmail has now been updated to the latest version (I believe this is being done progressively by Google) which also resolves the problem without having to change your language settings. So hopefully everyone will have this problem solved soon as Google upgrades Gmail.