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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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    Clearing Your Outlook Forms Cache

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    You’re working in Outlook, minding your own business and someone sends you a meeting request; you check your schedule, you’re free at the given date and time so you click on Accept only to see this: Restarting Outlook doesn’t help, nor does rebooting your machine; you’ve fallen victim to a corrupted forms cache. But don’t… Read more »

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    SSH Bits & Pieces

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    RTFM. Really. Although this is free advertising, before you use SSH for anything other than a drop in replacement for telnet buy a copy of O’Reilly’s SSH: The Definitive Guide, and then read it. It’s a rare O’Reilly book which doesn’t make you realise just how little you actually know about a subject and this… Read more »

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    Blosxom “Sticky” Plugin

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    A while back when I was using Blosxom to power my blog I wrote a plugin called sticky which forced given articles to appear as the most recent. When I changed my blog over to WordPress the plugin got temporarily misplaced. The plugin is still referenced online at the Unofficial Blosxom User Group plugin registry… Read more »

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    What’s That Process?

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    When I’m working on a Windows machine I like to keep Task Manager running minimised in my task bar so I’ve got immediate visual feedback on how hard my system’s working. That way, when I think my system’s not running as fast as it should be I can immediately see if the system’s maxed out… Read more »

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    Essential Windows Apps

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    I’ve already written about my choice of essential apps on the Mac and so, in the spirit of cross platform-ness, I thought I’d do the same for Windows. It’s proved a bit of an education. With one exception; the list of apps seems to fall into two distinct categories. Firstly, there’s those apps which are… Read more »

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    Essential Mac Apps

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    What makes an essential app? One that you use every day? One that sits in your Dock and has the open at login flag set? One which will make your life just that little bit less difficult or consume a little bit less time? Probably; and I daresay a lot more besides. An essential app… Read more »

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    Windows RDP and the Network Swiss Army Knife

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    Consider the following scenario for a moment; you have a home network, hooked up to a broadband connection. You’ve done your homework and have a firewall with little or no inbound access. You’re like thousands of other people and have a Windows PC running XP Home or XP Professional. You’d like to be able to… Read more »

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    Interview with NewsForge.com

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    Some people are sufficiently well quoted that they have their very own press cuttings folder, some are not. I’m definately in the latter category but I have been interviewed by NewsForge.com’s Jay Lyman about cross platform development, as a result of my current employer’s use of MainSoft‘s Visual MainWin. Despite my involvement they actually published… Read more »

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    The BSD on Alpha HOW-NOT-TO

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    New hardware, new operating system. I’d managed to get hold of a DEC Personal Workstation 433a, which housed a 433 MHz Alpha processor and decided that this was an ideal machine to test out the various flavours of BSD. Both FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD support the Alpha chip in a variety of hardware configurations so… Read more »