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How's everybody doing? My work-from-home setup involves a Macbook Pro, a CalDigit TS3+ dock, two external displays (one in portrait, one in landscape), and a couple other peripherals. Since getting the TS3+, I've noticed that OSX screws up the orientation of the external displays ~50% of the time. This inevitably results in me furiously tilting my head sideways while I try to maneuver the mouse pointer onto the Mac Display preferences for that display and fix it before my first meeting of the day starts.

I found a Stack Overflow solution that works for me. I downloaded the free Display Rotation Menu tool from Mage Software and now I can just click and change the orientation from the system menu. Should be part of the OS in these WFH days!

§1229 · December 5, 2020 · Apple, Software, Technology, Tips · Comments Off on Orienting From Home ·


I happen to get a new Macbook Pro this week at work, replacing my couple-year old one. Upon booting it up for the first time it offered me several choices to migrate my data. I chose the Firewire option and plugged my two computers together. After a couple hours of crunching I was delighted to find out that everything (applications, documents, user data) seems to have been migrated over to the new machine. I even had my existing browser history and cookies, my customized BASH profile, etc. It was like a brain transplant from one computer to another but without copying a disk image. There were only two gotchas:

  • Certificates that enable wifi at work were not migrated
  • Safari 4 was not migrated (I was left with Safari 3.2.1 on the new box)

I only realized the latter when I noticed that some SMIL animation had stopped working in Safari 😉

§542 · July 31, 2009 · Apple, Safari, Technology · Comments Off on Mac Migration – Near Painless · Tags: , ,


... or "how you can help me be more productive". Of course there are lots of things that I like in Mac OS X, and others that I'm sure I'll get used to over time. Please spare me your flames 🙂 Read the rest of this entry ...

§459 · November 23, 2008 · Apple, Software, Technology · 10 comments · Tags: ,


The last two years have been explosive for WebKit development - the project has really accelerated, moving at a much faster perceivable rate than the other notable open-source web platform, Mozilla. I've been noticing more and more innovations that affect web developers from the Safari blog. Read the rest of this entry ...

§453 · April 25, 2008 · Apple, Safari, Software, Technology, Web · 6 comments · Tags: , , ,


The latest WebKit nightly now has a decent amount of SVG+SMIL (animation) coverage. By my old school grading system, that gives WebKit a solid 'B' grade in terms of SVG support (75%). This is what I was talking about a few weeks ago and I'm quite happy to see it happen! If they cleaned up their regressions from a few weeks ago (some problems with SVG patterns, I believe), they might even crest 80%.

§452 · April 15, 2008 · Apple, Software, SVG, Technology, Web · Comments Off on WebKit Nightly: Now Smiling · Tags: , , ,