The Glimmer Archive

2021

Finally Moving On

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After eight years of using Octopress, this site is moving to a purer Jekyll blog using Minimal Mistakes Theme. I have previously written about the problems ...

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2020

Open Selection by highlighted URL

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In Evernote 10, I have lost the ability to include general URLs as linked items. The links already in a note still work but Evernote 10 does not allow the i...

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2019

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2018

Success – hard work and-or luck?

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In his article Absolute Success is Luck. Relative Success is Hard Work., James Clear provides a pair of stories about how luck (including the circumstances o...

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2017

NetBeans Template Configurer

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Many years ago, I wrote a post about how to use the NetBeans template system for my students. It quickly covered the basics and demonstrated how to set thin...

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2015

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2014

Software Programming Skills Popularity

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There are lots of ways to evaluate popularity, and in the end, all are probably very transitory. In his Quartz article, Max Nisen examined American job data ...

Java Sound Update

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For years, I have been using (and advising the use of sun.audio) for playing sounds in the Java VM using Alvin Alexander’s article for inspiration. The down...

Waiting on Migration Tools for Octopress 3

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Watching the Twitter posts, it looks like a lot of work has gone into building Octopress 3.0 around a somewhat different philosophy than Octopress 2.0 making...

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2013

Using MySQL with Bitnami on Vagrant VM

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The Bitnami install doccumented earlier is a bit broken relative to MySQL. Evidently, when Bitnami installs in the VM situation and moves itself to the /opt/...

Tumbling out!

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In a long overdue action, I have moved the glimmer blog out of Tumblr. I had been wanting to use (Multi-)Markdown more in blogging to continue my focusing o...

Exploring stately for Ruby

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As someone who has built a hardware-based Morse Code sending system, I am very interested in state machines and their implementation.

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2012

GitHub with Assembla

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GitHub has now made a nice simple GUI tool for both OS X and Windows. They have made them freely available for download. They seem to have made careful choic...

CoffeeScript with Select2 library

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I had two demons: a new library and a language I was not really familiar with. A formula for puzzles. I did not find quickly the right example to do the jQue...

The simple stuff can get you…

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I was trying out the EPUB export of VoodooPad and figured out I had to make a cover page in the tool as well as a collection. I then filled out the metadata ...

Adjusting the Mac OS X path

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The path is an environmental variable that tells the command line (shell) processor where to look for programs (commands) to run when they are entered on the...

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2011

iCal does not delete old events cleanly IMO

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I turned on (for a few minutes) deletions of iCal events. Some of my calendars are hosted in Exchange and some on Google. Some of these events are group meet...

Redcar

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Redcar

Track Padding…

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I have switched to Lion along with much of the rest of the world. Trying out the track pad as well. One of the things I have not heard mentioned is the two-f...

Tracking on the web…

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I ran across a write up on Ghostery in the most recent edition of MacWorld (not online yet). According to its website,

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2010

Doodle Best Practices

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[Doodle][1] is a neat tool for scheduling efforts of people across systems. I use it a lot both for UAB and IEEE activities. Once one builds an account it be...

Printing Multiple Files in NetBeans

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I wanted to produce a collection of PDF files associated with the source of an applications developed in NetBeans (6.9). The File | Print option in Project v...

Googling…

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If you are site owner (or can look like one), you can use Google’s tools to remove items from Google rather easily. Adding things into Google is substantiall...

Apple deprecating Java in 10.7

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In Apple Trying to Ditch Java from Mac OS X, But Why? by Cory Bohon on Mac|Life the author reviews Apple’s recent announcement and his take on the situation....

Apple iTunes Shopping Experience Snafu

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Am I the only one is bothered by having Apple iTunes drop your purchase request when Apple decides to change their terms and forces you to agree to the new t...

Dropbox and symlinks

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Symlinks don’t work well with Dropbox. They cause unexpected unrolling of the symlink on the clients that don’t originate the symlink.

Git and DropBox Together

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There are several posts about using DropBox for the remote repository for Git. I wanted my local Git repository on DropBox to share between machines with a r...

Don’t say you don’t have enough time…

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Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Leon...

