Mac OS X – Javascript for automation?

It appears that Apple is adding Javascript as a automation tool in Mac OS X. 

See here.

Design is Intent

Great article about how Design is a management tool. See here.

Apple-Beats appears to be a great move

For a variety of reasons. See this article.

The Story of Fantastical

John Gruber recommended this application for the iPhone. I picked it up and loved it. Check out this story from Lifehacker. 

The Loop – Nice review for a Digital Magazine

Not new information as ‘The Loop’ was revised back in the fall of 2013. See initial review here by Apple Insider. See the review I’m referencing here.

‘The Loop’ is powered by something called ‘Glide’ from ‘Glide Creations’. I guess I’m just confused as I thought this was something that was released but the web site doesn’t seem to indicate that’s the case.

Brent Simmons and John Gruber discuss Azure

Nice video with John Gruber and Brent Simmons discussing how they are using Azure with their fine note taking app ‘Vesper’. If you haven’t tried the application please do, it’s quite good. 

See the video here

“When I recognized how much the financial markets have become like 2006…”

That’s not a compliment.

The financial structure of Guitar Center, outlined in this article by Eric Garland, is scary complex. To me, the more complex the structure the more someone is trying to hide what they are doing. 

Another good bit: 

Then, it hit me. I think I threw my head back and laughed. Chances are, Ares Capital Management will find buyers for Guitar Center debt at 6 – 9% interest, because for financiers today, higher risk just means higher returns, not actual risk –  just like back in the mid-2000s.

Lots of good and interesting analysis in this article and some fascinating links. 

Nice article about Flipboard engineering changes within the layout engine

See here.

Thanks but no thanks for all the notifications HP Print Center…

Came home to my personal machine showing this on screen: 

Screen Shot 2014 03 26 at 9 13 49 PM

I guess it wants me to buy more ink. 

WordPress auto-update on a local machine (Mac OS X)

I’ve been using WordPress for years for my personal web sites (this one for example) but have never had a need to have a local instance.

I just installed WordPress on my personal machine for use with WoodWing Enterprise. Ran into a problem where I wanted to use the Auto-Update feature of WordPress but received the ‘dreaded’ FTP dialog. 

I added this line to the bottom of my WordPress installation’s ‘wp-config.php’ file: 

/** Sets up ‘direct’ method for wordpress auto update */
define(‘FS_METHOD’, ‘direct’);

Now auto update works.

Here is the reference page from the WordPress Codex. 

I think the most important part to think about is: 

  • (Primary Preference) “direct” forces it to use Direct File I/O requests from within PHP, this is fraught with opening up security issues on poorly configured hosts, This is chosen automatically when appropriate.