I use muCommander on my Mac and Windows machines to manage local and remote files. I like that it's cross-platform so my brain doesn't need to switch gears when I switch machines. What I mainly like is that it has side-by-side panes that each display a view of a directory and you can easily copy or move files between these two directories. My most common tasks with muCommander are:
You can do lots more with muCommander, including run it on any platform that supports Java and access & manage files on servers running SMB, NFS, HTTP, Bonjour, and -- starting with version 0.8.5 -- Amazon S3 & Hadoop HDFS.
To run muCommander you need to have a Java runtime environment installed on your system. Mac OS X systems have a Java runtime pre-installed, but Windows 7 systems do not. What I did to install Java on my new Windows 7 machine was to go to java.com and follow the directions on What is the offline method for downloading and installing Java for a Windows computer?
Note: You do not need to enable Java in your web browsers and I recommend that you do not (unless you need to run a Java-based applet inside a browser).
2009-11-24T23:36:57.928ZI've been thinking about how to redesign my web sites and this got me thinking about what exactly is a blog. There are lots of articles about this, but here's my take on it. In 1997 Jorn Barger coined the term "weblog" when he titled his site Robot Wisdom: a weblog by Jorn Barger. His site was a "log of the web" and this was the original meaning of "weblog" or "blog." Examples of this type of blog include:
2009-09-18T15:28:41.521+01:00On 9-9-9, Blogger's Sean McCullough posted You Might As Well Jump!, which you can read at Blogger Buzz or at Blogger in Draft. This post is to test this new feature. Here we go...
I’m using a Microsoft Windows machine for the first time in a long time and I’m trying out Windows Live Writer. So far, it looks good. Here’s what I like:
) for every paragraph. The Blogger WYSIWYG post editor creates source code that does not use paragraph tags.
- “Insert Hyperlink” lets you optionally specify that the hyperlink and its display text are remembered and re-used.
- Can specify Blogger Labels by choosing them from a list of all my Blogger Labels. Writer calls these Categories.
- Highlights typos.
- Can save drafts either remotely at Blogger.com or locally, or both (by clicking on each of the “Save Draft” options).
- It’s gratis.
Here are some bugs and wishes:
tag does not have a closing
and all other standard HTML tags. I’m currently doing this by hand in the Source editor.
Writer seems better than all the other Blog editors I’ve tried and I’m hoping it will inspire me to start blogging again. It might even inspire me to switch operating systems (from Mac OS X to MS Windows)!
Inspired by Faruk Ateş's The Killing of the Comments (Well, Almost), I've set up Deflexion.com so that you can now use Twitter to comment on a blogitem. You can also still comment via the Blogger comment form or a backlink.The advantages of Twitter are that it's short & sweet, it isn't as intimidating as posting on my site, and it's easier to havean ongoing conversation on Twitter than on my site. If you use Twitter to comment, make sure that you include the following in yourtweet:
@nm #item-hashtag #Re
So a tweet about this blog item should include:
@nm #tweeting-com #Re
This will make it possible to search Twitter for tweets about my pages. For example, to find tweets about this blog item, search Twitter for
@nm #tweeting-com. To find tweets about any of my web pages, search Twitter for
It's not perfect, but I'm hoping it will make it easier for people to comment on my writing. I get a lot of private email comments about my writing and almost all of these should be public. I'm still working on this and here are some of my plans:
Please tweet any thoughts you have about this! (Or comment here if you don't have a Twitter account.)
Updated: 28.04.09 11:15
2008-11-05T00:53:32.908Z(image) As I mentioned in my last post, I'm in Seattle, in the USA, where I haven't been much over the last eight years . I'm here to vote, to catch up with friends, and to decide if I want to move back. I don't like talking about politics and, as you can tell from my blog, I'm much more comfortable talking (and blogging) about nerdy stuff. I have some Republican friends, especially small-government, fiscally-responsible type Republicans, and I've been dreading talking to these people about this presidential election. But, a miraculous thing has happened: Most of them are voting for Obama! This is completely surprising to me and seems to be an example of the Reverse Bradley Effect. For a good discussion of this, see The Reverse-Bradley Effect by Kathleen Parker. Here is an excerpt:
But equally significant this time may become known as the Reverse-Bradley Effect: whites who would never admit to voting for a black man, but do. And, expanding the definition somewhat, Republicans and conservatives who would never admit to voting for a Democrat, especially one so liberal. Whether these dynamics are in balance won't be known for a while -- or perhaps ever. That's because the crux of the reverse syndrome is a code of omerta.I, too, was told that this was "just between you and me." I'm optimistic about the future, thankful for my wise friends, and inspired by the Yes We Can Song. Yes, YES, WE CAN.
