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The Taste of Disillusionment | The Clean Platter
Oh no—it looks like Alton Brown might be homophobic and racist.

“‘I don’t trust you,’ Alton said, to laughter. ‘Where’s your dad?’

“The girl passed her microphone to the man next to her. ‘Sure, she eats well!’ he said.

“Alton nodded. Then he said, ‘No, I don’t trust you either, Dad. Where’s the girl’s mother?’ Again, laughter.

9Alton couldn’t find the girl’s mom. About ten awkward forever-seconds went by.

“‘Man,’ said Alton to the girl, ‘If that guy next to you is your other daddy, I’m in the wrong state.’

“Again the crowd went really quiet, but up in the balcony, I’m pretty sure Beth and I gasped.”
2011  altonbrown  chefs  racism  homophobia 
3 days ago by handcoding
possessives - "My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner" - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange
(This is a pretty definitive answer to how grouped possessives are formed in English—namely “my wife’s and my XYZ” rather than “my wife and I’s XYZ.”)

“Both approaches are linguistically sound, but only one is accepted as a standard; namely, ‘my wife’s and my’. Standard forms are chosen somewhat arbitrarily. This means that they don’t have some sort of objective ‘correctness’; it also means that you can’t argue for the correctness of a non-standard form based on logic. There are many logical ways to convey ideas, and one was chosen to be the standard. If you wish to communicate in a context where adherence to formal/standard rules is beneficial, then you should choose the standard form.”
possessive  english  stackexchange  2011  canonical 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
SoundStage! Xperience | - Music Everywhere: UltraLink UFi UCube Compact USB Loudspeakers
“My point here is that though the UCubes will work with a home computer, they are most at home when connected to a laptop on the go. In this application they’re easy to transport, a snap to connect, draw no power from the AC outlet that you might not be able to find anyway, and will surely deliver better sound than your laptop’s own speakers. Nor do you have to remember to plug them in and charge them up so they’ll be ready when you need them -- the UCubes are always ready to rock. They’d be a solid addition to and extension of any laptop. And they’re just so cute and stylish!”
reviews  2011  speakers  soundstage 
10 weeks ago by handcoding
Editing Pet Peeves: Hyphenated Words | ETMG
On certain word types that are almost always hyphenated:

“Finally, there are some word combinations that are almost always hyphenated unless there is a style guide rule that says otherwise. These include frequently used word combinations that end with -based, -sensitive, -centric, -driven, -level, and -specific.”
hyphenation  2011  driven  based  level 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
Text descriptions and emotion rich images – Tink
This is Léonie’s post about how alt text can at times be useful for would-be decorative images that contribute to the atmosphere of a page.
tink  2011  images  accessibility  a11y  alttext  alt  leoniewatson 
june 2019 by handcoding
Phinney on Fonts » Point Size and the Em Square: Not What People Think
(Thomas Phinney on matching font sizing:)
“The catch for purposes of measurement and standardization is that while there are some restrictions on how large one can draw letters in the design space, there is no necessary and required relationship between the size of the letters and the em.”

“On average, with Latin-based languages such as English, the ‘cap height’ of capital letters is about 70% of the point size, and the ‘x-height’ of lower-case letters is about 70% of the cap height, or about half the point size. But (and I cannot stress this enough), those are only averages.”

(And here’s the heart of it:)
“So what variables does the law need to control when it wants to legislate a minimum size and legibility?

“Instead of (or even in addition to) declaring a minimum point size, one could declare both a minimum cap height (defining that as the height of the smallest of the capital letters A-Z), and a minimum x-height (defining that as the height of the smallest of the lowercase letters a-z), both in physical units. For example, one could require a cap height of at least 7 points and an x-height of at least 5 points, which would be met by 12 point type in most everyday text typefaces.”

(And then just for good measure there’s this part:)
“Adequate width also needs to be legislated. You don’t have to be a font geek to go out and license an ultracondensed font. One way of avoiding this would be to say that the total advance width of the letters a-z and A-Z, at the chosen font and size, meet some minimum. Times set at 12 pts clocks in at roughly 208 pts for A-Z and 143 pts for a-z. After checking many other fonts, I believe one could go with minimums of perhaps 162 pts (2.25’) wide for A-Z and 120 pts (1 2/3’) for a-z as minimums.”
thomasphinney  2011  fonts  typography  textsize  points  pixels  canonical 
march 2019 by handcoding
Surgical steel vs. Titanium?
“If you’re in America it’s fairly common for piercers to use steel. Implant grade steel is ‘316LVM ASTM F-138’, whereas ‘316L’ is basic cheap steel. Most people will be perfectly fine with implant grade steel.”
2011  piercings  jewerly  forums  bodyjewelleryshop 
march 2019 by handcoding
Best webcam to use with Skype and a Mac mini? - Ask Different
(It looks like cameras that support UVC can work on macOS?)
“Most modern USB webcams support a generic interface called UVC (Universal Video Class). OSX supports most UVC drivers out-of-the-box (true for me in Snow Leopard) so sometimes there aren’t even any third-party drivers to install. (In fact, most third-party webcam ‘drivers’ only install useless add-ons that bloat your system.)

