Fast translation with Google Translator
March 7, 2016
via https://medium.com/@mrdoro/fast-translation-with-google-translator-and-mac-osx-817e32233b7a https://medium.com/@mrdoro/fast-translation-with-google-translator-and-mac-osx-817e32233b7a Nice article about how to create a service to automatically translate selected text from any application. I use this all the time, I have a “German-to-English” service bound to Command-Alt-Ctrl-Shift-E, so I can just select text off the screen, press the shortcut, and a window with the translation will pop up. Very handy.
Clicking on the MacBook Pro is entirely artificial
October 13, 2015
via http://sixcolors.com/post/2015/10/apple-magic-trackpad-2-review/ This is probably old news for most, but it still blew my mind: only now I realized that the clicking feeling and sound on my MacBook Pro’s trackpad is artificially generated. I did the experiment of turning on “Silent clicking” and turning off “Force click and haptic feedback” on the trackpad preferences panel and, indeed, the clicking is gone. Wow (/ht @jsnell) To aid in the process, the Magic Trackpad apparently even generates its own artificial clicking noise (as the Force Touch trackpads in the MacBook and MacBook Pro do).
Fixing Emacs problems with the fish shell
May 14, 2015
I started getting errors from the TRAMP Emacs package because I was using fish as my default shell, and it does not recognize certain standard syntax elements (such as && to separate commands), and Emacs runs subcommands under the default shell. I fixed this by: Changing my account's default shell back to `/bin/bash` Changing my Terminal.app preferences to run `/usr/local/bin/fish` when a shell opens, instead of the default login shell: Log out and back in to have everything reloaded properly.
Find all single-note tags in Evernote
January 14, 2015
I’ve been working on cleaning up my Evernote, and noticed that I have a lot of tags assigned to a single note. I had successfully used Veritrope’s excellent Evernote empty tag remover applescript, so I made some small changes to write the attached script, which will find all single-note tags in your Evernote and list them in a new note, including links to each note. This makes it much easier to go through them and see which of those tags could be removed.
How to solve truncated docker output in Mac OS X using boot2docker
May 12, 2014
If you are using docker on Mac OS X using boot2docker (http://docs.docker.io/installation/mac/), you may see truncated output from docker run, and also may have noticed that docker attach does not work properly, producing only some output and then exiting. This bug is documented here: https://github.com/boot2docker/boot2docker/issues/150, where I also found the following workaround. Documenting it here in case anyone finds it useful: Instead of using the default value of DOCKER_HOST provided by boot2docker up, establish the docker connection through an ssh tunnel:
How to stop com.apple.dock.extra from "using significant energy"
March 4, 2014
I’d been having for some time a problem with `com.apple.dock.extra` appearing in the “Apps using significant energy” section of the battery menu. I just learned the solution (from http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1651662): remove BusyCal 1.6 (I upgraded to BusyCal 2, but left the old version around in case I had to go back to it). After removing it and restarting the Dock, the problem stopped. From the same thread, it seems the problem was caused by BusyCal’s “animate transitions” preference.
Changing "message:" protocol handler from Sparrow back to Mail.app
January 25, 2012
After using Sparrow for a while, I have decided to switch back to Mail.app. However, even after setting my default email client to Mail.app, all my message: links (for example, from messages dragged from Mail.app into Things) were opening in Sparrow. After some experimentation, I figured out what happened: I switched the default email client from Sparrow to Mail using Mail's preference panel: Apparently this switches the application for the mailto: protocol, but not for message:, nor for .
Fix journal in an HFS+ file system
December 15, 2011
Yesterday my external Western Digital disk (which I use for Time Machine, among other things) stopped mounting automatically when I plug it in. This may *cough*definitely*cough*have something to do with me unmounting it forcefully while it was doing a backup, since I was in a hurry. Disk Utility reported everything was OK with the disk, but it still failed to mount. Upon poking a bit deeper, I found these messages in the logs: