Douglas Hill’s posts in 2012

4 January 2012

Immobile Apps Read more »

15 January 2012

Play the bitly team memory game

Bitly have a fun game to help you learn their team. »

MG Siegler:

The first non-iOS game I’ve bought in years.

Good choice, MG. I have lots to say about this game, but the gist is a big thumbs up.

(Reblogged from ParisLemon) »

Readomator for Instapaper Read more »

19 January 2012

Now I know why we’re still on iWork ’09 on the Mac



Plot of a Lissajous curve (a red squiggle)

Alfred showing result: I’m feeling lucky for ‘5by6’

20 January 2012


An “evil magic stone” in “Rave Master”? I think reading any more would spoil this. »

Different Levels Read more »

23 January 2012

Spotlight preferences Read more »

26 January 2012

iBook author for mathematical expressions Read more »

28 January 2012

Safari history in Spotlight

For some reason, there isn’t an option to not show Safari history in Spotlight results. (Bookmarks can be turned off.) I worked around this by adding ~/Library/Caches/Metadata/Safari/History/ to the exclusion list in the Privacy tab of Spotlight preferences.

Screen shot of System Preferences window, showing a ‘History’ folder added in the Privacy tab. »

29 January 2012

Hard-to-see scroll bars Read more »

4 February 2012

AirPort Utility 5.6

Apple Support

Make sure you grab this while you can. »

AirPort Utility 6.0's missing features Read more »

8 February 2012

(Video missing)

John Gruber has a post ‘New High-DPI UI Resources in 10.7.3’, which links to various tweets. It may be true that there are new mouse cursor resources in Mac OS X 10.7.3, and that these resources scale well to large sizes. However, the equivalent resources from 10.7.0 to 10.7.2 are also scalable. My video shows some of these cursors on 10.7.2.

Note that these cursors are truly scalable: they look good at all sizes, not just two specific, arbitrary sizes. »

Regarding 10.7.3 saying FileVault disk password is incorrect, for me it fails with all passwords ending in ‘£’. Bug filed. (ID 10830175) »

17 February 2012

Audio playback CPU usage

Finder icon view: 80%
QuickTime Player: 3% »

Picture and links

19 February 2012

Better Pasta Read more »

22 February 2012


I have many thoughts on Clear, but I’ll need to use it to do real stuff before I feel qualified to talk about it. In the meantime, check out Portmanteau’s Listary, which I’ve been using since its release in May. »

25 April 2012

Safari keeps locking up; Firefox download is ‘temporarily unavailable’; Chrome is unacceptable; and Opera doesn’t work right on Macs.

:( »

3 May 2012

I posted my thoughts on Clear. Read more »

8 May 2012

Ben Brooks:

When people ask me how much I work I will usually answer: as little as possible. The odd part is that this comes across as a joke to most people — when really it should be our goal. »

17 May 2012

Setting Paste and Match Style as default

by Thaweesak Suksuwan

An old tip, but a good one. Use the Keyboard System Preferences pane to set ⌘-V to “Paste and Match Style” or similar commands. I’ve just set it up for “Paste With Current Style” in OmniOutliner.

The Mac OS X Keyboard System Preferences pane, with ‘Application Shortcuts’ selected on the left

The sheet for adding a custom keyboard shortcut, set up to use command-V for ‘Paste With Current Style’ in OmniOutliner

OmniOutliner’s Edit menu, showing how the ‘Paste With Current Style’ command now has the keyboard shortcut command-V »

8 June 2012 Read more »

12 June 2012

Concrete, tarmac and asphalt Read more »