[. . .]
I've received too many e-mails and had too many conversations that began, "Just between you and me," and ended with, "I wouldn't want anyone at work to know," to believe that this is an insignificant trend.
2008-11-04T17:30:09.322Z(image) I just flew from London to Seattle and during the 9 hours and 40 minutes flight, I watched movies, TV, and more TV. As I posted in 5 Things You Might Not Know About Me, I basically never watch TV so it was random luck that I even looked at the TV options. One option was titled something like Federer, Wimbledon 2008 and I chose it because of David Foster Wallace's article Federer as Religious Experience.* I was focusing on Roger Federer and trying to see what DFW saw, but ultimately I couldn't keep my eyes off Rafael Nadal. To explain my ignorance, I had no idea who was going to win and had barely even heard of Rafael Nadal. This is remarkable considering that I was in Paris when the French Open was played in June and in London when Wimbledon was played in July. I was so mesmerized by this game, and especially Nadal, that I stopped watching the movie Baby Mama and switched back to the Sport channel and watched the game again. Over the 9+ hours, I think I watched it four times.
2008-10-14T17:03:42.090+01:00As I posted in when things fall apart, I'm fascinated by what's going on in the financial world. To help me keep up, I'm collecting a list of blogs and sites that seem good at explaining what's going on. Here's my list so far:I'll keep updating this list until economics is no longer interesting to me, so keep checking back if you're also interested in this.Also, here are three videos that I recommend:
2008-08-04T12:53:49.399+01:00Checking out the latest Flock. I wish it displayed my existing Blogger labels...
2008-09-08T12:47:50.195+01:00the goal: blog item looks good in email, feed reader, and tools that may not support css. i want to be able to use default HTML tags like
(paragraph) -- why doesn't blogger let me do this?this is also a test of the new 'Show HTML literally' compose setting
2008-07-24T18:00:54.432+01:00The big news today is that the latest release of Yahoo Zimbra Desktop can be used to access YMail messages via IMAP. For details, see Zimbra Desktop Beta 3’s New Features in the Zimbra blog. Here is an excerpt:
Yahoo! Mail users rejoice - There’s now IMAP access through Zimbra Desktop to all free, plus, and business accounts. You didn’t read that wrong. Normally only Plus accounts have POP access, but as a perk when using Zimbra Desktop the mail is synced via IMAP; which is a much better protocol for keeping your mail organized - and yes it’s available to free accounts as well.
. . .
This release makes Zimbra Desktop available to a quarter-billion Yahoo! users with support for 20+ languages.As always, Zimbra Desktop includes these features:
I bet that Gmail is creating their own desktop IMAP client and that they are going to release Gmail server-side IMAP simultaneously with the Gmail IMAP client.I still think that Google is going to do something like this, probably based on Gears. I discuss Gears, Prism (which Zimbra Desktop is based on), and rich internet applications in general in my blog item titled The Cloud, WebApps, and Desktop Apps.
2008-07-22T16:58:51.926+01:00Last week Blogger released a number of useful new features at Blogger in draft. This post is to see if the embedded comment form works with an FTP blog (a Blogger blog that is not hosted at Google).
2008-04-13T17:05:50.168+01:00Cloud computing has been around since the beginning of the Internet and actually in the beginning it was just the cloud. Back then you telnetted to a host in the cloud and ran apps on that cloud-based host that accessed cloud-based data. For example this is how email, Usenet, and ftp worked. Let's call that Web 0.0. The revolution that brought the Internet to the masses was the creation of desktop apps that could access the cloud. Let's call that Web 1.0. With Web 2.0 there was a lot of excitement about moving apps off the desktop and onto the cloud. These web-based apps made it easy to run your apps and access your data independent of what desktop computer you were using. To me this was pretty much the same as Web 0.0, except instead of living in telnet windows, you lived in browser windows. Now people are getting excited about moving their web-based apps to the desktop. For example, look at all the desktop-based Twitter apps. And look at all the excitement about rich Internet application platforms such as Adobe AIR, Google Gears, Microsoft Silverlight, Mozilla Prism, all of which bring WebApps to the desktop. So are we back at Web 1.0 or is this Web 3.0? Or maybe Web 2.5?
