Posts by qmchenry
    Posted October 27, 2007 by

    OS X Leopard: Make Application visible on all Spaces

    Mac OS X version 10.5 introduces Spaces, virtual workspaces that allow you to organize your applications into less cluttered desktops. I’ve always been a fan of the concept, and Apple’s implementation is the best I’ve used. While the idea of Spaces is to separate application windows into separate workspaces, there are a few apps that […]

    Posted October 21, 2007 by

    OS X Leopard: Limit computer usage times using Parental Controls

    Parental Controls in OS X were introduced in version 10.5 (Leopard) and provide settings to restrict the actions of certain users. One common consideration for parents is limiting the amount of time their children use the computer. We know as adults that what starts as ordering a stapler ends up three hour later with 15 […]

    Posted October 19, 2007 by

    OS X Leopard: Create new user account with parental controls

    Mac OS X Leopard includes new Parental Controls to help protect your children from computers (or help protect your computer from your children). In Apple’s way, this process is simple, but there are some options to consider. This recipe describes adding a new user account that will be under Parental Control and discusses some related […]

    Posted October 15, 2007 by

    OS X: Use tab for all form elements including pull-down menus

    By default, Mac OS X skips certain form fields when using the tab key. For example, when entering an address in a web form, the country field may be a pull-down menu. Heavy-duty tab users will have a rough time with this since tabbing through a form bypasses the use of pointing devices and makes […]

    Category Apple Mac

    Posted October 2, 2007 by

    OS X: Change your PATH environment variable

    When you run a command from a UNIX or UNIX-like shell, the shell looks for the executable file using the directories listed in your PATH variable as a map. For convenience, adding directories to this environment variable means you don’t have to go hunting for a file each time you run it. Following these directions […]

    Posted October 1, 2007 by

    OS X: Easily edit hidden configuration files with TextEdit

    In OS X, hidden files (those starting with a period like .profile or .bashrc) can be a challenge to edit because they are, well, hidden and don’t show up in Finder windows. While there are tricks to make hidden files visible in Finder windows, I prefer to keep my hidden files hidden. I also prefer […]

    Posted September 17, 2007 by

    Symfony: Add log message manually

    When troubleshooting a complex web application (or a simple one), there are times that sending a message to a log file will help. Two command syntaxes are required depending on if you are in an action or a template. When using the development environment of an application in Symfony, the log message will show up […]

    Category Symfony

    Posted August 22, 2007 by

    iWork 08 Numbers: Add a slider control to a cell

    Numbers, the spreadsheet addition to Apple’s iWork suite, has the ability to add a slider control easily to a cell. With this control, a user can quickly change the numeric value of the cell within preset limits just by moving the slider. When the slider position is changed, not only does the cell value change, […]

    Category Apple Mac

    Posted August 8, 2007 by

    iPhone: Automatic Sleep Mode

    The iPhone (or iPod) can go to sleep at some time in the future with a simple option in timer mode. If you want to go to sleep listening to music on your iPhone, you can instruct your iPhone to go to sleep, too. When the time comes, your music will gently fade and your […]

    Category Apple iPhone

    Posted August 6, 2007 by

    Symfony: Troubleshooting file uploads

    The Symfony framework is an amazing project which brings many best practices to the hands of mortal coders. It’s also a dauntingly vast system with many subdirectories and classes. While trekking your way up the learning curve, you may run into hurdles which seem daunting. One possible gotcha involves adding file uploading to an existing […]

    Category Symfony

    Posted July 2, 2007 by

    iPhone: Control iPod functions through headphones

    The little microphone/switch that bulges out on the right side of the headphones included with the iPhone can do some neat tricks other than answer or hang up a call. When not in a call, you can use this switch to control the iPod functions of the iPhone. It’s a testament to Apple’s designers to […]

    Category Apple iPhone

    Posted July 1, 2007 by

    iPhone: Answer or send call to voicemail using headphones

    The headphones included with the iPhone have some useful special features. With them, you can answer your phone, ignore a call sending it straight to voicemail, oh, and even listen to music.

    Category Apple iPhone