I know, Discwarrior for Intel Macs is out for a few weeks now, but I just stumbled upon the Upgrade.

New to Discwarrior?

It’s the essential tool for harddisc repairs on (Intel and PowerPC) Macs. It repairs your harddrive after failures by rebuilding the directory from scratch. Like they say:

“Everything just disappeared after your Mac went
haywire. All your work documents. The music you most enjoy. The movie
of your kid’s first steps. It’s your life and it’s gone. Don’t
panic! DiskWarrior will find your documents, photos, music and any
other files when disaster strikes and things go missing.

Perhaps
you’ve tried to open a document and all that happens is a color wheel
that spins and spins and spins… Or when your Mac starts up, all you get
is a blinking question mark… Or you were in the middle of editing a
movie and now your external hard disk isn’t on the desktop… Or your
MP3s won’t play… Or every time you look through your photos, your Mac
crashes. DiskWarrior gets you back up and running fast!”

We’ve been working with Discwarrior since mounting FireWire harddrives on apeish G3s for the first time (and the directories were corrupted after every second mount) and could almost always repair our discs with this great tool and with the update it now also works on my MonkeyBook Pro.

By the way: It doesn’t however help if your harddisc really crashed physically ;-(

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Just stumbled upon a great blog about: Email Productivity « Email Overloaded.

Really a must-read, but have a look for yourself…

a great thing for the season: the online snowflake creator. use a flash scissor to cut out from some paper and directly preview or download your snowflaske as eps file afterwards. great fun, not just for the kids!

by the way: my snowflake is number 13601541

Just stumbled upon wikitravel.org today.

A great site in wikipedia-style trying to cover the world for travellers. If you’re used to Lonely planet, you should quickly find your way around.

Not as extended as the lonely planet series or site, but a good start for now. Hope it’ll keep growing (and get a nicer/friendlier stylesheet).

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When working on a new site, I was looking for a new image gallery solution. After some loking around for Ajax image galleries, I stumbled upon Lightbox v2.02 from Lokesh Dakar aka huddletogether.com/.

It looked great and did what it should: Show images as a nice Ajax Lightbox. Problems? None other than that images couldn’t be loaded directly from a folder but you had to enter each image by hand. Solution? Yes, there was one.

In the huddletogether messageboard was one entry from Markus Steinhauer, describing a PHP script reading the image names from a given folder and encoding these for the direct use in the Lightbox Script. As it was pretty scrambled through the forum layout, I redid his work and added a second variable for image thumbnails which get loaded from a different folder. Here’s the php script to insert into your file:


<?php
function createLbFromDir ($linkname, $galname, $directory, $thumbdirectory, $extensions = array ('jpg', 'jpeg')) {
$gallery = "";
$dh = opendir ($directory);
while ($file = readdir ($dh)) {
$parts = explode(".", basename ($file));
$extension = $parts[count($parts)-1];
if (!is_dir ($directory . $file) && ($file != ".." && $file != ".") && in_array($extension, $extensions)) {
$gallery.= "<a href=\"".$directory.$file."\" rel=\"lightbox[".$galname."]\">\n";
}
}
return $gallery;
}
?>

To call it, you need to insert the following line (changed with your configuration):


<?php echo createLbFromDir ("linkname", "galleryname", "path/to/imagegallery/" , "path/to/thumbs/");

You need to replace the four variables: “linkname” is the name of your image gallery. “galleryname” is the internal name of your gallery, if you want to insert more than one image gallery in one page, you need to use seperate name here. “path/to/imagegallery/” needs to be set to the folder where your images are; “path/to/thumbs/” should be set to the path where your thumbnail images are. The thumbnail images need to have the same names as the big ones in the imagegallery folder!

Also for all banana biting blind apes out there 😉

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I really love good typography. A site that really helps for the web here is:

“The Elements of Typograohic Style Applied to the Web”

The site is based on Robert Bringhurst’s book “The Elements of Typographic Style” which should be on every designer bookshelf. The site itself brings good examples and how to bring good typography to your website.

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The best tutorial so far:

http://blog.duncandavidson.com/2006/04/sandboxing_rail.html

Great, now I’ll start programming RoR 😉 We’ll see how far it goes…

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But I suppose, Germany isn’t tolerant enough …

See for yourself: http://www.speedbandits.dk/

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First I was a bit of a sceptic in regards to RSS-feeds, but now RSS feeds are a big timesaver for me: Earlier I always checked websites for new posts quite daily. Most times instead of doing  what I really should…

Using Flock, I just gave it a try and “Voilá”: I don’t have to check the websites any more, a small icon tells me when new entries are available, great… saves me about an hour a day 😉

By the way: You can also subscribe to my rss feed: https://blindape.wordpress.com/feed/

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