“Logitech is very good at providing compliant UVC devices, so they’re a good starting point.”
uvc  2011  stackexchange  mac  macos  podcasting  osx 
march 2019 by handcoding
Finding Control and Menu Items for use in AppleScript User Interface Scripting - Mac OS X Hints
(The results from this script might be a bit crude, but this may be able to get the job done.)
“Here’s a bit of AppleScript I wrote years ago that delivers up easy to understand and correct lists of an application’s window and menu items in a format that may easily be cut and pasted directly into Scripts.”

(Plus, see also this comment on cleaning up the output from this script:)
“To clean up the text of the output, you can use TextWrangler (or other free text processors, probably including TextEdit).
“In TextWrangler, select the Find… menu item under the Search menu, and enter , in the Find: field and in the Replace: field. Make sure Grep is checked.

“Hit the Next button to highlight the first ‘,’, then Replace & Find. You’ll see the first item split off making it easy(er) to read. Once you’re happy the replacements are working as expected hit Replace All to get the rest.”
macworld  applescript  accessibility  2011  scripting  inspector 
march 2019 by handcoding
Red Sweater Blog – Restore Safari’s Downloads Keyboard Shortcut
This page goes over how you can use FastScripts to set up an AppleScript to run in Safari with a custom keyboard shortcut (such as for setting up Safari to open new tabs next to the current tab:
safari  keyboard  shortcuts  2011  fastscripts  tabs  mac  macos  osx 
december 2018 by handcoding
‘Dilbert’ Creator Scott Adams Compares Women Asking for Equal Pay to Children Demanding Candy [UPDATED]
This is basically the canonical article on Scott Adams’ dickishness, where he’s quoted as saying things like this:
“The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It's just easier this way for everyone. You don't argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn't eat candy for dinner. You don't punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don't argue when a women tells you she's only making 80 cents to your dollar. It's the path of least resistance. You save your energy for more important battles.”
scottadams  comicsalliance  canonical  sexism  2011 
november 2018 by handcoding
Keep track of hidden settings changes made using the defaults command | Terminal | Mac OS X Tips
“One problem with this is keeping track of all the ‘defaults write’ changes you have made. A recent article over on MacOSXHints proposed a solution, but it’s a bit inelegant as it involves creating a replacement defaults script that intercepts your commands first. Here’s a much more straightforward solution that I came up with. It basically involves first logging previously made changes to a file, then setting up a script that appends any future changes to the file as they are made.”
defaults  2011  mac  macos  write 
september 2018 by handcoding
How to control a Mac from your PC using Chrome Remote Desktop - CNET
“Chrome Remote Desktop can connect any two computers over the Internet, not just on the same network. So, for example, you can use this to remotely connect to the computer of a friend or family member to help troubleshoot a problem.”
chrome  remotedesktop  2011  cnet 
september 2018 by handcoding
I Don't Mean To Brag, But My Eyebrows Look Amazing | xoJane
“A few weeks ago I was in Sephora and stumbled upon Anastasia’s Brow Wiz pencil ($20, It was the skinniest brow pencil I had ever seen and it piqued my interest. I tested it out and immediately fell for it. Since the tip of the pencil is so thin, it allows you to draw featherlight strokes that resemble hairs, filling out your eyebrows in any over-plucked or sparse areas. With this pencil, I could completely reshape my barren looking brows. I was in love.”
brows  makeup  eyebrows  xojane  2011  recommendations 
august 2018 by handcoding
Evidence That Gendered Wording in Job Advertisements Exists and Sustains Gender Inequality [PDF]
This is the study that analyzed, among other things, masculine- and feminine-coded words within job postings.

(If you might be inclined to pass this along to someone, you could also send them this article, which talks about and links to this study: )
pdf  words  language  gender  jobs  men  women  2011  canonical 
august 2018 by handcoding
macos - Disabling the "keep pressed" function of OS X sticky keys - Ask Different
(On using StickyKeys in macOS:)
“I believe you have to press it 3 times to release it.

“First Press - Locks the modifier key, and unlocks it after the next key press
“Second Press - Locks the modifier key for multiple other key presses.
“Third Press - Unlocks the modifier.”
stickeykeys  macos  mac  osx  accessibility  a11y  2011 
august 2018 by handcoding
Store Peanut Butter On Its Side To Make Stirring Easier
“When you pop open a jar of natural peanut butter, it often seems all of the oil has separated to the top, which makes it difficult to stir back in. On a recent episode of the Spilled Milk podcast, Molly Wizenberg offers up the simple solution of leaving it on its side.

