I’ve updated my previously released Coda plugin, to now work in Coda2.
WebVeteran’s Coda2 Plugin:
I’ve updated my previously released Coda plugin, to now work in Coda2.
WebVeteran’s Coda2 Plugin:
Reporting spam to SpamCop can get to be tiresome. The normal process is:
Luckily much of it can be automated with Mac Mail and some AppleScripting. The solution I’m posting boils it down to:
1. Receive spam
2. Fire a script via the applescript menu
9. Wait for SpamCop.net’s nag screen to go away
10. Submit the spam report
As you can see, 7 steps are handled automatically.
The first thing you have to do is grab the scripts from github: SpamCop Deputy
1) Open “AppleScript Editor.app”. It will either be in your Applications folder or Utilities folder.
2) Edit General preferences, and turn on “Show Script menu un menu bar”.
Now you’ll have an easy way to fire off the initial script. These items are only available when Mail is the front most application.
1) Create this folder if it does not exist: ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/Mail
2) Drop the attached “SpamCopNotify.scpt” into that folder.
3) Edit line 1 with your unique SpamCop email submission address.
This script will get the raw source of all messages selected in Mail and send them to SpamCop, mark the message as read, mark the message as spam, then delete the message.
1) Create a new mail rule
2) If all of the following are met:
+ Received is less than 2 days old (that’s a spamcop rule)
+ From contains “firstname.lastname@example.org”
+ Message content contains “http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=”
3) Perform the following actions:
+ Run AppleScript “~/Library/Scripts/Applications/Mail/SpamCopIn.scpt”
+ Play Sound [any] (this is optional)
4) Do Not Apply when prompted to do so when you save.
Next time you get spam…
1) Select the message(s)
2) From the AppleScript menu, select “SpamCopNotify.scpt”
SpamCopNotify.scpt will get the raw source of all messages selected in Mail and send them to SpamCop.
The messages will be marked as read, marked as spam then deleted.
SpamCop will reply with a verification message(s) shortly.
Mail will evaluate the verification message(s) with it’s rules and launch the SpamCopIn.scpt script.
SpamCopIn.scpt will find the verification link and launch it in your default browser as a new window/tab.
The message will be marked as read then deleted.
3) When your browser opens the SpamCop site, wait for the nag screen to go away then press “Process Spam”.
… or, ‘the sender that cried emergency’.
Before I get into this article I’d first like to point out that this solution was not born out of anger, hostility, or any other negative vibe. It’s simply a usability and project management issue.
We probably all have a sender or two that abuse the Priority setting of email messages. Perhaps they honestly think many of their message are actually very important. And that’s fine, priority can be objective. But it does cause a problem when checking email.
So basically speaking, someone who abuses the priority setting can really muck up the works. And you can’t really them about it either.
Some email programs let you change the priority of incoming mail. I use Apple’s Mail as a mail client and it does not. I checked out scripts, plugins, even a workaround of moving the message to the Drafts mbox, change the priority, then move it back to the in mbox… which is not good because then it sets you as the sender. D’oh! I also tried editing the emlx file on the hard drive but that didn’t work, I guess because I’m using IMAP. What then can we do?
What we need to do is target those few senders, reset the priority of their incoming messages, and add a visual clue that it was changed. All other senders should not be affected.
The fix is dependent on the mail server software. I’ll show how to do this with SmarterMail since that’s what I use. We’ll set up a Content Filter to look for high priority messages from a certain sender, and add an action to reset the message’s priority.
1) Click the Settings button, expand My Settings, expand Filtering, then click Content Filtering. Your list may be blank. Mine already has three set up. Just click New to get started.
2) Turn on ‘From specific address’ and ‘Flagged as high priority’ and then click Next.
3) Make sure ‘AND’ is selected. Enter email addresses for the target senders.
4) Now finally the magic. Give this filter a Name. Turn on ‘Add Header’ and enter in whichever header name/value your email program listens to. For priority, Apple Mail uses the mail header “X-Priority”. That is what I set to 0 (zero). Other mail clients use “Importance” and “X-MSMail-Priority”. Either of those you set to “Medium” instead of 0.
I also prefix the subject with an asterisk. That way I still know the sender thought this message was important, without gumming up everything else.
5) Send yourself a high priority test message. When it comes in, you should see that the Flag column is blank and there is now an asterisk in front of the Subject. When you see the asterisk, feel free to giggle like a school girl, ‘tee hee!’
Also take a look at the raw source. You’ll see that the the original X-Priority of 1 was overwritten with a zero.
Hooray, it works! =)
Visually based on the “Pretty Simple” Message Style by Piotrek Marciniak, I’ve created a new breed of Adium Message Style – which boasts a completely custom scrollbar.
This message style is a working proof of concept. It is a prototype for the talented folks that create wonderful message styles. I’m a developer, not an artist. I hope that others will use it as a spring board for rapid development of a whole new breed of message styles with custom scrollbars.
