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How to create a macOS virtual machine in VmWare Fusion on Mac without a CD, USB drive or recovery partition
“If you own a Mac and a VmWare Fusion, then you can legally create macOS virtual machines. However it is surprisingly unintuitive if you don’t have a recovery partition (in which case you can just to Add > New > Install OS X from the recovery partition) or a media, that you can convert into bootable media and use in a new custom VmWare machine.

“This is a simple guide of installing macOS X into VmWare on macOS without a recovery partition or creating external bootable media.”
mac  macos  vmware  fusion  medium  2017  osx 
13 days ago by handcoding
Review: OWC Mercury Elite Pro - Cinema Sound
“We love this thing, and we’ll be slowly replacing our dual drive enclosures with these over the next year. The Mercury Elite receives a 123 CS Rating.”
owc  backup  drives  reviews  2017 
16 days ago by handcoding
How to Find Almost Anything on YouTube
“As on Google, you can add search operators to your YouTube queries, though they’re not widely advertised. For example, your keywords are normally matched against the title, tags, and description, but if you put ‘intitle:’ in front of them, YouTube only returns matches from the video title.”
youtube  search  gizmodo  2017 
6 weeks ago by handcoding
Master Zaps Zaptronic inZanity: Me on Hobbits and High Frame Rates
On why high-frame-rate movies look bad:
“This is a theory I believe more in myself. Because some thing I think I noticed in all the HFR examples I've seen (and that includes the HFR panel at SIGGRAPH 2012 where lots of different frame rates etc. was showcased - more on this at a later time) I notice one very peculiar effect: HFR makes you a worse actor!

“Yes, it is weird. Somehow, every mistake, and every nuance of movement is suddenly present, and you can tell the tiny fidgety moves people to. The theory is, that when we only "sample" the motion at 24 points every second, our brain fills in the intermediate movement with some ‘ideal’, but when we actually have the HFR information, no such ‘motion smoothing’ can occur in our brain, and we see the movements as jiggly and imprecise as they are, making them look more real but then also more like an actor acting.”
movies  hfr  48p  60p  2017 
7 weeks ago by handcoding
This Expert Says Some Of The Best Olive Oil Comes From Costco | HuffPost Life
“But one chef and cookbook author, Samin Nosrat, has shared great tips for finding an everyday olive oil in her new book Salt Fat Acid Heat ― and you’re going to love one of those tips, in particular.

“According to Nosrat, one of the best-tasting olive oils you can get for your money comes from Costco. It’s Kirkland Signature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a 2-liter bottle retails for $21.49. (It’s also available on Amazon for a dollar more.)”
oliveoil  2017  huffpost  recommendations 
7 weeks ago by handcoding
Compersion Is The Word You’ve Been Missing Your Whole Life
(This may be your new go-to webpage about compersion, especially since Wikipedia seems to have merged their “compersion” page with their “polyamory” page.)

“This word exists in other languages. ‘Mudita,’ in Sanskrit, means ‘the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people’s well-being.’ ‘Unne,’ in Norwegian means ‘to be happy on someone else’s behalf.’

“Although the English language doesn’t have an official word for it, there is a lesser-known term for this beautiful feeling: compersion.

“Compersion cannot be found in the dictionary, but Wikipedia defines it as ‘an empathetic state of happiness and joy experienced when another individual experiences happiness and joy.’”
compersion  canonical  medium  2017 
7 weeks ago by handcoding
Sorry, an error occurred while retrieving the piston data - Meta / Bug Reports - webCoRE Community Forum
[If you end up with a piston that won’t load, these steps may be worth a shot: Because this worked for you when you had a dead piston in July 2019.]

“1. This will only work if you have Automatic backup enabled.

“2. Go into the SmartThings IDE under My Location and go to List SmartApps.

“3. Find the title of your smart app/piston and click on the title. You should be taken to another window that contains details on your piston.

“4. Next find the section under Application should the first three items in a list.
“Name Value
“active true
“author Author
“bin backup bin code

“5. The bin section will have your backup code.

“This will not fix your piston, but will let you use WebCoRE’s Restore a Piston Backup Code option and recreate the Piston throwing the error and not opening view/editing.

“I have done this for a piston or two that has been locked in limbo.

“If that works you can get rid of the bad piston and use the backup one you just created.”
webcore  automation  2017  pistons  dead 
12 weeks ago by handcoding
Help with "capture attributes" - Piston: Design Help - webCoRE Community Forum
On using “capture attributes” within WebCoRE:

“I can definitely confirm that waits of one to two seconds or more are needed both after the capture and before the restore commands. If sufficient wait time is not allowed at these two points, WebCoRE may not properly capture or restore the device attributes”
webcore  automation  capture  attributes  2017 
12 weeks ago by handcoding
Headed or heading? - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange
On “headed” versus “heading”:

“If someone or something is headed somewhere, it means an orientation toward a particular destination. If someone is heading somewhere, then there is motion toward that destination, either currently or the near future. This, of course, is not a mutually exclusive distinction […]”
headed  heading  language  2017 
july 2019 by handcoding
How to manually reset OS X Applications settings without reboot? - Ask Different
This post offers some tips about using Terminal utilities to delete plist files.
plist  mac  macos  osx  2017 
july 2019 by handcoding
The form of the pronoun preceding the verbal gerund: Possessive or objective? [PDF]
“This paper concerns a much discussed usage issue in English, namely the varia- tion between the possessive and the objective form of a pronoun preceding a verbal gerund.”
papers  language  2017  pdf 
june 2019 by handcoding
8 Days Is The Perfect Vacation Length, Study Says | HuffPost Canada
“Everyone likes going on vacation. And now science has pinpointed the ideal length of time you need to be away to enjoy the full benefits of a holiday.