“The idea is that when the oil is coating the side of the jar, it makes for easier stirring, since you're working it in horizontally, as opposed to trying to mash the oil back down into the jar. It's certainly just a minor annoyance, but if you've been stocking up on peanut butter, it might make things a little easier.”
peanutbutter  lifehacker  2011 
july 2018 by handcoding
Mold Resolution Help Needed - Remodeling - Page 2 - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum
“> The only option I see between the two is to have a friend in the complex go to the building department and say ‘I’m thinking of remodeling my bathroom, but the HOA won’t allow any ventilation. What can I do?’

“Careful with this one. The building department will pull the inspections to see who took the bribes to sign off on this in the first place. They will insist on having a look behind all walls and could call the health department to have everybody replace the baths all at once.

“Try getting rid of your place under those circumstances. Hopefully the HOA will realize the sensible thing to do hear is help you and your neighbor out to start and others as the need for renovations continue.”
bathrooms  vents  code  home  2011 
june 2018 by handcoding
Show dates and times in Mail's message list | Macworld
“Macworld reader Lynn P. wanted to know if there’s a way to get Mail to display both the date and time for all messages. Though I haven’t found a way to display the date and time for messages received yesterday—Mail is downright determined to use just Yesterday for those messages—with a bit of trickery, it’s possible to add the date for messages received today, and to add the time to messages received prior to yesterday.”
2011  macworld  dates  times 
may 2018 by handcoding
Five unexpected uses for the Tab key | Macworld
“In Finder windows, in all but Column view, pressing the Tab key selects the next file alphabetically. You may not have noticed this because so many windows are already sorted alphabetically, so it seems that Tab merely selects the ‘next’ file. But if a window is sorted by something other than name—Size or Kind, for instance—you can always access the next alphabetic item by pressing Tab, with Shift-Tab selecting the previous alphabetic file.”
mac  finder  tab  keyboard  shortcuts  2011  macos  osx 
may 2018 by handcoding
Wintercheck Factory Utility Shower Curtain | Cool Tools
“I’ve been using the Utility Shower Curtain, a simple but brilliant upgrade to an everyday object, for the past few months. It is, very simply, a shower curtain with four draining pockets sewn on the inside and two towel loops on the outside. What once was a shower crowded with shampoos and conditioners (I have two roommates) is now considerably tidier.”
cooltools  showercurtains  recommendations  2011 
may 2018 by handcoding
Word: Keyboard shortcut for adding a comment | CyberText Newsletter
“I add a lot of comments to the documents I edit in Word. And I finally went hunting for a keyboard shortcut for adding a comment balloon. It’s obscure and not listed on the tooltip for the ‘New Comment’ icon on the Review ribbon in Word 2007 (or later). And even looking for it in the Word Options > Customize > Keyboard Shortcuts area for the Review Tab was an exercise in ‘Huh?’ But I found it!

“It’s Ctrl+Alt+M (that’s intuitive… Not!)

“If you go looking for it yourself in the keyboard shortcuts list, you’ll find it under InsertAnnotation in the list of Review tab commands”
word  comments  trackchanges  2011  cybertext  keyboard  shortcuts 
may 2018 by handcoding
Betalogue » Customizing Pages ’09: Keyboard Maestro palettes
“Indeed, even though Keyboard Maestro is, as the name implies, primarily focused on keyboard-based customizations, it actually offers the ability to also add application-specific palettes that provide mouse-based access to KM macros.

“The user interface for this feature is not obvious, but basically what you do is that you create a new group in Keyboard Maestro, make it application-specific and then use the extra menu of options at the bottom to instruct KM to show a palette.”
keyboardmaestro  pallettes  2011  betalogue  tutorials 
march 2018 by handcoding
Custom Mac Key Caps from WASD Keyboards
"Since I started playing with mechanical keyboards, I always tried to find a Mac compatible one. Sure, most of the keyboards do work on Mac, but I think what I am looking for is more a "mac feeling" keyboard. I tried Matias Tactile Pro 3, but just didn't like the feeling of alps and its ping. So eventually I comprised and bought a DAS keyboard w/ blue switch. I thought if I liked it, I could buy their mac keycap set and turn it to to semi-mac-keyboard -- because their mac key caps only have opt and cmd keys.

"Until I found this post from iindigo"
keyboards  mac  2011  geekhack  wasd 
february 2018 by handcoding
Star Wars Begins - The Complete Filmumentary - By @jamieSWB on Vimeo
"Filmmaker Jamie Benning has finally finished his trilogy of documentary-commentaries. This final chapter concentrates on the first Star Wars film. Like his two previous documentaries, Building Empire (2006) and Returning to Jedi (2007), Star Wars Begins is an unofficial look at the creation of the classic movie and features deleted scenes, alternate takes and different angles, bloopers, original on set audio recordings and a huge amount of commentary from cast and crew, culled from every corner of the galaxy.