Since Adium Message Styles are really web pages, it only seemed right to mash up Prototype JS, LivePipe UI and Scriptaculous!
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Go and get it!
I had a long time gripe about the DigitalColor Meter that ships with Mac OS X. It would be nice to use it for web development when you want to copy a color from an image to make text of the same color with CSS. But the way this utility works drove me nuts…
Setting the pulldown to “RGB as Hex Value, 8-bit” sounds right. Then put the aperture over the color you want, hit command+shift+c and you have the hex rgb in your clipboard. Nice! So go paste that into your css editor and you get:
So now I have to go in and remove the quotes manually each time. But then, it still does not work when you view the web page. Turning on hidden characters reveals…
“… just… like… WHY, Steve?” An otherwise nice utility is a real pain to do anything useful with.
Well, tonight I found a good workaround for this. In the preferences, turn on “Drag in swatch drags out the color”:
Then, Instead of command+shift+c, do a command+shift+h. That holds the color instead of copying it:
Then drag that chip in the middle to where you want to copy the hex…
And there you have it:
Now… as to why it is holding F39200 but dragged F88D00? I have no idea! Comments, suggestions, etc are welcome.
I’ve been a Mac user since 1990. I do all of my work on a Mac. And I know them in and out. And having to use all OSes in my field of work, I can make an educated decision that Apple products, to quote Steve, are “really great”.
So when it came time to get my wife a new laptop to replace the Titanium PowerBook 677Mhz, of course I was thinking of another Mac. The primary use is transcribing audio tapes (Word), then blogging, photos and other family stuff. Laptops can handle that pretty well. And we also use it on family trips so I can remote pilot back at home, etc. No heavy lifting.
I was going to buy another Mac. Really, I was. It was almost going to be the $1300 Aluminum 13 inch MacBook. Then I saw a Dell at Best Buy. More ram than the MacBook, same storage and processor. Much less dough. For $550 I picked up the Dell Inspirion T3200. My wife had been a PC user her whole life so switching back for her would be no problem.
Apple folk will swear up and down that Apple hardware is no more expensive than a closely configured PC. So lets do some comparative shopping right now.
That’s without nit-picking the details (dell has more ports and larger screen, but shared video ram and Vista, etc). If you want to split hairs, feel free to use the links above. It looks like the Apple is better. I don’t think $750 better, but better nonetheless. Wow, I just realized it’s over 2x the cost! $100 per inch.
It took about three days to find adequate software to mimic the previous setup. Like so:
Finding and testing programs is one thing. What about moving over all your stuff? Photos, passwords, mail, etc etc. This is how I pulled it off. It went quite well.
This wasn’t too hard because we’re used to (and prefer) Firefox. Installing Firefox was easy of course. Then to not skip a heartbeat, I installed Foxmarks plugin on the old Mac. Foxmarks is a free add-on for Firefox that syncs and backs up your bookmarks and passwords across multiple computers. Then chose the option to copy over passwords. Then I installed it on the PC’s Firefox and synced down. Perfect! All bookmarks and logins are remembered. WHEW.
Weeks ago I was so happy because I bought a nice Canon camera that captured video as MP4 (h.264) .MOVs. Sweet! Now they import into iPhoto without fuss and are smaller than AVI.
And here I am, now with a PC. Murphy. Luck. Whatever. Moving on…
Sadly, there is no free equivalent of iPhoto for the PC. And in some ways thats a good thing. Picasa is probably the closest. And after trying a dozen, it’s the one I settled on.
iPhoto keeps it’s own secret storage facility masked by the OS as a sinlge file in your User’s directory. Picasa keeps an eye on a directory in your computer. This is both good and bad.
It’s easy to replace files with picasa, such as re-encoding a video. Doing that manually in iPhoto is a nightmare. Video files don’t store meta info such as the date taken.
In iPhoto, I filtered all photos by month. Then created that month’s folder on the PC. Over the LAN, I drag and dropped from iPhoto to the mounted drive (and the month’s folder). This took many night because the TiPB is so dang slow.
After importing the existing photos from the old mac, Picasa made quick work of it. Very very fast! Afterwards, I used QTAmateur on my iMac to batch convert all the old huge AVIs into smaller but visually identical MP4s. Again, directly over the LAN with a mounted share. Launch Picasa, and it updates automatically, re-reading the dir contents.
But wait… Picasa does not import video from the camera! DOH. So I use MS’s built in function to grab the photos and place them automatically into a folder. Launch Picasa, and it updates automatically – again.
On the Mac we were using the multi protocol, and awesome, Adium. They do not make Adium for other platforms. But Trillian filled the hole quite well. Since both AOL and Yahoo! store the buddy list contacts on their end, there was no export/import work to do. Just log in and chat. Nice!