“A new study conducted by the University of Tampere in Finland suggests that eight days is the perfect amount of time to achieve the maximum amount of relaxation and happiness without growing bored or homesick.”
vacation  huffingtonpost  2017 
june 2019 by handcoding
OPI Infinite Shine with ProStay Technology: Wear Test & Review • Casual Contrast
From one of the comments about OPI’s Infinite Shine hybrid polish:
“I love OPI IS, but not the topcoat. I have significant tip wear by the second day. I now use vinylux topcoat with the IS base coat and color. No more tip wear until about day 5. I normally change my polish every couple of days, but I appreciate the fact that my nails can look good for over a week with some touch ups when I do not have the time to do my nails.”
opi  nailpolish  2017  vinylux  reviews 
june 2019 by handcoding
Matt May on Twitter: "We need a Bechdel Test for #a11y. You pass when: Two employees who are not accessibility specialists talk to each other about accessibility"
“We need a Bechdel Test for #a11y. You pass when:
“Two employees
“who are not accessibility specialists
“talk to each other about accessibility”
accessibility  bechdel  mattmay  twitter  2017 
june 2019 by handcoding
sleep wake - Chrome prevents Macbook from sleeping - Ask Different
Apparently certain webpages can prevent Chrome from allowing the computer to sleep? Ugh.
chrome  sleep  mac  osx  macos  2017 
june 2019 by handcoding
IFTTT WebHook Instructions - Piston: Design Help - webCoRE Community Forum
On triggering a webCoRE piston from IFTTT:

“You have two ways:

“1. Direct piston execution - head over to the piston and that should give you a link in the Quick Facts section to execute it - that is the URL you need to use in the webhooks of IFTTT. You can also build a JSON body using ingredients and then access them in webCoRE via $args.param (param is the name you gave the parameter in that JSON body)

“2. Event-based IFTTT triggers - use an IF condition and select the IFTTT virtual device - fill in an event name of your choice and you will be provided the URL to use in the webhooks. Try and use unique event names so that you don’t get conflicting executions. You can also implement the JSON body method of passing parameters to webCoRE”
webcore  ifttt  automation  2017 
may 2019 by handcoding
Screen Readers: A Guide to Punctuation and Typographic Symbols
This is the backup of Deque’s table of whether screen readers announce various symbols.
archive  deque  screenreaders  characters  glyphs  symbols  2017 
may 2019 by handcoding
Lutron Caseta integration do I need a smart bridge? - Devices & Integrations - SmartThings Community
(On how to price things for selling online—such as SmartThings bits, in this case:)
“As far as fair pricing, a good rule of thumb is to find the item on Amazon, then go to Camel Camel Camel and look at the current ‘third-party used’ pricing.

“If your item is brand new in the box, the camel camel camel ‘third party used’ is a good place to start, although be aware that when buying from an individual community member people may expect the price to be about 25% below that number when buying from an unknown individual. If your item is actually used, the typical community sale price is about half of the ‘third-party used’ Camel Camel Camel price. Again, just because of the uncertainty in buying from an unknown individual. But you never know, everybody needs to set their prices individually.”
smartthings  classifieds  forsale  2017 
april 2019 by handcoding
Cheap solutions for Lutron Caseta dimmers that won't fully turn off LEDs? : homeautomation
If you should run into these sorts of issues, it looks like this thread goes over some potential ideas if Lutron Caséta dimmers won’t fully turn off an LED light.
lights  lighting  automation  reddit  2017  lutron  caseta 
april 2019 by handcoding
Longtime Denver online store eBags sells itself to Samsonite
Dang—it looks like Samsonite bought eBags in 2017. So that might not be so good.

(via this thread about eBags sandbagging its warranty:
ebags  samsonite  denverpost  2017 
april 2019 by handcoding
What Does “Extra” Mean? This Slang Term Is For The Drama Queens In Your Life
“The earliest Urban Dictionary entry regarding the use of ‘extra’ in this sense dates back to 2003, with an anonymous post stating the definition as, ‘Over the top; Excessive, dramatic behavior; Way too much.’ On Jan. 28, 2017, user Performingfartist (yes, really) described it as, ‘Doing the absolute damn most. For no reason.’ That’s probably the best definition I’ve heard for ‘extra’ as a slang term thus far.”
extra  slang  bustle  2017 
april 2019 by handcoding
Where To Eat At Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) - Eater Dallas
“When traveling, avoiding the hustle and bustle of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport feels a little bit like hitting the lottery. Especially when you pull up to the no-stress, low-key wonder that is Dallas Love Field Airport. A hub for Southwest Airlines, this tiny municipal airport doesn’t have the massive array of amenities on offer at DFW, but there’s still plenty of places to grab a bite before and after your flight.

