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Getting the whole George

21 January 2013

Today's operating systems, desktop and mobile, are converging around the idea of full-screen applications. Isn't this trend a move backwards ? Windows embody context, and by losing the ability to interact with, and between, multiple windows, we lose the ability to deal efficiently with context and relationships.

FinderShelf

9 October 2012

This one is something I wanted to do a long time ago… If you remember NeXTSTEP (or, like me, trust old nostalgics), you know what the Shelf is. In the simplest version, it is a little bar in the file manager where you can drop files or folders. They just stay there for your enjoyment, waiting for you to click them or move them elsewhere. OS X's Finder toolbar also supports dropping files into it, but it isn't a proper Shelf replacement, because you miss the ability to drag and drop those toolbar icons as if they were the actual files. Thanks to the Sainte-Force, I converted the energy dissipated by equivocally interesting conference stuff into a tweak that allows you to use that Finder toolbar (I finally found a reason not to use this anymore) as a proper Shelf replacement. It's high time !

Vitrier

6 October 2012

Vitrier allows you to move and resize your windows using multitouch gestures.

Create new files with Porkcuts

6 October 2012

This quick Porkcuts will allow you to get roughly the same behavior as the Finder's New Folder, but for creating new (empty) files, and in every application. As usual, put it where you want, but your home folder is a nice place.

Tag-based Porkcuts

4 October 2012

Today, one of our new Sainte-Force apprentices tried out Porkcuts, and he seemed to like it. What we wanted, however, was a little different context sensitivity: Porkcuts works with the filesystem hierarchy, whereas it could be based on tags, or recognizing certain patterns in the current file path (with regular expressions). Actually, if we run at least Lion, we can have both.

Cachotteries

2 October 2012

Because I found nothing good to save all my login information (and the top-secret nuclear weapon codes of Sainte-Force-Land), I wrote a very (very) simple rich text editor, with per-file password protection. It is called Cachotteries, and it opens and saves AES256-encrypted files (or that's what he said). Type, enter a password, save. To open, just remember the password you typed.

Gérer sa musique sans iTunes

1 octobre 2012

Voilà, ça fait une quinzaine d'années qu'on a commencé à faire des librairies dans les programmes : pour gérer ses photos, sa musique, ses documents, ses objets, etc. Ça brille et c'est high-tech. Certains commerciaux sans scrupule iront même jusqu'à dire que la présence d'une librairie est un argument de qualité, voire de classe. Gérer les fichiers qui représentent votre musique, c'est pas classe, qu'on nous dit ! Mettez donc ces fichiers dans une librairie qui vous permet de gérer des lignes qui représentent les fichiers qui représentent votre musique, c'est bien plus simple ! Voilà le chemin pris par iTunes et bien d'autres. C'est bien beau la classe, mais ici on s'y connait en classe, et y'a un problème : c'est pas ça, la classe.

A nice Porkcuts file for your home folder

27 September 2012

There's something (not an octagon) I totally forgot to bring into yesterday's Porkcuts announcement. I'd like to share a nice (and useful) Porkcuts file with you. It demonstrates some of Porkcuts' capabilities: a way to access, add and remove favorite files right away, and some shortcuts to get new Finder, Terminal and Safari windows corresponding with your current file.

Porkcuts 1.1

26 September 2012

Hallelujah, Sainte-Force people ! Rejoice, rejoice, because Porkcuts now goes to 1.1 ! If you want a little refresher about what is Porkcuts, read this, or just assume that Porkcuts is the most useful utility in the world, and that it allows you to define custom shortcuts depending on the current document and where it belongs. So, yes, this Porkcuts has now been made better. But how ?

Allégeons le Finder

26 septembre 2012

L'hiver approche à grands pas, le ciel s'assombrit de jour en jour, et les journées se raccoucissent. Nous sommes bientôt en octobre et c'est bien déprimant ! Heureusement, la Sainte-Force nous permettra, encore une fois de plus, d'oublier nos soucis : voici comment faire revenir l'été en vitesse. L'idée est simple. En été, on est maigre. En hiver, on mange des raclettes. Donc pour évoquer le soleil et la plage, au lieu de s'amaigrir soi-même (hérésie), allégeons plutôt une des choses que nous regardons le plus souvent dans la journée : le Finder de Mac OS X !

Switching between current projects

19 July 2012

The Porkcut of the day is about switching between current projects. Basically, it adds a submenu intelligently called Current projects that lists your current projects, and from where you can jump to any of them. What's a current project, you ask ? For this Porkcut, it's just something in a special folder (in my version, the folder is called Zzz_Current, but it can be different for you). When you jump to a project using this Porkcut, it just opens that something in the special folder. It can be a folder, an alias to another folder, an application, a tin can or even a multiplexer. I find it useful to put some aliases and tin cans to my most active projects.

