Tweak Your Launchd With Lingon

Thursday, July 31, 2008

In a previous post I showed how to write some custom firewall rules, and use a hack to get it to load automatically. With Leopard the hack to load it broke.

In steps a great new app for the system tweaker called Lingon (http://lingon.sourceforge.net). This handy little app lets you configure plist files and install them with just a few clicks.

Just select new, give it a name, give it a command to execute, select from a list of options how you want to to run and away you go. It even has an expert mode to dig deeper.


Ubuntu on VMWare Fusion Makes Me Oh So Happy

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

My initial impression of VMWare Fusion is just, wow. While Parallels was the first out there, VMWare is now bringing their deep virtualization expertise to OS X now. The latest public beta really delivers on the Linux side. While Parallels seems to have their focus on the Windows market, VMWare has been building for the Linux market as well.

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OmniFocus: GTD Deliciousness

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The Omni Group has posted a demonstration video of their upcoming GTD (Getting Things Done) product OmniFocus. For those who are not familiar with the GTD methodology, it is based on a productivity book by David Allen called Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, and popularized by Merlin Mann over at 43 Folders. The basic goal is to get everything out of your head and into some trusted task management system so that you can stop stressing about it.

There are a bunch of systems out there based on this methodology, but this one looks like the right balance of organization, and not too much overhead. Hopefully it lives up to the promise and hype.


Network World IT Roadmap Chicago Roundup

Thursday, April 5, 2007

These days I have found that most trade shows are hopelessly unimpressive, but I must say that Network World IT Roadmap Chicago was very useful. It was very targeted, so it was very relevant. Most of the presentations were good, the crowd was sufficiently nerdy, and the vendors were handing out swag again.

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In search of the bluetooth mouse: The Mighty Mouse and the Logitech V270

Monday, March 26, 2007

With plugging in my USB thumb drive and my iPod I found myself running out of USB ports. I went through a couple of different miniature hub tries but found it all a hassle. So I landed on the concept of going with a bluetooth mouse to free me of cable tangles (those with cluttered desks will hear me) and to properly ration the USB ports.

Being happy with other Apple products I walked around the corner to the Apple store and picked up a Bluetooth Mighty Mouse. My first impression was that it seemed a bit awkward, but it did look cool so I tried to work with it.

Right away I started having issues with the right click working properly. Since Apple is still obsessed with the concept of a single button mouse in form if not in function, they have created a mouse that relies on sensing very slight pressure differences across the mouse. I found some posts online that had tips about lifting you index finger completely off the mouse when right clicking, but even that didn’t make it work right and who the hell wants to work like that anyways.

So after about a week and a half I took it back and picked up a Logitech V270. For those who like a smaller portable mouse, the form factor is good. It doesn’t have the comfort of the MX series devices nor the comparable Microsoft assortment of mouses, but there aren’t a lot of options for bluetooth. Which brings me to another point, wireless does not mean bluetooth, so check the packaging.

The V270 connects and reconnects to my MacBook Pro without hassle, although if you leave it for long enough there is a brief hiccup while it powers up and reconnects. This is unlike the Mighty Mouse that didn’t seem to want to connect seamlessly.

The one problem that I did have was the mouse speed. Using the mouse preference pane left me with a mouse that was either too slow or too fast. There are options like USB Overdrive, et. al., but I didn’t want the additional clutter.

So I went with using the command:
defaults write -g com.apple.mouse.scaling -float .05

That seemed to give me the feel I had before with my previous mouse.