“As such, check out this guide to every single dining (and drinking) option at Love Field Airport. Fortunately, there’s only one terminal at Love Field, and several of the restaurants inside are centrally located at Concession Village, smack-dab in the middle of the airport.”
airports  restaurants  dallas  eater  2017  dal 
march 2019 by handcoding
TURN ANYTHING INTO A WEBCAM - Elgato Cam Link Review (In-Depth) - Gameplay Test, Linux Test - YouTube
This Elgato Cam Link might initially look promising for turning an HDMI signal into a webcam, but apparently it doesn’t do so well with signals that aren’t 1080p60. Namely, it doesn’t support 1080i.

But around 6:30, Epos goes on to say that the Magewell apparently has some built-in scaler bits that can take care of that situation.
uvc  video  youtube  eposvox  webcams  2017  elgato  podcasting 
march 2019 by handcoding
Getting the latest emoji (on my mac)
(On typing more recent emoji if you’ve installed a newer version of Apple Color Emoji.ttc but you haven’t upgraded macOS itself:)
“So for the time being, I can copy from sites like, and as a user of TextExpander I managed to mangle some snippets automatically. So I’m most of the way to solving my initial annoyances”
mac  macos  osx  emoji  2017  remysharp 
march 2019 by handcoding
Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 With New Emoji, WPA2 Security Fix - MacRumors
“The macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update also brings new Unicode 10 emoji like crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe, fortune cookie, pie, hedgehog, and more. With skin tone and gender variations, there are hundreds of new emoji in the update, which are also available in iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1.”
emoji  mac  macos  highsierra  10.13  2017  osx 
march 2019 by handcoding
Install High Sierra Emoji on Older Versions
“I’m being extremely stubborn and refusing to update to High Sierra at the moment for good reason. The only thing that’s really been annoying me is the fact I can’t see emoji sent from iOS 11 or macOS 10.13 on Sierra but there’s an easy fix.

“Emoji is just a font that renders the unicode characters. On a Mac this is called Apple Color Emoji.ttc and is located in /System/Library/Fonts. Because of this it’s very easily overriden by placing a newer version in /Library/Fonts.”
2017  stephenradford  emoji  macos  osx  mac  highsierra  10.13 
march 2019 by handcoding
select - applescript click menu bar option - Stack Overflow
“Third-party apps, plus Spotlight, manage its own menu bar items/icons. Spotlight for example:

tell application ‘System Events’ to tell process ‘Spotlight’ to title of menu bar items of menu bar 1

“This gives you: {‘Spotlight’}”
spotlight  applescript  stackoverflow  2017 
march 2019 by handcoding
Javascript for Automation in macOS – Hacker Noon
“There is a panel in Script Editor for viewing property list of the applications. This is for helping you to figure out how to command macOS applications via JXA. You can view it by opening Script Editor and clicking on one of these menu items: File > Open Dictionary or Window > Library.”
javascript  automation  mac  osx  macos  2017  jxa 
march 2019 by handcoding
DBX 286s Mic Pre-amp Processor Review / Test / Explained (NOT CLICKBAIT) - YouTube
It looks like EposVox recommends this mic preamp/processor (

(This video also offers a pretty good walkthrough of the features and controls on the DBX 286s.)

This fellow then runs the 286s into the Scarlet Solo, which runs about $110 on Amazon. And just for completeness, the 286s goes for about $220 on Amazon.
video  youtube  audio  preamps  processors  2017  podcasting 
march 2019 by handcoding
11 Warning Signs of Gaslighting | Psychology Today
“Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality.”
gaslighting  psychology  propaganda  2017 
february 2019 by handcoding
ASL is possible on Duolingo
“Free, American Sign Language resources outside of Duolingo:

“• SignSchool I have used and recommend this for brand new learners and up. It's currently in beta and free (might cost in the future). It's interactive and fun. Credentials

“• Sign Language Blitz.
Credentials: This resource was created by ASL Students, certified ASL Interpreters, and at least 1 Deaf person. (The lesson videos I just did today featured this person, named Gerald.) I'm not sure which regional dialect they are using. Gerald is from Philidelphia though. As someone from the Western United states, I recognized 95% of the signs he used in the lesson. The other 5% were intuitive enough that I could easily guess.

“LifePrint and its corresponding Youtube channel Bill Vicars Credentials. I have used and highly recommend LifePrint. It has some very good resources for brand new users and up. It offers less interactive feedback than SignSchool, so it might be harder to stick with. But, still I highly recommend it if you are committed to learning ASL.”
asl  signlanguage  duolingo  2017 
february 2019 by handcoding
Kirkville - How to Use Time Machine Server in macOS High Sierra
“Some Mac users have long run Mac OS X Server on a computer in their household to use as a file sharing repository, and to centralized backups of other Macs. The Server software had a Time Machine server feature, which allowed you to designate a folder that other Macs could select to store Time Machine backups. This is especially useful if you have laptops that you don’t often connect to hard drives to back up; Time Machine can do this automatically, in the background, even at night.

