Posted on 03/11/2013. By Pete Otaqui.
A friend of mine is thinking about choosing, in her words, “a proper digital camera” and asked for advice, so I’ve written it here. Rather than getting bogged down in a particular brand or model, I’m going to try and give an overview of the kinds of camera available and the pros and cons of each.
I’ve also thrown in a couple of my favourite pictures, so read on for more :)
Posted on 01/11/2013. By Pete Otaqui.
I had some trouble with Keynote 6 hanging after I upgraded it when I installed Mavericks.
I (somewhat stupidly) thought it would be a simple matter of deleting Keynote.app from the Applications folder and using the App Store to reinstall it. Not so simple. Deleting the app doesn’t let the App Store know that it’s been deleted and needs reinstalling.
The best way I could find was to open the App Store, and choose “View my account” from the Store menu.
From there you’ll see an “iTunes in the Cloud” section, and you need to choose the “Manage” link.
OK – now there’s a list of apps that have been “hidden” for any reason. You should now be able to “unhide” it.
I had to actually reboot at this point, and when I got back into the App Store, Keynote was there and no longer incorrectly reported as “Installed” – I finally had the choice of installing it, which I did.
Oh – and this fixed my problems with Keynote always hanging on opening or creating a document as well.
Posted on 21/10/2013. By Pete Otaqui.
I wanted to hunt in my browser cache for a particular string (well, regular expression in fact), and pull out matching contents. There didn’t seem to be an immediately obvious way of doing this with chrome://cache, so I wrote a little nodejs script.
Setting up a Virtualbox Virtual Machine for Web Development with Multiple Sites using mod_vhost_alias and VirtualDocumentRoot
Posted on 04/10/2013. By Pete Otaqui.
Hopefully as a developer you are using a virtual machine for local development. This makes sense unless your target platform is very much the same as your working one – not the case for a lot of people developing LAMP / Ruby / Python / Node. However, this can still present problems when you want to have multiple websites running and don’t want the sacrifice of putting everything in a subdirectory. I’m going to explain my setup which uses subdomains for a virtual machine, and apache’s vhost_alias module with the VirtualDocumentRoot directive.
You will be able to create a directory called “super/” to hold your project, and immediately browse to it using the subdomain “http://super.virtualbox.me” without any further configuration – neat!
Posted on 02/10/2013. By Pete Otaqui.
I love Digital Ocean – they offer great value for money, excellent support and a really refreshing and clean interface. However their API sucks, and this is something they should probably try and deal with if they want to expand beyond individuals or small companies into providing services for larger applications and corporates.