Erik's Links For November 2nd 2008

Erik’s Links For November 2nd 2008

  • Resize Your Web Browser with Bookmarklets : CreativeTechs Tips:
    Neat way to quickly resize your web browser to certain widths
  • A Primer In Selling Your Art At Festivals
    Some good things to keep in mind when I finally start selling my work
  • The Best Mouse You’ve Ever Had: Lifehacker
    I’ve been thinking about replacing my Logitech MX500 which is starting to show some wear & tear
  • Cool Tools: Palm Nailer
  • Sounds like an interesting tool. Now I just need something to nail… Badum-Tish

    From The Page: A palm nailer is a magic hammer. Like a nail gun, you hook it up to an air compressor, but unlike a nail gun, it can be held in the palm of one hand. Its appearance doesn’t make its usage obvious, but this air tool pounds in nail after nail without hurting your hand at all. Just place a nail exactly where you want it. Press the opening on the nailer over the nail, and BAP! BAP! BAP! BAP! BAP! — compressed air drives a little hammer head inside the sleeve to gently pound in the nail. It takes about 10+ taps to get a nail all the way in, but in under a second.
  • How to Tie a Bowline Knot: Video Demonstration
    Always be prepared…

Mac Tip: Change Screen Capture Format With Terminal

Remember how easy it is to screen capture on a Mac?

Cmd + Shift + 3

to take a picture of your Entire active screen.

While

cmd + Shift + 4

gives you some crosshairs that allow you to select what you want to copy.

Only problem is, the files are always saved as .png files. This is annoying if you want them in another format like .jpg. Normally you’d have to open your image editor of choice and then re-save it.

Turns out there is an easier way though!

All you have to do is run this Terminal Command

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg

then restart your computer. Now every time you take a screenshot it will be in .jpg format.

If you want your screenshots in other formats like gif, png, or even pdf just change it in the terminal.

Via TUAW

Mac and Linux Tip: Bulk Rename File Extensions With Terminal and/or Shell

How To: Bulk Rename File Extensions With Terminal/Shell

Lets say you have a bunch of .jpg files that you know are actually .rar files.

What would be the simplest way to rename them all?

First you’d navigate to the directory that contains the .jpg files with the “cd” command

For brevity lets assume the only .jpg files in this directory are .jpg files that you want to change

All you have to do is run this command

mv *.jpg *.rar

And all the .jpg files will have been renamed to .rar

If you want to learn more about the “mv” command just type in

man mv

Mac Tip: Add The Date To The OSX Menu Bar Without Installing Additional Software

I was surfing around and finally found out how to add the date to the OSX menu bar without installing additional software!

The tip says you need to use the medium category, but only the Long category for Times worked for me. This may be due to a difference between 10.5 and 10.4.

The following tip

Want to see the date in the menubar? Start by opening the International Preferences panel, and clicking the Formats tab.

In the Dates section, click Customize. Click the Show pop-up and select your choice of Short, Medium, etc. Now place the elements you want in the small “work area,” by dragging and dropping them from the Date Elements section. Once placed, you can click on some elements to see other options (Wednesday or Wed, for instance). Once you’ve built the date string you want, click once in the work area, and hit Command-A then Command-C to select the string and copy it. Now click Cancel to close the window without making any changes.

In the Times section, click Customize, and set the Show pop-up to Medium. In the small work area below the pop-up, place the curser where you want the date elements to start, and click to position the cursor. Now hit Command-V to paste the elements you just copied. You can further add characters and spaces to customize the look. If you want to remove an element (i.e. the year), click on it and use the Delete key. Click OK, and you’ll see the results in the menubar.

MacOSXHints

Since a picture is worth a thousand words here is how I have Time Long set

Mac Tip: Change The Login Screen In Mac OSX

Am I the only one that’s getting tired of Leopards fireworks loginscreen? It turns out you can replace that image with anything of your choice. Heres how.

Go to

Hard Drive > System > Library > CoreServices > DefaultDesktop.jpg

replace that jpg with your new backdrop

Type in your admin password when prompted and you’re done!

Just remember to backup the original DefaultDesktop.jpg incase you decide to switch back to the default at a later date.

Via Lifehacker Comment

Tags, Categories, and Updates, Oh My!

As you can see the The Journal section has been updated.

The biggest update you’ll find, besides the theme change, is the addition of Tags. You can find these at the bottom of each of my posts and on the sidebar on the right. Now the first question is what are tags? They’re another form of categorization. But don’t I have categories to categorize my posts? Yes but some search engines prefer Tags.

So whats the difference between Categories and Tags? Categories work like a folder structure. How do you classify a Dog? First you figure out if its a mammal, then see if it belongs to the order Carnivora, after that you see if it belongs to family Canidae. If thats all true then you check if it belongs to the genus Canus, whereupon we get to the species C. Lupus which then takes us to our old friend Canis lupus familiaris. Whew, that explanation was long winded and obtuse. Basically categories are straight lines. You also see this type of structure with the filing of documents in meatspace and on your computer. C:\Documents and Settings\Erik\My Documents refers to a folder that is located on the C: Drive within that drive you have the sub-category Documents and Settings, within this Folder we have the User profile Erik, and within that we have the folder My Documents.

Tags, or labels if you use a Google product, on the other hand are descriptive. What kind of dog is it? It’s a big furry red dog with a tennis ball in its mouth and muddy paws. Pretty descriptive, no? If somebody told you to look out for that animal you’d be able to spot it rather quickly. Likewise this article falls under the Tags:

As you can see Tags and Categories have diverse uses in computer technology and in real life. As such both Categorization methods work to make it easier for you to find interesting and meaningful content.

A tip for conversing

A friend told me this remarkably simple tip for conversing at events.

Always enter a conversations with a drink you are about to finish.

If things don’t go well, all you need to do is take one last gulp from your drink and excuse yourself to get another, never to return.

If the conversation is going well, finish your drink and ask the other person if you can get them anything when you go to get another. They will appreciate the gesture even if they decline, and it implies that you’ll be returning for a longer conversation.

How to Text-Message a cellphone via Email

Verizon: 10digitphonenumber@vtext.com
Former AT&T customers: 10digitphonenumber@mmode.com
Sprint: 10digitphonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile: 10digitphonenumber@tmomail.net
Nextel: 10digitphonenumber@messaging.nextel.com
Cingular: 10digitphonenumber@cingularme.com
Virgin Mobile: 10digitphonenumber@vmobl.com
Alltel: 10digitphonenumber@alltelmessage.com OR
10digitphonenumber@message.alltel.com
CellularOne: 10digitphonenumber@mobile.celloneusa.com
Omnipoint: 10digitphonenumber@omnipointpcs.com
Qwest: 10digitphonenumber@qwestmp.com

Useful, no? You can also send a text message via google