Archive | April, 2008

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OS X and Visual Diffs

Posted on 29 April 2008 by Demian Turner

What are people using as a visual diff tool on OS X?  Since my move to the Mac just over 1 year ago this is the one tool I have been unable to replace.

On the linux desktop I used meld for years and miss it greatly.  It’s simple and effective and doesn’t do any more than is required.  I also spent a record amount of time trying to get this package to compile on OS X, something like 2 days once.  Would love to see a screenshot of someone who has it running 🙂  Current solution is to launch Parallels and run meld in Fedora, very painful ..

And please don’t suggest FileMerge.app, this program is really anemic compared to meld.

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Mac OS X Flash/Youtube audio probs solved

Posted on 27 April 2008 by Demian Turner

Oh man I’ve spent so long not being able to watch Youtube videos, well they play but with no sound, bloody frustrating.  Tried many lines of attack through Google and only just managed to crack it.  The problem is widely reported but most of the suggested fixes don’t work.

  • voodoo fix #1: the most widely “documented” fix is to launch /Applications/Utilities/Audio MIDI Setup.app and change the properties for built-in output from the default 44khz, to 96khz, then back to 44 – doesn’t work
  • voodoo fix #2: this one I like, launch Garage Band and the audio prob will be fixed, nada
  • the fix that works: delete the ~/Library/Preferences/Macromedia folder

Above prob occurs with latest software at the time of writing, btw:

Update: this problem just happened to me again, using OS X 10.5.8 and Safari 4.0.3.  Again, use the fix that works, restart Safari and problem fixed.

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PHPkitchen switches to WordPress

Posted on 14 April 2008 by Demian Turner

Despite giving Matt and the boys some flack recently I must admit I’ve really been enjoying the user experience of WordPress while experimenting with it on a non-technical blog.  One thing led to another, and finally the s9y backend used to run PHPkitchen became too painful to use.

The main problem was a typical one for Mac users, the wysiwyg in s9y has no support for Safari and using Firefox is just too painful.  Things like listing the plugins would frequently crash the browser when one page consisted of 50 plugins, each associated with a combobox of 700 users.  

I’d like to blame my paltry blog output over the last couple of years to a whole host of technical problems, but the bottom line is things have been kinda busy with Kindo and a few other projects.

So last weekend I finally switched over to WordPress, and really the blogging experience is way smoother, I anticipate the posting frequency here will improve favourably.  From auto-save to great HTML support to customisable SEO URLs – there are a lot of features that simply blow away the competition.

Ping notifications are way better organised in WP, and the automatic generation of a sitemap.xml for 7 years worth of content is just fantastic.  Have also been playing with the stats plugin, interesting because after being brainwashed into thinking Google Analytics was the holy grail of web stats, I’ve found the WP stats considerably more meaningful, succinct and relavant.

The URLs at PHPkitchen have changed a bit with the migration so until Google and Yahoo update their indexes you’ll probably have to use the site search to find the article you’re looking for.  Please let me know if you find any glitches with the content, 404s or any other problems.

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Legal Considerations for Bloggers

Posted on 14 April 2008 by Demian Turner

Mario from work passed on an interesting presentation the other day from an event he attended, London Bloggers.  Entitled Log in, Blog to, Log out (and don’t get sued),  it addresses some of the legal aspects of blogging.  It convers

  • what is defamation
  • responsible journalism
  • the “Whats Wrong With McDonalds” case
  • trademark and copyright issues

The digital copy of the presentation clearly asks more questions than it answers, but good food for thought nevertheless.

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