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Review: Mailstrom puts you in control of your email | PCWorld
“That's why I like Mailstrom so much: It leaves you in control. It shows you the problems with your inbox, and lets you solve them yourself. For example, when I realized that I was storing more than 1,000 messages from the very editor who assigned me this review, I realized I need to create a folder just for her—a task I was able to easily accomplish from within Mailstrom. When I saw that I had hundreds of messages from a bookstore that's no longer in business, I was able to delete them all in one fell swoop.”
mailstrom  email  review  2016 
7 days ago by handcoding
What's the Best USB SATA Drive Adapter & Dock? | Everything USB
This page (albeit from December 2016) has a pretty great comparison of various USB and eSATA chipsets:

* “ASMedia and JMicron are the two major players in third generation USB-to-SATA bridge market. Majority of the USB 3.1 Gen.1 adapters (single-drive models) on the market are powered by either ASMedia’s ASM1153E or JMicron’s JMS578.

* “USB 3.1 Gen. 2 adapters, such as ones powered by ASMedia’s ASM1351 and VIA’s VL716, are starting to show up. Even if you don’t have the latest laptop or desktop to match, it’s worthwhile to go with the Gen. 2 adapters as they are optimized for modern SSDs.”
usb  enclosures  backup  2016  jmicron  asmedia  chipsets  esata  drives  harddrives 
9 days ago by handcoding
List of drives supporting UASP - What Drive Should I Buy? - StorageReview Forums
On drives that support UASP:
“The list of devices is lacluster(too old, not easily available or worth it), but the list of controllers are helpful. With the right controller + a SSD, you can have some fun. Doing a search for the Asmedia chipset/controller, these are some of them:

“Thermaltake BlacX 5G USB 3.0

“Plugable USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Lay-Flat Docking Station (Latest ASMedia ASM1053E Chipset)

“S2510BMU33-2.5in Aluminum USB 3.0 External SATA III SSD Hard Drive Enclosure with UASP for SATA 6 Gbps

“OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro Portable USB 3.0 HDD(and other variants from the company)”
backup  drives  harddrives  uasp  2016 
12 days ago by handcoding
Find duplicate IDs in your DOM
This is a decent-ish bookmarklet for checking for duplicate IDs in the DOM. (It outputs all the duplicated IDs through an array with console.log.)

(See also this alternate bookmarklet that also checks for duplicate IDs in the DOM: )
bookmarklets  id  validation  accessibility  a11y  2016 
7 weeks ago by handcoding
Rogue Amoeba - Under the Microscope » Blog Archive » 19 Terrific Tips for Audio Hijack 3
“The Time Shift Effect was added in Audio Hijack 3, but we really refined it in Audio Hijack 3.2. It’s found a devoted following of folks transcribing audio to text, and we worked to make that even easier. Time Shift now features a powerful popover that enables you to jump forward or back in 3, 10, or 30 second increments. You can tear off and pin that popover (as described in Tips #7 and #8) for easy access from anywhere.”
2016  audiohijack  transcribing  rogueamoeba  mac  macos  osx  software 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
In "The Honeymooners" Ralph threatens to hit his wife in almost every episode. How common was it to hit your wife in real life? : AskHistorians
(The answers here are pretty comprehensive.)

“In ‘The Honeymooners’ Ralph threatens to hit his wife in almost every episode. How common was it to hit your wife in real life?

“The show aired originally in 1955. Was beating your wife a Ralph thing or rare? Or was it something that happened in almost every household?”
honeymooners  tothemoon  moon  abuse  reddit  2016 
july 2019 by handcoding
AP Stylebook on Twitter: "It depends. We capitalize some names, such as EBay, only at the start of a sentence. Otherwise, eBay. #APStyleChat"
(AP on capitalizing brand names that start with a capital letter if that brand name is at the start of a sentence:)

“It depends. We capitalize some names, such as EBay, only at the start of a sentence. Otherwise, eBay. #APStyleChat”
ebay  apstyle  ap  apstylebook  twitter  2016 
july 2019 by handcoding
Second presidential debate: Linguistics explains why Donald Trump sounds racist when he says "the" African Americans — Quartz
“One of the littlest words in the English language gives the biggest clue about where Donald Trump’s head is at: his use of the word ’the.’”
othering  qz  2016  the 
july 2019 by handcoding
iTunes: Missing folder or incorrect permissions may prevent authorization
“iTunes: Missing folder or incorrect permissions may prevent authorization

“With Mac OS X, the Shared folder is required to authorize your iTunes Store purchases. With Windows the iTunes folder is also required. If either of these folders are missing or have incorrect folder permissions, you may notice one of the following symptoms:

“• You are unable to complete a purchase from the iTunes Store.
• You are told that you do not have permission to modify your iTunes Media folder when downloading from the iTunes Store.
• You cannot play content you purchased from the iTunes Store.
• An alert appears with the following text:
‘There was an error storing your authorization information on this computer. The required directory was not found or has a permission error.’l
itunes  permissions  errors  terminal  wayback  2016 
july 2019 by handcoding
Order of Adjectives | Grammar Girl
“Most native English speakers instinctively place certain adjectives before others. You may be surprised there is a quasi-official order for adjectives.”


