Have fun RESTing!

Cheesy post titles aside… I just discovered the very simple but incredibly useful RESTClient at: http://code.google.com/p/rest-client/ . It’s a simple Java GUI app for testing out one’s REST services. You can choose your: URL, HTTP method, add any custom headers, add a body for PUT/POST, set auth info, SSL info, and do simple scripting. This is an incredibly useful tool, AND a far cry better than doing it all on the command line with curl.

Here, File File! Nears Release, Gets Attention

I’m taking time away from adding spit and polish to the exciting Here, File File project to say WOO HOO! The whole team (Adam, Buck, and I) are psyched! A few days ago we found out Here, File File is a finalist in the AppsFire Apps Star Awards. And today, The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) published a great HFF write up. If you haven’t seen our promo video yet, give it a whirl!

Killing “find” Errors

I’ve used the unix filesystem search utility find for many years. Though, like most things, until forced to learn its deeper secrets, I generally get by with only the most basic knowledge. One of the cool things about find is that you can specify a search and then execute an action on the results, all in one command. This example is probably my most common use of find: find . -type d -name .

Resetting Forgotten OS X 10.5 User Password

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I have an older G4 Mac Mini I use for testing the Mac app I’m working on (Here, File File F.K.A. Welcome to Your Mac. It’s just nice to have a machine that I can test both 10.4 and 10.5 as well as PowerPC compatibility. Yesterday I needed to do some updates on the 10.5 system and couldn’t remember my password. Google was my friend and showed me an Apple Knowledge Base article to solve the problem.

Fixing Snow Leopard’s broken ‘focus follows mouse’ Terminal behavior

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Since upgrading to OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), I’ve been frustrated by Terminal’s focus follows mouse behavior. I typically like such behavior but it’s broken as of 10.6. I would frequently CMD-Tab to switch to a different application and start typing only to wonder why my keyboard was not working, then realize my input had gone to the Terminal which sometimes was no longer even visible. To fix this, type the following in Terminal: