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Use MacOS X Finder as Image browser

31 03 2012

I was searching for quite a while for a simple tool to browse my pictures. The requirement I had was that the tool should be capable of giving me an overview of all pictures in a folder including subfolders. I didn’t want to use a fancy tool like iPhoto that builds its own library. I sort my digital pictures by date taken with SortImagesGUI into folders. Sometimes I’m searching for a specific picture where I know in which month it was taken. But scanning over all subdirectories in a month is silly.

Funny enough MacOS X has this capability build in right into the Finder. You just search for image type files in a certain folder and get a handy grid of pictures. I’ve made a quick screencast on this one. It works the same way if you’re looking for other file types.

 

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iPhone Foto Apps

8 03 2012

Da der Zettt neulich mal ein kurzes Posting über seine liebsten Foto-Apps auf dem iPhone gepostet hatte, möchte ich hier auch mal zeigen was ich bei mir so nutze:

 

IMG 1423

Auf dem ersten Home-Screen habe ich prominent meine meist genutzten Apps, nämlich Hipstamatic und Camera+ platziert. Bei Hipstamatic mag ich einfach die Effekte und das Retro-Feeling der Anwendung. Wenig Schnick-Schnack coole Fotos. Camera+ kann dafür am meisten aus Aufnahmen rausholen finde ich. Gerade bei schwierigen Lichtverhältnissen erreiche ich mit Camera+ immernoch die besten Ergebnisse.

Instagram liegt da auch noch rum, obwohl ich das kaum mehr benutze. Ich hasse bei Instagram, daß die keine ordentlichen EXIF-Daten in die Bilder schreiben. Da ich meine Bilder nach EXIF-Daten (Aufnahmedatum) automatisch sortiere, werden die Instagram-Bilder immer falsch eingeordnet…

Desweiteren habe ich hier gleich einen Ordner mit weiteren Foto-Apps:

 

IMG 1424

 

Hier versteckt sich die normale Camera, welche ja nun auch über den Lock-Screen direkt schnell erreichbar ist. Diptic nutze ich, wenn ich mal eine Bildcollage aus mehreren Fotos in ein Bild zwängen will. IncrediBooth ist ganz lustig wenn man ab und zu mal lustige Passbilder machen möchte. Mit Loopcam kann man sehr einfach animierte GIFs erzeugen. Sehr coole App. Für Panorama-Aufnahmen nehme ich Photosynth von Microsoft. Das ist nach meiner Erfahrung wirklich die beste App für diese Zwecke. Die anderen Apps nutze ich eher selten ehrlich gesagt.

Ich habe aber noch einen zweiten Ordner mit Bildbearbeitungsprogrammen:

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Meistens auch nur Spielereien die ich äusserst selten nutze. Wirklich nützlich ist hier eigentlich nur SketchBook zum retuschieren von Bildern und LiveSketch wenn man einmal auf seinem Screen rummalen möchte.

 

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simplistic Laptop Stand

22 12 2011
  • deutsch

I’d like to recommend this very simplistic laptop stand for your MacBooks – the LineA . The main advantage of it is the fact that it lifts you hot blooded Intel MacBook (Pro) from the desks surface a bit to optimize air circulation. Thus keeping your computer a few degrees colder while under heavy load.

Additionally it raises the keyboard a bit which I find more nice to write on. It’s very simple, robust and easy to store. It comes with a small hull so you can even store it within the tight second skin covers for your precious MacBooks.

It easily adopts to all different sizes of Laptops and even Netbooks can be put on top of it.

LineA Fuera Etui

Find a more detailed review at the-gadeteer.com

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How to use two Firefox Versions in parallel

19 12 2011

You surely are using the latest and greatest browser on your Mac. But their might be certain applications in you corporate environment that require you to use old versions of browsers. Of course you can install multiple browsers on you Mac, but having different Versions of them at hand requires a bit of fiddling some times.

I often struggled to run two different versions of Mozilla Firefox in parallel. Of course you can install an application basically in any folder on you machine and it will probably run. But applications tend to store certain app data in your “~/Library/Application Support” folder and the likes. Firefox will store it’s profile data there and some lock information when it’s running. So when you try to start a second instance of Firefox it will usually complain that another instance of Firefox is already running.