“With macOS High Sierra, this feature is built into the operating system, and you no longer need to install and manage Server to use it. Here’s how.”
mac  osx  macos  timemachine  backups  2017  kirkville 
february 2019 by handcoding
Mod-Tap keys register as tap when used too fast · Issue #2278 · qmk/qmk_firmware · GitHub
(On some QMK parameters related to mod_tap:)
“I have been adding unit tests for the tapping system and `PERMISSIVE_HOLD` should do what you want, as long as you don't have `IGNORE_MOD_TAP_INTERRUPT` defined. You can add a `#undef IGNORE_MOD_TAP_INTERRUPT` to you `config.h` file to make sure. Some keyboards define that by default.

“From my tests, the options mean the following

* `PERMISSIVE_HOLD` = Always the modified output
* `IGNORE_MOD_TAP_INTERRUPT` = Always both keys, unless you hold both keys for at least `TAPPING_TERM`
* `PERMISSIVE_HOLD + IGNORE_MOD_TAP_INTERRUPT` = Modified output if the other key is released before the tap key, or if both keys are held longer than `TAPPING_TERM`. So both keys are output when releasing the tap key before the other key and held less than `TAPPING_TERM`”
qmk  modtap  2017  keyboards 
february 2019 by handcoding
macos - OS X 10.11.3 Update, keyboard lagging - Ask Different
(On debugging typing lag—)
“I would try to disable some keyboard-related applications, if you have any. Such as:

“• Karabiner
“• Text Expander (I had one as extension for Google Chrome =)
“• Punto Swither

“I have just got rid of the keyboard lags on my system by uninstalling all of these (it could be only one of them that caused the issue, but I’ve shot all three).”
typing  lag  osx  mac  macos  2017 
february 2019 by handcoding
Too many dogs today, so here are munchkin cats. I want one! : cats
“I did some cursory online research but it seems like there is no evidence that munchkin cats have any more health problems than cats with normal length legs.

“Obviously these aren’t peer-reviewed scientific sources and could very well be biased, but all the top hits on Google agreed that munchkins don’t have issues. It did say that crossing two munchkins cats is a no-no, but you can get the trait by breeding one munchkin with one normal cat and you will get about a quarter with the munchkin trait and no higher incidence of health problems.

“Source 2
“Source 3”


Also, in reply to a commenter who said, “This makes me so sad,” someone replied,
“You may be happy to realize that it's false. Munchkinism (for lack of a better term off-hand) is a dominant trait, inbreeding is not only not recommended, it's a big no-no. If you go Munchkin-Something Else, you'll get 25% Munchkins in the litter, and they don't have the vast issues that plague dachshunds because of the different bone-structures. Going Munchkin-Munchkin will give only slightly more than 25% Munchkin with many dead, so it's just not done by ethical breeders.”
cats  munchkin  2017  reddit 
february 2019 by handcoding
Nope, totally not trying to sneak up on you : Eyebleach
“I draw the line when a mutation makes the animal live in pain or uncomfortable since they’re born until they die.

“This cat race apparently isn’t constantly in pain or uncomfortable for having short legs. Yes they’d be troubled if they were wild animals but fortunately they’re pets that don’t need hunting or to run away from predators.”
pugs  animals  cats  munchkin  2017  reddit 
february 2019 by handcoding
Nope, totally not trying to sneak up on you : Eyebleach
This thread talks a bit more about munchkin cats—perhaps they might be okay after all?
munchkin  cats  reddit  2017 
february 2019 by handcoding
LSD Errors in 10.12.6 - Apple Community
(If need be, you may be able to use this line to rebuild the Launch Services database—)
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain u -domain s -domain l -v
launchservices  mac  osx  macos  2017 
february 2019 by handcoding
Get URL of tab on different window - Questions & Suggestions - Keyboard Maestro Discourse
This thread has a bunch of ready-made Keyboard Maestro macros for grabbing the URL of the frontmost Safari window (or even the frontmost Chrome window).

And it’s also pretty straightforward to modify them to grab the URL from the nonfrontmost Safari window if need be:
keyboardmaestro  2017  safari  chrome  urls  macros 
february 2019 by handcoding
audio - AirPods: Extremely poor mic quality on Mac - Ask Different
“Apple claims that the poor Mono 8kHz quality which affects recording and indeed simultaneously playback on Mac when the AirPod microphones are activated, is because the SCO codec then gets employed over the entire Mac audio system. This is supposedly ‘expected behaviour’ when trying to use the AirPods and other Bluetooth headsets together with a computer, according to Apple.

“The AAC codec is normally used when just listening to playback on the AirPods. It’s just very unfortunate that SCO – low-quality as it may be – upon AirPod microphone activation is not only limited to doing recording, but also displaces AAC and audio playback.

“Apple Support claims that Apple is looking at this issue, and that improvements might be coming in future firmware updates, but I did not interpret that as a promise to be honest. But for the time being, I’d say that the benefits of making calls and so forth with AirPods on Macs are quite limited.