Dessin multimodal et multitouch avec Rita

14 juillet 2012

En ce beau jour où s'exprimera plus d'une fois, comme dirait l'autre (Dieu le turlute), un mélange de fierté municipale, de foi régionale et de Front National, je te propose d'utiliser ton ordinateur pour dessiner ton propre drapeau, de manière à l'imprimer et à en faire de jolis touilleurs à cocktail. Laisse-moi te dire qu'elle a duré un bout de temps, ma recherche de l'application iDrapeau. Et malheureusement, je n'ai rien trouvé de mieux qu'un superbe logiciel de dessin surpuissant et gratuit, Rita, dont je vais m'empresser de te décrire les caractéristiques, la raison pour laquelle il me pose problème, et comment un coup de Sainte-Force en spray a permis de résoudre mon problème.

Open Terminal Here

13 July 2012

Here's a quick Porkcut I've been chopping lately: how to open a terminal window in the folder of the current file you're working on in any application.

Sharkhetype

12 July 2012

Continuing our journey to new-but-not-so-new-and-broken-anyway practices in personal computing, we'll incorporate another layer of Sainte-Force to the age-old file system. Some time ago, we added links, but doing this throws in a new kind of object (those links) that requires more integration in old programs, in ways that could sometimes be better done. Here we take a different approach: we want to keep playing with the same old objects (files, folders, packages), but give them new capabilities that don't alter the current assumptions that all other programs make about them.

Porkcuts

11 July 2012

Porkcuts is a simple per-project keyboard shortcut manager and… Wait a minute. I remember saying that before… Oh, yeah, that's Workcuts, not Porkcuts. So, what is Porkcuts ?

Integrating links in your life

3 June 2012

Some time ago, I introduced a little application called Random Part of a Second-Hand Memex. It allowed to create links between any file in your computer, so that related documents can be easily tied together without needing them to be located in the same place. Because you had to use the application, it was a bit tedious to consult and modify links between documents. But this tediousness is a thing from the past.

Tin cans to the rescue

29 May 2012

Sainte-Force software is pretty much like other software. Although it feels nice most of the time, there are always stupid limitations that shouldn't exist and poison users. But here software is different. It feels magic (a natural side-effect of being over-classy) and its only user sees incremental improvements that wipe away those silly limitations of the previous versions.

Nouveau site

29 mai 2012

À la bonne Sainte-Force, ton site préféré, a changé un petit peu d'apparence. Derrière tout cela, ce qui sert à générer le site a totalement changé ! Ces modifications n'auront pas pris beaucoup de temps et me permettront de mettre à jour le site plus facilement, donc plus souvent.

Multiplexer

29 May 2012

Following the vein of current Sainte-Force software, I offer you another one : Multiplexer. Basically, a multiplexer is a folder with the extension .multiplexer, that, if open, will open all the things it contains. To enable this functionality on your system, just download a little application called Multiplexer and put it on a cool, dark place (like your Applications folder).

Website Opener

23 May 2012

We read a lot of documents coming from the World Wide Web, and we sometimes save entire web sites to our hard disks. This will keep us, Sainte-Force people, from whining when the Internet will come to an end : our documentation will still be with us, far away from the impermanent nature of the web. To copy whole web sites to my computer, I either use wget or Site Sucker.

Poor people's transfer sheets using a Random Part of a Second-Hand Memex

21 May 2012

I just want to tell you about a cool use for the Random Part of a Second-Hand Memex you were introduced to in the last days.

As We May Mock a Famous Title

16 May 2012

Even 67 years after Vannevar Bush's inspiring essay, we still find ourselves having trouble managing information. However, the technology available today largely surpasses what Bush thought required to build his ideal personal information management device, the memex. Many of its functions are found in today's personal computers : the web — a giant distributed knowledge repository, easily searchable filing systems, windowing systems to show multiple documents at once, and even pocket-sized encyclopedias. Mobile devices also realize Bush's visions, providing easy access to sound and image recording.

En finir avec les documents sans titre (suite)

8 mai 2012

Pas plus tard que la semaine dernière, je t'avais montré comment en finir avec les documents sans titre, ce qui t'avait comblé de joie. Malheureusement, je regrette de ne pas t'avoir fourni quelque chose de plus facile à utiliser. C'est vrai, quoi, un script Bash, un logiciel payant, deux fichiers différents à mettre dans des endroits bien particuliers, c'est peut-être un peu trop ! J'espère me faire pardonner en te fournissant quelque chose de bien plus utilisable.

