Dec 23 2009
I've just stumbled across a neat little web application which allows you to visually explore your Twitter network. It allows you to discover which people interact the most and what they're talking about, as well as traverse the Twitter-verse and finds links to people you might otherwise not have found. Think "six degrees of separation" for your Twitter followers.
The visualization runs right in your browser and displays data from the Twitter API. According to the maker, Asterisq, it works like this:
Mentionmap loads each user's Twitter status updates (tweets) and finds the people and hashtags they talked about the most. The data is displayed using Constellation Framework, a graph visualization library for Actionscript.
In this data visualization, mentions become connections and discussions between multiple users emerge as clusters.
Clicking a user will display their network of mentions as well as details from their profile. You can also search for friends by typing their Twitter user-names into the search box.
I think this visualization is really neat, and I'd really recommend you check it out and have a play. I found it very interesting to see the relationships between the people I primarily converse with on Twitter.
Dec 23 2009
MagicPrefs is a free menubar application which aims to improve the functionality and configuration options of the Apple Magic Mouse.
- It features the ability to bind a variable number of finger clicks, taps, swipes, pinch and other gestures to functions like Middle Click , Hold Down Both Mouse Buttons , Spaces , Expose, Dashboard etc.
- Touch Sensitivity implements a single point control for a number of factors impacting the algorithms of the taps, swipes, pinche and other gestures.
- Tracking Speed adds the ability to increase the maximum mouse speed by a extra 200%.
- Also featured is a real-time display of the fingers touching the surface of the mouse that you can enable to test
You can download it, here for free.
Dec 22 2009
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Dec 20 2009
I have found possibly the best site on the Internet:
I like to figure out the fastest way to do things. I hope these shortcuts will help you become the power user that lies within. These keystrokes should work on Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard and 10.5 Leopard (many also work on 10.4 Tiger). I add new shortcuts as I find them, so check back! I’m still exploring Snow Leopard and will be updating this page as I discover new goodies.
Please note that Cmd is short for the Command key (otherwise called the Apple key).
Guide to the Mac’s Menu Symbol:
|Key on Keyboard||
|Key on Keyboard|
||Command/Apple key (like Control on a PC)||
||Option (like Alt on a PC)||
||Control (Control-click = Right-click)||
||Enter (on Number Pad)||
|Open Sidebar item in a new window||Cmd-Click it|
|Switch Finder views (Icon, List, Column, Cover Flow)||Cmd-1, Cmd-2, Cmd-3, Cmd-4|
|In List view, expand a folder||Right Arrow|
|In List view, collapse a folder||Left Arrow|
|Rename the selected file/folder||Press Return (or Enter)|
|Go into selected folder or open the selected file||Cmd-Down Arrow|
|Go to parent folder||Cmd-Up Arrow|
|Go Back||Cmd-[ (that’s left square bracket)|
|Go Forward||Cmd-] (that’s right square bracket)|
|Select the next icon in Icon and List views||Tab (Shift-Tab reverses direction)|
|Alternate columns in Column View||Tab (Shift-Tab reverses direction)|
|Instantly show long file name (for names condensed with a “...”)||Hold Option while mousing over long filenames|
|Resize current column to fit the longest file name||Double-Click column resize widget|
|Resize all columns to fit their longest file names||Option Double-Click resize widget|
|Copy and Paste files||Cmd-C, then Cmd-V|
|Move a file instead of copying. (Copies the file to the destination and removes it from the original disk.)||Cmd-Drag file to disk|
|Move selected files to the Trash||Cmd-Delete|
|Empty the Trash (with warning)||Cmd-Shift-Delete|
|Empty the Trash (without warning)||Cmd-Opt-Shift-Delete|
|Cancel a drag-n-drop action while in the midst of dragging||Esc|
|Show Inspector (a single, live refreshing Info window)||Cmd-Opt-I|
|Undo the last action (such as rename file, copy file, etc.)||Cmd-Z|
|Hide/Show Sidebar (on the left)||Cmd-Opt-T|
|Move or Remove item in toolbar (at the top of the window).
This works in most programs.
|Open Quick Look (Mac OS 10.5)||With file selected, tap Spacebar (or Cmd-Y)|
|Zoom In/Out on a Quick Look Preview||Cmd-Plus(+) or Cmd-Minus(-)|
|Find by File Name (Mac OS 10.5)||Cmd-Shift-F|
Dec 20 2009
My workstation at work is a great little computer. It's running Windows 7 and its very reliable and does what I need it to do. However, periodically, usually during periods of large quanities of network traffic, it will freeze. No BSOD, no warning, just frozen.
After some googling, it seems that the on-board Atheros L1 Gigabit Ethernet adpater on the ASUS motherboard has a known issue with Windows Vista, and apparently Windows 7 as well:
Install a new driver The problem may be especially prominent with the Atheros L1 Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T Controller used on ASUS p5k motherboards. This driver (FTP Link), intended for Windows Vista, has been reported to solve this issue under Windows 7 in a variety of cases.
I downloaded the driver from here, and installed it on top of the generic Windows driver for the NIC and not a single freeze or lock-up since.
If you have an ASUS P5K series motherboard, I highly recommend that you upgrade this driver (even if you're not having these problems as the performance seems better on these drivers).
Dec 18 2009
Thankfully, many of the popular browsers of today support the ability to rotate HTML elements. Even better? Wed can make it work in Internet Explorer (back to version 5.5 even). For Webkit and Firefox (as of 3.5), you can take advantage of the proposed
transform property to handle the rotation. Each browser requires its property prefix for now.
- -webkit-transform: rotate(-90deg);
- -moz-transform: rotate(-90deg);
In order to perform a transformation, the element has to be set to display:block. In this case, just add the declaration to the span that you want to rotate.
When it comes to effects in Internet Explorer, there is a surprising amount of power (and untapped at that, I'd say) in using filters. Although misleading, there is a filter called BasicImage that offers up the ability to rotate any element that has layout.
- filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.BasicImage(rotation=3);
The rotation property of the BasicImage filter can accept one of four values: 0, 1, 2, or 3 which will rotate the element 0, 90, 180 or 270 degress respectively.