February 5, 2010

A Little Mac Tech Talk



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

The sun is shining today! And it is mild enough to open up the blinds without chilling the interior of the house through all that glass.

I have a quiet day lined up. There is bread to be baked. A small heap of documents needs to be filed. I've been tweaking my Mac OS to save myself time and aggravation, read the mac tech talk below if interested.

Also, there are calls to make to work out issues with the bank in regards to what I consider unreasonable service charges for our mortgage, and Revenue Canada, who have applied payments to the wrong year and must correct their error.

And there is the day gone!

<mild Mac tech talk>
My iMac runs OS Leopard. I'll not be upgrading to the most recent operating system any time soon.

There is a wonderful function on the Mac called screen capture, I use is daily. You use it to take a picture of your screen, all of your screen or part of your screen.

An annoying function of the software is that the pictures save to the desktop and are named picture1.png, picture2.png etc.. If one is deleted, say picture5.png, then the gap will be filled with a new picture5.png the next time you do a screen capture.

If you move the pictures off the desktop and into a folder, the new screen shots on the desktop have the same file names as the old screen shots you moved into the folder.

So, if you move your new screen shots into that folder, they overwrite the old screen shots. You can lose your old screen shots if your not careful, and if you are careful it is a pain in the neck to have to rename the new screen shots, so that you can save them in that folder.

This morning I decided to see if there was an easy solution to this problem. I found a solution which was not exactly easy, but it was manageable and works well. By installing a borrowed script and using terminal to change some of the unix settings on the computer, you can get a screen capture to save with a name based on the date and time, which means each filename is unique and all are sequential.

The script was written by Ryan Todd and after installing the script the instructions for configuring the operating system can be found on RUN_AMUCK blog. Thanks Ryan and Anthony!

I had a bit of trouble in terminal, but that was due to my own inattention to detail, as usual. The whole thing worked like a charm when I took my time and read their instructions carefully.
< /mild Mac tech talk>

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Worldly Distractions

sun rays across the floor
Morning Sunshine

On The Screen
So far, an interesting premise.

“You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.”
Thomas Sowell

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Page by Page: A Woman's Journal
by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."

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