Posts By: Gary

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    (Mostly) UNIX Quotes

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    Various quotes, mostly UNIX related, which I’ve accrued over the years from various sources. Well my terminal’s locked up and I ain’t got any Mail And I can’t recall the last time that my program didn’t fail I’ve got stacks in my structs, I’ve got arrays in my queues I’ve got those: Segmentation violation —… Read more »

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    Running Shell Scripts With AppleScript

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    While I was playing with AppleScript earlier this week I wanted to run a shell script I’d written from within Finder rather than from a shell prompt in Terminal.app. On Windows I tend to write scripts to run under Cygwin and then write a wrapper batch file to run the script under the control of… Read more »

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    Mounting Network Volumes With AppleScript

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    One of my standard lunchtime reading web sites started me off on this; The Unofficial Apple Weblog got me reading an article on PC Magazine’s site about Argh! moments. That sort of moment when you try to do something really simple on OS X but find it isn’t. In this case, Robyn Peterson’s struggle to… Read more »

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    Visual Cues In OS X

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    After working on a Mac full time for almost a year, I’ve come to realise that OS X provides you with a lot of nice visual cues which greatly enhance the usability of the system. Here’s a nice example I came across the other day; take a loook at this screen grab of a TextEdit.app… Read more »

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    Hidden In Plain Sight

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    I had some hardware delivery to the office this morning; nothing too spectacular, just some disks and some memory. The delivery was taken and signed for by a colleague who works in our IS department and they’d checked that the consignment contained exactly what we’d ordered and paid for. In order to do that, they’d… Read more »

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    Bilbo Spams My Inbox

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    As fast as an anti-spam mechanism appears on the net, the spammers try to find a way to circumvent it; recently I wrote about the attempt of spammers to try and create realistic sounding names in an attempt to bypass spam filters with unintentionally amusing results. The latest weapon in the spammers arsenal seems to… Read more »

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    Windows Terminal Services Tip

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    On Windows, if you use this command line to start a Terminal Services session mstsc -v:<server name> -f -console you’ll end up connected to the console session on the target machine regardless of which Windows version it’s running. Very useful if you’re wanting to connect to a Windows 2xxx Server which normally always connects you… Read more »

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    It Should Be Wrong …

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    I used to have a home made anti-stress ball, consisting of a flour filled balloon; it was made for me by one of the French students currently on industrial placement at work. I say used to as one of my colleagues managed to break it, which at least proved it really was a balloon filled… Read more »

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    Dot Emacs

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    Emacs is almost infinately customisable; a fact I didn’t really get to grips with this fact untill I found myself on a Fedora Core box a while back with a net connection but without my favourite set of keyboard short cuts. This really brought home how just a few simple customisations can come to be… Read more »

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    Fire Extinguished By Adium

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    After running with Fire as my primary IM app for the best part of a year, its finally been usurped by Adium. After running the two in parallel I found I liked the cleaner interface of Adium over that of Fire. I’d tried Adium in the past and found I couldn’t take an app with… Read more »