Write/Speak/Code 2015 – The End of Impostorism

I knew Write/Speak/Code 2015 was going to be phenomenal and it did not disappoint.

If you’re heard of or experienced that death of a thousand little cuts, Write/Speak/Code is life built through a thousand small supportive acts.

I am no longer an impostor. Hear Me Speak. Read My Words. Run My Code. (Git push origin master.)

It can be so easy to — with all the great content and awesome presentations you see on the internet, in magazines, and at conferences — to assume that there is very little that your small contribution will add to the world. Especially when you’re a newbie.

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02. July 2015 by sojourner hardeman
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New York City jumped the shark

Shutting down all public transportation in New York City is blasphemous.

You don’t understand unless you live here. This is a city where you can get pizza delivered to you at 2am in most neighborhoods. This is a city where most neighborhoods have a combination of one or more bodegas (small grocery stores), fruit and vegetable stores, pizza shops, Chinese food restaurants or convenience store like Duane Reade or 7/11, open 7 days per week, 24 hours a day.

In other words, trade is a 24-hour operation in the city. And that makes sense, given the the population of the city and the varied hours people work and play.
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15. February 2015 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s AppleScript access

Why would I need this?

Maybe you already use the great and almighty (and free) FastScripts from Red Sweater Software to run scripts. But unless you’ve paid to use unlimited keyboard shortcuts, you have to move your hands from the keyboard to your mouse/trackpad. And doing so introduces torque to your workflow, and torque induces drag.

Productive people don’t do drag.

Plus, FastScripts likes a certain structure when it comes to scripts. You can’t put scripts on your Desktop and expect FastScripts to work with you. But you can with Quicksilver.

Sold? But wait! There’s more! Find a script posted online, paste/pipe into Quicksilver, run it as an AppleScript without even opening AppleScript Editor…

Now you’re sold.

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19. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s access to Services

Why would I need this?

You already use Services like Show Address in Google Maps, Add to Evernote, OmniFocus: Send to Inbox, and a lot of others. With Quicksilver, you can access and use them without having to use the menubar or contextual menus. And if you have a crowded Services menu, you can disable services but still access and use them within Quicksilver.

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18. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver and Keychains

Why would I need this?

Get usernames and passwords from your keychain on the fly. Copy them to the clipboard, paste them into the current application, display them on your screen, or save them in a file. Quicksilver handles all of this quickly and easily.

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17. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s process manipulations

Why would I need this?

Playing with processes and applications as processes is more geekery than I need (and more than I’m familiar with). What I need most is to force quit non-responsive applications quickly (because I’m always forgetting that keyboard shortcut).

But for those of you who regularly use it, Quicksilver‘s Process Manipulations Plugin allows you to also:

  • Launch a copy of an application. (Be careful with this, as OS X likes for only one copy of an application to be running.)
  • Launch an application with root permissions. (Be careful with this, for obvious reasons.)
  • Sample a process for 5 seconds and return results.
  • List the open files of an application/process.
  • Get Process Identifier (PID).
  • Pause (SIGSTOP) or resume (SIGCONT) an application.
  • Send a signal to a process.
  • Raise, lower, minimize, maximize, get or set a process’ priority.

I’ll only be going into detail on a few of these actions. If you’re interested in learning more about the other actions, please read the Process Manipulation Plugin documentation. (In Quicksilver, go to Preferences > Plugins, select the plugin and click the bottom-right button with the question mark on it.)

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16. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s make alias and make hard link

Why would I need this?

Because it’s easier and faster to navigate your folder hierarchy via Quicksilver than via Finder, especially when the source file and the target folder are both nested a few folder levels deep.

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15. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s quick file path retrieval

Why would I need this?

How many times do you need a file path? Formatted a specific way? POSIX for Terminal, Mac for AppleScript, and URLs for the internet.

Enter Quicksilver‘s realm, where one application gets you your file path in whatever format you like. (It’s nirvana.)

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14. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s easy eject feature

Why would I need this?

Eject a disk, quickly, without using Finder.

You need more?

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13. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s Paste as Plain Text

Why would I need this?

You’re copying that really cool snippet from a website, but you just need the text, not need the fancy rainbow script font.

You want to grab that quote from that document, but you need it to match the font of the document you’re pasting it into.

You’re copying snippets from multiple sources, each formatted differently, into one document for later use.

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12. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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I Love Quicksilver’s way with text files

Why would I need this?

You work with text files often, and would love a way to easily add, change, or delete text within those files on the fly, without opening them.

And yes, Quicksilver does that!

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11. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
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