I can’t sum it up any better than the author already has:

I wrote a little tool for OS X to alleviate a constant pain point for me, the lack of click through on multi-monitor setups. You know how when you have an application in the background on OS X, you have to click the application once (to give focus), then click again to do something? This annoys me to no end on my multi-monitor setup, because I can see the thing I want to click on, but I have to click it twice to make it register.

XClickThrough solves this problem by capturing your click, figuring out what you were clicking on, setting that application front most, then clicking on the target element for you.

Just a couple of points to note:

  1. depending on your security settings, if the application doesn’t load up because it comes from an untrusted source, simply bring up the context menu (right click or two-finger click) and hold down Option as you click the menu option: Open, and
  2. as mentioned on the author’s page, on Mavericks, you’ll have to enable the app in Accessibility Security & Privacy Settings.



Screen Capture an Active Application Window in OSX

Here’s a handy little feature I didn’t know about it OSX. To take a screen capture of an application window use COMMAND + SHIFT + 4 then SPACE then move the cursor to the area to be captured and CLICK.

This is very handy. I use COMMAND + SHIFT + 3 and COMMAND + SHIFT + 4 all the time, and I had bumped into the clipboard copy by accident at one time, but the SPACEBAR shortcut is something to keep in the memory banks.

Here’s a complete list.

Command+Shift+3 Capture entire screen and save as a file
Command+Control+Shift+3 Capture entire screen and copy to the clipboard
Command+Shift+4 Capture dragged area and save as a file
Command+Control+Shift+4 Capture dragged area and copy to the clipboard
Command+Shift+4 then Space bar Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and save as a file
Command+Control+Shift+4 then Space bar Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and copy to the clipboard

mydomain.com, mydomainwebhosting, mysql and localhost

I recently thought I would try a new webhost. I’ve been with my current one for a number of years, and the relationship, whilst not perfect, has stood the test of time.

I have opened up a mydomain.com web hosting account, mainly because the second ever domain (and every other–bar one–domain purchase has been through them). As a Domain Name Service, I haven’t had much to gripe about. In fact, the only thing I would like to see is a way to have a permanent number of domains show in the backend for administration. The default is 20 and I have more than that many domains, so to see all my domains I must reload the page with a higher number of domains to show… Nit picky, but it all takes times…

I have digressed…

I recently installed a wordpress installation on a mydomainwebhost. Whilst it was reasonably painless (it wasn’t without pain), it worked. I needed a call to customer support for a PHP4/5 support query, but otherwise, the install went ok. Until it came time to put in the MySQL server name.

Have you ever tried searching google for things involving “mydomain”? You get 1000’s, 100,000’s search results where people are asking questions about their domain and when they quote it, what do they use as an example domain name? “mydomain.com”. Which essentially makes it impossibly hard to find suitable and proper answers to your problem.

What did I find? mydomain.com doesn’t use the default “localhost” name for their mysql database server. It uses a lesser known (and hard to find) name of: “mysql3341int.mydomainwebhost.com“. That is the name I found elsehwere on the net, and it worked for me. It SHOULD work for you.

Facebook Privacy–does it really exist?

I have toadmit, I am not really a facebook aficionado but I do concede that this is the way the world is going. I DO NOT like the attitude facebook takes with regard to privacy, and we have seen a lot of problems over the years… Everytime facebook changes their policy, we find ourselves having to change some very remote setting somewhere…

And, in September, 2011, it still hasn’t changed.

Do you like the new ticker? I have to admit, it’s cool for some things, but for everything you see someone do, they can see the same things you do–unless you have your privacy settings set correctly.

What is correctly?

Who knows. Only facebook knows what is truly behind their settings, and where they’re even hidden. But what I’ve found so far is that regardless of what privacy you had set before, now you have to do MORE to keep what little privacy you have left, safe!

So how do you do it?

Well, I’ve pretty much kept my (facebook) online presence reasonably quiet. But now it is screaming to everyone, briefly (and succinctly) all I can say is, change your settings again!

Ok, from what I’ve witnessed so far (and I’ll add to this post later), but for now:

click on the down arrow (top right screen), and
click on Privacy Settings
now you have to go down to “Apps and Websites” and click on “edit settings”.

At this point, you should see a “Apps you use” section. click on “edit settings” (again)…

Now, for EACH AND EVERY…. I’ll say that again… FOR EACH AND EVERY app you have installed in facebook, you MUST (I repeat) “MUST” go into each applications settings by clicking on the “Edit” button.

