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Your application identified a misspelling. You right clicked on the underlined word. You accidentally chose “Add to Dictonary” or equivalent instead of the corrected word. Now, your spell checker is stupid. What do you do? You google around for a solution, find one, and sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn’t. In the Apple OSX…

shopt

shopt Tomorrow I will shop. Yesterday I shopt. No,not really. The term “shopt” is a Linux Bash thing. If you don’t care about bash, stop reading now. If you find the command line interesting or useful and don’t know about shopt, this is your lucky day. Look at the word for a moment and try…

There was a time when I was the go to guy for anyone with Excel questions. I was using spreadsheets before they existed, and always kept up with the latest versions, and learned all the tips and tricks even if I didn’t need them. Later on, I started using other tools to do some of…

Designing a new Turing Test

OK, so the Turing Test is fraught with problems. First and most annoying is the apparent fact, though I will not stick up for this fact if challenged, that whatever you think the Turing test is, it isn’t. See Wikipedia for more on this. Aside from that, though, it’s totally dumb. The test, as most…

How do I unsend an email?

How do you unsend an email? Probably you can’t. Outlook had a thing that tried to do that but I don’t think it ever worked. Pretty much once an email goes, you’re done. But if you are using Google Gmail with a web interface you have ten seconds to unsend an email. So if you…

The Google Dr. Who Game

Have you played the Dr Who game on Google yet? It’s the google logo. Which they call a “Doodle” at Google. But since this is a Dr. Who “Doodle” it’s called a “Whodle.” The Google Whodle. The game involves going through a series of steps to retrieve each letter in the word “Google” from various…

What to do after installing Ubuntu 13.10?

NOTE: This may not be the blog post you are looking for. If you have installed Ubuntu 14.10 and want to tweak that, GO HERE. So, you’ve installed Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander and now you want to fix it up real nice? Here’s what I did. Enable Additional Drivers. Software Sources –> ’Additional Drivers’ in…

Linux Shell Scripting

I just finished “Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook” (Second Edition) by Shantanu Tushar and Sarath Lakshman. This is a beginner’s guide to using shell scripting (bash) on linux. Usually, a “cookbook” is set up more like a series of projects organized around a set of themes, and is usually less introductory than this book. “Linux Shell…

A new book on Markdown

Markdown is a language that anyone can make good use of if you write material that has to be formatted in any of a number of ways, but without the downside of using a word processor (which is likely to mess up your material) or writing detailed code (like HTML or whatever you’d have to…

Two OS X Mountain Lion Tips

I’m using the following handy tricks to make my iMac running Mountain Lion do cool things. 1) Define a keyboard shortcut to launch launchpad Go to Control Center, Keyboard Shortcuts “Launchpad & Dock” — check “Show Launchpad” and make sure the zone where you enter a key combo is active. I chose “Control-esc” — With…