“1. Opinion (e.g., ugly, beautiful)
“2. Size (e.g., big, little)
“3. Age (e.g., young, old)
“4. Shape (e.g., square, round)
“5. Color (e.g., black, yellow)
“6. Origin (e.g., British, American)
“7. Material (e.g., polyester, Styrofoam)
“8. Purpose (e.g., swimming, as in a swimming pool, sewing, as in a sewing machine)

“The first letters of all those qualifiers spell something that almost sounds like a word—OSASCOMP—and that’s how I remember it.”
adjectives  quickanddirtytips  2016  order  canonical 
july 2019 by handcoding
How to Capitalize Words and Add Periods Automatically in Mac OS
“Auto-capitalize words means that any word at the start of a sentence will be automatically capitalized, as will proper names”
mac  osxdaily  2016  text  systempreferences  capitalize 
june 2019 by handcoding
Samsonite Buys Tumi In $1.8 Billion Deal | One Mile at a Time
It looks like Samsonite bought Tumi in 2016, so that’s kind of a bad sign.
tumi  samsonite  2016  luggage  onemileatatime 
june 2019 by handcoding
Fact-Checking the ‘Goodfellas’ “Funny Like a Clown” Speech - The Ringer
(This is maybe the canonical breakdown of Goodfellas’ “Funny Like a Clown” scene, complete with the dialogue in its entirety—)
“During the hangout, Tommy tells a story that prompts Henry to tell Tommy he’s a funny guy, which Tommy pretends to take as an insult. It’s a scene that has since aged into lore. It’s frenetic. It’s intimidating. It’s got just the right blend of boiling tension and uneasy confrontation and humor. But is it … true?

“Let’s fact-check it.”
goodfellas  funny  dialogue  theringer  2016 
june 2019 by handcoding
What's the best and strongest locking mechanism for a pocketknife? A quick overview of some options - YouTube
This video offers a pretty handy comparison of various knife-locking mechanisms. (For instance there’s the frame lock, back lock, axis lock, and so on.)
knives  comparison  reviews  locks  2016  nickshebazz 
may 2019 by handcoding
That Standing Desk Might Not Be The Magical Solution : Shots - Health News : NPR
“‘The idea you should be standing four hours a day? There’s no real evidence for that,’ he says. ‘I would say that there’s evidence that standing can be bad for your health.’ A 2005 study in Denmark showed prolonged standing at work led to a higher hospitalization risk for enlarged veins.

“But standing doesn’t have to be harmful, says Lucas Carr, a behavioral medicine professor at the University of Iowa who was not involved in the meta-analysis. He thinks as long as you stand in moderation, you can still reap some benefits.”
desks  npr  2016  ergonomics  standingdesks  standing  health  canonical 
april 2019 by handcoding
How to receive a notification when your friends are leaving or arriving at a set location
“As teased in the headline, imagine you could use your Find My Friends app to receive a notification when your dinner date is a few blocks away from the restaurant in the city, letting you know it is about time to hit the road yourself. Or simply to get a peace of mind alert when your kids have arrived safely at a friend’s house.”
ios  findmyfriends  idownloadblog  2016 
april 2019 by handcoding
Watch @hemtube ’s cat's Vine, "가끔은 고양이와 춤을 춥시다"
This looks to be the original source of Ricky Mondello’s “Friday Vine.”
friday  vine  cats  twitter  rmondello  2016 
april 2019 by handcoding
Magic Coffee Table - YouTube
This “Magic Coffee Table” sketch is a pretty great illustration of emotional labor.
emotionallabor  video  videos  youtube  2016 
march 2019 by handcoding
The Case Against Leaf Blowers - CityLab
“The crude little two-stroke engines used by most commercial backpack-style blowers are pollution bombs. ‘Simplest benchmark: running a leafblower for 30 minutes creates more emissions than driving a F-150 pickup truck 3800 miles,’ Fallows writes. ‘About one-third of the gasoline that goes into this sort of engine is spewed out, unburned, in an aerosol mixed with oil in the exhaust.’

