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Casanova v2 theme for Alfred v2

Do you want the Casanova theme by @MarceloMarfil for Alfred v2? Wait no longer and click to install (or download) Casanova v2, my updated implementation of the theme. Enjoy (and share on Twitter)!

Determine Your Pebble’s Shipping Date

Can’t wait for your Pebble after today’s announcement? It’s possible to determine the shipping date for your Pebble, since we know that they ship in order of pledges, that they start shipping January 23rd and that they produce 15,000 watches weekly (assuming they ship this amount of watches weekly as well).

Pebble raised $10.3M for 85,000 watches, which equals $120 per watch. For 15,000 watches that would be $1.8M. This means that backers in the period of the first $1.8M pledged would get their watched shipped in the week of January 23rd, backers in the second $1.8M pledged would get their watched shipped in the week of January 30th, and so on.

Now search your mailbox for Kickstarter’s message confirming your pledge (probably from “no-reply@kickstarter.com” with a subject like “Thanks for becoming a backer of Pebble”). Thanks to this graph of the pledged money over time, I was able to compose a list with the estimated shipping date, based on the date you pledged:

  • Pledged April 10th–12th → Shipping January 23rd–30th;
  • Pledged April 12th–16th → Shipping January 30th–February 6th;
  • Pledged April 16th–19th → Shipping February 6th–13th;
  • Pledged April 19th–29th → Shipping February 13th–20th;
  • Pledged April 29th–May 7th → Shipping February 20th–27th;
  • Pledged May 7th–18th → Shipping February 27th–March 6th.

Livescribe Paper Sizes & Prices

I just found out about the Livescribe Sky Wifi Smartpen and I’m currently making a wish list for a pen and some accessories (probably ordering soon). However, the different paper sizes are not listed in a clear way, so here is a list which shows all available options in increasing size (I did not include the Sound Stickers and Sticky Notes):

  • Flip Notepad
  • Paperblanks® Handtooled Mini Wrap Journal
    • Size: 8,9×14cm or 3.5”×5.5” (smaller than A6)
    • Sheets: 176
    • Price: $12.95
    • Lined: journal
  • Journal
  • A5 Grid Notebook
    • Size: 14,8×21cm or 5.8”×8.3”
    • Sheets: 80 (160 pages)
    • Price: $19.95 for four-pack
    • 5×5mm grid four-pack: no. 1-4
  • Single Subject A5 Size Notebook
    • Size: 14,8×21cm or 5.8”×8.3”
    • Sheets: 80
    • Price: $19.95 for four-pack
    • Lined four-pack: no. 1-4
  • Single Subject Notebook
    • Size: 21,6×27,9cm or 8.5”×11” (a bit wider and shorter than A4)
    • Sheets: 100
    • Price: $24.95 for four-pack
    • Lined four-pack: no. 1-4; no. 5-8
  • Three Subject Notebook
  • A4 Grid Notebook
    • Size: 21×29,7cm or 8.3”×11.7”
    • Sheets: 80 (160 pages)
    • Price: $24.95 for four-pack
    • 5×5mm grid four-pack: no. 1-4

Mac’s Dock on Steroids

Mac’s Dock is nice, especially when you have apps with beautiful icons in it. However, when the Dock is large enough for you to enjoy the icons, it takes much vertical space of your screen. Even on a 27-inch Thunderbolt Display, you can’t have enough vertical space available for your apps.

It is possible to automatically hide the Dock. When this is enabled you can move your cursor to the bottom of the screen and the Dock will slide in from the bottom. Unfortunately, this takes a lot of time (in my perception). There’s the animation that slides in the Dock, but worse is the delay before the animation starts. I’ve never hidden the Dock because of this.

Fortunately it’s possible to modify both times. In the answers of this Ask Different question are solutions for the long delay and the animation duration. I’ve tried multiple settings and in my experience the delay shouldn’t exist at all, while the animation might take 0.4s to feel natural but fast. Now I can finally hide the Dock and get back 57px for my apps!

If you want to try these settings, first turn hiding of the Dock on ( > Dock > Turn Hiding On or ⌥⌘D). Then enter these commands in Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-delay -int 0
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -float 0.4
killall Dock

This makes the Dock feel really fast. You can change the values of 0 and 0.4 to try different timings. Don’t forget to change int to float if you want to use a floating point value instead of 0.

I can’t believe anybody won’t like this, but if you want to undo the changes you can use this commands. Afterwards disable hiding of the Dock.

defaults delete com.apple.dock autohide-delay
defaults delete com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier
killall Dock

Use iOS 6 device for testing with Xcode 4.4 and iOS 5 SDK

If you can’t wait for iOS 6 and already installed it on your devices, you need Xcode 4.5 (which includes iOS 6 SDK) to run apps for debugging on them. Unfortunately you can’t use this version of Xcode to submit apps to the App Store. However, it’s possible to copy some files that support iOS 6 out of Xcode 4.5, and place them into your own Xcode 4.4 (or 4.3) installation. This makes Xcode 4.4 recognise your iOS 6 device.