"What’s interesting about the format is that Benning’s documentary is feature-length, and follows the flow of the original movie itself with the deleted scenes added where they would have been, with interviews placed over the top of the action they’re describing. The overall effect is much more engrossing than a DVD commentary track and the wealth of material contained makes it well worth sitting through the entire runtime of 2hrs 18mins."
starwars  documentaries  vimeo  video  2011 
january 2018 by handcoding
How Many Jobs Should We Be Adding Each Month? - The New York Times
"Typically the figure economists cite as the minimum number of additional jobs needed to keep the unemployment rate flat is about 150,000 to 200,000."
jobs  economy  2011  nytimes 
january 2018 by handcoding
Mac Mini Mid 2011 Fan Replacement - iFixit
Yup—just like the title says; this goes over how to replace the fan in a 2011 Mac mini.
macmini  ifixit  fans  2011 
january 2018 by handcoding
OS X: GUI Scripting - Accessibility Access Controls
"Developers have often relied upon AppleScript’s ability to control the user-interface, to provide an automation solution when no direct scripting support of an application or process was available. While this valued ability continues to be fully supported in Mavericks, the enhanced security focus of the new OS requires a few changes in how scripters access and apply the Accessibility frameworks."
applescript  2011  accessibility  mac  osx  macos  automation  scripting 
november 2017 by handcoding
Adam's Apples: Mcintosh vs. Honeycrisp Smackdown
"McIntosh has the better balance of sweet and tart, and rewards the taster with a dry astringent finish that lingers wonderfully in the mouth and throat. Honeycrisp has an amazing crunch, but I find the flavor cloying. Its sugar sweeps all away before it, which is impressive, but I like to taste things more than that. I did notice a slightly floral quality in Honeycrisp's finish that is very pleasant."
apples  mcintosh  honeycrisp  2011  comparison 
november 2017 by handcoding
Adam's Apples: So you like McIntosh
"McIntosh is more than 100 years old and sits at the head of a whole family of vinous, Mac-like apples. I particularly prize Macoun, a daughter of Mac; click for a head-to-head comparison of the two.

"But you might also like Brock, Burgundy, Cortland, Davey, Empire, Empress, Enterprise, Fortune, Freedom, Hampshire, Liberty, Shamrock, handsome Spartan, Spencer, and Tydeman's Early. Mac descendants all."
mcintosh  apples  recommendations  2011 
november 2017 by handcoding
10 Awesome Uses for Automator Explained
If you should ever need to do so, this post goes over how you can create an Automator action to resize a bunch of images.
images  resize  mac  automation  automator  2011 
september 2017 by handcoding
Slanted And Portable Drawing Or Writing Board? - Paper and Pen Paraphernalia - The Fountain Pen Network
"Traditionally, a writing slope has an angle of about 10 degrees or a little more; this is thought to take some weight off the hand and be especially helpful for professional writers who are at it all day. A slope of that angle needs no bottom lip if the surface is felt, baize or leather - i.e. not slippery. Maybe a separate small book stand would be helpful too, on which to prop your reference material. You could adapt such a thing from a cheap alloy music stand or similar.

"I found that you always need a little more room on the writing surface than you think, so I would say that enough room for two A4 pages (or whatever is your standard page size) and a good margin round that would be about right."
writing  boards  angled  slopes  2011 
august 2017 by handcoding
Correcting Dropbox Folder Permissions in Mac OS X to Solve the Error: can't syc __ permission denied - TardySlip
This post goes over some bits about fixing Dropbox permissions, but it’s hard to say whether these might be worth a shot.
dropbox  permissions  2011  software  mac  osx  macos 
august 2017 by handcoding
Horizontal or Vertical stand for cooling a Macbook? - Ask Different
This post goes over the "Reverse V" arrangement for running one's MacBook Pro in clamshell mode.
macbookpro  clamshell  2011  quiet  fans  nosie 
august 2017 by handcoding
How to find and play high-resolution audio on the Mac | Macworld
"A number of websites now sell such files. Some of these are “stores” such as HDtracks (Rolling Stones, John Coltrane, Eric Clapton) or iTrax (San Francisco Symphony, Afro Cuban Latin Jazz Project), which sell a variety of albums from different labels. Others are record labels themselves, many of which are classical labels. Some of the most interesting to explore are Channel Classics, Gimell, Linn Records, and Da Capo, all of which are small, but provide high-resolution files."
mac  2011  highres  alac  music  audio 
june 2017 by handcoding
DRC (Dynamic Range Compression) for Mac OS? | Official Apple Support Communities
A Mac jobbie to add dynamic-range compression to an audio clip:
"Just click hijack and the program has to relaunch VLC (instant on not yet supported for Lion). Then click on Effects. Select Audio Unit Effect/Apple/AUPeak Limiter on one of the open spaces. Click on Editor to set your Attack/Release times and the Pre-Gain. I put Attack and Release around 2.5 seconds and PRe-Gain at about -20DB to start.
"There is even a level meter on the left of the window and when you turn it on and select Out Peak you can see how much compression you are adding. Also, the program saves your settings so all you have to do is open it and your ready."
mac  audio  dynamicrange  apps  software  2011 
june 2017 by handcoding
HDCD DSP Default Setting
In short: If you go for dbPowerAmp’s HDCD encoder, you should turn off its +6dB option :-/.
ripping  dbpoweramp  2011  hdcd 
june 2017 by handcoding
macos - What are invalid characters for a file name under OS X? - Super User
"Finder doesn't currently allow entering colons in in file names, but it does allow entering backslashes. However the characters shown as slashes in Finder are shown as colons in shells, and vice versa. Finder doesn't allow any ASCII control characters either."
finder  stackoverflow  superuser  2011  filenames 
may 2017 by handcoding
Four reasons to rip CDs without iTunes | Macworld
(This piece is from 2011, but much of its info still seems relevant.)
"Many people like to get the best possible rips of their CDs. iTunes does a pretty good job, and its Use Error Correction When Reading Audio CDs option (in the Import Settings areas) lets iTunes perform basic error correction, but to do the best job, you’ll need another application.