2008-04-06T10:37:40.674+01:00The last post about my Procmail Quick Start being bookmarked 300 times at del.icio.us inspired me to look at other social bookmarking services and see how popular the Procmail Quick Start (PQS) is elsewhere. Here's what I found.
2008-04-06T11:04:10.415+01:00My Procmail Quick Start, which started out as part of the Filtering Mail FAQ in 1994, is still popular after all these years. This week its primary URL was bookmarked for the 300th time at del.icio.us. The top of its del.icio.us history page currently looks like this:
ii.com · Procmail Quick Start: An introduction to email filtering with a focus on procmail by Nancy McGoughThank you to everyone who has bookmarked it, sent me feedback, or participated in Procmail discussions over the years!
this url has been saved by 300 people.
2008-05-27T20:08:20.589+01:00Here are some excerpts from my .htaccess files. I'm posting these because I often need to remember the syntax of these commands and it's easier to look at the commands here on my blog than to ssh to my DreamHost or Verio web-hosting account and look at them there. Also, I hope these excerpts and notes will be useful to others.Note: In the code below, a line that begins with a single hash (#) is code that is commented out and a line that begins with two hashes (##) is a comment about the code.Used Everywhere## Block viewing of .htaccess files
2008-03-25T11:01:00.287ZAfter a number of experiments and reading & participating in the twitter-development-talk mailing list, I can now tweet about updates to my pages without Twitter converting my URLs to TinyURLs. First, here's what I've learned about Twitter and TinyURLs:
If a URL path in a tweet contains only forward slashes (/), dots (.), and alphanumeric characters, Twitter does not convert the URL to a TinyURL.I plan to start tweeting about pages when I update them and if a page's URL contains dashes, tweet it with the dashes replaced by dots. For example, the tweet about this blog item uses this URL:
RedirectMatch 301 ^/(2008/../[^.]*)\.([^.]*)\.([^.]*)\.([^.]*)\.([^.]*)\.([^.]*)$ http://deflexion.com/$1-$2-$3-$4-$5-$6which redirects the URL to this: my tweets.
2008-04-22T11:44:13.593+01:00Alpine is my primary IMAP, NNTP, & ESMTP client and for years I've used it without a mouse. Using the keyboard is usually an efficient way to navigate, manage, and write messages, but sometimes I dream about being able to use a mouse. With the release of Alpine 1.10 on 2008-March-18 and my recent upgrade to Mac OS X Leopard, I decided to try using it in an X11 Terminal again. In the past I've failed to get it to work well, but today I succeeded! Here are some details about how I got it to work.Important: These instructions worked on Leopard, but will probably not work on Tiger (or earlier) because the X11 configuration is significantly different in Leopard than in earlier versions of OS X. Details about X11 on Leopard are here and here.Install the latest Alpine. For details, see my blog item titled Building and Installing Alpine (Apache-Licensed Pine).In a Terminal.app window, run xterm -e alpine &In Alpine, go to Main > Setup > Config (MSC) and set this feature:[X] Enable Mouse in Xterm Read Alpine's built-in Help about Enable Mouse in Xterm (by typing Ctrl-G or ?), but note that in Leopard you should not explicitly set the DISPLAY environment variable. Instead, it will be set automatically when xterm runs. This is one of the changes in Leopard.Read the built-in Help about the following two features and decide if you would like to set them. Here are the settings that I use: [X] Enable Newmail in Xterm Icon[ ] Enable Newmail Short Text in IconIn Alpine, go to Main > Setup > Kolor (MSK) and setColor Style Set Rule Values --- ---------------------- ( ) no-color ( ) use-termdef ( ) force-ansi-8color ( ) force-ansi-16color (*) force-xterm-256color After you set the color style, use the Space and - keys to navigate the SETUP COLOR screen and choose colors that you like.Save your settings and quit Alpine.Quit X11.In a Terminal.app window, run xterm -e alpine & and check that the mouse and colors are working.If you plan to run Alpine in an X11 Terminal regularly, set up an alias in your ~/.bashrc (or ~/.bash_profile) that you can use to launch xalpine with the xterm settings (fonts, geometry, etc.) that you like. For example, here is the alias that I'm currently using: alias xal='xterm -fa DejaVu\ Sans\ Mono -fs 18 -geometry 116x32+0+0 -e alpine &'Tip 1: The DejaVu fonts, which include the DejaVu Sans Mono font that I use in my 'xal' alias above, are libre and include many Unicode characters. To see if the DejaVu fonts are installed on your system, view this DejaVu Testing page in your web browser.Tip 2: Cmd-double-clicking anywhere on a URL in an xterm will send it to your default web browser.Tip 3: To select text in xalpine, you need to hold down the Shift key while using the mouse to select the text. After the text is selected, Cmd-C can be used to copy the text.Tip 4: To paste text into xalpine, you need to first type Ctrl-\ to turn off Alpine's Xterm mouse tracking, then middle-click (Alt-click) at the location where you would like the text to be pasted. Note that in order for this to work you need to go to X11 > Preferences > Input and check 'Emulate three button mouse'. Please post any tips, suggestions, or questions you have about using Alpine in an X11 Terminal. [...]