But there is a workaround using Firefox Profile support. Basically you’ll call Firefox with a certain profile because you can run multiple instances of Firefox with different profiles at the same time. Unfortunately there is no easy way to add start parameters to an Application under MacOS. But here’s the trick:

 

I’ve installed the latest Firefox in the default location under /Applications and let it run unmodified. I have an Firefox 3.6.x installation in my personal applications folder under ~/Applications. This one I modified to start with a certain profile. In order to achieve this, I initially called the Firefox manually invoking the Profile Manager:

~/Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox-bin -ProfileManager

 

Firefox Profile Manager

Create a profile and name it “FF3″ and tick the box “Don’t ask at startup”. Now you need to tell Firefox.app to use this profile for start. In order to do this you need to modify a .plist file in the application package. That contains the start up command for Firefox. Unfortunately you can’t just add a parameter here. You need to create a shell-script that’ll call Firefox with the appropriate command. Then you’ll nominate this shell script as start command in the plist file.

So create a file named “start-firefox.sh” in ~/Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/ with the following content:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
/Users/fzurell/Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox-bin -P "FF3"

Make the shell script executable for the user: chmod u+x ~/Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/start-firefox.sh

Then edit the file ~/Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/Info.plist

 

Screen Shot 2011 12 19 at 10 33 12

Find the key for “CFBundleExecutable”, the next line contains a string element pointing to “firefox-bin”. Replace it with your newly created shell script as seen in the screenshot and save the file.

Basically that’s all. When you now double-click the Firefox.app in your personal Application folder, it should start Firefox with the FF3 profile.

If it doesn’t your Finder cache might not yet been updated. Move the Firefox.app from the ~/Applications folder to your Desktop for a moment. Double click the Firefox.app as if you want to open it. Nothing will happen (as the shell script is pointing to ~/Applications/Firefox.app). Now move it back to ~/Applications folder. It should work now.

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Why iPhone 4S is bad?

6 10 2011

So technically the iPhone 4S is a new device and could have been named iPhone 5 if there would have been a new case design. It’s got a new CPU, new camera, new antennas and new software.
I guess nobody would have complaint that it only feels like an refurbished iPhone 4.

So why seems everybody disappointed with the iPhone 4S then? I guess because Apple forgot about an important feature – the distinguishness of their products. People want to show off that they have the latest and greatest gadget, that they can afford the new iPhone although their other iPhone is just half a year old.
All this glamour can’t be achieved with the new iPhone 4S because nobody will easily recognize it from it’s predecessor.
Poor hipsters and early adopters. This time there is only little reward for staying in line in front of the Apple Store half the night. They’ll only get a new device in the old case that nobody will recognize.

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Firmware Update for OCZ SSD drives on a Mac

29 09 2011

I’ve got an OCZ Vertex3 MaxIO SSD as the main drive in my MacBook Pro. Now there is a firmware upgrade available from OCZ. As with many other vendors these kind of updates are only supported on Windows or Linux (at least), but not directly on a MacOS X. So what now?

I found a fairly easy way to do the upgrade. OCZ provides a Linux based update tool that downloads the actual firmware on demand from their website. So you need a computer that can run Linux, has internet connectivity and the drive accessible via a controller that allows the update.

Of course you can’t update the firmware of the drive you’ve booted from. So I just took a Ubuntu Linux Live CD and booted my MacBookPro (press C during boot) from the CD. From Linux I downloaded the firmware update pack from the OCZ website and ran in it a terminal.

This worked like charm. Hard disk was recognized, appropriate firmware update downloaded and disk updated. Done. No need to put your hard drive in another computer that runs the support OS or any other fiddling.

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my favorite productivity tools on the Mac

23 09 2011

I think it’s time the write about my favorite tools on MacOS X again. There are a bunch of smaller and larger applications that make my life easier every day. I’d like to share with you what and why:

TextExpander (commercial):

This little program safes me a thousand key strokes every month. You can define small strings that get expanded to much larger strings when you type them.

