Monthly Archives: October 2012

Photoshop CS6 “Standard Screen Mode” and Transparent Background [Solved]

Photoshop CS5 had a transparent background, while Photoshop CS6 has a dark, non-transparent, opaque background on Mac OS X (Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion). It’s not hard to get this behavior back though. This is an odd behavior because the “Standard Screen Mode” had a transparent background in all Photoshop programs CS5 and earlier. Sometimes I like to toggle to the full screen mode with that has a dark grey background, but I also like to have Photoshop have a transparent (no-background) when no files are open, or sometimes I just like to work on top of the desktop and other applications so I can see what’s happening in my browser window, etc. I got so used to using the “F” key to switch between full-screen mode and the standard screen mode (Full Screen Mode, Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, Standard Screen Mode) To fix this odd behavior, it’s simply a matter of going to the Window menu and unchecking the Application Frame button.

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Tutorial: Editing Photoshop .atn Files (Actions) with Java on the Mac

I’ve circled the “PbTl” in red in the screenshot above. So I simply selected the text and changed it to “GrTl”, saved the file with the .atn extension and held my breath. When I loaded it back in Photoshop (Actions panel fly-out menu > Load Actions) it worked like a charm and Select brush was now Select gradient (tool) – see screenshots below. So what good is this? I don’t know and, right now, I don’t care. I’m a firm believer of following what interests you and whatever it is will probably come in handy some day. You never know when a tidbit of knowledge like this might fit with something else you’re working on. And it’s not that often we non-programmers get a chance to see behind the scenes, as it were. UPDATE Take a look at James Walls’ comment below to see how he used this trick. Thank you James for your input. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Probably Useless: Editing Photoshop Actions .atn Files: James Walls: Fantastic advice – and anything but useless! I’ve used this as part of porting my extensive actions(and associated scripts) from photoshop CS2 to CS3 – previously I’ve had to re-record portions of the actions to point to the right scripts directory locations, but this has enabled me to replace CS2 with CS3 in the file path within each action – saving me several hours of unwelcome rework. Thanks! Mohmaher: I was asked recently to do some hex editing … Continue reading

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Preview the new compose (Gmail)

Fast Compose messages right from your inbox. Simple Redesigned with a clean, streamlined look. Powerful Check emails as you’re typing, minimize drafts for later, and even compose two messages at once.

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How does CodeKit inject CSS changes without refreshing the browser?

CodeKit is a nice little app for web development which does things like processing LESS into CSS and minifying javascript. It has one feature that is perplexing: “Inject CSS changes without a full reload” It’s in the app’s preferences menu: What it does: When you’re editing a CSS file and have a page that is using that CSS file open in your web browser, CodeKit watches for changes to the file and pushes the new CSS styles into the browser without doing a page reload. I didn’t have to install any plugins into Chrome and I don’t see any in the Extensions manager for chrome, but somehow it works. How is this possible? I do notice that after several CSS tweaks the browser will start to slow down and become unresponsive unless I refresh the page. The Answer? It uses CSSRefresh: Update Looks like CodeKit is now using Live.js ( instead of CSSRefresh   Found the actual javascript that Codekit is using: (function () { var e = {}, t = {}, n = 0, r = { refreshStylesheets: function () { function i(e) { var t = document.location, n = new RegExp(“^\\.|^/(?!/)|^[\\w]((?!://).)*$|” + t.protocol + “//” +; return e.match(n) } var n = document.getElementsByTagName(“head”)[0], r = document.getElementById(“LPCodeKitLiveTransitionRule”); r && n.removeChild(r); var s = document.styleSheets, o = document.styleSheets.length; for (var u = 0; u < o; u++) { var a = s[u]; if (!a) continue; var f =, l =; if (l !== -1) continue; var … Continue reading

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Outlook – 451 Temporary local problem – please try later [solved]

Recently while using Bluehost with Microsoft Outlook 2007 and trying to send / receive mail, I got an error 451 – “Temporary local problem” Sending’ reported error (0x800CCC6A) : ‘Your outgoing (SMTP) e-mail server has reported an internal error. If you continue to receive this message, contact your server administrator or Internet service provider (ISP). The server responded: 451 Temporary local problem – please try later’. The solution to this problem is related to the DNS records in the Bluehost control panel. I had changed the MX records to point to Google Apps and had not changed them bac. To get around this error with Bluehost (and maybe other hosting providers too) make sure that you highest priority MX record (lower numbers are higher priority) points to something like This will also ensure that all e-mail sent to your domain is handled by Bluehost (take note of that in case you’re trying to use that and google apps).