“Those emissions—plus all the other fine-particulate crap that the blowers kick up—constitute a public health hazard for anyone in the vicinity, but especially for the poor bastard running the thing. In most cities and suburbs, those most afflicted are low-wage employees of landscaping companies, not residents or homeowners.”
leafblowers  noise  citylab  2016  pollution 
march 2019 by handcoding
Any safe websites to buy body jewelry? : piercing
“I’m wondering if there are any reputable, safe, affordable websites to purchase quality body jewelry? My piercing shop is far away from where I live and I’d like to be able to shop online for new jewelry if anyone has recommendations”

And among some recommendations from the comments:
“I’m a fan of for jewelry by reputable manufacturers. They autoclave and individually seal every item they send, and take no returns on opened packages. bodyartforms is also pretty good, but steelnavel stuff gets to me super fast when it’s in stock since we’re both on the west coast of the US.”
piercings  jewelry  2016  reddit  recommendations 
march 2019 by handcoding
Speed up AppleScript UI scripting? - Stack Overflow
This thread goes over some potential AppleScript to remove the 5-second delay when accessing menubar items through AppleScript.
applescript  stackoverflow  menubar  delay  2016 
march 2019 by handcoding
OS X Accessibility Inspector (UIElementInspector) Tool for UI Scripting - Questions & Suggestions - Keyboard Maestro Discourse
“Sometimes an app, or even the OS X system itself, does NOT provide a direct scripting element that allows you to achieve your objective. You may then need to resort to UI scripting.

“Here is a free tool, provided by Apple, that will help you identify the UI elements you need to script:

“• Official Name: UIElementInspector
“• Alternate Name: Accessibility Inspector”
mac  osx  macos  accessibility  keyboardmaestro  2016 
march 2019 by handcoding
5 Ways to Duplicate Worksheets in Excel | AccountingWEB
(On duplicating a sheet within Excel:)
“Hold down the Ctrl key while I using the left-mouse button to drag a worksheet to the right. This action will duplicate a worksheet without involving any menus.”
excel  duplicate  duplicating  accountingweb  2016 
february 2019 by handcoding
The real story behind Shinola Detroit - Business Insider
On Shinola’s “Made in the USA” shenanigans: “In order for a product to be claimed to be "made in the US," it must be assembled in the US from ‘all or virtually all’ American parts. Shinola's slogan attempted to avoid this FTC requirement, and the company is not secretive about using foreign parts for the products assembled in the Motor City while listing all part sources on its website.

“The FTC saw a potentially misleading difference between a ‘made in the US’ claim, which the FTC polices, and Shinola's ‘Built in Detroit.’ The company is now implementing a remedial action plan.”
shinola  usa  madeintheusa  ftc  2016 
february 2019 by handcoding
Why are some dried apricots orange in color, and others dark brown? - Quora
(Short version: unsulfured apricots are the good kind!)
“Dried apricots have actually 3 types:
“• Sulphured dried apricots (Orange color)
“• Natural dried apricots (Dark brown color)
“• Organic dried apricots (Dark brown color)

“Most common type of dried apricots are sulphur treated ones, which is applied before sun drying so it keeps the fresh color. The more you apply sulphur, dried apricots get brighter.  Treating apricots with sulphur increase the shelf life, while making it’s taste worse (in my own opinion).

“Sulphur usage rate on dried apricots for Europe Union countries are 2000 ppm and for United States it is limited to 3000 ppm (brighter).

“Many people don’t know about that, but if you just lay apricots under the sun for drying without sulphur, color will get dark.

“But dark color doesn’t mean that product is organic. Dried apricots can still contain pesticides or any other preservatives without sulphur. So we call this product ‘Natural dried apricot’.

“If this product does not contain any pesticides or preservatives / additives and also certified by authorized organizations, then it is ‘Organic dried apricot’.

“Natural and Organic Dried Apricots are sweeter and have better taste because you don’t get the sulphur taste.”
apricots  sulfur  2016  potassium 
february 2019 by handcoding
lsd process causing 100% cpu and beachbal… - Apple Community
If need be, it looks like you can rebuild the Launch Services database using this command:

/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.fram ework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user ; killall Dock

[and then restart your Mac]
launchservices  mac  osx  macos  2016 
february 2019 by handcoding
Don't Yuck Someone Else's Yum | The Odyeesy
“When you tell someone else that what they’re eating is gross, you are not only incredibly rude, but ignorant too. Just because you don’t like a food does not mean that it is gross, and certainly does not mean that you should proclaim its grossness in front of the person eating said food.

“So here’s what I’m trying to teach you: Don’t yuck someone else’s yum.”
theodyssey  yuck  yum  2016  canonical 
january 2019 by handcoding
AAE Talmbout: An Overlooked Verb of Quotation [PDF]
“In contrast with the above, talmbout can introduce direct speech, reported speech, thought or imagined but unuttered phrases (evident from context), and non-linguistic material (7).
“(7) a. Talmbout ‘Can you stay late for work?’ Not when I have a haircut appt. Forget it.
“b. Dj taught me how to play the game and i beat him.. and he lying Talm bout he let me
“win (Twitter)
“c. (DragonsinGameofThrones)‘talkin’’bout[æ:↓]…Just straight roastin’ goats!’(Key
“& Peele).”
talmbout  aave  aae  languagejones  2016  pdf 
january 2019 by handcoding
Brown Butter Triple Chocolate Blondies - Handle the Heat
“Brown Butter Triple Chocolate Blondies are outrageously chewy with tons of nutty butterscotch flavor and three kinds of chocolate! The best blondies ever!”

