Disable Elastic Scrolling on Mac OS X

When Apple introduced Mac OS X Lion in 2011, included was a new feature called “elastic scrolling”, in which, similar to the same effect on the iPhone and iPad, you can scroll past the top or bottom of the window and it will “bounce back” like a rubber band. If you find this feature distracting or annoying, you can turn it off with a Terminal command.

Just open a terminal and type:

defaults write -g NSScrollViewRubberbanding -int 0

Then, restart any elastic-enabled apps that are currently running. You should find that scrolling has returned to its old, more traditional method. To restart the Finder, just type this command in a Terminal:

killall Finder

Of course, you can log out or restart your machine to make the changes as well.

If you want to revert back to the default elastic scrolling, just run this command and restart your apps again:

defaults delete -g NSScrollViewRubberbanding

How To Report Bugs Effectively

Introduction

bug_reportAnybody who has written software for public use will probably have received at least one bad bug report. Reports that say nothing (“It doesn’t work!”); reports that make no sense; reports that don’t give enough information; reports that give wrong information. Reports of problems that turn out to be user error; reports of problems that turn out to be the fault of somebody else’s program; reports of problems that turn out to be network failures.

There’s a reason why technical support is seen as a horrible job to be in, and that reason is bad bug reports. However, not all bug reports are unpleasant: I maintain free software, when I’m not earning my living, and sometimes I receive wonderfully clear, helpful, informative bug reports.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-16 at 5.48.40 PMWhen Apple released OS X “Lion” a few years back, they introduced a very useful new feature as part of the excellent TimeMachine automated backup software that is built into OS X. Previously, TimeMachine only backed-up to a USB hard drive or one of Apple’s TimeCapsule network attached storage devices.

This was great for desktop computers, like the iMac and Mac Pro, which are always connected to the USB hard drive, and therefore would always have current, up-to-date backups. But for users with any of Apple’s laptop computers, being away from your USB hard drive or TimeCapsule meant your data wasn’t getting backup-up until you re-connected to your backup device, meaning backups were generally sporadic and often leaving you unprotected for long periods of time.

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My New Toy! MacBook Air 13-inch

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So I finally did it, I bought myself a brand-spankin’ new 13-inch MacBook Air. When the Air first debuted in 2008, I immediately fell in love with the form factor, but I wasn’t too keen on the under-powered specs. I understand Apple’s need to go with low-end specs in order to make such a thin ultra-portable computer.

But it’s now six years later, and the MacBook Air is now just as capable as a primary laptop for most purposes. I wanted something lighter than my MacBook Pro to use when I’m going on site to a client, traveling on a plane, or just carrying around my apartment.

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Trjlive.com Gets A New Look!

I decided Trjlive.com needed a facelift, the “Matrix” theme just wasn’t keeping me happy anymore. Therefore, I’d like to introduce my new theme, which I am calling “Los Angeles TOD 2014.” As you can see from the header image, it’s obviously showing pictures of Los Angeles, California, which is where I live and work. I love this city and decided I wanted to show it off.

And what about that “TOD” in the name? Oh, that stands for “Time-Of-Day”, which is a cool PHP function I created that dynamically loads a different header image based on the time of day (in Los Angeles, Pacific Time Zone). I currently have defined four time periods, which are “Sunrise/Morning”, “Daytime”, “Evening/Sunset”, and “Nighttime”.

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Google quietly released another update for Nexus devices last week for the KitKat version of Android, bringing the version number to 4.4.4. Most of the included changes are security patches and performance/stability fixes.

The new Android 4.4.4 Dialer app changes the color scheme to a much brighter white and blue scheme.

The new Android 4.4.4 Dialer app changes the color scheme to a much brighter white and blue scheme.

New Dialer App

There is also a new Dialer screen, which changes the previously-dark color scheme to a much brighter and, in my opinion, more inviting white and blue color scheme.

If you have a Nexus device which is compatible with Android KitKat (4.4.x), you can download the factory images from Google’s Android Developer website, or wait for the OTA update notification.

OTA Update

Keep in mind that if you have rooted your device, or made any modifications whatsoever to the /system partition, you will be unable to install the OTA update, and you shouldn’t try to install it as a failed update installation can cause your device to go into a perpetual reboot loop. Make sure you return your device to 100% stock before installing the OTA update.

Full Factory Image

Another option, you can download the full factory image and flash it to your device using Fastboot (though the directions on how to flash a ROM using Fastboot are beyond the scope of this post). Download the linked ROM image file for your device (make sure you choose the correct one if your device has both Wifi-only and Wifi-and-Cellular models).

Download Links

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As of today, Google has made the official Android 4.4.3 factory images available for recent-model Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5 (hammerhead), the Nexus 7 2013 wifi-only model (razor), the Nexus 10 (mantaray), the Nexus 4 (occam), and the Nexus 7 2012 wifi-only (nakasi) and Nexus 7 2012 cellular-mobile (nakasig) models.

If you have any of the listed devices, you can download the full factory images from Google Developer’s site and flash them yourself, or wait for the OTA update notification to show up over the next week or so. Note that the Nexus 7 2013 LTE-model (razorg) is not listed, as the 4.4.3 update does not appear to be available for it as of the time this post was published.

The 4.4.3 update is listed as version KTU84L for all models except the Nexus 5, which is listed as KTU84M. You can view all available factory images for Nexus devices at this page. Direct download links for the Android 4.4.3 factory images are listed after the break.
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No-AdsI hate ads. On the Internet, on my smartphone, on television, on the radio. I hate ads, period. However, they have become an integral part of our daily lives. The income from ad revenue supports a great deal of the “free” infotainment we have access to. Network television, radio, web sites. If it’s so-called “free”, then it’s most likely ad-supported.

Now, this wouldn’t be a big problem if ad companies were responsible and respectful to us as consumers. I don’t mind small, non-intrusive ads on the sidebar of a website, or even at the end of an article.

I understand that web sites cost money to keep running, and unless people are willing to pay on-going subscription fees to access the site, ads it is. But unfortunately, few websites choose to go with the non-intrusive ads, since they pay out less. Instead they choose the flashy, in-your-face ads that pay out more per click or impression.

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Jabra-headsetI have a 1-month-old Jabra bluetooth ver. 4 headset that I use every day with my HTC One Android smartphone which runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat Google Play Edition, for hours with absolutely no reception problems or static. In other words, it works perfectly.

I have even found it to work on different levels of my townhouse. My phone could be in the lower level at one end and I could be upstairs at the other end, and I can still answer calls.

Needless to say, I am beyond impressed with the bluetooth combo the One and this Jabra make. In previous years of using every iPhone up to the 5, I never had that kind of range with a bluetooth device.

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