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Java – 3 Billion Devices Run Java

Java promptes itself as I install the latest version – Java Version 7 update 9.

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Dropbox Free Storage for Students

Recently Dropbox has added a new bonus for Students: Double your space by verifying your .edu e-mail address The promotion is called: Join the Great Space Race And Dropbox boasts: Earn free space for your school for two years Dropbox will give you 3GB for free for verifying your school e-mail address, and then as your school collects points for people verifying their .edu email addresses, it’s possible to get up to an extra 25GB of space form the educational “space race” From Dropbox: Earn free Dropbox space for everyone at your school! Join Space Race to get an extra 3 GB for two years, plus the space your school earns! They have a few terms that go along with it, stating: Term. Individuals may participate in the Dropbox Space Race Program (“Program”) from October 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) to December 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. PT (the “Sign-Up Period”). Participants are required to determine the appropriate beginning and ending times in the Sign-Up Period for their respective jurisdictions. The Sponsor’s computer is the official time keeping device for the Program. Here is a graph showing the progress chart for Universities:

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Typinator has a funny icon with two dots and is not working

On Mac OS X I use Typinator (Text Expander alternative) and lately it has been showing a weird icon in the menu bar (pictured below) and it is not working. The expansion is not paused, and I don’t see any options which would prevent it from working, but it is not working. Quitting and restarting the application does not help, but restarting the computer does fix the issue until it goes into this mode again. Solution for Typinator in Secure Keyboard Mode What does this mean? Typinator has detected “secure keyboard mode”. The icon with two black dots appears when Typinator cannot see what you are typing because your computer is operating in “secure keyboard mode”. Typinator uses an “event monitor” to watch you typing. For security reasons, Mac OS X disables the monitor when you are typing in a password field. However, there are a few programs that turn secure keyboard mode on and do not turn it back off when there no longer is any security risk. In this particular situation, secure keyboard mode was turned on by Typinator. If you do not know which application is causing the problem, try quitting applications one by one and watch Typinator’s icon in the menu bar. When the icon goes back to normal, you know that you have found the culprit. If you have further questions, please see our FAQ page for more information.

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How to allow java in the firewall on OS X Mountain Lion

I was getting a message when using Amazon EC2 command line tools: Do you want the application “java” to accept incoming network connections? You can open your firewall and security settings preference pane and click on “Firewall Options”: You might be tempted to add /usr/bin/java to the list of acceptions, but that actually won’t cut it. You’ll still get the firewall warning when running Amazon Web Services Command Line Tools. If you open terminal and run echo $JAVA_HOME it should show you the path of the java it’s using. For me this was located at: /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Home/ What you’ll find in that folder is a bin directory and a java file inside that: /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk/Contents/Home/bin/java If you then add that file to the list of exceptions you’ll stop receiving this flash of a popup that is prompting you to accept: Do you want the application “java” to accept incoming network connections?

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Google’s I’m Feeling Lucky Search is Broken

Google’s I’m Feeling Lucky Search is Broken… at least if you’re using some type of browser shortcut for it. I had a custom search set up in Firefox and Chrome to allow me to “lucky search” any keyword and jump to the result. Now Google is checking the referrer for lucky searches and it will take you to a results page unless you do the lucky search from the Google Website. One small note: It still seems to work for queries without a space in them. Try replacing your spaces with underscores or just searching for a single word. Is this affecting you? Do you have a solution? Leave a comment below.

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