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Seven of us #uiuc.testers went to the Beef House in Covington, Indiana for dinner tonight.
Needless to say we were rather stuffed afterwards, and attempted to change our nicknames to
reflect it. It didn't exactly have the desired results, however.

22:43 UncleJed is now known as JedFull
22:43 @Fun-Boy> yes.
22:44 @gracie> ww = wrongwendy  :-D
22:44 @Wendy> Actually, I did
22:44 You're now known as saStuffed
22:44 @Fun-Boy> i have photoshop 7.
22:44 Sam is now known as SamFull
22:44 SamFull is now known as SamPAcked
22:44 @RealCmdr> sabi: I'll probably pull out Photoshop, Illustrator, Font 
                 Folio, and my Wacom tablet.  :-)
22:44 ~ superman set +o t-10000 on #uiuc.test
22:44 SamPAcked is now known as SamPacked
22:44 ! SamPacked was kicked from #uiuc.test by CmdrKuehn (Niq flood (3 nicks 
          in 6secs of 30secs))
22:44 + SamPacked [~atlan\] joined #uiuc.test
22:44 ! SamPacked was kicked from #uiuc.test by MellieMel (Niq flood (3 nicks 
          in 6secs of 30secs))
22:44 + SamPacked [~atlan\] joined #uiuc.test
22:44 ! SamPacked was kicked from #uiuc.test by JedFull (Niq flood (3 nicks in 
          6secs of 30secs))
22:44 ~ saStuffed set -o MellieMel on #uiuc.test
22:44 @saStuffed> ROFL
22:44 + SamPacked [~atlan\] joined #uiuc.test
22:44 ~ TrollBoT set +o SamPacked on #uiuc.test
22:44 @t-10000> HAHAA
22:44 ~ saStuffed set -oo CmdrKuehn JedFull on #uiuc.test

Why do people write Mac OS X installers which destroy symbolic links? I just installed two applications and went two for two: the RsyncX installer (which uses Apple's installer) broke my /usr/local symlink, and the StuffIt Expander 7 installer broke my /Library/Frameworks symlink.
On the good side, StuffIt Expander 7 finally supports long filenames. It's only taken Aladdin three years to do so. Congratulations!

First progress exams for med school are Monday, so I'm planning on disappearing into a hole this weekend. Before I go…

Inluminent and have been discussing Zoe and appear to be having similar reactions to mine. I gave Nat an introduction to Zoe last week and he was suitably impressed. Seriously, if you ever ask yourself “how do I find that email I got six months ago about subject X?”, feed your mail into Zoe.

I still haven't had a chance to fix the serialization problem I got upgrading to Zoe 0.2.6; a kind soul sent me the 0.2.4 version I accidentally deleted, and it continues to work fine. Raphaël hasn't been able to reproduce the error I and another person were getting, but suggested a couple of things I can do to work around it.

Today I spent some time on my lunch break looking at the material from lots of useful setup info from medium to large sites which have implemented lab management and incorporated OS X machines into heterogeneous networks (AFS, NFS, NIS, LDAP, Kerberos). The info is good, but I wish they wouldn't use Web Crossing for their forums—its interface is so cumbersome and outmoded. Although, if they turned on the Web Crossing NNTP gateway it would help!

Jaguar introduces a keyboard equivalent for the “Hide Others” command in the application menu: Command-Option-H. LaunchBar includes an option to map Command-Shift-H to Hide Others in all applications, which I'd been using for many months. I use application hiding much more often in Mac OS X than I did in OS 9, possibly because I often have twenty or more applications open and appreciate the ability to focus on my current work to the exclusion of other things.

Carbon applications, which get application menus automatically built by Mac OS X, gain command-shift-H automatically if they're not already using it. Cocoa applications supply their own application menus, and the newly recommended key equivalent isn't even supported by Apple's own applications such as TextEdit.

In an effort to stop myself from using the 'wrong' keyboard equivalent, which in any case shadows useful equivalents in applications such as the Jaguar Finder, I've turned off LaunchBar's “Hide Others” mapping and rely on those built into applications—making it painfully clear how few Cocoa applications have been updated. Luckily, there's a very quick and easy fix: the user key equivalents mechanism in Cocoa applications. User key equivalents are a very low-tech but effective mechanism which allows you to add key equivalents to menu items simply by associating the text of a menu item and your desired equivalent. Your changes even show up in the menus.

The easiest way to edit user key equivalents is with David Remahl's excellent ReKey application. To add a mapping for “Hide Others” to every Cocoa application, just execute the following:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add 'Hide Others' '@~h'

All Cocoa applications you subsequently launch should obey the setting.

Zoe 0.2.6 was released today with a new contextual search feature, which allows you to limit your searches. So far I haven't been able to install it: I'm getting serialization errors when I try to start it.

From my referer log, I found someone browsing my site in Italian. Cool.

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