Wednesday, October 23, 2013

After upgrading to Mavericks (os X 10.9) my install of MySql never wanted to work properly. While it may not have been necessary, I chose to uninstall MySql and then reinstall, with the latest version. It turns out it was much simpler than the several hours lost on troubleshooting the existing installation.

Note: This DID remove all of my local MySql databases, which was OK with me, but if that’s a problem for you, back those up first.

Completely uninstall MySql. Note: Make a copy of /etc/my.cnf if there are some settings that you’d like to add back in.

Follow the uninstall steps here:

And then follow the MySql installation steps here:

http://www.macminivault.com/mysql-mavericks/

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Reading (Read):

Cinnabon President Kat Cole: Hustling the Gut Bomb

Public Enemies: Social Media Is Fueling Gang Wars in Chicago

Sexting, Shame and Suicide

My kids will not have phones and social networks are for stupid people. I’ll let Louis CK explain.

In a Breathtaking First, NASA’s Voyager 1 Exits the Solar System

As the solar system’s edge grew tantalizingly close, NASA asked the Voyager scientists to increase the amount of data collection. The problem: the 8-track data recorders from 1977 were not exactly bursting with extra space. Could Ms. Dodd even find anyone who specialized in that piece of technology and could coax it to record more?

And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’

A must read for Apple fans.

Jobs wanted the demo phones he would use onstage to have their screens mirrored on the big screen behind him. To show a gadget on a big screen, most companies just point a video camera at it, but that was unacceptable to Jobs. The audience would see his finger on the iPhone screen, which would mar the look of his presentation. So he had Apple engineers spend weeks fitting extra circuit boards and video cables onto the backs of the iPhones he would have onstage.

How the feds took down the Dread Pirate Roberts

SilkRoad.com’s long road to shutdown.

Reading (Read) > Nerd:

@import pie-clearfix;

I’ve only recently discovered Compass’ @import pie-clearfix; For those times you need a clearfix, but do not want your overflow: hidden.

Google’s Web Designer

It turns out, it’s true intentions are to litter the web with animated banner ads.

Pocket Casts 4, for iOS

Hand’s down, THE best podcast app on iOS. Also, this is one of the few crowning jewels on Android.

HTML5 Boilerplate Snippet for Sublime

Handy, if you remember that you have it installed.

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Good idea for an iPhone app. Kind of sort of in-line with my very very rough mobile based savings site, movetosavin.gs

Watching (Watched):

Tom Papa Live in New York City (Netflix Watch Instantly)

Tom Papa is hilarious. You’ll agree. Side note: I just now noticed that Rob Zombie directed this. Odd.

Uncategorized:

My house has eight smoke detectors. The backup 9volt batteries that they use all die around the same time, letting out a loud chirp every single minute. My solution, add an eight pack to Amazon Subscribe and Save, and change them all when they show up at your door. No more chirping. They’re a bit cheaper than in-store to boot.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

When the @viewport rule is used at the top of your CSS, Chrome’s CSS Inspector stops working and all line numbers are printed out as line 1.

Comment out the @viewport {} rule or move it to the end of your CSS to fix the DevTools.

This error did not occur in Chrome versions previous to 29.0.1547.57

Here’s a JS Fiddle demonstrating the problem.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

If you’re not abstracting your CSS into shared objects, you’re doing it wrong. Double shame on you if you’re using a pre-processor and still not object orienting your CSS.

I created a Delicious Stack with some great links to get you started with OOCSS

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Type Butter – Optical Kerning

Good idea, but is inventing an element the right approach?

My reason to bring this up is that I’m very interested by how TypeButter accomplishes its kerning: it inserts kern elements with inline style attributes that bear letter-spacing values. Not span elements, kern elements. No, you didn’t miss an HTML5 news bite; there is no kern element, nor am I aware of a plan for one. TypeButter basically invents a specific-purpose element.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Delicious Chrome Extension currently has 33,414 users and is rated 4/5 stars. However, until yesterday’s release, you had to manually close the popup window after you saved a new bookmark. It wasn’t unusable, but it was terribly annoying at best.