I really liked Mail.app on the Mac. But no equal for the PC. I installed Thunderbird. Since all of our accounts are IMAP, moving over was a breeze. I just had to set up the accounts and wait a few minutes. Done!
My wife uses blogger.com. I think their RTE majorly sucks really really bad. Google programmers should be ashamed. (Ask me how I really feel). But the nice thing is that posting articles to blogger can be done right inside of Picasa with images. How cool! But only 4 images… don’t get me started. WT…. why only ffoouurr?? It’s just crazy.
I haven't come across any ColdFusion file manager that is good, free, and can be used with TinyMCE. Even the commercial products don't impress me. And don't like relying on PHP in my CF applications. So I'm writing my own File Manager, WVFM. Sounds like an oldies station I plan on releasing it as open source for free.
The following are my main goals for WVFM:
I plan to accomplish those goals with:
Right now it's pretty much a drag and drop CFC. It runs immediately by navigating to its loader (index.cfm) with good default settings.
It figures out the root dir of the website, and if you're navigating within it, allows you to click on files to view/listen/download.
Every attribute of a file/dir is sortable. Sorting is prioritzed automatically as you sort by attribute. That sorting is saved as a cookie for when you return.
You can specify which attributes of the objects you need to see. The code is optimized to not bother asking the file system for those attributes. Good optimization for a large number of objects in a directory.
More to come! Next is making navigation like Finder's column view.
As you use your virtual machine, it will continue to grow in size. I have my virtual XP machine to maximum of 10GB. All I really need it for is testing sites in IE6 (ick) and connecting to a SQL Server (ew). After installing a few things, running all Windows Updates… my vanilla XP is using 8GB. Wha? All I have installed is WinAmp, Cisco VNC Client, and SQL Manager. Whats going on?
“Well, when Windows deletes a file, it doesn’t actually
delete the data in the disk; it just deletes the references/pointers in
the file allocation table. So when ESX is exporting a VMDK and is
looking at the raw disk, it’s seeing values that aren’t empty
(non-zero), and exports them as such. The result is more disk space is
used and takes longer to export the disk.”
What we want to do is remove all unneccesary files. Caches, installer temps, restore points, and useless software. Then use VMware’s Shrink utility to reclaim the disk space. Other virtualization vendors will have similar solutions which may
vary. But the build up to the final ’shrink’ is the same. All steps are
carried out in the guest Windows XP virtual machine.
Turn Off Unnecessary Windows XP Services
First I turned off all Windows XP Services I did not need. You’ll have to deceide what you do and don’t want. You can do so from Services in Administrative Tools. Double click services you don’t want needlessly eating resources, Stop the service, then set the Startup Type to ‘Manual’ or ‘Disable’. Apply. OK. Do that to all services you don’t want running, then reboot the machine. Not sure what to disable? Jason A. Nunnelley has a good writeup: Turn Off Unnecessary Windows XP Services.
Next I deleted all Windows Components I’d not need. You’ll have to deceide what you do and don’t want. You can do so from Add/Remove Windows Components button of the Add/Remove Programs control panel. Double click each item, continuosly, to turn off anything you don’t want. Like extra Mouse Pointers, or Paint.exe. If using the typical Microsoft 85 pixel high scrolling window isn’t your thing, try using XPLite instead. It’s a nice GUI with even more options.
This will get all your bits in order. Run a defragmentation on your XP drive. This usility is located in: Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Cleanup
You can decide what to clean and keep. I deleted everything. This takes a little while.
This will get all your bits in order. Run a defragmentation on your XP drive. This usility is located in: Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Defragmenter
It may take a while. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.
Here is where the instructions branch, depending on whether you use Paralles, VPC, or VMWare. I have VMware, so these are the instructions for it…
Double click the VMware Tools icon in the Sytem Tray.
Click the Shrink tab. Tick the checkbox for your drive. Then click ‘Prepare to Shrink’. This will take a long time, longer if you cleaned a lot of space above.
Eventually it will ask you is you want to shrink your disk(s) now. Ya think? Click Yes. This will also take a long time.
And that’s all folks. You should now have a very slim XP virtual machine. I noticed mine running much faster. And with zip compression, it is now much more portable, at only 1.3 GB.
Of course, I did not figure this out all by myself.
While working, I use iTunes. But I find that the controller gets
obscured by other windows. Or it just plain clutters my desktop. So I wanted to get rid of the controller but still use iTunes.
If you have an iTunes icon in a dock, you can right click to show the menu and control iTunes right from there. But I didn’t like the extra step. So I came up with another solution.
Using three AppleScripts, I made it so you can controll iTunes from within a dock without any menus. All you have to do is expand the draw and click play (or next/previous). Check out the movie:
I left the iTunes conteler up to demonstrate the functions of the buttons in DragThing. Being that everything works, you can close the iTunes controller – which does not quit iTunes or interrupt the music in any way. You’re left with a clean desktop, and quick access to iTunes from a DragThing dock. Sweet.