The INVENT number given out for service questions connects you with the first tier service who have no powers and really just repeat the info on the website. You can ask (at the central HP number) for a senior case manager. They claim to have more powers, but so far have done nothing of note… Read More HP laptop service chain
import matplotlibprint matplotlib.__version__
Windows photo gallery reportedly stores metadata like captions and tags in the metadata, so that you keep all your hard done organization when you move your pictures from one folder to another, one computer to another, one program to another, one OS to another… So where does Windows Photo Gallery store all that organizational data… Read More Windows photo gallery metadata tag names
From the wikipedia article on posting etiquette A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?A: Top-posting.Q: What is the most annoying thing in e-mail? But what to do about impatient people like myself who don’t want to scroll down a lot of junk… Read More I will top-post no more
From an awesome hint here [macworld]. Want to see all the files, but finder won’t let you? Break out of the Nanny State of Mac OS X. Change the appropriate key in Finder’s preferences defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES Then kill the finder process to restart it. This will let you see . files (preferences… Read More See all files in Finder and searches (Mac)
http://xkcd.com/413/ But, I don’t understand why the webcam is outside the hamster ball, unless, of course, its there because putting it inside makes too much sense… PS. Colloquy is a nice mac OS IRC client, but you can do IRC over telnet.
is a great game – you gotta hop your character around the screen on a pogo stick. Getting hit on the head hurts! Get it here.
ftp http://www.lexicon.net/sjmachin/xlrd-0.6.1.zipunzip xlrd-0.6.1.zipsudo python setup.py install xlrd – works as advertized, no mess, no fuss. “There are no dependencies on modules or packages outside the standard Python distribution.” – that’s what we like to hear. Quick start is here. import xlrd book = xlrd.open_workbook(“myfile.xls”) print “The number of worksheets is”, book.nsheets print “Worksheet name(s):”, book.sheet_names()… Read More Reading excel spreadsheets into Python
There’s a nice list of free games for mac here [macrumors], mostly open source. Beyond the red line looks nice.
iChatNative mac chat programDoes not play well with PCRumored to work with AIM MSN MessengerDoes not have video chat Mercury messengerHas video chat, but frame rate is very jerkyWorks with MSN messenger aMSNDecent video framerateWorks with MSN messengerCan not do audio!
Eclipse + PyDevCode foldingCode browserSyntax highlightingNag screen (PyDev extensions)No code completion Xcode + Marxy’s scriptsCode section highlighting (rather than folding)Syntax highlightingNo code completionNo code browsingNot a tabbed interface Komodo EditCode foldingSyntax highlightingCode completion (but doesn’t work on pylab for some reason)No code browsing PIDATo try out http://blog.doughellmann.com/2008/01/python-development-tools-you-can-live.html
In system preferences -> Expose & Spaces you can set up ‘active screen corners’ which will allow you to do various actions my moving the mouse pointer to one of the four screen corners. This is great to cut down on keystrokes to say, see all your desktops and move windows between them Use ‘ctrl’… Read More Expose & Spaces – screen corners
UPDATE: I’ve switched to ffmpeg ftp http://downloads.sourceforge.net/freetype/freetype-2.3.9.tar.bz2tar -xvf freetype-2.3.9.tar.bz2cd freetype-2.3.9./configuremake -j8sudo make install ftp http://www.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/mplayer-export-snapshot.tar.bz2tar -xvf mplayer-export-snapshot.tar.bz2cd mplayer-export-2009-03-24/./configuremake -j4sudo make install ftp://ftp.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/essential-macosx-x86-20060611.zipunzip essential-macosx-x86-20060611.zipsudo installer -pkg Essential\ Codecs\ Package\ \(Intel\).pkg -target “/” Image sequence to movie that QuickTime can play mencoder mf://*.JPG -mf fps=2:type=jpg -ovc lavc -o rig.avi -vf scale=600:450 -ffourcc DX50
After three days the mac has been set up. What is missing is a good photo album app. iPhoto is fancy, but it keeps all these copies of photos around (even with the ‘copy’ option unchecked, and the originals unmodified) and it can not read the IPCT metadata that windows photo gallery has written. Firefox… Read More Mac broken in
Finder (which is what the folder navigation thing is called on a mac) does not show you the /tmp folder, and there is no option that will reveal such dangerous system folders to you apple users – move along. From a tip here [metafilter], you need to hit the ‘go’ menu and type in /tmp… Read More /tmp on finder
This page [pennstate] has a great comparison of latex related stuff on macs. I went with the MacTeX-2007 package [tug.org] – this seems to have EVERYTHING, since my thesis compiles just fine, and I recall vaguely I used a bunch of extra styles and packages. I’m used to Texniccenter, which helps organize files into projects… Read More LaTeX on mac
UPDATE: This page has a better tutorial which I have adapted in this post. From this page [osxfaq.com]: Startup commands are found under /Library/StartupItems/ Each application has its own folder The folder has:XXX – A startup shell scriptStartupParameters.plist – A message and information fileResources – A folder with translations for strings etc. XXX is a… Read More Startup programs/services on Mac OS 10.5
From this great page [spy-hill.com]: % sudo passwd rootEnter Password: -enter your current admin pwd-Changing password for rootNew password: -enter password for your new root act-Verify password: -repeat it-