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I set up instiki locally for my own notes and I needed to get it to start automatically in a proper way. I found an excellent tip on how to create launchd items using the property list editor. Works like a charm. Now I even…

I do consulting and sometimes I deal with different clients/projects. This requires a bit of compartmentalized thinking, but I still like to do it fast without having to endlessly tweak my setup. By now I have evolved a way to set up a new customer…

I do love my iPhone. But.. I’m writing this while commuting on an underground train, of course without a connection. And of course there’s Airplane mode. Being out of the country. There’s a million reasons to need to use the iPhone disconnected. You just can’t…

Interviewing is difficult. Technical vetting is even more difficult. You only have an hour to determine if the person knows his/her salt. I’ve been doing a lot of these lately, and I seem to be getting slightly better at them. In my worry to make…

After my nightmare with Quicken I decided to try many different financial packages. I ended up deciding on iBank 2.3.2. I have been using it for a little while now and here are my impressions. technorati tags: finances osx mac

Caching and concurrency management are tricky. If you have a cache that lives in memory but you have updates to the database that the objects originally came from, how are you going to make sure that the cached objects still reflect the contents of the…

Is it too much to ask for a decent personal finance software package for OS X? I have used Quicken on PCs since 3.0. MS Money is also nice although I never really used it for more than trying it out. I had heard Quicken…

Sometimes there’s no reason to keep a giant directory, so you can use hdiutil to compress it and then a folder action to automatically mount it. OSXTips shows you how. Note that it made my finder take a really long time opening the folder the…

Just an Airport Extreme N base station. After a few small problems, I hooked it up to the network on one side and to an USB hub on the other, and it’s doing great. It’s nice not to depend on the desktop machine being up…

For Unix and Linux users, OS X is more of a lateral move, thanks to OS X’s BSD underpinnings. Unfortunately with all the market-speak it may drive some smart engineer-types away from trying it out, since all of the every day things you live with…