7. OS X
Tiny command-line disk/partition apps for DOS/Windows #
For over ten years, Svend Olaf Mikkelsen has crafted a number of free, tiny CLI apps focused on partitions and data recovery, like:
/windows | Mar 31, 2010Fix your Kindle's tiny fonts #
Kindle Optimizer - Digital imaging veteran fixes fonts for Amazon: Kindle 2.0.2 and 2.0.3 files | Kindle 2.3 files
/eink | Mar 31, 2010Cropping PDFs #
Three scripts for cropping PDFs (especially useful for making PDFs easier to read on a Kindle): soPDF, a Windows app (Linux port available) that is very fast and effective at removing white space:
$ sopdf -i input.pdf -o output.pdf -m 2
Before and after screenshots via PDFCrop:
/nix | Mar 31, 2010Remove PDF copy/print restrictions #
Free PDF Unlock Online Utility (Beta) quickly and easily unlocks PDFs up to 5MBs.
/misc | Mar 30, 2010Store and read HTML files on the Kindle 2 #
UPDATE: Sorry, just realized that this is essentially a dupe of Reading HTML files on a Kindle from last year.
The long (and battery-draining) way:
/eink | Mar 27, 2010Rob Reed builds a better Blosxom with Ode #
I first contacted Rob Reed last year while looking for a copy of his annotated Blosxom bundle (not to be confused with Frank Hecker's version). Rob quickly and kindly obliged, and also informed me of a new publishing platform he was working on called Ode,
I asked Rob for permission (which was graciously granted) to post some of the thoughts he has shared over the last few months via email (emphasis mine):
/blosxom | Mar 25, 2010Computing like it's 1989 #
Zach Perry kindly informs us of his recently launched Alternative Electronic Information Network (AEIN), a fee-based BBS that requires a proprietary Windows or DeskMate app to access. Normally such a service would not be mentioned in this space (especially with free and open options like Uncensored available), but the retro ANSI art and whimsical list of free additional benefits (DOS/Windows tech support by email, smoke alarm batteries, camera and computer parts, tree planting donation, etc) tipped the scales. Excuse me while I go grab a copy of TheDraw.
UPDATE: Just noticed this announcement on the homepage a week later:
The AEIN is now transitioning to a free service. Members who purchased paid memberships will retain the benefits promised at the time they signed up. New users can click here to download the AEIN software. All extra benefits have been eliminated for new members, but users can still access a wide range of ad-free content; news, weather, recipes, reviews, computer tips, world time, technical information, etc. New development has come to an end, although news and weather updates will continue.
/windows | Mar 22, 2010iText Express 3.4: TextEdit on steroids #
Japanese | English. 32 and 64 bit versions available, supports Panther through Snow Leopard, optional OgreKit plugin greatly improves search function. 3.3 review. Screenshot of ame ni mo makezu pasted into one of the included templates:
/mac | Mar 20, 2010Automatically adjust color temperature of display based on time of day #
f.lux "makes your computer screen look like the room you're in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again. Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. F.lux will do the rest, automatically."
Certainly seems to make backlit LCDs easier on the eyes in my testing. This should hold me over until Pixel Qi releases their DIY kit. Windows, Mac, and Linux versions available.
/misc | Mar 12, 2010Random Data File Creator #
We've covered how to create empty files in Windows with fsutil. Random Data File Creator (RDFC) allows you to create binary files of any size filled with random numbers.
/windows | Mar 07, 2010An embarrassment of riches #
Claus recently mentioned ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver and its author Olof Lagerkvist in such glowing terms that I had to have a look. In short, I was floored. Olof has crafted dozens of open source tiny apps, virtually all of which run under Windows 95 through 7 (some even under Windows 3.x!). Even better, he is one of the few Microsoft Visual C++ developers who shuns msvcrt.dll:
These binaries are compiled with the free version of Microsoft Visual C++. They are not linked with the standard C or C++ libraries that comes with this compiler, instead they are linked with a dynamic library I call minwcrt (Minimal Windows C Run-Time Library) linking them to crtdll.dll instead of msvcrt.dll. This makes them run in all versions of Win32 without additional dll files. This is also the reason why the exe files are very small. Source for this library is available as part of the source archive mentioned in the top of this document.Here is just a smattering of the many apps available:
/windows | Mar 07, 2010OS X's popup Dictionary panel and Japanese #
Command+Control+D while hovering over a word displays a popup Dictionary panel in OS X. Pronunciation for English words is displayed in the medium grey title bar, but not for Japanese:
/mac | Mar 07, 2010Automatically insert furigana / ruby / rubi readings in Firefox #
Furigana Injector looks up the readings for kanji words and inserts them as furigana. Optionally install XHTML Ruby Support for rendering furigana above text instead of inline.
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