For instance I have a abbreviation defined as “psjava” that instantly gets expanded to “ps -ef | grep -v grep | grep java” once I type it somewhere.

TextExpander comes with a price tag of about ~ $35 USD.

 

ClipboardHistory (commercial):

The Clipboard History does what the name implies. It keeps history of what you put in your clipboard and can restore it later. So you can copy multiple items to the Clipboard and paste it one by one.

The nice thing about ClipboardHistory I found is, that it stores plain text, RTF and even pictures. But you have to choice to paste it as just plain text. This is very handy if you have to cite from HTML formatted emails and the like.

ClipboardHistory is available for about 3,99 € in the Mac App Store.

There is a free alternative called JumpCut that I used before. That stores only plain text in the history. So Clipboard History is a bit more flexible here. And also offers a search windows for you history. So worth the few bucks if you ask me.

 

ClipboardHistory

ControlPlane (free):

ControlPlane is a nice tool that helps me changing certain settings when I switch work environments. I use my Laptop at Home and in the Office. There are different network environments and stuff I would need to adjust every time I move. ControlPlane can recognize these environment changes and can execute certain actions on change.

For me it switches to a different network location profile to adopt the proxy settings and starts and stops certain programs.

ControlPlane seems to be the successor of Marco Polo which is discontinued.

ControlPlane

SoundSource (free):

SoundSource is a nifty little menu bar item that let’s you pick input and output audio devices. You can specify to use the headset microphone but the build in speakers etc.

SoundSource

LittleSnitch (commercial):

This little Snitch is a tool for control freaks. It acts like a reversed firewall. It captures traffic from applications on your computer to the network. So you can explicitly allow or deny applications to talk to hosts on the network. It also gives you a monitor on which applications talks to which hosts etc.

LittleSnitch

 

LaunchBar (commercial):

This is my control center for applications. LaunchBar gives you sort of a command line interface for launching applications and other stuff. Just hit the trigger key (Ctrl + Space) and start typing some letters of the application you want to start. Once there is a match in the LaunchBar hit Enter and you’re done.

No searching and clicking with a mouse for application launch. LaunchBar supposedly also can maintain clipboard history. But I don’t use this feature at the moment.

 

iStat Menus 3 (commercial):

Unix-Freaks always love those little meters and gauges displaying all sort of system metrics. Of course there is a Mac way to have this. The most popular is possibly iStats Menus. This stays in the menu bar and can display CPU load, Memory usage, Network throughput etc. at a glance and more detailed measures with a simple click.

 

iStats Menus 3

 

DropBox (free, premium available):

DropBox offers you 2GB of cloud storage + synchronization for free. Think of it as an folder on your disk that is constantly synced with a cloud service. So you can keep this folder in sync on several Computers (not limited to Macs).

I use this to store stuff I need on multiple computers like Password Database, TextExpander repo etc.

Make sure you read and understand their small print. Basically they’ll own your data if you use the service. So don’t put stuff their that you don’t like to be shared (copyright protected material, unencrypted personal stuff etc.)

Evernote (free, premium available):

Evernote is a note keeping application. That itself isn’t something spectacular. What makes Evernote unique is, that it’ll sync your notes with their cloud service. This way you can access your notes from multiple devices. Additionally Evernote does OCR on pictures you store in notes. This way you can for instance take pictures of business cards and search for the text on it. That is pretty neat.

Evernote

Xmarks (free):

I’m using different Browsers on different Platforms. But I want to have my Bookmarks available  in all those browsers. The most versatile tool seems Xmarks to me. It has a plugins for most popular browsers and thus keeps my bookmarks in sync. Be careful with their additional offering called “LastPass”. That one can sync your stored password with their cloud service. But they have been hacked several times on the past…

 

1Password (commercial):

Of course one can’t remember passwords for all the online services and website that are in use. So either you use the same password everywhere (bad idea) or you use different passwords and try to memorize them somehow. I use 1Password to help me with that. It stores all the passwords in a strongly encrypted database file and hooks in to my browsers to easily fill in on demand. You can sync the password file via DropBox to your other computers and even to 1Password on the iPhone. So you always have your passwords at hand.

