Added ScreenSteps Guides to Lists

I just added the links to my ScreenSteps guides hosted on to my Lists page. Check them out!

Asian Chicken Salad

Here’s a recipe from the side of a packet of salad topping - I like this one! You should be able to replace those ramen noodles with any other you like – I don’t particularly fancy them on account of their high fat content as they’re fried, usually. However, go ahead and make that dressing – it goes really well!

Asian Chicken Salad

2 packages (3 oz each) chicken flavoured ramen noodles, broken
4 cups shredded cabbage
2 cups cut up cooked chicken
4 green onions chopped
1 package Salad Pizzaz Orange Cranberry Almondine

1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar or white vinegar
3 tbs vegetable oil
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp minced gingerroot
1/2 tsp dark sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced

Bring 3 cups water to boil in 2 qt saucepan. Add noodles and 1 seasoning packet from noodle package. Cook 3 mins. Drain and rinse in cold water until noodles are cool. Toss noodles, cabbage, chicken, Salad Pizzaz and green onions in large bowl. Shake dressing ingredients in jar with tight fitting lid. Pour over salad, toss to coat.

EclecTech Slides are up

I’ve posted the slide deck for my presentation at the EclecTech Society’s Inaugural meeting on “Building Mobile Applications” on 2/22. Do check that out and drop by the meeting!

Missing Mail Folders?

Had a shock this morning - my .Mac / MobileMe e-mail folders had vanished from the Mail application. I wanted to retrieve and file an outgoing e-mail from last night and there was nothing. Quelling down the initial panic attack, and knowing that .Mac mail is IMAP, I right-clicked on the .Mac inbox and up popped a menu - which had the all-relieving command Synchronize .Mac kirschen. This command will rebuild your .Mac folder structure from the cloud - saved!

Command ⌘ symbol

Just found out how to insert the Apple Command key symbol . It’s the symbol with Unicode hexadecimal 2318. I saw this post on Mac OS X Hints Forums which told me the Unicode value. The steps are on my page Insert the Command Key which assumes that you’ve already got the Character & Keyboard Viewer menubar icon set up. If not, simply follow the steps at Add the Keyboard & Character Viewer to the Menu Bar. Thanks Allison for telling us about ScreenSteps and

iTunes and Firewalls

My sweetie Sarah had an issue with iTunes 10.1.2 on her new MacBook Air. A dialog box would keep coming up with Do you want iTunes to accept incoming network connections? showing Deny or Allow buttons everytime she launched iTunes. I experimented on my iMac 27” and found that I had the same issues when I enabled the Firewall and had either Share my library on my local network on the Sharing panel or Look for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad Remotes on the Devices panel checked in iTunes’s Preferences. Either of these items would make iTunes listen for an inbound connection.

After some Google-fu I came up with this Apple Discussion Thread. Here’s how you check:

  1. Open up a Terminal window (Utilities > Terminal)
  2. Type in the command codesign -v /Applications/ and press return

If you get /Applications/ a sealed resource is missing or invalid, then the iTunes version in your Applications folder is missing a file which tells the firewall that it’s OK to take inbound connections. You can see that there’s a checkbox for Automatically allow signed software to receive incoming connections when you click on the Advanced... button in the Firewall page in System Preferences > Security. This is checked by default, and lets the Firewall automatically allow iTunes to accept inbound connections – but due the missing signed resource, the Firewall instead prompts you to allow iTunes each time.

The solution was to uninstall iTunes, download, and reinstall our iTunes from Apple’s site. The codesign command now returns nothing - which is good! And the dialog box does not appear anymore!

Review of Mail Act-On

Here’s the review of Mail Act-On from indev software which I did for Allison Sheridan at the Nosillacast Podcast hosted at But first, as always, there's a problem to be solved...

You like to be able to triage your e-mail inbox in your quest to attain inbox zero nirvana. My problem always has been that in order to get that inbox to zero, I had to move the e-mail to a folder to file it away. This of course meant either dragging the mail item to the appropriate folder - many times inadvertantly filing into the wrong folder.

Alternatively you could use the menu command Move To or Copy To and scroll down to pick the folder - not terribly useful if you had several bills to file away and you had to pop the menu, scroll, and click to select the same folder.

Of course you could create rules to automagically file the items away but for me, that meant “out of sight, out of mind” and I didn’t get to look at that e-mail anyway. And what's more you'd have to tweak the rules time and again when new e-mails need to get categorised.


EclecTech Society

I’m giving a short overview of iOS development at the EclecTech Society at their inaugural meeting regarding “Building Mobile Apps” on February 22. Do check out their website - it promises to be an interesting group.

Lists are up!

Just added a page of lists - you’ll find my favourite Mac OS X apps, iOS apps, and books that I’m either currently reading or have read. Get to the page from the tab bar on the top or click right here!