Coda 2.5 Available Now
Coda 2.5 Available Now

Coda is the one of a kind development app for the Mac. I've used it since version 1.0 but the latest update to 2.5 brings back some of the excitement of that first release.

Coda 2.5 for the Mac greatly improves the application interface but one of the big new features is addition of Panic Sync. With Panic Sync, the iOS and Mac contain all of the same sites which can be a pain to do manually.

While I wouldn't recommend Coda as a all around text editor, it simply can not be beat for web development. The integration of a code editor (with syntax highlighting and code completion) with a terminal and database connection is just terrific. I know someone out there is saying that they already have all of these tools separately, but Coda makes them all work better together by creating "sites."

When I connect to Macdrifter for breaking stuff, I get a terminal and SFTP window both directed at the same place. When I connect to NerdQuery, I get a different terminal and file browser plus a connection to the MySQL database. It's so easy it just feels wrong.

Coda is so much more than the individual parts. The code navigator is amazing and the advanced version control options raise the bar for any text editor. The side bar in Coda is full of powerful and precise tools for working on remote servers. Coda is a full blown web development environment and version 2.5 adds some clever new tricks.

The new plugin options really elevate the potentials for one of the best all-in-one web development apps on the Mac. You can develop your own using Panic's plugin kit. I particularly like the CSS colors and RegEx plugins.

The new themes for Coda are already excellent and promising. The color palettes look stunning on version 2.5 partly because it's made to look great on Yosemite. This is a good looking app that is just the right combination of technically advanced and comfortably intuitive.

Check out the Coda examples on their Web site and get the iBook tutorial for free.

One notable change in Coda 2.5 is that it's no longer available as a Mac App Store purchase or upgrade. But Panic took the high road and provides a free transition from the MAS version to the direct download version. They provide full serial number when making the move too. It's not some crackpot authentication that perpetually requires the MAS version to be installed.

Panic is one of the best boutique software development companies on the planet. Their designs are original and their applications are powerful. Coda 2.5 for Mac is Panic at their best.
blog  Mac  Review 
21 hours ago
The coded world of Russian prison tattoos
The human iconography of the Russian underground. Intricate, coded prison tattoos from the 1970s-90s.
yesterday
Technical Difficulties with Dr. Drang [Link]
Technical Difficulties with Dr. Drang [Link]

Talking to Dr. Drang is always a treat. In the latest episode of Technical Difficulties, the good doctor walks down memory lane and shares how he got started with computers. He shared some terrific stuff and the show notes are full of great images he provided.

If you want more info about the delay with this episode, then check Erik's post. Short version is that good notes take time, especially about topics outside of our own era.
blog  TechDiff 
2 days ago
Highlights for Mac Turns PDF Annotations into Markdown
Highlights for Mac Turns PDF Annotations into Markdown

Here's a great Mac app for getting your PDF annotations into usable text. Highlights (Mac App Store Link) takes the native PDF annotation you probably already use and exports them as annotated Markdown. It's a bit of a text editor and a bit of a PDF highlighter. What I really like is that it automatically captures the page number for each annotation.

Highlights has a basic image selection tool that automatically drops a Markdown image link right into the text area, which adds an entirely new level to annotating in Markdown. It's nice to write some notes but it's awesome to also get an image of the PDF added instantly.

Highlights will also attempt to identify the DOI of a PDF and retirieve the relevant bibliographic data.

It also supports the fancy new TextBundle format for extended Markdown based documents, not to mention several convenient export options.

It's not an overly complicated app but there are some interesting options for working with meta data and tags. So, while being pretty basic, it has considerable power. This is a 1.0 version and has some quirks but it's surprising good at extracting referenced markdown quickly.

It's a pretty clever app. If this is something you need, then Highlights is kind of a game changer.

Highlights 1.0 for Mac | $10
blog  Mac 
4 days ago
Exhaustive Static Site Generator List [Link]
Exhaustive Static Site Generator List [Link]

In case you ever need to know what's available, this site probably has the best list I've seen.
blog  Link 
4 days ago
MindNode for iOS Update to 3.5
MindNode for iOS Update to 3.5

You really have to go out of your way if you want to use a bad concept mapping application for iOS. It's a pretty great time to be a mapping nerd.