“Current best practice is to use the Internal Microphone for Recording, and the AirPods for playback when conducting calls. Input and Output devices can be selected in System Settings > Sound or by ⌥-clicking the Volume icon in the macOS Menu Bar, and selecting devices there.”
airpods  mac  osx  macos  2017  audio 
january 2019 by handcoding
Is Michelin’s New Pilot Sport 4S Better Than the Pilot Super Sport? | Automobile Magazine
“First, it’s important to clarify the somewhat perplexing name of the new Michelin tire. The ‘4S’ in PS4S does not mean it’s a four-season (all-season) tire. The PS4S is Michelin’s 4th-generation Pilot Sport UHP summer tire, carrying on the legacy of the original Pilot Sport, the Pilot Sport PS2 and the Pilot Super Sport.”
tires  michelin  pilot  supersport  2017 
january 2019 by handcoding
How to connect incompatible accessories to HomeKit using Homebridge | iMore
“If you’re tired of waiting for your favorite home automation products to get HomeKit support, you might try Homebridge! Homebridge is a NodeJS server that acts as a HomeKit-enabled bridge, linking up non-HomeKit-enabled products to your HomeKit setup. Once you’ve set up a Homebridge server, you can download plugins for non-HomeKit-enabled devices in order to access them with the iOS Home app and control them using your voice with Siri.”
homekit  automation  imore  2017 
january 2019 by handcoding
Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
“Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report.”
globalwarming  climatechange  companies  boycotts  2017 
january 2019 by handcoding
JAWS 18.0.2945 Latest Update Plus What's New
(On JAWS’s new focus-hightlight jobbie:)
“The following is a list of improvements made between the JAWS 18 April 2017 release and the May 2017 update.

“Beginning with this update, JAWS now visually highlights text in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 as you navigate using the Virtual Cursor. As JAWS reads, the current text being read is highlighted so a sighted user such as a parent, teacher, developer, or tester can easily follow the text visually. JAWS visual tracking is available in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, PDF documents opened in Adobe Reader, and Microsoft Mail. It is enabled by default in these specific applications.

“Note that when navigating by line on pages in the web browser, JAWS highlights the virtual line and not the actual line as it appears on the web page.

“While the default settings for the highlight should work well for many users, you can also customize the appearance of the visual highlight including the color, style, transparency, thickness, and spacing. For example, the default color is Lime Green while the default style is Block, which places a solid rectangle around the highlighted text.

“However, you may prefer a different color, style, and more transparency for the highlight. To change these Settings, open Settings Center while focused in one of the supported applications, expand the new Visual Settings group, select Highlight Virtual PC Cursor, and then press F6 to move to the pane where you can configure visual tracking settings.”
jaws  jaws18  2017  accessibility  focus  a11y 
january 2019 by handcoding
3 Ways to Add Classic Menus and Buttons to Microsoft Office • Raymond.CC
“Sadly Microsoft completely removed any option of having the old menus and buttons interface available in its Office products, from their point of view it’s Ribbon or nothing.

“It’s now down to third parties to help revive this functionality and thankfully a few of them have released products that help you do it.”
2017  office  software  windows  ribbon 
january 2019 by handcoding
When to Use Commas Before Quotations
“In fact, there are four, count ‘em, four different ways you can introduce a quotation. Each has its own punctuation rule.”


“Finally, you can use a period to introduce a quotation. You do this when introducing a block quotation—that is, a long quotation that’s indented from the rest of the text.”
punctuation  quotations  quickanddirtytips  grammargirl  2017  canonical 
january 2019 by handcoding
Yorman (cixtor), Blog, Text Editor Latency
This page shares the results of latency testing for various macOS text editors, including TextEdit, CotEditor, and Sublime Text.
coteditor  mac  macos  osx  latency  2017 
january 2019 by handcoding
macos - How to investigate high kernel task memory usage? - Ask Different
This post offers some potential ideas on tracking down high RAM usage from kernel_task.
kernel_task  ram  osx  mac  macos  2017 
january 2019 by handcoding
EarthRx: The Irish Potato Famine Was Caused by Capitalism, Not a Fungus :: Science :: Features :: Irish Potato Famine :: Paste
“‘On the eve of the Famine for example, Ireland was exporting sufficient quantities of corn, wheat, barley, oats etc. to Britain to feed an estimated two million people. Clearly Ireland was producing an agricultural surplus.’

“Anyone wondering how the richest empire in the world, as Britain was at the time, could allow millions of its subjects to starve while there was a actually a food surplus going on need simply to look a little closer at the modern-day United States. Nearly 16 million households suffer from food scarcity in the U.S., the richest country in the history of countries, yet we are experiencing a food surplus so huge that the government is actually stepping in to buy millions’ of dollars worth of staples like cheese just to keep the market alive.”
capitalism  ireland  history  potatoes  famine  2017 
december 2018 by handcoding
How to Pin Recent folders or Recent Places to the Navigation Pane in Windows 10 File Explorer
“Recent Places, which is now known as Recent folders, is very useful not just in Explorer but also in Common File Open/Save As dialog boxes in various applications. Today’s post shows you how to:

