7. OS X
Download and combine F4F files into FLV #
"Chug a Bug" kindly details how to download and merge F4F files into a single FLV file with URL Snooper and AdobeHDS.php (PyURLSnooper offers a cross-platform alternative to the Windows-based URL Snooper, though any app that captures HTTP traffic will work, including Firefox's Web Console). The gist is to locate the F4M (Flash Media Manifest) file and feed it to AdobeHDS.php.
/misc | May 18, 2013For fans of pixelated art and Hayao Miyazaki #
Russell Thomson has crafted two charming wallpaper collections of Studio Ghibli films, including:
/misc | May 08, 2013Money #
/misc | May 07, 2013Batch crop a stack of visually overlaid images like Briss #
Briss allows cropping a stack of visually overlaid PDF pages to remove extraneous space.
I searched high and low for an app that could do the same for images. The only thing I found was PixEdit, which does the job admirably, but at a cost of £1,250. ImageMagick's awesome command line tools were not well-suited to the task, as the images were highly variable.
I posted a plea for help on SuperUser that was promptly downvoted and closed, but not before ForeverWintr kindly pointed me in the right direction: ImageJ. Johannes Schindelin generously filled in the details that I was dark on. Here is the complete walkthru:
/misc | May 03, 2013Securely wiping an SSD #
Guides like this one from CNET, How to securely erase an SSD drive, assure users that ATA Secure Erase can "quickly, easily, and securely erase your SSD drive." Sadly, research has shown that is simply untrue for many, if not most, current drives. Until ATA specifications catch up, encrypting the entire drive and then issuing a Secure Erase command is comparatively safer, though physical destruction remains the only reliable method.
/misc | Apr 25, 2013Portable, folding whiteboard #
I love making large drawings when explaining new concepts to clients. As an itinerant tech, the main difficulty has been portability. But no longer: Robin Thomas's Noteboard is a pocket dry-erase board that folds down from 35" x 15" to 5" x 3". It fits into a small pouch (that doubles as an eraser) along with an included dry-erase marker. Neatest product I've seen all year. Even if you think you don't need one (you do!), check out Robin's site for an example of doing web sales right - from the heart.
/misc | Apr 21, 2013Delete all GMail contacts #
In the new GMail interface, only 250 contacts can be deleted at a time. Here's how to delete all of your contacts using the old version:
/misc | Apr 04, 2013Four chinese proverbs #
It is better to have a spacious mind than a spacious house.
Do all that is possible within human limits and leave the rest to Heaven's will.
One who is willing to restrain a moment's anger will avoid a hundred days' sorrow.
Man does not live to a hundred years but he worries enough for a thousand.
From ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs, edited by John S. Rohsenow
/misc | Feb 17, 2013Removing the fan assembly from a Dell Optiplex 320 Mini Tower #
The Dell OptiPlex 320 User's Guide has loads of great info on removing and replacing parts, but sadly skips the fan assembly. Thankfully, the Dell Dimension 5100 Service Manual has the details; here's an abbreviated and slightly modified version:
/misc | Jan 07, 2013Extract files from remotely hosted archives #
Like HttpDisk, re7zip can extract individual files from remote archives (cf. Download just imagex.exe (568k) instead of WAIK (1,782,580k)). Unlike HttpDisk, re7zip:
/misc | Oct 14, 2012
2013: 5 4 3 2 1
2012: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2011: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2010: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2009: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2008: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2007: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2006: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2005: 12 11 10