MindNode 3.5 is out with a bunch of great features. Not only does it now support the grande phones, it's received some serious redesign for the pickers and controls. The Font options are just crazy in this version. There are so many fonts available (including downloadable options) that they added a search bar to find the one you want. Amazing work is being done in the class of iOS apps.
blog  iOS  Mapping 
7 days ago
Paramiko Install Reminder
Paramiko Install Reminder

Just a quick reminder for nerds that installed Yosemite. You probably need to reinstall a bunch of Python modules. If you use Paramiko, then you should also install the XCode command line tools first. You can install Paramiko and the dependent Crypto library manually, or through Easy_Install.

Anyway, it's nice to have my Hazel scripts running again.
blog  Mac  Python 
7 days ago
Corrupt NSEC DATA on Yosemite. Yeah, Me Neither.
Corrupt NSEC DATA on Yosemite. Yeah, Me Neither.

After moving to the released version of Yosemite from one of the many GM candidates1 I started seeing a console warning that was hard to research. I saw it a lot. Hundreds of times a minute this message would appear in the console:

It was hard to research because there appears to be very little mention of the terminology outside of security research. Yeah, that started to make me concerned. I unfolded my tinfoil hat and rolled up my sleeves.

I thought there was a chance my router had been compromised. I have no time for a new research project and if I did this would not be the one I would choose. So I started a process of elimination that eventually provided a solution.

I use OpenDNS as a DNS provider on some of my computers. My Verizon FiOS router uses their own DNS which is sometimes good but mostly not and can not be changed. Of course, my WiFi hotspots just get their DNS from my Verizon router, because why wouldn't you get your DNS from your ISP router like a sane person.

Changing all of my AirPort and Express and other WiFi hotspots to use OpenDNS fixed the console warnings. I suspect that the various Macs, even when connected over Ethernet, are still connecting to WiFi for things like Handoff with iOS 8. When they do that, they don't get a warm and fuzzy feeling about differences with DNS between themselves, the hotspot and the router.

Whatever the cause, I don't think I care anymore. I just wanted a console that shows something other than "CORRUPT NSEC DATA". For example, DNSResolver messages.

I believe GM now means GM Candidate. GM Candidate is the new term for beta and beta now mean alpha, while alpha now means a drawing on a piece of paper. ↩
blog  Mac 
8 days ago
iThoughts New Rainbow Generator
iThoughts New Rainbow Generator

Give me a good concept mapping app and I'll keep myself busy for hours. iThoughts just added a really nice way to create attractive rainbow colored maps and I think it's great.

That's pretty cool. You can set the start color and let it make something great for you based on the chosen color palette or tweak the "Range" and get a variety of tones based on the number of nodes to color.

I'm really happy with the way iThoughts 2 is working out (previous review).

iThoughts | Universal | Currently $2
blog  iOS  Mapping 
8 days ago
internet - How can I replace my Verizon FIOS Router? - Super User
This FAQ is a really good reference for dealing with various FiOS networking issues. The bottom line is that if you have TV through FiOS, you simply can't get rid of the provided router completely. However, you can augment the provided router with your own and depending on how complex you want to get, the ActionTec can essentially act as a dedicated router just for the set-top boxes.
security  network 
8 days ago
Verizon Tracking Mobile Web Use (Still)
Verizon Tracking Mobile Web Use (Still)

This came out awhile ago but thanks to SwiftOnSecurity retweeting, I'm linking to it today.

From Adage:

He noted that Precision might tap its vast subscriber base directly for first-party targeting in the future. "There's a lot you can do there," he said, before adding a disclaimer: "We haven't commercially deployed any product."

That sounds like something that only benefits one side of the business arrangement: the business.

Verizon does allow you to opt-out but it's per device and lots of people just got new devices. Not surprisingly, I tested based on the links in a tweet (which, of course, is always the way to go) and it looks like there's still a tracking header added to http requests when I use LTE but not on WiFi.

