« posted August 19, 2008 - 7:58pm »

Saving a screenshot as a JPG in OSX using Preview instead of Grab


I take lots of screenshots and am in the habit of using Apple's Grab application. The problem is...this app only gives you the option of saving the screen shot as a TIFF, which is rarely what I need. But I tumbled across this little option in the Apple program, Preview just now.

Check it! All the normal functions available in Grab are also available in Preview. So next time I need to create a JPEG screenshot all I need to do it open up Preview, open the File menu, slip on down to Grab, and select my option. Then I can save this image as any type of file I want (usually JPEG). Fantastic.

« posted July 29, 2006 - 4:43pm »

Learning Cocoa and Objective-C, humor insues

So I am taking a giant leap into real programing, not just scripting by trying to learn objective-C and Cocoa for OSX development. I found this rather useful tutorial but had to mention this little funny bit. It starts off showing you a fairly basic PHP script...and then tells you:

If all of this makes sense to you, congratulations. You know more about how software works than most people on the planet. Also, it means you have a strong enough grasp on the basics to use this tutorial.

Ha, I love it. Its nice to put things in perspective sometimes.

« posted April 19, 2006 - 8:47pm »

Drupal (as well as PHP and MySQL) on an Intel iMac with OS X real quick

I run a dynamic website at work called Science Buzz all about breaking science news featuring a science blog among other things. Well, we wanted to show off the site at an upcoming conference but didn't want to have to pay the extortion level fees for a rather slow internet connection. Creating a static version of this large dynamic site on a kiosk proved to be rather difficult until I realized I didn't need to make it static just run it natively on the iMac as a local service.