(These came up in your search for blondie recipes, but you ended up going with their recipe for “Gooey Chocolate Chunk Blondies”, which were also pretty good: )
blondies  recipes  2016  handletheheat 
january 2019 by handcoding
Gooey Chocolate Chunk Blondies - Handle the Heat
(You made these with Megan in January 2019.)
“Ultra flavorful Gooey Chocolate Chunk Blondies are ridiculously chewy, gooey, and absolutely loaded with chunks of chocolate. 35 minutes, no mixer required.”

(Another related recipe that came up on this site was the one for their Brown Butter Triple Chocolate Blondies, which also looked promising: )
blondies  recipes  2016  handletheheat 
january 2019 by handcoding
What does it mean when a subreddit is "quarantined?" : OutOfTheLoop
“When a subreddit is quarantined, it’s no longer showing up in search or listed on reddit, and users have to be logged in (with registered email), and opt in, to be able to see the content. eta - looks like they also lose all custom css.”
reddit  quarantined  2016 
january 2019 by handcoding
joes-sandbox/editor-perf at master · jhallen/joes-sandbox
This post compares the memory usage for various Windows text editors.
window  editors  comparison  2016  memory  ram 
january 2019 by handcoding
Should we measure people of historical significance by today's standards or the standards of their times? - Quora
(On the question of “Should we measure people of historical significance by today's standards or the standards of their times?”:)
“You probably suspect the answer: both. You can’t understand historical figures without understanding the realm of possible at the time. Concepts of human rights and possibilities of achieving them both varied over time. But because some record of people who could dream of justice before it could be achieved has survived we also know that historical figures rarely did all that was possible. They were not superhuman, and politics is indeed the ‘art of the possible’, but as long as other figures were able to escape their times it was possible.

“John Adams did not own slaves, so it is not improper to judge George Washington and Thomas Jefferson for doing so. The latter was a particular hypocrite since he had a very eloquent political theory which he ignored when against his own personal interest.

“The Quaker William Penn negotiated real agreements with local Indian tribes when others failed to even try. So pure land-grabs were not pre-ordained.

“Ida Lovelace was educated as a man with means could be, with the best mathematical education available, and became the first software developer in history. So other women who were denied the same chance show that the sexism that prevented women from achieving their potential was also not pre-ordained.”
standards  time  2016  quora 
january 2019 by handcoding
Why You Can Use Modern SSDs for Apple Time Machine Backups – The Mac Observer
“SSDs store their data electrically, in a fashion that isn’t amendable to cusomary data recovery tools. Once an SSD fails, it’s literally a black box. On the other hand, there are some instances in which the failure of a hard disk makes it possible for data recovery services to extract a subset of the data in the drive. It’s expensive, but it can be done.”
backup  ssd  2016  timemachine  macobserver 
january 2019 by handcoding
[help] Zealio actuation force? : MechanicalKeyboards
“However, what are the actuation forces of these switches? I’m trying to compare them to the various Cherry switches.

“I’m about to order some 67g Zealios in the GB and I’m probably being stupid, but I can’t seem to find this info anywhere.”
zealpc  switches  reddit  2016  zealios  zilents 
december 2018 by handcoding
How to get the TiVo to play nice with HDMI-CEC | TiVoCommunity Forum
“This solution essentially adds just enough CEC to the TiVo for the other devices to realize it is in use and doesn’t switch the input unexpectedly. It also makes it so that the TiVo shows up on my TV’s input list, which means I can use the input button on the TiVo remote to change the input on the AVR and watch TV. Best of all I don’t even need the Harmony to watch TV anymore, I just turn the TV on and off by programming the TV power button on the TiVo remote, then I press the TiVo button to turn on the TV. When I’m done I just turn the TV off using the same button. Even a babysitter could figure that out.”
tivo  cec  hdmi  2016 
december 2018 by handcoding
iOS: Making a Rich Notification Applet That Launches Safari Instead of IFTTT : ifttt
This looks like a potentially handy IFTTT technique to let you open Safari on iOS when you tap a notification (rather than opening IFTTT).
ifttt  notifications  ios  2016 
december 2018 by handcoding
Adding a Delay to IFTTT Recipes
“Say, I have a good night trigger which will dim the bedroom lights when Alexa hears I say good night to her. But using official ifttt channels, you cannot further turn off the lights after 15 minutes. There are some discussions online but looks there are no easy solutions yet.