Welcome to the future where VPNs are recommended even when on cellular networks.
blog  Security 
8 days ago
Gamergate Should Stop Lying to Itself -- Science of Us
Surprising that children respond poorly when there are no consequences. Wait, surprising is the wrong word.
Humanity 
9 days ago
Nerds on Draft: Classic Belgians and Knowing When You're Done [Link]
Nerds on Draft: Classic Belgians and Knowing When You're Done [Link]

I'm enjoying making Nerds on Draft a little too much. On episode 3, Jeff and I sample two of the classic Belgian-style beers and talk about the conflict between sweating the details and knowing when to say no.

I think the show turned out great, but then again, I'm biased toward good Belgian beer.
blog  NOD  Link  Podcast 
9 days ago
Spotlight Security in Yosemite [Link]
Spotlight Security in Yosemite [Link]

From The Register:

Spotlight phones home in OS X Yosemite, version 10.10, and it is enabled by default: it can be switched off, but with Apple insisting that it now takes people's privacy seriously, the software has raised some eyebrows.

Count my eyebrows as being raised too. It should be off by default and opt-in only. The problem with these decisions is that they increase my suspicions of all activities. Apple pulling a Facebook really makes me concerned.
blog  Security  Mac  Link 
10 days ago
Extensibility and Automation in Yosemite [Link]
Extensibility and Automation in Yosemite [Link]

Macstories has always been my favorite Apple-related site, but Alex Guyot has been a fantastic addition to the stable. His latest article about automation in Yosemite is great.

Here's all of Alex's stuff at Macstories.
blog  Mac  Link 
10 days ago
Parsing Natural Language in Drafts [Link]
Parsing Natural Language in Drafts [Link]

Phillip Gruenich has a very nice script for Drafts. It enables Natural Language dates in one of the best quick note actioning applications for iOS. He does nice work and is a big fan of URL scheme actions for iOS.
blog  iOS  Link 
11 days ago
GTD and David Allen on MPU [Link]
GTD and David Allen on MPU [Link]

This episode of MPU with David Allen was very good. I had an aversion to GTD until I heard an interview with David Allen many years ago. In it he explained that GTD wasn't so much a set of rules but a set of common sense suggestions that work for some people. That's what got me to read the book.

In this MPU episode David Allen straddles the line between laxidasical dismissal of the GTD fanaticism and a strong recommendation to get some good structure around our lives. I really only like David's GTD and can do without most of the GTD gospel around the internet.

Even if you're not into the Getting Things Done cult, listen to this episode of MPU. There's just a lot of good advice in it.
blog  Productivity  Link 
11 days ago
Every Frame a Painting [Link]
Every Frame a Painting [Link]

If you like movies (even if you're not a cinema geek), I recommend following Every Frame a Painting by Tony Zhou on Vimeo. His latest work analyzes one of the pivotal scenes in Silence of the Lambs. The best moves make their devices invisible to the average viewer like me. I feel their tricks but don't see them.
blog  Link 
11 days ago
New anti-phishing feature, all official FastMail emails have green tick mark | FastMail Weblog
RT @FastMailFM: New anti-phishing feature, all official FastMail emails have green tick mark
gstar 
17 days ago
Carbon Copy Cloner 4 Available [Link]
Carbon Copy Cloner 4 Available [Link]

Carbon Copy 4 looks like a very worthy upgrade, especially if you need it on Yosemite.

I like the new scheduler interface and the simple setup seems approachable. I'm sticking with SuperDuper because it works and there's no reason for me to break something that works. But if you want bootable backups and have $40 CCC should be a good option. I like the icon too.
blog  Mac  Backup  Link 
17 days ago
26 Year Road Trip [Link]
26 Year Road Trip [Link]

Petapixel links to a great slideshow (as a video, which is a nice thing) covering the travels of a now 76 year old Gunther Holtorf traveling 500,000 miles and 26 years with two cameras and one truck.
blog  Link  Photography 
17 days ago
Timeline of the Universe [Link]
Timeline of the Universe [Link]

What a great little video about time. Some might find it depressing but it really gave me quite a bit of joy.
blog  Link  Science 
18 days ago
Jack D'Or and Leisure Time [Link]
Jack D'Or and Leisure Time [Link]

The latest episode of Nerds On Draft focuses on one of my favorite Boston breweries, Pretty Things and their wonderful Saison. We also talk about how complicated "leisure" time can be.
blog  NoD  Link 
18 days ago
Marko Editor for Markdown and Critic Markup [Link]
Marko Editor for Markdown and Critic Markup [Link]

