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Yahoo! Pipes replacements #

Yahoo! Pipes "was a web application from Yahoo! that provided a graphical user interface for building data mashups that aggregate web feeds, web pages, and other services, creating Web-based apps from various sources, and publishing those apps."


/misc | Aug 15, 2019

Rare addition to the app catalog... #

searchfs 0.300000 [7k] {S} Command line tool to quickly search by filename on entire HFS+ and APFS volumes using the file system catalog. Screenshot

/mac | Aug 01, 2019

Microsoft Office: wrong default printer #

Microsoft Office apps like Word and Excel may suddenly stop defaulting to the user-specified default printer:

Its_Garth's lonely (and locked) November 29, 2018 post (Office 365 on Windows 10 not using Windows default printer) held the unlikely solution:

  1. Start > Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners > enable "Let Windows manage my default printer"
  2. Launch a Microsoft Office app (say, Word), print a file to the desired printer, then close Word.
  3. Disable "Let Windows manage my default printer"
  4. Reopen Word and open the print dialog; the desired default printer should be automatically selected.

/windows | Jul 30, 2019

iOS 'firewall' apps for non-jailbroken devices #

/misc | Jul 24, 2019

Hot cloning a live/running Windows 95 instance #

In a 2016 reddit thread entitled Clone a Win95 machine while still running?, the consensus was that it could not be done (though rasfert mentioned using xcopy).

Kan Yabumoto's XXCOPY includes a purpose-built clone operation (as described in his Cloning the Win9x system disk using XXCOPY) which can image a running Windows 95 system as simply as:


Before booting the clone, set its primary partition as active/bootable. The usual method (also outlined by Kan) is to start the computer via a bootable floppy or CD and run FDISK from there, as Microsoft's FDISK does not allow marking a partition active on any drive other than 1 ("Only partitions on Drive 1 can be made active."). However, Ranish Parition Manager does not suffer from this artificial limitation, and can thus be used to mark the primary partition as active from within Windows.

The last version of XXCOPY compatible with Windows 95, 2.96.7, can be downloaded from http://www.xxcopy.com/download/xxfw2967.zip.

/windows | Jul 21, 2019

Build a custom WinPE without third party tools like WinBuilder #

posted to the docs section.

/windows | Jul 16, 2019

Install Haiku on a Core Duo 2006 MacBook Pro (17-inch) #

posted to the docs section.

/mac | Jun 30, 2019

Sysinternals surrogates for macOS #

Jonathan Levin (the author of a trilogy on macOS and iOS internals) generously offers a plethora of tools (many of them with source code) for digging deeper into your system, including:

See also fseventer - FileMon for OS X.

/mac | Jun 05, 2019

macOS downloads and checksums #

/mac | Jun 04, 2019

More haste, less speed #


A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, "I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it?" The teacher's reply was casual, "Ten years." Impatiently, the student answered, "But I want to master it faster than that. I will work very hard. I will practice everyday, ten or more hours a day if I have to. How long will it take then?" The teacher thought for a moment, "20 years."
Zen Kōans

Men fated to be happy need not haste.
Chinese proverbs from olden times, Peter Pauper Press

At the thought that it wouldn't be long before she saw Professor Hora again, Momo's courage revived. 'Please,' she said to Cassiopeia, 'couldn't we go a bit faster?' 'MORE HASTE LESS SPEED,' came the reply, and the tortoise crawled on even more slowly than before. Yet Momo noticed, as she had the first time, that they made better progress that way. It was as if the street beneath them glided past more quickly the slower they went. That, of course, was the secret ... the slower you went the better progress you made, and the more you hurried the slower your rate of advance.
Momo by Michael Ende, translated by J. Maxwell Brownjohn

/misc | Jun 02, 2019

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