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Patrick and Such

The ramblings and such of Patrick.

Published: 2013-12-11T14:49:06-08:00


New Blog


I've got a new blog over at [0 comment(s)]

Baby Buttons for iOS


My first iOS app is out, and it supports the iPhone (including Retina display), iPad, and iPod touch. It's called Baby Buttons, and I wrote it for my daughter. You can read more about it on the site. [0 comment(s)]

iTunes Store Terms and Conditions have Changed


Periodically, the iTunes Store will have an updated Terms and Conditions to which you must agree before making any purchases. It annoys me to no end that they do not provide a summary of what has changed, so I've started using the "Email terms" feature to save copies for later comparison. [

Canon Canoscan on Mac OS X


I bought a Canon scanner a while ago, and I thought it was time to share the awesome interface that Canon produced for Mac OS X. I'm not sure if it's the beautiful icons or the custom window and widgets that I love the most; whatever it is, the designer behind this piece of work deserves some sort of award.


Mac software porting FAIL.

[5 comment(s)]

Changing window.location in IE 6


For some crazy reason, IE 6's crazy Javascript engine doesn't want to take me to a new URL by simply changing the window.location or window.location.href properties:

var newUrl = "";
window.location = newUrl;
// This also doesn't work!
// window.location.href = newUrl;

But, the following code which shouldn't make a difference does work!

var newUrl = "";
    window.location = newUrl;
}, 0);

Go figure!

[29 comment(s)]

The domready event for Prototype


I've been a Mootools user for a while, but Prototype was a better fit for a project I was working on. Mootools adds the domready event to the window object which fires when the DOM has finished loading. This is a lot nicer than window's built-in onload event which fires after everything has loaded including images, stylesheets, etc. [

UPS: "Sir, there are no guarantees in life."


Let this be a lesson to any of you shippers who think UPS is a good company with whom to ship your goods. My pal, Kerry, ordered a new iPhone. It was shipped with UPS. Over a month ago. Dozens of phone calls have not made any impact in him getting his iPhone. He made one last call to UPS today to confirm if it was indeed "lost". UPS told him, "Sir, there are no guarantees in life." That's exactly what you want to hear from your shipping company. I therefore propose this be their new motto. I have never been a UPS fan because they have stung me with far too many brokerage fees over the years. FedEx, on the other hand, is just plain awesome. [1 comment(s)]

Leopard and usbmuxd issues


Preface: This post to save the frustration of system.log files being filled up with error messages and an iPhone not being recognized by iTunes. It is of an extreme technical nature, and will be completely uninteresting to you. [

Xdebug for PHP 4.4.8 on Mac OS X Leopard


To anyone trying to compile Xdebug for use with PHP 4.4.x on Mac OS X Leopard, you will probably have problems loading the module if your PHP was compiled as a Universal binary. You will see something like:

Failed loading /path/to/ (null)

You need to specify some options on before you run configure to have Xdebug compiled as a Universal binary:

CFLAGS='-arch i386 -arch x86_64 -arch ppc7400 -arch ppc64' \
LDFLAGS='-arch i386 -arch x86_64 -arch ppc7400 -arch ppc64' \
CXXFLAGS='-arch i386 -arch x86_64 -arch ppc7400 -arch ppc64' \
./configure --enable-xdebug

[3 comment(s)]

Do not shop at Barnes and Noble (


Just a warning to anyone who thinks shopping online at Barnes and Noble is a good idea: Stop what you're doing, and go to Amazon. Barnes and Noble does NOT confirm your order with you before placing it, and there is NO WAY to cancel an order after it has been placed. Amazon, on the other hand, confirms everything before you place it, and they let you cancel it if you want. [

Dear Religious Pamphleteers


Dear Religious Pamphleteers who loiter on downtown street corners, pushing your God-fearing propaganda to innocent bystanders,

Yes, you. You know who you are. You're the ones with the bad hair and clothes, and who are under the delusion that what you are doing is in some way beneficial to the greater good. New flash: you're not helping! Now, while I'm not intimately familiar with the teachings of His Lord, Jesus Christ, I am pretty sure that love thy neighbour was pretty high up on the list of to-dos. Handing out a pamphlet telling me that I'm a sinner and that I'm going to Hell is not, in my opinion, showing your love for me. [

In-Store Pickup at Future Shop


From Future Shop's website:
Why would I want to pick up my order at a Future Shop store?
It’s fast. During store hours, you can pick up your order within three hours of placing it on

It’s convenient. You can pick up your item whenever it’s convenient instead of waiting at home for a package to arrive.


Right... Let me clarify how it actually works.


Advanced Parking


(image) The lot beside my office is an "Advanced Parking" lot. According to the company's slogan, this lot offers "Advanced Parking for Advanced People". I'm not sure exactly what they consider advanced about their parking lot, but I can assure you that nothing about this lot makes it stand out from any other lot in the city — except for maybe the price (bah-dum-cha). I am also not sure what they mean exactly by advanced people. In some respects, I would consider myself advanced (e.g. computers), but I don't know that I'd claim to be an advanced person as it's just too vague a statement to make. Let's assume they meant to say advanced parkers instead of advanced people. I'm a pretty good parker: I can parallel park my car into pretty tight spaces, I've rarely been stumped at operating convulted parking lot equipment, and I'm generally knowledgeable about the concept of parking. As an advanced parker, I still can't see how this lot is any better — or more "advanced" — than any other lot out there. If I'm missing something here, and you're in the know, please enlighten me. [1 comment(s)]

12 more sleeps until Christmas


Geek Christmas, that is. Yes, MacWorld Expo is just around the corner, and it is the event causing our salivary glands to go into overdrive with anticipation of what will be the next, big product (or products!) from Apple. Will it be Mike's long-awaited über-iTV media centre? A replacement for the 12" PowerBook (ie. 13.3" MacBook Pro)? The Asteroid that never orbited our retail stores? I don't know, but I can't wait! [0 comment(s)]

Beware of Filet Americain


Here's one of the funniest and most disgusting stories I've read in a long time. Written by Vincent Eaton, and beautifully illustrated by Chris Bishop. [1 comment(s)]