“1. Pin Recent Places to the Quick access
“2. Pin Recent Places as a separate item in the Navigation pane.”
windows  windows10  recent  folders  dialogs  software  2017 
december 2018 by handcoding
Fusion 10 on MacOS High Sierra won't run any VM |VMware Communities
(If VMware gives you shit about “Internal error” or “translocation” when you try to launch it, try this—)
“My Fix: Moving the app from /Applications to my HOME folder and then moving it back to /Applications by using Finder. Using Finder is the important step!
“On the next start, I got the security prompt about the kext files and allowed them in the security options. And viola, no more ‘internal error’, my VMs start again.
“So for some reason your install is triggering this for some people. Happened also after a reinstallation attempt as outlined above. This was with Fusion 10.0.1, never had the release version installed.”
vmware  fusion  2017  error  translocation  mac  osx  macos 
december 2018 by handcoding
The 25 Most Rewatchable Movies Of All Time | FiveThirtyEight
“If you’re looking to do a heteronormative couple’s night and need to agree on a movie, it appears the best choice might be to pop in one of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies or ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Apparently, both men and women are drawn to stories where an out-of-towner and a loyal lapdog team up to pass through a region of abnormally short residents on the advice of a magical entity and join a mission to solve a convoluted geopolitical struggle alongside an eclectic coterie of traveling companions — a stalwart guardian, an axe-toting hothead and an enigmatic denizen of the woods — in order to once again return to their bucolic existences.1

“That, or ‘The Princess Bride’ might be a good call. Great film.

“Still, there are differences in taste: Films in the men’s top 20 but not the women’s include ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘The Matrix,’ ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Goodfellas.’ Films disproportionately favored by women include ‘Dirty Dancing,’ the ‘Harry Potter’ series, ‘Pretty Woman,’ ‘Grease’ and ‘Titanic.’”
movies  fivethirtyeight  rewatchable  2017  starwars 
december 2018 by handcoding
Launch Services database problems: correcting and rebuilding – The Eclectic Light Company
(If you find that “lsd” ends up using a lot of CPU, perhaps this may be worth a shot?)
“There is no simple way to rebuild your Launch Services database, unless you have a utility such as OnyX which includes this as a feature. Restarting in Safe mode (with the Shift key held) flushes quite a few caches, but does not touch the Launch Services database.”


“The snag with resetting the Launch Services database is that your Mac will take time to gradually rebuild it, during which its functions will run much slower. After a while, though, it will have been rebuilt, and the right app should be associated with each document type.

“Apple does not tell us which service maintains the Launch Services database, but I have a strong suspicion that it is lsd, or a close relative. It is not that important, as your only controls are in the lsregister command tool, which is limited in its powers.”
2017  mac  macos  osx  lsd  cpu  eclecticlight  launchservices 
december 2018 by handcoding
You Know What? F*ck That Guy: 'Wonder Woman' Edition
“Fuck that guy: David Edelstein (who I admit, I used to dig when he was at Slate) who decided to review Wonder Woman with his penis.”
davidedelstein  movies  2017 
november 2018 by handcoding
Chromecast and TiVo drops resolved : eero
“For the longest time (5 months), my Chromecasts have been dropping off randomly from the ‘castable’ devices list. Sometimes one of the three Chromecasts would be visible, other times all of them, etc.

“On top of that I’ve been having disconnect issues with my TiVO Mini being unable to talk to the main floor DVR, again randomly. This never happened with my old Asus router. After some serious debugging, I seem to have found the culprit. My switch. It’s a Netgear GS116Ev2 (there are other switches with similar settings enabled).

“Now, usually I would never blame a switch since they’re fairly ‘dumb’ devices, but after disabling ‘IGMP Snooping’ on it which was on my default, magically the stability of my network has improved dramatically and things no longer drop randomly.”
2017  tivo  eero  igmpsnooping  reddit 
november 2018 by handcoding
Adjust the volume in ¼ increments - Questions & Suggestions - Keyboard Maestro Discourse
“The macro below uses AppleScript to set the volumen in increments of 100.
“You can adjust the + and - value in the script to adjust to you liking.
“There is no visible indicator to this.”
keyboardmaestro  macros  volume  macos  2017 
november 2018 by handcoding
Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture | Current Affairs
“For many socialists in the 20th century, the abdication of decorative elements and traditional forms seemed to be a natural outgrowth of a revolutionary spirit of simplicity, solidarity, and sacrifice. But the joke was on the socialists, really, because as it turned out, this obsession with minimalism was also uniquely compatible with capitalism’s miserable cult of efficiency. After all, every dollar expended on fanciful balusters or stained glass rose windows needed to produce some sort of return on investment. And since such things can be guaranteed to produce almost no return on investment, they had to go.”
2017  architecture  ugly 
november 2018 by handcoding
Measurement and Review of Schiit BiFrost Multibit DAC | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum
It looks like this guy really didn’t like Schiit’s Bifrost Multibit DAC.
“It is no secret that the previous Schiit products have not done well on my workbench. But I was hoping as suggested by many that their high-end products would do better. Alas, what is shown above is just unacceptable. It shows a product that simply has no design hygiene. Either wrong DACs are used or driven incorrectly in the implementation. There are DACs literally at 10% of the cost that do much better.”
schiit  dacs  2017  audio 
november 2018 by handcoding
What's the difference between adding a friend on Reddit, and following someone? : NoStupidQuestions
“If you follow them their posts will appear on your Front Page along with the posts from all the subreddits you subscribe to.