"If you make an 'accurate rip'—verifying ripped tracks against an Internet database—you can be sure that the resulting files are bit-perfect copies of the music on your CDs. The free XLD, or X Lossless Decoder, offers this type of ripping, and compares the resulting files with the AccurateRip database. This slows down ripping, but you’ll have perfect files at the end. Another program, Stephen F. Booth’s free Rip, offers the same feature. (Rip is currently in beta.)"

(Of note: It looks like Phile Audio supports multiple CD drives!)
"C7 Software’s $8 Phile Audio offers a number of interesting features. It can convert CDs to the usual suspects—AAC, MP3, Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV—but it can also rip to FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) and Ogg Vorbis (which XLD can do as well). Like XLD, it can access the FreeDB database, but it can also get track information from iTunes. And it can search for and add album art to your files. But where it stands out is in its ability to rip to multiple formats simultaneously, and even use multiple CD drives, if you have more than one."
mac  osx  macos  lossless  audio  ripping  2011 
may 2017 by handcoding
Quick tip: AppleScript application toggle -
"So, anyway, I’ve grown to like applications which have a system-wide hotkey that toggles them between foreground and hidden. It makes a lot of sense for certain applications which you check and then move on from. Sparrow, Twitter, etc. I wanted that functionality in more apps, so I run this as the AppleScript in Spark, replacing the app name with whatever I want to toggle."
applescript  keyboardmaestro  visible  hidden  apps  software  osx  mac  2011 
april 2017 by handcoding
Penzey's-Pick-and-Choose - spices spiceblends penzeys | Ask MetaFilter
This thread has a bunch of tips on Penzey’s Spices and food pairings:

“I especially like their Brady Street Cheese Sprinkle. I put it on all sorts of things: rice, pasta, popcorn, garlic bread..”



“Mr. Arkham mocks me for my addition to the sandwich sprinkle. I also put the Italian blend in just about really improves jarred spaghetti sauce.”



“I keep the sandwich sprinkle in a jar like the pizza places use for their pepper flakes and use it all the time. Especially good in omelets.”



"My favorites are
Fox Point (for eggs, but it must have salt in it),
Singapore (for fish), and the
Bicentennial Rub (for when I roast a chicken).”



“Pizza Seasoning & Sandwich Sprinkle are must-haves. The Taco Seasonings are very good, too. Salt-free, though? Hmm, I would have to check the jars.... The Italian Seasoning Mix is nice. A few shakes of Brady Street will get my kids to eat ANY VEGETABLE we have yet tried.”

penzeys  spices  askmetafilter  ask.metafilter  2011 
march 2017 by handcoding
TiVopedia - TiVo Premiere XL Series4 - TCD748000
The TiVo Premiere XL looks to be your current TiVo as of February 2017. The main stats:
• You bought it in February 2011.
• It has 1 GB storage
• It has 2 tuners.
• Approximate Manufacture Dates: 2010 - 2012
tivo  tivopremiere  2011  tv 
february 2017 by handcoding
How to reduce the Windows 7 menu expansion delay? - Super User
This post goes over how you can reduce the (sub)menu delay in Windows 7.

In short, open Regedit and go to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\desktop\

Then set "MenuShowDelay" to a lower value.
* The default is 400.
* But 50 seems to work pretty well.

(And then you’ll need to reboot for the change to go into effect.)
windows7  menu  registry  regedit  2011  superuser 
january 2017 by handcoding
Table styles paragraph spacing issue
(One commenter’s recommendation on setting up a normal/regular style in Word:)

"I usually make the defaults the same as the regular text style I'm using (usually Body Text) but without paragraph spacing.  And I make sure  that the normal paragraph style's settings are the same. That way, font settings in tables aren't affected by normal.  --But I prefer not to make fonts settings in the table styles and instead use paragraph styles I define to format the table text."
word  normal  regular  bodytext  2011  fonts  software  defaults 
january 2017 by handcoding
Keyboard stops working Pages | Official Apple Support Communities
Albeit from 2011:
"Yes, it was Better Touch Tool. I disabled it, and everything is working OK now. I hadn't thought of it because I think of BTT as a 'mouse' tool, and I was having keyboard problems. I guess they're all tangled up together. Thanks for cluing me in."
bettertouchtool  keyboard  osx  mac  software  2011 
december 2016 by handcoding
How to Customize the File Open/Save Dialog Box in Windows
"Generally, there are two kinds of Open/Save dialog boxes in Windows. One kind looks like Windows Explorer, with the tree on the left containing Favorites, Libraries, Computer, etc. The other kind contains a vertical toolbar, called the Places Bar.