Marko is a barebones Markdown enhanced editor for Mac, Windows and Linux. It fully supports CriticMarkup syntax for things like highlights, comments and corrections. I also really like that it automatically escapes special characters as you type. It takes some getting acquainted with the functionality but as a free basic editor, it's pretty nice work.
blog  Critic 
20 days ago
Lanham Wallpapers Updated for iPhone 6
Lanham Wallpapers Updated for iPhone 6

I continue to be a huge fan of David Lanham's art. It decorates my office and my kid's bedroom because it's beautiful and spilling over with wonder. He's now updated his wallpapers for the big iPhones and you can buy them all (and get free updates) at his Gumroad site.
blog  iPhone  Link 
23 days ago
The Nerds on Draft Podcast [Link]
The Nerds on Draft Podcast [Link]

My friend Jeff Hunsberger runs TechnologyNotes.net, works in software development and is a complete and utter nerd like me. A lot of our conversations end up focusing on the geeky stuff we love, like computers, iPhones, pens and the sociology experiment that we call the Internet. We also both love craft beer and home brewing.

Since we like to talk about this stuff, we decided to get coordinated and record a new weekly show called Nerds on Draft. Each show focuses on craft beer and our general nerdy infatuations.

It's hard to believe, but Apple approved this podcast in one day. Here's the iTunes link.

The show will be weekly and released on Monday nights. The first episode is up now and we drink two of the best Double IPAs around while talking about mobile computing.
blog  NOD 
23 days ago
'In 1976 I discovered Ebola, now I fear an unimaginable tragedy' | World news | The Observer
Peter Piot was a researcher at a lab in Antwerp when a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had fallen mysteriously ill in Zaire
science 
26 days ago
Man in inflatable bubble rescued off coast of Florida - CNN.com
Not much of a rescue if they took him back to Fla. ::: Man in inflatable bubble rescued off Fla.
humor  from twitter
26 days ago
Pinswift Update for iOS 8
Pinswift Update for iOS 8

I’ve always really liked Pinswift as an iOS Pinboard client. It was the first client to support full text searching for archive accounts and the design is interesting and useful.

The 1.3 update brings several welcome enhancements and support for the new iPhones. My favorite new feature is the smart title and description generation for new bookmarks. When adding a new bookmark from a link, Pinswift intelligently generates the title (like many Pinboard apps) as well as a succinct description. Tag support in Pinswift is just right for the way I use them.1 Suggested tags are just a tap away or I use autocomplete to quickly enter several tags at once.

That’s not the end of the bookmarking options. Pinswift provides detailed controls over how new bookmarks are created by default. For example, the new canonical URL options means it will strip out all of the feed and marketing junk before creating the bookmark. All of these details set Pinswift apart.

Pinswift has great support for extensions too. Bookmarks can easily be sent to a variety of other applications like OmniFocus or GoodReader with a simple swipe.2 Swipe the other direction on a bookmark to get full editing of the bookmark details.

Search and browse has always been one of Pinswifts best features. There are several ways to search my own bookmarks, other accounts I follow ("Network") or the entire Pinboard public collection. The real power is that I can save a search and access it again any time.

Browsing search results is a nice experience too. Title, source and tags are all displayed in the results. I also like the canned searches that come with Pinswift. The Wikipedia list is a nice way to randomly browse topics I might not otherwise look for on Wikipedia directly.3

Pinswift for iOS | Universal | $5

Tags aren't new, I just really like how they work on the iPhone. ↩

GoodReader is nice because it will actually download the web page for offline viewing. ↩

I want to meet the person that bookmarked "List of classical music riots". Kudos. ↩
blog  iOS  Pinboard 
28 days ago
Schrödinger's Shift Key [Link]
Schrödinger's Shift Key [Link]

Allen Pike on the current nightmare of the iOS shift key:

So, I filed another Radar. Perhaps, with time, they can find it in their hearts to make a change. A change to the shift key - the most important issue of our time.

Seriously, this has to be something that's been reviewed internally and given the thumbs up. As Allen points out, it's not like the confusion is a secret or people just forget they hit the key.
blog  Link  iOS 
29 days ago
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