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Michael Descy
An information systems auditor, sometime blogger, and home cook.
An information systems auditor, sometime blogger, and home cook.


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I've rekindled my one of plain text productivity. So I just wanted to share this great site to get any "text curious" readers here #plaintext
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My Todo.txt app for the Mac was featured on +Lifehacker today! Please read the article, check out the video, download the app and check it out.
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I wish I knew this last night.
Due to the nature of the Heartbleed bug, you shouldn't change all your passwords just yet. LastPass will let you know which ones to change, and when:
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Let's hope the newly released iOS 7.1 fixes all those crashes/soft reboots!
Apple seeded the first beta version of iOS 7.1 to developers on November 18th, and had seeded 5 beta versions so far.

According to the release notes, iOS 7.1 includes a number of improvements and bug fixes. Here’s the complete list of improvements and bug fixes in iOS 7.1 from the release notes:

iOS experience designed for the car
Simply connect your iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle
Supports Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, and 3rd-party audio apps
Control with Siri and the car’s touchscreen, knobs, and buttons
Manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button while you speak and releasing it when you’re done as an alternative to letting Siri automatically notice when you stop talking
New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese
iTunes Radio
Search field above Featured Stations to easily create stations based on your favorite artist or song
Buy albums with the tap of a button from Now Playing
Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free
Option to display events in month view
Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries
Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs
Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations
New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point
New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s
iCloud Keychain support in additional countries
FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash
Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition
Improved performance for iPhone 4
Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000
Continued user interface refinements
iOS 7.1 is available for the following iOS devices:

iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4
iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPad mini
iPod touch 5G
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Can anybody help me with my NSTextField autofill problem over on StackOverflow?

I am trying to code an open source Todo.txt client for Mac OS X. I want it to autocomplete projects (which begin with +) and contexts (which begin with @). I can't get autocomplete to work reliably when triggered by @. 

Code and a full problem description are over on StackOverflow:

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I heard this on the radio yesterday. Laura Cantrell has an amazing voice. This is worth a listen!
Country music's Kitty Wells revolutionized what a woman could sing about and paved the way for Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette a generation later.
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World Science U

This looks exciting. Free online science education available to all! I wish I had this when I was growing up.
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This is cool
"It Don't Mean a Thing," "Good Vibrations," "Bye Bye Bye" — they all use the same four-note progression. This sequence of four notes, in fact, shows up throughout the ages in all styles and genres.
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Transcoding Videos for Playback on Raspberry Pi #XBMC

I'm wondering what methods people employ to transcode, with minimum quality loss, videos for playback on the Raspberry Pi. (I use XBMC on Raspbian and OpenELEC.) The main problem I face is that DTS audio streams make playback stutter. Transcoding the audio to AC3 solves this problem. Transcoding the video is unnecessary unless you have high-bitrate video (which almost never is the case for me).

On Windows, I use Avidemux to copy the video and transcode the audio stream(s) to AC3. I use the "aften" codec at 384 kbps. I say "on Windows" because Avidemux doesn't work on my Mac (perhaps Mavericks compatibility is not there yet), and I no longer have a Linux PC. I'm looking for a similarly powerful solution for Mac. I have used Smart Converter Pro, which is basically a dumbed-down version of Avidemux, but it doesn't offer much flexibility in terms of container formats and choosing streams or quality. Handbrake forces you to transcode the video, which is unnecessary, slow, and leads to unacceptable quality loss.

Does anyone have any good alternatives to Avidemux on the Mac? Also, does anyone attempt to do this on the Raspberry Pi (command line)?
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