"The Windows Explorer-style Open/Save dialog box can be customized by adding your own folders to the Favorites list. You can, then, click the arrows to the left of the main items, except the Favorites, to collapse them, leaving only the list of default and custom Favorites.

"The Places Bar is located along the left side of the File Open/Save dialog box and contains buttons providing access to frequently-used folders. The default buttons on the Places Bar are links to Recent Places, Desktop, Libraries, Computer, and Network. However, you change these links to be links to custom folders of your choice."
windows  windows7  places  placesbar  2011 
december 2016 by handcoding
currentColor | CSS-Tricks
“There is a feature that actually has some browser support now that has a CSS variable feel to it, and that's the currentColor value.” (Just as a heads-up, this doesn’t work in IE8. On the other hand IE9+ is fine with it.)
css  color  currentcolor  2011  css-tricks 
december 2016 by handcoding
How can I stop Excel From Updating Links When Copy and Pasting Cells Linked to Other Workbooks? - Super User
"Summary of the problem: I would like excel NOT to link to the spreadsheets links I'm copy and pasting until I have the entire spreadsheet setup."
excel  2011  paste  links  spreadsheets 
november 2016 by handcoding
A love for fountain pens, inks, and handwriting - Peninkcillin: TWSBI Diamond 530 fountain pen review
(From the comment section about equivalent mm sizes for nibs:)
"I don't think you should compare the F in a fountain pen with the F in a ballpoint. Nib sizes are not consistent even in the fountain pen world, much less if we bring in ballpoints into the mix. A manufacturer might call a tip F because it's the finest one they have. F could mean 0.5mm or 0.7mm. It all depends.

"Second, as I mentioned in the review, the TWSBI nib is European, meaning it is thicker than a Japanese nib of the same designation. So the TWSBI EF is about the same as a Japanese M (at least in my opinion).

"Third, I've heard people say that there isn't a big difference between the TWSBI EF, F and M. So my advice is this: if you prefer finer tips, go for the EF. If you prefer broader ones, go for the M or even the B. If you're not sure, go for the F."
twsbi  2011  pens  fountainpens 
november 2016 by handcoding
Keyboard Traps | Humanising Technology Blog
This page offers a pretty decent summary of what keyboard traps are and why they’re bad.
keyboardtraps  keyboard  traps  accessibility  a11y  2011 
october 2016 by handcoding
Keyboard shortcut to unhide or unminimize a window in OS X - Ask Different
To unminimize all windows from an application:

1. Command ⌘+Tab to the app with minimized windows, but don't release the Command ⌘ key.

2. While still holding Command ⌘ down, tap Down ↓ twice. (The first tap enters App Exposé, and second tap takes you to the minimized windows.)

3. To un-minimize all windows, press Option+Return.
macos  mac  osx  2011  minimize  unminimize 
october 2016 by handcoding
Show dates and times in Mail's message list | Macworld
"One of those is that there’s less room to display information about each message in the message list. As a result, Mail shortens the date display dramatically compared to what you’d see in the “classic” Mail layout. Specifically, for messages received today, Lion Mail shows only the time received; for messages received yesterday, Mail displays just the word Yesterday; and for messages received prior to yesterday, Mail displays just the date."
email  2011  time  date 
september 2016 by handcoding
Taste Test: Grapefruit Soda | Serious Eats
This post compares a bunch of grapefruit sodas head to head, but unfortunately, a lot of the brands are kinda local and hard to find.
grapefruit  soda  reviews  comparison  beverages  2011 
september 2016 by handcoding
Ting Carbonated Beverage from Grapefruit Concentrate, 9.6 oz (Pack of 24) -
Well, if you had really needed Ting, I suppose you could get it here. (Though as of September 2016, it’s running at $36 for a 24 pack.)

