Powerful Mac Launcher App
Modern Apple Automation
Capture and Process Text
Extension for Drafts
Customisable File Manager
30 Nov 2023
There is a wonderfully powerful utility app on the app called TextSoap that has been around on the Mac long before I ever really started using Macs. Its premise is simple - it cleans up text; but its power is huge. The app is really approachable and allows non-programmers to build sophisticated processes for not just “cleaning” text up, but for transforming it in any number of ways. If you aren’t a Unix nerd who was
sed tattooed on their left knuckles,
awk on their right and has either
emacs emblazoned on their chest, then TextSoap might be the text processing utility for you.
For small, frequent jobs, I will be honest and say I usually just default to the built-in functions of my text editors (or Drafts), or a bit of regular expression manipulation. But for the more involved multi-step things, I turn to TextSoap, and in this post I’m going to share a tip for using lists in TextSoap.Read More
29 Nov 2023
I’ve been using an Apple Watch for several years now, and currently own a series 4. I’m not big into tracking my fitness, or hiking the back woods, but I do benefit from being able to get key notifications on my wrist and from being able to capture thoughts and notes on the go. Earlier this year, or maybe late last year, my watch succumbed to what looks to be a surprisingly common issue whereby the watch runs out of space. Not because I have hundreds of apps or thousands of songs, but because of an excessive amount of utilisation of storage space by content my iPhone Watch app classifies simply as “other”. While I fixed that previously, it happened again and the fix was a different one, so in this post I’m going to cover what I’ve done so that anyone else lost down this ‘other storage’ blind alley might find their way out a little bit quicker than I did.Read More
29 Oct 2023
Like many people, my day job involves a PC. A PC that is relatively locked down in terms of what I can and cannot do to it. One of the things I miss from having more access is the option to set the clock in the Windows Taskbar to show the time including seconds - a registry setting can enable this. This may sound odd, but given 30 seconds I can nip out of my home office and grab a cold drink for example; I find knowing where in a minute I am when I am due in a call to be really useful as I detest being late.
This situation was recently compounded by a problem I’ve been having with my system clock slipping out of time. I can correct it at the BIOS, but my NTP access for automatically setting appears to be linked to another issue my laptop has been experiencing. The solution is simple - I just needed a little physical clock for my desk I could pop next to my Taskbar. I could not find any that I liked, so I decided it would be a nice little project to create one and maybe add a few features.Read More