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Quicksilver tech talk by developer (Nicholas Jitkoff)

Scott Rippee @ 8:42 pm Monday, September 29th, 2008

Quicksilver is one of my favorite and most used apps on the Mac. Nicholas Jitkoff covers some of the more interesting Quicksilver features than the basic launcher I’ve been using it for.

JollysFastVNC gets the job done

Scott Rippee @ 11:43 am Sunday, April 13th, 2008

I’ve been using Chicken of the VNC for the last month only to be annoyed by it’s slowness and scrollbars added because of the higher resolution server. I did a search for VNC clients for Mac and found the.taoofmac.com Mac VNC list.

JollysFastVNC is my new VNC client and it is much faster than Chicken of the VNC. Switch and be joyful.

Missing git-svn on os x leopard

Scott Rippee @ 6:09 pm Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Chances are you didn't port install git-core with the svn option:

  1. sudo port install git-core +svn

post uninstalling the old hullabaloo

Ubuntu 8.04 beta in Mac Parallels

Scott Rippee @ 12:31 am Friday, March 28th, 2008

Wooohoo Ubuntu 8.04 beta works perfectly in parallels on Leopard. I had some problems with 7.10 from the iso and cd so instead of using the alternate (text based install that is reported to work) I downloaded 8.04. So far everything is running flawlessly. Parallels tools reportedly has problems running due to an Xorg change, but I haven't gave it a try for my self yet and that post/bug was submitted a couple of months ago.

Check out the Ubuntu 8.04 features. It's exciting to see the new apps, features, and versions in open source land that are all being pulled together to create a great user experience.

Googly Leopard Skinned Eyes

Scott Rippee @ 10:45 pm Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Leopard's here and..... it's beautiful

They hit some of my most desired usability features on the head: virtual desktops, tabbed terminal, and I'll take a cleaner desktop as a bonus. :)

The idea of being able to write an app in ruby with a delicious OS X Cocoa interface and have out-of-the-box distribution ability is very exciting to my googly ruby red eyes as well.

I could go on, but will spare you for now. Instead a concise ruby-leopard summary from infoQ: Ruby on Mac OS X Leopard with DTrace, XCode and Interface Builder support

What's up with not being able to right click on icons in the cool little pop-out from tray folder view or in the new finder view (itunes album view)?

macports expat subversion mac OS X

Scott Rippee @ 10:24 pm Friday, September 28th, 2007

I've been having a very strange problem on the mac the last couple of days. Subversion went from happy camper to sad clown after a MacPorts package update.

  • Subversion says it needs libexpat.so.0 at run time (to commit).
  • libexpat.so* exists no where on the file system
  • Expat only wants to generate static libraries. The port install only generates the static libs (la) and the last release downloaded and configured with --enable-shared still refuses to generate shared libraries. The CVS release blew up so many times I quit wasting my time and moved on.
  • Subversion does not have an option to make without expat
  • An expat mac install package exists, but doesn't contain the desired so file

What I'm confused about is how subversion is able to build without having expat's dynamic library to link to. If it links using the static lib then there should not be the need to load the dynamic library at run time unless it is specifically made to work this way for some reason.

Of course all of this pain and confusion vanquished upon taking a closer look at the error message:

  1. svnserve: error while loading shared libraries: libexpat.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
  2. svn: Commit failed (details follow):
  3. svn: Connection closed unexpectedly

Woops, finally noticed the svnserve. ssh into Gentoo box, create a libexpat.so.0 symbolic link to the existing dynamic library. All is happy camping once again... Think about how there was some emerge -uDv world remote action at the same time as the port upgrade outdated. Slap forhead....

The three lessons learned:

  1. look at error messages carefully
  2. when something is server/client or distributed account for the remote side as a possible cause of the error
  3. don't start writing a blog post mid way though solving a problem =]

OS X Default App for File Types

Scott Rippee @ 4:14 pm Saturday, August 25th, 2007

I found this nice little app, RCDefaultApp that makes it convent to control which applications start for events and file extensions.

allows a user to set the default application used for various URL schemes, file extensions, file types, MIME types, and Uniform Type Identifiers

Finally, someone said it

Scott Rippee @ 8:27 pm Monday, August 20th, 2007

and it is taw in reference to his new Mac

There's no good music player. iTunes is a stinky pile of donkey shit compared to the most awesome Amarok.