MultiMarkdown

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I have been using MultiMarkdown for a while now. I use it for creating simple text files that I want to read in text mode but also want to perhaps “dress up”...

Old code on new platforms

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OS X made the jump to a 64bit platform with 10.6 Snow Leopard.  Of course, not everything is written for 64 bit mode at present.  The Universal file format a...

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2009

Post those weird phone numbers (may be me)

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My wife asked me about a strange number that had shown up on her cell phone. She went to the Google and found out that it had been reported by others. Some a...

Giving back…

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Not meaning to turn this into a significant advocacy post but similar to the public supporting resources like Public Radio (mine is WBHM) and Public TV (mine...

Merging with svn 1.6

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Lots of work has been done by the Subversion team (probably in response to Git).  One can now do a merge from a project branch back into the main trunk rathe...

Snow Leopard Make Symbolic Links

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The old approach is no longer but valid but there is a new release which uses the service model.  I always use symbolic links over aliases as it works at the...

The four-finger swipe

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Last post for today.  On suitably new portable Mac’s, one can do a 4-finger swipe which seems to be the equivalent of the Windows ALT+TAB  (and the Mac CMD+T...

Snow Leopard - Mail.app

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I have been using Apple’s Mail.app as my client to talk to the University’s Exchange 2007 server.  I really don’t like the monster database file that Microso...

Mail configuration

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Lots of posts today. In recording my Snow Leopard experiences, it occurred to me that a decision I made recently regarding handling of sent mail had not been...

ASP Code For YYMMDD timestamp

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OK, so maybe no one will ever need it but I did (or so I thought) so after not finding code available, I wrote it.

CSV to TSV File Conversion

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I having been keeping three office suites (MS Office 2008, OpenOffice.Org, and iWork) on the MacBook Air I use.  After looking at the interoperability glitch...

Power Mind Mapping Course

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In an earlier post, I cited a particular lecture of a course series.  I am now 8 lectures into the series on power mind mapping by NovaMind. They, of course,...

Problem solving

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Gideon King of NovaMind is producing a free series of video courses on using MindMaps.  Lesson 2: Power Mind Mapping lesson 2 - using Mind Mapping techniques...

Let’s try comments here…

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Reading the FAQ from Tumblr suggests that one can use DisQus and some code to enable commenting on a Tumblr.  I have completed the steps and am doing this on...

The (slightly) big e-mail experiment

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Well I did it.  I have moved my IEEE mail over to GMail from my university mail.  I still can use the Apple Mail integrated client and the iPhone to monitor ...

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2008

Refactor Your Wetware

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I am reading an interesting book - Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware by Andy Hunt that came out in September 2008.  The book works throu...

The only reason to answer the phone…

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The only reason to answer the phone when a customer calls is to make the customer happy. If you’re not doing this or you are unable to do this, do not ...

Reducing email part 2

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In response to my last post (which I e-mailed ((blush)) to him), RonJ shared a link to a blog of someone working to rid himself of e-mail.  I found this post...

New media, new generation

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Interesting presentation on both views on communication as well as an interesting slide technique.  While you are there, check out a few of her other present...

New sign in my office

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New sign in my office: “How do you want your answer? (Choose two) Immediate. Accurate. Brief.

Timebridge

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Another neat web service:  Timebridge.  This service helps one schedule meetings with colleagues.  You pick out several choices for the meeting, the system q...

Evernote

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One more service that I have started using for a bit is Evernote. Evernote is a tool to archive items and works as a web application inside many browsers inc...

Mail Clients for the Mac

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Ouch.  Sure want to use the Apple trio (Mail, iCal, Address Book) rather than Entourage so that I can take advantage of the ease of incremental backup and su...

Mail clients

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Boy, the trade-offs in Mac Mail clients can drive you crazy.  The Mail.app has appealing features like templates, AOL presence detection, use of files to sto...

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2007

Re-setting Spotlight

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I found an Apple reference that suggested that dragging the Hard Disk and the Filevault folder into (and later out of) the “exclude” from Spotlight window (i...

Mail.app notes in Exchange 2003 (at least)

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When I started trying to use the new Notes feature in Mail.app, I was having trouble with them not being stored on the Exchange server.  I found that I neede...

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