on April 25, 2009Posts
TCP is an interesting protocol. It’s interesting mostly because it is less a specification of bytes and more a specification of behavior. Most TCP implementations have developed from the sort of arcane knowledge that you can only amass after trying to implement such a basic protocol over a long period of time. By the time TCP (and indeed the whole IP stack) has made it to my desktop, it had been on a long journey. MacOSX’s network has a storied pedigree that goes back deep into the iterations of the original BSD Unix. There is, as they say, heavy voodoo.Read more →
on October 2, 2008Posts
Recently discovered something kind of cool. Apparently, you can save an automator workflow as a “iCal Alarm Plug-In”. Then you can select it as the “alarm” for a message. Depending on your bent, this makes either a very elaborate alarm or a poor man’s crond. Rather skimpy details here.
When I used to use Windows more regularly (i.e. Windows NT), one of the most useful commands was the “start” command. It would behave much like the “Run” dialog. The number one thing I used it for was to open the current directory (or another directory) in the Explorer. When I moved to Linux, this was still relatively possible (using konqueror or gmc from the terminal). Upon moving to the Mac, I’ve never found anything that does it very well. I googled around for something today, and still found nothing. So I thought a little bit and wrote one. YouRead more →