The good thing is that you passwords are encrypted in a file that you own. Not in a cloud service where you hope the provider encrypts them properly.

 

OmniFocus (commercial):

GTD is a big hype and there meanwhile tens or even hundreds of tools out there to help you getting your tasks and lists organize. OmniFocus was one of the first tools around and is very versatile and capable. Some people complain about the rather technical UI compared to fancier alternatives like “Things” or “The Hit List“. But apart from it’s powerful features OmniFocus has one big advantage. It can sync it’s database with the iPhone version via any WebDAV folder. So I don’t need to pay for an additional cloud service but instead can use my own web server to sync the database between iPhone and MacBook.

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beware of Lions

30 08 2011

I’m one of the brave guys who updated it’s MacBook Pro to MacOS X 10.7 (aka Lion).

Main reason (apart from being a fan boy and pain seeker) is the full disc encryption (FDE) that is now build in. It replaces the basically useless FileVault that was in place before Lion.

In principle the FDE works fine once you enabled it. It can be turned on later and run’s in the background without drawing noticeable performance.

But last week, out of curiosity, I started the disk utility to check if my volume is still healthy. DiskUtility stated that my partition needs a repair. As Lion now’s got a recovery partition with a basic operating system and tools I thought this is an easy task. I’m such an optimist…

Booting into the recovery OS is easy. Just press Command + R during boot. Then started the DiskUtility from the there. Of course my main partition is still encrypted at this point, but the DiskUtility has got an “unlock” button.

Just my password for the disc encryption doesn’t seem to work. My initial thought was the special characters in my password. I noticed that the keyboard layout was set to english. One could pick German from the little flag in the upper right corner. But it will instantly snap back to US English. First bug…

So I booted up in the normal OS again to change my FDE password to something more simple. Bootet again into the Recovery OS and tried to unlock the partition. No luck either. I also noticed that the password hint field is empty although I explicitly typed in something initially.

Out of curiosity I tried to change the password from the DiskUtility of the Recovery OS. It accepted the password (the new one) I typed in as well as the new password without complains. Let alone I still couldn’t unlock the FDE partition with any of those passwords.

So I decided to start the main OS in single use mode (press Command + S during boot) to do a manual repair (/sbin/fsck -fy). Guess which password could open the encrypted partition? Right, non of my new password could decrypt the partition. Instead my original password still worked. At least the manual repair did work without any problems.

Conclusion: FDE seems to work (OK I didn’t actually checked the bytes on the disk if they are really encrypted). But the tools to deal with FDE seems fundamentally broken in 10.7.1

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week numbers in MacOS X

19 04 2011
  • deutsch

I know we all hate the MS Outlook style of referencing dates by giving the week number of the year. I always struggle if someone gives me week number and expects me to know when that’s gonna be. I hardly know any mail client other than MS Outlook that displays weeks numbers at all.

But for peace sake I’ll show you how to display this secret information on your shiny MacOS X as well.

week numbers in MacOS X Menubar Clock

iCal week numbers

The trick is to create a custom format for the full data listing in the System Preferences. Just add the place holder for the Week to the format definition and it will show up in your menu bar clock and even in iCal.

Please find an excellent instruction on that on Marius van Witzenburgs Blog post

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encrypted TimeMaschine – never ending story

5 03 2011
  • deutsch

In a previous article I described how to setup an encrypted TimeMachine Backup. That used to work fine until a few month ago. I noticed back then that the automatic scheduled backup can’t seem to mount the encrypted volume anymore. However when I click on the TimeMachine icon in the menu bar and select “Backup Now” it will work just fine.

I couldn’t figure out what was the root cause of this behavior. But at least I found a workaround now. There is a free tool to change the schedule of the TimeMachine backups called TimeMachineEditor. This uses an alternate scheduling mechanism to trigger regular backups. I set the schedule to be 1h and it works just fine now.

TimeMachineEditor-Prefs

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