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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…
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Software Tech

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

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OpenSource Software Tech

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

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Site

Note To Self: Keep Your wp-content folder backed up

So I updated my wordpress install to 2.5.1

Only problem is I managed to deep six my wp-content folder. So until I get an hour it looks like the site is back to the default theme.

Remember kids, always keep your wp-content backup folder up to date!

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Software Spiffy Tech

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