Category Archives: osx

Some Notes On Screencasting

I put together some notes for my team, on building some screencasts. I thought they came out fairly well, so I wanted to share with the rest of the world. ┬áNote that these are my opinions based on the work … Continue reading 


Screencasting Tip: Resize Your App To 720p (1280×720) In OSX

I record my screencasts in 720p resolution. Up until recently, I had been changing my monitor’s resolution to 1280×720 in order to do the recording. The problem with this is that I ended up having to edit out the system … Continue reading 


Multiple External Monitors On MacBook Pro: Don’t Bother… Yet

I’ve been running a 3-monitor set up on a macbook pro for the last year and a half. Here’s a pic of what it looks like; The model of macbook pro that I have only has one mini display port. … Continue reading 


Solving Some SSH Issues For Deploying Rails Apps

So you think “The Rails Life” is all unicorns, rainbows and glitter? Yeah. Guess again. Right now it feels more like a glitter cannon shredding a unicorn into a rainbow colored bloody pulp… Joey and I are deploying our rails … Continue reading 


Installing Ruby 1.8.6 And RubyGems On OSX (Snow Leopard) With RVM

RubyGems no longer supports Ruby v1.8.6, so when I tried to install 1.8.6 on my Macbook, via RVM, I ran into this nice little error message: The interesting bit is that ruby itself installed. It’s only RubyGems that didn’t install … Continue reading 

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Responding To Growl Notification Clicks With MacRuby

In my last post, I detailed the process of setting up a MacRuby app to send Growl notifications. To get even more mileage out of Growl, though, it’s a good idea to response to various interactions with the notifications that … Continue reading 

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Creating Growl Notifications From A MacRuby App

I’ve been wanting an excuse to learn how to code for OSX for a while now, and I finally thought of a project worth trying. In an effort to get up and running on XCode and Cocoa as quickly as … Continue reading 


OSX Terminal Automation

My OSX Terminal Environment (as of today) Some of this might be old hat for a lot of you, but maybe this will help at least a few people.  I’m a pretty big automation addict.  During my Ruby on Rails … Continue reading 

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Accessing ActiveMQ on Mac OSX from a Windows VM

With MassTransit, we support multiple messaging transports, including MSMQ (comes with Windows), ActiveMQ (an open-source Java message broker), and TIBCO EMS (a not-so-open-source message broker). With that in mind, teams building on the Windows platform can comfortably choose MSMQ and … Continue reading 

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Developing for the iPhone

First, one my the reasons I love using OSX: 16 applications open including 4 Xcode projects, Photoshop, Numbers, Evernote, Mindjet MindManager, and more without a hint of slowdown and still 1.3 GB free (4GB total on my MBP). It’s wide, … Continue reading 

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