May 13, 2013
Ever since Google announced they were shutting Reader down, I’ve been looking for a new RSS reader to replace it. I have since settled on Tiny Tiny RSS, a self-hosted package with a nice, clean interface. It also has a plugin system, which lets me use the Reeder app on my iPhone by having Tiny Tiny RSS emulate the Fever API.
I’m running all of this here on Nearly Free Speech, and I thought I would document the process in case it helps anyone out, including getting Reeder to sync with TT-RSS.
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November 29, 2012
iTunes 11 was released today, and seems to have made at least one major feature change: iTunes DJ is gone, replaced by a new feature called Up Next (the small dialog box open in the screenshot above).
How it works:
- Everything has a little arrow button that lets you Play Next or Add to Up Next. This button shows up for albums, individual songs, playlists, artists, and so on.
- The Up Next dialog box is opened by clicking on that “list” icon in the right side of the player area, or by pressing Command + Option + U on the keyboard.
- There, you can see previously played tracks, delete tracks from the Up Next list, rearrange them, and so on.
When I realized that iTunes DJ had disappeared, my first thought wasn’t good. But after using the Up Next feature for a while, it has grown on me a lot. I actually think it’s a much more streamlined implementation of the feature than iTunes DJ ever was.
The only problem is that dialog box. It’s so small, and when you start queuing whole albums back to back, that’s only going to compound this limitation.
My suggestion: Make the Up Next feature a whole sidebar to the right on its own. This may cut into the screen real estate for the item listing, but it’s a lot better than exiling such a main feature to a small dialog box.
Apple definitely seems to be limited with screen real estate with iTunes 11, though.
Update: Just discovered something new. In the Mini Player (Command + Option + M) mode, opening the Next Up list makes it a windowed view. Pretty cool, check it out in the screenshot to the right.
August 10, 2012
Imagine my surprise when my system couldn’t find
svn anymore… it seems Apple left it out of OS X 10.8 for whatever reason.
Luckily, you can just download the “Command Line Tools for Mountain Lion” package from the Apple developer site.
Edit: Make sure you download the package for Mountain Lion, not just Lion. Re-downloading now…
July 3, 2012
They gave us folders in Google Reader… so why is this still such a mess?
June 19, 2012
I test drove Linux Mint a while back and uninstalled it, but I’ve always been stuck with the GRUB boot loader that it left behind. After researching, I came up with the following to replace GRUB with the Windows boot loader:
- Download and install EasyBCD. Don’t worry, it’s free for non-commercial use.
- Go to the BCD Deployment tab.
- Select the correct version of the Windows boot loader for your computer (Windows 7/Vista or XP).
- Click Write MBR.
- Go to the Edit Boot Menu tab and make sure your Windows installation is listed there correctly.
Reboot, and the GRUB screen should be gone. If you can’t boot into Windows, you probably deleted that boot entry (this happened to me). Try following the instructions here.