Installing OS X 10.11 El Capitan inside Parallels Desktop

This is actually surprisingly straightforward, once you know the hoops to jump through. Essentially there are 4 main things we need to do: Download El Capitan from the App Store Prepare an install image Create a virtual machine Install El Capitan So let’s take a look at those, one by one… Step 1: Download El Capitan […]

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iOS 7 status bar fix for Sencha Touch apps

Sencha Touch hasn’t been updated for iOS 7’s new fullscreen views yet. This causes the status bar to overlap your app’s content, which looks rather messy. Luckily it’s really easy to get things working again if all your views use title bars / navigation bars. Just drop this code into app.js (after your last Ext.Viewport.add […]

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shareit: Simple FTP-based file sharing from the command line

File sharing websites tend to have ads everywhere, and long running HTTP uploads of large files can be a pain in the backside, so I stopped using them a while back. Whenever I needed to share a file with someone, I’d figure out the file’s MD5 sum (to avoid naming collisions), fire up Transmit (the nicest Mac […]

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Thoughts on switching from Chrome to Safari 5.2 [updated]

I’ve used Google Chrome almost exclusively as my main browser since 2009, but after seeing Apple’s WWDC keynote last week I decided to give Safari another try, because being able to send a tab from one device to another (without using Pastebot to just copy/paste the URL across devices),  is one of my most-wanted features. […]

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Removing stuck Finder sidebar items in OS X Lion and Snow Leopard

Having trouble removing some pesky icons that have gotten stuck in the Finder’s sidebar? If you’re on Lion or Snow Leopard, the solution is easy: Click on the folder and drag it away from the sidebar Before you let go of the mouse button, hold down the Command (⌘) key Now that you’re holding down […]

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Problems installing the memcached gem?

Seeing something like this while compiling libmemcached or trying to install the memcached gem? checking for style of include used by make… GNU checking for gcc… gcc checking for C compiler default output file name… configure: error: in `/opt/ruby-enterprise-1.8.7-2010.02/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/memcached-1.0.2/ext/libmemcached-0.32′: configure: error: C compiler cannot create executables See `config.log’ for more details. *** extconf.rb failed *** […]

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