Opensolaris on OS X

Scott Rippee @ 11:17 pm Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

Due to influence from the love moneky I got up and running with Opensolaris on OS X (in parallels) this weekend. I was originally going to install it with VMServer on Gentoo, but realized that it would be much more accessible on my primary unit de computation.

opensolarisinstall.jpgI simply downloaded the 3 Opensolaris files (Nevada release), used cat to concatenate them into a single file, selected Solaris 10 in parallels, selected the image, and it installed without any hang-ups. Ahh yes, and I had to go back and change the memory allocated as it has a 768mb minimum requirement.

My motivation, hack around with zfs (screencasts) and the much talked about DTrace (Video: interview with developers).

Here are some videos with Sun talking about Solaris, zfs, dtrace, and OpenSource: video 1, video 2. I completely agree with the part about the roll of "urban planning" in complex software systems. This seems to hold true for Apple also and is evident in the high quality and user centric software/systems they produce.

DTrace will also be available on OS X Leopard and with a fancy GUI, Xray.

Mac OS X Virtual Desktops

Scott Rippee @ 11:19 pm Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

OS X has pretty good app/window management. You can do fancy stuff like have it layout all open windows across the screen, have all windows moved to the edges for a view of the desktop, minimize windows with a keystroke, and open new and restore minimized apps if your using quicksilver.

However, After 6 years of working in the virtual desktop paradigm it's something I've been missing on my Mac. Fortunately there are two solutions currently available that add virtual desktop functionality to OS X, Desktop Manager and Space.app

spacesapp.pngSpace.app is functional. It adds a pager that sits on the desktop as an app and allows you to setup shortcut keys to switch between desktops.


Desktop Manager, however, is what you want. It brings cool visual desktop switch transitions, key bindings, a desktop pager, a pager that sits in the File, Edit bar (Linux like), mouse to screen edge desktop changing, and options to control mouse locations after a switch.

You could check out these screencast blips, or even quicker download and install and see the cool transitions for your self.

Slide, cube, reveal, and swap over are my favorites.

Also, looks like this is going to be a future feature in OS X

Tabs In Mac Terminal: tabTerm

Scott Rippee @ 11:08 pm Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

I've been using iTerm when I want a terminal session on el mac, but overall I am not a big fan of iTerm. Anyways, I stumbled across tabTerm, which is just the normal Terminal app w/ tabs. Its cool, its got tabs, hurrah


But, perhaps Terminal in 10.5 will come with tabs (guessing from this note)?

2 Cool Mac Apps - GeekTool & Platypus

Scott Rippee @ 11:55 pm Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

I heard about GeekTool on Bill Clementson's Blog. Its a cool little app that lets you write console output or images on top of your Mac desktop similar to conky



Platypus allows for scripts and unix apps to be turned into Mac Applications that can reside in the Applications folder and be used for opening files from within finder.

I haven't managed to find an official site for Platypus. Anyone in the know?

Mac for cross browser web development

Scott Rippee @ 12:11 pm Sunday, March 4th, 2007

OS X has definitely won me over as a web development platform.

  • Great for testing out HTML and CSS. I'm able to run a diverse set of browsers: Firefox, Safari, Opera, IE6 (using crossover Mac). I still have to get to a windows box for IE7 testing thought (thankfully its the least broken IE browser). As a side note firebug also rocks for finding HTML and CSS problems.
  • Development speed is increased by not having to spend time fixing the OS or the applications. Everything just works.
  • TextMate which is awesome for programming and general text editing (Lots of the emacs keys I hit by instinct work in it!)
  • Its easy to run all of the DB and web servers on its Unix base that you'd need for a development environment
  • High quaility graphic and photo editing software is available
  • Rails will be included with OS X 10.5. Cool

The most powerful photo management / post production software in the world

Scott Rippee @ 8:39 pm Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

After watching the promotional videos its clear to me that Apple's Aperture photo management / post editing software is best-of-breed. The demos are simply impressive.

I liked their method of photo "version control". It always keeps the original photo intact and all changes are new versions (where only the changed data stored). This allows you to work with photos in RAW format from the shoot to post editing yet it will not take much hd space to have hundreds of revisions of a particular photo. Check out this demo

The simple things

Scott Rippee @ 11:40 pm Friday, February 16th, 2007

I've owned a Macbook for about a month now and still find myself being impressed by the magnetic power connector. Features like this are what make great product exceptional.