Beta software

Move windows around on a Mac with keyboard shortcuts and SizeUp

20090608spaces-11-1Some utilities fill their niche so well that they quickly become an indispensable part of your daily computer use and SizeUp is one program that falls into that category for me.

The concept is simple enough — this tiny program (4.1Mb) lets you resize and position windows on the Mac OS Desktop using keyboard shortcuts — and some new features added by its most recent update prompted me to write a bit about it. (more…)

Keyboard shortcuts for rating iTunes songs

20090413picture-5I’m on the hunt for a good Mac to-do list/GTD manager and while I’ve yet to settle on one of the multitude that are available, the search did lead me to a handy utility I’ve been looking for for ages. It’s called I Love Stars and it puts an iTunes star rating tool in the menu bar so you can rate songs as they’re being played without going into iTunes. Better still, you can assign keyboard shortcuts that work in any application — something I’ve had zero success with using Mac OS X’s own keyboard shortcut feature. (more…)

Safari 4 beta bug with WordPress 2.7

The new Safari 4 beta is pretty good, as long as you’re happy with a browser that lacks most of the features that have been standard on the competition for some years (ad-blocking and saved sessions, to name but two). It is a beta though, so it’s bound to be buggy — and I’ve just hit a big one.

Safari 4 WordPress 2.7 bugWhen editing a post in the WordPress 2.7 back-end, clicking the Insert Link button causes the Ajax ‘Insert Link’ dialog box to ghost-out along with the rest of the page. As a result, both the dialog box and everything else on the page are inaccessible, and you have to open a new tab to do anything else (this only affects the current tab and not the browser session).

Actually, it is still possible to paste text into the URL box with a right-click, but won’t respond to any other mouse or keyboard command.

Given that WordPress has more than a few users, you might think that the Safari dev team might have tested this, but evidently not. Of course it may be a WordPress template issue, but a quick Google reveals that I’m not the only person to encounter this bug. The problem affects both Mac OS and Windows versions of Safari 4 beta, too. Silly Apple.

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