“But from a coding perspective, it shouldn't be too hard. So I wrote a simple web service doing this open to the public. The background is, ifttt has a useful channel named "Maker" (now renamed to "Webhook"). Its action allows you to visit a certain URL, and the trigger allows you to listen on a secret URL. It will be triggered when anyone visits the URL. And my solution is to provide a web service, which takes the secret URL of the Maker (Webhook) channel and how long is the delay as input, and visits that URL after the delay.”
ifttt  delay  2016 
december 2018 by handcoding
Lofthouse-Style Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe | Serious Eats
(These look like they could be good alternatives to those shitty supermarket cookies.)
“These homemade Lofthouse-style cookies are so light and cake-like, it’s not even fair to call them cookies. They’re as puffy, soft, and sweet as a vanilla cupcake, with creamy frosting and rainbow sprinkles, too. Take care when scooping the soft batter, or else you’ll wind up with cookies shaped like haphazard blobs. For best results, use a cookie scoop, scraped level against the side of the bowl.”

cookies  recipes  seriouseats  2016 
december 2018 by handcoding
(379) This is how I read, write, and use my iPhone 7 with voiceover completely blind! - YouTube
This is actually a pretty great demo of VoiceOver for beginners. (Second 292 seems to be a pretty good starting point.)
voiceover  iphone  accessibility  a11y  2016  video 
december 2018 by handcoding
Best Roller Rink (Tie) | Southern Skates and Dad's Broadway Skateland | arts-and-entertainment | Best of Dallas® | Dallas Observer
“There are a dozen places to roller skate in Dallas, but one of the best is city owned and operated Southern Skates off Ledbetter Drive. On Sunday night, the pros come out to adult skate, which runs from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Gene Kelly has nothing on the dancers here — couples who dance together more gracefully than most can manage wearing regular shoes and entire packs performing choreographed routines. In the center of the rink, skaters breakdance or just catch their breath and observe the scene around them. Two DJs man the booth and for the first couple of hours hip-hop, rap and R&B dominate the music selection. But once the lights are dimmed around midnight, the mirrored ball starts spinning and disco tracks take hold. Amateurs are more than welcome, and you'll see a few, but if you're wobbly on skates you'd do best to stick to the center. The people on the outer limits of the rink move fast — as fast as you should move to check out this Dallas institution while it's still hot.

“Assassination Derby, one of Dallas' best roller derby teams, gave their seal of approval to this more than 50-year-old skating rink located in Mesquite. While it looks like it was built in 1961, a roller skater can't beat the price at Dad's, where skate rentals are only a $1. The skating rink is large. The bathrooms smell like a bathroom should smell and the service is exceptionally friendly. Dad's also offers skating classes for children and hosts dance skating between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. every Friday for the star-crossed junior lovers or older couples who wish to reminiscence.”
dallas  rollerskating  skating  2016  observer 
december 2018 by handcoding
How to use the Magnifier on iPhone and iPad | iMore
This is a pretty darn good quick reference on iOS’s magnifier feature.
magnifier  accessibility  a11y  ios  imore  2016 
november 2018 by handcoding
Problems with TiVo mini through Gigabit switch | Page 6 | TiVoCommunity Forum
“I have been fighting this Tivo Mini for over a week trying to figure out why it would randomly drop and and eventually start working again. Once I disabled IGMP Snooping on all my switches, the Mini works rock solid.”
tivo  networking  2016  igmpsnooping 
november 2018 by handcoding
Reddit moves away from Imgur with new photo-uploading tool - The Verge
“Reddit this week announced its own image-uploading tool, marking a shift away from its informal partnership with Imgur. A member of Reddit’s product team announced the beta feature in a post to the website on Wednesday, saying it will roll out to ‘select communities’ this week.

“The tool allows users to upload images (up to 20MB in size) and GIFs (100MB) directly to Reddit, and to access threads about any image by clicking on it from any listing. Imgur, which has long been the de facto image uploading service for Reddit, supports images up to 20MB and GIFs up to 200MB.”
reddit  2016  imgur  images  theverge 
october 2018 by handcoding
Vim screencast #41: Colemak - YouTube
This is that YouTube video where that fellow talks about how he acclimated to Colemak. (And while this video is ostensibly about Colemak, the acclimation tips here are relevant to most any alternative keyboard layout.)
keyboards  2016  norman  colemak  youtube  video  keyboard  layouts 
october 2018 by handcoding
How to resolve Error 3014? - Apple Community
(Perhaps this may be related to your Error 3014 problem?)
“OK. Now we’re getting somewhere. Thank you. However, the problem would appear to be at the remote end since I can do a traceroute into the Apple 17.x.x.x network. At some point inside that range of addresses, the route dies. Since I’m not blocking anything on my end, this would appear to be a problem on the remote end. Interestingly, Safari can’t find it either. Oh wait, there it is. Safari just found a page.”
tracert  itunes  restore  error  3014  2016 
october 2018 by handcoding
Apple Products and Connections : eero
“I have seen a lot of info about the Eero not working well with apple products.

“I have been seeing a persistent problem on OS X - Newest version/update, when I try to update iOS apps through iTunes on my mac.

“This mac has a wired connection to the main Eero Gateway.

