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GIT Commands Cheat Sheet

Monday, January 25, 2016
By Colin

A cheat sheet of git commands that I use the most, and also of the ones I use the least (which is really much more important to have on a cheat sheet). »

How to type accents é, è, ñ, ü, ê and other special characters on your Mac keyboard

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
By Colin
How to type accents é, è, ñ, ü, ê and other special characters on your Mac keyboard

Problem:  You’re on an English keyboard on a Mac, and you need to type letters with accents, like é, è, ñ, ü, ê or other special characters, like ç, å, æ, or œ. Solution:   Hold down the vowel key for a little bit longer than usual, and a hint with accented versions of your... »

Bitcoin-Qt fix for Mac OS 10 Mavericks – prevent App Nap

Monday, December 9, 2013
By Colin

If your Bitcoin-Qt app on Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks is taking for ever to download blocks of transaction history and synchronize with the network  (if your starting from scratch, it should typically take several days — but I mean if it is looking like it will take months), it’s quite likely that the app... »

Mobile Web App Reference

Monday, December 26, 2011
By Colin

iOS web app icon dimensions: 57x57px for the iPhone 3G and 3GS, 72x72px for the iPad, 114x114px for the iPhone4 Apple Device DPIs: 163dpi for the iPhone 3G and 3GS 132dpi for the iPad 326dpi for the iPhone4 Media Queries Examples: view layout.css on http://hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/finally-a-fluid-hicksdesign »

aboutmydevice.com : a new site that helps explore a mobile browser’s Javascript properties

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
By Colin
aboutmydevice.com : a new site that helps explore a mobile browser’s Javascript properties

Here’s the latest website I’m releasing onto the world: aboutmydevice.com. I wrote  it so that I could explore what Javascript properties, objects, and values exist on the browsers of various mobile devices. I walk into a store, go to a phone, load up aboutmydevice.com, and see what kind of properties this browser has. It’s... »

IE 8 inPrivate Filtering on by Default

Thursday, May 7, 2009
By Colin

NOTE:  A better way to block ads, popups, cookie setters, and profile trackers is to edit your hosts file, which will block such annoyances on all browsers and web applications.  Go here for more info on hosts files. IE 8 inPrivate Filtering mode can be set to on/enabled by default by doing the following:... »

block ads with hosts files

Sunday, January 25, 2009
By Colin

Anyone with 15 minutes of free time can edit their hosts file to block 99% of the ads that appear on web pages, for free. This works on PCs, Macs, and Linux/Unix computers. What’s a “hosts” file?  It’s a file named “hosts”, and every normal computer sold to consumers has one. A background on... »