This time you are taken to an options screen and it is here the damage is done. Down on the bottom of the main area is a title: “App activity privacy”. Under this section there is an option that dictates who can see what from this application.


Prior to the ticker, people only found this info if the “app” posted to your wall. NOW, that is not the case. Now, if you want to keep anything “private” on facebook, you have to hide it from everyone.

What is the problem here?

The problem is that, IF you choose Friends of Friends (or even just friends) for any setting, then anything your friends do (in relation to YOUR action) will be visible to everyone else. This includes the simple act of playing a facebook game. (Do you really want your boss to know you play poker when you didn’t want him to know? Well, if he is a friend of a friend of yours, he will…


What you HAVE to do is change APP ACTIVITY PRIVACY to ME ONLY…

BUT to do that, you must first check the option to “CUSTOMISE” and then, in the next window, you should check “ME ONLY”

This is only going to half protect you from me, but really, you should do it…

Facebook security should really be called Facebook INSECURITY, because, really, there isn’t any!

Freeze rows/columns in OSX’s Numbers spreadsheet

You can’t easily freeze rows or columns in the “Excel sense” in Numbers–Apple’s version of a spreadsheet.

But what you can do is create header rows and header columns (the default grey ones) that ARE frozen.

In Numbers:
>> open the document inspector
>> table inspector (3rd option for me, looks like a yellow table)

There are three “headers” and “footers” drop downs. At the bottom of the first two is an option to FREEZE that element. This only applies to header and footer rows/columns, but that should about solve the problem. It’s not as nice as excel’s approach (which in my opinion is a little ‘cleaner’), but it works.

accented characters in osx

selectable accents for the letter 'a'
selectable accents

UPDATE: I upgraded my OS X to Mountain Lion recently and I am not sure if it is as a result of the upgrade, or some other setting change I may have made, but now if I hold down a letter key for a short period, I get a tool-tip style box (right) that then allows me to select the appropriate accent. This doesn’t work for all letters, but it does make it more convenient.

I had a need to be able to print accented characters on certain letters, mainly being vowels, but potentially others as well. Most character sets have a limited set of accents, and most of them only apply to certain letters, and others don’t have the accents I want.

For example I want to print 5 main types of accents, being:

à á ā â ǎ

another example

x̀ x́ x̄ x̂ x̌

I’m using a macbook pro and pages in OSX, although this applies to any application, this is how I did it:

Open up System Preferences >> Personal >> Language and Text >> Input Sources

Once there, add a new keyboard, in this case I added “US Extended”.

Now to add some accents, I need to type the accent first, and then the character, but this only works for some letters (I suppose those that can be normally accented), but as you can see above, I have accented the letter ‘x’. So achieve this you must type the letter first and then [option]+[shift]+[code]. Not too hard, the five I need are:

  • a bar over the letter – ā – [option]+a then type the letter
  • a ‘v’ over the letter – ǎ – [option]+v then the letter
  • a ‘^’ over the letter – â – [option]+^ then the letter
  • a ‘`’ over the letter – à – [option]+` then the letter, and finally
  • a ‘ ́’ over the letter – á – [option]+e then the letter

^ <– is [shift]+6
` <– is the back tick, or key with the tilde (~) on it
́ <– is the quote mark key with single and double quotes [‘,”]

It was that simple :-)

note: I am learning the thai language and it is a very tonal language and inflections on letters are necessary to determine the tone of the word, hence I need this ability. These 5 marks above fit the bill perfectly, although the bar one really isn’t needed, but at least now I have the option of including it, or not including it.

Originally found here: http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/…

Gmail Shortcut Keys

I’ve never used them, and saw an article today about them.. So I thought I’d give them a go. I looked them up, there’s a ton of them!!! Massive amounts of keyboard shortcuts to do almost everything in gmail…

Let’s try it… G then S

nope, didn’t work…

Tried playing around a bit, different interfaces, checked settings and found they were disabled. I enabled them, went back to the inbox, pressed G then A (to go to ALL MAIL folder…)

Nothing happened…

Tried J and K which is supposed to move the cursor up and down… Still didn’t happen… Couldn’t figure it out…. I’m in Chrome, I’m on a mac running OS X. Should work… (one would think)…

I opened my mail in firefox and it all works like a charm.

I’ve been playing with them for a short time, not bad… Handy.

What is strange however, gmail shortcut keys don’t work in their own google browser (Chrome), maybe this is OS X specific, I don’t know, but it’s a bit of a bummer!

Here’s a link to google help with a list of existing shortcut keys: