Best of both worlds: Alfred and Spotlight

I wrote a while ago about ditching spotlight in favor of Alfred. However, when listening the other day to Brett Terpstra’s new podcast (Systematic) he mentioned he used both spotlight and Launchbar (which is pretty similar to Alfred) in sort of different ways.

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Matlab, X11 and OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

If you haven’t heard already OS X 10.8 (AKA Mountain Lion – ML) was released this week. For an in depth review I recommend John Siracusa’s review. One of the things that struck me, as I’ve been reading on the new features of ML, was that X11 is no longer included in OS X. Continue reading

The Mac App Store’s future of irrelevance –

Marco Arment on the future of the Mac App store:

The Mac App Store is in significant danger of becoming an irrelevant, low-traffic flea market where buyers rarely venture for serious purchases. And I bet that’s not what Apple had in mind at all.

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I personally never have had much confidence on the Mac App store. When an app was available both in and out of the Mac App Store, I’ve always bought it directly from the developer’s site.

Moving referenced images in a markdown file to another folder

The other day I was writing a brief report in multimarkdown which had several images and some code. After I finished the report I decided I would move the images from their original folder to another one. Since there were quite a large number of images, and not all of them were residing in the same directory I thought I’d write a small script. Continue reading

Safely quit apps

Today I felt like procrastinating, so I wrote this script for safely quitting apps. The reason for writing this script is the fact that Dropbox (or the other cloud solution I also use SurgarSync) is currently not supporting a merging functionality. If you have the application open in two devices at the same time this could lead to data inconsistency while switching.

In my particular case this translates to the fact that I sometimes forget to close several apps in my Mac at work, so when I get home on occasion I’d like to continue to work or access some files. In the past I’ve had issues with this, and I’d loose some data. For instance, once I was working on a latex document I wrote some new lines and when I went to my other computer, assuming the new lines had been incorporated I found that some were but others weren’t. The worse part was that I tried to restore previous versions of the file via Dropbox but the new lines were nowhere to be found. Continue reading

Internet sharing automated

I usually rely on internet sharing for turning my mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting my iPod or my Android phone. However, it is quite cumbersome to go through System Preferences and the dialog panes if you do it quite regularly. Hints reader BrentT had this same problem and he came up with a clever applescript for turning Internet Sharing On and Off. His script did not Toggle Airport On and Off, so I added this part and I also included a quit system preferences line at the end. Here’s the script. Continue reading

Writing the PhD thesis: the tools Part I

I’m getting ready to write my PhD thesis, and for some time now I’ve been gathering information on tools that can help me get from here to there. This first post is an attempt to organize this material, to write down my thoughts on the approach I plan to take for tackling the beast. This might not be exactly what I end up doing, so I’ll try to update the post on the changes or difficulties I’ve found along the way, to keep this in a sort of live document. Continue reading