2008-03-21T21:01:33.306ZMacVim 7.1 snapshot 24 was released on 2008-March-14 and includes built-in [*] support for the ODB Editor Suite protocol. If you activate "External Editor" in the MacVim >Preferences > Integration panel, a menu item named "Edit in MacVim" will appear in the Edit menu of lots of Mac OS X applications, including the apps listed here. This is fantastic and has made Mac OS X much more fun for me. For example, I'm currently editing this blog item in Blogger running in Safari. If I want to mess around with the HTML of this blog item, I can do this:
:set ft=htmlOr put this line in your .vimrc:
autocmd BufRead *.safari setfiletype htmlThis autocmd works because Safari uses the extension .safari for the name of the temporary file that is read by MacVim.
2008-03-21T11:12:31.808ZThis is step 1 of an experiment, the title is currently A.Blogger.And.Twitter.Experiment. Details after I find out what happens...
2008-02-01T15:19:20.092ZI just subscribed to the Twitter Development Talk mailing list and it took me a while to figure out how to subscribe without signing in to my Google account. To make it easy to remember how to do this, I'm posting the details here. The first step is to go to the About this group page and look for this line:
Next, use your email client to compose a message like this:
Group email firstname.lastname@example.org
where the From: address is the email address that you would like to receive the list mail, and the To: address includes the string -subscribe before the @ symbol. After you send this subscription request, you will need to confirm the subscription request.
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2007-12-19T18:37:16.808ZI'm fascinated by what's going on in the financial world right now and just exchanged email with a friend who has given me permission to post his thoughts (anonymously). First, some background thanks to MetaFilter:
I think what's going on with my psychology is that when things are going up, I'm just waiting for the turnaround, and dreading it. When things are going down, I feel better because I'm no longer holding my breath waiting for the crash.Here is my friend's reply:
...I wonder what it says about me that I feel better once the pop happens. What about you, are you feeling better or worse now that this pop is happening? How did you feel when the dotcom pop/crash happened?
when things fall apart there is a bit of, what's it called, schadenfreude, I think it is. Usually, though when things come apart it pretty quickly becomes scary and painful, even if one really disliked all the dumb-a** stuff on the way up. These big waves, like the dot com thing and now the real estate thing made me feel as though everyone is living in some weird other reality.... it is like the whole run up to the Iraq War too... it's like, "what's happened to reality?" "is everyone mad?" and so on. It's very uncomfortable... and I suppose if it were not, then market waves wouldn't have such power... It's group-think and since we are all social animals it is very hard to resist unless you've been dropped on your head at an early age. I certainly didn't feel happy about the Iraq War outcome, even though I feel I pretty clearly anticipated just how it would go and alas continues to go... and in this crash, I guess I'm glad to see the crazy excess begin to get driven out of the markets and maybe too out of the neighborhood too! but, lots of perfectly nice people get ground up in these things as well, so one can't go around feeling that being a little bit right sometimes is doing anyone much good. But, too, it is easy to just be too pessimistic all the time and so to miss the upside and to really profoundly also to miss what is going on -- so, balance, insight, intuition and so on....It's nice to have wise friends.
2007-11-26T16:54:40.226Z(image) I'm still searching for a good desktop tool to manage my blogs and today I'm trying MarsEdit. I've resisted MarsEdit because it's not cross-platform (it's Mac only) and it costs $30. In a perfect world, I'd use only cross-platform FLOSS software. I want cross-platform because it makes it easier for me to switch platforms and it also makes it easier for me to support people who are not using one of the platforms I use. I want FLOSS because I think that's the way software in general is moving and I think it's more likely that a FLOSS app will be around in a few years. Also, it helps that FLOSS apps are usually gratis! But, I'm not very happy with Bleezer, which is cross-platform, or Flock, which is cross-platform and FLOSS, so I'm trying out this single-platform non-FLOSS app.