  1. Download Xcode 4.5 and iOS 6 SDK from iOS Dev Center. Mount the DMG file. It’s path will be like /Volumes/Xcode/.
  2. Open the folder /Volumes/Xcode/Xcode45-DPX.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/ in Finder.
  3. Find the Developer folder of Xcode 4.4 on your Mac. From the Mac App Store it will be /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/; otherwise it might be /Developer/.
  4. Open the folder /Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/ inside the Developer folder we found in step 3. Now you should’ve opened the folder from step 2 (Xcode 4.5) and the folder from this step (Xcode 4.4).
  5. Copy the folder /Developer/SDKs/iPhoneOS6.0.sdk/ from Xcode 4.5 and paste it within the folder /Developer/SDKs/ in Xcode 4.4.
  6. Copy the folder /DeviceSupport/6.0 (XXXXXXXX)/ from Xcode 4.5 and paste it within the folder /DeviceSupport/ in Xcode 4.4.
  7. Open Xcode. When you connect your iOS 6 device and open the Organizer (⇧⌘2), you should see a green light next to it.

Now you can run your apps based on iOS 5 SDK from Xcode 4.4 on your iOS 6 device!

Open link in non-default browser using Alfred (four extensions)

Because @f5point6's snippet to open links in a non-default browser was just a shell command, I created four Alfred extensions which you can use to open a link from Alfred in a (non-default) browser on your Mac.


  • gc for Chrome
  • ff for Firefox
  • op for Opera
  • saf for Safari


Enter one of the keywords and press return to open the browser. For example, entering “gc” and pressing return opens Google Chrome.

Or, enter one of the keywords, followed by a space and a link (typed or pasted) and press return to open the link in the browser. For example, entering “ff http://ebay.com" and pressing return opens eBay in Firefox.


You can download all four extensions easily within a ZIP file. Do you just need one or two? That’s OK as well: Chrome; Firefox; Opera; or Safari.

Redundant Storage using Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive (like RAID1)

Google just released it’s long-awaited Google Drive, a cloud storage service just like Dropbox. Microsoft already offers SkyDrive, a similar service that’s part of Windows Live. How awesome would it be to combine these three services - or two of three, if you prefer — to create redundant cloud storage for yourself — just like RAID1?

The Mac applications of Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive create a folder in your home folder where they keep your files and watch for changes, respectively ~/Dropbox/, ~/Google Drive/ and ~/SkyDrive/. In all applications you can choose in which folder the content folder is created, but you can’t choose a custom name. This forces us into using a creative solution …

Content Folders Inside Each-other

The easiest solution is placing the content folders inside each other. If you choose to place Dropbox in your home folder, you should place Google Drive in Dropbox’ folder and SkyDrive in Google Drive’s folder (or some other way around) — e.g., creating ~/Dropbox/Google Drive/SkyDrive/. This can be done in the initial set-up and in the application preferences of both Dropbox and SkyDrive and only in the initial set-up of Google Drive.

This set-up is easy, even without much computer knowledge you should be able to use it. Furthermore it doesn’t rely on technical tricks, so the chance it might be blocked by Dropbox/Google/Microsoft in the future is very small.

Symbolic Links

The solution provided before is easy, but not very elegant. A better way would be using a symbolic link: “a special type of file that contains a reference to another file or folder” (Wikipedia). This means you have one folder in your home folder in which you store your files, and several references to this folder to trick Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive into syncing the folder.

Unfortunately SkyDrive doesn’t accept symbolic links, so we have to use SkyDrive’s folder as the main folder. Google Drive doesn’t like symbolic links as well, but as soon as you rename it’s folder you get asked where you moved the folder to. This means you can rename Google Drive’s folder.

To make a double-redundant folder using Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive, follow these steps:

  1. Download Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive and copy the applications to your applications folder.
  2. Open Google Drive. Log on to your Google Account and accept the standard configuration. Google Drive will create a folder ~/Google Drive/. Quit the Google Drive application.
  3. Open Finder and go to your home folder. Rename the Google Drive folder to SkyDrive.
  4. Open Google Drive again. The application will warn you that the folder is gone (since you renamed it). You can manually locate the folder, just choose the ~/SkyDrive/ folder, because that was the ~/Google Drive/ folder before the renaming.
  5. Open SkyDrive. Log on to your Windows Live ID. SkyDrive will notice that the folder ~/SkyDrive/ already exists, you have to choose that it’s OK to use that location.
  6. Open Dropbox. Log on to your Dropbox account and accept the standard configuration. Dropbox will create a folder ~/Dropbox/. Quit the Dropbox application.
  7. Open your terminal and enter the following command:
    ln -s ~/SkyDrive/ ~/Dropbox
    This command creates a virtual directory ~/Dropbox/ that links to the existing real directory ~/SkyDrive/.
  8. Open Dropbox again. It’ll now think that ~/SkyDrive/ is it’s folder, thanks yo the symbolic link.
  9. Now all three applications will sync the ~/SkyDrive/ folder on your Mac. The folder is now double redundant!

Stel je nou maar eens voor dat het niet hypothetisch zou zijn.

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