“If you add them as a Friend only two things happen: 1) their username appears in Red with an [F] every time you see their name; and 2) you can see all your Friend’s new posts and comments by visiting /r/friends. Their posts do not appear on your Front Page unless they get there by normal means (i.e. upvoted in a subreddit).”
reddit  friends  folllow  2017 
november 2018 by handcoding
Following vs. friends on reddit : reddithelp
“If a user has enabled the new ‘profile’ feature, then you can ‘follow’ them to include posts in your frontpage which they post to their profile (instead of a particular subreddit.
“If you ‘friend’ a user, then you can see all their (public) posts in r/friends, and a little [F] next to their username.”
reddit  friends  follow  2017 
november 2018 by handcoding
Alienating the Audience: How Abbreviations Hamper Scientific Communication – Association for Psychological Science
“Abbreviations are all too common in scientific communication and are mostly unnecessary; this is reason enough for conscientious writers to avoid them. In many cases, they can confuse and alienate unfamiliar audiences, and even well-intentioned writers and speakers may overestimate an audience’s familiarity with abbreviations.

“Abbreviations shouldn’t be completely avoided, but using them as a default can be problematic. Mindful writers will notice that most abbreviations are unnecessary and will choose to replace them with the meaningful words that underlie them.”

(This article is via this page, which you’ve also bookmarked in Pinboard:
abbreviations  acronyms  readability  plainlanguage  2017 
october 2018 by handcoding
Fixing stuck modifiers. : olkb
“I’m still getting stuck modifiers with my keymap.

“Basically, my modifiers (ctrl, alt, meta) are working as if they were CapsLock keys. This is despite having #define PREVENT_STUCK_MODIFIERS in my config.h.

“I filed an issue on github, but in the meantime, I’m wondering if there are any other possible solutions. Could a function help eliminate the ‘locking’ behavior?”

“Fixed with the help of /u/jackhumbert. The answer is to have KC_TRNS, instead of KC_NO, for the modifier keys on the temporary layers.”
qmk  prevent_stuck_modifiers  2017  keyboards 
october 2018 by handcoding
kaiyghtlyhnne on Twitter: "my women's history prof handed this out, just some easy tips to prevent sexual assault!!… "
This is that tweet with anti-sexual-assult tips for men, like:

“1. Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behavior.
“2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone.
“3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!
“4. Never open an unlocked door or window uninvited.
“5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, don’t assault them!”

sexualassult  rape  twitter  2017 
october 2018 by handcoding
[GB] Kinesis QMK mod kit using Stapelberg : MechanicalKeyboards
(This group buy was from a while ago, but perhaps some of these might still be available somewhere?)
“Apparently I am not the only one who wants to mod a Kinesis (Advantage, Pro, Classic..) to QMK. That’s why I’m going to offer ‘modding kits’ for the Kinesis ergonomic board lineup!”
kinesis  keyboards  qmk  reddit  2017 
october 2018 by handcoding
Connection Failing 12/23/17 | Page 3 | TiVoCommunity Forum
“Well, after some packet tracing and a little shenanigans, I’m back online.

“When the Tivo first connects, it connect to something that I presume is a load balancer, and it responds with whom should be contacted next.


“It then connects to, sends some data, the connection abruptly closes, and the Tivo says failed.

“So who is h2?


“Hmm, is there a h1? Yes there is…


“So, shall we shenanigan, assume h2 is sick, and redirect all traffic destined to h2, to h1 instead? On the router…

“iptables -t nat -t nat -A PREROUTING -s -d -j DNAT –to-destination

“(The first IP is the ip of one of my Tivo’s. The second is h2. The third is h1.)

“And my daily calls now work. (Odd note, after introducing the redirect, it always works on the ‘second’ daily call, and from then on. If I remove the redirect and break it again, it fails immediately. Then after reintroducing the redirect, it works on the second call again. That I can’t explain without more tracing, so do call twice.)”
tivo  c217  c218  networking  errors  2017 
october 2018 by handcoding
TWSBI diamond 580 nib tuning? : fountainpens
“Any nib can benefit from tuning.
“Start by checking that the tines are aligned . Here are some workshop notes for nib adjustment from Richard Binders site. This is a pretty good breakdown of nib issues with visuals and how to fix them.”
pens  nibs  tuning  twsbi  580  2017 
september 2018 by handcoding
Accidental ENTER - Typing & Ergonomics - Keyboardio community
(This thread offers some ideas on setting up the thumb keys and the like:)

“thumbs are now (left-right) ctrl, bksp, shift, alt — cmd, ctrl, space, shift

“enter is defined in 3 places: enter key on RM01 and fn + space, on LM01 its fn + v (because I’ll probably never use middle mouse click)

“escape is default on LM01, and fn + cmd on RM01

“windows key is cmd (moved to right thumb row) on RM01, and fn + alt on LM01 (alt moved from RM01 to left thumb row)

“I left ctrl default on LM01 because its conducive to copying and pasting, ctrl-c, ctrl-v and its comfortable there. That same key position is shift on the RM01, again because my thumbs naturally hit the inner thumb arcs easier than reaching for the outer arc(s).”


