Contacts – Linkedin/Mac Address Book

I wouldn’t want Linkedin to think that I’m abandoning the “platform,” on the other hand, with every dot-dot release they’re making it more difficult to stay. So: How to get Connections out as contacts? On the web, access Connections, look under the gear icon at the top right (Settings), then at the top right of that …

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PluginProcess.app alerts

On MacOSX 10.7.5 [still, sorry], after updating Safari several months ago (was it to 6.1.3?), I started getting very very frequent alerts asking me whether I would like to allow or deny incoming network connections to PluginProcess.app. Except that the alert would more or less instantly disappear, as if Allow had been clicked. I checked System Preferences ‣ Firewall ‣ Firewall Options, …

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Mac service to convert aliases to symlinks

Finder Alias files on Mac, while useful, have bloated to 5 MiB on a typical Mac. Crazy. As far as I can tell, the bloat is due to huge icon images being embedded into every alias file. Ok, maybe that makes an alias file self-contained, but I don’t want hundreds or thousands of 5 MiB files all containing copies of …

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Sending short text files to colleagues

I routinely write text files having nonbreaking spaces (e.g., 35 mm), curly “quotes,” and sometimes – as surrounding this phrase – en dashes. On my own machine (Mac), it is my custom to save such files in UTF‑8 (no BOM) character code and with “UNIX” [nl, that is, lf] line ends suitable for modern Mac OS. UTF‑8 is set …

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Safari 6.1 on 10.7.5: “PlugInProcess”

I’m still on Mac OS 10.7.5 (“Lion”). Two or three days ago I accepted Software Update…’s offer to update Safari to 6.1. Since then, I frequently (many dozens of times a day) get a dialog box that pops up then immediately dismisses itself 50 or 100 milliseconds later. Once the dialog stuck around just long enough for me to get a quick peek: …

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Fonts on Mac (and Win)

I would very much like to hear from a font expert. I would like to understand how naming works. I understand that a font file has a filename, and there are many names stored within the font, and all of these don’t necessarily match. I’d like to understand what name is displayed in what applications (for example, Illustrator) and the …

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Stefan Klieme’s checkModifierKeys

Stefan Klieme wrote a small Mac (Carbon) command-line program to return the state of modifier keys. See this MacScripter post. I compiled it for Intel Macs: cc -o checkModifierKeys -framework Carbon checkModifierKeys.c With no argument, it returns the sum of (control) 4096, (option) 2048, (capslock) 1024, (shift) 512, and (command) 256. With one or more arg word[s] …

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