Well, suffer no more! v1.5 of the Delicious Chrome Extension automatically closes the popup after you’ve saved your bookmark; and it’s available right now!

Another well-received feature is it’s customizable keyboard shortcut. Some people like commnd-D, others like control-D or maybe you like something entirely random to save your bookmarks; It’s totally up to you.

Screenshots of v1.5 of the Delicious Chrome Extension:

The ‘Save to Delicious’ popup adds selected text to the notes field.

Customizable keyboard shortcut key.

Quick links to invoke the Save to Delicious popup, your Delicious bookmarks and your Delicious Inbox.

The extension source now lives on GitHub. Please, fork it, make it better, and send me a pull request. I’m certain there are several ways this extension can be made better. Or contribute by reporting any issues or feature requests.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

BBEdit 10 offers pre-release, fixing Dropbox sync errors with the Color Schemes directory.

Friday, July 29, 2011

A couple of years ago, I created three color themes for use with John Gruber’s BBEdit plugin, BBColors. With the release of BBEdit 10 last week, they rolled his theming functionality into BBEdit itself. If you were previously using BBColors, your themes are automatically recognized by BBEdit.

BBEdit 10 now provides a native interface to create, switch, and save your own color schemes. That sure doesn’t suck. I packaged all the older themes, U23D, Gentle Honey and Zen and Tea, along with four brand new schemes, inspired by the colors used in Version 3 to the latest, Version 6 of the 2A site (2Advanced.com).

bbcolors-2a-themes

Download the color schemes (.zip)

To install, unpack the .zip and place the contents in BBEdit’s color scheme directory; ‘users > username > Library > Application Support > BBEdit > Color Schemes’. (your ‘Library’ directory is most likely hidden by default)

Update: I’ve also been collecting several BBEdit Color Schemes and keeping them in this BBEdit-Color-Schemes-Pack github repository. Feel free to fork, add your own, and send a pull request.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Nate Duval

Font Squirrel appears to be a great font generator that will create the various formats needed for the cross-browser use of @font-face. Some colleagues and I have recently been waxing poetically on the legality of using purchased fonts using this CSS2 based method of font embedding. Especially when deployed for clients, in a commercial environment. While @font-face is a bit overdue to go mainstream (A List Apart was touting it as the next big thing in 2007), now that the browsers are coming of age, the tipping point is near. It will dominate other options that are currently bridging the gap, like http://typekit.com. However, we have come to the conclusion that now is the time to pay more attention to a fonts use policy. Some will explicitly forbid the designer/developer from exposing the font file online. Some will encourage it, and I assume,many more will not mention it. This means web shops should start gathering and using libraries filled with the fonts that encourage the use of @font-face. Here’s where I’m starting. As linked in the previous ALA article: Dieter Steffmann offers up a slew of freely usable fonts and I’m sure several more lists like this, @font-face and 15 Free Fonts You Can Use Today, exist.

Here’s a great explanation of the licensing issue we’re facing with @font-face:

…foundries don’t actually claim copyright in the typefaces themselves. Instead they claim copyright on the .ttf file (or whatever) as a piece of software. Then, when you buy the right to use the software, they make you click “Agree” to an EULA which prohibits you from uploading the file to your website. If you want your users to see your font over the web, then you need to send them that file, and the EULA says you can’t.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

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Today’s update comes from me spending lots of time on Things Magazine. I love the site and their approach to discussing, pointing out, shouting about, whispering quietly amongst themselves, today’s potentially cluttered online culture. Sometimes they expound, sometimes they don’t. It’s art with some noise, noise with some meaning or even none at all. So I’ve borrowed heavily. It’s one of the few sites I leave Google Reader to read. Jammed in among popular noise makers, few sites demand such attention. There’s a couple of random patterns in use with these updated styles, the newest from Pattern Foundry and a squiggly lines pattern of my own creation which has stuck around.

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