Yearly Archives: 2015

Keyboard Maestro “Insert text by pasting” Quick Tip

“Insert text by pasting” is faster than “Insert text by typing” (which is rarely necessary in my experience). Unfortunately, using the paste method results in unwanted junk in your clipboard (unless of course this is also your intention). You can insert by

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DIY Panoramic Tripod Head

Introduction You’re here because you want to take great panoramic shots, and you’re amazed by how expensive the off-the-shelf panoramic tripod heads cost, right? The key to a good panorama is to have your camera mounted such that the no-parallax point of

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Installing ElasticSearch on Webfaction

You read everywhere that setting up and running elasticsearch is very simple. In fact, it is. There are some hurdles to clear when you’re setting it up on Webfaction, however. These instructions will hopefully provide some guidance.

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Adding Metatag Keywords to Search API Index

For a great explanation of the implementation below, please visit http://enzolutions.com/articles/2015/06/02/how-to-add-customs-fields-to-solr-index-using-entity-api-amp-search-api/ The following demonstrates how to add metatag keywords (from the Metatag module) to your Search API fields list, so that you can index them and make them searchable.

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DIY Lawn Bagger (for Fall Cleanup)

Last spring I purchased a lawn sweeper. It was very useful after I dethatched my lawn, but it proved less effective against the barrage of leaves this fall. I decided I’d try my hand at crafting a lawn mower bagger. The

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Automatic Dropshadow and Border on Mac OS X Screenshots

If you’re like me, you take lots of screenshots. I probably average 20 a day. Primarily I use CMD-SHIFT-4 and drag a box around what I want to capture. The result is exactly what I highlighted. Here’s an example: That

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Using Xdebug to Trace Functions

I’ve been relying on Xdebug quite a lot in recent years to step through PHP code, analyze stacktraces, inspect variables, profile applications, and more. Recently I needed to find out why a function call was taking so long to execute.

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Creating Scenery for the neXt Simulator

I’ve spent the past few weeks learning how to build scenery for the neXt simulator. If you haven’t tried neXt I highly recommend giving it a shot. It is, without a doubt, the most realistic RC heli simulator I’ve ever used

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Automatic Screenshots of Drupal Content

In an earlier post I recommended webkit2png for automatically screenshotting a list of URLs. A lot of time has passed since that post, and I’ve discovered a more robust tool. Pageres is incredible, and it has a CLI and an api. I’ll

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Alfred Workflow – PERT Calculator

Using Alfred? Ever have to estimate time on tasks, projects, etc? Check out my new PERT Calculator on Packal.org    

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