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there should be a picture here, but won't be because i have choice paralysis and 2 more pages of manga to translate before bed.


i've been trying to figure out how to type certain japanese characters (like various brackets, ellipses, and the noma ) using the mac's japanese IME, kotoeri. you'd think there would be some help about this in the help file for kotoeri -- but unfortunately you'd be wrong.

i finally unearthed an actual, lovely user guide, which seems quite complete, on the mothership itself. since i didn't get any immediate google hits when searching i figured i store the info here for the time being.

てん gets you a bunch of rarer punctuation marks (scoot down; ellipsis hides here)
かっこ surrenders a load of japanese brackets
たってきどう for those who love punctuation in vertical writing too
えん provides the ¥ symbol
じおくり gives you the thing that sent me on this chase; the noma 々 (repeats the kanji before it).

spacing through often finds more hidden treasure.

oh, and one can add dictionaries to kotoeri! and change things in existing ones. even write one's own.

of course you can get all of the special characters via the character palette, but who wants that thing always open; i don't have the room for it. but before i got the dictionary program i use now, i used that palette to look at radicals, readings, and installed font variations. it's really amazing how much neat language support the mac has. i have no idea while it seems to mostly be unsung and hidden.
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hidden files. the OS doesn't show them. and there is no quickie toggle to display them. which is normally not an issue, since most people don't need to see them, and this is meant to protect the files from inadvertant deletion.

but there is one obvious circumstance in which one does need to see them: web development. .htaccess and .htpassword for example.

luckily underneath the mac GUI lies a unix operating system, so one can set the files to display via the terminal. but i don't want to see them all the time, just when i am working on web stuff. and i kinda like finding native mac solutions for such problems.

i ended up creating two automator actions:

drag Run Shell Script into a new workflow. type:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
osascript -e ‘tell application “Finder” to quit’;
osascript -e ‘tell application “Finder” to activate’;

save workflow as finder plugin with a name like ShowHidden.

now change TRUE to FALSE in the first line up there.

save workflow as finder plugin with a name like HideHidden.

they both show up in the right-click context menu under More -> Automator.
piranha: red origami crane (Default)
to make opera the default browser in mac OSX, you have to follow these steps down incongruity road:

1. open safari (the browser that comes with the OS).
2. navigate to safari -> preferences -> general.
3. in the drop-down menu, pick opera.
4. close safari.

WTF, apple and opera? you both are idiots here. every other browser has an option in its own preferences to make it the default, why doesn't opera? don't you realize this makes using your browser suboptimal? and apple doesn't mention this anywhere in its help either; i had to take to google to find out how other people had solved this. *sniff*sniff* -- that's microsoft-like behaviour; surely we couldn't want any other default browser than safari? get with it!

yes, i am alive. but i am monomaniacal about sketchup, so i usually forget about LJ until it's time to sleep :). sketchup has gotten majorly awesome since i last played with it.

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