“Almost overtime I say ‘Update All Apps’ at least one app update fails due to ‘Network Error’ usually saying its not connected to the network.”
eero  mac  apple  2016  reddit 
october 2018 by handcoding
A Person Cannot Be 'Diverse': The Linguistic Problems Highlighted by Ava DuVernay Around #OscarsSoWhite and the Academy Awards - The Atlantic
“‘In reality—which is to say, when applied to actual people, not flora, fauna, or financial securities—the notion of diversity feels more fraught, positioning one group (white, male Americans) as the default, and everyone else as the Other,’ Holmes wrote.”
diversity  diverse  2016  adjectives  language  inclusion  editing  theatlantic 
september 2018 by handcoding
OS X Bug: QuickLookSatellite Opens Files and Never Closes Them, Causing Wide-Ranging Errors
“Here is what is happening: the background process QuickLookSatellite was opening every JPEG file that I created and keeping them all open—forever! A newbie programming bug of failing to close a file after opening it. More Apple Core Rot.”
mac  macos  quicklooksatellite  2016  cpu 
september 2018 by handcoding
Cognitive load theory | A load off your mind
“Cognitive load theory will come up a lot on this blog, so I thought a primer would be useful. Here are some of its highlights:

“• Your knowledge is in your long-term memory, which, as far as we know, has unlimited capacity.
“• When you are learning something, you take in information through your senses and process it with your working memory. A concept you successfully learn becomes a schema you store in your long-term memory.
“• Your working memory is weak—it can store only four or five items at once and only for a few seconds.

“• Cognitive load is the mental effort that the learning task demands. There are three types:
“1. intrinsic load relates to the difficulty of the material itself,
“2. extraneous load is unproductive mental effort and caused by poor instructional design,
“3. germane load is productive mental effort learners use to create schemata.”
cognitive  load  cognitiveload  ivacheung  2016  memory 
august 2018 by handcoding
This Is the Brow Pencil That Finally Convinced Me I Need a Brow Pencil | xoJane
“If you’re also kind of laid-back when it comes to your brows and you just want something simple and easy to use for filling them in and tidying up any stray hairs, Brow Power will be perfect for you. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel or anything (although it does contain anti-aging ingredients, which I guess my brows might appreciate one day?). Mostly, it’s reliable, easy to use, and great for people who are new to brow products or who like a slightly more natural brow look.”
brows  makeup  eyebrows  xojane  2016  recommendations 
august 2018 by handcoding
Set focus to an element in an iframe :
“If you’re trying to set focus to an element in an iframe that has already been loaded, you need to set focus to the iframe first, then to the element.”
iframes  focus  alexking  2016  javascript 
august 2018 by handcoding
Election Results in the Third Dimension - Metrocosm
(This post offers some pretty decent maps that better reflect how the popular vote turned out in the 2016 election.)
“The typical red/blue election map is in some ways deceiving. The one below shows the county-level results for the 2016 election. To look at all the red it would appear Republicans dominated the race. In reality, Democrats received a larger share of the popular vote.”
maps  2016  elections  politics 
august 2018 by handcoding
Get ready for the NES Classic Edition with these retro Nintendo game manuals
“The little console includes 30 classic Nintendo Entertainment System games, and as a nod to the people who actually remember playing these things a few decades ago, Nintendo has uploaded digital recreations of the original printed manuals that used to be included with the physical copies of these games.”
avclub  2016  nes  nesclassic  retrogaming  manuals  nintendo 
august 2018 by handcoding
I cant reset my controls · Issue #2362 · OpenEmu/OpenEmu
“You can either press ‘Escape’ on the selected field to delete it or completely reset them all via a solution in this issue here: #1995”
openemu  emulation  controllers  2016 
july 2018 by handcoding
Why Punching Down Will Never Be Funny | BuzzFeed
“The real difference is that comedy shows or segments that are legitimately funny always punch up. Instead of wasting their time going after people who are typically in the minority, they go after people with tangible power that’s being abused. A basic tenet of humor — and I mean real basic, we’re talking ancient Greece here — is that your best stuff will come from going after people bigger than you.”
buzzfeed  punching  punchingdown  punchingup  comedy  satire  2016 
july 2018 by handcoding
Thunderbird: From mbox to maildir | Wilders Security Forums
“The advantages/disadvantages of both formats are discussed here and in this thread (obviously started by Wilders member @WildByDesign ). In my opinion, the most important advantages of maildir over mbox are the following:

