Text-Based Adventure Game Built Into Your Macs Terminal

Thank you Lifehacker.com for this one. You wont need to download anything here. Just type the following into Terminal, and the game will launch automatically.

emacs -batch -l dunnet

If youve never played a MUD before, you’ll find that its actually pretty intuitive. For example, you start the game standing on a road with a shovel nearby. Type “take shovel” to add the shovel to your inventory, and “go east” to walk down the road. Typing “Inventory” will show you what youre carrying, “save” and “restore” let you play through in multiple sessions, and “help” gives you some tips if youre stuck. Id also recommend using some scratch paper to map out the area as you discover it. Check out the source link for a few other Terminal easter eggs to help you kill some time this weekend.

via Discover the Text-Based Adventure Game Built Into Your Macs Terminal.

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How to create iOS device home screen icons for websites — Apple News, Tips and Reviews

I find myself occasionally needing a quick reminder on this from time to time as friends of mine wish to add this feature to their person web sites. A handy guide can be found on Gigaom.com.

How to create iOS device home screen icons for websites — Apple News, Tips and Reviews.

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AnandTech – Bench – CPU

Very cool tool to compare computer hardware before making a purchase. I’m currently using it to rank video cards for a potential holiday purchase.

AnandTech – Bench – CPU.

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inSSIDer – Discover The Wi-Fi Around You | MetaGeek

An open source Wi-Fi scanner. A great tool for analyzing signal strength and improving your throughput and connectivity.

inSSIDer – Discover The Wi-Fi Around You | MetaGeek.

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A more productive desktop

I’m always looking for ways to simplify things I do on a computer. I also really like the idea of consolidating information to be more productive. This article from Lifehacker caught my attention as a way to present information on your desktop and reduce the time it would take to go get it (manually). Similar options include:

Geektool (for Mac)

Rainmeter (for PC)

There is also “Fences” for the PC. It has been recently updated, but is also now a paid app $9.95.

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Duplicati – Open Source Backup Client

Duplicati is a free backup client that securely stores encrypted, incremental, compressed backups on cloud storage services and remote file servers. It works with Amazon S3, Windows Live SkyDrive, Google Drive (Google Docs), Rackspace Cloud Files or WebDAV, SSH, FTP (and many more).

Duplicati is unique in that it will encrypt your data prior to uploading to the cloud. Keeping your data safe from prying eyes.

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Some resources for developing for mobile

Some resources I’ve discovered lately for developing mobile sites and apps.


Android Developer Kit: http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html

iOS developer guide: https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/#referencelibrary/GettingStarted/RoadMapiOS/Introduction/Introduction.html

iOS iAd producer: https://developer.apple.com/iad/iadproducer/

Kooaba image recognition technology platform: http://www.kooaba.com/en/business/techplatform


jQuery Mobile: http://jquerymobile.com/

Mobile Image Gallery Web App: http://tympanus.net/codrops/2010/05/27/awesome-mobile-image-gallery-web-app/

Sencha Touch: http://www.sencha.com/products/touch

WordPress Themes: http://slodive.com/freebies/free-wordpress-themes-for-2011/

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MySQL find and replace

Recently, I have been helping a friend with his new website using WordPress. We initially set up the site under one of his existing domains prior to purchasing a dedicated domain name for the site we were developing. He actually posted a lot of content prior to getting the new domain so when it came time to make the move, it was clearly necessary to perform a “find and replace” on the MySQL database to update the URL on all of the posts he had created.

After a little google searching I found this site – http://wordcastnet.com/2010/how-to-find-search-replace-and-delete-within-your-wordpress-mysql-database/

Everything I needed was explained. What a relief. After a few minutes of backing up and trial and error, I was able to run the query and update over 70 posts. I want to keep this query handy for the future. I’m pretty sure there will be a time when it is needed again and most likely for far more.

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Helpful Website for Retrieving Mac Info

I discovered a terrific site recently while monitoring the 2010 MacBook Pro BSOD Lion upgrade apple discussion. I’ve been waiting to upgrade my Macbook Pro because of so many people experiencing the BSOD. While browsing through the thread someone mentioned a terrific website that can retrieve the details of when your mac was manufactured and report all the specifications. You only need to provide your serial number.

In related news, you can also monitor the continuing BSOD saga on the facebook page that has been created.

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Mac OS Lion Issues?

Have you upgraded to Mac OS 10.7 Lion? My father recently upgraded and immediately experienced hardware issues with his 2008 Macbook Pro (with NVIDIA graphics card). His particular model was known to have a graphic card defect and was a part of a recall that NVIDIA conducted. Fortunately, Apple replaced the motherboard and all is well now. This triggered some searches of my own, which led me to this Ars technica post and Apple Discussion thread. I am working with a 2010 Macbook Pro so I am holding off on the upgrade for now.

In preparation, I’ve downloaded Carbon Copy Cloner and successfully created a backup to an external USB drive. The CCC tool is very easy and intuitive to use. I highly recommend it. I also created a USB thumb drive installer for a clean install of Lion from a simple to follow Mashable post. I may pull the trigger on the upgrade soon and hope for the best. I’ll let you know the results.

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