Friday, July 25, 2008

Things that still annoys me about OSX/MBP

The Command-C/V combo to copy and paste is very uncomfortable for my hands. I prefer using the ctrl-c/v spacing but remapping the keys causes other discomforts such as tabbing between windows. Why can't it be like the other two major systems: Linux and Windows? It always messes me up when I switch to those systems.

The menu bar should go with the app! In our modern day multi-monitor configuration, I hate having Firefox on one monitor but still have to go to the other monitor to get to the menu.

Programmer's editors. Seems to me that the top editors are ports of those built for other systems. TextMate is pretty good but it doesn't provide a good print feature for source code which is something I expects from any editor. Yes, I sometimes do print code on tree-based product 'cause you just shouldn't use your notebook in the tub. Right now I tend to switch between Eclipse, VIM and TextMate. I miss my Visual Slickedit.

Print Preview... why don't all applications have it?

Spotlight is great except it doesn't work. I use Quicksilver instead. It doesn't support email searching for Thunderbird. Boo.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Disable OSX Dashboard

defaults write mcx-disabled -boolean [YES|NO]

killall Dock

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Customizing VIM

For the first time in a long time, I spent my weekend not working on something directly related to my job. I decided that it's time that I really got myself to learn VI. I've been using the basics of VI forever and when it came to serious code editing in a terminal, I tend to fall back to EMACS. In a GUI environment, my favorite editor is Visual Slickedit but right now I don't have it for OSX and our servers don't have it or EMACS installed.

So the first thing I did was try to make VIM a comfortable environment for me to work in. The default black text on white background didn't work for me so I changed the terminal to black-on-white. Of course, this re-introduced another of those annoyance that always got under my skin. Who the hell chose a dark blue font color for directories?!? Who can actually read that without going blind after 2 minutes? So, of course, that has to change... Out comes the editor and changing the LS_COLORS environment variable.... but wait... OSX doesn't use that name. It uses LSCOLORS instead... Those wacky BSD guys. Okay, no problem. Let's see export LSCOLORS='di=...'...
Uh, wait, that doesn't work 'cause that just makes things too easy to understand. Instead, how about:

export LSCOLORS='fxFxcxdxbxegedabagacad'

Uh...yeah... that's intuitive. Assembly programmers, I respect. Whoever came up with this is an idiot.

My linux version is a bit more customized:

export LS_COLORS="no=00:fi=00:di=36:ln=01;36:pi=40;33:so=01;35:bd=40;33;01:cd=40;33;01:or=01;05;37;41:mi=01;05;37;41:ex=01;32:*.cmd=01;32:*.exe=01;32:*.com=

Okay, now it was time to get to know VIM and all its goodies such code folding, color syntax, debugging, intellisense (or it's new name: omnicomplete), etc. Being the lazy hacker that I am, I first looked around to see what other people already did so I can borrow their stuff. I came across Andrei Zmievski's presentation and he included his VIM scripts which did pretty much everything I wanted. Sweet!

So, putting on my RHEL5 workstation and OSX machine had no problems. The problem is that I'm also doing a lot of work on RHEL4 machine which only has VIM 6.3 and a lot of the plug-ins don't work. I had to download the source from and compile it myself. Since I wanted the ability to work with xdebug, I had to tell the build to include those features. After compressing the source, you can run:

./configure --help

to see all the different options. Basically, I needed to do this:

./configure --enable-pythoninterp --with-python-config-dir=/usr/lib/python2.3/config

(Look at the output from config to make sure it found the python config. If not, download and install the python_dev package.)

Then run make and it compiled.

In the end, it was fun to learn something new. I learned a lot more about VIM such as color schemes, plug-ins, etc., and now I have a comfortable environment to work in even without EMACS.

OSX shortcut keys

Page UP: FN + Shift + Up arrow
Page Down: FN + Shift + Down arrow
Home: FN + Shift + Left arrow
End: FN + Shift + Right arrow

delete a file: CTRL-delete

Friday, July 18, 2008

bash 1-liners loop through files

cat filestodelete.txt | while read line; do rm ${line}; done

for s in `cat server.list`; do ssh $s uptime; done;