What is going on here?

Monday, August 28, 2006

Something weird is happening to my site. It looks like EE is not reading the templates as text files but reading them from the database. Which is not good, because the template data I have in the database is OLD.

I really want to figure out what happened, but I need to get some sleep… arghhh….

So if you find the site messed up, that’s the reason, and it’ll have to wait until tomorrow until I can figure out what happened..

Unconscious Mutterings #186

Sunday, August 27, 2006

  • Visit :: Guests
  • Cake :: Birthday
  • Period :: Full stop
  • Triumphant :: Elephant
  • Screen :: Writer
  • Neglect :: Rags
  • Guitar :: Strings
  • Loathe :: Flames
  • Sugar :: Spice
  • Montage :: Photograph

(from Unconscious Mutterings)

My Top 10 Mac Apps

Friday, August 18, 2006

After about 2 months on a Mac, I’m ready with my list of top 10 Mac apps. They may not be the most beautiful ones out there, and some of them aren’t free, but they are the ones that I use all the time. I decided not to include the apps that came bundled with my computer.

candybar Candybar. Candybar is a shareware program ($12.95 USD) from IconFactory. It allows you to change the program icons on the Mac. This was the first program I bought that was specifically for the Mac because I love to customize things like this. smile Right now, I’m using David Lanham’s Somatic icon set.

cocoalicious Cocoalicious. Cocoalicious is a freeware program that displays all of your del.icio.us bookmarks by tag. Like del.icio.us director, but for the desktop. It’s got a built in preview so you can view your bookmarks without having to open a separate browser. I find this much easier to use this to search/edit bookmarks than the del.icio.us web interface itself. What would make it better? Perhaps this. Note: The del.icio.us team just released a new API, and to get Cocoalicious to work with it, you need to change the base URL in the program’s preferences.

doublecommand DoubleCommand. I’ve mentioned this app already. It’s a freeware program that changes the default keys. Now about once a week, my Mac will not start up properly. After it happens, I find that I have to reinstall the program again. pout But it’s not a big deal.

firefox Firefox. My favourite web browser. I’ve tried using the Mac-specific browsers like Safari and Camino, but I keep coming back to Firefox, mainly for all the cool extensions. The only thing that sucks is that it can’t use the services menu.

iEatBrainz iEatBrainz. iEatBrainz is a freeware program that tags mp3s by looking them up on MusicBrainz. Although it works fine, I think the Windows equivalent (I’m thinking of Music Brainz Tagger, as I haven’t tried Picard yet) is much more powerful. Hopefully there will be a port of the new Picard program to Mac OSX one day.

keepassx KeePassX. KeePassX is a freeware password management program. I used the Windows version, so I was so relieved to find that there was a Mac version, and that it could open my password database file. I use it to keep track of site logins, forum logins, and serials.

quicksilver Quicksilver. Quicksilver is a powerful freeware program. I use it to quickly launch applications, and to browse for files on my computer. There are a lot of features and plugins available that I haven’t even figured out how to use yet.

sing that itune Sing that iTune! Sing that iTune! is a dashboard widget that detects the current song playing in iTunes, and looks up the song lyrics from the Internet. It is one step better than EvilLyrics (the Windows equivalent that I used before) as it also saves the lyrics into the music file itself. I’m now working on getting adding lyrics to all the songs I have on my computer.

textmate TextMate. TextMate is a shareware text editor that costs €39. I tried a couple of text editors and I liked this one the most. Plus there’s a neat ExpresssionEngine bundle available for it.

xGestures xGestures. This shareware program is worth a lot more than the $5 USD it costs (for me, anyway). It enables mouse gestures for all applications. I’ve been so used to using mouse gestures in Firefox and in Opera that it’s wonderful to be able to use it everywhere else. There are settings for global mouse gestures as well as application specific mouse gestures. The only downside? When I have to use a Windows computer, I continually make gestures with my mouse and it takes me a few seconds every time to realize it won’t work there.

So, that’s my list.

So that’s how you pronounce it

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The BBC has set up a Pronounciation Unit Blog, where they post how to pronounce name of people and places. It’s quite interesting. Sadly, I have never heard of a lot of the names posted on the blog. (link via Monkeyfilter)

My favourite name ever is Boutros Boutros-Ghali. smile

Poll: Turning the camera

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Which way do you turn your camera when taking a portrait shot?
Clockwise
Anti-clockwise
Depends
I don't know!

Let’s say you have a camera and you need to turn it to take a portrait shot. Which way do you turn the camera?

I turn the camera clockwise. My mom turns it anti-clockwise. I was downloading some recent photos we took from the digital camera when I noticed this. smile It helped determine who took which picture!

Unconscious Mutterings #184

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Kim :: Stockwood
Designate :: Driver
Liner :: Eye
Weed :: Garden
Infusion :: Intrusion
Nutritious :: Fruit
Favorites :: Bookmarks
Transform :: Shapes
42 :: Life, the universe, and everything
Sunday afternoon :: Calvin and Hobbes

(from Unconscious Mutterings)

Forgetting to check Awstats

Saturday, August 12, 2006

I’ve been using Mint as my web stats program for so long now that I don’t look at my Awstats stats program any more. I really should though. Today I checked the statistics in Awstats, and found this:

What is this bot/spider/thing and what is it doing sucking up so much of my bandwidth? It doesn’t show up in Mint because Mint uses javascript to track visitors. I did a search and found this thread in a forum where people have come across the same thing, so I decided to ban the above IPs in my .htaccess file.

Next up: I need to get around to stopping people from hotlinking. I’ve noticed people linking the icons in my icon gallery from myspace, xanga, and all these message boards… censor

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