“1. The maildir format is much more robust. The risk of losing data is much smaller if Thunderbird or your computer crashes.
“2. Incremental backups are much faster as only the new and modified files have to be backupped.
“3. Scanning your mails with an AV scanner is easier, and infected mails can be removed without the risk of data loss.”
thunderbird  maildir  mbox  email  cpu  2016 
july 2018 by handcoding
The feds are killing off Clearview, the new highway sign font - The Verge
“Clearview also made legibility worse on signs with what’s called negative-contrast color orientations — dark letters on light backgrounds — like speed limit or yellow warning signs. As such, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is killing off Clearview after 12 years, and all new highway signs again be labeled in Highway Gothic, the old standard font.”
fonts  typefaces  2016  theverge  signage  highways 
july 2018 by handcoding
How I stopped the RSI pain that almost destroyed my programming career
(Hmm—this might be worth a look.)
“Finally, if you’re still in pain after a month or two go read Dr. Sarno’s book. (Update: After posting this blog I got a number of emails from people saying ‘I read that book and my pain quickly went away.’)”
books  rsi  2016  recommendations  wishlist  ergonomics 
june 2018 by handcoding
Speed up your Mac via hidden prefs | The Robservatory
“Here are three of my favorites—three that not only perceptually but actually increase the speed of your interactions with your Mac. I still, to this day, execute these commands on any new Mac I set up.”
mac  macos  osx  2016  terminal  prefs  defaults 
june 2018 by handcoding
Blue Shift: How the Panic Over BPA Accomplished Nothing: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
“In January 2015, a huuuuuuuuge (seriously, it’s 1,000 pages long) risk assessment conducted by the European Food Safety Authority found that ‘there is no health concern for any age group from dietary exposure and low health concern from aggregated exposure,’ according to its panel on BPA.”
bpa  wirecutter  plastic  2016 
june 2018 by handcoding
Bar Coded Boarding Pass (BCBP) Implementation Guide
“The Passenger Service Conference 2004, in unanimously approving Resolution 792, set BCBP as an industry standard.

“The IATA standard known as ‘Resolution 792 Bar Coded Boarding Pass’ defines ‘the required characteristics of the elements and format of the Bar Code on the Boarding Pass’. Its purpose is to provide solutions for an Electronic Ticket world and to fully replace the previous standard for boarding passes known as ‘Resolution 722c Automated Ticket/Boarding Pass – Version 2’. The Passenger Services Conference approved in 2008 a sunset date of 31 December 2010, which corresponded to the mandate for 100% BCBP set by IATA’s Board of Governors. It confirms that 100% BCBP corresponds to the elimination of mag stripes for boarding passes.”
ios  barcodes  boardingpasses  bcbp  2016 
may 2018 by handcoding
J.Crew Has Identified 226 Shades of Pink
The pink blazer here is a pretty nice shade—just sayin’.
pink  jcrew  2016  thecut  colors 
may 2018 by handcoding
Release notes for Office 2016 for Mac - Office Support
Looks like this is Microsoft’s changelog for Office 2016 for Mac.
office  word  excel  2016  changelog  microsoft  2018  mac 
may 2018 by handcoding
Chording and discomfort - Typing & Ergonomics - Keyboardio community
This Keyboardio thread from Algernon does some advocacy and such for one-shot modifier keys.
keyboardio  2016  oneshot  keyboards  modifiers  algernono 
may 2018 by handcoding
How to photograph glass - Aftershave Bottle: Tabletop Photography Lesson
“With the bottle arranged on a small piece of black plexiglass, I had the edge of the lens literally resting on it. The shooting angle was from as low an angle as possible without cutting off too much of the bottles reflection on the plexi.

“For the background, you can see I’ve just used a sheet of white foamcore (carefully balanced on a radiator). :-) One light in a small stripbox on the floor is angled back up towards the foamcore to produce a linear gradient up it.

“On the right of camera, I’ve used a home made diffuser made from a piece of cardboard and some Savage Translum taped to it. This is held in place by a Manfrotto adjustable arm on a stand with a clamp. A second light with a reflector and barn doors attachment was used through the diffuser to try and create a gentle gradient on the right hand side of the bottle.

“The third light (camera left) had a reflector and a 10 degree grid. This was aimed through a small piece of thin white plexi to produce a gradient across the front side of the bottles lid.”
photography  tutorials  2016  perfume  strobist 
may 2018 by handcoding
First Look: WordRake Proofreading Software
“Finally, on my almost-finished brief, WordRake did a solid job of catching passive phrasing (‘by the issuance of’ was changed to the much better ‘issuing,’ for example). It also spotted typos and removed intra-sentence redundancies. However, it still made some grammatical suggestions that utterly changed the meaning of the sentence. That is not a reason not to use the software. Given that you can accept or reject each change, you are free to ignore the suggestions that mangle your meaning.”
wordrake  reviews  2016  word  editing 
may 2018 by handcoding
Move Cursor Word by Word in Terminal for Mac OS X
“Move Cursor Forward by Word in Terminal: Escape + F
“Move Cursor Backward by Word in Terminal: Escape + B”
terminal  escape  2016  navigation  karabiner  karabinerelements 
may 2018 by handcoding
Kinesis Advantage with DSA keycaps -
On replacing a Kinesis’s keycaps with DSA keycaps:
“Most keyboards - including the Kinesis Advantage - use what is called a DCS profile, where the keys in each row have different heights and angles. (That does not include laptop keyboards, or island-style keyboards such as the ones that Apple sells. Those are in their own categories.) DCS family: medium profile, cylindrical top, sculptured. <br> Image from Signature Plastics.
DCS family: medium profile, cylindrical top, sculptured.
Image from Signature Plastics.