(Ting came out quite favorably in this Serious Eats review of grapefruit sodas:
ting  soda  grapefruit  2011  beverages 
september 2016 by handcoding
Citrus Blast - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
How about that—it looks like Citrus Blast is a Squirt knockoff from Pepsi. (Hey, the more the merrier!)
2011  wikipedia  pepsi  grapefruit  soda  beverages  squirt 
september 2016 by handcoding
How to turn off image compression in Word | Graduate School Newsblog
If you get those stupid yellow borders in Word, try inserting the image with Ribbon → Insert → Picture.
word  borders  yellow  software  2011 
september 2016 by handcoding
Figuring out why my SVCHOST.EXE is at 100% CPU without complicated tools in Windows 7 - Scott Hanselman
"This inevitably leads you to questions like, 'What Services are running inside what SvcHost.exe?' and 'Which Service is using 100% CPU.'"
svchost  windows  cpu  2011 
september 2016 by handcoding
Spotlight index broken on OS X Lion – dockthirteen
This post offers a few more Terminal ideas for fixing Spotlight.
spotlight  mac  osx  2011  mdutil 
august 2016 by handcoding
terminal - How to cd to a directory with a name containing spaces in bash? - Ask Different
On referencing a folder with a space in it through the Terminal:
"If there is a space between words and you don't want to use the methods above, put a \ backslash before the space. eg cd ~/Library/Application\ Support
terminal  shell  mac  2011  spaces  folders  osx 
august 2016 by handcoding
10.7: Restart Mission Control - Mac OS X Hints
This post offers this snippet for killing the dock — apparently this is cleaner than just “killall Dock”:
osascript -e 'quit application "Dock”'
dock  killall  kill  osx  mac  2011  macworld  terminal 
august 2016 by handcoding
How to get notifications of changes to your Google documents - CNET
"Google Docs makes collaboration simple, but if you are monitoring more than a couple of files (or your collaborators like to make lots of changes at random times), it can be a pain to keep track of it all. E-mail notifications are fine, but if you want to keep your inbox clean, there's a great Chrome extension that can make your life easier."
googledocs  notifications  2011  extensions  chrome 
august 2016 by handcoding
SideFolders: Quickly Access Your Files & Folders « Mac.AppStorm
(This app looks kinda neat, but as of August 2016, it hasn’t been updated since April 2014. Hmm.)
"Simply put, Sidefolders puts the Sidebar in the Finder withine easy reach. Move the mouse to the side of the screen and Sidefolders will jump out."


"If this feels like deja-vu, it might be because there are already a handful of apps that let you store your most used and recently accessed files for quick access. For instance, remember Fresh from Ironic software or Blast, in one of my past reviews? Both of these are useful alternatives, and worth checking out in addition to SideFolders."
mac  apps  software  folders  finder  2011 
august 2016 by handcoding
9 Ways To Make Thunderbird Load Your Email Faster
"As you can see, I have Thunderbird set up to only compact folders if it will save me over 20MB of space. This is actually a good thing – I could even set it lower to enable more frequent compacting. This will keep your folder sizes down and performance high. The only problem is that this automatic compacting, especially when you have multiple accounts set up, can interfere with your normal use of the client, especially when the client first loads."
thunderbird  compacting  folders  2011 
july 2016 by handcoding
My Two Weeks with Keyboard Maestro – MacStories
"Here's an initial look at my [Keyboard Maestro] macros. First one is relatively simple: through Don Southard's fantastic "paste as plain text" AppleScript (which I covered here), Keyboard Maestro allows me to paste without any style by pressing ^⌘V. When the hotkey is pressed, Keyboard Maestro runs an AppleScript - easy to setup and use."
keyboardmaestro  macros  keyboard  mac  osx  software  2011 
june 2016 by handcoding
7 Ways NOT To Use Commas
This is actually a pretty decent of places not to put commas (like “Don’t put a comma between a subject and its verb”).
commas  canonical  language  grammar  nouns  verbs  2011 
june 2016 by handcoding
LawProse Lesson #226: "including but not limited to" -
"Lawyers often ask why we so commonly see the phrase including but not limited to—or variations such as including without limiting the generality of the foregoing. Doesn’t including itself imply but not limited to? The answer is yes, of course.

"My model provision: “7.5 Definition of ‘including.’ In this contract, including means ‘including but not limited to.’” That’s all you need. Just once. Then search for the word including throughout your long contract to ensure that you’ve met the other standards outlined in the preceding paragraph."
including  lawprose  garner  butnotlimitedto  legal  contracts  2011 
june 2016 by handcoding
10 ways to improve Excel performance - TechRepublic
(On speeding up Excel:)
"Clean things up
Create a backup so you can reclaim functionality at a later date and then delete everything you no longer use. In doing so, you'll minimize the used range. To determine the used range, press [Ctrl]+[End]. Then, delete all rows and columns below and to the right of your real last used cell.”

"Avoid multiple volatile functions
A volatile function recalculates every time there's a change in the worksheet, and that slows things down. An efficient alternative is to enter the volatile function by itself and then reference that cell in your formulas. The function will still calculate as expected, but only once instead of hundreds of times. Examples of volatile functions are RAND(), RANDBETWEEN(), NOW(), TODAY(), OFFSET(), CELL(), and INDIRECT().”

