Archive for the ‘Mac OS X’ Category

I just recovered over 7GB of disk space on my Powerbook G4 using these tips… Feb 27 2006

My disk usage

I just found a bunch of files that could be safely deleted. This is the graphic of my disk usage pattern. I reclaimed up over 7GB of disk space – a lot of it in caches, old mailboxes that I had moved, and more. The WhatSize application was especially helpful, since it basically gives you exactly what you want – a sorted list of each folder on your hard drive, sorted by size of the contents, and lets you drill down and see exactly which file(s) are taking up so much space on your system. Highly recommended!

Read all the tips here.

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New version of Adium released today Oct 12 2005


New version of Adium is out today. Go get it. 🙂

In case you use OS X and don’t already use Adium, I highly recommend it!

Adium X 0.85 Released

We’re proud to announce the availability of Adium X 0.85. This release is primarily a huge bugfix release, but it also introduces some neat enhancements.In the bugs department, a bunch of crashes and user-experience issues have been solved, from the much-reported crash when accepting canceled file transfers to autoconnection of Jabber accounts and quite a few things in between (including closing one of the oldest bugs in Adium history in which the Color Picker stole our tab switching shortcuts). Check out the Version History for the full, extensive list.As far as enhancements, the most important to AIM users is most likely that we’ve updated libgaim to include the AIM file transfer improvements implemented during the Google Summer of Code. AIM file transfer still isn’t perfect (please don’t bombard us with problem reports related to it!) but it’s definitely much-improved for most users. Additionally, we’ve added a Google Talk service type, expanded the Speak Text action, and more.

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Vex – A Visual Editor for XML Sep 30 2005

Hmm, XML, java, eclipse…. buahahahahaha. OS X baby.

Vex – A Visual Editor for XML

Vex – A Visual Editor for XML

Vex is an editor for XML documents. The “visual” part comes from the fact that Vex hides the raw XML tags from the user, providing instead a wordprocessor-like interface. Because of this, Vex is best suited for “document-style” XML documents such as XHTML and DocBook rather than “data-style” XML documents.

Linotype FontExplorer X Sep 15 2005

Maybe now I can get rid of the folder full of font sample printouts that I’ve been hanging on to… Maybe.

Linotype FontExplorer X

FontExplorer X sets a new standard for font management software. After several relatively sad years for all font users who were looking for a professional font manager, Linotype is pleased to fill the gap with the new FontExplorer X. Font management has never been so simple, and font sorting, font shopping and font discovery are now more fun than ever. FontExplorer X gives computer users all the font functions they could need, and lets them decide how deeply they wish to dive into various font themes.

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Brushed Metal gets p0wned Sep 9 2005

Mac Design Nerd humor commentary on the new iTunes interface.

Daring Fireball: The iTunes 5 Announcement From the Perspective of an Anthropomorphized Brushed Metal User Interface Theme

Good List of Open Source programs for Mac OS X Sep 1 2005

This is a reall good list of Open Source software for the Mac. I’ve got most of these programs installed. Yay! 🙂

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Since the list contains only applications that runs natively on Mac OS X, it does not include software available through Fink.

Put Linux onto your iPod Photo (4g) – Mac installer that works Aug 26 2005

Want iPodLinux running on your 4th generation iPod, iPod photo, or iPod mini, but hate doing all the steps manually?

Well now you can get games, videos, gameboy games, Doom, text input, and much more all on your iPod!


Thank you for the simple installer that actually works! 🙂

Applescript to automate process of recording Real Player .ram to .mp3 on Mac OS X and putting into iTunes (for Christian Science Bible Lesson podcast) Aug 23 2005

You may recall that I had shared instructions before about how to record the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson using Real Player, Audio Recorder and Soundflower.

Well, after one more time of forgetting to hit the Audio Recorder Stop button after the Real Player was finished streaming the file, ending up with a 37 minute long recording, comprising approximately 9 minutes of silence at the end, I decided to finally do something about it. This application is the result of that frustration.

This application still requires that you have Soundflower, Real Player and Audio Recorder correctly installed. Click on the link above if you don’t have them yet. Once you’ve installed them, you can download and run the scripts below to automatically record this week’s lesson.

This script automates the previously manual process of:

  1. Change System Preferences > Sound > Input and Output to Soundflower (2ch)
  2. Open Real Player
  3. Open Audio Recorder
  4. Open Bible Lesson URL in Real Player
  5. Click Record button in Audio Recorder
  6. Click Stop button in Audio Recorder after the file finishes (~28:31)
  7. Drag timestamped .mp3 file into iTunes
  8. Quit Real Player
  9. Quit Audio Recorder
  10. Change Sound Preferences back to something that I can actually listen to
  11. Delete original .mp3 file
  12. Get info on file in iTunes
  13. Add Artist, Composer, Title, Album, Genre and Comments
  14. Optionally play in iTunes

This script automates ALL of that. So, without further ado, here it is to download, use and modify if you wish, licensed under Creative Commons. Open Source, free for you to take, modify and use as you like, as long as it is not for commercial uses and you give attribution to me as the original author. Thanks!

Download the script

Click here to download Bible_Lesson_to_MP3_Recorder_Script_1.6.dmg

There are two versions of the script in the .dmg file. The Quiet Version simply has all dialogs turned off. It runs the script without prompting you for any input. It is particularly suited to using with a cron script (example: open The other one has fancy dialog scripts to walk you through the process, also have bonus voice promts. Weeeeee!

The final results of both versions are the same: A 28:50 long mp3 recording sitting in your iTunes, waiting to be listned to and added to your iPod the next time you sync.

Thanks to all the Applescripters on the net who helped me figure things out, particularly how to talk to Real Player using the window 0 identifier.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.

AppleScript source code:

Click here to view HTML color coded Applescript

Feel free to add any suggestions or comments below.

FireANT | Not TV May 27 2005

FireANT | Not TV

Use ANT to subscribe to your favorite videoblogs

ANT is an RSS video aggregator and media player currently available for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther.

With ANT, you can subscribe to any RSS 2.0 feed with enclosures. ANT will automatically download fresh audio and video content for you to watch and listen to. It can playback any media format, and syncs audio files with iTunes so you can easily add them to your portable MP3 player.

Also available for Windows. Pretty neato. 🙂

More RAM arrived for the Powerbook – Cooking at 2GB now! Mar 29 2005

OS X System Information - 10.3.8 - 2GB

Just finished installing my 2nd 1GB stick of RAM for the Powerbook, so now instead of 1.25GB RAM we’re at 2GB — the max. Excellent! 🙂 Was working on some large booth graphics for print and Photoshop was just crawling. And I was running out of scratch disk. It was bad. Plus, OmniGraffle eats tons of ram + CPU too. So it was time. So now this is about as upgraded as it can easily be (maybe hard drive would be next, but then you start to think, maybe I should just get a new one eventually instead…) Happy…. 🙂

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