“I placed Enter where the right hand Shift key originally was. I also placed both Shifts next to Backspace and Space, i.e. I have now: ctrl - bksp - shift - cmd || enter (cap says alt) - shift - space - ctrl”


> If I were learning fresh, I would swap ENTER to BUTTERFLY.

“That’s my second mod, after oneshot, thanks for the suggestion! The butterfly is easy to hit with my thumb, and hard to hit by accident, so this is perfect.”
keyboardio  model01  keyboards  remapping  layouts  thumbs  2017 
september 2018 by handcoding
Full-size, TKL, 60% and more: a guide to mechanical keyboard sizes – The Keyboard Company
“When I was a boy, keyboards only came in one size: large. 104 or 105 keys were the norm, and anything less would make you feel a little short changed! As mechanical keyboards have exploded in popularity, keyboard makers have created new layouts (and repopularised old ones!) with far fewer keys. We’re talking about Tenkeyless keyboards with 87 keys, or keyboards with 75%, 60% or even 40% of the keys you’d expect on a full-size keyboard.

“In this article, we’ll show you some of the most popular keyboard form factors, tell you about their strengths and weaknesses, and suggest some of our favourite keyboards of that type.”
keyboards  40percent  60percent  75percent  2017 
september 2018 by handcoding
HDMI and HDCP versions supported? | TiVoCommunity Forum
“It’s because of HDCP. If you power up from sink to source, waiting for each device to be ready first before powering up the next device, then you’re far more likely to be successful. This is because the EDID has to backwards propagate - the sink produces an EDID (which also indicates HDCP status). It’s read the source earlier in the chain, like an AV receiver, which takes it and modifies it to add more capabilities (e.g., additional sound processing). As part of this, it needs to also propagate HDCP status. Then when TiVO gets around, it reads the EDID from the receiver, and gets the HDCP status of both the receiver and the TV.

“The thing, if you power stuff up somewhat randomly, then the HDCP status isn’t necessarily ready by the time the next device needs it so it gets an incorrect status which is propagated backwards. Usually the fix is to re-handshake everything so they can all refresh their status properly.

“Your best bet is just sequencing - turn on the TV< wait 30 seconds, turn on the receiver, wait 20 seconds then TiVo should be OK.”
hdmi  hdcp  2017 
september 2018 by handcoding
[photos] Just another Planck : MechanicalKeyboards
This post has a pretty good pic of a Planck that’s set up with XDA Canvas.
canvas  reddit  keycaps  keyboards  2017 
september 2018 by handcoding
Should I Use the Adjective “Diverse”? | Radical Copyeditor
“So it may seem like a small act to use the word diverse in a manner that is true to its dictionary definition, but it’s a small act with big ripple effects when you refuse to buy into a system that teaches us what ‘normal’ is and then defines everything else as Other. Diverse is not Other. Diverse describes the collective beauty of humanity.”
diverse  diversity  socialjustice  editing  canonical  2017 
september 2018 by handcoding
Kailh Low-Profile Switches Emerge On ‘Meira’ 40% Ortho Keyboard
About the Kailh Choc switches:
“Because these switches don’t have the MX-compatible cross stem, keycap compatibility is an issue. However, by dint of the fact that this is supposed to be a particularly low-profile keyboard, you won’t want standard-height caps anyway. Instead, WoodKeys is working with NovelKeys on special Kailh caps for them. The caps are available in black or white (with no legends, for the bravest among us), black with white legends, or white with gray legends.”
kailh  choc  switches  2017  keyboards  meira 
august 2018 by handcoding
Nikon Z 6 is a lower resolution, less expensive Z 7: Digital Photography Review
“The Z 6 uses a ‘Nikon-designed’ full-frame 24.5MP BSI-CMOS sensor and has a total of 273 PDAF points (compared to 45.7MP and 493 points on the Z 7, respectively). It has a native ISO range spanning from ISO 100 to 51,200, missing out on the Z 7’s ISO 64 mode.


“The Z 6 will be available in late November – two months after the Z 7 – and will be available with the 24-70mm F4 S lens or body-only. The Z6 will cost $1995 body-only or $2599 with the 24-70mm F4 lens.”
nikon  cameras  dpreview  photography  2017  z7  z6 
august 2018 by handcoding
How To Solder Your Own Mechanical Keyboard! - YouTube
TaeKeyboards recommended this keyboard-soldering tutorial (if you should ever need to do such a thing).
soldering  tutorials  keyboards  youtube  beginners  2017 
august 2018 by handcoding
‘Check your privilege’ used to annoy me. Now I get it | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian
“No one likes to believe they’ve been given a leg up in life. But in truth, whether it’s by being white, or straight, or even just able to read, most of us have.”
privilege  2017  theguardian 
august 2018 by handcoding
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