"Use ISERROR() to update old error-masking formulas
If you've upgraded to a Ribbon version of Excel, you can replace most of your convoluted IF() masks with the IFERROR() function:
This function is more efficient than the pre-Ribbon solution of using IF() in the following form:
excel  performance  2011  techrepublic  conditionalformatting  formatting  formulas  canonical 
june 2016 by handcoding
Real Lemon versus ReaLemon | A Gardener's Table
"Hmmm. Even if the law allows a variable acid level, a manufacturer would settle on a standard, right? In the opinion of my husband, a chemist, that standard would be 4.5 percent. After all, water is cheap! Why would ReaLemon use more lemons than necessary?"
lemons  lemonjuice  2011  acidity 
june 2016 by handcoding
"I found a dupe for Buerre Creme Stick liner.  Not only a dupe that is going to save me money, but its an exact match..  I purchased the Buerre Lipliner today at MAC and low and behold I have a lipliner from Maybelline that couldn't be any closer to the same color.  See for yourself..  The Lipliner is called Plum.  On the left is Buerre and on the right is Maybelline..  I love it when I come across less expensive versions of things I love.  If only I would have known before I bought it.. ;)"
mac  2011  lipstick  makeup  lipliner  dupes 
june 2016 by handcoding
user interface - Why should we use sp for font sizes in Android? - Stack Overflow
(About “dp” and “sp” on Android devices:)
"The dp has constant ratio transition to px: dp = px * ratio. Where ratio will never change on any particular device.

"While sp (s for scaled) has scalable ratio: sp = px * ratio * scale. Where ratio never changes, but scale is user configurable. This scale can be used by people who need larger font sizes, for example, to use device more comfortably."
android  dp  sp  accessibility  2011  stackoverflow 
june 2016 by handcoding
wifi - How can I get the name of connected devices on an Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station? - Ask Different
"Here is the way to assign Client ID names as posted by Bob Timmons:

"You can start with your Mac by opening System Preferences and the opening Network. Click on AirPort on the left to highlight it and then click Advanced at the lower right. Click the TCP/IP tab Look for the DHCP Client ID area Type in the name you want. Example, +MacBook Pro Wireless+ Click OK, then click Apply

"Open Network back up again and click on Ethernet on the left to to highlight it Click Advanced at the lower right Click the TCP/IP tab Locate the DHCP Client ID area and type in the name you want, +MacBook Pro+, for example Click OK, then click Apply."
mac  wifi  airport  networking  2011 
june 2016 by handcoding
Matching Books to Students: How to Use Readability Formulas and Continuous Monitoring to Ensure Reading Success [PDF]
Looks like Atos fares pretty well:
"The ATOS for Books Readability Formula, designed especially to accurately level trade books, coupled with the AR Goal-Setting Chart and AR Best Practices for classroom implementation are a set of superior research-based tools to help educators successfully accomplish this task."
readability  atos  dalechall  fleschkincaid  2011  pdf  comparison 
june 2016 by handcoding
temperature - How to keep your MacBook Pro cool (unibody) - Ask Different
It looks like running your MacBook Pro’s fans at a constant low temperature might help reduce overall noise?
“My fans are set to 3500 RPM and i never hear them, so that never bothered me."
macbookpro  fans  cooling  2011  stackexchange 
may 2016 by handcoding
Horizontal or Vertical stand for cooling a Macbook? - Ask Different
"Here is my 'Reverse V’ method [for keeping one’s MacBook Pro cool]

"1. Connect all cables (video) and close the lid.
2. Wake from external mouse/keyboard. This will force using only the external display.
3. Open the lid to about 20-40 degrees. Internal display will remain off. The Macbook will be in a "V" like shape.
4. Put it on the desktop in reversed "V" form on something soft. I recommend old polyurethane mouse pad or shaped polystyrene.”

Another commenter adds:
"On my four year old MacBook Pro - the internal temperatures and fan speeds are climbing and running it vertically rather than on a Griffin Elevator in clamshell mode. When my room temperature gets hot, vertical helps the fans stay at idle in clamshell mode."
macbookpro  stackexchange  cooling  2011  clamshell 
may 2016 by handcoding
Storm Type finds « FontShop Blog
"František Štorm’s work in reviving the Baskerville letter is artistically very good, and as a type family is without peer."
baskerville  typefaces  reviews  2011  canonical 
march 2016 by handcoding
Accessible PDFs from a Mac | PCC
"Microsoft Word 2011 for the Mac cannot produce a fully accessible PDF. A PDF made from Microsoft Word 2011 for the Mac does not retain the structure tags (headings, lists, table headers, etc.) from the original document, so it is difficult for a screen reader user to navigate."
pages  word  pdf  accessibility  2011 
march 2016 by handcoding
25 Examples of Perfect Color Combinations in Web Design
This page goes over a bunch of color palettes for text that might be worth a look.
colorpalettes  color  palettes  colorschemes  2011 
march 2016 by handcoding
A Better Franklin - Zeldman on Web & Interaction Design
"For several years now I’ve used a licensed Franklin Gothic web font by someone other than Webtype here. It was good but not perfect.

"Webtype’s Franklin Condensed is as close to perfect as web fonts can come in October, 2011. (And as they improve it, the look and feel here will improve as well.)"
webtype  webfonts  franklingothic  zeldman  2011  typography 
march 2016 by handcoding
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