Statusbar example with Swift in XCode 6.2

I’ve created a simple Statusbar application that dynamically creates a menu of Applications in the Utilities folder and opens the Application when the corresponding menu item is clicked. I use simple NSThread for the collection and use image assets for the icon. Not a lot of error handling and could be tweaked for speed, and […]

Minecraft Utilities

My son has been playing a lot of Minecraft and runs a server so I made him a series of utilities to make life easier. The first few I wrote were in Python and Tk, quick and dirty, but I wanted to learn the Swift programming language so I rewrote one utility in XCode 6 […]

Moon Diary – The Witch’s journal

Update – There is a major bug in the database code that causes loss of entries. Since I never got any feedback I am not patching or rewriting this software. Use at your own risk. I created a simple journal application (book of shadows) geared towards Wiccan, it can double as a mood journal, and […]

Quick and dirty way to get Location data on Mac in Xojo

You could make a Xojo plugin in XCode to access the location data, buy a plugin, or maybe use AppleScript but I think this is simple and will work right in the console using Curl as well as within any language that can issue shell commands. Since it’s Curl it should work for Linux as […]

Thanks Apple!

Thanks Apple for effectively turning just about every program into a virtual store and/or billboard. At the same time you somehow indirectly managed to reduce the quality of most Mac software. Just about every application that I have tried reminds me of those cheap Chinese toys you get at the dollar store. The AppStore doesn’t […]

Easiest way to convert a PDF to EPUB for free on a Macintosh?

1. Open the PDF in Preview.app, Edit>Select All, right click selection and Copy. 2. Open Pages.app, Edit>Paste. 3. Do any minor edits. 4. Export as EPUB (You will have other output options as well). 5. For further tweaks get Sigil. Don’t spend weeks writing code to do this only to find that a complicated PDF […]

MacNote

Are you looking for a simple and quick way to enter notes into the Apple’s Notes.app application from the statusbar? Don’t want the extra features of big note tools or really just like Apple’s built in Notes app? Me too! So I wrote a little utility to allow quick note entry to the Notes.app! Simply […]

TextMate 2 released under GPLv3

I built a copy on Mountain Lion if you don’t want to build it yourself. Download   SHA1 :  6afbef8e318c97e4964b8c3d67049ed0d160cfe0 Source can be found also be found on Github, more info below: http://blog.macromates.com/2012/textmate-2-at-github/  

Adding “Create Text File” to Mac OS X using Automator and no code.

Update: It seems you can now add menu items to the contextual (right click menu) in Finder. I no longer use Mac so I have not tried this but should be able to add a create text file entry if you like. Unfortunately I assume most would want this from the desktop. If you moved […]

OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) Late Night Review

I got a copy of Mountain Lion and rather than double clicking and upgrading I decided to make a bootable Mountain Lion USB drive. You will need a 8gb USB thumb drive for this, or if you prefer a DVD, you will need a dual layer 8gb DVD. For the fast and easy way to […]