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Finally, there is tumblr for iPad.

(Reblogged from nevver)


Another way to SSH into another Mac using iCloud’s IPv6 network: in Terminal, choose ‘New Remote Connection’ from the Shell menu, or whack⇧+⌘+K.

Thanks, @ctaloi!

(Reblogged from onethingwell)
(Reblogged from onethingwell)

How to get easier access to Umlauts on English keyboards in Mac OSX

My writing is mainly done in English - both programming and communication. Hence I use a keyboard with an international English layout. Occasionally though I need to write something in German. Whenever I need to type an Umlaut like ä I need three keystrokes to get there: ALT+u then a. For quite a while I thought that it would be handy to map the combinations ALT+u, ALT+o and ALT+a to directly yield ü, ö and ä respectively. Only now I took the time to investigate how to achieve this and thanks to this StackOverflow article I was pointed to a tool called KeyRemap4MacBook which helped me to finally get there. Here’s how.

Download and install KeyRemap4MacBook. After restarting the Mac, there is a new KeyRemap4MacBook panel in the system preferences. In its ‘Misc & Uninstall’ tab one gets access to the custom settings to be defined in a file called ‘private.xml’. Press the button labelled ‘Open private.xml’.

This will open the Finder showing the folder containing the actual file ‘private.xml’. The contents of this file need to be replaced with these lines:


Now, these changes need to be loaded into the KeyRemap tool. So, in the ‘Change Key’ tab, press ‘Reload XML’.

Finally, the new setting ‘Easy access for Umlauts’ appears on the top of the list and it needs to be enabled.

Umlauts can now be typed with the left ALT key (like ALT+SHIFT+O for Ö) while the right ALT key retains its original mapping (to be able to type letters like å or ø).

Addendum: as a VIM (or rather Sublime Text + Vintage mode) user, I mapped the CapsLock key to the ESC key using PCKeyboardHack.

Open source Ruby on Rails apps

Some non-trivial, popular, actively developed, open source Rails 3 app hosted on github:

May these help to learn rails or to inspire to learn some new tricks.

Chrome allows quick access to the search function of websites. For example, if you type cnn in Chrome’s Omnibox (the combined location and search field), a hint appears right-aligned: “Press TAB to search”. Hit TAB, enter some words to search for on, press enter and the search function of CNN’s site will display the results.

There are two preconditions to get this working. First, you must have used the desired site’s search function before (navigate to the site and search for something using its own search box). And the site’s search must result in a URL where the words used in the search must appear in a parameter called ‘search’ or ‘query’ (like http://… when searching for football on cnn). 

Many sites build search URLs like CNN in the example above, so Chrome will automatically “learn” more search completions over time. Unfortunately, Twitter’s search URL doesn’t conform to this.

(Reblogged from minimalmac)