Subliminal Advertising

I feel as though there might be some subliminal advertising going on in this video.

I could be wrong, I suppose.

Open in Firefox

I currently use Safari as my primary browser on OS X systems. Oftentimes I find that I either want to dissect a web page in Firebug or even just see what it looks like in Firefox. This is kind of a pain because it takes several steps:

  1. Open Firefox (one step with Quicksilver)
  2. Activate Safari
  3. Copy URL from desired website
  4. Activate Firefox
  5. Paste URL into Firefox.

I could probably consolidate these steps a little bit (by dragging and dropping the URL perhaps), but the point remains, this is an annoying process to go through every time I want to quickly check something out in Firefox.

Last week I put together a nifty little script in Automator to streamline this process. Basically, the script copies the URL from the active tab in Safari, opens Firefox and loads the page. I saved the script as an application and with Quicksilver it’s now just one step to activate the script.

For the most part, the script was pretty easy to set up. There is a built-in action to Get Current Webpage from Safari. There aren’t any scriptable actions for Firefox from Automator, but opening it is simple enough using a terminal command:

open -a

The only slightly tricky part about the script was getting the copied URL to automatically load when Firefox opens. After a little research I found that this could be simply passed as a parameter to the open command:

open -a $@

Perhaps some other Safari-lovers will find this useful. Enjoy.

Quota Monitor Menu

The Situation: You have a Mac OS X Server with network home directories and disk quotas enabled.

Yep, we use network home directories with OS X Server in our Mac Lab. The disk quotas in Tiger work great, except for when…

The Problem: The Mac OS Finder on client machines does not have very good support for warning users they are approaching their file quota limit. They end up all of sudden unable to save files with little or no explanation as to why.

Yeah, that. The dock reverts to the default Apple dock. iMovie keeps telling you there’s not enough space to save anything (even to an empty partition). InDesign spits out all sorts of weird error messages when you open it. And oh yeah, because of a certain login hook we run, FontExplorer X loses our entire Font Folio type library (not FontExplorer’s fault).

Meanwhile, our poor data heavy students have no idea what’s going on.

The Solution: QuotaMonitorMenu places the user’s home folder quota status right in the menu bar. It will also pop up warnings at regular intervals. All warnings and text are customizable.

QuotaMonitorMenu Screenshot

Yes, a very handy little utility indeed.

Via AFP548.

Nice Rundown of Safari 3 Beta

Roger Johansson has posted a nice list of his impressions of Safari 3 beta (both Windows and OS X):

Easy WordPress Slugs With Textmate

There is a nice little tip over on the Circle Six blog on how to set up the TextMate blogging bundle to use the WordPress 2.2 XMLRPC slug capabilities:

The only oddity I found was that Circle Six lists the blogging.rb file in this location:

~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/bundles/Blogging.tmbundle/lib/blogging.rb

On my computer the file was actually located here:


I’m not exactly sure why the two locations are different. Either way, mine works splendidly after following the tip.