Reggy – On the Fly Regular Expression (Regex) Testing

I know what you’re thinking, why should I care about Regular Expressions? I failed in math and don’t like Simple or Advance expressions, so why would I care about regular ones? Well now is your chance to learn something, and it doesn’t really have anything that you will recognize that deals with math… well maybe. Anyhoo, Regular Expressions or Regex for short, are snippets of symbols that represent the type of content you would like to find within a given body of text or string. They can be very handy, and are extremely useful for developers that are trying to parse... Read More

Paparazzi! – Website Screenshots that Rock!

Paparazzi! – What a name… hehe. When I first started playing with this app, I thought, what am I doing? Who needs another screenshot application? OS X allows you to take screenshots directly from a keystroke, and there are tons of other apps out there that at least claim to take different types of screenshots. But to say the least I was plesantly surprised with this sweet little freeware mac app. Unlike most of the other screenshot apps or widgets available out in the interwebs, Paparazzi! takes screenshots of websites. The cool thing is that it will take a single screenshot of... Read More

Deeper – Tweak Your Hidden UI Options

Deeper is a relative of Onyx, that we reviewed recently. It is a sweet little application that like it’s older brother Onyx, gives you control of many of the well known or lesser known features of the OS X Graphical User Interface. And like it’s senior sibling, Deeper places all of the options into one simple easy to use interface so that you don’t have to go hunting around your mac to change them all, you can just click the provided checkboxes and select fields to set the values you want to change. Deeper has been around since OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and has seen a new version... Read More

Onyx – Cleanup your Mac

Onyx? you ask. What is it and why should I get it? Well let me explain. Onyx is the Swiss Army Knife of Mac Maintenance Products. I know, I know you mac “Just Works” and rarely has problems, but when it does or as a preemptive measure it is nice to have a tool that will automatically take care of the regular menial tasks so that you can spend your time on real important stuff. And Onyx is just the app to take care of your schwack. Onyx has been around and free since way back in the good ole days of OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), and has released a new version of the software specifically... Read More

Clear your Mac’s DNS Cache

If you are like me, working with websites and servers on a regular basis. Then you know that when you change DNS settings it can sometimes be a tough deal, because the DNS settings are cached on your computer. Well rather than being frustrated, and annoyed as you wait for the your cache to timeout and be refreshed, just force the cache to be cleared so that you can continue with the business that you have awaiting your magic touch. Depending on the age of your mac there are two different ways to accomplish this: Leopard and Above (OSX 10.5 and higher) : dscacheutil – flushcache Tiger... Read More

Putting the Joy back in FTP with Cyberduck

It may have a funny name, but this little app packs a big resourceful punch. Cyberduck is an amazing piece of software, initially setting the stage for superb FTP access and file manipulation, but it doesn’t stop there. Cyberduck has a vast array of different protocols that it supports, allowing you to connect to virtually any location and transfer/manipulate files on the remote location. Here is a short list of protocols that it supports: FTP SFTP WebDav Cloudfiles Google Docs Amazon s3 to name a few. It’s interface is sleek and simple, providing for a seamless user... Read More

Textmate: The Missing Editor for OSX

Every developer knows how important it is to have the right tools. And by having the right tools I mean a text editor. Because ultimately that is all most developers really require to get things done, Developers have been doing it for well over a half century and although the languages and methods for execution have changed, much has remained the same. For those who are fortunate enough to find themselves doing development on the mac platform, there is an alternative, which although it may not be the newest game on the block, it is one of the best all around. Sissy FauxVelopers need not apply... Read More

Reduce your stress with Anxiety

Anxiety is an amazingly small and sophisticated way to track your tasks and keep you from getting too stressed out. The interface is very simple and unobtrusive, but very powerful. Anxiety takes advantage of the iCal backend that is already available in OSX to track and manage the tasks. The upshot of which is that the assigned tasks are also available in iCal, so that you can reference them when planning your Day/Week/Month. Anxiety has an amazing ability of getting out of your hair so that you can do your work. But when you want to add a task or check off a completed task, it is available... Read More

Screenshot Tips on the Mac

This is my favourite of the Mac goodies. There are a few ways to capture screen on Mac. Firstly, you can capture the whole screen. Simply press Cmd-Shift-3 on your keyboard and the screen will be captured in a PNG file and saved on your desktop as something like Picture 1.png You can also capture a selection, just press Cmd-Shift-4 on your keyboard and you will see a small cross hair selector on your screen. Simply select the area you want to capture and let go, the file will be saved on your desktop, again something like Picture 1.png And finally you can capture the active window.... Read More

New Iphone and SDK

Apples WWDC 2008 kicked off this week in San Francisco with a bang. Unveiling their new 3G iPhone with an upgraded look and a few new features was pretty cool. But not nearly as cool as the new SDK for the iPhone. The new SDK promises to provide a rich development interface for rapid development on the iPhone. Personally after watching the Keynote I cannot wait to dive in and see what can be created using this new development platform. Check out the New iPhone Check out the iPhone... Read More