En finir avec les documents sans titre

2 mai 2012

Tu sais à quel point j'aime manger. Je l'ai assez prouvé en t'apportant le widget Dashboard de tes rêves qui te sert encore chaque jour pour stimuler ton appétit. Tu sais également à quel point je suis fainéant. Maintenant, considérant que je suis à ce point glouton et fainéant en même temps, tu ne peux qu'arriver à la conclusion que je dois avoir un gros cul plein de graisse ! Hé bien figure-toi que cette conclusion ne sert en rien la suite de ma missive.

RAIIScript

4 April 2012

Because I'm very busy these days, I felt the urge to lose some time doing something that would save me some time (another day). I had a bunch of situations like this :

Rock that Launchpad with SquareGuitar !

4 February 2012

Winter is still there and because it's cold out there, we need to make music and dance as much as we can. Forget your traditional musical instruments (Keyboards ? That's for losers !), and even your futuristic controllers (no, this one is nice, actually) : the only Sainte-Force approved musical thing you need is something that turns your Novation Launchpad controller into a screaming electric guitar with some spicy expressive superpowers !

A theme for TextMate's HTML output

26 November 2011

If you're a TextMate user, maybe you're using the Build function (that calls make), or some other thing that uses a HTML page to output the contents of the command.

Workcuts

20 November 2011

Workcuts is a simple per-project keyboard shortcut and menu manager with Ruby scripting for fast access to your projects' most repeated tasks. I wrote it mainly because I needed it but couldn't find something likewise and extra-handsome at the same time.

Un widget Dashboard pour les restaurants universitaires du Nord

4 novembre 2011

C'est bien connu : dans le Nord, quand midi sonne, la plupart des gens commencent à avoir faim (décidément, ils sont pas faits comme nous, ces gens-là). Aussi, alors tu travailles sans relâche sur un des campus de cette belle et froide région et que vient l'heure du sanglier, pourquoi ne pas calmer pour une heure tes ardeurs stakhanovistes et te consacrer — avec classe, toujours — à cette primitive activité, en compagnie de dizaines d'étudiants ingrats et nonchalants qui n'hésiteront pas à te voler le dernier yaourt si tu n'es pas assez rapide ?

Google Chrome and the Downloads stack, part Two

30 September 2011

I bet you know about my holy war against Google Chrome's behavior with the Downloads stack in the Dock. Tough topic indeed. The problem was that when Chrome finished downloading a file, the file bounced gaily in the Downloads stack but its icon did not update, so there was a blank icon that was bouncing, instead of the brand new PDF I downloaded, for instance. I came up with a solution involving a helper application and either an Automator folder action or a Hazel rule. The drawback was that the delay before the icon update was too long and ever-changing. Moreover, I even saw some downloads missed since I've written this. What I offer you today is a much better fix instead of the former three-legged solution.

George Abitbol en LaTeX, le retour

28 septembre 2011

Je ne vais pas te parler tant de l'homme le plus classe du monde que de son influence sur les documents LaTeX. Ce que je t'offre par la présente, c'est la classe de document LaTeX la plus classe du monde. Oui, inutile de nettoyer tes esgourdes encrassées par les promesses sirupeuses des cupides marchands de rêve qui s'engraissent sur le dos de nos malheurs, tu as bien lu-entendu : la classe de document la plus classe du monde. Cela signifie qu'elle est plus classe que la plus classe de tes copines, au cas où tu te poserais la question.

Google Chrome and the Downloads stack

27 September 2011

Before you start reading, please note that the thing this letter talks about is outdated and should be replaced by a better solution. You can read about it here.

Generating captions for images in HTML articles from a Markdown document

19 September 2011

Yes, my brande new website is up and running for thy pleasure only ! Thanks to nanoc I was able to turn it to whatever I wanted pretty quickly, hence I chose Markdown as my language of choice for publishing things. nanoc takes my Markdown pages and turns them into full HTML pages, with the proper layout, header, footer, and the like. Besides easing the writing process compared to verbose-as-hell HTML or even to figure-semantics-and-styling-issues-out-yourself WYSIWIG, the Markdown syntax is simple enough to be bearable on any text editor.

Apple Keyboard en Français sous Windows

16 septembre 2011

Alors que Windows 8 commence à la ramener, je commence à jouer avec la version précédente. J'ai un vieux PC qui a eu la chance de goûter à un Windows 7 Professionnel, et il est très content. Ayant pris l'habitude d'utiliser exclusivement un ordinateur Macintosh, j'ai toujours du mal à me remettre sur un bon vieux clavier de PC de temps en temps, même si j'en ai utilisé bien plus souvent dans ma vie. Entretenir deux habitudes différentes ne me réussit pas vraiment.