“Input Nirvana on Geekhack has a post with a list of all necessary keycap sizes and profiles to reproduce the arrangement on a stock Kinesis. It is possible to order these individually from Signature Plastics; but their inventory for à la carte orders varies depending on what they have left over from production of large batches. When I checked, SP did not have any row 5 PBT keycaps available. I got the impression that building a custom DCS set would be somewhat difficult.”
kinesis  advantage  keyboards  keycaps  dcs  2016 
april 2018 by handcoding
Microsoft Excel Mac, keyboard shortcut to edit in cell - Super User
If need be, you could try remapping Cmd+Enter to F2 in Excel using Karabiner Elements. (Granted, that might not be as convenient as just Enter, but at least you wouldn’t have to be hitting F2 all the time.)
excel  karabinerelements  macos  mac  remapping  2016 
april 2018 by handcoding
MX Compatible Switches - Google Sheets
This Google Docs spreadsheet compares various keyswitches from Cherry, Gateron, Kailh, Outemu, Razer, and Zealio.
cherry  gateron  kailh  outemu  razer  zealio  comparison  googledocs  spreadsheets  2016 
april 2018 by handcoding
first20hours/google-10000-english: This repo contains a list of the 10,000 most common English words in order of frequency, as determined by n-gram frequency analysis of the Google's Trillion Word Corpus.
“This repo contains a list of the 10,000 most common English words in order of frequency, as determined by n-gram frequency analysis of the Google’s Trillion Word Corpus.”


“According to analysis of the Oxford English Corpus, the 7,000 most common English lemmas account for approximately 90% of usage, so a 10,000 word training corpus is more than sufficient for practical training applications.”
common  words  english  google  2016 
april 2018 by handcoding
Bring Application Finder Windows to Front - Macro Library - Keyboard Maestro Discourse
“Here is a really useful macro, first suggested to me by Adam Engst - basically, every time the Finder activates, it brings all the windows to the front. Once you’ve used this macro, you’ll find it hard to use a Mac that doesn’t do this!”
finder  keyboardmaestro  2016 
april 2018 by handcoding
Scott's Baltimore accent results in hilarity - ESPN Video
“Scott's Baltimore accent results in hilarity Scott Van Pelt and Tim Kurkjian begin using Baltimore accents and Kurkjian has a laughing fit.”
baltimore  accents  2016  dialects 
april 2018 by handcoding
CapsLock to Escape Wq4gxrw.png 1,018×702 pixels
This post goes over how you can use Keyboard Maestro to bind “tap once” to a certain key, such as tapping CapsLock once to Escape.
capslock  escape  keyboardmaestro  2016  karabiner  karabinerelements 
march 2018 by handcoding
Entirely agree, great article! – James Beedy – Medium
“For me, the process entailed finding the right combination of a good keyboard with a good key layout. In case you are interested, the optimal setup (for me) consisted of pairing the Norman layout (, what I found to be the perfect layout), with a Kinesis Advantage 2 (, what I found to be the perfect keyboard).

“As for learning the Norman layout, I used TypeFu (can be found in chrome web store) which has built in support for Norman. It took me about 1 month on the Norman layout before I had surpassed my previous WPM on Qwerty.”
norman  qwerty  typing  kinesis  2016 
march 2018 by handcoding
Getting better at what we do: Typing Faster – Veronica Valeros – Medium
“The best website that I found that fit my requirements was The view can be customised, the keyboard layout can be changed, it has dark mode and other settings to tune it for your needs. You can create an account if you feel like it, or you can train as an anonymous user. The website has also a section with high scores (, where you can peek and compare yourself with other users.”
typing  keyboards  2016  medium 
march 2018 by handcoding
keyboard - Kinesis Advantage F7 and F8 acts as email and internet buttons - Super User
To undo Kinesis’s default mapping of F7 and F8 to mail and browser (in Windows):
“To turn off settings individually, hold = and tap the appropriate key (=F7, =F8). To turn of both settings at once in this group, activate one of the master settings (=m, =p, or =w).”
kinesis  remapping  advantage  2016 
march 2018 by handcoding
JH-TMK-Tutorial/ at master · etergo/JH-TMK-Tutorial · GitHub
“Welcome! The purpose of this tutorial is to take someone knowing nothing about writing custom firmware for a keyboard and give them the tools to write one for Jack Humbert’s fork of tmk_keyboard. Note that last part carefully, what is written here is written for Jack Humber's fork of TMK, and will only work with this version of tmk_keyboard.”
firmware  keyboards  building  2016  qmk  ergodox  canonical  beginners 
march 2018 by handcoding
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