Nov 12

Tweetbot for Mac won’t open, unexpectedly quits (November 2012)

I love Tweetbot. You should get it. However, the first time I tried to open Tweetbot for Mac, something bad happened. I’m not sure what, but I got a dialogue box asking me… erm.. something. (I am posting this a few weeks after it happened. I should have kept the screengrab.) At any rate, I had two choices and no matter which choice I made, it hung for a minute and then quit.

They do have good support and a faq to walk you through some common problems.  It’s here: Tweetbot Help and you can email support at the bottom of that page. I tried re-downloading but that didn’t work – I think the problem was that in Tweetbot for Mac, I wasn’t getting rid of all of the corrupted settings. Here’s what the nice support person told me to do:

Try these steps to see if this fixes the issue:

1. Quit Tweetbot.
2. Open Finder. Go to your home folder.
3. Type command-shift-G (goto folder)
4. Type Library and press return (Library is a hidden folder hence needing to do this)
5. Then click on the folder ‘Containers’.
6. Find and delete the folder com.tapbots.TweetbotMac
7. Restart Tweetbot.

And that worked. If you try it after it’s been working, you’ll lose all your settings, I think, but I can’t see how that’d be a huge deal.



Jan 12

A place to play with other people’s javascript

I am not a natural coder.  Or at least, I don’t know how to code from scratch.  Well, html and css but those don’t count, do they?  There’s so much to learn, so many rules to remember and computer languages have an annoying habit of only doing what you tell them to do and only if you ask properly.  Luckily, I don’t need to be.  I am a natural adapter-of-things.

So when I needed a content slider for my site, I found one close enough with lovely clear code, nice documentation and started in on Moving Boxes.  Googling around for how to change various features, I came across this jsfiddle.  I’d never seen the site before – basically, you upload some javascript, css and html then fiddle with it on the fly.  You can fiddle with other people’s, fiddle with your own, fiddle away to your heart’s content.  Genius idea.  My fork is here – it’ll be slightly prettier on my site, I will wait to put in custom arrows, can’t be bothered now.

What I did is pretty obvious.  My goal is a slider that goes across the browser window with translucent non-current panels.  The two small problems I had that I should mention are:

  1. the current panel was not centered on the page
  2. the slider didn’t re-center after the window is resized.

For the first, adding :

#slider{margin-left: -6px !important;}

worked.  Not sure about the -6px.  Might be more on that as I actually get it all live.  It might all fall apart, in which case I’ll edit this.  (And I’ve got to do that thing that makes the code look nice – I have how to do it bookmarked somewhere.)

For the second, I had to force a page reload.  Not ideal but not disastrous.  This is how I did it – copying this (gotta love Stack Overflow):

// resizeStuff() via http://stackoverflow.com/questions/667426/javascript-resize-event-firing-multiple-times-while-dragging-the-resize-handle
function resizeStuff() {
var TO = false;
if(TO !== false)
TO = setTimeout(resizeStuff, 200); //200 is time in milliseconds

All good stuff.  If you’d like a go, you can play with mine.  (It’s more fun on their site because the layout is better…)

Jan 12

OmniFocus clippings from Firefox

Irrationally annoyed that this was an issue.  I use OmniFocus – a brilliant program that works for me when I am working or have projects which require me to remember to do things.  Pricey but has been worth it thus far.  One of the best features is being able to clip whatever I’m looking at (in, eg, Mail) and send it to the program instead of vaguely thinking that I should remember it.  Of course, this doesn’t always work – I have just had the thought “&#*&, I owe C an email from November” – I have to remember to clip in the first place.  And it’s easy peasy – I just hit ⌘. (cmd and period at the same time – I set this particular shortcut up in the preferences) – which autopopulates the Quick Entry panel.

It doesn’t work in Firefox.  Not sure how I haven’t noticed until now but there you go.  It is not possible (that I’ve found) to set up a clipping keyboard shortcut in Firefox, but you can use a bookmarked url to do it.  So if you’re on a page and want to send it to OmniFocus, just click on the bookmark – mine’s in my bookmarks toolbar – and Bob’s your uncle (making you my cousin, hi!).  This is the OmniFocus clipping bookmark for FirefoxHere is where I found it.  Oh, it looks like it’s only for Mac, but that’s ok, OmniFocus is only for Mac.  Not sure if it works in other browsers – if you’re using Safari, you can use a shortcut, so no need. If you’re using IE, don’tJust don’t. Please. I am not sure why you would be reading this if you are on Windows – maybe it’s my stellar writing.

Or maybe it’s because you’d like to know which coffee cup I’m using today. It is the one my eldest got me for Mother’s Day a few years back.  I am holding to my resolution to use my coffee cups more equally and share the burden / joy – whichever way they feel, it just seems like a more equitable way of doing things.