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MacOS: Getting 200MB disk emoticon bloat from Skype

I was doing a search in Houdah Spot when I realised that there are hundreds of megabytes of video files in Skype  Application support directory. On checking thes evideo files, they are MP4-encoded memes. What that actual bloody hell is that for ? So I deleted both the media-cache_v3 and media_cache_v3 directories (I need that […]

Mac OS X: LaunchBar Convert Case

Using Launchbar for different text case conversions

Musing on Apple “Spring Forward” MacBook and Watch announcements

Mulling over the Apple shindig yesterday followed by a quick read of my RSS feed this morning. Some bullet points. Apple MacBook looks good for people who need more than a MacBook Air and less than a MacBook Pro. Leap forward to remove fans completely. Major technology advances in screen, battery and case. Dual stream […]

Mac OS X: SwitchUp To Have Different App Setting for Different Customers

Briefly wanted to mention SwitchUp from Irradiated Software. When working on customer sites, I am able to have a completely different instances of most Mac apps. For example, I have separate Safari, Terminal,  profiles for each of my customer sites with bookmarks, logins and history that are unique to that customers. Also, same for Mail (but […]

Launchbar: Adding Search For My Own Blog

I need to search my own blogs often to find related blog posts. I decided to add a custom search templates to my LaunchBar     I add one for each of my blogs like this. I also added one for Ivan’s ipspace.net because I use that a lot as well:     now when […]

OmniGraffle 6 Woes – Part 2

Omnigraffle 6 changes the screen layout in major but mostly acceptable ways. Instead of the floating inspectors they are now now embedded into the window. On the whole, I much prefer the new style which is docked to the right hand side of the window but the new style means that I’ve lost something at […]

OmniGraffle 6 Woes – Part 1

The OmniGroup has released OmniGraffle 6 in the last week or so. At this point I’ve stopped using it because of deadlines and the changes it is making to my diagrams. This example is a side by side view of the same image in OmniGraffle 5 and 6. There are major differences in the shadow […]

Adode Audition vs Logic Pro X – price wins

On the podcast, Ethan uses Adobe Audition for editing and I’ve been using Apple Logic Pro 9. With the new release of Logic Pro X, I considered switching to Audition so we were compatible. I’m not a fan of Adobe as a company who have a history of doing what’s best for Adobe and not […]

Mac OSX Keyboard Tip – Find or Search Within Application

Most Apps have a search box that lets you search within the app. The obvious thing is ⌘-F and the text search box opens, like this: Only, problem is that I really want to get to the Application Search bar that searches for words within the entire applciation.   Then I noticed that ⌥ – ⌘ – […]

Microsoft Word for Mac Annoyance # 2090 – Mountain Lion Incompatible

Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 is not compatible with Mountain Lion. I’m getting constant problems with copy/paste, table formatting and screen display.Microsoft claims that it is Mountain Lion ready but it’s the worst performing app on my installation. This is a common, easily reproducible artifact: Of course, I  recommend that you do not use MS […]